Saturday, December 14, 2013

The Journey of Eleven Moons by Bonnie Leon

A successful walrus hunt means Anna and her beloved Kinauquak will soon be joined in marriage. But before they can seal their promise to one another, a tsunami wipes their village from the rugged shore—everyone except Anna and her little sister, Iya, who are left alone to face the Alaskan wilderness.

A stranger, a Civil-War veteran with golden hair and blue eyes, wanders the untamed Aleutian Islands. He offers help, but can Anna trust him or his God? And if she doesn’t, how will she and Iya survive?


Alaskan Territory
            Anna’s hands stopped their rhythmic work of basket weaving and lay still in her lap as she gazed out at the frigid Bering Sea. Kinauquak had gone with the men, and this time he would be allowed to make a kill. Unable to concentrate, she looked around the circle of women.
            Alulak met her gaze.
            Under the old woman’s scrutiny, Anna lowered her eyes.
            Alulak laughed and her eyes became half-moons nearly disappearing into the folds of wrinkled, brown skin toughened from years of cold and wind. With a toothless grin, she boasted, “My grandson Kinauquak will return with a great walrus. Of this I am certain.” Eyes bright with anticipation, she said, “Tonight we will feast.”
            The other Aleut women grinned and nodded, hands never ceasing to weave the unyielding Aleutian grasses. Each occasionally looked up from her work to scan the empty sea. As always, they waited, anxious for the men’s return, not knowing if her loved one had perished or would come back a successful hunter.
            Yet this hunt was special. Custom dictated that when Kinauquak made his first kill, he would be counted among the men and ready to take a wife. Anna and Kinauquak had been promised to each other while still children. Once they had played together, but that time was past. Now, as was customary and acceptable, they loved each other as adults.
            Still, Anna could not dwell in Kinauquak’s hut. Not until he came for her. Anna looked at her mother, Luba. “The men will come soon?”
            Luba smiled softly. “Yes. Soon.”
            Were there bobbing splotches of brown on the horizon? Anna stared at the vast ocean. None. She released a deep sigh.
            Mind preoccupied, she ran the sharp edge of a blade of grass across her finger. “Ouch.”
            Blood oozed from a small cut. A droplet fell upon the partially finished basket.

            Anna put her finger to her mouth to stop the flow. This basket, now marked with a dark stain, would be the first she would bring into her new home. How fitting, that it should contain her lifeblood.

About The Author

Bonnie Leon is the author of nineteen novels, including the recently released Joy Takes Flight, book three in the Alaskan Skies series and the best selling Sydney Cover series. 
She enjoys speaking for women’s groups and teaching at writing seminars and conventions. These days, her time is filled with writing, being a grandmother and relishing precious time with her aged mother.

Bonnie and her husband, Greg, live in Southern Oregon. They have three grown children and seven grandchildren.

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Bonnie Leon is giving away a copy of The Journey of Eleven Moons. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your email address. You can enter the book giveaway twice—once on each Spotlight post for the author. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.


Rick Estep said...

Her books are well loved in our church library. This looks like a great book. Thank you for the chance to win it.

Librarybooks at religious dot com

Mary / Touch of Heaven said...

My husband visited Alaska a couple of years ago and loved it! Would love to win this book.
atouchoheaven2010 at gmail dot com

Diana Flowers said...

Love Alaskan settings and Bonnie Leon's books! Please enter me!


Susan Johnson said...

I love reading books set in Alaska. I would love to visit there some day. But not in the winter. I am a Texas girl.

susanmsj at msn dot com

squiresj said...

Sounds like an adventure. I love your books. So count me in.
jrs362 at Hotmail dot com

sam said...

Sounds very good- learn about Alaskan culture in the process. Love to win your book. sharon, CA wileygreen1(at)yahoo(dot)com

Patricia Bradley said...

Thanks for introducing me to Bonnie! This sounds like a great book. pat at ptbradley dot com

Jennifer said...

Hi Bonnie, Anna has captured my attention right away. Would love to get to know her more.
jennydtipton at gmail dot com

Boos Mum said...

This sounds very good. Thank you for the giveaway.

sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

Hi Bonnie. Your book sounds really good and I would love to win it. Just hope won't be bad news when the men return. Please enter my name. And, please use the mac262 addy if I should win. Thanks!
MAXIE mac262(at)me(dot)com

Jackie McNutt said...

Bonnie your book sounds like a great read
Thank you

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