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Book 1 of 1 in The Orphan Moon Trilogy

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Orphan Moon: The Orphan Moon Trilogy, Volume 1 is a historical coming of age story written by T.K. Lukas. Lukas' Orphan Moon is well-plotted, meticulously researched and very entertaining. Barleigh is a marvelous character who is strong, independent and convinced that she can overcome the obstacles to her plans for her sister's and her future. I was spellbound reading about her solitary horseback trip to apply for the job in Missouri, and loved reading about the tryouts for the jobs. Lukas carefully weaves historical data about the cultural limitations and challenges women and slaves faced in the late 1800s into her story. She also covers the role of secessionists in fomenting violence that would be blamed on Indian tribes, as well as detailing their attempts to block the mail from reaching the west coast. The real high points of this book for me, however, were found in Lukas' masterful and exciting descriptions of the Pony Express rides undertaken by Bar and her friend, Stoney Wooten, as they race to get the post through the roughest territories in the west, battling the weather and natural obstacles that made it even more challenging. Orphan Moon is a literate and beautifully written novel that's filled with action and adventure, and stars a most impressive role model in the strong and resourceful Barleigh Flanders. It's most highly recommended.

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I was listening to a compelling segment on NPR as they interviewed author Christopher Corbett who spoke about his critically acclaimed, non-fiction book about the Pony Express. His book, Orphans Preferred, took its name from the California newspaper help-wanted ad, circa 1860, that read: "WANTED, YOUNG, SKINNY, WIRY FELLOWS. NOT OVER 18. MUST BE EXPERT RIDERS WILLING TO RISK DEATH DAILY. ORPHANS PREFERRED. WAGES $25 PER WEEK. APPLY PONY EXPRESS STABLES, SAINT JOSEPH, MISSOURI."

After his interview, I did two things. First, I read Mr. Corbett's book, which, by the way, is a fascinating and funny revisionist history of the nineteen-month-long run of the ill-fated enterprise. And second, I started thinking... If I was a young girl living in the 1860's, I'd want to be a Pony Express rider! But, dang it, the ad clearly said "Young, skinny, wiry FELLOWS..."

So I started thinking some more...

And one thought led to another, and another, and before I knew it, I had an outline, then a draft, then a finished manuscript for Orphan Moon.

Turns out, what we know about the Pony Express is actually very little, and the stories, while rooted in fact, are layered in fiction. So, I decided to toss my hat in the ring and throw one more tall tale onto the pile of perpetual myths that keep the little Pony running. One-hundred fifty-five years later, and we're still writing and reading stories about the romantic western icon, the beloved image of Americana, the brave lone rider of the Pony Express. 

I'd be honored if you would consider reading and reviewing Orphan Moon

Thank you and happy reading,
T.K. Lukas

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