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LONG HORIZON : Sue A. Townley-Monkress

Synopsis: JESSICA McCAREY, an intelligently-inquisitive, obstinate tomboy, is more comfortable hunting or roughhousing with her six brothers than doing woman s work. Fiercely-protective of her ornery brothers, her plan for an exciting future develops when she discovers how the wildcatters gamble for their fortunes in the Osage, former Indian Territory in Oklahoma).

Enlisting the reluctant collaboration of her oldest brother Ben, they gradually persuade their close-knit family to engage in an oil business in nearby Big Spring, an exciting and rough boomtown. The McCarey siblings settle into hard, roughneck work on the nearby property of an Indian friend, and soon bring in the first of many gushers.

Through persistence, ethics and insightful guidance, McCarey Oil Company flourishes, while Jessie’s personal life careens. Just when the family feels no one will capture her spirited heart, enter Jake Trenton, a crazy flier from the East.

Fate will bring many twists to Jessie's future. Will she find happiness and personal fulfillment?
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An Oklahoma native, Sue Monkress currently resides on the Gulf Coast, where she is Vice President of the Gulf Coast Writers Association. Prior to writing, she held various positions at an oil company based in Oklahoma, as well as four years work in the Osage County District Attorney’s office.

Her first public work, published by The Adventures of Will Walker, the journey of a young boy with his father and crazy uncle, recreating the travels of Marco Polo six centuries earlier. This imaginative story contains many historical facts, in her attempt to inspire kids’ interest in reading and history.

Her recent work: Long Horizon, is a novel set in the exciting 1900’s oil boom in Oklahoma. The saga follows the dreams of an enterprising young woman who entices her reluctant family into the oil business with her. She hopes her love for her native state is adequately reflected in this work and is seeking a book-to-film producer. Travel, substitute teaching and time spent with her precious grandson inspire her writing. She is presently working on children’s stories and books.