REVIEWS

ANGEL OF THE GOLD RUSH:

“There is some early history of the plight of the Irish and the potato famine that is very interesting here.  The opening is also very good . . . .” —Writer’s Digest Self-Published BookAwards, 2005.

“Masterful storytelling . . . the characters are well designed  . . . good bedtime reading that keeps me awake longer than I intended.” —Ron Stob, author of Back Roads of the Central Coast, Honey’s Let’s Get a Boat—Cruising America’s Great Loop, and A Cat Called Canoe.

“B J Scott has done an outstanding job of bringing history to life . . .enjoyable reading . . . .”—Niki Reese Eschen, Santa Maria Times.

 

ANGEL’S DAUGHTER:

“Your writing is compelling . . .you don’t want to put it down even though you need to go to bed . . .I’ve read for other authors of historical fiction, and yours is by far at the top of my list . . . Bravo.”—Jeanette Lundgren, professional editor formerly with Dell Publishing, Bantam Doubleday Books, and Random House.

“A fast-moving yarn of the glory days of railroading in California.  A lot of California history and the Chinese influence make interesting reading.” Rated 5 out of 5 (excellent) for plot and grammar—Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, 2007. 

 “A rapid pace distinguishes Angel’s Daughter as the story moves from San Francisco to Hong Kong and back.  Angel’s Daughter is an incident-rich adventure story set in a time of singular economic and social change in the California of 1867.” —Historical Novels Review.

 

LEGACY OF ANGELS:

” . . . B. J. Scott tells a great story, which starts in Book One in Ireland with Kathleen Connelly and traces the trials and fortunes of her remarkable daughters through the Gold Rush, concluding with Bridget, the granddaughter, overcoming extraordinary odds and assuming leadership of her family’s vast holdings.  ‘Never, ever, cross a Connelly woman’, she warns.  By the way, Scott has also created possibly the most evil villain ever.  Goldfinger, The Joker, Lex Luthor?  Mere patsies compared to Mei Li Kang.”—Tim Steury, Washington State Magazine

 LIGHT ON A DISTANT HILL

 Just finished reading Light On A Distant Hill.  I enjoyed it very much.  It showed Native Americans as human beings.  It also showed how badly they were treated by the white U.S. Government.  All tribes, Choctaws included, suffered terribly under government rule. “—Fran W., Choctaw Nation

“Brilliantly composed with vivid details of both the characters and the culture, the reader is easily pulled in.  I was on the edge of my seat throughout this novel, eager to learn what happened next . . . .”—Angela Simmons, Historical Novels Review Online, August 2011

“Really excellent read . . . a sympathetic and interesting heroine, and the historical details felt organic and contextual, not obviously didactic.”

—Judge, 2011 WILLA Awards panel

“Story and characters engaging”.—Judge, 2011 WILLA Awards panel

“I truly enjoyed this book.  Not your typical ‘white-woman-gets-taken-by-the-Indians’ tale.  Interesting and original story line with some nice twists at the end.  After the white woman gets taken in by the Shoshone, her Indian name translates to Light On A Distant Hill.  The distant hill plays an important part of the story later on.  I also liked the flashback method that the author used to tell the story.”—Judge, 2011 WILLA Awards panel

“The writing is rich with the author’s passion for history and for understanding the ways of the heart, and his compassion for the human experience with all of its ups and downs.  The author conveys an exciting tale while always keeping at the forefront the harsh realities of frontier life for both Native Americans and Anglo settlers.  An inspiring story showing strength of character and giving hope and promise to future generations.  The cast of characters encountered here is, individually and collectively, certainly strong enough to carry the narrative, which prompts the reader’s interest in always wanting to know what will happen next.”—Judge, 19th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, 2011 

“AN EPIC STORY OF COURAGE, LOVE, DECEIT, AND SURVIVAL!”       Award-Winning author B.J. Scott delivers a historical triumph as he defines the true meaning of our American forefathers, the exploitation of native Americans, and the fight for survival in the era of ‘the old west.’ The author takes the reader to 1876, when a young woman sets out on a mission to meet her future husband. Ellen O’Hara travels from Kansas to become the bride of a military officer, but an unexpected turn of events prevent her from completing her mission, as the group she traveled with was attacked and assaulted by an Indian band. She was captured by the Shoshone Indians, accepted by the tribe, and falls in love with the Chief. At the age of sixteen, Ellen learns about conflict, cruelty, and injustice. She also learns about love, and hatred in a battle for survival. The author paints a portrait of the good, the bad, and the ugly. Most important, this gripping, heartfelt story portrays the horrifying consequences of the indigenous people who lost everything and the courage of one woman, who stood strong until the end. The colorful characters bring this story to life in a perfect setting as we learn about brutality, savages, and innocent victims. “LIGHT ON A DISTANT HILL” is as intriguing as Besieged, as thrilling as The Courage Of Love, and as entertaining as The Feast Of All Saints. Highly recommended.—Geri Ahern, Geri’s Book Reviews

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