Monday, December 26, 2011

April Gardner's "Warring Spirits"

Title: Warring Spirits
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing

Cover blurb: In 1816 Georgia, escaped slaves control the land just beyond the American border in Las Floridas. Lost somewhere between white and black worlds, Milly follows hope to the only place that can offer her refuge—the place Georgians are calling Negro Fort. The first, sweet taste of freedom convinces Milly that surrender is not an option. Death would be more welcome.

Major Phillip Bailey has orders to subdue the uprising and return the runaways to their masters. Forced to fight alongside Creek warriors—the same who etched the scars into his mind and flesh—Phillip primes himself for battle. But inside, a war already rages—return for the woman he thought lost to him or concede her to the enemy she loves; follow orders or follow his heart.

1) How did this story come to you?
When I finished Wounded Spirits, the first book in the Creek Country Saga, I started out writing Warring Spirits with a different story and with different main characters. But there was something about it that just didn’t sit right with me. It didn’t highlight a little known historical event, which is what I want my writing to be known for. So I went back to my research books and dug around until I stumbled upon Negro Fort and the devastation that happened there. By the end of that day, the Lord had given me the plot for Warring Spirits.

2) What kind of research is involved in writing historical novels?
Massive amounts!! I have an entire book shelf full of research books. I’ve been researching ancient Creek Country (part of present-day Alabama and Georgia) for the last decade and there’s still so much to discover.

3) Tell me three things about yourself that would surprise your readers.
I’m dyslexic and because it was so difficult, hated reading until I was about 12.
If I didn’t have a computer, I wouldn’t write. My handwriting and spelling is that bad.
I can solve a rubix cube. Takes me ten minutes, but I can do it!

4) What are you working on now and what's next for you?
At this exact moment? Nothing. With two books having released in November, I’m focusing on marketing, but come January, I’m going to pick back up with a novel I’m co-writing with writer Michelle Massaro. Can’t wait to jump back into it!

5) Parting comments?
It’s always a pleasure to be featured here. Thank you for the opportunity to chat about my novels!

6) Where can fans find you on the internet?
Readers can learn more about my books on my website and blog. I love to interact on Facebook!


  1. WARRING SPIRITS looks like a great read. If you gave me 100 years I still would be unable to solve a Rubik's Cube.


  2. WARRING SPIRITS sounds fantastic. My husband, Mark is writing a screenplay set during the same period.

  3. Oh, I just typed in a nice long comment and it went poof! :( I read Wounded Spirits and loved it! I think Warring Spirits would make a nice belated birthday present! LOL! Thanks!


  4. I am very intrigued by this book. I was thrilled to learn about April and that she Lives in Georgia. I would love to read this book as a possible selection for my bookclub. Haven't read the first book, is it a prequel or would this one read as a stand alone?
    Please enter me in your drawing.

  5. Sounds like a great read! Thanks for entering me in the drawing.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

  6. Thanks for having me on your blog again, K. Dawn! And thanks to the lovely ladies who have already left comments. Sheryl, to answer your question, this book reads as a stand-alone. Looking forward to hanging out here this week!

  7. This book sounds awesome! I love the historical angle you put in your books. Thanks for the chance to win it!
    tscmshupe [at] pemtel [dot] net

  8. I love April's writing style and voice. Sign me up for a chance to win!
    muschfarm at yahoo dot com

  9. thanks for the chance to read this story :)

    kmkuka at yahoo dot com

  10. Interesting to learn about Creek Country being present day Alabama and Georgia. Would enjoy reading your book especially for all the historical facts. Happy New Years Ms. Gardner!

  11. I am always excited for a chance to win a good!And this book surely is that!

    HOPE I WIN. : )

  12. April, your book sounds like a tantalizing blend of history, romance, and soul-changing issues. I'd love to read it. Plus, I admire any brain that can solve a Rubix Cube puzzle! --Blessings, Judith

  13. Sounds like a really interesting read!
    I can't solve Rubix Cubes. My husband can not only solve that, but has various other puzzles from that are much harder (like a dodechedren) and he can solve those too! I'm baffled at them! You have talent! :-D