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Oklahoma's Gold [Kindle Edition]

Kathryn Long
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Oklahoma's Gold is a fast-paced suspenseful mystery that leads its characters on a challenging journey into the past only to discover its mysterious connection to the present. Set in the rustic, southwestern town of Chickasha, Oklahoma, this novel tells a tale of murder and romance with heartwarming, southern character and a bit of cultural, Native American flare. Heroine Jess Clinton is a strongly spirited young woman, whose recent tragedy has left her vulnerable, but also guarded. Coming to this small, southern town, hoping to make a new start, Jess soon discovers Chickasha is not the calm scene she expected. Her Uncle Fred has been brutally beaten, the Indian ranchers have experienced repeated vandalism on their land, and a modern-day medicine man is warning how evil spirits have come to Chickasha to avenge a wrongdoing from the past, as well as one from the present. Jess, along with the good people of Chickasha, must work quickly to find answers before their peaceful, little community is destroyed.

Kathryn Long is the author of such works as mystery short, "Betrayal in an Envelope", published by ezine, The Piker Press. She maintains a writer blogsite at The author of WHIPS, CUFFS, AND LITTLE BROWN BOXES also writes young adult novels under the pen name Jennkrist. CINDERELLA GEEK is the first in a modern teen fairytale series.

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Review in The Suburbanite - "an entertaining tale", August 29, 2004
Jessica Clinton, a young college student, is thrown into a whole new world after the tragic death of her parents. With two younger siblings in tow, Jessica moves the broken family to Oklahoma to live with a long lost uncle. There she finds Oklahoma's Gold. She also finds attempted murder, intimidation, and much mystery.

With this premise, local author Kathryn J. S. Long grabs her readers by the heart strings. She tugs the strings with a tale of romance and mystery. In her first novel, a page-turner, Long doesn't release her readers until the very end.

Long's characters are heartwarming and it's difficult to put "Oklahoma's Gold" aside until you know the orphans are going to finally be safe.

Just as the town of Chickasha is a new adventure to the Clinton kids, Long introduces her audience to a new surrounding that features Native Americans, Hispanics, cowboys, and a conniving real estate broker.

With hopes of a new life, the Clinton kids grudgingly take Uncle Fred's offer to live with him on his ranch. However, upon their arrival, they learn Uncle Fred is in a coma. Someone tried to beat him to death. Jessica is plunged into a mystery as well as endangering her own life.

Long is a Green High School teacher and through "Oklahoma's Gold" she has provided a novel that can be enjoyed by teens, especially girls. However, "Oklahoma's Gold" is a story that all ages will enjoy because another central figure of the novel is Emma, a headstrong woman who befriends Jessica. As the mystery unfolds, so do details of Emma's life.

--reviewed by Tammy Proctor
*Reprinted with the permission of The Suburbanite

About the Author

Kathryn Long is the author of such works as mystery short, "Betrayal in an Envelope", published by ezine, The Piker Press. She maintains a writer blogsite at and author website The author of Whips, Cuffs, and Little Brown Boxes also writes young adult novels under the pen name Jennkrist.

Product Details

  • File Size: 376 KB
  • Print Length: 227 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1463751036
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Road Not Taken (July 22, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E82QV4
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Thriller/romance novel doesn't quite work October 28, 2012
Oklahoma's Gold is an attempt to combine a fast-moving thriller, a romance novel, and Native American spirituality. The spirituality works.
The book gets off to a fast enough start, when 19/20-year-old Jessica is left with her 14-year-old twin sibs and no money following the car-crash death of their parents. Uncle Fred in Oklahoma is the only family ready to help her and by the time Jess can get to Oklahoma, Fred is lying unconscious in a hospital, the victim of a mysterious beating.
From here the tale flattens out. Local ranchers suffer clearly induced mishaps, Jess and others (including Daniel, her love interest) are physically assaulted, more subtle attempts are made on their lives (and Fred stays unconscious, his attacker a mystery) but all this is compartmentalized and instead of serving as building blocks for the plot, the characters plod on as though nothing had happened. This just annoys the reader who, unlike the characters, knows that something is rotten but can't do anything about it.
Character credibility is nil. They lack depth and tend to move like puppets, failing to bring the story to life.
Oh, and exactly what were the bad guys after? That was never made quite clear......
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mystery, Intrigue, unique May 4, 2013
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My type of story, I just love to read about everything and this had it all. Love the backdrop of the rustic town, small with Native American influence.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mystery April 21, 2014
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This is a story about three young people name Jess, Deek and Missy whose parents had been killed in a car accident. Their mother’s family wanted nothing to do with the kids and there was only one person on their father’s side who was still alive. Uncle Fred was more than willing to welcome them into his home in Oklahoma, but the kids weren't too excited about living on a ranch. Uncle Fred said they belonged with him now, that they were family, so they packed up their belongings and drove to Oklahoma.

Before arriving at Uncle Fred’s ranch Fred had been severely beaten and was in a coma in the hospital. It was unknown if he would survive. His neighbor and friend Emma stood over him worrying about the children that were coming to live with him. The only thing she could do would be to take them in and make them comfortable until Fred was well again, hopefully.

There were a lot for strange things happening in town of Chickasha and on the ranches; animals being killed, fires being started and people being beaten or killed. The towns folk, lots of them were of Indian decent; Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek and Seminole tribes known as the Five Civilized Tribes, so naturally there was a lot of Indian heritage and beliefs to be shared.

Something was definitely stirring and it wasn't good! At Uncle Fred’s ranch Jess met Daniel and he told her he’d been assigned to take her to Emma’s Ranch. They didn't hit it off to well at the beginning but he though Jess was pretty amazing.

Afterwards, things began to ramp up and get more mysterious. Looks like there was trouble that had to do with the history of the town and it's ancestors. You need to pick up this mystery and read it for yourself! Kathryn Long did an excellent job writing it and I really love The Vision and The Prayer at the end, what a great closure!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good read December 19, 2013
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Entertaining story, a change from what I usually read. Seems there may be some history involved, but since I'm no historian, how would I know
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3.0 out of 5 stars A small town's secret May 4, 2013
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Life in a new small town. Crime and murder. Unexplained happenings from years ago. An ending with surprise twist. Two siblings seemed to have disappeared after the first couple chapters. Not sure why but felt some of the story was lost with them.
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More About the Author

I am a native Ohian and recently retired school teacher. Writing mysteries has always been my passion and nitch. I enjoy creating the intricate details and weaving them together into the clues which the reader will enjoy collecting to solve the crime.

My favorite subgenres of mystery include -- romantic suspense, cozies and paranormal mystery. WHIPS, CUFFS, AND LITTLE BROWN BOXES is a cozy and first in the Lilly M Mystery Series. DYING TO DREAM is a paranormal mystery with romance and my most recent release through Mainly Murder Press, a wonderful indie publisher. Currently in the works is a romantic suspense novel, tentively titled A DEADLY DEED GROWS, which should be out sometime in 2014 with The Wild Rose Press.

Like many authors I have more than one personality. My alter ego is K. Sean Jennkrist with a series of young adult novels. Having spent a great deal of time around teenagers, watching and listening to their stories is what inspired the creation of CINDERELLA GEEK, NOT SO SNOW WHITE and ALICE IN REALITYLAND with the issue of teen bullying as a reoccurring theme.

For more information about me and my work, visit To laugh, cry, and just be entertained by my thoughts, rants and ravings, come join my Facebook pages: Author Kathryn Long and Kathryn Long's Books. I'm also a member of Goodreads, a wonderful site for readers and authors!

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