It Sleeps in Me

In Me Series (Volume 1)

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

Forge Books

Sora is the wise, young High Chieftess of the Black Falcon Nation. For many winters her heart belonged to her husband, Flint, a warrior from a neighboring clan. Flint truly loved Sora, and together they explored the world of passion and love. But Flint was very jealous and on more than one occasion beat men to death for merely casting a longing glance at Sora. Unable to live with his murderous rage, Flint packed up his things and moved back to his mother's clan, divorcing Sora and leaving her forever.
Remarried and fully devoted to her duties as the High Chieftess, Sora tries to bury her memories of Flint. But she is forcibly reminded of her lost love when, on the eve of war with a neighboring nation, when she is visited by Skinner, an old friend of Flint's. He brings word of Flint's death, but Sora notices something strange about Skinner; it is as if he carries a part of Flint's soul inside of him. When he starts revealing secrets that only Flint would know, and arousing her passion in ways only Flint had, Sora must figure out if this is merely the clever witchcraft of enemies who want to seize her power and destroy her nation or the spirit of her one and only true love.

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It Sleeps in Me
1SPIDERWEBS, BLOWN FREE BY THE SPRING WIND, DRIFTED across Persimmon Lake and strung glittering filaments on the sunlit oaks that ringed the seven pyramid-shaped mounds of Blackbird Town, but the people who stood in the broad plaza barely noticed. They had their gazes on the field, watching the game play out.As Chieftess Sora ran down the field after the chunkey stone, she didn't recognize War Chief Skinner, not at first. All she saw was a muscular man brushing webs from his long black hair as he walked through the shadows of the mounds. A massive chert war club hung from his


Praise for It Sleeps in Me

"Jean Auel meets Nora Roberts in this exciting new series."---Douglas Preston, New York Times bestselling coauthor of Brimstone and Relic

"Readers will appreciate the strong female characters and the powerful role women play in the intriguing world of the Black Falcon nation."--Juliet Marillier

"Extraordinary....Colorfully integrates authentic archaelogical and anthropological details with a captivating story replete with romance, intrigue, mayhem and a nail-biting climax." -Library Journal on People of the Owl

"Gripping plot, lots of action, well-developed characters, and a wealth of authentic historical facts."---Booklist on People of the Masks

"Simple prose brightened by atmospheric detail sweep this fluid, suspenseful mix of anthropological research and character-driven mystery to a solid, satisfying resolution."
---Publishers Weekly on People of the Mist

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  • Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear

  • KATHLEEN O'NEAL GEAR is a former state historian and archaeologist for Wyoming, Kansas, and Nebraska for the U.S. Department of the Interior. She has twice received the federal government's Special Achievement Award for "outstanding management" of our nation's cultural heritage. With her husband, W. Michael Gear, she is the co-author of many books, including the North America’s Forgotten Past series (People of the Longhouse, The Dawn Country, People of the Mist, People of the Wolf, among others); and the Anasazi Mysteries series. She and her husband live in Thermopolis, WY.
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It Sleeps in Me

In Me Series

Kathleen O'Neal Gear and W. Michael Gear



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