A Sky So Big
(YA Romance, suspense) 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.
“[Y]ou will want to grab this book. There is a lot of action ... a page turner [that will] keep you guessing. And the conflicts with Wade and Patricia might surprise you, as well. Never a dull moment in this read. ... so well written you can completely see what he is describing. You will enjoy this book. 5 stars!” - Sonja Nishimoto
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 Western 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 soil 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.
Comes with additional short story. Diverse characters, family safe (ages 14 & up), 207 pages, 54,000 words. See backstory on how the manuscript came to Premio Publishing here.
Political, perfect-bound, 8" x 5.25" soft cover, 54,000 words, clean romance, family safe, simultaneously published as To Swallow the Earth, also an ebook and audiobook (young adult western romance suspense), strong female lead. Premio Publishing (worldwide rights 2015) Baker & Taylor, BN, EBSCO, Follett, Ingram, Mackin, Quality Books, Kindle/Amazon.com, Sony, iTunes, Kobo, Diesel, and select retailers. Written by Ransom Wilcox & Karl Beckstrand, cover by Mike Condie. LCCN: 2015937400, FIC002000, FIC030000, FIC033000, FIC056000, FIC059000, FIC027270, FIC022070, FIC027230, FIC027110, JUV001010, JUV002000, JUV028000, JUV029000, ISBN: 978-0692426777, eISBN: 978-1311092038
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“[A] lot of ‘classic’ elements ... the fun comes in how they, our heroes, get there. ... Wilcox, with Beckstrand's assistance, has woven an adventure that Louis L’Amour would approve. ... I read this with buying the film rights in mind. If I had the spare cash, the check would be in the mail and I'd be thinking about casting my leads. ... The writers tell the tale with good characters (real people, not 1950s Hollywood cowboys), fabulous scenery that cries out for ‘filmed entirely on location,’ and a plot line with as many switchbacks as a high-mountain sheep track. A short, easy read that will brighten up any evening.” - Phoenix Roberts
“A lot of action, hair breadth escapes ... Well done western novel.” - Randy Johnson, Vine Voice (Amazon)
“This story—unlike any I've ever read ... A great book. It's an easy read ... full of action and suspense, while being delightfully clean. The adventure was realistic and the story unique.” - Darrin Webster