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Blood to Rubies IMAGE SHOWCASE: Chuck Haney

Updated: Mar 26

My debut novel, Blood to Rubies, is unique in historical fiction

in that it features 70 black-and-white images. Many are archival images

from famous frontier photographers of the 1800s. Others are from

some of the world's greatest contemporary photographers of

the American West, landscapes, horses, and the Nez Perce.

During my many years of writing, researching and publishing my debut novel, Blood to Rubies, I met so many extraordinary people, among them Nez Perce elders and tribal members, photographers, authors, and historical scholars. I pored over hundreds of books with archival images of frontier photographers from the 1800s, some who became very famous, some who remain unknown today.

Chuck Haney's spectacular photograph of the Big Hole Valley in southwest Montana opens Chapter 55, sun of big trouble, page 302.  The Nez Perce suffered devastating losses in 1877 at the Big Hole battlefield during a US Army ambush.

Chuck is an award-winning, internationally-known landscape photographer who lives in Whitefish, Montana, several hours east of Bear Paw Battlefield. He hosts photography workshops at some of the most beautiful places in the West and the world, including America's national parks. His work has been featured in numerous publications and sixteen gorgeous coffee table books featuring Glacier National Park, Theodore Roosevelt National Park, Death Valley National Park, The Badlands, Flathead Country, North Dakota, Montana, San Francisco, and other areas.

View his work, learn more about his photography tours, and purchase his prints and coffee table books at:


My debut novel is extremely unique in historical fiction since it features 70 black-and-white images. I searched high and low to find these images and worked with the world's most iconic libraries, including the Smithsonian, Library of Congress, National Archives, the Beinecke Rare Book Library at Yale University, the National Park Service, the Nez Perce Historical Park Service, the Polish Digital Equestrian Library, special private collections, and many state historical societies. The images help tell the story of my main character, a fictional frontier photographer, Frederick Cortland. Many are 1800s archival images from real frontier photographers. But some are from the world's leading contemporary photographers of the American West, of horses, and of the Nez Perce.


You may also enjoy these related IMAGE SHOWCASES of other world-renown photographers featured in Blood to Rubies:


Originally posted January 5, 2024 on and Facebook.






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Deborah Hufford

Author, Notes from the Frontier

Deborah Hufford is an award-winning author and magazine editor with a passion for history. Her popular blog with 100,000+ readers has led to an upcoming novel! Growing up as an Iowa farmgirl, rodeo queen and voracious reader, her love of land, lore and literature fired her writing muse. With a Bachelor's in English and Master's in Journalism from the University of Iowa, she taught students of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, then at Northwestern University, Marquette and Mount Mary. Her extensive publishing career began at Better Homes & Gardens, includes credits in New York Times Magazine, New York Times, Connoisseur, many other titles, and serving as publisher of The Writer's Handbook


Deeply devoted to social justice, especially for veterans, women, and Native Americans, she has served on boards and donated her fundraising skills to Chief Joseph Foundation, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW), Homeless Veterans Initiative, Humane Society, and other nonprofits.  


Deborah's soon-to-be released historical novel, BLOOD TO RUBIES weaves indigenous and pioneer history, strong women and clashing worlds into a sweeping saga praised by NYT bestselling authors as "crushing," "rhapsodic," "gritty," and "sensuous." Purchase BLOOD TO RUBIES online beginning June 9. Connect with Deborah on, Facebook, and Instagram.

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