Niall MacLachlainn drinks to escape the bitterness borne of resentment toward his father. But instead of providing an escape, a bout of drunkenness ushers a nightmare into Niall's life...a nightmare of torture at the hands of unscrupulous men who lust for the gold on Cherokee land. And the wounded soul of a boy becomes the scarred shell of a man. When he finds love with Meli, he hopes to leave his past failures behind. But heartbreak finds Niall again through his infant son. Can he ever receive forgiveness for his failures? And will his father ever give him the approval he craves? Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous years of the American Revolution, Deep in the Valley continues the saga of the Ailean MacLachlainn family, whose fortune and future is tied to the fate of the new nation.
I grew up in the Appalachian foothills of north Georgia, spending summer evenings on the front porch listening spellbound as grownups told tales of local events, including stories of the supernatural. Storytelling has been a big part of my life ever since. As a small child, I often entertained myself by imagining exciting stories, even before I could write. Now, when I enter a story world and watch the characters act out an interesting or exciting tale, I write down what they do and share it. But my stories don't fit the accepted genre rules. And since I have to tell what a story's genre is when I publish it, I pick one that seems closest. But, oh, how I wish the publishing venues had an option that would fit: Higgledy-Piggledy Genre.