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Title: A Bonfire of Bones Reviewer: Sjc calamity Signed

great story 

love is love doesnt matter if you understand words or not

hoping there is another story to follow Adam and Kopakashe 

and what they will endure together 

again well written thanks for a great read 

Author's Response:

Thank you, sjc calamity, for reading and commenting. Appreciate that you thought it was well-written as I attempt to make a story easy to read but still convey depth. And I agree, love can overcome language barriers and in some instances, language isn't even necessary. Thank you, again.

Date: 05/31/2021 - 06:32 am [Report This]
Title: A Bonfire of Bones Reviewer: Tahoe Lee Signed

Adam and Kopakashe grew tremendously throughout this story.  As you're writing, you're building character and personality.  The word "craft" comes to mind in creating the character of Kopakashe. 

A bittersweet story.  Tragic, shocking in many ways, and yet filled with affection and sacrifice.  Beautifully written with love and respect for the Shoshone Native Americans and the Cartwright family.


Highly recommend this one!  A real gem! 


Author's Response:

I am happy you found this story well-written and also respectful of all people who, through their actions, earn it. Thanks for your support and for reading.

Date: 05/15/2021 - 10:15 pm [Report This]
Title: Kiss Me Reviewer: Tahoe Lee Signed

Adam had to deal with his own emotions, which were unfamiliar to him, along with his family and the outside world.  Sometimes, you think you know how bad something is going to be, but when you're faced with it in reality, it's worse than you ever imagined.  Kopakashe is devoted to him and yet she was willing to leave. I think this was a pivotal moment for both of them.  Some of the scenes are quite sensual and you write them well.  It helps to understand their intimacy.   



Author's Response:

Thank you. I wanted to convey that even without words, a man and a woman can convey emotions; Adam, who loves words, had to learn how to communicate using few of them and just enjoy Kopakashe's companionship and love. And I agree that her leaving forced Adam to see Kopakashe as a woman with her own will and her own right to choose her fate.

Date: 05/15/2021 - 10:10 pm [Report This]
Title: Don't Shoot the Messenger Reviewer: Tahoe Lee Signed

Hoss had a way of getting through to Adam like no other.  I like how you showed the respect Adam had for Hoss' opinion.  It's rare to see Adam this confused, if ever.  Not only for her future but for his own future as well. How does a Shoshone woman and her culture fit in with the Cartwrights?  Is it even possible in the mid 1800's?  Good stuff to ponder and to read.   I love how you dissected the prejudices of the time with her beauty and sensitivity as a human being.  You brought her to life.


Author's Response:

I'm glad Kopakashe became a person and not just a caricature of a Shoshone female. I felt the two Indian wives that were portrayed in Bonanza (not counting the Indian captives returned to white civilization) were too easily accepted into the white world although Dawn Wells' character faced some adversity.  I read quite a bit about the times, especially Nevada Territory and its surrounding territories, the laws on marriage and such so I had some basis.

And yes. I think Adam would be more respectful of Hoss' opinions because Hoss was basically only pointing out what Adam saw but didn't want to confront. Hoss forced him to do so.

Date: 05/15/2021 - 10:08 pm [Report This]
Title: Like Father, Like Son Reviewer: Tracy Signed

"Bride of the Black Bear: Part 2" follows Adam as he comes to terms with his choices, fully realizes his love for his new wife, and steps into the role of husband and protector.

Both parts 1 and 2 are stories I'll revisit again; stories that carry me through the sights and sounds of Adam's time with Kopakashe, and the decisions he makes to realize their happiness. 

Thanks, Adamant, for a journey much enjoyed. And should there ever be a Part 3 . . . I'm there.

Author's Response:

Thanks, Tracy, for reading and encouraginging the writing of this Part 2. I'm glad it was interesting and that you enjoyed the "journey." Don't think they'll be a thrid part, though.  :-D

Date: 05/12/2021 - 08:15 pm [Report This]
Title: A Bonfire of Bones Reviewer: Pt29646 Signed

Once again we see that Adam is an honorable man. I'm glad he and Kopakashe stayed together, and I'm really glad that she saved herself from being raped. I'm glad Rand was emasculated. Not much of a man, anyway.

This story is really good - great characters, good plot, and excellend writing. I really enjoyed it. Thank you for posting. 

Author's Response:

Thank you for letting me know your response to this story. Pleased you thought it was well-written. To me, that is the nicest thing anyone can say about one of my stories. 

Date: 05/12/2021 - 11:59 am [Report This]
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