Virginia Walton-Pilegard was raised on a cattle ranch in the foothills of central California, and earned the Indian nickname "Two Spoons" from Mono artist Richard Lavell.
The artist spotted Walton-Pilegard with a spoon in each hand sharing decadent desserts with family and friends. Lavell dubbed her "Waha Wehe" which in the Mono language mean "two metals."
She published a successful series of mathematical adventure picture books ("The Warlord's Series") and her inspirational romances are published by Goat Mountain Books in Wishon under the pen name of Rebecca Abby. Her newest book, Loving Sunny, is from her series "French Creek Mysteries."
It's the story of an unlikely couple embroiled in the investigation of the death of a neighboring rancher. A pastor's daughter, Sunny English, has loved Caleb Wilder, a Mono-Chukchansi bronco rider, since their childhood in the Sierra foothills. But, Caleb knows he's not the man for her. He doesn't believe in her daddy's Christianity and he can't wait to get out of French Creek.
Caleb makes his first mistake by offering Sunny a friendly kiss. His own reaction to the kiss surprises both him and her.
He makes his second mistake when he refuses to ignore the signs that a neighboring rancher has been murdered by his own son. Caleb doubts he can hang around long enough to catch a killer without messing up Sunny's life, or his own.
Many popular stories of mystery and romance are set in the Navaho, Lakota and Arapaho countries. Walton-Pilegard places her novel in the homeland of California's Mono and Chukchansi.
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