A New Black Western Hero: Rom and the Promised Land Published by Outskirts Press

Author Avon Acker brings passionate commitment and breadth of vision to his historical fiction as he enlightens readers about the mismanaged Reconstruction and about the continuing struggle of Black Americans to integrate into American culture.

Greenville, TX, September 27, 2011 --(PR.com)-- Scholar and author Avon Acker announced today the release of Rom and the Promised Land, published by Outskirts Press. A story of courage, determination and hope for former slaves, Acker’s historical fiction introduces readers to the hard life of the trail as freed slave Rom Decker leads a community of former slaves to the economic freedom of a new “promised land” of Arizona.

At five years old slave Rom Decker is freed by his owner. Over the years his strong mind and remarkable physical skills make him a valuable employee to the white family who freed him and who then educate him. Rom does not fully understand the plight of the black slaves of those pre-Civil War days, however, nor why they allow themselves to be so badly treated, and he begins to develop a contempt for his own people.

After the war he is outraged when freed slaves are brought back into bondage through the demeaning practice of sharecropping that continues to give the white landowners a source of cheap labor.

“I’m here to see that these people get a fair deal,” he announces and becomes determined to take as many sharecroppers as possible with him and away from the virtual slavery of sharecropping under the big landowners. Escape from this repression is difficult and Rom must use his own courage and intelligence, as well as all the other physical resources he can muster, to save his people and lead them to a new beginning in Arizona.

Savage Indians, harsh terrain and racial prejudice are the barriers he finds he must overcome, and Rom must find a new faith in his creator so he can learn how to accept the personal tragedies that occur along the way.

“My dream come true,” says author Acker, “would be for young Black readers to find a western hero they can identify with and emulate. Rom’s personal determination, sense of fair play and love for his neighbors are all great characteristics to take away from the story.”

Rom and the Promised Land is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more. It is also available on Kindle and e-book for $8.99.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-7070-9 SRP: $17.95
Genre: Fiction/African American historical/action and adventure/Christian/western

About the author:

Avon Acker is a lifelong resident of East Texas and a graduate of East Texas State University. He has been married to his wife Beverly for fifty years and they have three sons, six granddaughters and four great-grandchildren.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/Romandthepromisedland.

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Kelly Schuknecht