Friday, September 19, 2014

Tour Blast/Giveaway!! Yakimali's Gift, by Linda Covella




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Yakimali's Gift
Linda Covella
Kindle Edition, 206 pages
Astraea Press Publishing, LLC
July 28, 2014
Historical Fiction, Romance, 
Young Adult Fiction




It’s 1775 in Mexico, New Spain, and 15-year-old Fernanda Marquina, half Pima Indian and half Spanish, can’t seem to live up to her mother’s expectations or fit into the limited female roles of her culture. While she tends her garden, matches wits with buyers and sellers at the weekly market, and avoids Mama’s lectures and the demands of Nicolas, the handsome soldier pursuing her, Fernanda grabs any opportunity to ride the horses she loves, racing across the desert, dreaming of adventure in faraway lands.

But when a tragic accident presents her with the adventure she longed for, it’s at a greater cost than she could have ever imagined. With her family, Fernanda joins Juan Bautista de Anza’s historic colonization expedition to California.

On the arduous four-month journey, Fernanda makes friends with Feliciana, the young widow Fernanda can entrust with her deepest thoughts; Gloria, who becomes the sister Fernanda always wished for; and Gloria’s handsome brother Miguel, gentle one moment, angry the next and, like Fernanda, a mestizo–half Indian and half Spanish. As Fernanda penetrates Miguel’s layers of hidden feelings, she’s torn between him and Nicolas, who has joined the journey in the ranks of Anza’s soldiers and whose plans include marrying Fernanda when they reach California.

But propelling Fernanda along the journey is her search for Mama’s Pima Indian past, a past Mama refused to talk about, a past with secrets that Fernanda is determined to learn. The truths she discovers will change the way she sees her ancestry, her family, and herself.


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Fernanda noticed a young man and girl who’d been listening to Feliciana, the girl smiling, the man scowling. They rode beautiful horses with strong limbs, shiny coats, and silky manes and sat on skillfully tooled saddles. Then she realized they were the ones she’d seen riding past her home, and the memory of the young man’s look rippled through her body.

Fernanda thought he might be eighteen or nineteen. Even though he was dressed casually, it was obvious his clothes were of the highest quality. The majority of men, in spite of the heat, wore either jackets or mantles, capes saved for formal occasions or traveling. This man’s scarlet jacket was bundled and tucked into a saddlebag. The finely woven cotton of his blue shirt, free from grime and sweat, settled softly over the breadth of his shoulders and muscled biceps. The collar lay open, exposing small beads of sweat on his broad chest. The material of his breeches wasn’t the thick, practical plush common in Tubac. Instead, though the fabric appeared durable, it was thinner and showed off the thick muscles of his thighs, the same way his stockings clung to his toned calves.

The girl, close to Luis’s age, was also richly dressed. She wore a white silk rebozo, woven with red flowers and threads of gold and silver. Her skirt, the color of burnished silver, was also silk, and a red ribbon with the same gold and silver embroidery as her shawl decorated the end of her braid.

 Why were they on this expedition? Certainly poverty hadn’t prompted them to join. Their looks made it clear they were brother and sister. Where were their parents? As Fernanda passed them, the girl shyly waved to her. Both she and her brother had dark eyes, hers open and friendly, his hard and hostile. She remembered his eyes that had held such a mixture of emotion—surprise, sadness…desire?—she hadn’t been able to look away. Now, they held only anger.







Linda Covella's varied job experience and education (associate degrees in Art, Business, and Mechanical Drafting & Design, plus a BS degree in Manufacturing Management) have led her down many paths and enriched her life experiences. But one thing she never strayed from was her love of writing.

A writer for over 30 years, her first official publication was a restaurant review column in a local newspaper, and as a freelance writer, she continued to publish numerous articles in a variety of publications. But when she published articles for children's magazines ("Games and Toys in Ancient Rome" and "Traveling the Tokaido in 17th-century Japan", in Learning Through History magazine, and "Barry's Very Grown-Up Day", in Zootles magazine), she realized she'd found her niche: writing for children. She wants to share with kids and teens her love of books: the worlds they open, the things they teach, the feelings they express.

Yakimali's Gift, a historical novel for young adults published by Astraea Press, and the middle-grade paranormal, The Castle Blues Quake, published by Beau Coup Publishing, are her first novels.

She's a member of Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). No matter what new paths she may travel down, she sees her writing as a lifelong joy and commitment.

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6 comments:

  1. Thank you for having me on your blog and spotlighting Yakimali's Gift!

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    1. Hi, Linda!

      You're very welcome! I love the plot and characters of your novel! I love historical fiction, and should definitely be reading more of it!

      Thanks for dropping by and leaving such a nice comment!! : )

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  2. Looks like and interesting read. You don't get too many books featuring characters like this and I also like the setting and time period. I am going to have to research this one. Thanks for the recommendation.

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    1. Hey, Heidi!

      Yeah, it sure does! And what you say is true -- there aren't that many books featuring these types of characters.

      I'm glad you're interested in this novel! You're very welcome for the recommendation!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving such a nice comment!! : )

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  3. This definetly sounds like my kind of book. I love reading about old Mexico and old California. Thank you for sharing, Maria. I have gc to Amazon so I'll get it :)

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    1. Hey, Vonnie!

      I'm so glad you like this book! I want to get it in a print edition, though. The author has told me that she will indeed have one coming out later on, so I'm ecstati !!! I LOVE this story!!

      Thanks so much for commenting!! : )

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