The Stamp of Heaven Tour – LSBBT Tour

 

THE STAMP OF HEAVEN
by
JULIA ROBB
  Genre: Historical Fiction / Civil War
Publisher: self-published
Date of Publication: February 19, 2019
Number of Pages: 196
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The Union Army wants former Confederate Army general Beau Kerry for alleged war crimes, but he’s hiding out where the Yankees least expect to find him: in the United States Cavalry. Beau is fighting Apaches out West and praying nobody recognizes his famous face.But Lieutenant Kerry’s luck changes when he runs into Sergeant Ike Jefferson and says, “The last time I saw you, I had you bent over a barrel and I was whipping you.” Ike is not only Beau’s best friend (or worst enemy, depending on the day), he’s Beau’s former slave — and Ike knows there’s a $5000 price on Beau’s head.

Caroline Dietrich has vengeance on her mind. Married to Colonel Wesley Dietrich, the Union fort commander, Caroline believes the best path to getting revenge against the Yankees, her husband included, is seducing her husband’s officers. Especially Beau.

From the killing fields of the Civil War, to the savagery of the Indian wars, the characters are also battling each other and searching for what it means to be human.

5-STAR PRAISE FOR THE STAMP OF HEAVEN:
“Her characters are vivid, relatable, and endearing. She brings to life the rigors of frontier duty, the harsh beauty of west Texas, and the complexity of war and reconciliation. A must read!” 
“Julia Robb creates a masterful tale of friendship, loyalty, cowardice, deceit, and redemption in this fascinating story set in the aftermath of the War Between the States…Not a simple western yarn, this novel will keep you thinking and asking the Big Questions long after you finish reading it.”

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Julia Robb is a former journalist who writes novels set in Texas. She’s written Saint of the Burning Heart, Scalp Mountain, Del Norte, The Captive Boy, and The Stamp of Heaven. 
 
Julia grew up on the lower Great Plains of Texas and lived in every corner of the Lone Star State, from the Rio Grande to the East Texas swamps. 

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author interview

Interview with Julia Robb

 

How does your book relate to your life path?

I believe in redemption: that most humans do wrong things, and we are called on to change and make amends. Some people do and some don’t, but it’s something we need to do for growth alone, if for no other reason. Why some people are able to self-realize and change, and others cannot, is a mystery.

Sometimes we just need to admit what we have done and forgive ourselves.

I refuse to write a book where my characters are not touched by that kind of grace.

Also, in fiction, characters who do not change are boring — as they are in real life.

In The Stamp of Heaven, my protagonist, Beau, has done things he regrets (which hurt him as much as anyone else), and things he felt he had to do for other people.  Beau burned down his parents’ plantation home, he had slaves, he murdered two men (for good reasons, but, oh well). Beau needs to come to terms with these things before he can go on in life. And he does.

 

Why are your lead characters always male?

Because I like men and find then more straightforward than women, because men can engage in physical violence when women can’t (on a sustained basis), and because I find them easier to understand than women. I like women, but they are more complicated then men.

What literary character is most like you?

I can honestly say I have never read a book which contained a character I felt was remotely like me. I can tell you a recent book I really enjoyed. Readers, I loved Enemy Women, by Paulette Jiles. The time is the Civil War and the lead character is a Missouri mountain girl who is taken to a prison to be interrogated by a Union officer, who falls in love with her. This is not a romance novel but is about a man and woman falling for each other in a difficult time and place. It is also about the war, the hardest experience Americans have ever lived through.

What did you enjoy most about writing The Stamp of Heaven?

I enjoyed the psychiatrist questioning Caroline about her life and the lies Caroline told him. I enjoyed some of my characters’ supernatural experiences, the time Beau thought he had found his half-brother after a many-years search, and the time a spirit haunted Colonel Dietrich.  Supernatural experiences are the most interesting things in life.

 

Have you ever had a supernatural experience?

Absolutely. Which one should I tell you? How about the ghost who haunted my house in Frederick, Maryland? The spirit, I think male, who paced the floor at the foot of my bed at night, scaring me to death. One morning, it came down to the kitchen and breathed into my face as I was trying to eat my cereal; then it disappeared. One night soon after, though, he didn’t pace at the foot of my bed, and I never heard him again.

GIVEAWAY!  GIVEAWAY! GIVEAWAY!
1st Prize: Signed Copy of The Stamp of Heaven + $5 Cash
2nd Prize: Signed Copy or eBook Copy of The Stamp of Heaven
April 3-13, 2019
(U.S. Only)

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