Tuesday, 15 May 2012

Blog Tour - Deadly Addiction by Kristine Cayne

  I am pleased to be able to host Kristine Cayne’s Deadly Addiction on my blog today through Bewitching Book Tours.

Author: Kristine Cayne
Series: Deadly Vices
Genre: Romance - Suspense
Publisher: Self


A proud people. A nation divided.
Rémi Whitedeer, police officer turned substance-abuse counselor, dreams of restoring order to his tribe. Violence and crime are rampant throughout the unpoliced Iroquois reserve, and a civil war is brewing between the Guardians, a militant traditionalist group, and other tribal factions. As the mixed-race cousin of the Guardians’ leader, Rémi is caught in a no-man’s land—several groups lay claim to him, but all want him to deny his white blood.

A maverick cop on an anti-drug crusade.
When she infiltrated the Vipers to take down the leader of the outlaw biker gang responsible for her brother’s death, police sergeant Alyssa Morgan got her man. But her superiors think she went too far. Her disregard for protocol and her ends-justify-the-means ethics have branded her an unreliable maverick. To salvage her career, she accepts an assignment to set up a squad of native provincial officers on a reserve.

A radical sovereigntist bent on freeing a nation.
Decades of government oppression threaten the existence of the Iroquois Nation. But one man, Chaz Whitedeer, is determined to save his people no matter what the price, even if it means delving into the shadowy world of organized crime.

When Rémi and Alyssa uncover the Guardians’ drug-fueled scheme to fund their fight for true autonomy—a scheme involving the Vipers—Rémi must choose between loyalty to family and tribe or his growing love for Alyssa.
Can Rémi and Alyssa leave everything behind—even their very identities—for a future together?

About the Author:
Kristine Cayne is fascinated by the mysteries of human psychology—twisted secrets, deep-seated beliefs, out-of-control desires. Add in high-stakes scenarios and real-world villains, and you have a story worth writing, and reading.
The heroes and heroines of her Deadly Vices series, beginning with Deadly Obsession, are pitted against each other by their radically opposing life experiences. By overcoming their differences and finding common ground, they triumph over their enemies and find true happiness in each other’s arms.
Today she lives in the Pacific Northwest, thriving on the mix of cultures, languages, religions and ideologies. When she’s not writing, she’s people-watching, imagining entire life stories, and inventing all sorts of danger for the unsuspecting heroes and heroines who cross her path.

Twitter: @KristineCayne

For information and links to Kristine’s other writing, check out Deadly Obsession http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/p/deadly-obsession.html and Anthologies http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/p/anthologies.html on her blog.
New Releases List: http://kristinecayne.blogspot.com/p/new-releases-list.html

Guest Post - The Trouble With Finding a Mate
By Kristine Cayne

It’s great to be here at Obsession with Books today! I’ve recently released Deadly Addiction, the second book in my Deadly Vices romantic suspense series.  The hero of this book is Rémi Whitedeer, a half-white Iroquois living in the Montréal area. Rémi has many problems, not the least of which is finding a woman to share his life. Sure, this is a challenge for all people, but imagine if the number of likely candidates was drastically limited by the rules of your community? 
The Iroquois, also known as the Haudenosaunee or the "People of the Longhouse," are a confederacy of six nations: Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora nations.  Each nation is divided into clans. Let me explain using the Mohawk nation as an example.The Mohawks have three clans: the Bear, Wolf, and Turtle clans. In Deadly Addiction, Rémi is from the Wolf clan. Each child inherits the clan membership of his or her mother. Rémi’s mother was a member of the Wolf clan, so he is as well. 
A Mohawk cannot marry (or mate with) someone from their own clan. (Note: I’m using the term “marry” here for simplicity. However, many First Nations people do not marry in the legal sense). So as a Wolf, Rémi can only marry a woman from the Bear or Turtle clans. He also cannot marry anyone in either of those two clans who is related to him through his father. Blackriver First Nation (the fictional reserve where Rémi lives in Deadly Addiction) is a medium-sized reserve of approximately six thousand members, including people who live on and off reserve). 

Of those six thousand, fifty percent are women. Of those three thousand women, (assuming an age range of 0 – 80) 25% would be between 20 and 40 years of age. I picked this range because Rémi is thirty. So now, there are 750 women in the tribe for Rémi to choose from. 

Or are there? No, because he cannot marry a woman who is from the Wolf clan. So that 750 becomes 500. Now factor in women who are already married, don’t want to marry, as well as those women in the Bear and Turtle clans he is related to via the male family line. I think it’s safe to say that his actual pool of likely brides is closer to 250. If we narrow it down further to women between 25 and 35, then the number is again cut in half. 125 isn’t bad, but it’s a far cry from the thousands most of us have to choose from.

Luckily, the Mohawks can marry women from other Iroquois tribes, but that only somewhat helps the problem. A recent article, published in Indian Country on April 19th shows that this is a problem even in much larger native communities like the Navajo in the US: http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2012/04/10/for-navajo-nation-citizens-finding-unrelated-mates-within-tribe-becoming-difficult-107221
So what if Rémi doesn’t find a native woman he wants to marry? Is he free to marry a non-native? The answer is no, in most cases, unless he is willing to give up his membership in the tribe. “Marry white, get out” is not an uncommon belief among many tribes. 

In Deadly Addiction, Rémi is forced to confront this very problem. Can he turn his back on his community for the woman he loves?

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  1. Sharon - thank you so much for hosting me today!

  2. I never thought about what a problem this might be. I finished reading DA last night and loved it. Not only was I entertained but I learned a lot about the Iroquois. What a lot of research you must have done for this novel, Kristine. It definitely shows.

  3. Rhonda - I'm so happy you loved Deadly Addiction. I did do a lot of research for this book because even though I grew up near a reserve, I really knew very little about the Iroquois who lived there. Now I've learned so much, I'm going to have to write a spin-off series :D

  4. Wow! - That's really complicated. I guess it makes me glad I never had to worry about anything like that :)

  5. Sheri - blogger ate my response! LOL. It's extremely complicated, and I didn't even get into some of the other factors. Imagine - even with thousands of potential candidates, many of us still have trouble finding Mr. Right :)


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