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$2.99 eBook sale of People of the Morning Star

Hi All,

Our great publisher just put the eBook of PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR on sale for $2.99! But it’s for a limited time only!

$2.99 eBook Sale: People of the Morning Star by W. Michael Gear & Kathleen O’Neal Gear

SUN BORN just came out!

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Hi All,

We are happy to announce that SUN BORN, the second book in the PEOPLE OF THE MORNING STAR trilogy, just hit the shelves. We really love the new cover concept that our great publisher has used for SUN BORN, and the paperback of recently released, PEOPLE OF THE SONGTRAIL. Both designs use real prehistoric artwork, which just delights us!  

Winter is settling over Wyoming as we write.  We rose to 36 degrees this morning, with a light dusting of snow on the ground.  It’s always so beautiful to look out across the meadow and see the buffalo frosted white, their warm breaths rising like clouds into the air above them.  Winter is a quiet, serene time in northern Wyoming.  The songbirds are gone, leaving mostly hawks, chickadees, and dark-eyed juncos to fill the trees during the day.  At night, owls call from the red cliffs, their voices mixing with those of coyotes and the occasional howl of wolves.  

We hope you are all having a lingering and colorful autumn.

Best Regards,


Mike and Kathy


Books on sale for the holidays!

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We hope you are having a joyous holiday season. It’s been unseasonably warm in northern Wyoming. For us, that means it’s a whopping 48 degrees this afternoon. The buffalo love this weather. There’s almost no snow cover, so it’s easy for them to get to the tall grasses on the mountain slopes.

Just FYI, our great publisher has placed several of our books on sale for $4.99 for the holidays. We’re delighted by this. If you don’t have these titles and wish to get them, now is the time!

People of the Fire


People of the Morning Star

People of the Weeping Eye

People of the Longhouse

Dawn Country

Morning River

Best Wishes for a wonderful December filled with the warmth of family and friends.

Michael and Kathleen

Cahokian civilization. Epic fire 900 years ago…

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Was the epic fire that destroyed more than 100 buildings around AD 1170 an accident?  Maybe a ritual cleansing?  Or an act of warfare?  Archaeologists have lots of ideas, but the event did mark the beginning of the end.  People of the Morning Star is set about a hundred years before the great fire, but you can see the seeds of discontent building…


Fort Ancient culture and agriculture… http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/spring-2015/article/native-american-mound-builder-society-experienced-rapid-agricultural-development

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Fort Ancient culture was a mound building culture and heavily reliant on maize agriculture, but were they “Mississippian” (People of the Morning Star)  or a separate mound building culture descended from Hopewell (People of the Lakes)?  We think they came directly out of Hopewell, but interacted with Mississippian peoples.  What do you think? 


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