Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Samantha at the Crossroads, Book 1 in The Samantha Matijevic Chronicles


I’m taking a break from EntConnect lessons for some shameless self-promotion.

My eBook Samantha at the Crossroads debuted in 2008, published by SynergEbooks, the first in the series of The Samantha Matijevic Chronicles.

What’s it about?

My one line description: The volatile 1960s find thirteen year old Samantha in a small town in rural Montana, groping her way into her future as America is doing likewise.

My longer description (I know, I broke the 300 word limit rule):

In the late 1960s, America is at a crossroads. It is divided over the war in Vietnam. The counter-culture challenges the World War Two generation. The Cold War holds the threat of nuclear destruction. The race to the moon is in full swing. And this culture war shakes up thirteen year old Samantha Matijevic's world in the sleepy cow town of Mineral Valley, Montana.

Early 1900s, the Milwaukee railroad had given away land to entice settlers to work in the mines that supplied the coal they transported to market. This land offer lured Sam’s grandparents from Eastern Europe to homestead in Montana. Grandpa had worked as a coal miner to sustain his ranch until an accident killed him during the Great Depression, leaving Grandma a widow with seven kids.

As a second generation American, Sam does not directly experience her father’s life on the homestead, but she feels it. Her father’s feud with his brothers that drove him from the ranch leaves him with a hurt that he holds onto as if it is a legacy for his children. Dad had tried to run a gas station at the edge of Mineral Valley, but that business failed. Following the lead of Grandpa, Dad works as a coal miner to hold onto his dreams.

In 1968, the frequency of the trains on the Milwaukee railroad is tapering off as the local mines are closing up. The town is at a crossroads while Sam clings to her childhood as she is reluctantly growing into a woman. Her two cousins, once close to her, slip away as the 1960s counter-culture seduces them. Meanwhile, an understanding teacher and an elderly artist help Sam to break the pattern of having her reality defined by others. She is beginning to see what she really sees, hear what she really hears, and feel what she really feels. Though God seems far off and silent, in Sam’s darkest moments, she cries out to Him and He answer her.

What’s next?

The second book in the series, The Colter Church Conspiracy, Lord willing, will be out soon.


Related links and credits:

SynergEbooks: synergebooks.com
Cover from MBDesignsInc

My Website: smithsk.com
My Books link: smithsk.com/books.htm

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