My name is Robyn Echols. Zina Abbott is the pen I use for my historical novels. I’m a member of Women Writing the West and Western Writers of America. I currently live with my husband in California’s central valley near the “Gateway to Yosemite.”
I love to read, quilt, work with digital images on my photo editing program, and work on my own family history.
I am a blogger. In addition to my own blog, I blog for several group blogs including the Sweet Americana Sweethearts blog, which I started and administer.
Prequel to the Atwell Kin series:
would be easier to stop the flow of the great Missouri and Kansas Rivers than
to prevent the Americans from coming to Kansas.
It is 1856, and the United States opened Kansas Territory to American
settlement two years before. Land belonging to the once-powerful Kansa tribe,
known to the whites as the Kaw, was sold by treaty to the Americans a
His Kansa mother died from smallpox while Charlie was young. He lives with his
American father who owns a trading post in Bonner Springs near the junction of
the Kansas and Missouri Rivers. A child of two nations, Charlie learns through
harsh experience he is not always accepted, including by the father of the
pretty redhead who has caught his eye. The arrival of thousands of white
settlers makes matters worse.
Frustrated, Charlie visits his Kansa uncle to learn the tribal ways, travel the
Kaw Trail to their buffalo hunting grounds, and become a warrior with a
warrior’s name. Once he knows both worlds, he will decide which will best serve
him in the future.
Meadowlark’s traditional father wishes her to marry Broken Wing, a
highly-respected full-blood Kansa warrior close to his own age. Meadowlark
rejects being the junior wife under a dying oldest wife and a wolverine of a
second wife. Once she learns her childhood friend who left the tribe years
earlier has returned to the Kansa, she seeks him out. Even if he does consider
her for a wife, can she persuade her father to allow him enough time to prove
himself as a warrior? Will her father accept him for her husband in spite of
his mixed ancestry?
Will Charlie decide on a future with the white Americans, or will he fight the
coming of the Americans by clinging to the past with the Kansa? Will he try to
straddle both worlds? What will Charlie choose?
Top Ten List:
Zina Abbott Ten Top Favorite Things:
1. My faith and attending Church
5. Dark chocolate (There is a symbiotic
relationship between 3, 4, & 5)
6. Road trips with my husband
7. Attending writing conventions (6 & 7 are