Sunday, February 21, 2016

The Killing Land by Jacqueline Seewald

The Killing Land by Jacqueline Seewald is an historic novel that captures the heart of the American West.

This novel is set principally in the Arizona Territory of the early l880's where a courageous settler from the East and an aristocratic cattle baron become involved in a love/hate relationship. The two, although attracted to each other, are initially distrustful and antagonistic toward one another. The dangers they face draw them together.

Mary suspects that Cal is responsible for trying to drive the homesteaders and sheepherders off the land cattlemen consider rightfully theirs. When her uncle is murdered, Mary intends to discover who is responsible and why. In so doing, she becomes a person of interest to a vicious outlaw.

First Reviews of The Killing Land:
"The rugged West, a greedy villain, violence, and true love…Jacqueline 
Seewald brings it all."  
Pamela Nowak 
2014 Colorado Book Award 
HOLT Medallion Winner 
Historical Novel Society 

(Review Excerpt)
“The Killing Land is set in the Arizona territory in the 1880s, and opens with an intriguing hook that snags the reader’s attention quickly… Seewald does a fine job with character development, including with her secondary characters. Several are intriguing and complex... The plot itself is quite detailed as well…She does well with some of the state history, such as the Tewksbury and Graham clan feud. Fans of western romance should be pleased with this novel.”
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and many other booksellers. It can also be requested at local libraries.

Multiple award-winning author, Jacqueline Seewald, has taught creative, expository and technical writing at Rutgers University as well as high school English. She also worked as both an academic librarian and an educational media specialist. Sixteen of her books of fiction have been published to critical praise including books for adults, teens and children. Her short stories, poems, essays, reviews and articles have appeared in hundreds of diverse publications and numerous anthologies such as: THE WRITER, L.A. TIMES, READER’S DIGEST, PEDESTAL, SHERLOCK HOLMES MYSTERY MAGAZINE, OVER MY DEAD BODY!, GUMSHOE REVIEW, THE MYSTERY MEGAPACK, LIBRARY JOURNAL, and PUBLISHERS WEEKLY. She’s also an amateur landscape artist and loves blue grass music. Her writer’s blog can be found at:


  1. Thanks for being my guest, Jacquie. Your book is sitting on my nightstand and I'll start reading it tonight. The blurb on the back of the book calls it "a Western suspense thriller." Can't wait!

    1. Pat,

      Thanks so much for spotlighting my new novel. THE KILLING LAND is a romantic historic Western. It also has elements of mystery, suspense thriller and crime novel. I think it will appeal to both male and female readers on many levels. Hopefully, they will discover this novel.

  2. The Killing Land sounds very interesting! Now on my TBR list. Congrats, Jacqueline, and much success.

  3. I love stories about the Old West and I love mysteries. This is a winning combination.
    Marja McGraw