PLAGUE OF FLIES: REVOLT OF THE SPIRITS, 1846
In 1846 Alta California, Catalina Delgado daydreams about her future: roping cattle, marrying Angelo Ortega and raising children. But now, invaders from the United States—the Bear Flaggers—have declared war against Mexico, her country. Bear Flaggers have imprisoned one close friend of her family and murdered others. What fate might befall her parents, grandfather and younger brothers? And what about her best friend, a Costanoan servant girl? How can Catalina, only sixteen, help protect all those she loves?
The spirits provide Catalina with answers, but not ones she wants. Plus she fears the strange spirit man who rides a black Andalusian stallion through the sky. For the sake of all she holds dear, Catalina must risk her reputation as a chaste young woman, her future with Angelo, her life and her very soul. When hopes and dreams clash with cold reality, Catalina finds the fortitude to accomplish what only she can do.
Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846 is a thoroughly engaging, unique novel. The historical facts of early California are intact with fresh new images that ring true. It’s a love story and a history with elements of fantasy that make it read like a fairy tale. I loved it!
-Jane Kirkpatrick, Award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of The Healing of Natalie Curtis
Originality is a hallmark of Ms. Hill’s work and Plague of Flies: Revolt of the Spirits, 1846 is no exception. Grounded in a history and society of old California that is too often disregarded, it is an outstanding novel about coming of age and finding one’s place in the world.
-Alan Beatts, Borderlands Books
© 2021 Laurel Anne Hill
Published by Sand Hill Review Press, LLC
ISBN: 978-1-949534-20-7 (Paperback)
ISBN: 978-1-949534-21-4 (ebook)
Cover Art by Julie Dillon
Interior by Backspace Ink
Library of Congress Control Number: 2021911387
Paperback Price: $18.95 * eBook Price: $5.99
Author’s Dedication of Book: Dedicated to my beloved husband, David (now a spirit), and to the spirits of my Mexican great-grandparents Emigdio Medina and Hipólita Orendain de Medina.