CRAZY WOMAN CREEK
Western Romance Set in 1880s Buffalo Wyoming
• Front cover should say two things: 1) Western and 2) Romance
• Cover would do well with a background of a Wyoming creek/Crazy Woman Creek because the focus of the book is a search for a missing body along the creek beds.
• Because of the angst the heroine feels throughout the book as she worries that her husband is dead or that he has abandoned her, an ominous feeling to the cover would not be inappropriate.
• Would love to see hero and heroine on cover; she is 20 with long, dark brown hair; he is 26, tall, clean shaven, and attractive. She overdresses, like a woman from a big city; he is a deputy sheriff and dresses simply, lots of brown leather.
• Need front/back cover and spine
• This is not a bodice ripper―please no gratuitous flesh.
• Don’t want to see bland front cover typical of so many Christian historicals: gauzy background with blonde prairie girl in foreground gazing into her hands. These books are about the girl; my book is about a romance between a man and a woman.
James Roses rides into the unforgiving darkness of the Wyoming prairie one stormy night and does not return. When the rancher's horse is found tied to a tree on the banks of the icy North-East Creek three days later, his wife Lenora insists that her beloved can’t possibly be dead. He is too capable a horseman to slip and fall into a rushing creek. But everyone in the little town of Buffalo presumes he drowned.
Well not quite everyone. To Deputy Luke Davies, the beautiful widow’s account of the events of that night provokes more questions than it answers. Why is she so sure her husband did not perish in the wilderness? And why is she vague when he questions her about the events that happened just before he rode off? What is she hiding? And who has been sneaking onto her property at night to harass her, and why?
Months pass; Rose's body doesn't surface. Lenora learns that the government will presume abandonment and confiscate her homestead if she cannot provide a certificate of death. But that’s only a part of her trial by fire. Once Lenora becomes the main suspect in the homicide investigation, the town gossip mill turns from the missing rancher to the very attentive, very eligible young deputy and the lonely rancher’s wife—who is now with child. As wild stories of murder and madness circulate around Buffalo, Luke and Lenora realize their growing attraction for one another. But without a body, Luke is frustrated by desire and Lenora is tortured by doubt: Is she truly a widow, or is her angry husband trying to teach her a lesson as some believe?
Crazy Woman Creek is an inspirational western romance set in Wyoming Territory, 1880. It contains historical fact interlaced with light comedy. It would appeal to lovers of history and the Great West; its target audience is conservative females ages 14+. Crazy Woman Creek is an actual body of water that flows through the northeast corner of Wyoming, site of the famous Johnson County Cattle War of 1892 and the stomping grounds of Butch Cassidy and the Hole-in-the-Wall Gang. Many legends circulate on the Internet regarding how the creek got its unusual name, but no one knows for sure.
This is fiction with a message: You can trust God to bring forth your light as the noonday sun, but you must live according to truth. The story is unique because the main character, Lenora, is not predictable or stereotypical. Some wild things come out of her mouth when she's under pressure.