Cherokee Stone

by Regina McLemore

Book Cover: Cherokee Stone
Editions:Hardcover
ISBN: 978-1-63373-703-7
Pages: 214

Amelia Clay struggles with abandonment, intimidation, fear, and betrayal having grown up at the Cherokee Girls Mission where her father discarded her. The effects of these experiences travel with her when she finally returns home. While Amelia is learning to trust again, she finds herself married to a man she cannot love. Although she genuinely cares for her large family and appears to have her life under control, there is a dark side to Amelia that refuses to remain hidden.

Bonita McKindle, a motherless twelve-year-old, lives with her grandmother until her alcoholic father takes her back home. Despite being forced to fend for herself, Bonita emerges as a strong, independent young woman who loves school and has dreams. Bonita is supported by her aunt and uncle and gains the love of two of Amelia's sons, Ross and Clay.

However, Bonita makes a poor decision befriending an abused girl and finds herself in a situation that she must escape, and an even worse decision lands Bonita and her admirer, Clay Stone, in the middle of a brutal murder.

Can these two women deal with the dangerous situations Oklahoma has thrown at them? Will they each find love and happiness?

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About the Author

When my Cherokee ancestors arrived in Indian Territory, it was not a choice. Their names are included on a muster list of the Trail of Tears, and their strength has inspired me to write the stories that they might have told.

My own story began in the small town of Stilwell, Oklahoma, where I have lived most of my life. By  twenty-four, I was married with two children, teaching language arts at Stilwell Junior High School. I diversified my career, eventually retiring as the librarian of Siloam Springs Middle School in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, in 2010.

Even though I returned to work temporarily as a part-time library clerk at Stilwell Public Library, I  found time to pursue my passion, writing. For the next seven years, I was published in Guidepost Magazine, the Oklahoma Genealogical Society Quarterly, the Green Country Anthology, the Starwatch Anthology 37, and in various newspapers and newsletters.

I am happy to say that I have completed a trilogy of historical fiction books: Cherokee Clay, Cherokee Stone, and Cherokee Steel. My new project is writing a nonfiction book, Before We Were a State.

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