Jim Fergus

STRONGHEART

Posted on May 6, 2018

This is the U.S. title of the third novel of the One Thousand White Women trilogy. Many readers both in the U.S. and France have asked me in emails and posts on this website when it will be published. That is always a hard, maybe impossible question for authors to answer when the actual writing of a book is still in progress. All I can say for certain is that it won’t be 20 years as in the case of The Vengeance of Mothers. Between the delivery of the first draft of the manuscript, the editing process, and the myriad other in-house preparations required by the publisher to print, promote and launch a book, the process can take up to one year in America, though usually only several months in France. I’m shooting for publication in late 2019… but then again, what do I know?

33 Responses to STRONGHEART

Cindy Votruba says: May 15, 2018 at 10:04 pm

Excited to see you have a title for the third book! As much as me and my book club are looking forward to it, we’ll wait patiently (so many books to read, so little time to read them). Thanks for the update.

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Mary Lynn Schindel says: June 5, 2018 at 1:38 pm

I just bought a copy of 1000 White Women at a rummage sale at my church. I couldn’t put it down! I was so sad to finish it, so I came to this web site to learn more about Jim Fergus. I am thrilled to find that this book is the first in a trilogy. I’m going to order The Vengeance of Mothers as soon as I navigate this web site!! Love, love, love the way you write, Mr. Fergus.

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Jim Fergus says: July 3, 2018 at 6:48 am

That’s very kind of you Mary Lynn, and I hope you also enjoyed The Vengeance of Mothers. Stay tuned for the third book of the trilogy.

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Pam Abernathy says: June 16, 2018 at 9:33 am

I am new to your writing, and already a huge admirer. Anticipating Strongheart, whenever it is published.

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Jim Fergus says: July 3, 2018 at 6:49 am

Hi Pam, I always enjoy hearing from new readers, especially satisfied ones. Many thanks for taking the time to post your message.

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Jan says: July 2, 2018 at 12:53 am

Oh my … I’m so happy to know you aren’t leaving us hanging. I have absolutely loved these 2 books and can’t wait for more. I’m so looking forward to this next chapter. Thank you for all the unforgettable characters!

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Jim Fergus says: July 3, 2018 at 6:51 am

Hello Jan…no, I will not leave you hanging. The next chapter is underway. Thank you for your kind words.

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Beth Colvin says: July 4, 2018 at 8:55 pm

Mr Fergus your books are amazing! And I just finished The Vengeance of Mothers tonight! And Am thrilled to find its a trilogy! Can’t wait! Thank you!

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Jim Fergus says: July 4, 2018 at 9:15 pm

Hello Beth. Thank you! I’m very pleased to know that you’ve enjoyed the first two novels of the trilogy. The third is not too far away.
I appreciate that you took the time to post on my blog. Jim

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Joan churchill says: July 16, 2018 at 9:46 am

Hi Jim
Just wanted u to know that our book club loved the first two books of the trilogy and can’t wait for the third. You have such a great gift for writing. Keep it up. A satisfied fan.

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Jim Fergus says: July 16, 2018 at 10:09 am

Hi Joan,
Thanks so much for letting me know that. Perhaps because the process of writing novels is such a solitary, internal process, it is sometimes hard for writers even to imagine that anyone reads their books, let alone appreciates them. So it’s always gratifying to hear. Thank you!
Jim

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Carol Morgan says: July 16, 2018 at 2:42 pm

Hi Jim,
This is Lea’s Friend, Carol Morgan. I have just devoured Vengance and can’t wait for Strongheart!!
Hope all is well. Au revoir

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Joyce Young says: July 22, 2018 at 2:28 pm

A friend of mine suggested reading your 1st book 1 thousand White Women, I couldn’t put it down! In fact while reading that one, I went & ordered the 2nd book, and loved it even more, when I got to the last page, I wanted to read more! So I can’t wait for the 3rd book! My friend and I are avid book readers, its our addiction! And I am so glad she introduced me to your books!

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Jim Fergus says: July 24, 2018 at 9:02 am

Hi Joyce, thank you for your kind post, and thanks to your friend who introduced you to my books. I’m very pleased to know that you enjoyed them, and particularly to hear that you liked Vengeance even more than 1000WW. Sequels are often tricky territory for writers, and for readers, but I like the 2nd more, too. Stay tuned for #3.
Jim

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Nancy Quinn says: July 23, 2018 at 2:07 pm

Hi, Jim, Just finishing the Vengeance of Mothers, which our book club will be discussing tomorrow. Back in your days in Tubac we were so pleased to be able to have you at our discussion and buy your lunch at the Longhorn in Amado. Seeing that you are north in the summer (wise man as it is 104 plus at 2pm) we won’t be able to throw questions at you this time.Thanks so much for continuing to write!

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Jim Fergus says: July 24, 2018 at 9:24 am

Hi Nancy, yes, of course, I remember your group and lunch at the Longhorn. That was a while ago! Sorry I’ll miss your book club meeting but happy to answer any questions that come up. Thanks for posting your message!
Jim

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Astrid Giauque says: August 1, 2018 at 3:34 am

Cher Monsieur Fergus,
savoir attendre décuple le plaisir que j’aurai de retrouver vos caractères. Vous leur offrez une deuxième vie, quelle générosité.
Je vous salue bien amicalement et vous remercie de nous faire vivre ces merveilleuses aventures.
Astrid

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Jim Fergus says: August 2, 2018 at 9:29 pm

Chère Astrid,
Quel beau message qui me fait grand plaisir. Vous êtes très généreuse. C’est tout à fait possible que dans le troisième tome, vous allez découvrir des caractères avec une troisième vie.
C’est moi qui vous salue bien amicalement pour être une lectrice si attentive.
Jim

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Nina Sullivan says: August 12, 2018 at 6:08 pm

I was so pleased when I learned of VENGEANCE’s publication. Thank you so much for all your work. I beseech your fans to read THE SPORTING ROAD. That read equals and or surpasses Steinbeck’s TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY. Thanks again!! You are my favorite author.

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Jim Fergus says: August 22, 2018 at 2:01 pm

Hi Nina,
It is always a great honor to be considered a reader’s favorite author, so thank you very much for that. It’s funny that you mention TRAVELS WITH CHARLEY because when I wrote my first book, A HUNTER’S ROAD, Steinbeck’s book was much in my mind. I don’t know if you’ve read A HUNTER’S ROAD or not, but if you enjoyed THE SPORTING ROAD, I would encourage you to check it out. I appreciate you taking the time to post your message.
Jim

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Kelley says: August 19, 2018 at 8:43 pm

I couldn’t put One Thousand White Women down, and while I prefer paperback over hardback…I couldn’t wait for the paperback version of The Vengeance of Mothers so grabbed the hardback. I visited your site to look for my next good read and became thrilled to see their will be a 3rd in the series! Thank you for sharing your incredible talent!

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Jim Fergus says: August 22, 2018 at 2:30 pm

Hey Kelley,
Thanks for saying that, and thank you for reading my books with such enthusiasm. I hope Vengeance lives up to your expectations. I think the 3rd book, Strongheart will tie up a lot of loose ends for readers, as well as take you into a different world altogether. At the same time, while it will be different, it might also seem hauntingly familiar to you. And who knows,you may even meet some old friends there.
Jim

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Barb Bassett says: August 22, 2018 at 2:45 pm

I recently read “One Thousand White Women” practically in one sitting as it was hard to put down. I passed it on to my sister in Wyoming and she has already ordered the second one – I am waiting on one also. So glad to hear there is another coming! And so glad I found you! Thank you!

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Jim Fergus says: August 25, 2018 at 1:40 pm

Thanks, Barb, I’m glad you found me too! I was just recently traveling through Wyoming, a state I know well. I’m happy that 1000WW engaged you and that you passed it along to your sister. Having received very little in the way of national reviews or promotion over the years, the novels’ success has depended almost entirely on word of mouth from readers such as you. I’m very grateful to you for that. I hope you enjoy this next volume of the trilogy!
All best,
Jim Fergus

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Cheryl M Parker says: August 25, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Do you have any idea how LONG I have waited to find a really good book????? When I happened upon “One Thousand White Women” I was beside myself with joy!! When I was widowed (far too young,I think) I needed good reading to keep my mind off of things. When I stumbled upon your book, I was thrilled! Thank you! Would be proud to shake your hand.

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Jim Fergus says: August 25, 2018 at 2:04 pm

Cheryl, I’m so deeply sorry to hear of the passing of your husband. I know what that feels like. Only the passage of time, and the distance it finally offers, can ever provide a kind of eventual sanctuary. And even then, it’s a wound we carry for the rest of our lives, even after it has scarred over. I’m glad you found some solace in my novel. It means a great deal to me to know that.
All best wishes to you,
Jim

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Deb Howard says: August 29, 2018 at 3:41 pm

Dear Jim,

I have just finished reading One Thousand White Women. My feelings are just that I can not describe them properly. Being part Native American (Cherokee), I was torn between the story told here of the Indians and the Whites. Although I know that this particular story is fiction, these things did happen. I can not wait to read the Vengeance of Mothers. You are truly a Story Teller. My hat is off to you dear sir.

Warmest Wishes,
Deb Howard

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Jim Fergus says: August 30, 2018 at 1:22 am

Dear Deb,
I’m happy that you were moved by my novel, and proud to be called a Story Teller. That has always been my modest goal as a writer–simply to tell a good story and a true story, whether it be fiction or not. I hope you enjoy Vengeance. I very much appreciate you taking the time to post your kind message.
All best wishes,
Jim

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Sharon says: September 4, 2018 at 9:16 pm

Just finished reading 1000 White Women and Vengeance of the Mothers. Waiting for Strong heart. Your books are wonderful! I feel that I have stepped into the story and am living it along side the women, seeing with their eyes and feeling with their hearts. You have a wonderful gift of storytelling. Thanks for sharing.

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Jim Fergus says: September 5, 2018 at 3:12 am

Hello Sharon,
Thank you for such a kind post. I’m always happy to hear from satisfied readers, and to know that you were engaged in my books. It’s funny, because as I write them, I, too, feel that I am living the story right along with my characters…which doesn’t make me the best company in the real world. But I’m particularly pleased to know that that sense is also transmitted to a reader. I really appreciate you getting in touch.
Jim

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Norma Meza says: September 16, 2018 at 8:26 am

OMG! We just started our Book Club, it consists of all newly retired teachers, school psychologist and administration secretary. Our first book was 1000 White Women and we all just loved it. Then we found out about the second book The Vengeance of Mothers, I finished that book last night and stayed with a yearning for one more book. I love your books, you are such a gifted writer. I went on this website hoping to find out more of your books and to my surprise there will be a third book. I can’t wait! I love the stories of all the characters but especially love the story of Molly and Hawk! Thank you so much for the enjoyment of reading these fabulous books.

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Jim Fergus says: September 17, 2018 at 4:10 am

Hello Norma,
I’m so glad to hear that your book club enjoyed 1000 White Women, and found The Vengeance of Mothers. I’m also happy to know that you found my website, and are eagerly awaiting the third book of the trilogy. Many thanks for your very kind words about my work. It’s always gratifying to hear from satisfied readers. Just so you know, Molly and Hawk have many adventures yet to come in the next book. I really appreciate you getting in touch. I’m a great admirer of teachers and all those who have devoted their careers to the educational system. That is an exceptionally worthy profession, and you are all unsung, and underpaid heroes in my estimation. I hope you all enjoy your retirement. You deserve it!
Jim

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