Montana Briscoe ...is a very lucky girl. WHY? I knew you were gonna ask that. She's lucky because she is independently wealthy and she works as a freelance photographer, and photojournalist! She travels the world over telling the story with pictures. She donates the proceeds of her work to charity. Unfortunately her wealthy parents died tragically while she was teen. She lives her life as a recluse on a small upstate NY ranch where she has her horses, her dog, and her art hobby to keep her busy. A failed relationship still loams over her as she isolates herself from people and the possibility of romance. So she buries herself in her work and her hobbies.
Montana is asked to go on location for an assignment from National Geographic that takes her to the desert of southern Nevada! Her job is to photograph the Western Diamond Back Rattle Snakes and Scorpions of the region. The newest desert hobby is four wheeling. The bad news is for native animals and plants in such a fragile environment the noise and over use has disturbed the breeding and feeding of these creatures. Montana's job is to bring the story to life and get the attention of readers and hopefully stir up enough opposition to bring about and back legislation to protect these creatures in their natural habitat.
Along the way Montana meets a local Fish and Wildlife officer an X-Marine, Matthew Greyhawk, a full blooded Paiute, now a ranger for the DOW of Nevada. He is torn between two worlds, the modern world he lives in and the old world he was taught in. His is guided by a code of ethics and discipline instilled in him by his grandfather, who taught him the old myths and the old ways.
When Montana runs into him in the camp supply store before heading out to her location, she is struck by his handsome face, but put off by his arrogant and self centered approach.
Traveling on the same time line is Sarah a beautiful young Navajo woman working toward a Geology degree. Sarah has found that she can earn a very good living by stripping in a gentleman's club. She lives a double life in a way, she has no interest in the sex for sale industry, but she makes a tidy sum that affords her a nice place to live, her jeep, and days off to go on her desert rock hunts to practice the craft she loves. Sarah has a secret admirer.
Montana and Fancy (her dog) are headed to Jim Camp NV to set up a base camp and look for the subject of her article, the diamondback rattlesnake. She makes her way along a gravel road and enters the ghost town of Jim Camp. Montana sets up camp near an abandoned junked bus.
Matt loads his horse Bo into the trailer and along with his dog, Blue they take off for the desert. He suspects one of the locals is poaching and allowing illegal hunting on his ranch. He is determined to stop him.
Montana spies a distant dust cloud as Matt makes his way to the Redknife ranch...Sarah sees the same dust cloud, and so does the Note Keeper...
I started writing this story, my first attempt at a fiction novel, while still living in Brooklyn, NY. I guess you could say it was a great escape to the deserts I yearned to be exploring while I worked as a paramedic in one of the busiest cities in the world. I was there on 9/11 and just become an EMT 2 weeks before.
I found myself doing what Montana did isolating myself from people on my days off. I walked on the beach, stayed to myself and began to write. I published with Publish America a book based on my childhood adventures called Before Life Got Complicated. I wish now I had held out for a proper publisher but that's another story!!
This manuscript is not finished at the present time, (currently at 69,000 words and 223 pages) but I continue to work on it when I can. Right now I find it very hard to stay focused as I deal with other issues such as my aging parent.
I hope when my manuscript is done I can find an agent and get my book published in the mainstream book market! Below I have copied the first chapter of the book, I hope you will enjoy it!!