Kansas Dreamer: Fury in Sumner County Paperback – June 25, 2002
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"A grand book. This gripping story, of a clairvoyant woman whose gift is also her anguish, is powerfully told..." -- Richard S. Wheeler,
...Strong writing, sympathetic characters, and sense of place blend to create and enjoyable book. -- --Doris R. Meredith, The Roundup, February, 2003
From the Author
Writing is something I've done all my life--a habit I can't kick. I like working with words, from editing to fact finding. Expressing an idea on paper is very rewarding. With history, I am very interested in that which is unsaid in normal history books. So much falls between the cracks and some things are permanently lost. I like to dig out the crumbs and try to rebuild a whole story. I have written young adult (YA) books with contemporary stories and with historical base. Adult pieces are historical fiction (1830 - 1870), focusing on sparsely explored facts of western Americana.
I spend a lot of time in regional libraries, studying social history nonfiction. I read between the lines and interpolate the way the "subject" may have viewed things. My fiction characters usually endure situations and learn things that a lot of people may not have considered important. It's like doing a jigsaw puzzle to get all the pieces--the history, the story, the characters-- shaped into a coherent whole.
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Set in Sumner County, Kansas, in 1868, this fine tale is a combination of mystery and Western with the best ingredients of both. Add the paranormal element and a bit of romance and you have a book guaranteed to keep you turning the pages.
Ellen is as disturbed by this new development as she was when she foresaw the death of her husband. The fragmentary nature of her vision makes her uncertain whom to trust, despite her attraction to the gambler Reed Carter.
Cheatam knows her history and her prose transports the reader to the harsh realities of pioneer life. Believable characters grounded in authentic detail, vivid description and plenty of action make for an enjoyable read.