Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch


Cedar Woman


It's finally here! On May 10, 8:00 - 10:00 p.m. EST my Big Fat Cedar Woman Give Away will come to life!

We have many prizes, including authentic American Indian jewelry, a powwow shawl, gorgeous Mother of Pearl business card holder, a Dark Side Fry Bread tee-shirt, two Gizmo hand bags (shown on Opera) and more!

Get your copy of Cedar Woman and prepare for a good time! Participants who have read the book will have a decided advantage of winning some of the prizes. So pass the word!

Go here to sign up:


Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch

Join in on the fun.  Add me on FaceBook for announcments.  As soon as I hit 1,500 friends, I will allow one month for everyone to read the book.

Here is how it will go.  Questions, which can only be answered if you've read the book, will be asked.  I will allow five days for you to answer the question correctly.  At the end of the five days, I will draw the winner from a hat.

Prizes include:


Authentic Native American jewelry complete with certificates of authenticity

A Gizmo bag

Assorted cook books (you choose one)

A one of a kind Cedar Woman necklace made by a Belgian artisan

A new, never before used, Logitec Web Cam

and more


Cedar Woman

Friend me now on FaceBook, order your copy of Cedar Woman and let's get the party going!

Cedar Woman
is available at Amazon and Barnes & Nobl
e and is also available in Kindle and Nook format.

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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
I am pleased to announce that World News picked up my trailer for Cedar Woman


Created by Kim Emerson (, it is a beautiful production.


Posted By Debra Shiveley Welch
Cedar Woman


Cedar Woman is finally out after two years of intensive research, and a lot of fun in the writing.  Launching a book is like raising a child in many ways: you have great hopes, are very proud, and worry about how it will survive out there in the big, wide world.

Paramount in my creating Cedar Woman was the wish to, not only write a book that my readers will enjoy reading again and again, but the desire to represent The People, the Lakota Sioux, with all respect, and with absolute truth to the best of my ability; to show that their customs, beliefs and desires are universal in many ways, and deserve the respect any people deserve.  To be able to write about these things intelligently, and with honor, I had to immerse myself into their culture as much as possible.

I traveled to powwows, where Native Americans of different tribes gather to celebrate their culture, dance and beliefs, with my sister, Julie Spotted Eagle Horse, or Spot as her friends call her.  Stepping into the arena to dance was very intimidating.  I don’t like being the center of attention, yet there I was, dancing unfamiliar steps, while at the same time, trying to show deep respect.  It was a good time, and I learned a lot.  I made many new friends with whom I remain in touch, experienced new foods, admired endless adorable babies, and witnessed the devotion the dancers have, not only for the dance they have chosen, but their regalia as well, which includes patterns and beading handed down for generations.

With Julie’s help, I also learned a lot of the Lakota language.  I’ve always loved listening to and learning new languages, and speak some Spanish and read a little French.  Now I was learning yet another, word-by-word, and enjoying the flavor of the words of the Lakota Plains Native American, or NdN as The People prefer.

Still, the heart of Cedar Woman is about Lena Cedar Woman Young Bear, her trials and sorrows, her triumphs and joys, and her ability to stand up to tragedy, move forward, and change the lives and fortunes of the people she loves.

It is, at heart, a romance: Cedar Woman’s love for her parents, her mentor, her career and her half-side – her true love.  I believe that I have instilled some sweetness, along with the strength that Cedar Woman possesses, and I know that I have proven that Mitakuye Oyasin: We Are All Related.



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