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    Kathy Steffen

ISBN: 9781933836584

Jasper Mountain

by: Kathy Steffen

2009 Benjamin Franklin Award finalist for Best Historical Fiction

Honorable mention in the 2008 London Book Festival in the Fiction category

Book 2 in the Spirit of the River Series

Foreign born and raised, Milena Shabanov flees from a home she loves to the strange and barbaric America. A Romani blessed with “the sight,” she is content in the company of visions and spirit oracles, but finds herself lost and alone in a brutal mining town with little use for women.

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Kathy Steffen's previous novels, First, There Is a River and Jasper Mountain, have won numerous awards, including the CRW Award of Excellence, the HOLT Medallion Award, and the Beacon Award for Best Historical Fiction. Her books have been finalists in the Benjamin Franklin Awards and at the London Book Festival. Her first published short story appeared in Quality Women’s Fiction.

Kathy pens a monthly column on writing, Between the Lines, for southwest Wisconsin’s Voice of the River Valley. She’s taught writing at AllWriters’ Workshops and the University of Wisconsin’s Writer’s Institute, Write by the Lake, and Rhinelander School of the Arts. Kathy is a member of the Author’s Guild, Mystery Writers of America, Romance Writers of America, and Novelists Inc.
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Overview

Two lost souls struggle to find their way in the unforgiving West of 1873 in this romantic work of historical literature…

Jack Buchanan, a worker at the Jasper Mining Company, is sure of his place in the outside world, but has lost his faith, hope, and heart to the tragedy of a fire.

Foreign born and raised, Milena Shabanov flees from a home she loves to the strange and barbaric America. A Romani blessed with “the sight,” she is content in the company of visions and spirit oracles, but finds herself lost and alone in a brutal mining town with little use for women.

Surrounded by inhumane working conditions at the mine, depression, senseless death, and overwhelming greed, miners begin disappearing and the officers of the mine don’t care.

Tempers flare and Jack must decide where he stands: with the officers and mining president—Victor Creely—to whom Jack owes his life, or with the miners, whose lives are worth less to the company than pack animals. Milena, sensing deep despair and death in a mining town infested with restless spirits, searches for answers to the workers’ disappearances. But she can’t trust anyone, especially not Jack Buchanan, a man haunted by his own past.

 

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ISBN: 9781933836584
Publisher: Medallion Press Inc.
Publish Date: 2008
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4 ½ Stars “This fantastic, powerful novel has an intriguing plot and well-formed characters. Steffen’s prose captures the imagination from the first sentence.” ~ Romantic Times Book Reviews (October 2008)

“This fantastic, powerful novel has an intriguing plot and well-formed characters. Steffen’s prose captures the imagination from the first sentence.” ~ Donna M. Brown, Romantic Times Book Reviews