Melinda Elmore, a former Payson resident and dispatcher with the Gila County Sheriff's Office, has published a book.
Elmore has written "Native Dreams" for Publish America.
In Elmore's book, Precious Hawk is viciously taken from her people and forced to live in the white world. Many years later, Cloud Feather, a perfect stranger, arrives to work on the ranch of John Altan, the heroine's husband.
Cloud Feather rescues his beloved Precious Hawk, who has come to him in many of his dreams.
His heart's desire is to return Precious Hawk to her ancestral lands where she rightly belongs.
On the run, the daring couple nearly lose their lives. Cloud Feather is gravely wounded. He is taken to his village in hope that Red Wing, the medicine man, can save his life. All the while, Precious Hawk is with child, Cloud Feather's child.
But Precious Hawk knows the evilness of John _Altan. Will he ever leave her alone? The Great Spirit joins their love; faith keeps their minds hopeful; and their spiritual guides lead the way for the couple.
Elmore is a writer, a wife, and the mother of two and lives in Tennessee.
"Native Dreams" reveals the turbulent times of the 1800s and the hardships of Native Americans