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A Cowgirl Remembers When: Award-Winning Novel Depicts Coming-of-Age on a Ranch

From Dawn Nelson and winner of the Academy of Western Artists 2010 Buck Ramsey Book Award, this gritty memoir offers a richly detailed view of Nelson’s years growing up in the wilds of Washington State.


Creston, WA -- (SBWIRE) -- 03/11/2014 -- Dawn Nelson somehow survived her childhood. Despite many nail-biting encounters with wildlife, mini-wars with her brother and his friends, hunting cougars and other adventures, Nelson lived to tell the tale.

In ‘A Cowgirl Remembers When’, her award-winning memoir, Nelson allows readers to come on the journey with her into the blue skies and thorny woods of her family’s cattle ranch and truly experience what it was like to “grow up a cowgirl”.

“It was unlike anything else in the world,” says the author, who writes prolifically from her home in Washington. “Most kids grow up in cities, or in suburbia. I was exposed to so much more – and had the scratched knees and messy hair to prove it! It was such a vibrant, exciting and rough-and-tumble childhood and I wouldn’t have traded it for anything.”

Winner of the Academy of Western Artists 2010 Buck Ramsey Book Award!

In her coming of age book A Cowgirl Remembers When... Dawn shares her true-life adventures of growing up on a ranch in Washington State. Hunting cougars with her trusty rifle, searching out hiding cattle in the rough cattle country, training horses and exploring the mountains surrounding her family ranch.

She survives to adulthood even after encounters with wildlife, mini-wars with her brother and his friends and her teenage years when her friends she team up for holiday pranks. She survives confrontations with bulls, hunters, untrainable horses, her brother and cancer.

Take time to read about growing up a “cowgirl”. Enjoy, reach back and remember when…

Since its release, ‘A Cowgirl Remembers When’ has earned a five-star rating on Amazon and rave reviews.

Calling the book “hilarious and intriguing”, Folake Taylor wrote: “These stories had me laughing, gawking and gaping all the way. To those of us who have never stepped foot on a farm except in our fantasies or when reading Silhoette books, this is extremely interesting. From multiple encounters with cougars to horses of all types and 4H steers (which I had never heard of till I read this book), I loved them all and I know you will too…”

“The book is chock-full of stories of growing up on a ranch, running free, but at the same time with an amazing amount of responsibility. I enjoyed A Cowgirl Remembers When and recommend it to teens and grown-ups alike,” wrote Mary E. Trimble.

“I really enjoyed this book because it reflects real life stories, not cleaned up or varnished. Loved looking at real people with their good and bad traits. I would love to read more stories like this,” wrote Audrey Banks Hacker.

‘A Cowgirl Remembers When’ is available now: http://amzn.to/1nie8zt

About Dawn Nelson
Dawn Nelson prides herself in being a true working cowgirl. She was born and raised on a cattle ranch in North-Eastern Washington state. Married to a cattle rancher she now calls Creston, Washington her home.

Dawn, along with her husband and their daughter, own and operate a cattle ranch in central Washington. She enjoys showing her registered cattle, riding horses, hunting, camping, writing and just about anything that involves the outdoors.

She is the winner of The Academy of Western Artist, 2010 Buck Ramsey Book of the Year Award. She was a finalist for the 2010 Storytelling Award given out by the Western Music Association. Named first runner-up in the New York Book Festival and is currently a finalist for the 2011 Western Music Associations Outstanding Storytelling Award.

Award winning author Dawn Nelson, wife, mother, rancher and genuine, hard working cowgirl.

For more information on Dawn, go to http://www.authordawnnelson.com