Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch

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The rules are simple. 

Buy a copy of Cedar Woman and begin to read. Cedar Woman is available through Amazon and Barns&Noble.  Use the comment feature below to register simply by posting somthing like, "I'm in," and emailing me privately with the first sentence of chapter two.  You can get my email address at the upper right hand corner where it says "read more."

I will announce a week ahead of when the contest will begin.

There will be a prize for every chapter.  Each prize is of the same value, or more, as the book.

A question will be asked from each chapter. Those who answer correctly (through private email to me) will be put into a hat and the winner drawn.

Good luck!

Prizes include authentic Native American jewelry complete with certificates of authenticity

A CD of Brent Blount's Native American Flute Music

An authentic powwow shawl
Native American hair ornament

One of a kind Cedar Woman Necklace, earrings and bracelet made from Swarovski crystals
A new, never opened Logitech Web Cam

And more.

The prize for chapter one will be a set of Niegellia Lawsons measuring cups. A $35.00 value.


Nigellia's cups small



Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch


Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineau


Interview with Julie Spotted Eagle Horse.



I'm so happy that we can do this together.

First of all, tell us a little about yourself: where you were born, and your life now.

Julie: I was born in South Dakota, on the Pine Ridge reservation; I now live in South East Iowa, in a small, rural community called Mediapolis, where I live with my husband Matthew, and my youngest son, Logan.

DSW: Where did you get your Native American names?

Julie: Good question! It is not something that you can just decide for yourself, nor can you approach anyone and ask for a name. A name has to be earned.

A part of the process is that you have to go to Ceremony, and have the person who is naming you, pray about it for a long while before a name is given, because when someone gives you a name, that gives them power over you. It also creates an obligation. When you are asked to name someone, you take on almost a familial responsibility for that person, because you are going to the Spirits on their behalf.

My "ordinary" name is TaSunka Wakan Wambli Gleska, which means "Spotted Eagle Horse," which is actually a man's name.... it was given to me in ceremony, and is partially based on a vision, and partially on my familial names.

My father calls me "Pisko" or "Pisko Onwaste" which means "Night Hawk" or "Gentle Night Hawk," which is his pet name for me, and I have no idea where that came from.

I am not comfortable talking about my medicine name in this format, I hope you will forgive me... to me it is a very sacred thing, and the circumstances behind it are also special, and I would rather not go into detail about it.

DSW: That is understandable, and as always, I respect your wishes.



Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch

Best Selling Author Releases Her New Novel, Cedar Woman

Readers should proceed with caution if they plan to read at a leisurely pace.  The newly released novel, Cedar Woman, by Debra Shiveley Welch, is a page-turner that grabs the reader and keeps them there until the last satisfying word is finished.

Review by Julie Spotted Eagle Horse Martineu, Mediapolis, Iowa

Cedar Woman draws you in, and holds you spellbound throughout the journey of Lena "Cedar Woman" Young Bear.  It also provides a more realistic view of Native Americans, without the overly romanticized perception that most people have.

This book will make you laugh, cry, and laugh until you cry!  It truly is a must read!

Review by Janet Huderski, Queens, New York

Although we share this nation with a people who lived here long before we arrived, few of us get to experience the beauty and reverence of the beliefs and customs of the original settlers in the up close and personal manner that Debra Shiveley Welch presents for us in this, her newest novel, Cedar Woman.

As we read, we are encouraged to live, breathe, see, feel and even smell and taste the culture of the modern day Lakota Plains Indian. Ms. Welch enriches her book with poetry, prayer and stories taken from Native American writings; she teaches us the language, shows us the customs and gives us recipes for the delicious meals prepared and served at the heroine's restaurant. All that plus the highly entertaining, heart-warming tale of the fascinating, Lena "Cedar Woman" Young Bear and her family, makes this a book that's an experience as well as a story. Kudos to Debra Shiveley Welch for her achievement!

Cedar Woman

Lena "Cedar Woman" travels to Columbus, Ohio at age 12 after tragedy befalls her family. It is here, in the capital city that a chance encounter leads her to her destiny, and allows her to change the lives and fortunes of those she loves.  A true romance, Cedar Woman combines all the elements of an endearing and powerful women’s fiction novel with the traditions and language of the Lakota Sioux.

For those readers who enjoy an intelligent, strong and insightful heroine, Cedar Woman does not disappoint.  From the first page to the last word of Debra’s newest offering, Cedar Woman, the reader is immersed in the story as if they are walking within the pages themselves.

A Master Storyteller

A master storyteller and bestselling author, Debra Shiveley Welch has won numerous awards for her previous works, including Allbooks Review’s Editor’s Choice 2010 for her nonfiction book Son of My Soul – The Adoption of Christopher.

Ms. Welch resides on a beautiful private lake in Westerville, Ohio with her husband Mark of 24 years and their son Christopher.   She is at present working on her next novel, Ista Numpa, the sequel to Cedar Woman.  

You can join her on Facebook at!/debra.s.welch  or visit her website at


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Cedar Woman
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