Fremont F. Ellis, a famous landscape painter, was born in Virginia City, Montana in 1897. His father was a nomadic dentist and theater operator who traveled from the bustling gold towns of the American West to the metropolitan cities of the east. Ellis began painting at about twelve years of age although he had little art instruction or formal education of any kind. He had his first art showing in El Paso, Texas while still in his teens and was immediately praised for his work. However, his father thought he should have a profession along with his art work, so he studied optometry and had his own practice. But he wasn't happy with the life of a businessman, and after visiting friends in Santa Fe, New Mexico, he decided to make his home there and pursue his art work seriously. In 1921, Ellis joined with four other young painters in Santa Fe-Josef Bakos, Walter Mruk, Will Shuster, and Willard Nash-and together they founded an art society called "Los Cinco Pintores." They called themselves modern artists who encouraged freedom of expression and they made a definite impression on the art movement in Santa Fe. The group disbanded in 1926, but Ellis continued painting until his death in 1985. He showed his work actively in Santa Fe and Los Angeles, his unique impressionistic style earning him a large and dedicated following. His work is in many museum collections including the Museum of New Mexico, the El Paso Museum, the Art Institute in Lubbock, Texas, and the Stark Museum in Orange, Texas. Barbara Spencer Foster is a third generation native New Mexican. She grew up in the shadows of the Manzano Mountains where her ancestors had settled in the 1800s. She is the author of "Girl of the Manzanos," "Pecos Queen," "Fire in the Bosque," and "Santa Fe Woman," all from Sunstone Press.
Philip James Longbotham is twelve. His nickname is OC and he possesses a most amazing brain. It might not go round corners but it’s a whiz at science and plays chess like a dream. It also has a nasty habit of seizing up at the wrong moment; Kitty says it only does that because it’s overloaded with maths equations. Kitty and Anna are OC’s sisters and they’re the reason Mum wants to leave home. OC’s best friend is Charles Andrew Sheridan Harris. He lives next door and goes round in an excessively speedy wheelchair. Nicknamed ‘The Cash’, his ambition is to become the world’s greatest villain and make a bankful of money. He’s not doing such a bad job of it either! While OC plays chess and does maths and science homework for lazy kids, Cash has a nice sideline in forging sick notes and shop-lifting. When a chess tournament lures the four friends to Birmingham, Cash takes OC to meet Jim Bowie, one of the all-time great villains, with the intention of asking if he can become an apprentice villain. Told they don’t hire kids in wheelchairs, Cash is devastated. If villains don’t want him, what is he to do with the rest of his life? With Cash in decline and refusing to go to school, OC attends the carol service on his own in Gloucester. He witnesses some suspicious men board his coach and recognises one of them as Jim Bowie. Remembering that Cash has warned him to never talk to Jim Bowie again, OC stays out of sight. The coach trundles him back to Bristol where the men are intending to rob a bank. Unfortunately, the bank they have chosen is where OC keeps his chess winnings, over three hundred pounds, and he’s not about to let them steal that!
 *Styrus, a computer virus so powerful it can penetrate any computer and steal its secrets, has fallen into the hands of the wrong man
*His name – Smith
*His ambition – to rule the world
When fans demanded a sequel to Running, Barbara Spencer was happy to oblige. Set in the 21st century, Turning Point portrays a world which we may very easily come to inherit. One dominated by money and greed, with Europe a major world power and England reduced to island status off the coast of Europe, in which the little guy stands no chance. 

The action-packed Turning Point follows Scott Anderson and Bill, one of the scientists that created Styrus, as they head for Geneva – where Bill is to address the United Nations and formally hand over control of the computer programme. Meanwhile Mr. Smith, despite a massive manhunt by the American Secret Service, continues his meteoric rise to power, driving global corporations into bankruptcy. 

When Scott accidentally overhears a secret conversation, the mirage of calm and safety that his family and friends have tried so hard to create is shattered forever. Within forty-eight hours, Scott has become a wanted criminal, accused of gunning down an innocent bystander; his bodyguard, his home, and his father – all gone. With only his school friends believing in his innocence, Scott heads for Exeter on his motorbike to the headquarters of the American Secret Service – only to find that destroyed too. 

Barbara Spencer’s new book once again offers young adults a thrilling, roller-coaster of a read.
Grace Shockey, a spoiled Texas girl, finds herself a reluctant inhabitant of a mining town in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains north of Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her father has taken a job at the mine and moved the family there hoping his ailing wife's health will improve in the pure air of the Pecos Valle. Grace feels lonely and depressed in her new surroundings and her life changes abruptly when her mother dies. Before long, however, she feels the compassionate enfolding warmth of her new friends and a handsome young miner, Jimmy Kirkwood, unexpectedly brings exciting color to her drab world. But he also causes her trouble because her father doesn't approve of his daughter's involvement with someone he considers a common laborer. When the miners go on strike, the situation worsens and Grace finds herself pulled between her father, who doesn't join the striking miners, and Jimmy, who has sympathy for the workers. To further complicate her life, an outsider tries to lure the pretty Texas girl away from the Pecos Valley. In the shadows of the magnificent ponderosa pines that line the banks of the Pecos River, Grace finally finds herself in the midst of intrigue, passion, and adventure. BARBARA SPENCER FOSTER is a third generation native of New Mexico, weaving many of her own experiences in the state into her plots. "I married a Montanan," she states, "and I love my adopted state, but the Land of Enchantment inspires me to write some of its untold stories." The author is a mother, teacher, singer, as well as a writer. She spends part of the year in Townsend, Montana, and part of the year in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her novel, GIRL OF THE MANZANOS, was also published by Sunstone Press.
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