Bellegarde's Tanya Reimer has released her debut novel, Ghosts on the Prairies, which is an alternative history and suspense story.
According to a press release, the book weaves bootleggers, slavery, fools in sheets, haunting spirits, shifty tunnel runners, romance and exploding churches into the story.
“Some things are worth a fight,” the press release states. “Strong words that Antoine’s father drilled into him. After his father mysteriously vanishes one night, Antoine must find another income, or he risks losing the Sacred Land that his father swore to protect.
“Working on a ranch, Antoine meets Emma, a victim of underground slavery. Fighting for her freedom costs him his home, his sister, his best friend, and puts in question all of his values. If he succeeds, will she and her son fit into his world?”
The story reflects on the interwoven loves, hopes, dreams and tragedies of lives lived in rural towns and isolated farmsteads along the Canada-U.S. border, where hard work, lawlessness and harsh, summary punishment were a way of life.
“A network of secret underground tunnels, linking the controlled and controlling world to the south with the Sacred Lands of the Ghost tribes in Canada, offers the possibility of escape and freedom,” the press release states.
Reimer's works are inspired by her years of research into Saskatchewan’s local Francophone history.
The novel is currently available as an eBook. Ghosts on the Prairies will be published in October in a paperback edition.
Independent UK firm Elsewhen Press is the publisher for the novel.
Her second book, Petrified, which is published by Sunbury Press, is slated to be released later this year.