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Discover the Red With Native Blood Series by Randal Nerhus and Marjorie Carter.

About the Authors:

Randal Nerhus received a BS in Agricultural Studies from Iowa State University in 1982, and an MA in Oriental Philosophy and Religion from Banaras Hindu University, India, in 1988. Shortly after obtaining his agriculture degree, he volunteered with the Peace Corps in the Philippines. While traveling in the mountains on the island of Palawan, he visited a remote tribal village and encountered a very different way of life—one of community, contentment, happiness, and love. Fifteen years later, his interest in tribal traditions deepened while taking part in a ManKind Project initiation that used native approaches to bring men into a life of integrity. In 2002, Marjorie Carter took him under her shamanic guidance which complemented and expanded upon his early Christian foundations. From 2013 to 2016, he lived in Colombia’s Amazon jungle, learning under Cocama shaman don Rogelio Cariguasari, and relevant parts of that experience were incorporated into the novel.

Marjorie Carter was born in Salem, Missouri, on July 17, 1937. Of Cherokee descent, she learned the traditional ways of her relatives from early childhood. During the eighth grade, she was forced to leave school to work and provide for her younger brothers. At the age of nineteen, she moved to Texas and began her careers in the restaurant and real estate businesses. During her life, she was diagnosed with seven different cancers and fought against melanoma for twenty-five years. A Native American seer and shaman, she had a passion for art, poetry, and stories. She wrote at her ranch near San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, hoping that Red With Native Blood would help reservation students embrace their heritage. Marjorie died of pneumonia on July 12, 2004.

Talks Like thunder - book cover Talks Like Thunder: Red With Native Blood: A Coming-of-Age Novella with a Strong Female Protagonist

by Randal Nerhus (Author), Marjorie Carter (Author)


She’s not sacrificing anything without a fight. As a survivor enters an uncertain landscape, can she protect the ones she cherishes?

Arizona Territory, 1871. Seven-year-old Talks Like Thunder can’t imagine life outside of her Apache family. So after both her parents succumb to deadly disease, her heart is ripped in two when her estranged grandfather takes her to his Chiricahua village. And as she blossoms into a young woman, her extraordinary insights into ancient mystical beliefs transform her into a fierce warrior.

Preparing to defend their sacred land from invading White men, the driven protector falls for a fellow fighter and his words of a brighter future. But when their tribe is captured by U.S. soldiers, Thunder’s years in captivity fuel her to return to those she loves and take revenge on those who stole her innocence.

Meticulously completed posthumously, author Randal Nerhus has lovingly curated Marjorie Carter’s remarkable fictional account of one woman’s journey of compassion, loyalty, and respect for the earth. Through interconnected tales, Talks Like Thunder’s struggle to retain the dignity and freedom integral to her centuries-old culture serves as a reminder of the spiritual strength revealed in Indigenous American history.

If you like authentic historical backdrops, empowered female protagonists, and triumphs of the human spirit, then you’ll love Randal Nerhus and Marjorie Carter’s awe-inspiring odyssey.

Buy Talks Like Thunder to dive into a powerful past today!

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09TSRHBMB
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ March 14, 2022
  • Customer Reviews: 5
  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • 73 ratings
Falling Star Book CoverFalling Star: Red With Native Blood: A Gripping Historical Novella of Loss, Friendship, Change, and New Beginnings

by Randal Nerhus (Author), Marjorie Carter (Author)


It’s been foretold she will save her people. Can this novice shaman master her art in time to stave off disaster?

Dakota Territory, 1865. Falling Star fiercely guards her tribe. Orphaned at the tender age of two, the selfless girl pours herself into learning the chants, myths, and healing secrets of a wise woman. But with her apprenticeship incomplete, she feels utterly unprepared for the challenge of her village being struck by smallpox.

Confused by a fragmented set of visions, Falling Star clings to the confidence she’s built through years of training. And as she puzzles out her totem deer’s cryptic guidance, she realizes she must convince the entire tribe to follow a new path forward if any are to survive.

Will her undying faith in the Great Spirit help halt the tide of a devastating plague?

Falling Star is the spellbinding second novella in the Red With Native Blood YA trilogy. If you like spirited heroines, poetic prose, and immersive details, then you’ll love Randal Nerhus and Marjorie Carter’s authentic tale of American history.

Buy Falling Star to witness a broken past today!

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B09XLNZ524
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ April 14, 2022
  • Customer Reviews: 2
  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • 34 ratings
Singing Wind: Red With Native Blood: A Historical Wartime Novella of Survival, Adventure, and Revenge

by Randal Nerhus (Author), Marjorie Carter (Author)


Swept away from home by a bloody warpath, will this young Sioux woman become an unwilling sacrifice or a totem of hope?

Dakota Territory, 1879. Singing Wind is frozen with grief. Carried off by Pawnee warriors as her people are slaughtered, the terrified Lakota girl fears showing emotion will only cause her captors to be more vicious. But any relief that she escaped a torturous fate bleeds into despair when she realizes they mean to execute her on their god’s altar.

Calling on her smoldering hatred to renew her strength, Singing Wind sees an attack by white soldiers as an opportunity to crawl toward freedom. And as she wanders the vast wilderness between Father Sky and Mother Earth, she fights against hunger, thirst, and the endless fear of enemy pursuit.

Can she find refuge before she meets a tragic end?

Singing Wind is the lyrical third novella in the Red With Native Blood YA trilogy. If you like fierce characters, richly emotional narration, and realistic settings, then you’ll love Randal Nerhus and Marjorie Carter’s truehearted battle.

Buy Singing Wind to hear nature’s rhythms today!

  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0B5HV9FHK
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 12, 2022
  • Customer Reviews: 6
  • 6 out of 5 stars
  • 27 ratings