Tucker, GA (Vocus) June 18, 2010
In his new historical novel Bones on the Severs Ranch (published by Trafford Publishing), experienced author Will Crews, with the help of illustrator and artist Nevah Yocham Foster, explores the questions genocide and the death of one journalist’s father during the Spanish-American War as a search for buried treasure on the Severs Ranch near Bald Hill has the community at each other’s throats for the priceless gold.
Clay, an intern journalist from Washington, D.C., spends the summer with his grandparents, Bones and Katie, at the Severs Ranch, where he is supposed to write about the new Sooner State and its citizens. Of course, he has his own agenda, delving into his father’s death during the Spanish-American War and the possible genocide of American Indians orchestrated by the government.
Of course, he soon meets up with colorful persons like Choctaw and his democratic talking donkey, Balaam; Jake and his companion, Hog Dog; Dub, an oil well driller from Texas; Patrick, the Irish singing cowboy; and Captain Severs, who owns the Severs Ranch and half of Okmulgee and Muskogee and who is building a hotel in Muskogee. It isn’t far into his investigation before Clay falls in love with the beautiful and rich gun-slinging cowgirl, Annabelle, which only complicates his search about his ancestry.
Further complications arise when Clay discovers a treasure map. At first, he tries to keep the secret to himself, fearful that everyone in town will dig up the ranch; however, he later reveals the map in the hopes that his cowboy friends will discover where it is buried. No sooner than the treasure is found do two step up to claim the booty by force, a knife to the throat of K-Louis, a friend of Clay’s beloved Annabelle.
Will Clay figure out a way to save K-Louise’s life when he is threatened by the infamous, bad-blooded Diego? Will he win the hand of Annabelle? Will her two friends find their true loves? Find out the startling answers in the thrilling conclusion of Crews’s masterful book Bones on the Severs Ranch, a historical novel that promises to capture the nostalgia and action of the turn of the century.
About the Author
A native of Oklahoma along with his five brothers and sisters, Will Crews grew up in the 1930s during a time when they raced ponies and played cowboys and Indians around the old Severs Ranch. At night, his mother, who was part Cherokee, activated their imaginations with stories of heroes. Crews then earned degrees in history and social studies and later taught school on the Navajo Indian Reservation with his wife. After he spent ten years working with Indians in Arizona and Kansas, he enrolled at Oklahoma University and later earned another degree from the University of Kansas. He spent the next several years working as the national director of Juvenile Rehabilitation and then finished his professional career as a counselor at a community mental health center. When he retired at 73 years old, he became the writer readers know today. In addition to Bones on the Severs Ranch, Crews has also published Bones on the Chisholm Trail, Bones in Indiana Country and Prairie Sunshine. He is currently writing his fifth book, which will reveal the things he has learned from his beloved grandchildren.
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