Born on the high plains of Montana and raised wild in a silent land surrounded by infinite horizons, essayist, philosopher and author of many short stores, J.D. Lakey goes back to her roots with her first book. Her lyrical writing style and passionate connection to her characters pull you in and take you on an emotional journey of discovery in a world where futuristic technologies reside amidst primordial landscapes.
"Cheobawn is a girl who, since age three, as been seen by her tribe as a child of chaos, a possible bringer of bad luck. The black bead in her necklace marks her as such. But is she truly different, or has she become different because how she is treated? Cheobawn is definitely an independent little girl, a bit of an iconoclast, but it soon becomes apparent that she has very unique skills that are not necessarily appreciated or even tolerated by the adults in her life. I thought that Bhotta's Tears was going to be a fairly basic "coming of age" story, wherein a misunderstood child is shown to have heroic qualities, but it is much more than that. JD Lakey's story shines with beautiful writing, a creative plotline, and vivid characterizations. Even animals shine with rich inner lives and distinct personalities. It is a joy to read.
JD Lakey is an author to watch."
- S. Harrisson, Top 1000 Reviewer, Vine Voice
"I read this in one sitting, the day after finishing "Black Bead." I would put this author in a league with some of my favorite science fiction writers, like Ursula Le Guin or Orson Scott Card. Excellent writing, enthralling story. I am definitely a fan, and can't wait for the next book to come out!"
- Kim Shank, Reviewer