Today, we are pleased to be hosting a stop on the official blog tour for Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, in stores September 1st. Today, we have an exclusive guest post from Erin, plus your chance to win a copy of this gorgeous book. Keep reading for all the details & more about Vengeance Road.
I usually despise the “What inspired you to write this book?” question because I rarely have an exciting answer, but that’s not the case this time around. Vengeance Road was inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman, a gold mine supposedly located in the Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.
Like any good legend, there are a few different takes on the tale, but it is generally agreed that a German prospector named Jacob Waltz discovered the mine in the late nineteenth century and confessed its location to his nurse while on his deathbed in 1891, going so far as to draw her a map. Even armed with all this information, the nurse was unable to locate the gold, and by 1982, she was selling copies of Waltz’s map in Phoenix for $7.
Even though gold-seekers have been searching for Waltz’s mine since his passing, no one has successfully located it. Some have even died during their search, which has lead to rumors that the mountains are cursed, or perhaps that the gold is.
My husband has family in Arizona and grew up hearing stories about the Lost Dutchman. When he first told me about the mine my muse exploded. I saw a girl out for revenge, and an outlaw gang, and saddlebags full of gold. I started researching the Lost Dutchman more thoroughly and grew obsessed with the origins of the legend. How did Waltz find the mine if it’s so well hidden? Did the gold belong to someone else originally? Why are there so many variations of the map and why are there even more variations of the legend itself?
Set in 1877, Vengeance Road takes place before Waltz’s passing, when many of the details surrounding the Lost Dutchman are muddy. But one of the best perks of being a writer is taking creative liberties, and this made weaving details from a very real legend into my fictional tale that much more fun! Waltz even makes an appearance in Vengeance Road. How will his story intersect with Kate’s? Well, I can’t quite tell you without spoiling things, and where’s the fun in that? ;)
When Kate Thompson’s father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, the eighteen-year-old disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers and justice. What she finds are devious strangers, dust storms, and a pair of brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, she gets closer to the truth about herself and must decide if there’s room for love in a heart so full of hate.
In the spirit of True Grit, the cutthroat days of the Wild West come to life for a new generation.
Erin grew up in rural Connecticut, where she spent most of her childhood telling stories. It is rumored that her first words were not “Mama” or “Dada,” but “Once upon a time.” In middle school, when kids were going off to sleep-away camp for the summer, Erin was attending writing camp and penning short stories.
She studied web design (and minored in Creative Writing because she couldn’t stay away from stories) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in upstate New York. After several years working in advertising and designing websites for various brands, she moved from Boston to New Hampshire, where she now lives with her family and writes full-time.
When not writing, Erin can often be found hiking, geeking out over good typography, and obsessing over all things Harry Potter. She drinks a lot of coffee, buys far too many books, and is not terribly skilled at writing about herself in the third person.
She is represented by Sara Crowe of Harvey Klinger, and is the author of the Taken Trilogy (available from HarperTeen) and Vengeance Road (HMH Books for Young Readers).
3 winners will receive a finished copy of VENGEANCE ROAD. US Only.
BLOG Tour Schedule
- 8/24/2015- Creatyvebooks– Review
- 8/25/2015- Ohana Reads– Review
- 8/26/2015- Novel Novice– Guest Post
- 8/27/2015- Two Chicks on Books– Interview
- 8/28/2015- A Perfection Called Books– Review
- 8/31/2015- The Book Cellar– Interview
- 9/1/2015- Fiction Fare– Guest Post
- 9/2/2015- Moonlight Gleam Reviews– Review
- 9/3/2015- Once Upon a Twilight – Interview
- 9/4/2015- Mundie Moms– Review