Custer and His Naked Ladies, by Janelle Meraz Hooper, available on www.Amazon.com,paperback $15.95 USD, Kindle $7.96 USD.
When her husband unexpectedly dumps her, Glory boards an Oklahoma-bound plane at the Sea-Tac Airport. On her way to the ticket counter, she takes the framed photo of her husband out of her gym bag and dumps it into the nearest trash bin—frame and all. She has wasted too many years on a man who doesn’t want her, and her biological clock is beginning to pound like a powwow drum.
Part Hispanic, part Anglo, and raised on the reservation, Glory hopes that by going back to her roots she’ll discover who she is, but her greedy stepmother who tried to poison her when she was a child stirs up a lot of childhood trauma. Worse, a group of dysfunctional mobsters is trying to get her mother’s land on the Indian reservation to build a casino. An environmental disaster and a surprising death on the reservation keep things moving. But her biggest problem of all may be Soap, a sexy Comanche lawyer who wants to do something about that powwow drum in her head…
Sprinkled with Spanish phrases and Comanche words, Custer and His Naked Ladies is full of Southwest flavor.
Janelle Meraz Hooper is a part Hispanic writer who was born in the Southwest but now lives in Washington State.
Her other books are: A Three-Turtle Summer, As Brown As I Want, and Free Pecan Pie and Other Chick Stories (a mixed genre collection), and Bears in the Hibiscus, a humorous romance.
In 2004, her novel As Brown As I Want, The Indianhead Diaries, was a finalist in the Oklahoma Book Awards.