Pat Payne Announces Release of ‘The Summer of Shadow’

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New book takes readers on an expedition through relationships.

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I want readers to see that wild creatures, such as this crow, employ a thought process and have feelings, as well as needs.

In “The Summer of Shadow” (published by Trafford Publishing), author Pat Payne’s new nature novel, readers are invited into a heartwarming story of patience and compassion about a little crow, Shadow, and his amazing journey.

When Payne and his family rescued an injured fledgling crow one day, they never could have known that Shadow was about to take them on a journey of understanding that would strengthen them as a family. Each page brings readers deeper into the Payne’s world as they witness the family try to figure out just what to do and how to go about doing it. With each page full of wilderness lore and fun facts, readers will learn more about the world around them as they read through this charming tale.

Praise for “The Summer of Shadow” from US Review of Books:

“Colored photographs of Shadow, the people who raised him, and Murphy, the family dog, are scattered throughout the book, making it a visual treat for the reader. This is a great read for the lovers of crows and ravens, wildlife rehabilitators, and anyone with the interest in learning more about birds in general.”

“I want readers to see that wild creatures, such as this crow, employ a thought process and have feelings, as well as needs,” says Payne, “and given the chance, will make the magic that happens when humans and animals get to know each other well.”

“The Summer of Shadow” has been awarded the Gold Seal of Literary Excellence and has also had highly rated reviews written about it by the Midwest book review and the Westerfield review, as well as multiple highly rated reader reviews.

The Summer of Shadow
By Pat Payne
Softcover | 8.5 x 11 in | 32 pages | ISBN 99781426949586
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Pat Payne is retired and, when not idly daydreaming or writing letters to the editor of the local newspaper, volunteers at The World Bird Sanctuary in St. Louis County in their rehab unit and library. Nicknamed “nature boy” at an early age, he has always enjoyed a connection with wild creatures, in particular the crow. Shadow is featured in two short videos on YouTube: Crow Shadow reads the Newspaper and Crow Shadow and His Dog Murphy.

Trafford Publishing, an Author Solutions, Inc. author services imprint, was the first publisher in the world to offer an “on-demand publishing service,” and has led the independent publishing revolution since its establishment in 1995. Trafford was also one of the earliest publishers to utilize the Internet for selling books. More than 10,000 authors from over 120 countries have utilized Trafford’s experience for self publishing their books. For more information about Trafford Publishing, or to publish your book today, call 1-888-232-4444 or visit

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