I haven’t talked too much about it because it’s in a book club and not that easy to get your hands on. It’s not in bookstores and it’s not on Amazon.
The reason for this it to make the book club a cool place to be, because you’re getting the books early!
I’ve got another coming next month and a third in December and, a year or so from now, Barbour Publishing will repackage these three books into an anthology and then they’ll be in book stores.
But, just because you can’t get it, doesn’t mean it’s not important to me. So I’ll tell you a little bit about:
Book #1 in the South Dakota Weddings Series from Heartsong Presents
They’ll never see eye-to-eye.
Buffy Lange has spent her life learning about, caring for, and protecting buffalo. She’s landed the job of her dreams, managing a huge buffalo ranch in South Dakota. With stars in her eyes, she imagines all of the Midwest given over to free-ranging buffalo. To her, buffalo embody beauty, majesty, and strength. To Wyatt Shaw, however, the buffalo are a constant threat. Wyatt‘s ranch adjoins the Buffalo Commons and he watches in trepidation as its owner expands and rides roughshod over the local ranchers. Buffalo are wild, untameable, and dangerous. They present a hazard to man and beast.
When disaster strikes, Wyatt‘s worst fears are realized and Buffy can do nothing but clean up the mess. With one determined to rid the area of buffalo and the other determined to see them flourish, the dust seldom settles around these two. Will they find a common ground or are they destined to forever stand alone?
>>This is the outcome of my obsession with buffalo. I told you a few weeks back that I petted a buffalo at Husker Harvest Days. Reached my hand through a really BIG TOUGH fence. I promise I wasn’t the least bit brave.
They seem so weird to me. Strange looking animal, back end too small, front end too big. The fur is just shaggy and hanging off the animal in clumps. They seem so placid but they kill people.
Quotes I found:
1) Buffalo kill and hurt more people in Yellowstone than any other animal
2) Most attacks by bison occur in Yellowstone National Park, the home of the largest herd of free ranging animals. An average of three attacks occur annually. Four fatalities have resulted from these attacks since 1975 (excluding car wrecks).
Most bison attacks are considered provoked, often by tourists who approach the animals too closely for photographs. However, totally unprovoked attacks also occur. Bison can weigh as much as 2,000 pounds (900 kg) and can run as fast as 35 mph (57 kph). Their potential for injury must be respected.
Injuries from bison attacks include gorings and blunt trauma.
3) A 12-year-old boy from Pennsylvania was hospitalized after he was flipped into the air by a bull bison at Yellowstone National Park.
Park officials say witnesses reported that the boy was posing Thursday (June 26th) with members of his family within 1-2 feet of the mature bull bison.
I’m only pointing these things out because I touched the buffalo and I make quite a huge point in my book, Buffalo Gal, about how dangerous buffalo are. So all my research taught me NOTHING. On the other hand, other people were touching him(her?). So peer pressure I guess. Also, WHILE I touched the buffalo I was terrified. So that showed some sense…sort of. The other people touching the buffalo seemed oblivious of their brush with death. Where’s the fun in that? They might as well have touched their CAR if they weren’t terrified. I had WAY more fun than them.
<<<That is my hand. That is a buffalo. You must TRUST ME. I’m a writer not a photographer.
Now I have a powerful desire is to see a bull elk in the wild with full antlers. I don’t know why, that just strikes me as a beautiful thing. I will NOT touch him. I promise. Unless other people are!
So are you ever around wildlife? Anyone ever been brave around a wild animal? Brave or stupid?
Tell me about your brushes with ‘When Animals Attack.”
And, yeah, I guess you can count mice.