the wildest, wickedest, wealthiest
big “small” town in the west
“When we read books, whether they are true history, based upon history, creative art, or pure journalistic reporting, we are reading about someone else. The mistakes, crimes, affairs and achievements are committed by characters on a page. For the writer, there is a piece of your heart and your own story embedded in works of creative or historic fiction. For the reader, they can face their own demons, without revealing them to anyone else. It is a private world—between the author, the reader, and the characters they live with for a brief time. It is a delicious way to escape the present!”
Cookesville introduces readers to many historic characters, weaving together fictional story lines with dramatic history. For instance, in the crossroads which was Santa Fé of 1846, Burns highlights the life and saloon of the historic character, Doña Gertrudis Barcelό, or “La Tules,” as the people of Santa Fé called her. Here, the flavors of the Old West and Spanish cultures combine to take readers on a whirlwind adventure and romance, the backdrop of which is the Mexican-American War, 1846-48.