The novel begins where "Chasing Gold" left off. Gus and his friends, Katie and Lizzie Sanders, are making their way back to the Circle H Ranch after being given bags of gold and jewels by Chief Tatonga. On their long journey back to civilization, Gus relates the story of how his grandfather, James Oliver McIntyre arrived in America.
The fourth entry into the wester series takes a violent twist because Gus' great-great grandfather has to fight to clear his name in Scotland and then flee to the New World. James, spends a year as a ship's carpenter aboard the Midnight Gale, a merchant ship. He sails to Canada and the Caribbean before finally landing at Charles Town on the burgeoning Carolina coast.
His life changes when he meets up with a hunting party, led by Daniel Boone. He learns to hunt, trap and avoid the scalping knives of rampaging native tribes before meeting his life partner, Rhona McPhal, captured and enslaved by the Shawnee. She is rescued by the frontiersmen, and eventually marries James McIntyre.
Chasing the Past explores 1760 America
Together, James and Rhona become the first white couple to venture into Kentake, known as the "Land of Blood and Plenty," where they are befriended invited into the secret village of the Timucua Indians. Tragedy strikes, however, and they are forced to return to the Boone settlement in North Carolina, where Rhona gives birth to their first child and they begin their journey to the land north of the Ohio River, now known as West Virgina. And That is where Book V of the McIntyre series will begin. For a preview of the first two chapters, just CLICK HERE
ook IV of the Gus McIntyre Adventure, "Chasing the Past," to debut in March.
first remember reciting Joyce Kilmer’s “Trees” some time during elementary
I love it when a good book swallows you up, heart and soul
Climb through history with Tree of Wonders
school. I don’t know why it was my choice, other than it was short, had a rhythmic flow and represented my love of one of Mother Nature’s most precious guardians. In those days, there was nothing I liked better than climbing to the top of a regal tree and watching the world from afar.
I was lucky to be raised in rural Ohio, a country boy. The Guy homestead stretched over 12 acres, most of which was populated by maple, poplar, beach, oak and elm trees. I also had access to the countryside that surrounded my family home, acres and acres of forests that begged exploration. Before I reached adolescence, I knew every square inch of that land, including in which trees bees liked to store their honey, which branches regularly supported bird nests and where I could see the farthest from the strongest branches. I spent many hours defending my tree fortifications from imaginary enemies and my older brother and his friends. It was a wonderful place to grow up, even though I didn't appreciate it fully then.
As an adult, I understand the importance
How trees communicate. CLICK HERE Scroll down and click sound.
of trees to our world and view them more fondly than ever. Of course, my travels have introduced me to scores of different species – the Catalpa or cigar tree, the Osage Orange used by Native Americans to make bows and arrows, the poisonous Buckeye, countless fruit trees, glorious Palms and rambling Banyans. I could go on and on because there are more than one thousand species of trees in North America. Next to the mighty Redwoods and Sequoias of California,
I don’t know if there is any tree more intriguing than the majestic Live Oaks that populate the Southeastern United States. Their far-reaching branches and enduring presence have captivated my imagination and given birth to “Tree of Wonders.” Gazing at one, I couldn't help but ask: What could a 500-year-old tree tell you if it could communicate?
"Tree of Wonders" takes an historical look at northern Florida and Flagler County, as told to a young teen by one of those majestic Live Oaks that now sits at Waterfront Park. I hope you’ll find it entertaining and informative. If you doubt trees can communicate, you'd better pre-order now. It will open your mind to many wonderous things. For a preview of the first chapter, just CLICK HERE