Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Welcome to WinterSun Press

Welcome to WinterSun Press, the home of fine fiction from the American West since 1996. 

WinterSun Press was born in the Colorado Rockies in the little town of Frisco. It soon became the publishing arm of Wolf Moon Books on Main Street.

WinterSun Press is now proud to offer the reissues of An Uncommon Enemy and Solomon Spring, by Michelle Black, in both trade paperback editions and as e-books.

"There is no word in the Cheyenne language for forgiveness."

On the day after Thanksgiving, 1868, George Armstrong Custer and the Seventh Cavalry attack a sleeping Cheyenne village on the banks of the Washita. The village is presided over by Black Kettle, the foremost peace chief of the Cheyenne Nation. During the senseless slaughter of men, women, and children, the soldiers find Eden Murdoch, a white woman presumed dead years before. The army expects to use her for propaganda purposes to refute the accusations that the Cheyenne village posed no threat to white settlers, but Eden refuses to take part.

Custer's young and inexperienced aide-de-camp, Captain Brad Randall, is assigned the task of looking after Eden. Beginning to doubt Custer's actions and struggling to act honorably, Brad is both fascinated and perplexed by Eden's eccentric behavior. He becomes obsessed with learning the truth behind Eden's bizarre journey, and when Eden begins to reveal it, his own future changes. Eden and Brad unexpectedly set in motion events that will echo all the way to the Little Bighorn.


"Strong characters, smart narration and a fast-moving plot distinguish this latest historical novel by Black. [Her] take on Custer's cruel command is nuanced and well researched, her story of his encounter with Eden based on a cryptic remark Custer made in his field notes the day after Washita. Eden's...plucky humor makes her an appealing protagonist."
 - Publishers Weekly

"Michelle Black has penned a courageous, deeply moving, fiercely honest novel about a woman trapped between the frontier military and the Cheyenne. I was enthralled, not only by the swift-moving story, but by the integrity and depth of understanding in every page. This novel is richly rewarding, and I look forward to more splendid stories from her." -award-winning author Richard S. Wheeler

"A sense of place, well-rounded characters, and an exciting and poignant ending make An Uncommon Enemy an uncommon book well worth the reading." - Roundup Magazine

"Michelle Black's An Uncommon Enemy is a clear-eyed and moving narrative of life among the Plains Indians, and of the reality of their struggle for existence against the elements and Manifest Destiny. But that was not enough for Black, who uses the business of Custer's missing ring finger to propel her story into the realm of great detective fiction. This is the closest thing to a collaboration between Jack London and Wilkie Collins." - Loren D. Estleman, Past President of Western Writers of America, Inc., and author of over fifty award-winning novels.


Eden Murdoch's adventures continue in...

A Novel of Suspense from the Victorian West

The healing powers of the Solomon Spring hold no miracle cure for murder...
— A child custody battle turns deadly on a windswept winter prairie in 1878.
— A man begins a quixotic search for lost love in an effort to mend his shattered life.
— A sacred Native American shrine is about to be defiled, but not if one determined woman can stop it.

These three seemingly unrelated stories collide at the Solomon Springs natural wonder held sacred for centuries because of its legendary healing properties. Murder shatters the spiritual calm that is Solomon Spring.

Seeking solace from the turbulent life she has led, Eden Murdoch returns to the Solomon Spring. The tranquillity of this timeless place will soon be corrupted by a local businessman who plans to exploit the sacred waters of the Spring.

Eden's earnest fight to prevent this sacrilege is interrupted by her own past. Brad Randall, her one-time lover, arrives with the astounding news that the infant son Eden lost fourteen years before has been located and is living nearby.

The joy of her reunion with her son and with Brad, is clouded by the reappearance of her long-estranged husband, Lawrence Murdoch, who seeks sole custody of the boy and of the prosperous ranch the boy will inherit from his adoptive father. The warring couple engage in a vicious battle, both legal and emotional, with an unexpectedly deadly outcome.

Reviews for Solomon Spring....

"Lawyer and Native American specialist Michelle Black sets her absorbing Solomon Spring in what was then the wild, wild West of 1878 Kansas. In an intricate plot involving murder, family secrets and the enduring legacy of racial injustice, Eden is ultimately reunited with a former lover, a disillusioned Indian Affairs bureaucrat from Washington, and a child she has long given up for dead. Black's graceful style and meticulous attention to historical detail render Solomon Spring a historical thriller of the first water."
-Raleigh News-Observer

"Eden Murdoch, the central figure in Michelle Black's second book set among the Cheyennes in Kansas in the 1870s, is one of those premature modernists who give life to so many fine historical mystery series--Miriam Grace Monfredo's Civil War books, for example, or Laurie R. King's stories about Mary Russell. There's a well-drawn murder plot, a credible and touching love story, and an homage not only to contemporary feminism but also to the civil disobedience taught by Henry David Thoreau".
-Dick Adler, Chicago Tribune

"The strong characters, the vivid details of life in the West in the late 1800s, and an engaging plot combine to make this an absorbing historical mystery."
- Booklist

"Credible and engaging characters, particularly the fearless and feisty heroine, Eden Murdoch, together with a well-paced, suspenseful plot make for a fine historical adventure yarn 
in a this sequel to Black's An Uncommon Enemy."
- Publishers Weekly

"The saga of Eden Murdoch began in An Uncommon Enemy and this latest work continues the life of this resilient 19th century woman...Readers of An Uncommon Enemy will not want to miss this sequel! And those who are meeting Eden for the first time receive enough back story to be thoroughly engrossed in this creative mixture of fact and fiction. This is a fast-paced enthralling read."
- Romantic Times