Lonesome Valley is the first short story of this book. Cassandra, the brave young lady in “Lonesome Valley” was
inspired by a documentary on Annie Oakley. Annie Oakley was placed in an
orphanage when her father died, she was released into a home that abused her,
she returned to the orphanage. By the time she was fifteen, by hunting with her
father’s rifle she supplied the family with meat and made money selling game
sufficient for the family to live on. Annie Oakley was such a good
shot that she beat a renowned skeet shooter, he was so taken with her he
married her. Even after coming from a horrid beginning she became known the
world over for her shooting and also her very Victorian demeanor. Throughout
her life she set and maintained high standards for herself. Annie Oakley
was from the Southeast, I took her Victorian demeanor and unequalled shooting
ability and put her in the lonesome foothills of the mountains of Montana.
The characters also include a retired army captain devastated by the lost of his wife and child, he is looking for lonesome. Meanwhile on her ranch far from the nearest town, she has lost everything, together they fight to reclaim their lives. Other stories in the book include a wizened old sheriff and a young couple needing a start in life. A story about a women that buys a ranch and needs help to save it. A retired sheriff and bounty hunter whose early life in an orphanage changes his life and a woman that is hell bent on assassinating the one she thinks responsible for killing her brothers. In Desert Wind, the hero finds he doesn't like the loneliness of the desert after all and finds a gal seemingly tied to the desert. In 'Wishbone' the anger is taken out of the hero by children. In the last story of this series, 'The Anthill', the hero searches high and low for a bride but needs to be staked to an anthill in order to find her. In the story, 'Cookie', this parallel's my background at the WCC, the character was taken from a kid that I knew that was much like the hero, Cookie.