When Annabelle Fortune, the fastest gunslinger in the wild west, inadvertently stops a stranger from attacking a train — and he wears a suit that enables him to fly! — the government believes she’s the only one to have seen the Locomotive Reaper and survived to tell the tale. Promising to find out what he can about her missing father, the Director of the Secret Service persuades Annie to swear in. Too soon, her detested nickname re-stakes its claim. Partnered with Beau Slokam, whose penchant for gambling leads them straight to the Doom Gang, Misfortune Annie guides the smooth-talking Southerner in a chase through the Rockies, with her Cheyenne friend, Wontoa, rounding out their unlikely trio. When Annie again meets the Reaper, his gadgetry proves far more advanced — and deadly — than even top scientists imagined!
A 2010 HOLT Medallion Award of Merit Winner
4 Stars from RT Book Reviews: “You’ll be hooked from page one of this mesmerizing tale, which uses a beguiling method of transport to the past. The prose is smooth and satisfying, and the characters come alive. Passion and promise fill the pages, as well as fear and deception.” ~ Donna M. Brown, RT Book Reviews
Swept back in time to Nazi-held France, concert pianist and composer Erin Meyer protects members of the Resistance by ghost-writing music for an influential German officer. She’s now performing for her life – and for those in the Resistance. But what she thought was already a maze of confusion becomes even more mystifying when she helps a wounded British pilot evade capture. Arick Ambrose. She recognizes him from her own life and time. Erin’s attraction to Arick could prove deadly as the German officer who holds the key to Erin’s return demands more than she is willing to give. And if she returns home, will she ever find Arick again? For Erin, time is running out.
Five Etiological Tales
In Trail Winds you’ll find fanciful tales of how five natural phenomena came to be.
Visit Splitwing, the first Red-winged blackbird, to learn how this brave bird earned his red shoulders and yellow wing bars. Share in Jackarack’s adventure as he strives for simple respect, and instead changes his own life. Then there’s Hecoya and his fellow coyotes. Why do they really howl to the moon? What of tumbleweeds? Do they enjoy leaping into the sky? Find out in Tumbledance. And lastly, visit Jasper and his friends to discover why the fruit of the prickly pear cactus is blood red.
“Trail Winds reminds me of “Mother West Wind’s How Stories” and of course Kipling’s “Just So Stories”. But these have a very western, American flavor. Learn how the first redwing blackbird got his red wings and how the yellow-headed blackbird got his yellow head, and other origin stories. These would make good read-aloud stories.” ~ Karen S. D. Robinson