Author Name: Jay Jordan Hawke
Book Name: Onwaachige the Dreamer
Series: The Two-spirit Chronicles
Series is best read in order
Release Date: December 17, 2015
What would you do for the boy you loved? What if to save him you had to abandon him forever?
Fourteen-year-old Joshua Ishkoday faces an impossible decision as a terrifying dream sets him upon a thrilling and treacherous journey of self-exploration through the dangerous vastness of the Wisconsin northwoods. There, along with his best friends, Mokwa and Little Deer, Joshua summons the power to confront his greatest fears. To do so, all he has to do is trust in his dreams. Unfortunately, Joshua discovers that his dreams have been deceiving him thanks to the intrusion of strange creatures. For out in the middle of the forest dwell the enigmatic Memegwesi, bizarre manitous who have a special plan for Joshua. Joshua soon realizes that he has three monsters to battle: the extraordinary creatures haunting his dreams, the dangerous torrential storm brewing in the northwoods, and finally, the greatest demon of all—his homophobic mother.
Pages or Words: 200 pages/57,547 words
Categories: Fantasy, Fiction, Gay Fiction, Paranormal, Young Adult
It was Joshua’s turn to bear a horrified expression, as he witnessed his mother commit such a monstrous act. She didn’t care that his father was in danger. She didn’t care that she had just heartlessly abused a harmless creature. And she didn’t care that her only son had experienced a traumatic emotional experience from the death he witnessed at camp. All she cared about was her mindless obedience to a Bible she didn’t even bother to understand. As he stood there in shock, he knew what he had to do.… He needed to get as far away from her as he possibly could, beyond the reach of the monstrous beast that called itself his mother.
Catherine moved to intercept Joshua’s mad dash for the woods. She didn’t want him getting away with his childish behavior a second time. But Black Crow had been watching closely and deduced what she intended to do. He stood in her way, blocking her from stopping Joshua, allowing him to escape into the forest. Catherine grabbed Black Crow angrily by the wrists and shouted, “Get out of my way, you savage heathen!”
Black Crow was visibly shaking with anger. “You want to take me on, you witch?” he shouted, obviously up for the challenge. “Because I assure you, I won’t be fleeing into the woods.”
“Black Crow!” Gentle Eagle called, issuing an unusually aggressive command.
Black Crow removed his glare from Catherine and eyed Gentle Eagle, reluctantly backing down.
Catherine shot Gentle Eagle a powerful glare and followed it with an equally potent accusation. “So this is what you are teaching them?” she said, referring to Black Crow’s behavior. And then she ran off into the woods after her son.
“Are you going to just let her go after him?” Black Crow asked in disbelief.
“She won’t find him now,” Gentle Eagle said. “She’ll never find him.”
Only then did the two realize that Mokwa and Little Deer had vanished as well.
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Meet the author:
Jay Jordan Hawke holds a bachelor’s, master’s, and Ph.D. in history, as well as a second master’s in Outdoor Education. He loves everything sci-fi, especially Star Trek! He teaches high school history and anxiously awaits the day when he can write full time. His hobbies include camping, movies, reading, running, and writing. His first book, Pukawiss the Outcast, was a Lambda Literary Award finalist for Best Young Adult Gay Fiction. He resides in one of the Great Lakes states.
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Goodreads Link: http://www.goodreads.com/JayJordanHawke
Publisher: Harmony Ink Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Other Books in the Series:
Excerpt from Pukawiss The Outcast:
Hearing about Pukawiss only strengthened his determination to learn everything he could about being an Indian. This was the one place he knew he fit in—where God and the manitous acknowledged and even celebrated him. Joshua never felt that in the Christian faith.
While Joshua never quite took to Christianity, with such a devout mother, he pretended to. He went through the motions, but he didn’t embrace it. He didn’t fit into it anywhere. Hearing his mother’s hate-filled antigay sermons didn’t exactly help. Those only deepened the chasm between him and the church. His mother’s words became the church’s words in Joshua’s mind, and he wanted nothing to do with it.
And now he had something better. Now Joshua knew that God did in fact have a place for him. The Ojibwe God did, at least. Mokwa had informed him that God was called Gitchee Manitou.Though often translated as God, Mokwa told him it meant “the Great Mystery.” Mostly, people on the reservation simply used the word “Creator” when talking of God. Joshua liked that. There was no dogma attached to it. It was simple and straightforward.
Excerpt from A Scout is Brave:
Joshua didn’t know how far or for how long he had run. He desperately gasped for air but didn’t stop running. It didn’t matter to him where he was going. As he ran, he pushed his body to its limits.
When he felt tired, he increased his speed. When cramps gripped his chest, he ignored them. The harder he pushed his body, the more he had to concentrate on moving it and the more willpower it took to compensate for the overwhelming instinct to stop. The harder Joshua pushed, the less room there was in his head to contemplate what had just happened. Total concentration went into continuing his physical exertion.
All the willpower in the world, however, would not allow Joshua to continue to exceed his body’s natural limits. Eventually, it began to weaken. His rapid speed finally slowed to a crawl, and his steady course was replaced by recurrent stumbles. Joshua tried to correct his performance, but ultimately his body gave in, and he tripped on his own feet, tumbling to the ground. A moment of elation overcame his body as it enjoyed the sudden relaxation in tension. Then everything rushed back to him, and Joshua felt the full force of reality drag him desperately back down into an inescapable dark void of despair.
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