Sixteen-year-old Emme Belrose has it all: four best friends, a horse of her own, a hidden tepee hangout, and a blossoming romance with tall and handsome Charlie. These friends also have a secret. They can move their spirits into animal bodies: an osprey, a mustang, a grizzly, a mountain lion and a coyote. But when Charlie, who has a gift for seeing the future, has a vision of Emme drowning in the icy Yellowstone River, the Spirit Warriors must train their animal bodies to kill an enemy they know is coming… but know nothing about. Suspenseful, romantic, and awash in Native American magic, Spirit Warriors captures the tragic enchantment of the American West—and confirms the power of friendship.
This is a great book. I love books that put some power into the hands of teens. I mean, what could possibly go wrong when you throw emotional young people some power!
DEL has done a great job at crafting memorable characters and situations that make you want to keep reading. She's thrown a mix of things as well. Some might take you by surprise too.
She's hit the nail on the head in terms of YA reads. We have a little bit of everything here: lots of emotions, teen angst, young love, and so much more.
This is the perfect read for those that enjoy YA (adults read it too!) fantasy! You won't want to put it down once you start reading it, so make sure you have some time carved out for reading. Grab a copy and check it out for yourself!
Hi! Thank you so much for hosting me on your blog.
Now to answer your question about what is unusual about my writing or me.
My friends could give you a ten-page story about how different I am, but I’m thinking I better stick with what is different about my writing!
When I write I see what I am writing like a movie in my brain. It is hard to explain, but I feel like I am part of the story and I am eavesdropping. I write what I see, the emotions I sense, and the vividness of wherever the movie in my mind is taking me. When the movie is playing I frantically write what I see. I can’t stop for proper grammar, punctuation, paragraphs or chapters. That drives my editor crazy I know! I just assure her that she will always have job security with me.
The Spirit Warriors series is all laid out in my movie brain. It will be five books and every scene is there, waiting to be written down. I don’t really keep notes. I did start keeping names so I wouldn’t confuse myself or spell them differently. I just can’t do notes or outlines very well. The movies don’t come with paper attachments or instructions.
If I am somewhere, and the movie is playing in my mind, I will write it down in a journal I keep with me. My handwriting is legible only to me and even then sometimes I struggle to read my own handwriting! When that happens I always promise myself to try to write legibly, but I never change. I just forget until the next time I do it.
Sometimes the movies feel like a blessing and other times they are a curse. The only way to get rid of them is to write them down and move onto the next one. Otherwise, I feel lost in their world and I struggle to keep my world going.
The process is different for every writer. It is always interesting to read about other writers and how their stories come to life for them. The most important thing is to keep writing. It doesn’t matter who likes it or doesn’t like it, what matters most is that you wrote it and it was important to you.
Della was born in South Dakota and raised in the vastness and beauty of Montana on a farm. When she longed for the big city life, she moved to Texas where she attended college and received a PhD in nursing. When not nursing people back to health you can find Della huddled over her Mac writing the stories that have occupied her mind for so many years, or traveling with her best friends, the NOLA’s, riding bikes across the Golden Gate bridge or exploring botanical gardens. She is the proud mother of a champion triathlete, two aging dogs and 1 grand-cat. Della has admittedly confessed to her coffee addiction and swears that her two hour coffee crawl while on vacation in Seattle –was the best two hours of her life!
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