I hope you're well and that you had a good summer. It's been crazy hot in Texas, so it's particularly great to feel just a hint of fall creeping into our weather.
I'm emailing to let you in on my big news! My newest book, ANGEL FALLS, is out. Yesterday was pub day, and it was so exciting. I just love this book. It's my first historical fiction, based on the life of a woman explorer, Ruth Robertson. Back in 1949, Ruth led an expedition into a Venezuelan jungle and measured Angel Falls, the world's tallest waterfalls. Folks had been trying to accomplish this feat for years, and Ruth did it.
I've fictionalized Ruth in the book, but the details about the expedition came from her own writings. This was an incredible feat, but somehow she'd been forgotten in history. I'm hoping Angel Falls will get her story out. She deserves to be remembered. Woven throughout the book is a second story, one that depicts Ruth near the end of her life, when she lived on the San Bernard River, in Texas.
I'm so hoping you enjoy it. And please, help me spread the news!
Here's the synopsis from the backcover:
"A dynamic cast of characters, lush settings, and an engaging plot that is sure to excite Casey's legion of loyal fans."—New York Times bestselling author of Perennials, Julie Cantrell.
The jungle 1949: Everyone said it was impossible, dangerous, unwise. Three expeditions mounted by men had failed. How could one led by a woman succeed? "Don't be a fool. You'll die out there," a friend whispered to Ruth. But a siren haunted her dreams, calling to her. She had no choice but to follow it into the deepest, darkest jungle in the world, a decision that would change her life forever.
Houston 1993: A violent storm pummels the Gulf Coast. Fleeing from her abusive husband, Gabby Jordan becomes disoriented and lost. After a terrifying escape, she happens upon a convenience store bulletin board that leads her to the ramshackle, riverside house of a woman named Ruth. As Gabby's husband hunts her down, intent on revenge, Gabby and Ruth rely on their instincts and each other to fight for survival.
Inspired by the true story of a woman explorer, Angel Falls is a poignant, inspirational tale of two women who join forces to fight a deadly enemy and, in the process, confront painful pasts to find peace with long-hidden secrets.