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Paint The Wind

Paint The Wind

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by Cathy Cash Spellman

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Called The Gone With the Wind of the West...

Wide as the continent and wild as the West, Paint the Wind is the epic saga of one unforgettable woman and the three strong men who risk everything to possess her.

1864. A plantation is ravaged by border raiders. Ten-year-old Fancy Deverell is saved by a wise old slave named Atticus, who sets her on an extraordinary


Called The Gone With the Wind of the West...

Wide as the continent and wild as the West, Paint the Wind is the epic saga of one unforgettable woman and the three strong men who risk everything to possess her.

1864. A plantation is ravaged by border raiders. Ten-year-old Fancy Deverell is saved by a wise old slave named Atticus, who sets her on an extraordinary journey that will lead her headlong into the rough-and-tumble days of the Old West. From a westering circus train to the gold and silver fields of Colorado, from the cutthroat world of the New York Stage and the arcane shadows of magic and mysticism to the last legendary and tragic struggles of Geronimo and the Apache Nation, the novel sweeps along with the relentless rhythm of those turbulent times...

To survive, Fancy must learn what it takes for a woman to climb from poverty to fame and fortune in a universe that belongs to the ruthless and the male. Before she's through, there isn't much that Fancy won't have done, or bargained, or sold for her dreams... and the price of her deliverance. For Paint the Wind is first and last the story of feisty, tempestuous, and vulnerable Fancy Deverell. Far too beautiful for her own good, she wants it all -- love, power, money, security -- and she'll get it, too, if she can keep her heart out of the way of the three men who so desperately want to possess her.

CHANCE McALLISTER -- his gambler's luck is legendary, like his prowess in bed, and Chance is precisely the kind of rogue Fancy wants.

HART McALLISTER -- a giant of a man with a soul and talent to match, Chance's brother is an artist whose paintings of the dying Apache Nation will hang in the Louvre... but it won't mean a damn to him if he can't have Fancy.

JASON MADIGAN -- a wizard at making deals and breaking lesser men, he's someone who kills for sport. And Fancy, is the only woman he has ever needed to own, whatever the cost.

Fancy's journey is a tale of self-discovery and of spiritual growth that takes as many strange turns as life itself. The men and women who bring their dreams and drives to it are as colorful and various as the thousands who journeyed west: the stalwart, honorable madam and the gunfighter who loves her... the brilliant dwarf with the secret past... the cunning Chinese wise man who knows the cure for opium addiction... the old prospector who would sacrifice everything but integrity for the Mother Lode... the thespian who yearns for one last great role to play... the mysterious Gypsy who mastered the forbidden arts and now must win back her immortal soul.

Against this huge, vividly rendered, multi-character canvas, three resolute men do battle for the woman called Fancy in a novel that for its scope and grandeur belongs on the shelf with the classic epics of our time.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A plot teeming with outsize characters and melodramatic incident propels this gaudy Western extravaganza that sweeps from a Louisiana plantation during the Civil War to a wide-open Colorado mining town. Lovely, headstrong Fancy Deverell is saved from marauding Yankees by Atticus, a wise old slave whose offensive shuffling is a hint of stereotypes to come--a hissing Chinaman, a whore with a heart of gold, a laconic gunslinger. Young Fancy is next befriended by a mystic and an irritating Shakespeare-quoting dwarf from a traveling circus. Then Atticus dies out West and Fancy is found half-frozen by Hart and Chance McAllister, brothers searching for a legendary silver lode. Fancy strikes it rich as an actress and as mistress of powerful Jason Madigan; gambling Chance, whom she loves, and Hart, who loves her, cash in, too. Spellman ( An Excess of Love ) uneasily blends New Age mysticism with the roaring Wild West of saloons, whorehouses and noble Indians in a vibrantly colored yarn that is good entertainment, if inaccurate. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate. (Feb.)
Judy Alter
There's something wonderfully comforting about reading a good fat novel - it's like having a friend always there to talk to. Cathy Cash Spellman's new novel is like that, a page turner that keeps you company for a long time... and best of all it's a good read that will keep you turning pages night after night until you get through all 708 pages. Ms. Spellman should be proud of this one.
Book Review
A plot teeming with outsize characters... vibrantly colored... good entertainment.
Book Review Editor
A sprawling entertainment that is also a admirable work of fiction.
Ann Deacon Noell
With her new work Paint the Wind she has given voice to the kind of epic story that will not be soon forgotten. The book has been called The Gone with the Wind of the west.

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The Wild Harp & Company Inc.
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6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.63(d)
Age Range:
16 Years

Meet the Author

Best-selling author, Cathy Cash Spellman has written five books that have been New York Times and International Best Sellers in hardcover and paperback.

Her books include:

• Lark's Labyrinth
• Snowflake from the Hand of God
• So Many Partings
• An Excess of Love
• Paint the Wind
• Bless the Child
• The Playground of the Gods

They've been sold in 22 countries, and Bless the Child, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, was a successful Paramount movie in 2000.

Cathy is an Astrologer and has written extensively about esoteric subjects from metaphysics to healing and mysticism. She has both practiced and written about a wide variety of healing modalities, including Cranio Sacral Therapy, Polarity, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine, Qi Gung, Native American Shamanic Healing, and Spiritual Healing. She holds Black Belt rank in Goju Ryu Karate and teaches both Women's Empowerment and Energy (Qi) Workshops.

She has been a monthly columnist for Mode and Grace Magazines, Sweet16.com and Astromessenger.com. She has written for Mademoiselle, Self, Harper's Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country, and Kung Fu magazines on health, energy, beauty, sexuality, woman's empowerment and many other topics.

Cathy invites you to visit her website at www.cathycashspellman.com

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Paint the Wind 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I read this book years ago and was never able to forget it. I was so happy to read it again on my nook! Great characters,great story a really wonderful read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book you'll ever read!
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Guest More than 1 year ago
hey, if you are looking for something to keep you entertained during these long cold winter home-bound days, this is just the ticket. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, has a little bit of everything in it!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have read this book a total of 14 times now! I absolutely LOVE it. Would highly recommend it to anyone - actually I have loaned it 4 times and had to re-purchase it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is one of my favorite books ever. it is historicaly correct and gives a new look to geronimo.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am an avid reader. I keep a book with me at all times. Paint the Wind is a wonder. It is probably the best book I've ever read. I read it initially when first published and I am re-reading it now. I waited all these years because the pages were burned into my memory. Hart, Fancy, and Chance as well as the other characters are all larger than life. You feel what they feel. You become a part of their lives. The story sweeps you off your feet and into a world you never even dreamed of. Paint the Wind is an epic of major proportions. I assume it has not been made into a movie because it just can't be captured on film. I think it would lose something in the translation. Only the written word can project the story. This book is a must read for book lovers who want to read a sweeping epic. Don't pass this jewel up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I came from another sunclan, i dont want to say where, and we have been around for at least a year. We want to ask if you will change your clan name. Mabey Sunlightclan? Im sorry to be rude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A calico cat with blue green eyes steps into camp and asks"May i join your clan?"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is this clan dead or something? I twas part of it but left so is it dead or not active or something?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love you daddy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok go to the nersery and relax Thunderclaw I will be there with you as soon as I get some herbs from my den untill then Thunderheart can watch you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Of all the many books I have ever read, Paint the Wind remains my all-time favorite! I grew to love the characters and I hated to see the story end. I have recommended this book to many of my friends and I cannot think of a single one who did not share my enthusiasm for this glorious epic.