EMBRACE THE WIND is a thrilling ride through the Wyoming Territory circa 1870, some 20 years before statehood. Our 20-year-old heroine, Aislynn Maher, has much matured since we first met her in FAR AWAY HOME, and like her new environs, struggles for stability in an era of unsettled and unpredictable gender and race issues. Her most reliable weapons are feminist determination and pioneer grit -- two strengths that mesh well with the historic milestones that Susan Denning has so skillfully woven into her story -- most notably Wyoming's passage of women's suffrage legislation in 1869, the first in our young nation. You have to hold on to the reins until the end in this one, and there's no slowing down along the way. Carol McC. Booker, attorney/journalist, co-author with Simeon Booker, Shocking the Conscience: A Reporter's Account of the Civil Rights Movement.
EMBRACE THE WIND, the sequel to FAR AWAY HOME, has been five years in the writing and in my opinion, EMBRACE THE WIND was worth the wait. It is not often that a sequel surpasses an original book, but I think Ms. Denning might have managed this feat with her latest book.
For lovers of well constructed stories of the pioneering days of early America this is the book for you. The author has taken the historical facts of the period and wrapped them around a story to hold your attention from the first to the last page. Geoff Woodland, author of Triangle Trade and Ice King.
EMBRACE THE WIND -For as much as I loved Susan Denning's first book, FAR AWAY HOME, her sequel topped all expectations, both in terms of story and in the complexity of her craft. We once again meet Aislynn, who's become one of my favorite heroines, as she brings that vulnerable sense of independence we fell in love with to even more personally and socially dangerous territory. Another great read from Denning, who is acutely aware of how relevant her heroine's journey is to today's struggles for equality and assimilation for women and Native Americans. A great read for those who want to be entertained, as well as gain perspective on surprisingly contemporary concerns. And I would hope Mrs. Denning is working on her third book. Sebastian Tudores, Director/ Writer
In her latest book, EMBRACE THE WIND, Ms. Denning offers a vivid taste of history, seasoned with a spicy mix of characters. Brenda B Dawson, author of A Season of Magenta, Regrets, Indian Blanket and other novels including the Scott's series.
About the Author
The novel began as a chapter for a history book. I conducted my research in the American west for three years; I even drove a covered wagon (checkout the Youtube video on the FAR AWAY HOME page at susandenningauthor.com). When the history book project dissolved, I used my research to form an historical novel.
As a self-published,unknown author, I never imagined anyone would read FAR AWAY HOME. But tens of thousands of readers did. It rose to the Top 100 Ebook Bestsellers in August 2011, and by October, it reached #39 in the Bestselling Kindle Ranking! It became #1 in Western Romance, #2 in ebook Historicals and #3 in all Historicals for six weeks in 2011. For the next four years, it ranked among the Top 100 in each of these categories.
Squidoo listed FAR AWAY HOME as a bestselling Western for 2012and 2013. In 2011, the ebook was an Indiereader Self-Published Bestseller for 8 weeks.
On August 18th, 2015, Tantor Media released the audiobook version.
To my great surprise, many requested the next chapter of Aislynn's story. I am pleased to announce the sequel is now available.
EMBRACE THE WIND, an Historical Novel of the American West: Aislynn's Story- Book 2 debuted on Amazon in March 2017. For more information, visit susandenningauthor.com.