Candace Manley's 'Skeeter's Dream,' La Frontera Publishing's First Young Adult, Historical Fiction Novel, Now Available

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Skeeter's Dream, La Frontera Publishing's first young adult, historical fiction novel, written by Texas' literary rising star Candace Manley, is now available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com.

Skeeter's Dream, La Frontera Publishing's first young adult, historical fiction novel, written by Texas' literary rising star Candace Manley, is now available in bookstores and online at Amazon.com.

Skeeter's Dream (ISBN: 978-0-9785634-8-6) is published by La Frontera Publishing (http://www.lafronterapublishing.com) and distributed through the University of New Mexico Press (http://www.unmpress.com).

The Civil War is over, but not for thirteen-year-old Skeeter Tates. It's 1867, and the memory of his beloved father, killed by Yankees four years earlier, lives deep inside him. After clashing one time too many with his new stepfather, and a Yankee at that, Skeeter and his best friend, Ben, run away for Texas.

Hungry and scared, the two friends are startled by April, a teenager herself, threatening to shoot unless Ben drops the chickens he's stealing from her. A trip to the sheriff is next, unless… the adventures are just beginning. April befriends the boys and joins them in their escape. Soon the three must deal with outlaws, stolen bank money, and a posse hot on their trail.

"Candace Manley has shown determination and dedication in learning not only the craft of writing, but also the business of it," said Candy Moulton, Spur Award winning author of Chief Joseph and In Pursuit of a Dream. "Now she has put her skill to work in writing her first novel. Her work ethic is an inspiration for other teenagers... indeed for all writers."

"Candace Manley is a literary rising star," said Mike Harris, publisher for La Frontera Publishing. "In 2007 she won first place in the Western Writers of America youth contest for her short story, 'A Real Cowboy.' This is the first novel for the young Texas writer and it's full of adventure, a tale for young adults as well as anyone who enjoys a great story about growing up."

About La Frontera Publishing
Cheyenne, Wyoming-based La Frontera Publishing publishes historic fiction and non-fiction books about the American West. Its eZine, OldWestNewWest.Com Travel & History Magazine, offers its readers news and features on travel, adventure and history in the American West. Its web site can be found at http://www.oldwestnewwest.com. For more information call (307) 778-4752.

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