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Judy Ann Davis
Short Book Description
Red Fox Woman (and) Three Merry Mysteries
In RED FOX WOMAN, PA redware potter, Julia Gast, flees to the Colorado Territory in 1868 to start a pottery business, raise horses & avoid secrets of her past. THREE MERRY MYSTERIES features three quick, fun reads, plus two bonus short stories.
Red Fox Woman, by Judy Ann Davis, is a mixture of western, mystery and romance. It was chosen as a finalist in the western category of the 2011 International Book Awards. Set in the Colorado Territory in 1868, the main character, Pennsylvania redware potter Julia Gast, flees to the West to set up a pottery business, raise horses and hopefully avoid secrets from her past, including a ruthless fiancé.
When Flint Ashmore rides into the ranch he thought he purchased from a now deceased neighbor, he is surprised to find the potter squatting on his land. Both Flint and Julia are equally surprised when they discover that the ranch has been deeded to Julia and Betsy Ashmore, adopted sister of Flint and his three brothers.
In order to get money to start her horse ranch, Julia makes ring flasks and pottery to sell. (Ring flasks, pictured on the book cover, were used by the workers in the mid-1800’s to take drinking water to the fields.) Julia also aligns herself with a renegade Indian named Two Bears to help her gather horses to sell to the army.
When unknown enemies try to steal Julia’s stock and injure Betsy Ashmore, Flint and Julia must work together to find the culprits and to find the peace and happiness both are seeking.
Judy Ann Davis began her career in writing as a copy and continuity writer for WGBI Radio and WYOU-TV, formerly WDAU-TV, in Scranton, PA. She has worked public relations for the Clearfield Area School District, and has worked in adult education for the Central Intermediate Unit 10 and the Clearfield County Career and Technology Center.
Throughout her career, Davis has written news articles and features for newspapers, advertising copy for businesses, and curricula and grants for various educational institutions.
Over a dozen of her short stories have appeared in various literary and small magazines. She holds a degree in Journalism and Communications, cum laude, from Point Park University in Pittsburgh and is a member of Pennwriters.
She lives with her husband, Scott, in Clearfield, PA.
RED FOX WOMAN
Finalist in the Western Category
2011 International Book Awards
2008 First Place Short Story Competition
Writer's Digest Magazine
Placed in Top 100 of 1991, 1993 & 1996
Short Story Writing Competitions
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED, A GREAT READ - Anonymous Reader
Author Judy Ann Davis creates captivating characters who steal the reader's attention in Red Fox Woman, her first novel. Throughout the cleverly written tale, she introduces true characters of the Old West - scoundrels, four gun-toting brothers, a colorful, renegade Indian, a bumbling sheriff, and a willy old rancher who teaches the heroine, Julia Gast, that despite the odds, anything is possible with persistence. It is a well-told western, a humorous mystery, and a delightful romance. Best of all, it is a fun read which is hard to put down.