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Raven Pub., 2005 - Fiction - 197 pages
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Absaroka (ISBN 0-9714161-8-4), a spellbinding work of fiction, manages to encompass many issues relevant to a wide range of readers. It heralds the tenacity of the human spirit, the consequences of wise choices, and love and protection for the land and it's natural beauty, spotlighting the wild horse herds of Montana and Wyoming. Author Bochmann's spare, sensitive prose pulls the reader into the drama of the story, making it easy for them to relate to the hopes, disappointments, hardships, and triumphs of the characters. Based in the west, Absaroka will appeal not only to those who understand ranching, rural living, and horses, but also to veterans of foreign wars, those who have experienced the loss of loved ones, and those who care about saving our natural resources, including the few remaining wild horse herds in our country. It reflects the lessons learned growing up on a ranch where strong values, hard work, and lots of love were part of the author's upbringing.

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AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY Joan Bochmann was born in Steamboat Springs, Colorado and grew up in the country, attending a one-room school-house for most of her elementary school years. Horses were always a big part of her life, and she was blessed with a father who patiently taught her to ride and to love these noble creatures. Her mother nurtured her other passion—the love books—and took the time to see that Joan had access to the library and any other source she could find. Joan grew up in a world of reality (horses, hard work and some hard times) and a world of the imagination—from sharing Heidi's mountaintop in Switzerland; solving mysteries with Nancy Drew; exploring Bambi's forest to rafting down the Mississippi with Huck Finn. She graduated as valedictorian of her high school class, but her college education was delayed when she married, had children and moved to Boulder, Colorado. While pursuing an education and a career as a paralegal, she attended the University of Colorado at night, taking every writing course she could. Many of her summer vacations consisted of packing up her two kids, a typewriter, and renting a cabin at a small resort in the Colorado mountains. While the kids enjoyed the amenities of the resort, she typed out stories. Recently retiring from 42 years of working as a paralegal, Joan lives with her husband, Carl, on a small acreage that accommodates her two Arabian horses and Sheltie dog. In addition to writing, her hobbies are camping with her family, managing a church bookstore, riding and reading.

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