Hearts Taken Captive in War: A Voice in the Wind Published by Outskirts Press

Donald Risho takes readers on the turbulent journey of a shy young schoolteacher from New Hampshire through the maelstrom of the Civil War and his encounters with the great men and remarkable scoundrels who afterward gave birth to a new nation.

Albuquerque, NM, March 24, 2012 --(PR.com)-- Artist and author Donald Risho announced today the release of his debut novel A Voice in the Wind, published by Outskirts Press. Risho’s historical fiction is a tale of love, endurance and the power of the human spirit as a young schoolteacher is caught up in the privations of the Civil War, the love of a woman and the notable and notorious men who afterward helped forge a new nation across the unsettled frontier of the Old West.

In the four years of the Civil War lives were uprooted and torn apart as a new nation was born and a new way of life was brought to the American people. After a final peace ended the conflict between the North and South, the violent assassination of Lincoln punctuated the discord that still remained in the country, and in the west intrepid and legendary men clashed together on lawless trails and Indian battlegrounds.

A shy New England schoolteacher, David, makes his improbable way through this tumultuous era and records in his journal the dramatic and fascinating details of his experience. He struggles daily with the scarcity of provisions during the war and he sees sufferings around him almost too painful to write down, but he also finds himself witness to important triumphs of this transitional historic period.

Risho’s tale is meticulously researched and dramatically told and provides a unique new view to this era of tragic conflict between the North and the South which pitted brother against brother and political ideal against political ideal as ethics battled humanism in a clash that still resonates in America today.

The author’s first hand experience of the panoramic landscapes of America took place during a 1981 cross-country bus trip that spawned the idea of this Civil War love story. Risho then spent the next two decades carefully researching and finely crafting the valuable epic work that is now A Voice in the Wind.

A Voice in the Wind is available on-line in paperback through Amazon and Barnes and Noble and at www.outskirtspress.com/bookstore for a maximum trade discount in quantities of ten or more.

Format: 6 x 9 paperback cream ISBN: 978-1-4327-1207-5 SRP: $17.95
6 x 9 hardback with jacket 978-1-4327-7714-2 $27.95
Kindle $ 9.99
Genre: Fiction/romance/historical

About the author:

Donald Risho’s life has been dedicated to creative expression, including twenty-five memorable years in Cape Cod, Massachusetts, where he studied painting. Donald had the opportunity to live without a television, a telephone or a car, allowing him the space and stillness to meditate and work from the heart. These years focused Donald’s belief that all creative work is an outward expression of the soul. His favorite artist, Rembrandt, appeared to him once in a dream and Risho requested a critique of his work from the famous man. “There is nothing anyone can tell you,” Rembrandt said to him. “All you have to do is believe in yourself and keep on working.” As an artist and writer, Risho has kept that his motto.

For more information or to contact the author, visit www.outskirtspress.com/avoiceinthewind.

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