Karla, the feisty heroin of Diane Elliott's "Buttermilk Skies," is a character almost never seen between book covers, a teenage girl whose unabashed passion for hunting not only helps her to come of age, but in doing so, to give a spark of life to a ranching family trying to cope with loss and abandonment. Elliott's writing gives eloquent voice to young outdoorswomen anywhere horizons are broad and untarnished, and I for one hope we will ride toward the sun with Karla again soon.
-- Keith McCafferty, Field & Stream editor and Spur Award winning author of the Sean Stranahan series for Penguin Books.
As its title forecasts, Diane Elliott's Buttermilk Skies takes readers into a world where the ever-changing cirrus clouds scuttling across Montana's Big Sky presage the kinds of storms so common on the open range of junior high. For Karla Rosegaard, the intensity of those storms is heightened by the sudden death of her older brother—her father's favorite and everyone's hero; her mother's subsequent breakdown and confinement in a psychiatric facility; and the unexpected arrival of Sister Marian Paula, a nun whose seemingly nonsensical babblings suggest a need for serious meds. Throw in Karla's growing anticipation of her first antelope hunt and you have the makings of a complex and compelling coming-of-age novel.
--Linda Peavy and Ursula Smith, authors of Frontier Children
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“These songs of the ardent title character sing like wildfire; readers should be singed and ravished by her burning.”
--Kirkus Review - Best Indie Books of 2016
"Erotic and exotic, narrative and lyrical, Diane Elliott’s sensibilities cut deep to the essence of lives lived both beautifully and brutally in the same embrace. Add to this artistic vision her eclectic photographic images, and the cauldron fires intensify..." Paul Zarzyski—author of Steering With My Knees
“Elliott's heartfelt poetry collection evokes nostalgia, images of the past and long-lost memories. The poet touches everyday experiences such as family, daily activities, love, and images of nature. Her poetry creates strong visual imagery and gives readers a glimpse into the poet's life . . . a perfect book for lovers of accessible poetry . . . compact enough to be tucked in one's bag . . . ” US Review Of Books
"It seems I’ve forever been asked where I get my ideas for jewelry and structures. Art & Inspiration, a coffee table memoir, was written in answer to that recurring question. April 2012, on a 3 week, 7,500 + mile marketing trip, my collaborative author, as well as mother (Diane Elliott, an award winning author) and I wrote two thirds of this book. Back home, photographer and illustrator "Griffiti" agreed to photograph the pieces for the book as well as design the layout." ... Souther
Hard Cover still available through the
Sun River Historical Society
P.O. Box 155,
Sun River, Montana 59483
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