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Judie Aitken
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Although not as cozy as visiting together in a tipi or sitting around a campfire on a star-lit night, I hope you will enjoy your visit to my homepage. Come in, leisurely browse through the pages, read a few excerpts from my books, stroll through my studio and enjoy the paintings. Visit often -- you never know when there may be an exciting contest to enter or news of an upcoming book. I love romance books, don't you? I've been losing myself in the magical worlds between their covers for a long time and have been pursuing my own writing career for about 15 years. January 2000 saw the publication of my debut book for Berkley Jove's Time Passages line. A Love Beyond Time is the story of two people from different cultures who were brought together in a twist of time, in pursuit of a thief, and in a hail of bullets at the battle of the Little Big Horn. Visit my Books page and read about this HOLT Medallion winner and Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award nominee. In November 2001, my second book, a contemporary for Berkley's Seduction line, was released. A Place Called Home tells the story of a Wyoming cowboy who is fighting to keep his heritage -- his honor -- his family's ranch, and the beautiful lady lawyer who is working to take it all away from him. Indians and cowboys have always been my heroes and Cody Butler is the best of both worlds. There's a shower scene that will...hmmm...well, you'll just have get the book and see for yourself. Due to a wonderful reception of my first two books, they are no longer available and only a few used copies are available on the Internet. My third book with Berkley, Distant Echoes, which was released in September 2003, takes my readers, along with Jesse Spotted Horse and Kathleen Prescott, on a slide through time from the present-day filming of a documentary about the off-reservation Indian boarding schools of the 1800s to the school itself, a mystery it has hidden for over 120 years, and a love that won't be denied. Distant Echoes is now only available, used, on the Internet or in your local used bookstores. My latest book for Berkley was released December 2004. Secret Shadows is the story of Dane White Eagle, an undercover cop who allows himself to be tried and imprisoned for his sister's murder to help the FBI crack a major drug case. Claire Colby, the emergency room doctor on duty when Dane brings his sister to the hospital, is forced to testify against him, thus helping to seal his fate. In the twists and turns of this romantic suspense, Dane and Claire find themselves thrown together time and time again as Dane tracks down his sister's killer and helps the FBI stop the flow of lethal drugs onto the reservation. The reviews have been wonderful and the book has been receiving numerous awards. Romantic Times BookClub gave Secret Shadows a 4 ½ stars TOP PICK and nominated the book for Best Contemporary of 2004. I'm now working on a few new projects. Comanche Canyon has the historical Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo Texas as its backdrop. Double Vision is the story of a blind heroine who sees horrific crimes before they happen and the Comanche detective who is the only one who accepts her special gift. Delicious and Every Now and Then are departures from my Native American stories. One is a sassy contemporary and the other another time travel that is set in one of my favorite places in the world, Natchez, Mississippi. While you are here, please take a few minutes and visit my studio. As a professional artist I work only in Native American themes and have hung a few of my paintings in the gallery for you to enjoy. My paintings are in private and corporate collections throughout the world, have been reproduced in limited edition prints, greeting cards, t-shirts, magazine covers, and CD and cassette “J” cards for Indian Sound Studios. Although I work both in oil and watercolor, my favorites are the watercolor/gouache pieces that are executed in the typical Southern Plains style of the Kiowa and Comanche people. Accuracy is very important to me in both my writing and my paintings of the Indian people and I assure you, hours of research go in to each story, each painting. Limited edition prints are available of two of the paintings - No Partner for the Two Step and Seasons of the Corn. Although I now live in Indiana, I was born and raised in Montreal, Quebec near the Kahnewake Mohawk Reserve. My regard for my Indian family and friends touches every aspect of my life...including my writing, my art, and my music. One of my passions is singing with the drum at powwows across the U.S. and Canada. My favorites are the songs of the Southern Plains tribes --the Comanche, Kiowa, Ponca, Pawnee -- and although learning these songs takes many hours of serious study, the end result is so very rewarding. I have been a member of Romance Writers of America for over 15 years and have served as a board member or contest chair for my local chapter, Indiana Romance Writers for over eight of those years with my 3-year term as president ending this past December. I am also a proud member of the Toronto Romance Writers, the Kiss of Death RWA chapter, the Hearts Through History Romance Writers RWA chapter, Futuristic, Fantasy and Paranormal RWA Chapter, Published Authors Special Interest Chapter (PASIC) RWA chapter, Western Writers of America, and I have recently applied for membership in Novelists, Inc. I have enjoyed presenting workshops at RWA's national conferences, various RWA chapters and writing groups. So...I hope you enjoy your visit to my cyber tipi -- my book pages, and my gallery. I invite you to also take the quick links and enjoy some of my other favorite sites. Please tell your friends to stop by for a visit, too. But, before you leave, don't forget to sign my guest book. It's wonderful hearing from friends, fellow readers, and writers.

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