Cover Reveal: In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree By Michael McLellan


In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree is the highly anticipated novel by Mchael McLellan.

This brilliantly penned Historical Fiction, will be available to the masses in January. What a great way to start 2017! In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree

Henry was born into slavery; his young life spent working in tobacco drying sheds on Missouri plantations. Freed at the onset of the Civil War, he’s alone, starving, and on the run from Confederate militiamen.

Five years later, Clara Hanfield, the daughter of a powerful New York shipping magnate, escapes her tyrannical father and travels west in pursuit of John Elliot, the man she loves. John, a U.S. Army lieutenant, was sent to the Dakota Territory where he discovers a government conspiracy to incite an all-out war with the Indians; a war meant to finally eliminate them as an obstacle to the westward expansion.

Henry finds himself caught in the middle.

Aided by Clara, John, and his native ally, Standing Elk, Henry must battle hatred, greed, and the ghosts of his past during this turbulent and troubling time in American history.

About the Author


Michael’s love of books began with Beverly Cleary’s The Mouse and the Motorcycle when he was seven-years-old. Later influenced by the works of John Steinbeck, Harper Lee, Stephen King, and Cormac McCarthy, Michael developed his style of storytelling. A self-proclaimed blue-collar writer, he draws on his experiences and observations to bring relevant and compelling topics to life.

Michael lives in Northern California, and when he’s not writing, he can usually be found wandering around the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountain ranges.

His body of work includes the 2014 novel After and Again, the 2015 novel American Flowers, and the shorts Joe Price and Anywhere But Here. Michael’s newest novel, Shadow of the Hanging Tree, is expected to be published in January 2017 by Sweet Candy Press.

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8 thoughts on “Cover Reveal: In the Shadow of the Hanging Tree By Michael McLellan

  1. michaelamclellan1

    Happy New Year! If it still stands, I’d like to take you up on the review offer. I was unable to reach you through the contact email here. Broken link? Or possibly my ineptitude:)
    I can be reached at michaelamclellan1 @ gmail

    Thanks, Shanannigans!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So, I really enjoy your blog and I love the diversity of your writing. Because of all that, I’ve nominated you for the Mystery Blogger Award! The post with all the information is up on my site right now. Don’t feel pressured to do the post if you don’t want to, but know that I really love your stuff!


  3. michaelamclellan1

    Hi Shanannigans,
    Please tell me that’s your real name. I’m guessing it’s probably Shanann??? Maybe? Anyway, Shanannigans is awesome. Sadly, my handle is much more run-of-the mill.
    I really want to thank you for featuring my forthcoming novel on your site. It’s not lost to me that this is your valuable time and virtual real estate that’s been donated on my behalf. I’m indebted.
    Happy holidays, and my very best wishes,

    Liked by 1 person

    1. I’ll never tell but thanks 😉 it was a lovely opportunity for me to share something smart and literary. I look forward to reading it myself.
      Thank you for you message and if there is anything I can do for you in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask (reviews etc..)

      Good luck with your book and Happy Holidays to you as well.


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