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An Uncommon Enemy

Praise for An Uncommon Enemy

"Michelle Black has penned a courageous, deeply moving, fiercely honest novel about a woman trapped between the frontier military and the Cheyenne. I was enthralled, not only by the swift-moving story, but by the integrity and depth of understanding in every page. This novel is richly rewarding, and I look forward to more splendid stories from her." --Richard S. Wheeler, author of The Fields of Eden

"General Custer has been the subject of innumerable books, but Michelle Black sees him from a different perspective, that of a white woman living among the Cheyenne when Custer attacked Black Kettle's peace camp on the Washita in 1868. To this embittered survivor, he is a murderer of innocents, and he commits the same strategic blunder that was to doom him and his command almost eight years later at the Little Big Horn. An Uncommon Enemy is a compelling story with strong sympathy for the Indian side." -- Elmer Kelton, Spur-Award winning author of Badger Boy, The Way of the Coyote and many other novels of the West.

"An Uncommon Enemy is a story with power and substance. The characters are true and their lives awash with the unexpected, and that is what brings the reader so close to them. Michelle Black has a gift for telling a story with truth and compassion. –Earl Murray, author of South of Eden

"Michelle Black's novel will unsettle many accepted ideas about both races and the winning of the West. She has written it with ruthless honesty. Bravo." -- Win Blevins, author of Ravenshadow

"Michelle Black's AN UNCOMMON ENEMY is a clear-eyed and moving narrative of life among the Plains Indians, and of the reality of their struggle for existence against the elements and Manifest Destiny. But that was not enough for Black, who uses the business of Custer's missing ring finger to propel her story into the realm of great detective fiction. This is the closest thing to a collaboration between Jack London and Wilkie Collins." --- Loren D. Estleman, President of Western Writers of America, Inc,., and author of THE MASTER EXECUTIONER.

Meet the Author

Michelle Black

Michelle was born in Kansas and attended the University of Kansas at Lawrence and Washburn University. She earned a degree in anthropology before entering Washburn Law School. She served on the Law Journal Board of Editors and graduated with honors. She practiced law in both the public and private. In 1990, with a grant from the IBM Corporation, she wrote "The Child Care Equation," a guide to child care in the workplace for employers, which won a national service award from the Association of Junior Leagues.

In 1993, she and her family moved to the mountains of Colorado and she spent the next three winters working at the Copper Mountain Ski School. She began to focus on her fiction writing. Her short stories were twice honored by the National Writers Association and her novel-length fiction has been recognized by the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. She owned a bookstore on Main Street Frisco for three years.

Michelle is currently President-elect of Women Writing the West

She is also a member of Western Writers of America, Sisters in Crime, Romance Writers of America, EPIC, and Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers.

She is the recipient of the 1999 Epub Ambassador Award given by Hard Shell Word Factory each year to recognize organizations and individuals who have been outstanding in promoting the growth of the epublishing industry.

Never Come Down
A Novel of the Colorado high country

Winner of the 1997 CIPA Award for fiction, NEVER COME DOWN tells the story of a remote mountain ghost town called Leap Year and the century-old secret it holds.

"THERE ARE NO RULES ABOVE TEN THOUSAND FEET", This cryptic slogan puzzles Darcy Close when she arrives in Colorado's Tenmile Canyon. She has come to the high country to investigate the strange legacy left to her by her great aunt: A remote mountain ghost town called Leap Year and a terrible family secret.

"Living up here...something happens to you," local carpenter Evan Allender tells Darcy. "It's like a drug you can't get enough of. A high so incredible you never want to come down."

Darcy finds herself falling in love with both Leap Year and Evan, but will the price of life at altitude utimately prove to high? It might have for one of Darcy's ancestor's, Conor McAllister, who came to the Tenmile Canyon one hundred years earlier when Leap Year was a thriving boom town.

In tandem stories, Darcy and Conor experience the world above ten thousand feet in all its offbeat glory, but to save Leap Year from descruction, Darcy must solve the mystery of Conor's disappearance without repeating his fate.


"A young woman inherits a remote ghost town in the Colorado Rockies an uncovers a mysterious connection to a distant mining relative in this lightly entertaining first novel."--Publishers Weekly

"This regional best seller deserves national attention for both an innovative story and a fresh new voice in the writing craft. Both storylines hold the attention in a vise grip. Masterfully delivered for a first novel. Michelle Black has penned a winner."

"From beginning to end, Black does well to relate the beauty and unique life of the mountains. Never Come Down is a good piece of historical fiction sprinkled handsomely with humor, wit, and mystery."--The Cherry Creek Times

"This first novel is filled with romance, lost treasures, family secrets, happy endings, and the wonder of life in the High Country"--Great Divide Magazine

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Lightning in a Drought Year

Love and politics collide to make feminist history in Gilded Age Kansas.

Winner of the Silver CIPA Book Award 2000 for fiction!

A finalist for the EPPIE 2000 Book Award--Best Historical novel

Finalist for the Colorado Book Award 2000

A forbidden friendship turns to love amidst the social and economic turmoil that would lead to the Populist Uprising. As women seek political equality with men, an unlikely herione steps forward to make history.

When her father's death forces Laurel McBryde to leave her beloved childhood home in the Flint Hills to live with the Hartmoors, a prosperous banking family, she feels like a lonely outcast among the prim and proper Victorians of Chisholm, Kansas.

Soon a growing attraction to radical politics and to Carey Fairchild, a tenant farmer on Hartmoor land, change Laurel's life forever.

What the critics are saying about Lightning in a Drought Year

"Black's earnest second novel explores Victorian Kansas through the experiences of a young proto-feminist and political activist"--Publishers Weekly.

"In this charming novel, Michelle Black has displayed a hero and heroine worthy of one another. Her descriptions and strong voice are a symphony to the eyes. Very Highly Recommended"--Under the Covers Book Reviews

"I loved Lightning in a Drought Year! Once again Michelle Black gives us an unforgettable story." --Maggie Osborne, RITA-winning author of The Stranger's Wife.

"Lightning in a Drought Year is romantic, adventurous, and utterly delightful. Author Michelle Black pits a spunky heroine against her Victorian family and, even better, Victorian Kansas. Inspired by an actual event, the novel's conclusion is as satisfying as any I've ever read." --Denise Dietz, author of The Rainbow's Foot and Footprints in the Butter

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