For years, Antonio Baca lived the wandering and restless life of a Cibolero, or buffalo hunter, following the great herds that roamed the endless Llano Estacado-the high plains of a region that would one day be New Mexico. After marrying and settling down, Baca has finally found a modicum of peace in the home he built for his growing family. But Baca witnesses the transformation of Nuevo Mexico from an isolated colonial outpost of the Spanish empire to a province of the newly independent nation of Mexico and, finally, to a land conquered by the avaricious americanos. Following the United States's seizure of New Mexico, Antonio and his countrymen find themselves treated as foreigners and second-class citizens in their own land. When his daughter, Elena, is kidnapped by a band of invading Texas Rangers after the American Civil War, Baca desperately tracks them across the llano of New Mexico and into Texas using his skills as a Cibolero. Terrified for his daughter's safety, he plunges into the world of the gringos, and discovers just how much the americanos have changed his homeland. But as the days pass without any sign of Elena, Baca fears for her life-and his own.
On one level, Cibolero is an action-oriented adventure tale as Antonio Baca sets out to rescue his daughter from an invading band of Texas Rangers using his skills as a Cibolero hunter.
On another level, Cibolero deals with racism, ethnicity and society in the “old West” and the historical ties of large parts of the present western United States to Mexico and Spain. Cibolero is a fictionalized account of a true but overlooked part of U.S. history.
About the author:
Kermit Lopez wrote Cibolero after researching his family ancestry, which spans four hundred years of New Mexico history. He received electrical engineering and law degrees from the University of New Mexico and lives with his wife and son in Albuquerque. Mr. Lopez is also the author of the novel The Prodigy.
Unless you have been burying your head fully and completely in books like our friend Humberto the Bookworm Hamster, you have been hearing the discussions about self-publishing. And more likely than not, you have even formed your own opinions regarding self-publishing. It seems most of the conversation on the matter stems from parties who have strong opinions one way or the other.
I must confess that I neither have a strong opinion regarding self-publishing, nor do I have the slightest clue about what self-publishing really means. That's why when I finished reading Cibolero, by Kermit Lopez and searched to see which publishing company was investing in Historical Fiction that centers around the POV of the native community at a point in time when a young America was expanding it's territorial holdings, I was disappointed, but not completely surprised (see yesterday's post), to find that in order to get this fine novel out into the world, the author had used a Print on Demand Publisher.
I seized the opportunity while hosting Kermit Lopez and Cibolero as part of his Latino Book Tour to ask the author if he would share with us a little about his experiences in the realm of self-publishing, and in the meanwhile answer some very basic questions I had about the process.
The following is a conversation we had over electronic correspondence:
This was really informative for me, but I still have some questions. Luckily, because I'm hosting Cibolero's Latino Book Tour, author Kermit Lopez will be around today answering questions.
Please join me in asking any questions you may have about Cibolero, Kermit's writing habits, or the POD process. And let us know what your experiences are with POD publishing!
This is a giveaway tour-anyone who leaves a message or comment today will be entered to win a copy of Cibolero!
Follow Kermit Lopez and Cibolero throughout his Latino Book Tour:
Mon Jan 25th: Sandra's Book Club
Tues Jan 26th: Musings
Wed Jan 27th: Latino Book Examiner
Thurs Jan 28th: Mama XXI
Frid Jan 29th: Latino Musings on Literature & More
Mon Feb 1st: Heidenkind's Hideaway
Tues Feb 2nd: Efrain's Corner
Wed Feb 3rd: BronzeWord Latino Authors
Thurs Feb 4th: TBA
Fri Feb 5th: Regular Rumination
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