A western romance novel set in America in the 1800s, and written by an Australian author, is a finalist in the "western" category of the America Book Fest's Best Book Awards 2019.
That author is Taree's Bronwyn Trotter who is understandably "thrilled" to have her first novel, "The Trappers Promise", listed as a finalist.
Bronwyn entered her novel in two category's, Fiction - Romance and Fiction - Western.
"I thought it might have done better as a romance, but can you imagine how exciting it was for me to learn I was to be a finalist in the western category?" she said.
"My publisher, 'Inspiring Books' here in Australia, is thrilled to hear of the award too."
Bronwyn Trotter has come up with an exciting sequel to her award winning first book, "The Trappers Promise". She weaves an intricate and enthralling tale that will keep you guessing throughout the book. Highly recommended.Editor of Inspiring Publishers
American Book Fest announced more than 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories. Awards were presented for titles published in 2017-2019.
Jeffrey Keen, president and CEO of American Book Fest, said this year's contest yielded more than 2000 entries from mainstream and independent publishers, which were then narrowed down to over 400 winners and finalists.
Keen says of the awards, now in their 17th year, "The 2019 results represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide array of publishers throughout the United States. With a full publicity and marketing campaign promoting the results of the Best Book Awards, this year's winners and finalists will gain additional media coverage for the upcoming holiday retail season."
"The Trappers Promise" is a trilogy, and "Cedar Creek", released recently, is the second in the series.
This explains why she chose to write a triology set in the 1800s in the wilds of the American Rockies.
It is the story of Sarah Cole who was born and raised on a mountain in the Rockies where trappers hunt wolves for a living. Sarah grows up to become a trapper.
The trilogy follows Sarah and her relationship with the trappers, particularly the four men who made a promise to her father that should anything happen to him, they would take care of her - hence "The Trappers Promise".
Four other characters figure in Sarah's life in the first book, wealthy rancher Major Hardy and his hired gun-hand Foley Andrews, and general store owner Benjamin Crawley, who Sarah hates, and his daughter Millicent.
In "Cedar Creek", Sarah is a grown woman who knows what she wants. It is winter and the trappers have left the mountain, taking their skins to Cedar Creek to get paid and to wait for spring when they can return. But Sarah has stayed behind - she has something to do before she can leave.
The day she riders into Cedar Creek she finds the town has a new sheriff, a man no-one knows anything about and a man with a past. The story revolves around Sarah and the sheriff. With the trouble Sarah continually finds herself in, the trappers are finding it harder to keep their promise.
The third and final book, "Sarah's Mountain" is almost complete. Bronwyn, who is a self-publisher, is proof reading the editing the book ready for printing and publishing.
The third in the series, 'Sarah's Mountain' is almost complete
Bronwyn's novels can be found at Amazon.com or her web page BronwynTrotter.com and follow the links to shop.
About "The Trappers Promise"
Bronwyn Trotter's "The Trappers Promise" is a hard hitting novel set in the wilds of the Rockies, where only the toughest of women can survive.
"Born on a mountain in the Rockies where wolves are hunted for their valuable skins, Sarah Cole has to contend with trapping wolves and nineteen trappers. Four of whom have made a promise to her father to look out for her if he should be killed.
"When her father dies during a card game, she loses her winter home Mountain View Lodge and is thrust into the care of the trappers.
"Finding that men are now looking at her more as a woman than a trapper, Sarah finds battling vicious wolves is far easier than dealing with them and wealthy rancher Major Hardy trying to stop her from becoming friendly with his son Frank. Major Hardy's idea of a wife for Frank is Millicent Crawley, daughter of the general store owner.
"Sarah will do what she has to, even if it means using the wolves to get her son, stolen from her by his grandfather, back to her."
"In this, the second part of her award-winning novel 'The Trappers Promise,' continue to delve into the life of the trapper known as Sarah Cole, as author Bronwyn Trotter takes you on a wild journey from the Rocky Mountains that Sarah loves, to the town of Cedar Creek that Sarah hates, where she meets Christian Morgan, a man who is determined to keep his past buried, and who is now wearing the badge of a lawman.
"Are four trappers destined to keep their promise they made?"
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