Monday, May 14, 2012

Paty Jager: Spirit of the Sky

Spirit of the Sky
by Paty Jager

Wife, mother, grandmother, and the one who cleans pens and delivers the hay; award-winning author Paty Jager and her husband currently ranch 350 acres when not dashing around visiting their children and grandchildren. She not only writes the western lifestyle, she lives it.

She is a member of RWA, EPIC, and COWG. She’s had eleven books and a short story published so far and is venturing into the new world of self-publishing ebooks.

Her contemporary Western, Perfectly Good Nanny, won the 2008 Eppie for Best Contemporary Romance and Spirit of the Mountain, a historical paranormal set among the Nez Perce, garnered first place in the paranormal category of the Lories Best Published Book Contest. Spirit of the Lake was a finalist in the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence.

Romancing The West is delighted to have Paty here all this week, and here she is!

To help kick off the release of the third book in my historical paranormal romance trilogy I have a blog tour and contest going.

I’m giving away a $5 Amazon gift certificate to one lucky commenter.

Blog Tour Contest! Each blog stop has a picture of an eagle in the post. Follow the tour and send me the number of different pictures you saw while following the tour. To learn where I’ll be, go to my blog or website. If there is more than one correct entry I’ll draw a winner on May 21st to receive a $25 gift certificate to either Barnes and Noble or Amazon, a handmade custom ereader cover, and chocolate. Send your entry number to: by May 21st.

Growing up in an area rich in Native American history has made me curious and empathetic to the band of Nez Perce who summered in Wallowa County many generations before Lewis and Clark entered their lives.

The Wallowa, or Lake Nimiipuu as they call themselves, are a band of the Nez Perce(Nimiipuu) who moved like nomads across the Pacific NW and into the plains with the seasons. They wintered along the Imnaha River in the lower warmer regions of Wallowa County, spent the early spring in the camas meadows of Idaho, and summered at Wallowa Lake, fishing the Columbia in the fall and returning to their winter home before the snows became too treacherous. The warriors and some of the women went out on hunting expeditions to the plains for buffalo.

They were nomadic, but they had a fierce love of the land in their hearts.

The Trilogy is set around three sibling Nez Perce spirits who fall in love with mortals.

Spirit of the Mountain, the first book of the trilogy, shows the Nimiipuu’s love of the lake area and how they came to carry it so deeply within them. The heroine, in this book, carries the mountain in her heart and when she falls for the white wolf spirit who looks after the mountain and its occupants, she loses her heart to him as well.

Spirit of the Lake, is the second book in the trilogy. This book deals with the Whiteman encroaching on their land and the way the Nimiipuu are willing to look the other way to avoid being forcefully taken from their home. The Lake spirit is a Bull Elk who resides in the lake and saves a woman from drowning and ultimately finding himself falling in love with the woman.

Spirit of the Sky, takes place as the Lake Nimiipuu and four other non-treaty bands of Nez Perce are being chased far from their homes in an effort to remain free. The spirit is a bald eagle who falls in love with a cavalry officer who befriends her and her people.

Blurb for Spirit of the Sky
To save her from oppression, he must save her whole tribe. To give her his heart, he must desert his career…

When the US Army forces the Nimiipuu from their land, Sa-qan, the eagle spirit entrusted with watching over her tribe, steps in to save her mortal niece. Challenging the restrictions of the spirit world, Sa-qan assumes human form and finds an unexpected ally in a handsome cavalry officer.

Certain she is a captive, Lt. Wade Watts, a Civil War veteran, tries to help the blonde woman he finds sheltering a Nez Perce child. While her intelligent eyes reveal she understands his language, she refuses his help. But when Wade is wounded, it is the beautiful Sa-qan who tends him. Wade wishes to stop the killing—Sa-qan will do anything to save her people.

Can their differences save her tribe? Or will their love spell the end of the Nimiipuu?

Excerpt for Spirit of the Sky
She smiled and his heart leapt into his throat. He thought her beautiful from the first moment he saw her standing in the river fiercely protecting the child, but watching her tense face relax and smile, he was smitten. A light and pleasing calm washed over him for the first time in a very long time. He could only bask in the moment briefly. They were enemies.

“I am from the sky, and I watch over the Nimiipuu.” She nodded her head and flashed him with yet another smile. “You may call me Angel.”

“Only if you call me Wade.”

She nodded. “Let me check your wounds. You have moved around.”

“Why are you taking such good care of me when your warriors left me for dead?”

Her sunshine gaze peered straight into his eyes. “You saved my niece at the village and the wounded from the Bannock scout. You do not have the thirst to kill like the other soldiers.” She bowed her head and removed the blood encrusted bandage from his shoulder. “The Nimiipuu need you.”

Her touch warmed his body, tingling the areas around his wounds. He glanced at her small, delicate hands hovering over his injuries. He shut his eyes, and then opened them. Her hands shimmered as if in a fog. His pain subsided, in fact, his body felt well rested.

A soft lyrical chant rose from her lips as she continued to hover her hands over his wounds. Her eyes remained closed, her light lashes resting on her sun-kissed cheeks. He’d never seen a woman as beautiful as this. He had to learn her true origins and return her to her family.

You can learn more about Paty at her blog, her website, Facebook, or Twitter, @patyjag.


  1. I'm looking forward to the summer when I can catch up on my reading. Now I can read all three Spirit books in a row.

  2. Your book sounds really good. I have enjoyed reading your other books.

  3. Hi Alison, I'm the opposite. I get more reading done in the winter. I hope you enjoy the books.

    Hi Joye! I'm glad you've enjoyed my westerns. Thanks for stopping in and commenting!

  4. Hello again, Paty. I learned a little more about the Lake Nimiipuu again today, thanks. Good luck with this week.

  5. Hey Nancy! Thanks for stopping in! That's the goal of this tour to not only introduce me and my books to readers but also to showcase some of Oregon history.

  6. Interesting post about the Lake Nimiipuu. I enjoy learning new things about the lands we live in. Love your books!

  7. Hi Diana! My favorite thing is learning new things so I always try to impart something that might be new to people. Thanks!

  8. Sounds like you've written another great book, Paty! Can't wait to read it.

  9. I enjoyed the post and excerpt. Thanks for sharing.


  10. Hi, Paty! Nice post and lovely pictures.

  11. Danita, Thanks! Let me know what you think when you do.

    Hi Lysette. You're welcome!

    Hey Liz! Thank you, my horse is quite photogenic and the cover artist did a great job on the bookcover.

  12. Nice excerpt and thanks for the pictures as well. Your horse is definitely photogenic LOL

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  13. bas1chs, Glad you enjoyed the excerpt and Bud "The stud"(he's a gelding but I like to make him feel good by calling him Bud the Stud).

  14. Liz is the winner of an egift card for commenting on this blog.


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