Thursday, October 8, 2015

Book Spotlight: A Sky So Big

A Sky So Big 
Ransom Wilcox
Karl Beckstrand


A man and a woman, each searching for missing family members, clash amid a Nevada silver rush scheme that leaves both unsure who to trust—and scrambling to stay alive.
Wade Forester must stay in the shadows because, it seems, everyone has reason to shoot him. His father has disappeared, and his sister won’t speak a word to anyone. Beautiful Patricia Laughlin is searching for her family as well. Few people gain her trust or approval, though powerful landowner Bridger Calhoun just might be the man to do it.
After a clash throws them to opposite sides, Wade must decide if risking his life to help Patricia is worth the trouble. Bridger must win Patricia’s heart, and Patricia must learn which killer to trust with her life.
Set in Nevada’s silver rush, and reminiscent of Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour, the writing comes from intimate knowledge of the era and area. Having lived off the land, Wilcox depended on his wit, grit, and strength—and that of his animals—for survival, just as these characters do. Wilcox and Beckstrand weave authentic detail, care for the terrain and its creatures, and folksy vernacular into a mystery that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the “rarefied air” of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains.
Clean. Stand alone. Comes with additional short story. Diverse characters, safe for family (ages 14 & up), 54,000 words, 200 pages, 5.25”x8” paperback, Hispanic character, simultaneously published as To Swallow the Earth (YA, New Adult western thriller, also an ebook—soon a graphic novel and audiobook). Premio Publishing (worldwide rights © 2015) PremioPublishing.com, Amazon/Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Brodart, EBSCO, Flipkart, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Inktera, Kobo, Mackin, OverDrive, Oyster, SCRIBD, txtr, and select retailers. Written by Ransom Wilcox & Karl Beckstrand, cover by Mike Condie. LCCN: 2015937400, FIC027270, FIC027230, FIC027110, FIC022070, FIC002000, FIC030000, FIC033000, JUV001010, ISBN: 978-0692426777, eISBN: 978-1311092038

Author Bio:
Ransom Wilcox was born in Taber, Alberta, Canada, in 1907. The family soon moved to Vina, north of Chico, California. They farmed, tended livestock, and did a lot of hunting and fishing in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Once, to escape a charging wild boar, Wilcox stuck a pole he was carrying in the ground and climbed up!
Financial hardship forced them to move often. One season the family lived in a tent while the men cut hay. 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 1943 he enlisted in the army. After the war, the Great Depression, and a divorce, Wilcox finished his schooling and opened a chiropractic practice off Union Square in San Francisco. Wilcox’s friends called him Ray or Doc. Besides writing, Wilcox 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.” His short stories and poems are published under the title, Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California.

Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning author of 15 books and more than 40 online titles. Raised in San Jose, CA, he received a B.A. in journalism from BYU and an M.A. in international relations from APU. A bilingual publisher and media instructor with traditional and digital publishing experience, Beckstrand speaks about both kinds of publishing. He has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, library and humanities organizations, festivals, and schools. He has lived abroad and enjoys volleyball and kayaking (usually not at the same time). Beckstrand's nationally-lauded nonfiction, ebook mysteries, and Spanish/bilingual books feature characters of color—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared in: Barnes & Noble, Border’s Books, Deseret Book, Costco, Kindle/Nook/iBooks, Amazon, The Children’s Miracle Network, LDS Film Festival, U.S. Congressional Record, and Papercrafts Magazine. Available for interview and speaking engagements.

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