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Author event and giveaway: Sharman Ramsey

December 20, 2012

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:

Swimming with SerpentsStar-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.

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18 Comments leave one →
  1. December 20, 2012 4:42 am

    Thanks for the contest! Sounds like a great book!

  2. Beth F permalink
    December 20, 2012 5:48 am

    This sounds like a series I’d like to try. I wonder if you and Sharman really did meet before, especially because you both seem familiar to each other.

  3. December 20, 2012 10:00 am

    So funny…you have me curious about the connection now.

  4. December 20, 2012 12:37 pm

    Thanks for the giveaway. I really enjoy reading Native American stories. Glad you got to attend the event. Recently Craig Johnson was at our local bookstore, he is a Wyoming native, and I missed it! Boo!!

  5. December 20, 2012 3:18 pm

    I love historical novels and the stories of American Indians so this sounds like something I’d really enjoy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  6. December 20, 2012 3:59 pm

    Not sure I want to start a new series, but this does sound really good.

  7. zibilee permalink
    December 20, 2012 7:45 pm

    This does sound like a book that would get the blood pumping, and I am very interested in this series. Thanks for all the background info. It makes the book even more compelling to me.

  8. December 20, 2012 8:22 pm

    Sounds like a moving book. I will have to check it out and read more about the massacre.

  9. December 20, 2012 8:28 pm

    Wow, imagine “Native American ancestor who entertained Andrew Jackson” — now that’s a story!

  10. December 20, 2012 9:19 pm

    Isn’t it funny how you swear you’ve met someone before??? This one sounds interesting. You meet the most fascinating people!!!!

  11. December 20, 2012 10:08 pm

    Kathy, thanks for hosting this. I’ve added it to my blog’s sidebar. The book sounds very interesting.

  12. bookingmama permalink
    December 20, 2012 10:25 pm

    You must be going crazy not being able to figure out the exact connection!

  13. December 20, 2012 10:32 pm

    Another great author adventure with a fab story to boot!

  14. December 20, 2012 11:09 pm

    Another good book giveaway. Thanks for sharing.

  15. December 21, 2012 3:44 pm

    Swimming With Serpents sounds like an interesting read, great giveaway. I do wonder what the connection is between you two…I think if you stop wondering about it, you’ll remember…lol. That always happens to me.

  16. December 21, 2012 9:14 pm

    I love that you somehow both think you know each other but don’t know why!

  17. stilettostorytime permalink
    December 23, 2012 12:09 pm

    Have I mentioned how jealous I am about all the fabulous author events and authors you get to meet!

  18. December 26, 2012 9:05 pm

    Fuuny that you both ‘know’ each other but can’t figure out how :)

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