15 Nov 2013

Lori Crane “Elly Hays”

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Today I welcome Lori Crane on my blog. I understand I am ending her blog tour to celebrate “Elly Hays”, her fantastic new novel. Here is my review and some further information about Lori and her tour. Enjoy!

“Elly Hays” by Lori Crane is an excellent novel giving great insight in to an apparently rather complex political situation. As European I know little of American history and particularly about the Indian Nations.
Crane describes the discussions amongst the Creek Indian Nation, some of whom have intermarried with whites and some of whom foresee the futility of war. However, the British offer weapons against the Americans and some are tempted.
Into this volatile situation comes the Rodgers family, moving into the Eastern Mississippi Territory hoping for economical gain and spurned on by an earthquake.
The time: 1812.
Indians decide to use the Rodgers family and scare them off, as a deterrent to others, without having to enter proper fighting. But when in this encounter between James Rodgers and the Indians the son of a big wig Indian dies, the conflict becomes personal.
The book is based on real people from the author’s ancestry, which makes reading the story very real and personal. Crane writes with great attention to detail and an authentic historical feel. Her interpretation of the events and the dramatisations seem very believable and are great fiction at the same time. She neither glorifies her ancestors nor does she resort to drama for the sake of it. As great as the suspense in this novel is, it aids the story rather than being in there for effect.
It is a great tribute to courage and shows how it had become impossible to stop the progress and the pushing back of the Indians from those territories. It shows a realistic and balanced image of the Indians in the story and history, making the events personal rather than political.
In all conflict there are good and bad people, people that have torn loyalties and have realistic ideas despite their ideals. It is a great account of events and an insightful snapshot of a moment in history.
Very rewarding.



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, and destroying their livelihood. 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.


Lori is a native Mississippi belle currently living in the Yankee territory of western Michigan. She’s a professional musician by night and an indie author by day. She is a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, Daughters of the American Revolution, United States Daughters of 1812, Screen Actors Guild, American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, and the Historical Novel Society.


Amazon US http://www.amazon.com/Lori-Crane/e/B00ATIQW8M

blog http://loricrane.wordpress.com/

website http://loricraneauthor.com/

Twitter @LoriCraneHess

email LoriCraneAuthor@gmail.com



1. EBOOK!  Every comment on this post during the book tour (Nov 4-16) will be entered to win an ebook of the 1st or 2nd book in the Okatibbee Creek series, OKATIBBEE CREEK or AN ORPHAN’S HEART. Your choice of Kindle or Nook. One winner will be chosen. Prize will be delivered by email. Winner will be posted here in the comments on November 17, 2013. Visit each stop of the tour to increase your chances. An ebook will be given away at each stop. Tour schedule is posted atwww.LoriCraneAuthor.com.

2. $25 AMAZON GIFT CARD! If you sign up for Lori’s newsletter by November 16th, you will be entered into the drawing for a $25.00 Amazon Gift Card. One winner will be chosen. Prize will be delivered by email. Winner will be announced in the newsletter on November 18, 2013. Sign up at www.LoriCraneAuthor.com.


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Christoph Fischer was born in Germany in 1970 as the son of a Sudeten-German father and a Bavarian mother. ‘The Luck of The Weissensteiners’ is his first published work. He has written several other novels which are in the later stages of editing and finalisation.
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2 Responses to “Lori Crane “Elly Hays””

  1. Lori Crane: “Ella Hays” | writerchristophfischer says:

    […] her blog tour to celebrate “Elly Hays”, her fantastic new novel. Here is my review. Follow this link for some further information about Lori and her tour. […]

  2. Sarah Mallery says:

    Looks great! Best of luck, Lori…..

    Sarah Mallery (S. R. Mallery)


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