Calico by Allison Bruning

Calico (Children of the Shawnee)

About the Author: Allison Bruning~


The Executive Director of the Kentucky Young Writers Connection, a non-profit agency of writers who promote young authors throughout the state of Kentucky, Allison originally hails from Marion, Ohio. Her father, Roland Irving Bruning, was the son of German immigrants who came to the United States at the turn of the 20th century. Her mother’s family had been in the United States since the 17th century. Allison is a member of the Daughter of American Revolution, tracing her linage to Rueben Messenger of Connecticut. She enjoys family stories, history and genealogy. Her educational background includes a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in Anthropology and a Texas Elementary Teaching certificate. Both acquired at Sul Ross State University in Alpine, Texas. She received National Honor Society memberships in both Theatre Arts and Communication. Allison was also honored her sophomore year with admission into the All American Scholars register. She holds graduate hours in Cultural Anthropology and Education. In 2007 she was named Who’s Who Among America’s Educators. She is also the recipient of the Girl Scout Silver and Gold Awards.

Allison lives with her husband in an 1882 Victorian home located in Carrollton, Kentucky. She is renovating it then plans to turn it into a Bed and Breakfast. Her first novel, Calico, is published through Page Turners from Evansville, Indiana. Calico is book one from the series, Children of the Shawnee. She is currently working on the sequel, Rose. She is also working on another series, Heritage, which traces the life of her great great grandmother at the turn of the 20th century in Ohio. Allison’s interest includes Ohio Valley history, anthropology, travel, culture, history, camping, hiking, backpacking, farm life, and genealogy. Her genres include historical fiction, paranormal, romance, and suspense.

Calico: Book Blurb~

How can Calico survive in a world that wants to destroy her?
“A man whose heart appears pure shall deceive you. The power he holds over you leads you to evil. You shall denounce the ways of Our Grandmother. Another man comes, whose pure heart beats for you alone, and who has a pure spirit devoted to Our Grandmother. He shall defeat the evil and set you free.” A prophecy has been cast against her. In a harsh world deep within the western frontier of Ohio and Kentucky, Calico Marie Turner must learn to survive among the Shawnee and trust the one man who hates her the most, Chief Little Owl Quick as the Wind.

My Review:
     Calico was not at all my genre, but I am a woman with an open mind. Branching out is totally what I do, so when Allison contacted me about reviewing her historical story, I said yes. I think I approached the story with the usual amount of trepidation. Branching out, even for someone with an open mind, is difficult. I’m use to being entertained in a certain, somewhat formulaic, way. Historical romances, period pieces even steampunk novels operate under a different set of rules than Urban Fantasy/Paranormal romances.
     Like my Messy Death character, Vira Silk, though I’m not much for rules or being scared away by them, so I figured it couldn’t hurt to dive into Allison’s story. Calico has a strong cast of characters that Mrs. Bruning manages quite well. Calico’s story simmers along, gradually picking up speed and drawing you into her world just a little bit more with each event that takes place.
     Allison represents the Native Americans in a genuinely respectful, entertaining way that I found most humbling. As an author, I respect her ability to adhere to their ways and portray them so fearlessly. Her facts are stated with enough clarity and confidence that readers of any age can follow them. On a personal note, Allison you must have some wicked good researching skills. I might need a few tips. LoL.
     Calico is full of people dealing with real struggles, living real lives and loving in real ways. There were a few format issues. About mid way through, font changed sizes and the indentation went over further than it should, but this wasn’t a constant issue throughout the book, so while it was a little distracting it didn’t hamper the story. Grammatically, I didn’t see a lot of errors, but Allison was not asking me to critique her editing skills; she wanted my opinion of her story. My opinion, Allison, is this: You done good! LoL. You’re confident in your facts and characters. This confidence shows in your writing and will continue to be one of your great strengths.
     If you’d like to check out Calico by Allison Bruning, I’m posting the link below.

2 comments on “Calico by Allison Bruning

  1. Thank you. I really enjoyed researching the historical and cultural aspects of this book. I have a background in cultural anthropology. I strived to bring my readers into the Shawnee world. This is book one of the series. The next book will follow Calico’s twin sister, Rose, during the same time in France.

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