Elly Hays by Lori Crane (Book Excerpt and Giveaway)

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As the War of 1812 approached, the Creek Indian Nation was in the middle of a civil war. They fought brutally between themselves, as well as with the white settlers who were encroaching upon tribal land.

It was during this time Elly’s family moved to the eastern Mississippi Territory for the promise of low-cost land and fertile soil. She had no idea they were moving into Creek territory – into the middle of a hornet’s nest.

Tafv’s band of warriors taunted them, stealing their property, killing their animals. Just when the family thought things couldn’t get any worse, during one of the Indian raids as Elly’s husband chased the Indians away from the farm, Tafv’s young son was killed in the pursuit. Tafv vowed revenge against Elly’s family, and a final showdown was imminent.

Elly Hays is based on the real-life story of Elizabeth Hays Rodgers and is the epic clash between a fearless warrior with nothing to lose and a young mother on the verge of losing everything.


She smiled at the thought of the children being able to soon sleep in their own beds in their own room, and she began to hum a lullaby for Jack, who had finally settled into her arms and was looking drowsy. She watched her boys work on the house and the young ones laying out bricks in the yard. For this small moment in time, everything was in order. The children were happy and healthy, the house was coming along, and the new land was everything her husband had promised.

Jack placed his thumb in his mouth and his eyelids grew heavy. She rocked him gently and hummed, as he was falling asleep in her arms. She kissed him on the forehead, then looked up and watched Lizzie and Sarah again emerging from the woods with full buckets of water. Her beautiful girls were laughing and smiling, which filled her heart. As they reached the edge of the tree line, something directly behind them caught her eye.

The man sat motionless in the darkness of the woods, astride a huge black steed. His chest was bare, except for a few beads and feathers dangling from his necklace and his headband. His bare arms were muscular, with a thin band of something tied around his right bicep. His face was covered in red and black paint, but through the color, Elly thought she could make out his high cheekbones and square jaw. On top of his head were two feathers sticking straight up. They twisted softly in the gentle breeze. His face held no expression as he sat still and watched her family. His body was that of stone, and for a moment she thought he was a statue, but what kind of statue would instantly appear in the wilderness? He slowly turned his face toward her, and she realized in shock and horror exactly what she was looking at. When their eyes met, a shiver went up her spine.



Lori is a historical novelist specializing in the 17th-19th centuries of the American south. She is active in historical preservation as a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, and the United States Daughters of 1812. She is also a professional musician and a member of the Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Historical Novel Society. More info available at www.LoriCraneAuthor.com

website http://loricraneauthor.com/

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25 thoughts on “Elly Hays by Lori Crane (Book Excerpt and Giveaway)”

  1. Hi Ionia! Thanks for letting me scribble on your blog today. Writing ELLY HAYS touched me deeply as she is my 5th great grandmother. I also have a soft spot for the Indians who were eventually kicked of their land in the 1830s by the U.S. Government. I hope everybody likes the story. 🙂


  2. I love the cover and the story. this will be a good one for me. Though my great grandmother was Cherokee from NC, the Creeks inhabited the region that I am from in GA.


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