Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Release Blitz: Dark Side of Morning by Tierney James

When you confide in a mannequin in the Museum of Natural History you shouldn’t be shocked when he comes looking for you to help him save the world.

Dr. Cleopatra Sommers never came to terms with her father’s disappearance at the Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He had been a Native American scholar that explored avenues of unexplained spiritual paths in their cultures. The museum had been her home and playground growing up where her father spent long hours working. She was always drawn to one display case holding a mannequin of a Pawnee Indian. There was no way she could know he watched her all those years until the night he crossed over to find her.

Detective Jacque Marquette suspected the beautiful doctor of stealing priceless artifacts from a Native American exhibit. He realized after meeting his identical twin from another time and place, Dr. Sommers might not be as crazy as he initially thought. The layers of concern for his city begin to stack up as he is caught between culture and the Pentagon. Only with the help of a Pawnee warrior from two hundred years ago, can save his city from a deadly disease brought in from a parallel universe.

Wind Dancer had loved the little girl who grew up before him for years. When he decided to cross over to prevent his enemy from finding Dr. Sommers, the bombardment of changes forced him to rely on the ways of the past to survive. Navigating the future proves to be complicated as he teams up with a grumpy detective to hunt down a common enemy. No one expected the price to be sacrificing Dr. Sommers to the Morning Star in order to avert disaster.

One of my favorite places to visit is the Field Museum of Natural History is Chicago, Illinois. This is where Dark Side of Morning takes place. Years ago when I visited I found a display case with a Pawnee Indian standing ready, looking over the Native American wing of the museum. In the distance was a blessed Pawnee earth lodge where I took time to rest and dream. I visited him often over the years and even spoke to him. I began to wonder what if he could really see me, hear me from a parallel universe. I tucked those thoughts away for a long time until I decided it was time to bring Wind Dancer into our world. When he did, things began to go wrong and our way of life became threatened. 

I always love the process of finding a new story to tell. Sometimes it is something I find in a museum. I wrote Rooftop Angels after seeing a picture in National Geographic about a group of forgotten people in Northern Afghanistan in the Wakhan Valley. Other times a documentary or article grabs my imagination and the wheels start to turn. I keep notebooks of plots, themes, pictures and articles that may have the potential in becoming my next adventure. 

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