White Skies Black Mingo

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Gold Mom’s Choice Award Winner
Indie Book Award – Winner Regional Fiction
Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention
New England Book Festival – Best General Fiction Honorable Mention
Los Angeles Book Festival Award – Honorable Mention Best Fiction
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention 
Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention

Set in the 1800s, a young Native American girl from the Ohio Seneca tribe flees an epidemic with her mother and grandmother and after being orphaned, ends up in the darkest hours of the Civil War. Fascinating read based on the author’s family history.


Gold Mom's Choice Award
Winner Indie Book Award - Regional Fiction
Paris Book Festival Honorable Mention
New York Book Festival Honorable Mention - Best General Fiction
New England Book Festival - Best General Fiction Honorable Mention
Los Angeles Book Festival Award - Honorable Mention Best Fiction
San Francisco Book Festival Honorable Mention Best Fiction
Hollywood Book Festival Honorable Mention

In Ohio Country, 1854, twelve-year-old Margaret flees a terrible epidemic devastating her Ohio Seneca clan. Mentored in the ancient arts of medicine and healing at a young age, she travels to Wheeling, Virginia, in search of a new life with her mother and Shaman grandmother.

When Margaret finds herself suddenly orphaned, she is thrust into the wilderness and an impending winter storm. Abandoned amid fur trappers, wild animals, and fierce weather, she struggles to survive the treacherous journey along with her two beloved wolves, Hato and Kake.

An unexpected betrayal leads Margaret into servitude on a Virginia plantation. Her captivity changes the course of her life forever and sets her on a path of mercy as a medicine woman during the darkest hour of American History—The Civil War. A chance encounter with a Union soldier leaves Margaret torn between two very different worlds and one very forbidden love.

What People Say

“From the first moment you meet Native American Kateri (Margaret) in Kevin D. Miller’s novel White Skies, Black Mingo, the young heroine’s spirit and courage will captivate you. Miller’s gripping writing will take you on a thrilling adventure of danger, American history, redemption and love. You will be completely enthralled.” —Ty DeMartino, Screenwriter/Playwright

“Kevin Miller does it again! His follow up to Heart Of Steel takes readers on an incredible journey back into the 1800s with a young Native American girl from the Seneca tribe and follows her into the darkest hours of the Civil War. White Skies, Black Mingo is a real page-turner!” —Burke Allen, Allen Media Strategies

If you’re looking for a book that’s 100% satisfaction guaranteed, look no further than White Skies Black Mingo! From the first page to the last, I was drawn into a world populated by characters who stole my heart, living a story that kept me on the edge of my seat. I won’t be forgetting this book anytime soon and neither will you! —Dreama Denver, award-winning author and wife of late TV icon and Gilligan’s Island star Bob Denver  

 White Skies Black Mingo is the second book after Heart of Steel that author Kevin D. Miller has penned.  Dealing with a story from the 1800s, Miller’s characters are deeply thought out and the way he tells the story of the young heroine is captivating.  On a side note, I was excited to explore a bit of West Virginia in this novel. Hope you enjoy White Skies Black Mingo as much as I did.  --Kevin Sizemore, Actor, Producer, Director


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4 reviews for White Skies Black Mingo

  1. Tari Fitzgibbons

    I recently had the pleasure of reading White Skies Black Mingo. There’s so much history and detail with a few twists and turns..love story.. to the point that you cant put it down. This would make a wonderful movie…I loved it!! I highly recommend this book…5 Stars⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

  2. A. Reyes

    I love this story!!! Author Kevin D Miller’s unique style takes you on a riveting journey lasting a decade. I could not wait to turn the pages! I found myself feeling anxious, fearful and laughing with the characters. A great read and definitely one to add to my favorites!

  3. J. Debuhr

    Loved this book!. Enlightening look back in our history at the real struggles of race, different cultures and the horrors of wars. Out of all these struggles comes a most beautiful love story. The author has a unique style of writing that really holds your interest. Highly recommend this book and look forward to seeing more from this author.

  4. Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers’ Favorite

    White Skies Black Mingo takes place in the mid to late 1800s and tells the story of Kateri (her American name is Maggie), an Ohio Seneca Indian girl, and her lifelong struggles and joys. We meet Kateri as her tribe has been lost to an epidemic, traveling with her mother and grandmother to what they hope will be a better place. Kateri soon finds herself alone on the journey with only her two pet wolves for company. As she battles winter storms, no food, and injuries, she is found by a couple who bring her back to good health. She suffers being sold, being punished, being scared, hungry, and alone. Eventually, she becomes an almost-member of a plantation family, where she hones her healing skills, finds love, and finally feels almost safe. There is never a dull moment in this story and I do not want to ruin the edge of your seat excitement of the story.

    White Skies Black Mingo is one of the best books I have read in a long time. I was a fan from the first word to the last. Author Kevin D. Miller made each word come alive and jump off the page with his vivid descriptive storytelling. Kateri was the sweetest of characters and it was impossible not to root for her in her times of hardship and in times of joy. White Skies Black Mingo is written about the Civil War, the unfairness that the Native Americans had to endure when they lost so much, and the treatment that the white man meted out to them. I highly urge you to read this amazing book – it will definitely not disappoint.

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About the Author

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Author Kevin D. Miller was born in football town in Canton, Ohio, and lived there until the age of six. His father moved him and his family to Tempe, Arizona, in 1963, where Kevin grew up and graduated from Tempe High School.

Kevin is a veteran of the United States Air Force. He worked as a Ground Navigational Aids Technician and received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Electronics Technology from Wayland Baptist University.

After years of working as an Engineer at Motorola, Kevin decided to change careers and become a professional Web Developer/Technical Writer for the City of Peoria, Arizona, where he retired. He earned a second Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology/Web Development from the University of Phoenix.

Kevin’s inspiration at becoming an author is the moment he learned of a dark family tragedy in his family’s history. His grandfather changed the family name in 1920 to cover this terrible truth and took the secret to his grave. Kevin wrote Heart of Steel: Based on a True Story to honor his grandfather and share this story of inspiration and triumph. The book became a #1 Best Seller on Amazon in November of 2019 and is in the process of becoming a feature film.

In writing his first novel, Kevin fell in love with writing and storytelling. His second novel, White Skies Black Mingo, is Historical Fiction inspired by the love of his actual great-great-grandparents. His great-great-grandmother, Margaret Davis, was from Mingo Country in West Virginia and was a proud member of the Haudenosaunee Nation. His great-great-grandfather, Charles Flagg, Sr., was a veteran of the Civil War and served in the 63rd Infantry Regiment of Pennsylvania in the Union Army. Although the story is fictional, their love was the inspiration for the tale set in the darkest period of American history. The Civil War.

Kevin remains a resident of Arizona, but resides in Southern California with his wife and two teenage daughters, who are pursuing careers in acting while they attend school. Kevin and his wife, Annette, are parents of a blended family of nine children and twenty-one grandchildren.

When not writing, Kevin is a professional Web Developer, background actor, and fitness buff. Kevin is a believer and follower of Jesus Christ.