Last week, WhiteFire's latest historical released. And oh, is it a fun one.
Some of our books are haunting. Some of our books are plumb-to-the-depths deep. Some of our books are as serious as they come. Sweet Mountain Music...it's an adventure. And one you don't want to miss.
Now, I've never been a believer in Big Foot. I admit it. And all those shows about Squatchy popping up on TV lately usually make me giggle. And start planning for the A-squatch-alypse, just to be cheeky. (Anybody watch Top Gear, the American version? Anybody see the end-of-the-world vehicle episode, where one of the guys said they thought it would be Apocalypse by Sasquatch? LOL)
BUT--that said. This book, all about the hunt for the legendary creature, made me cheer for Big Foot hunters. It was fun, it was engaging, and it made me ask what if...? Can you ask for more in good fiction?
Here's why, as an editor, I loved Suzie J's approach to the Big Foot question. First of all, it's a historical. And in the age where gorillas had just been discovered not long before in Africa, of course naturalists thought there was a North American variety lurking in the un-explored forests of the Pacific Northwest! Why wouldn't there be?? The world was shrinking by the 1890s, yes, but it was still filled with people out to discover the unknown (as opposed to today, when it's filled with people who think they know all there is to know, and if they don't know it, it must not be real. Ahem.).
Added to that, you have a cast of amazing characters. A heroine who just wants to follow her dreams and be a reporter, even though neither family nor the hero supports her. A hero who just wants to prove that he can make a world-changing discovery, without hurting anyone in the process...unlike last time. And a supporting cast that goes the full spectrum from bad guy to one with an unlikely heart of gold.
Sweet Mountain Music has laughter, tears, some sizzling romance, and an adventure that will have you hoping that maybe, somehow, some way these characters will find what you know very well has never been found. That maybe, somehow, some way they'll redefine history.
And you know...maybe they do. ;-)