(SUSPENCE, clean romance) Winner: 2016 International Book Award, 2016 Laramie Award finalist, Literary Classics Seal of Approval. A strong woman and a Latino man, 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. What if you came home after a journey and your family was gone, someone else was living in your house—and trying to kill you? Is the killer her ally or her enemy? The writing comes from intimate knowledge of the historic 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 territory and its creatures, and folksy vernacular into a romantic mystery that will make your heart pound and fill your lungs with the rarefied air of the old Sierra Nevada Mountains. Stand alone. Comes with additional short story. Diverse characters, family safe (ages 14 & up), 54,000 words, 200 pages, 5.25”x8” paperback, female protagonist, Latino character, American Indian. Simultaneously published as To Swallow the Earth (New Adult survival/suspense, YA thriller – western, also a clean young adult ebook—soon a graphic novel and audiobook). Premio Publishing (signed books, worldwide rights © 2015) PremioPublishing.com, Baker & Taylor, Brodart, Follett, Ingram, Amazon/Kindle, Barnes & Noble/Nook,EBSCO, Flipkart, iBooks, Inktera, Kobo, Mackin, OverDrive, SCRIBD, txtr, and select retailers. Written by Ransom Wilcox (Horse & Dog Adventures in Early California) and Karl Beckstrand (Anna’s Prayer), cover by Mike Condie. LCCN: 2015937400, FIC027270, FIC027230, FIC027110, FIC022070, FIC002000, FIC030000, FIC033000, FIC056000, FIC059000, JUV001010, JUV002000, JUV028000, JUV029000, ISBN: 978-0692426777, eISBN: 978-1311092038
Karl Beckstrand is the award-winning and bestselling author of 19 multicultural titles and more than 50 e-books (reviews by 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 media at a state college—including TV/radio/film scripts and Web content—and contrasts traditional publishing with digital book publishing. 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 diversity. 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, KarlBeckstrand.com, and https://karlbeckstrandblog.wordpress.com/
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"Getting Your Book to the World - Traditional vs. Digital publishing"
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"Writing Scripts for Shows, Film, Ads & the Web"
"Writing for Media: News Stories & Press Releases that Get Attention"
"How Diversity Enriches Everyone"
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