The Matawapit Family Series Book 3
by Maggie Blackbird
Genre: Inspirational Contemporary Romance
In the midst of a battle for leadership at their Ojibway community, two enemies of opposing families fall in love…
After suffering a humiliating divorce, infuriated Catholic Jude Matawapit
bolts to his family’s Ojibway community to begin a new job—but finds himself thrown into a battle for chief as his brother-in-law’s campaign manager. The radical Kabatay clan, with their extreme ideas about traditional Ojibway life, will stop at nothing to claim the leadership position and rid the reserve of Western culture and its religion once and for all, which threatens not only the non-traditional people of the community, but Jude’s chance at a brand-new life he’s creating for his children.
Recovering addict Raven Kabatay will do anything to win the respect and trust of her older siblings and mother after falling deep into drug addiction that brought shame and anger to her family. Not only does she have the opportunity to redeem herself by becoming her brother’s campaign manager for chief—if he wins, she’ll have the reserve’s backing to purchase the gold-mine diner where she works, finally making something of herself. But falling in love with the family’s sworn enemy—the deacon’s eldest son, Jude—will not just betray the Kabatay clan. It could destroy everything Raven believes in and has worked so hard for.
An Ojibway from Northwestern Ontario, Maggie resides in the country with her husband and their fur babies, two beautiful Alaskan Malamutes. When she’s not writing, she can be found pulling weeds in the flower beds, mowing the huge lawn, walking the Mals deep in the bush, teeing up a ball at the golf course, fishing in the boat for walleye, or sitting on the deck at her sister’s house, making more wonderful memories with the people she loves most.
What’s in My E-reader?
I’ve yet to meet an author who didn’t love to read. I love reading. Because writing doesn’t allow me much free time, I read before I go to sleep. What do I read?
I’ll start with the late Ojibway author Richard Wagamese. He was a writer of fiction and non-fiction. One if his novels, Indian Horse, was made into a movie. Of course I read the book and LOVED it. But I’ve yet to see the movie, although I did purchase the DVD. If you want a look into Canada’s Indian Residential Schools, and the suffering the Indigenous people faced at the hands of the Canadian government (The Matawapit Family Series explores the impact the schools left on their communities), then Indian Horse is the book for you.
Another author I enjoy is Rosanne Bittner who takes me into America’s Old West. She is quite prolific. Her Mystic series is my favourite. I’m always hunting down books starring Indigenous heroines, and the series focusses on the Lakota. There are three books in total, and each one is wonderfully crafted.
My guilty pleasure is memoirs by rock ‘n’ roll groupies, girlfriends, and wives. The latest in my TBR pile is Cherry on Top by Bobbie Brown (the video vixen from Warrant’s Cherry Pie video). I read Bobbie’s first book, Dirty Rocker Boys, and loved what she had to say. So, I’m looking forward to digging into her latest book.
I also love rock ‘n’ roll memoirs, autobiographies, and biographies. My top books would be The Heroin Diaries by Nikki Sixx of Motely Crue, Red by Sammy Hagar, My Life with Deth by David Ellefson of Megadeth, and Heaven and Hell by Don Felder, formerly of The Eagles.
I also enjoy dark m/m romance. I recently finished reading Rise of a Nobleman by Valentina C. Brinn and LOVED it. I even reviewed her book at my blog. And when I say dark, I mean this is a dark, dark, super-dark romance. I also read the first two books in Sai Fox’s The Valentino Family series. These are wonderfully told from the POV of the right-hand man. I can hardly wait to read the third book.
Historical romance ranks at the top of my reading list. Historical romance is what introduced me to the romance genre. Of course I idolize Johanna Lindsey, the grand dame of historical romance, but there are many up and coming authors I also enjoy. I won’t go into which authors or I’ll be here all day writing this post LOL.
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