Author Richard Johnston Starts New Marketing Campaign for 2009 Novel

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‘The Circle Broken’ illuminates on historical culture clash, love’s ability to triumph over religious bigotry.

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Author Richard Johnston is launching a new marketing campaign for his 2009 novel, “The Circle Broken” (published by Trafford Publishing). His story takes readers to 17th century Canada, where a Wendat First Nations maiden girl forever changes the life of a French boy who is on his first mission for explorer Robert Cavelier de La Salle.

A 17-year-old French peasant who has signed on for La Salle’s expedition to find the mouth of the Mississippi River has a chance encounter with a Wendat girl. The encounter changes the course of the peasant boy’s life, leading to additional encounters and his first sexual experience. Torn between his desire for the maiden girl and his desire for adventure with La Salle, the boy explores the relationship until La Salle’s voyage forces the two lovers apart.

Upon returning from the voyage, the peasant boy learns that his beloved’s tribe has been attacked and massacred by the Iroquois. Refusing to believe that his headstrong maiden is dead, the boy begins a search for her, knowing that he can never give up his quest to find the girl who stole his heart.

“The Circle Broken” presents readers with a historically accurate depiction of 17th century North America during a clash of civilizations. Johnston hopes his work familiarizes readers with the concept that love can triumph over religious bigotry.

The Circle Broken
By Richard Johnston
Hardcover | 6 x 9 in | 256 pages | ISBN 9781426917981
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 256 pages | ISBN 9781426917974
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Richard Johnston has a doctorate of education, is a professor emeritus of history and education at the University of Illinois at Springfield and is the author of “The Big Lie.” He has been fascinated by Native American life ever since he was a young boy and did extensive research for “The Circle Broken” at libraries in Illinois, London and Quebec.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, LLC, author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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