Friday, 11 May 2012


SHE'S A BUSY LADY, but I'm very pleased to welcome Paty Jager  to ..she said, he said... today.

Paty is on a hectic launch tour, and has stopped by to give us some fabulous historical background to the third book in her paranormal romance trilogy, SPIRIT OF THE LAKE. Her latest book, SPIRIT OF THE SKY, looks fantastic the cover done by my favourite Cover Artist-Kim Mendoza. (Well, I would say that since she's done two wonderful covers for me!)

I don't know about you, but I've been learning a lot during Paty's tour about the things these paranormal spirits get up to. I'm not so sure I'd want to be in a vulnerable position, in an isolated spot, when a skinwalker took a liking, or dislike, to me but I'm pretty sure I'd love to meet one who requests to be called Angel. (Though, meeting Wade sounds an even better proposition!)

Today Paty is going to take us on a historical tour to give us some background to her trilogy. As a history junkie, I love the information and hope you do, too!

Keep reading on, and find out how you could be the winner of her CONTEST today, or even  the BIG WINNER at the end of her tour. (Details below)

PLEASE WELCOME Paty and  her characters in SPIRIT OF THE SKY.
Nancy, Thank you for having me here today.

This is my half way point on my two week blog tour to celebrate the release of the third book of my historical paranormal trilogy, Spirit of the Lake.  This book begins with the non-treaty Nez Perce fleeing the Army after some young warriors retaliated against whitemen who killed their relative.
Brigadier General Oliver Otis Howard was the commander of the Department of the Columbia. He was in talks with the non-treaty Nez Perce bands trying to convince them if they didn’t go peacefully onto the reservation the army would force them. The non treaty bands: The Wallowas with Joseph and his brother Ollokt ahd 55 men, the Lamtamas or the White Bird band had 500 men, the Alpowis lead by Looking Glass had 40 men, the Pikunans led by Toohoolhoolzote had 30 men, and the Palouse group included 16 men for a total of 191 men and only half of them were warriors. The rest were either too young or too old to be called warriors. They combined groups had around 400 women and children making the total non-treaty Nez Perce population less than 600.   

These bands met at Tolo Lake near Camas Prairie where they dug the food staple and held foot and horses races. It was while they were gathered here preparing to move to the reservation that the young warriors killing a whiteman set them on their 1400 mile exodus to what they thought would be freedom. 

Their hunting skills and athletic abilities kept armies triple in size at bay for four months as the leaders moved ever forward trying to keep their women and children safe.

Spirit of the Sky is the chronicle of the 1400 mile trip. How it affected the Nez Perce being chased and the men who followed the orders of a general who was out to teach the Nez Perce a lesson and use them as a message to other tribes. 

The heroine is a Nez Perce Spirit who is following her people to help them avoid the army and the hero is a cavalry lieutenant who is disillusioned with the chase and falls in love with the spirit.

That's great background information, Paty, especially for one like me whose knowledge is a bit scant regarding the Nez Perce. But let's find out a bit about Paty herself before we read a tantalising little except.

Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

She is a member of RWA, EPIC , and COWG. She’s had eleven books and a short story published so far and is venturing into the new world of self-publishing ebooks.   Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance and Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered 1st place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest. Spirit of the Lake was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

You can learn more about her at her blog;  her website; or on Facebook;!/paty.jager and twitter;  @patyjag. 

You've been waiting patiently for that blurb, and excerpt, so we won't disappoint!
Blurb for Spirit of the Sky
To save her from oppression, he must save her whole tribe. To give her his heart, he must desert his career…
When the US Army forces the Nimiipuu from their land, Sa-qan, the eagle spirit entrusted with watching over her tribe, steps in to save her mortal niece. Challenging the restrictions of the spirit world, Sa-qan assumes human form and finds an unexpected ally in a handsome cavalry officer.
Certain she is a captive, Lt. Wade Watts, a Civil War veteran, tries to help the blonde woman he finds sheltering a Nez Perce child. While her intelligent eyes reveal she understands his language, she refuses his help. But when Wade is wounded, it is the beautiful Sa-qan who tends him. Wade wishes to stop the killing—Sa-qan will do anything to save her people.
Can their differences save her tribe? Or will their love spell the end of the Nimiipuu?
What a choice, Paty-career or the woman?  Let's read on....

     She smiled and his heart leapt into his throat. He thought her beautiful from the first moment he saw her standing in the river fiercely protecting the child, but watching her tense face relax and smile, he was smitten. A light and pleasing calm washed over him for the first time in a very long time. He could only bask in the moment briefly. They were enemies.
    “I am from the sky, and I watch over the Nimiipuu.” She nodded her head and flashed him with yet another smile. “You may call me Angel.”
    “Only if you call me Wade.”
     She nodded. “Let me check your wounds. You have moved around.”
     “Why are you taking such good care of me when your warriors left me for dead?”
     Her sunshine gaze peered straight into his eyes. “You saved my niece at the village and the wounded from the Bannock scout. You do not have the thirst to kill like the other soldiers.” She bowed her head and removed the blood encrusted bandage from his shoulder. “The Nimiipuu need you.”
     Her touch warmed his body, tingling the areas around his wounds. He glanced at her small, delicate hands hovering over his injuries. He shut his eyes, and then opened them. Her hands shimmered as if in a fog. His pain subsided, in fact, his body felt well rested.
     A soft lyrical chant rose from her lips as she continued to hover her hands over his wounds. Her eyes remained closed, her light lashes resting on her sun-kissed cheeks. He’d never seen a woman as beautiful as this. He had to learn her true origins and return her to her family.
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I think Wade is in the right place, Paty! And now for those CONTEST  details...
Contest!  I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky commenter on this blog.
Blog Tour Contest! Each blog stop has a picture of an eagle in the post. Follow the tour and send me the number of different pictures you saw while following the tour. To learn where I”ll be go to my blog( or website( If there is more than one correct entry I’ll draw a winner on May 21st  to receive a $25 gift certificate to either Barnes and Nobles or Amazon, a handmade custom ereader cover, and chocolate. Send your entry number to: by May 21st.

Paty, thanks for coming today! It's been lovely to have you visit. Best wishes for the success of your SPIRIT OF THE LAKE trilogy, and especially your latest release. 



  1. Thank you for having me here today, Nancy!

  2. Paty,

    What I like most about this book is the fact that you are shining a light on a dark piece of our shared history that is not widely-known to people outside the Nez Perce. Having main characters who begin by viewing the conflict from opposite sides come to understand and care for one another makes for a balanced telling of the historical setting for your tale.

    Your admiration for the Nez Perce and sadness at the shameful way they were treated by the whites is evident throughout the book.

  3. Hi Paty and Sarah. Good to have you Paty, and nice to welcome you Sarah. Sounds like you've managed to read it already, Sarah! Good for you.

  4. Paty, I eagerly await reading this. I love the history of the Nez Perce. Howard greatly admired Joseph as a general, as I understand. His compassion led him to found the historic black college that bears his name.

    Great post and excerpt!

  5. Hello Tanya, great comments. thanks for popping in.

  6. Hi Sarah! Thank you. I tried my best to make the books reveal the trials and tribulations of the Nez Perce and how fate was not good to them.

    Hi Tanya! After the exodus began, Howard did dome to respect and admire Joesph. But the funny thing reading all the books I did. Joesph wasn't the military strategist of the group. It was his brother Ollokot and Lean Elk. Joesph worked at keeping the women, children, and old safe and then bringing a peaceful end.

  7. I don't know much about the Nez Perce, but each piece I've read of yours, I find out just a little more. Your series sounds like a fascinating read. I wish you much success with it!!

  8. Hello, Karen. I agree with you there. Thanks for visiting us!

  9. Thanks for visiting me yesterday, Paty. Hope all is well with you today...another busy one for you!

  10. I appreciate your extensive research of the Nez Perce culture. I believe that any time a writer does this in good faith and includes it in a story it helps the rest of us to learn something new. Though I don't know much about the Nez Perce, I am related (by marriage of aunts) to other tribes, Hopi and Shoshone (Shoshone's tribal lands in Idaho were near the Nez Perce). What I have learned is that each tribe has a rich history and culture. Unfortunately, each has also suffered tremendously since the white man moved into the Americas. Keep writing and sharing. I love your mix of native culture with a powerful story of love and hope that crosses traditional boundaries.

  11. Hi Maggie. Thank you for popping in and sharing your insight. Native culture, regardless of its origination should not be forgotten. As a Scot I don't want any of my rich heritage to just fade away either

  12. Hi Karen, Thanks! I did so much researching for this trilogy that I hope if finds success as well.

    Hi, Nancy, Yes, we left last night to drive 130 miles so I could be ready bright and early this morning to judge a 4-H cooking contest. We're home now and as soon as the hubby gets chores done, we'll head to town for an anniversary dinner.

    Maggie, Thank you! I enjoy learning more about other cultures and entertaining readers while informing them about that culture.

  13. Sarah is the winner of the egift certificate. I'll contact you shortly.


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