As a member of the VR Posse, I’m excited to share the trailer and cast of Erin Bowman’s Vengeance Road. This book will be released on September 1, 2015, and I can’t wait to share more fun content in the coming weeks leading up to its release.
Disguised as a boy, Kate takes to the plains looking to avenge her father’s murder. When she discovers he was killed for a journal revealing the location of a gold mine, Kate presses on despite the warning that “gold makes monsters of men.”
Fun Fact: The first line of Vengeance Road came to me in the shower (it’s remained unchanged since then!) and it had a stilted, rough quality to it. It didn’t take me long to realize that this was Kate’s voice and that the story demanded to be told in her dialect. (For those wary of novels written in dialect, I’ve heard from a bunch of early readers who said it took only a few pages to get used to Kate’s narration. Fingers crossed you’ll be the same!)
Introducing Jesse & Will Colton
Always looking to earn an extra dollar, these cowboys work odd jobs across the Territory. Cheerful and good-humored, Will is the perfect contrast to his older brother’s stern demeanor. But with their savings dwindling and loved ones to take care of, Jesse has reason to run a tight ship. Once the boys cross paths with Kate and learn that her destination may yield gold, they become–much to Kate’s displeasure–her permanent shadow.
Fun Fact: Before drafting Vengeance Road, I read an entire book dedicated to cowboy culture. Even though the Coltons do little wrangling and roping on the actual page, this research allowed me to better understand their typical day-to-day life and weave subtle details into Kate’s story.
Led by the ruthless Waylan Rose, this infamous gang preys on Arizona’s stagecoach lines. According to Jesse, Rose is the “meanest hog in the Territory” and doesn’t spare anyone–not even women or children–when gold is at stake.
Fun Fact: Outlaw bands of the late 1800s and early 1900s tended to take the name of their boss (eg: the Dalton Gang) or something more descriptive (eg: the Wild Bunch). For the villains of Vengeance Road, I wanted to do both. I also wanted to play with imagery, giving these very vicious men a somewhat beautiful icon. Then again, rose thorns can definitely draw blood…
Separated from her tribe, this young Apache girl is anxious to reunite with her family. Knowing all too well how dangerous it is to be traveling alone, Liluye agrees to help Kate navigate the Superstition Mountains. But Liluye has her own end goals and her agreement with Kate could unravel at any moment.
Fun Fact: In Vengeance Road, characters constantly use each other as a means to an end. This is true regarding Liluye and Kate, but their dynamic changes over the course of the novel in a way that was so much fun (and extremely rewarding) to write. Yes, I’m being vague, but the pay-off is in the pages, and I don’t want to spoil that for you.
A German immigrant and seasoned prospector, Waltz is trying his luck in the mountains east of Phoenix. The Coltons claim Waltz is an old friend of their father’s and could be of help, but the miner is getting on in age and mumbling about ghosts in the canyons. As far as Kate’s concerned, his tales can’t hold water…right?
Fun Fact: Vengeance Road is inspired by the legend of the Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, in which Jacob Waltz is a key player. He is one of several historical figures that I included in the novel. What creative liberties did I take and how will Waltz fit into Kate’s story? My lips are sealed… for now. 😉
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