Once upon a time, in the mid-1800’s, white settlers moved to the Texas frontier and they were often from Germany; straight off the boat.
Many of the settlers were hard-scrabble poor, spoke no English and had no clue how to farm or ranch, or even how to build a cabin.
They also had no idea Comanche raiders could swoop down and murder the grown males, rape the women (and often carry them off to sexual slavery) and kidnap many of the children; leaving everything in flames.
Those children were called The Captives.
Most of the children were adopted into the tribe and grew up on the Plains’ vast distances, believing themselves Comanche.
Many times, the captives were never heard from again.
But not always.
The U.S. Army recaptured many captive children, or the Indians themselves brought them to Army posts to trade for Indian captives, or because warriors wanted to take military pressure off their tribe.
That’s what happened to August Shiltz. When he was nine-years-old the Comanche murdered his drunk of a father and raped and killed his sisters and mother.
Tabernacle, a Comanche leader, adopted August, calling him Eka Papi Tuinupu, or Red-headed Boy.
August was Tabernacle’s son until he was sixteen.
Then Col. Mac McKenna’s Fourth Cavalry raided a Comanche village and discovered a white boy: August.
If you want to know what happened after that, you either have to wait a month or so until the novel is published, or you can read the first three chapters and a description of some of the remainder of The Captive Boy by visiting https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/7378OU97ZIHI
I can’t insert the live link since I’m a tech idiot. Just cut and paste.
The Captive Boy is in the Amazon Scout program, which means if I get enough votes, or nominations, Amazon will offer me a publishing contract.
I can self-publish on Amazon, no matter what, but if Amazon offers me a contract, the company will also promote me and pay me hard cash.
I can live with that.
And I can hardly wait for this issue to be resolved because I have another novel in mind and am itching to write it. This one is also set in the nineteenth century (as most of mine are).
You can contact me with the form on this website, or visit Author: Julia Robb (on Facebook) or just friend me on Facebook.
I also have a Pinterest board titled “Good Books.”
Or, if you have a taste for novels about frontier America, you can read Scalp Mountain, which I published in 2012, or Del Norte, which I published in 2013.