Genre: Historical Romantic Mystery
Date of Publication: March 29, 2016
# of pages: 304
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in this fast-paced historical debut.
When Dr. Catherine Bennett is wrongfully accused of murder, she knows her fate likely lies with a noose unless she can disappear. Fleeing with a bounty on her head, she escapes with her maid to the uncharted territories of Colorado to build a new life with a new name. Although the story of the murderess in New York is common gossip, Catherine's false identity serves her well as she fills in as a temporary army doctor. But in a land unknown, so large and yet so small, a female doctor can only hide for so long.
PRAISE FOR SAWBONES:
Absolutely loved it! I couldn’t tear myself away from Sawbones. An epic story of love and courage that sweeps from east to west, Sawbones will rip right through you.”
— Marci Jefferson, author of GIRL ON THE GOLDEN COIN and ENCHANTRESS OF PARIS
“As if being a post-Civil War female doctor weren’t hard enough, Catherine Bennett is unfairly accused of murder and forced to flee to the Texas frontier to avoid the noose. You will fall in love with Catherine, as I did, as she struggles to assert herself in a violent and treacherous world, fighting not only prejudice but evil. Melissa Lenhardt’s heroine is a passionate, compassionate woman, who must deal with Indians and bounty hunters, fear and injustice—and even love.”
— Sandra Dallas, New York Times bestselling author
“Melissa Lenhardt has given us an amazing heroine and sent her on a thrilling journey from the teeming streets of New York City to the vast wilderness of the Texas frontier. Dr. Catherine Bennett’s adventure will keep you turning pages long into the night!"
— Victoria Thompson, best-selling author of the Gaslight Mysteries
“Raw, gritty and sometimes graphic, Melissa Lenhardt has crafted a page-turner. In Sawbones, the women are smart, brave and at times ‘incorrigible.’ The plot twists, unique characters and intriguing story of passion and betrayal make this a book well worth discovering. ”
— Jane Kirkpatrick, New York Times bestselling author of A Light in the Wilderness
AMAZON BARNES & NOBLE KOBO
How long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since 2003, I think. It’s hard to remember when I started!
Where did your love of books/storytelling/reading/writing/etc. come from?
My mom was a reader, as was my grandmother and my brother. It seemed the natural thing to do.
Are you a full-time or part-time writer? How does that affect your writing?
I’m a full-time writer and sometimes I wish I weren’t. I think if I had less time to write, I would be more productive. Of course, if I wrote part-time I would think the opposite.
What do you think most characterizes your writing?
One thing I’ve heard from more than one reader is that my characters are realistic, relatable, and human. I’ve always been drawn to character driven stories, and creating complex characters is especially important when writing a series. I don’t write my characters to be likable. Instead, I want a reader to be able to understand the good and bad choices my characters make.
I also hope that, as readers are exposed to more of my work, they have a sense of unease, a worried curiosity about what’s going to happen next. I want to make sure that the reader (and I) doesn’t get complacent, that no characters are safe from consequences of their choices and/or past actions, or the unfair vagaries of life. I abandon a series when it gets predictable. As a result I tend to zig when most writers would zag.
What did you enjoy most about writing this book?
The research. I love learning new things. I especially love the idea of taking a little known historic event and making it the centerpiece of a novel. There are so many wonderful, forgotten stories and people. I discovered four or five ideas during the research for SAWBONES. If only I had time to write them all!
Just for fun. . . Where is one place you want to visit that you haven't been before?
The Grand Canyon.
If you could speak with any accent from anywhere in the world, what would you choose?
What is something you want to accomplish before you die?
Hike the Appalachian Trail.
Melissa Lenhardt writes mystery, historical fiction, and women’s fiction. Her short fiction has appeared in Heater Mystery Magazine, The Western Online, and Christmas Nookies, a holiday romance anthology. Her debut novel, Stillwater, was a finalist for the 2014 Whidbey Writers’ MFA Alumni Emerging Writers Contest. She is a member of the DFW Writers’ Workshop and vice president of the Sisters in Crime North Dallas Chapter. Melissa lives in Texas with her husband and two sons.
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