Benefit to help the Elmore Family

On 10/04/2011 Dancing With Bear Publishing author Melinda Elmore lost her husband, Tommy, unexpectedly. They have two children, a son, age 23, and a daughter, 13. There was no insurance to cover final expenses, so DWB Publishing is hosting a benefit for the Elmore family on 11/01/2011.

Journey To Christmas Creek is a story Tommy used to tell their children, and Melinda has written this Native American, historical, YA story that will be released on 11/01/2011 at Dancing With Bear Publishing


This historical Native American story takes the reader back to a time when Indians traveled from one place to another, depending on the time of year. These moves were made in order to be able to find food, water, and wood for fires. In Journey To Christmas Creek, the chief’s teenage son, Spotted Buffalo wants to be thought of as a man, so one night he sneaks off to find the perfect place for the tribes’ new home. Unfortunately, he wasn’t as quiet as he thought and his younger sister, Gentle Tears, follows him, insisting he take her along, or she will tell their parents what he is about to do.

Being blackmailed by a younger sibling is something every big brother or sister can relate to!

Agreeing to take his sister along, Spotted Buffalo sets her on the horse in front of him, and heads out beneath a full moon. They don’t get very far before a snowstorm comes in and they are both very cold. Spotted Buffalo pushes on until he can go no further but where he stops is at a place called Christmas Creek by the white fur traders. All does not go well and Gentle Tears must help her brother, and faces great danger, risking her life to get back to their parents.

When Spotted Buffalo’s father arrives, he is understandably angry but will that anger keep him from recognizing his son’s efforts to help their tribe and become a man?


Spotted Buffalo stepped outside into the radiant sun, and look around the village, exploding with activity.  He walked to the herd of horses, now his responsibility, and could not wait until he got his very own horse. But first, he would have to become a man.

He sat on a wooden plank rotting with age, and stared off into the field of flowers blanketing Mother Earth.  Wondering what destiny held for him, Spotted Buffalo quickly snapped back to reality as his father approached.

“Spotted Buffalo, come, we are preparing to leave.”

Standing proudly, he replied, “Father, this will be best for our people, and I know Gentle Tears will grow to love our new home.”

Red Sun smiled.  “My heart also breaks. I do not wish to move our people from their home. I also know that it is for the best and sometimes we must make decisions we do not like.”

Spotted Buffalo walked with his father, as the entire village prepared to leave.  It was a grand sight to see the proud people of the village preparing for the journey ahead.

To learn more about Melinda Elmore please click here to visit her website

Condolences to Melinda and her family and hope funds raised by the sale of her book will help the Elmore family.

9 responses to “Benefit to help the Elmore Family”

  1. Thank you, Selena. All of us at Dancing With Bear Publishing appreciate your help in spreading the word for this benefit.

    Marie McGaha


    1. You’re welcome, Marie. I hope it will help!


  2. Thank you so much Selena….The love of my life Tommy is still with me always will be It is just amazing what Dancing with Bear and everyone is doing for us

    We love you



    1. You’re welcome, Melinda. My heart felt condolences and thoughts and with you and your family. You now have another angel looking out for you all, and I hope the memories will help you get through the days ahead.



  3. I would like to wish Melinda my best too. I read with a heavy heart about your loss. Hugs and prayers. Michael Sullivan


    1. Michael,

      Thank you so much We miss my Tommy so much



  4. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers this weekend Melinda. Hugs.


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