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Victoria Ventris Shea

September 2020 978-1-7356316-0-8


Ana, who was left in the Alaskan forest to die as a newborn, secretly lives. She is educated and feels driven to belong, influencing a Hawaiian queen and a Russian leader as she searches for her Tlingit family. To be accepted by them, she must break away from the love of her life and from the safety she finds with Captain Vancouver on the Discovery. 18th century

At 14, Ana is unexpectedly sent from her Spanish mission home to the Alaskan wilderness to serve as a missionary. Shocked by nearly everything, when she meets a steamy young Hawaiian who is returning home on ship, she becomes torn between love and duty along with the chance of finding her family.

Unprepared for life among the Tlingit, she gains strength through loss, disease, murder and death and learns about the spiritual influence of tribal heritage even as her People begin to interact with strength against the "Cloud Face Tribes." 

SHAGOON begins in 1764 with Ana's determined young mother whose intense love for her warrior husband launches a cultural change for future generations.


She grips the rail in a tight fist, standing exactly where Captain Vancouver had directed her to stand. Amid the harried activity and shouts of officers and crew and the flurry of gulls, she keeps her eyes attached to the shoreline and tells herself to breathe. In her mind, she relives Miguel and the soldier coaxing her onto the ship. She had frozen into stone, and they’d had to load her like a new calf, swinging her from ropes through air over the water! She thought she would die of fright or drown!

At Kealakekua Bay, Chief Kamanawa is the first to come aboard. “I remember you!” he says. “You left a story behind when you went away with Vancouver. You are the Girl Who Talks to Falcons and Heals! You were with the Red-faced Man Who Collects Grass and Cuts Off Limbs!’ he adds, grinning. He takes her by the shoulders and touches his forehead and nose to hers. “Aloha, E Komo Mai, welcome, Ana.”

She smiles, tears forming in her eyes, remembering this place where she was welcomed, not knowing until now how important that time would become.


Review Judge of 29th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Brook: Shagoon is a wild ride that I consider to be one of the strongest pieces of historical fiction I've ever encountered. The homage to Tlingit culture exposed me to a brand-new aspect of the world. Ana is such a bold, brilliant character. This novel has so many gorgeous literary aspects, it warrants multiple reads to understand the depth and level of work that Shea has created here.

I spend a good chunk of my summer reading novels for the Writer's Digest competitions. Rarely (very!) do I come across a book that makes me feel like I'm a part of a major discovery. To anyone looking for their next read, check out SHAGOON. AJ Wells

This book was such a wonderful discovery. It was fascinating to find out about so many different peoples, but the story was so compelling. I loved the characters. It reminded me how important it is for everyone to try to be a hero in life. Mrs. Bea Ticked, United Kingdom

Fantastic story! I highly recommend this book—a wonderful mix of history and amazing challenges and beliefs of multiple cultures of the late 18th century Alaskan, Hawaiian and Californian people. I really enjoyed the story, characters and adventures! Can’t wait for the author’s next book. –Mike Roberts, Honolulu, HI

I couldn’t put it down! If you are looking for a book that intertwines the history of Hawaiian royalty, Russian colonization and Catholic expansion with a complex story of romance and duty to family, this book is for you. I highly recommend it. –Carol Olsen, Spokane, WA

The author so skillfully weaves the reader through the complex, tragic, transformative life journey of Ana, a young Tlingit girl. The writing is so illustrative that it felt like I was reading a book and watching a movie at the same time. -JR One, Coupeville, WA

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