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Snakes in Paha Sapa
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Summary of Crossing Burning Bridges
One Woman's Amazing Journey
Summary of Snakes in Paha Sapa
Tale Of A Lakota Nation
S T O L E N from the Lakota people: the glorious beauty of the Black Hills located in South Dakota and Wyoming, also
known as Paha Sapa, that radiated for miles receiving their name due to the closely woven foliage that forms their unique rich
color of blackish-green. Paha Sapa was the center of their universe where all creatures were created from. The loss of Paha
Sapa to the Lakota people was the turning point in their heritage and their spiritual culture.
After being confined to a reservation and following a lifetime of preventing the Whites from stealing resources from his sacred
land, a 40 year old once-feared Lakota warrior begins recruiting allies for a legal journey to reclaim Paha Sapa for his people.
In his quest during the 1880s, he experiences new things for the first time being thrust into a White man's way of life as if
seeing it through the eyes of a child. He enlists the help of a Lakota tribe member educated by the White man and a fiercely
independent White woman rancher who restores his faith that he is not alone in his fight for his land, freedom and spirit. She
finds a new mission in life - to bring awareness to the theft of Paha Sapa. This independent woman discovers love for the first
time in an aging Lakota warrior - beginning a love story that becomes legendary. He fights next to her when her treacherous
neighbor tries to steal her ranch, legacy, and her very life. Lakota customs and legends unfold as this courageous warrior tells
his story and about the wrongdoings that they have faced. The heroine's ranchhands are misfits who aren't accepted anywhere
other than working for a woman in their era, which adds even more character to their lives. This strong woman brings
together nationalities from many heritages: White, Black, Mexican, Lakota and Cherokee to live and work under the same
umbrella of unity. The tribe member educated by the Whites devotedly dedicates his life for the legal crusade that the Lakota
face in the regaining of their sacred Paha Sapa.
Snakes in Paha Sapa leads the reader through endless adventure, a multitude of action, sprinkled with historic elements, and a
bit of humor. The author brings intrigue to the many startling events that happen along the way which keeps the story
emotionally-charged, interesting, educational, romantic and entertaining from the courageous people living at the Paradise
Valley Ranch.
After a horrific airplane accident, Jordan Walsh reminisces her life for her newly discovered sister who lies unconscious in a
hospital from the same crash. Jordan reveals that after years of misguided attempts to win love and affection from her
deceitful and unapproachable parents, she learns independence and boundlessness at an early age to become one of the most
successful women in her field. She brings herself out of poverty, and into the wealthy and glamourous celebrity world. Even
with Jordan's many adversities along the way, she incorporates humor into her life through practical jokes which brings
laughter into her tragic surroundings - jokes that were originally orchestrated in order to nullify the pain endured from
childhood neglect. Jordan meets the love of her life, sparking the headline:
Sultry Redheaded Actress to Wed Playboy
Daredevil Racer
, and setting off the first startling turn of events.
In part II, Jordan's tale embodies murder, deception, blackmail, kidnapping and betrayal with more than one paramount
twist. She learns that her professional success will never be more important than family as she once believed. Protecting her
family by whatever means necessary, even killing those who threaten their safety, has become her goal. Was it murder or
justifiable homicide - ruthlessness or survival? Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned when someone close to Jordan wants
to destroy all traces of her existence. Jordan is determined to secure a safe sanctuary for the children, even if it means
facing danger which prompts family to rally around her. Who will become the casualty of retribution? Will Jordan find her
heart's desire? Who will defy death from the horrific airplane crash?
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Title ......... Crossing Burning Bridges
Author ..... Cyndie M. Styles
Publisher .. CMS Enterprises
Pub Date .. July 28, 2005
Genre ....... Fiction
Format ..... Softcover Paperback
Pages ........ 348 (120k+ words)
Size .......... 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN ........ 0-9768170-0-4
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Title ......... Snakes in Paha Sapa
Author ..... Cyndie M. Styles
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Pub Date .. November 28, 2005
Genre ....... Historic Fiction/Western
Format ..... Softcover Paperback
Pages ........ 308 (105k words)
Size .......... 5.5 x 8.5
ISBN ........ 0-9768170-1-2
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Crossing Burning Bridges
“There are many twists along the way which keeps Crossing Burning Bridges interesting, fresh and inspiring.” — Jeri Peters

Crossing Burning Bridges entwines playfulness, sadness, comedy, and tragedy, but it is mostly romantic, adventurous and
surprising.”
— Jennifer Acuña

“The idea behind "Crossing Burning Bridges" is interesting, Styles knows how to write, and she also knows how to create
intriguing characters that exhibit the sort of traits we all want to possess.”
— Jeffrey Leach, Amazon.com reviewer

"The impoverished beginnings that led this protagonist to a celebrity status was a dream for her from childhood and she was
successful because she never lost sight of her goal. That is a lesson for all of us. I have read the summary and the first
chapter to her next novel from her website, and am greatly looking forward to the passionate storyline of the Lakota people
in that historic fiction."
— Amazon.com reviews

"This is the most delightful story that I've read in years! It is fresh and made me smile more times than I can count. It is a
feel-good woman's story of strength, power and perseverance. But all is not joyous in this woman's life, bringing adversity
into the story."
— Amazon.com reviews
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In her new novel, Crossing Burning Bridges, Author Cyndie M. Styles reveals the rags to riches account of actress Jordan
Melanie Walsh. Her life tells the story of a woman who through loss and love risks everything to protect certain people,
whether they deserve it or not, the people she calls family.

Throughout life, Jordan struggles to overcome the damage her swindling father causes her financially and the neglect of her
alcoholic mother, as she moves up the social ladder becoming a celebrity. Along her way, she learns real family concepts like
trust and security through her interactions with her grandparents, her brother and her uncle.    

In her early adult life Jordan finds love, but a week before her wedding her fiancé suspiciously disappears, plunging her into
despair. After years of mourning, a chance encounter presents the opportunity for Jordan to build her own family. Seemingly
finding happiness, Jordan is presented with a ghost from her past. She is torn between her desire for passion and her need
for security.

Unexplainable accidents start happening with increasing frequency to the people in Jordan's life. The fact that Jordan’s finds
out she is the illegitimate daughter of a powerful man with designs on the presidency in the same time frame is too much to
be coincidence. Having power of her own, Jordan is forced to take matters into her own hands to protect those she loves.

Crossing Burning Bridges is a story of loyalty and love, of loss and acquisition. Cyndie M. Styles tells of people's choices
and the consequences of their decisions that are not only dangerous but could possibly result in death.
For Immediate Release   
The Bonds of Family are More Powerful than Politics
Press Release for Crossing Burning Bridges
About the Author
Cyndie M. Styles has traveled much (being a Flight Attendant), and has seen much of the United States and parts of Europe.
She was a theatre major in college and has done some acting in films, commercials and in theatre. She briefly lived in New
York in the mid 1980s and has done some sport photography work around the world, including Wimbledon.
Crossing
Burning Bridges
is Cyndie’s first published novel, her next novel Snakes in Paha Sapa is scheduled for release on this
November. She currently resides in R
ock Hill, SC.
Available from: CMS Enterprises, Ingram, amazon.com and www.cyndiemstyles.com
ISBN: 0-976-81700-4 · 5.5 x 8.5 · Trade Paper · 348 pages · $14.95
"One of the best romantic suspense novels this reviewer has ever read. It deserved every one of the five hearts, and then
some. This is one of those books that you just have to read to understand the depth and magnitude of the story.”
— Janalee,
LoveRomances.com

"CROSSING BURNING BRIDGES One Woman's Amazing Journey
was thoroughly enjoyable. Cyndie M. Styles mixes,
compassion, humor, family backgrounds, family obligations, and mystery into the plot with just the right increments to keep
the reader turning the pages and not wanting to put the book down. Her next book due out is titled
Snakes in Paha Sapa,
Tale of a Lakota Nation
." — Charlotte Mayo, Round Table Reviews

"The author's descriptions are complete and I got a sense of who the people were right away. The second half surprised me
but it all came together at the end that left me smiling and satisfied. Kudos to Styles on this winner! And many more to come.
I have read the summary and the first chapter to her next novel from her website, and am greatly looking forward to the
passionate storyline of the Lakota people in that historic fiction."
— Amazon.com reviews
Crossing Burning Bridges promises romance, intrigue, humor, and mystery - and it delivers on all counts.” — Daniel Jolley,
Amazon.com reviewer
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Snakes in Paha Sapa
"In the mountains and skies beats a heart of one warrior. A Lakota warrior left to live without his sacred lands and family.
This is his story of despair, hope, love, and eventual discovery of the true warrior/man left inside of him.
Snakes in Paha
Sapa
is writing from the heart by author Cyndie M. Styles. It is romantic, thought provoking, lovingly detailed, and
extremely well written. This reviewer found this novel to be profoundly refreshing and engaging to read! The ending of this
story marvelously completes this tale of love between a Lakota warrior and a White woman, and how their lives play out."

— Janalee, LoveRomances.com
full review
"More than a Western...more than a romance. This story of the native Americans' struggle for their rights living in this
land is fully outlined in this book."  
— Amazon.com reviews
novel for those of us who have never really explored the plight of Native Americans deprived of their land by a treacherous
and
Snakes in Paha Sapa makes for a wonderful, genre-crossing read." — Daniel Jolley, Amazon.com reviewersometimes
exceedingly harsh American government. With its formidable mix of historical fiction, Western, and romance,
Paha Sapa
makes for a wonderful, genre-crossing read."
— Daniel Jolley, Amazon.com reviewer makes for a wonderful, genre-
crossing read."
— Daniel Jolley, Amazon.com reviewerSnakes in — Daniel Jolley, Amazon.com reviewerPaha Sapa makes
for a wonderful, genre-crossing read."
— Daniel Jolley, Amazon.com reviewer
"Another fabulous novel by Cyndie M. Styles! A well thought-out synopsis of how the Indians were treated in the past and
even in current day. It is the Indian's version of "Gone with the Wind," where a fictional story surrounds a dark time in our
history."  
— Amazon.com reviews
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The Bonds of Family are More Powerful than Freedom
For Immediate Release   
Press Release for Snakes in Paha Sapa
In her new novel, Snakes in Paha Sapa, Author Cyndie M. Styles describes a tender romance unfolding in the midst of one of
the most violent eras in American history. The backdrop for this touching story of love and family honor commences during
the 1800s in the Wyoming Territory. Paha Sapa, the Black Hills of Wyoming and South Dakota, was the center of the universe
for the Lakota people where all creatures were created from. These hills were stolen from them by the government beginning
in 1872 when the White man discovered gold there. The loss of Paha Sapa to the Lakota was the turning point in their heritage
and their spiritual culture. The anguish that pledged the Lakota people in fighting for their land rights is what brought this
couple together, love and family honor is what made their romance legendary.

Susan E. Paradise, an independent courageous woman, runs a ranch in Sundance in the Territory of Wyoming. With her
strength of family values from her parents and her charitable heart, Susan embarks on helping those in need, and her new
mission in life helps bring awareness to the theft of Paha Sapa. Life in the old west was not tame for this woman rancher,
encountering cattle rustling, stampedes and attempts from an evil adversary to steal her ranch and even her very life.

Snake Catcher, a 40 year old once-feared Lakota warrior, has all but given up on ever seeing Paha Sapa back under a Lakota
sovereignty. He begins recruiting allies for a legal journey to reclaim Paha Sapa for his people. This strong brave man finds his
worth in the world by fighting for human rights of all people. Life at the Paradise Valley Ranch proves to be adventurous and
full of new experiences for the aging warrior being thrust into a White man’s way of life as if seeing it through the eyes of a
child. Susan’s ranchhands are misfits who aren’t accepted anywhere other than working for a woman in that era, which adds
even more character to their lives. This historical fiction tells of how Paha Sapa was stolen while Lakota customs and legends
unfold bringing their story to be unfurled by future generations.
Available from: CMS Enterprises, Ingram, amazon.com and www.cyndiemstyles.com
About the Author
Cyndie M. Styles has traveled much (being a Flight Attendant), and has seen much of the United States and parts of Europe.
She was a theatre major in college and has done some acting in films, commercials and in theatre. She briefly lived in New
York in the mid 1980s and has done some sport photography work around the world, including Wimbledon.
Crossing Burning
Bridges,
Cyndie’s first published novel, was released in July. She currently resides in Lake Balboa, California.
ISBN: 0-976-81701-2 · 5.5 x 8.5 · Trade Paper · 308 pages · $14.95
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