(Survival/suspense, western) Winner: 2016 International Book Award, Laramie Award Finalist, and Literary Classics Seal of Approval. What if you returned from a journey and your family was gone? What if someone else was living in your home, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you? You’ll love this story for the genuine conflict (and mistakes) a person lives with when they don’t have all the facts.
Wade Forester must stay in the shadows or be shot. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak. Beautiful Patricia Laughlin is running the show. Few people gain her approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun has high hopes. Each in his/her corner; Wade must decide whether to risk his life for Patricia, Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must choose which killer to trust with her life.
Set in the historic Nevada silver rush, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the territory. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength (and his animals) for survival, just as his characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail and care for the country and its creatures into an adventure that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the rarefied air of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Stand alone with additional short story. Family friendly (ages 14 & up); 54,000 words, 200 pages, 5.25”x8” paperback; Latino protagonist, American Indian man, woman. Simultaneously published as A Sky So Big (New Adult mystery romance/YA western novel), also a clean audiobook and ebook—soon a graphic novel. Written by award-winning author Ransom Wilcox (Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California) and media professor Karl Beckstrand (The Bridge of the Golden Wood: A Parable on How to Earn a Living). Click Karl Beckstrand above for 60 more multicultural stories. Premio Publishing (Worldwide rights © 2015) PremioBooks, Audible, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett, Herzberg/Perma-bound, Ingram, and libraries. LCCN: 2015937400, FIC002000, FIC030000, FIC033000, FIC056000, FIC059000, FIC027270, FIC022070, FIC027230, FIC027110, JUV001010, JUV002000, JUV028000, JUV029000, Audio ASIN: B07VGP9DC6, ISBN: 978-0692407974, ebook ISBN: 978-1311882387
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About the Author
Ransom “Doc” Wilcox was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada, in 1907 to David Adrian and Agnes Southworth Wilcox. He was the sixth of seven children. Because Rance was sickly, it was suggested that the family move to California. The family was part of a group of Latter-day Saints (Mormons) that bought land in Vina, north of Chico in 1907. Financial hardship forced the family to move often in search of work: Vacaville, Pope Valley, Gridley, Ukiah, Redwood Valley, Sebastopol, and Oakland. They farmed and tended livestock: sheep, cattle, horses, pigs, turkeys, and hens. They cured ham in a smoke house and did a lot of hunting and fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Once, to escape a charging boar, Wilcox stuck a pole he was carrying in the ground and climbed up!
One season the family lived in a tent while the men worked cutting hay. At harvest time everyone picked apples. Another year, Wilcox joined his father and brothers in Arizona, building a school on an American Indian reservation. Many elements of Wilcox’s stories come from his early experiences.
In 1935 Wilcox married and began studying to be a chiropractor. But the Great Depression put his studies on hold. He tried several enterprises to support his family—most failed. So did the marriage.
In 1943 he enlisted in the army. Because of his hunting background they had him train soldiers in gunnery and target practice. Just before his unit was to go overseas, Wilcox got the flu. He missed the boat—literally—so was honorably discharged.
Between more failed marriages, Wilcox completed his studies and opened a chiropractic practice just off Union Square in San Francisco. He took his kids to see Coit Tower, Fisherman’s Wharf, Seal Rock, Smugglers’ Cove, the Presidio, Fleishhacker Zoo, and football games at Kezar Stadium. Later he moved to Hayward and opened a practice on B Street.
Wilcox’s friends called him Ray (for R.A.) or Doc. Besides writing, Wilcox enjoyed singing and was an excellent dancer. He was good with his hands. He loved to walk in the great outdoors. Near the end of his life, he joked about leaving his body to science; “I’m sure they can use my brain. It’s in perfect condition—never been used.” In a letter to his daughter, he wrote “In my heart I have no hatred or dislike for anyone. In my career I have eased many a person’s pain and suffering.” Wilcox died of cancer in 1992 and is buried in Ukiah, CA. His short stories and poems are published under the title, Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California.
Media professor Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author/illustrator of 22 multicultural titles and more than 60 e-books (reviews by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book’s blog, School Library Journal, ForeWord Reviews). Beckstrand earned a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a certificate from Film A. Academy. Formerly a technical recruiter in Silicon Valley, Beckstrand’s early work was produced by small publishers (his first publisher died the day they were to print his book!). Since 2004 he has guided Premio Publishing & Gozo Books.
An engaging presenter and workshop facilitator, Beckstrand has experience in high tech, marketing & design, public policy, film & broadcasting. He teaches TV/radio/film scripts and Web content at a state college and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. Beckstrand is a volunteer English teacher to immigrants from around the world. His Y.A. fiction, short stories, kids’ e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish & bilingual books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guides), and wordless books feature characters of color and usually end with a twist. He has lived abroad, been a Spanish/English interpreter, and speaks on creativity. He enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time).
Beckstrand has presented for SUECON (education conference), Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, California's Capital Book Festival, Utah Educational Library Media Association, Called to Learn conference, Salt Lake City Book Festival, PCI Webinars, Utah Humanities Council, Profnet, Murray City Writer’s Workshop, Utah Housing Coalition, LUW, Midvale City Reading Program, Utah Office of Education, professional groups, and schools. His work has appeared in: Amazon, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Border’s, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Kobo, LDS Film Festival, Papercrafts Magazine, Target.com, The Children’s Miracle Network, The Congressional Record of the U.S. House of Representatives, Walmart.com, various broadcasts, and PremioBooks.com. Find: “Karl Beckstrand” on FB, Twitter, and
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