#SierraMadre #Adventure from #TheStronghold

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Ancestral Stronghold

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Heading into the Unknown

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The blood-soaked ruins of the church

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The formidable Sierra Madre

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Jagged cordillera of the Sierra Madre—rising out of the Mexican plain like the bloodied knuckles of a fist

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A savage land still only inhabited by the eagles—and maybe the Broncos

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Only the foolish venture here—or the desperate.

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The mysterious Tarahumara

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Hidden remains of the Bronco rancheria

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#Recipe—Chorizo Sausage and Eggs

chorizoIngredients—

• 6 oz Spanish chorizo (spicy cured pork sausage) or 6 oz Mexican chorizo (spicy raw pork sausage)

• 2 tablespoons vegetable oil if using Spanish chorizo

• 10 large eggs

• chopped fresh cilantro leaves

• warm corn tortillas

Why I Wrote The Stronghold

Stronghold-hiThis story is the hardest story I’ve ever had to tell. The story which wouldn’t let me go. The story which had to be told, despite my best efforts to avoid the hard truths of this book. In the writing, I, too, was forced to confront strongholds in my own life. It wasn’t fun. It never is. But it was necessary and healing.

I wrote The Stronghold for and because of two people:

For my friend who somehow found the courage one night when we were in college to share for the first time—with me—a terrible secret of what happened to her. I’ve never forgotten your story nor the undeserved pain you carried. This is for you and for all the others in a sisterhood to which no one ever wants to belong.

For Jesus—I am Yours. And You are mine.

The Stronghold deals with guilt, shame and finding the One whose love, power and name can break any stronghold. For His love is indeed stronger than death. May you find freedom in His love.

This novel is, ultimately, a love story as old as time itself. My prayer is that readers will find in God the relentless love they’ve longed for. He willingly sacrificed Himself for your sin, pain and wounds. He alone can restore your soul. I pray that you might fully know this love. He is the One who longs to know and be known by you. I pray that in His arms you might discover the name by which God calls you—and it is Mine. From the moment He created you, you’ve belonged to Him. I pray you will embrace this identity and choose to become His.

Then despite what you may have done—or what has been done to you—I hope you will see in Jesus’ eyes the pure passion of a bridegroom for His beloved bride. That in His love the lost years might be burned away as if they’d never been. And that finally, you can catch a glimpse of the sweet forever He’s promised to all who believe in Him.

Happy reading,

Lisa

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Behind the Scenes #Inspiration from #TheStronghold Part 2

On the Mexican side of the border—

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Nogales

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Bavispe River

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The Chihuahuan Plain against the backdrop of the Sierra Azul

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The inn in Xoacatyl

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Xoacatyl at the base of the rugged Sierra Madre

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Forbidding view of the Apache strongholds from the village

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The #Legend of Apache Tears

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The Apache Tear Drop

The legend of the Apache tear drop—

In the 1870s, seventy-five Apaches and the U.S. Cavalry fought on a mountain overlooking what is now Superior, Arizona. The outnumbered Apache warriors rode their horses off the mountain to their deaths rather than face defeat at the hands of the soldiers. The wives and families of the warriors cried when they learned of the tragedy. Their tears fell and turned into stone upon hitting the ground.

Johnny Cash immortalized the event in a song entitled “Apache Tears” for his 1964 album, Bitter Tears: Ballads of the American Indian.

Apache Tears are rounded obsidian nodes (volcanic black glass). An Apache tear looks translucent when held up to light. Apache tears are usually black, but can range from black to red to brown.

The Apache tear drop plays a poignant and symbolic role in The Stronghold.

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Behind the Scenes #Inspiration from #TheStronghold Part 1

On the American side of the border—

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The cave

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From inside the cave looking across to Mexico

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Pilar and Manny’s home

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The Torres ranch at the base of the Peloncillo

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The ranch

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Saguaro Gulch—between San Carlos, Tucson and the Mexican border

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Cover Reveal for The Stronghold

“I’ve added this book to my keeper shelf and you should too!” Lynette Eason, best-selling, award-winning suspense author.

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Pre-sales available now. Official release date is March 15.

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#Tribes of Arizona from #TheStronghold

Arizona is a state rich in the culture of a multitude of groups—Anglo, Latino and a large, diverse number of Native American tribes.

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Most of the events of The Stronghold take place on the San Carlos Apache reservation and south to the Mexican border. But many of the tribes and other groups (Anglo & Latino, especially) are featured in the novel.

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