A merchant named David Fraser ran a mercantile mostly patronized by local miners. He lived in the back room. Across the street stood another mercantile run by a Chinaman and supported mostly by the local Chinese miners who outnumbered the whites in the area by about twenty to one that year.
Faithfully every morning, David Fraser breakfasted at the boarding house next door to his store. So on the September morning when he didn’t show up for breakfast, someone went to check on him. They found him brutally murdered – hacked to death, reports said – in a pool of his own blood.
An inquiry was launched, several Chinamen were arrested, and the events that followed would mark this story down permanently in the vigilante history of the Wild West.
Fast forward to 1997, same town, same locale, now a state, and a burgeoning writer who reads this tidbit of history and simply has to put the whole story down on paper. That’s how I first came to write my debut novel, Rocky Mountain Oasis.
There were many supporting historical facts that I could rely on. Newspaper articles from the time, I pulled up on microfiche at the local university in Moscow, Idaho. A good story needs, conflict, tension, suspense… this historical event had it all. The historical framework for my story was all laid out for me. I just had to weave my fictional characters in with the real, and voila! A story was born.
The second edition of Rocky Mountain Oasis will soon be available (the first edition is currently available at the link below) followed by the continuing sequels in the series. Leave a comment to get your name in a drawing for one of two e-copies of the 2nd edition of Rocky Mountain Oasis as a PDF.
From the back cover of the book: She’s been living in a desert all her life. Suddenly she’s come upon an oasis. But is it just a mirage?
Brooke Marie Baker, eighteen, has been sent west as a mail-order bride. As the stage nears Greer’s Ferry, where she is to meet the man she’s pledged to marry, she tries to swallow the lump of nervousness in her throat. “Can it be any worse than living with Uncle Jackson…or Hank?” she wonders. “All men are the same, aren’t they?” But with her parents and sister dead, she has no choice.
Sky Jordan, a rancher, holds a single yellow daisy in his hand as he watches the ferry cross the river. Ever since he’d found out his surly cousin, Jason, had sent for a mail-order bride, his mind and heart had been ill at ease.
“No woman deserves to be left with the likes of Jason.” But now he questions his own plans to claim the bride for himself. “Why am I drawn to this woman I don’t even know?”
A wounded heart. Desperate choices. Unfathomable love.
Set in the adventure and danger of the Wild Idaho Territory in 1885.
“An intriguing tale with the perfect blend of suspense, drama, and romance. Best keep your eyes on Lynnette Bonner. She’s a gifted storyteller.” -Sharlene MacLaren, Author, ‘Through Every Storm’, ‘Long Journey Home’, ‘Little Hickman Creek Series’, ‘The Daughters of Jacob Kane Series’ You can find out more about Rocky Mountain Oasis HERE
I’m giving away two copies of the 2nd edition of Rocky Mountain Oasis in a PDF format so be sure and leave a comment.
Lynnette Bonner was born and raised in Africa and has been writing since the late 1990’s. Rocky Mountain Oasis is her first book. When she isn’t writing, she loves to watch her boys play sports or spend time lost in the world created by a great book.
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