Author event and giveaway: Sharman Ramsey
When I saw Sharman Ramsey was coming for a Book Your Lunch event, I signed up right away. Sharman lives in lower Alabama and I felt sure our paths had crossed at some point when I lived there. (She thought she recognized me too, but we never could figure the connection out.)
Sharman is an English teacher and adjunct history professor and has taught writing classes and has always written. She’s active in her community and keeps up a diverse website.
Sharman’s interest was piqued when she discovered she has a Native American ancestor who entertained Andrew Jackson and later traveled the Trail of Tears but her book, Swimming with Serpents, actually began after a visit to Fort Mims. Over 500 people were massacred there and Sharman felt their stories were crying to be told. As she spoke, it was easy to tell she has a passion for her subject matter and has researched it extensively.
Swimming with Serpents is the first book in a series that may have as many as 5 or 6 books. The second book in the series, The Serpent’s Tooth, will be published in September of 2013. Sharman said she knew her characters and made their lives fit the historical events.
About Swimming with Serpents:
Star-crossed lovers Cade Kincaid and Lyssa Rendel meet as children traveling with a pack train into Creek country. Both are of mixed blood.Ten years later Lyssa manipulates a wedding based on a childhood promise after which the two are immediately separated by the Creek War. They must survive the Massacre at Fort Mims, ensuing Creek War, and the brutality of the time to reunite. Savannah Jack, the cruelest and most frightening of all the villains of the age, captures Lyssa Rendel, Pushmataha’s adopted daughter. Lyssa valiantly draws Savannah Jack from the glade where the children she has rescued and nursed back to health are secluded after the murderous Red Stick attack and vicious depredations committed on the nearly 500 inhabitants of the 1-acre stockade built around the once-gracious plantation home of Samuel Mims. Cade knows Savannah Jack well. He was himself captured by this blood-thirsty Creek years ago when he was associated with William Augustus Bowles who sought to set himself up as the emperor of the Creek nation upon the death of Alexander McGillivray. The compelling stories of the individuals caught up in the seismic forces of conflicting cultures conveys a human drama of war weaving a tale the theme of which is as applicable today as it was 200 years ago when this pivotal event occurred August 30, 1813. “If war is the will of God—a judgment upon evil—why must the innocents perish?” From the recesses of time—from the infancy of our new nation— veterans of that revolution fought another war. The voices of those forgotten people cry out to have their lives remembered. This is their story.
I got Sharman to autograph a copy of Swimming With Serpents for one lucky reader. To enter to win an autographed copy of SWIMMING WITH SERPENTS, by Sharman Ramsey, simply fill out the entry form. Contest is open worldwide – one entry per person, please. I will use random.org to determine the winner. Contest ends at midnight EDT Thursday, December 27, 2012. Comments are welcome (and appreciated) but will not get you an entry in the contest.