The Quill of Alpha Xi Delta - Spring 2012
Heroine Struggles for Peace in Post Civil War Novel
Meticulously researched new novel offers historical fiction entwined with historical fact
TOLEDO, Ohio — Readers hungry for entrancing post Civil War-era fiction will be thrilled by the publication of M.B. Tosi'sThe Sacred Path of Tears (published by WestBow Press), an exciting new historical romance novel chronicling the experiences of a young Cheyenne Indian woman named Mokee.
The Sacred Path of Tears is a journal written by Mokee during the Indian Wars in Kansas in the late 1860s. After Mokee and her companion observe the Sand Creek Massacre, they warn the other Indian camps along the Smoky Hill River. They take cover in a barn near Salina, Kansas, where they are discovered by a widow and her two sons.
Mokee's companion leaves to join the fight against the white soldiers. Mokee, with her lighter coloring, finds a safe haven with the widow's family. She finds a mentor in the well-educated widow and embraces the opportunity to learn to read and write English. As her life unfolds, Mokee is torn between two worlds at war and the two men she loves, one a white settler and the other, her companion who has become a Cheyenne Dog Soldier. Though war is her constant shadow, Mokee tries to find the purpose for her life and a path of peace in her war-torn world.
"M.B. Tosi mixes history and fiction with believable characters," writes Jim Langford, author of The Spirit of Notre Dame, "and the result is a fascinating, enjoyable, and inspiring story."
The Sacred Path of Tears is the first book of The Indian Path Series. Each book focuses on a different Indian tribe during the Indian Wars in the late 1800s, and the lives of fictional characters are woven into the true events. As poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow said, "If we could read the secret history of our enemies, we should find in each man's life sorrow and suffering enough to disarm all hostility."
About the Author
M.B. Tosi has been an editor of nonfiction books and a weekly newspaper. She teaches piano and has a bachelor's degree in journalism and master's degree in education. Born in Pierre, South Dakota, she has lived in Virginia, Pennsylvania and Toledo, Ohio. She has three children and three grandchildren.
WestBow Press is a strategic self-publishing alliance of Thomas Nelson, the world's premier Christian publisher, and Author Solutions, Inc. (ASI)—the world leader in the fastest-growing segment of publishing. Through this partnership, authors benefit from the rich publishing heritage of Thomas Nelson and the speed-to-market advantages of the ASI self-publishing model.