Guest Post with Giveaway ~ Winter’s Child by Margaret Coel


Q&A with Margaret Coel about Winter’s Child


Q.  Is it true?  Winter’s Child  is the final novel in the long-running Wind River series?

A.  Yes, it is true.  Winter’s Child is the twentieth novel, and I knew while I was writing that it was a good place to let Vicky and Father John finish their stories. 

Q.  Just like that?

A.  Well, not exactly.  I thought about it a lot.  It was a tough decision, but everything has a natural lifespan, even a mystery series.  Vicky and Father John have been through a lot of adventures together. They've solved dozens of crimes and faced down and outwitted a whole range of murderers. Sometimes I was surprised they were still alive!  But there they were, always ready for the next crime to solve, the next criminal to bring to justice.  And I was always ready to see what they would do.

Q.  So you didn’t get bored writing about them?

A.  Bored is not a word I understand.  I loved every minute of writing about them.  Still, I thought it was time to let them go.

Q.  So what’s next?

A.  For me?  I may be retiring the Wind River series, but I am not retiring.  I am a writer, and as Garrison Keillor has said, writers just keep writing.  I am looking forward to meeting new character-people, getting to know them, sharing their lives in different kinds of adventures.  Who they might be, I have no idea, but I trust they will come to me in their own good time, just as Vicky and Father John once did.

Q.  How about Vicky and Father John?  We have seen the deep and ongoing affection they have for each other grow with each novel.  We’ve been waiting to see what will happen.  Are we going to find out?

A.  As I was writing the ending, I realized that what I wanted to do was leave them in a good place, with the future open and stretching ahead.  It is how I wanted to remember them—going about their lives and heading into the future.  What will that future be?  Well, you’ll have to read Winter’s Child and fill in the rest of the story.

Guest post provided by the publisher.

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winterSeries: A Wind River Mystery (Book 20)
Publisher: Berkley (September 6, 2016)
Genre: Cozy Mystery
ISBN-10: 0425280322
ISBN-13: 978-0425280324
ASIN: B0191WS018
Buy: Amazon, Kindle, IndieBound, The Book Depository


Margaret Coel’s New York Times bestselling series continues as Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden and Father John O’Malley discover that a centuries-old mystery is tied to a modern-day crime on the Wind River Reservation…

In the midst of a blizzard, Myra and Eldon Little Shield found an abandoned baby on their doorstep and brought her inside. Five years later, no one has come back to claim the little girl now known as Mary Anne Little Shield. But now that she’s old enough to start school, her foster parents fear social services will take her—a white child—away from them.
Determined to adopt Mary Anne, the Little Shields hire lawyer Clint Hopkins, who wants Vicky as cocounsel on the case. But before their meeting can take place, a black truck deliberately runs Hopkins down in the street.
Enlisting Father John to help investigate who would kill to stop the child’s adoption, Vicky unravels a connection between the five-year-old girl and a missing alcoholic Arapaho wanted for robbery—only to uncover one of the darkest secrets in Wind River’s history…

post-divider leftThanks to the publisher, I have one (1) copy of Winter's Child to give away.

Giveaway open to residents of the US only.
Giveaway ends on September 17th

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margaretMargaret Coel is the New York Times best-selling author of the acclaimed Wind River mystery series set among the Arapahos on Wyoming's Wind River Reservation and featuring Jesuit priest Father John O'Malley and Arapaho attorney Vicky Holden.

The novels have received wide recognition. They have been on the bestseller lists of numerous newspapers, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News. Five novels have received the Colorado Book Award. THE SPIRIT WOMAN received the Willa Cather Award for Best Novel of the West and was a finalist for the Western Writers of America's Spur Award for Best Novel.

She is a native Coloradan who hails from a pioneer Colorado family. The West — the mountains, plains, and vast spaces — are in her bones, she says. She moved out of Colorado on two occasions — to attend Marquette University and to spend a couple of years in Alaska. Both times she couldn't wait to get back.

Along with the Wind River mystery series, Margaret Coel is the author of five non-fiction books (two of which are featured on this site), including the award-winning Chief Left Hand, published by the University of Oklahoma Press. This biography of an Arapaho chief and history of the Arapahos in Colorado has never gone out of print. The Colorado Historical Society has included both Chief Left Hand and Margaret's memoir-history of railroading in Colorado, Goin' Railroading (which she wrote with her father, Samuel F. Speas) among the best 100 books on Colorado history.

Her articles on the West have appeared in the New York Times, the Christian Science Monitor, American Heritage of Invention & Technology, Creativity! and many other publications. Speaking engagements on the people and places she loves best have taken her around the country and as far away as Australia. She visits the Wind River Reservation every year, "just to catch up with my Arapaho friends."

She writes in a small study in her home on a hillside in Boulder. The window frames a view of the Rocky Mountains and the almost-always blue sky. A herd of deer are usually grazing just outside, and one summer a couple of years ago, a mountain lion made its home closeby.

"Every day,"she says, "I drink in the West."

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  1. Della Williamson says:

    Lovely post. Haven't read all of the series yet. But have enjoyed immensely those I have read. Sorry for it to be over. But will be looking forward to the next book.

  2. I haven't read any of the series yet. But this sounds fascinting and I'd love to read it.

    Carol L

    Lucky4750 (at) aol (dot) com

  3. Gloria Walshver says:

    Sounds very interesting.

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