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Horse Books - Horse Gifts

Raven Publishing, Inc., which specializes in compelling fiction that features life in the western United States, introduces ABSAROKA due for release on December 10, 2005, the national Day of the Horse. Recent efforts to destroy this country’s wild horses have been met with outrage by horse-lovers around the country. In ABSAROKA a young man desperate to save his ranch, turns to wild horses as a solution, but, instead, joins the Crow Indian nation to save the wild herd from a government that wants to get rid of them. This book also addresses contemporary issues such as romance, war, western living, and human tenacity in the midst of page-turning adventure where young Matt Reed learns a lot about his own courage, integrity, and perseverance. By launching the book just weeks before Christmas, ABSAROKA offers the gift of a feel-good story in the author’s spare and sensitive prose.

Author, Joan Bochmann emphasizes the tenacity and triumphs of the human spirit in her debut novel, ABSAROKA (Raven Publishing Inc., $9.00, 196 pgs. ISBN 0-9714161-8-4). Portraying a variety of characters, Joan lets the reader share the emotions and the reasoning of each, including the horses’. The story begins when a homesick soldier, Matt Reed, returns to the home he has longed for and dreamed of while on the battlefields. The Rocking R Ranch, as Matt remembers it, is a family dynasty. Matt’s great-grandfather bought it with his blood, sweat, and tears. There was never any question that Matt would run it when his father became unable to do it. His mother died of cancer while he was half a world away, so he knew he still had that grief to confront. But he was unprepared for the further losses that awaited—loss of his father and it looks like the ranch as well.

“ABSAROKA is Joan Bochmann’s home and heartland. It is also the setting for playing out the challenges of life and love between the seeming simplicity of rural ranching and the complexities of real people's current-day choices. Joan masterfully unfolds subtleties of human experience —of conflict, confusion, and will—against the Western backdrop of nature's raw elements and the people who learn to harmonize with that nature or be destroyed by opposing her.

ABSAROKA captures your mind's eye, your spirit's vibrations, and your heart's emotions.”

— Steve Prentice, former staff writer and editor for The Western Horseman Magazine, Author, freelance writer, and former public relations director for Cowtown Coliseum, Fort Worth Texas.

Author Joan Bochmann, born in the country near Steamboat Springs, Colorado, attended a one-room school for most of her elementary school years. Horses were a big part of her life. Her father taught her to ride and to love these noble creatures. Her mother nurtured her other passion - the love for books. Graduating as valedictorian from Steamboat High, her college education was delayed when she married, had children and moved to Boulder, Colorado. She studied both law and writing by taking night classes at the University of Colorado. Recently retired from 42 years as a paralegal, Joan lives in rural Colorado with her husband, Carl, her two horses and a dog. Besides writing, her hobbies include camping with her family, managing a church bookstore, riding and reading.

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