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"A lot of action, hair breadth escapes....Well done western novel." - Randy Johnson,Vine Voice (Amazon)
 
"The characters certainly are taking an adventure most of us would never know. You travel with them as they go and you truly become involved in what is happening. It is Suspenseful but also tender in some ways. Very well done. - Shirley Priscilla Johnson, Amazon VINE VOICE (top 1,000) REVIEWER
 
"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, reviewer 
"A good read for all western fans....The action starts with the first page and doesn't stop...from start to finish. The dialogue was done well....The characterization was good....the authors did it very well." - Paul Johnson for Readers' Favorite
 
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A must read....I loved reading this novel....After reading the back cover...my curiosity of which man might be on the front cover lured me.... one of the two main men is the real bad guy; but which one--and will Patricia Laughlin find out before it's too late? In this intriguing and realistic portrayal of the Western lifestyle I found myself drowning into the deepest part of the plot....Which man will keep?...A romance...stunning masterpiece...an irresistible tale.... Mystery, suspense...has it all...five out of five stars." - Danielle Urban, Universal Creativity

"[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, reviewer

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To Swallow the Earth (Western Survival/suspense, clean) Winner: 2016 International Book Award, Literary Classics Seal of Approval, and 2016 Laramie Award Finalist. What if you came home after a journey and your family was no longer there? What if someone else was living in your house, running what you used to manage—and trying to kill you? Could a beautiful woman be behind it? 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. 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 the historic Nevada silver rush, 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 and care for the terrain and its creatures into an adventure 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. Family friendly (ages 14 & up, diverse characters), 54,000 words, 200 pages, 5.25”x8” paperback, Latino protagonist, American Indian. Simultaneously published as A Sky So Big (New Adult mystery romance, YA western novel), also an ebook—soon a graphic novel and audiobook. Premio Publishing (signed books. Worldwide rights © 2015) PremioPublishing.com, Amazon/Kindle, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble/Nook, Brodart, EBSCO, Flipkart, Follett, iBooks, Ingram, Inktera, Kobo, Mackin, OverDrive, Oyster, SCRIBD, txtr, and select retailers. Written by Ransom Wilcox & Karl Beckstrand.

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  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Premio Publishing & Gozo Books, LLC (April 28, 2015)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 210 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0692407979
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0692407974
  • Reading age ‏ : ‎ Baby - 12 years
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 8.6 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.25 x 0.53 x 8 inches
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College media instructor Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 26 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. His survival thriller, To Swallow the Earth, won a 2016 International Book Award, and his multicultural kids’ books have been lauded by Publisher’s Weekly, Kirkus, The Horn Book, and School Library Journal. Raised in Silicon Valley, he has lived abroad and worked with people from all continents (except Antarctica). His work reflects cultural diversity—not only in protagonists, but in collaborators (his illustrators hail from Latin America, Europe, and Asia). Beckstrand has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APUS, and a broadcast/film certificate from Film A. Academy. He teaches media at a state college and, since 2004, has run Premio Publishing. Beckstrand has presented to Taiwan’s Global Leadership for Youth, city and state governments, festivals, and schools. His Y.A. stories, ebook mysteries, nonfiction, Spanish/bilingual, wordless, career, and STEM books feature ethnically diverse characters—and usually end with a twist. His work has appeared via: Amazon, Apple/iBooks, Baker & Taylor, Barnes & Noble, Costco, Deseret Book, Follett, Ingram, Papercrafts Magazine, Target.com, The U.S. Congressional Record, Walmart.com, FB, Twitter, and https://PremioBooks.com

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