Bandolero is set in 1830’s Southern California, which was Mexico at that time. I found some interesting tidbits while doing research for my book. One of the sad, but true historical truths had to do with the sport of fighting bears and bulls. From my reading I found that sometimes they were tied together and sometimes they were tied to a post. Either way they fought to the death, a bloody sport.
I used that in Bandolero as something that happened in the past. This time the event was not merely for sport. In Bandolero there is a bear attack. Grizzlies were once common in California, which is why the bear symbol is on the flag.
Mexican folklore is as fascinating as folktales or fairy tales from anywhere in the world. These stories were usually cautionary tales meant to teach young people morality or wisdom. Picture the children seated at the feet of their Nana as she tells the story of a young wayward girl we’ll call Rosa.
Rosa was a beautiful girl with long, black hair, and eyes that sparkled like stars. She worked very hard at home, but longed to go dancing. Sometimes her feet would tap a rhythm of their own as she thought of the handsome cowboys and the dances held in town. One night, Rosa sneaked from the house and made her way into town. Dancers whirled in bright colors and Rosa heart sang to join them. One handsome cowboy sauntered across the room and held out his hand to Rosa. He was the best looking man in the room and only had eyes for Rosa. They danced and danced. Rosa knew she should go home, but she thought, “One more dance. Only one more.” Before she knew it, the clock struck midnight. Rosa’s handsome cowboy whirled around, his feet became cloven hooves, and Rosa knew he was the devil. Too late, she knew she should have been home where she would be safe.
Today Bandolero is on sale for 99 cents. If you are interested you can find the Kindle version here. Below is the blurb for Bandolero.
She’s been rejected and betrayed.
He sacrificed all to seek revenge.
Alta California 1830’s
Yoana Armenta knows she is doomed to a miserable existence after her betrothal is broken. She will never marry. But, when her reckless behavior results in her and her tía being captured by bandoleros, Yoana fears her impulsive nature may cause irreparable disaster for both of them.
Amado Castro gave a death bed promise that he intends to keep – at all costs – even if he must break a childhood vow. When his choice endangers Yoana’s life, he struggles with the decision to honor his word, or to protect Yoana, whom he has come to care for more than he could have imagined. What of his father’s expectations? And, what does God require of him?
Now as the bandoleros threaten to sell Yoana and her tía to a fate worse than death, and the rancheros want to hang Amado, they must make choices. Will they trust God, or will they do what seems right to them? Will Amado’s life be sacrificed for Yoana’s?