Called The Gone With the Wind of the West... Wide as the continent and wild as the West, Paint the Wind is the epic saga of one unforgettable woman and the three strong men who risk everything to possess her. 1864. A plantation is ravaged by border raiders. Ten-year-old Fancy Deverell is saved by a wise old slave named Atticus, who sets her on an extraordinary journey that will lead her headlong into the rough-and-tumble days of the Old West. From a westering circus train to the gold and silver fields of Colorado, from the cutthroat world of the New York Stage and the arcane shadows of magic and mysticism to the last legendary and tragic struggles of Geronimo and the Apache Nation, the novel sweeps along with the relentless rhythm of those turbulent times... To survive, Fancy must learn what it takes for a woman to climb from poverty to fame and fortune in a universe that belongs to the ruthless and the male. Before she’s through, there isn’t much that Fancy won’t have done, or bargained, or sold for her dreams... and the price of her deliverance. For Paint the Wind is first and last the story of feisty, tempestuous, and vulnerable Fancy Deverell. Far too beautiful for her own good, she wants it all -- love, power, money, security -- and she’ll get it, too, if she can keep her heart out of the way of the three men who so desperately want to possess her. CHANCE McALLISTER -- his gambler’s luck is legendary, like his prowess in bed, and Chance is precisely the kind of rogue Fancy wants. HART McALLISTER -- a giant of a man with a soul and talent to match, Chance’s brother is an artist whose paintings of the dying Apache Nation will hang in the Louvre... but it won’t mean a damn to him if he can’t have Fancy. JASON MADIGAN -- a wizard at making deals and breaking lesser men, he’s someone who kills for sport. And Fancy, is the only woman he has ever needed to own, whatever the cost. Fancy’s journey is a tale of self-discovery and of spiritual growth that takes as many strange turns as life itself. The men and women who bring their dreams and drives to it are as colorful and various as the thousands who journeyed west: the stalwart, honorable madam and the gunfighter who loves her... the brilliant dwarf with the secret past... the cunning Chinese wise man who knows the cure for opium addiction... the old prospector who would sacrifice everything but integrity for the Mother Lode... the thespian who yearns for one last great role to play... the mysterious Gypsy who mastered the forbidden arts and now must win back her immortal soul. Against this huge, vividly rendered, multi-character canvas, three resolute men do battle for the woman called Fancy in a novel that for its scope and grandeur belongs on the shelf with the classic epics of our time.
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Best-selling author, Cathy Cash Spellman has written five books that have been New York Times and International Best Sellers in hardcover and paperback. Her books include: · Lark’s Labyrinth · Snowflake from the Hand of God · So Many Partings · An Excess of Love · Paint the Wind · Bless the Child · The Playground of the Gods They’ve been sold in 22 countries, and Bless the Child, starring Kim Basinger and Jimmy Smits, was a successful Paramount movie in 2000. Cathy is an Astrologer and has written extensively about esoteric subjects from metaphysics to healing and mysticism. She has both practiced and written about a wide variety of healing modalities, including Cranio Sacral Therapy, Polarity, Acupuncture and Traditional Chinese medicine, Qi Gung, Native American Shamanic Healing, and Spiritual Healing. She holds Black Belt rank in Goju Ryu Karate and teaches both Women’s Empowerment and Energy (Qi) Workshops. She has been a monthly columnist for Mode and Grace Magazines, Sweet16.com and Astromessenger.com. She has written for Mademoiselle, Self, Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, Town and Country, and Kung Fu magazines on health, energy, beauty, sexuality, woman’s empowerment and many other topics. Cathy invites you to visit her website at www.cathycashspellman.comFrom Publishers Weekly:
A plot teeming with outsize characters and melodramatic incident propels this gaudy Western extravaganza that sweeps from a Louisiana plantation during the Civil War to a wide-open Colorado mining town. Lovely, headstrong Fancy Deverell is saved from marauding Yankees by Atticus, a wise old slave whose offensive shuffling is a hint of stereotypes to come--a hissing Chinaman, a whore with a heart of gold, a laconic gunslinger. Young Fancy is next befriended by a mystic and an irritating Shakespeare-quoting dwarf from a traveling circus. Then Atticus dies out West and Fancy is found half-frozen by Hart and Chance McAllister, brothers searching for a legendary silver lode. Fancy strikes it rich as an actress and as mistress of powerful Jason Madigan; gambling Chance, whom she loves, and Hart, who loves her, cash in, too. Spellman ( An Excess of Love ) uneasily blends New Age mysticism with the roaring Wild West of saloons, whorehouses and noble Indians in a vibrantly colored yarn that is good entertainment, if inaccurate. Doubleday Book Club main selection; Literary Guild alternate.
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