I love this photo for the back cover of my new historical novel, “Mariano’s Woman”

This photo was taken by L. A. Huffman in 1878 at Fort Keogh, Montana, of Pretty Nose, a Cheyenne Woman, courtesy of Montana Historical Society Research Center Archives. Although the image is not of a Flathead woman, it evoked in me the spirit of Takánsy as I imagine her: strong, proud, yet troubled and unsure […]

Just published: my new historical novel, “Mariano’s Woman”

Mariano’s Woman, published by Pronghorn Press, is a historical novel featuring nineteenth-century clashes between Jesuit “blackrobes,” mountain men and Montana Indian tribes. Based on the true story of Takansy, the Indian wife of early Colorado pioneer Mariano Medina, award-winning author David M. Jessup explores the theme of what happens to souls in the afterlife.

Breakfast and Tour with Mariano Medina

Saturday, May 25th, 2019 8:30 to 11:00 AM ​Sylvan Dale Ranch ~ Loveland, Colorado Learn How Angel Vigil Becomes Mariano Medina The Big Thompson’s first settler, Mariano Medina, died over 150 years ago.  But he’s “re-visiting” Loveland in the form of historical reenactor Angel Vigil. Angel is an accomplished author, performer, theatre director, and educator. He […]

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