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Diana Allen Kouris

Award-Winning Author and Historian

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Thank you for riding with me, stirrup to stirrup, across the pages of my books and into the fascinating past of the American West.

Diana Allen Kouris

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A multi-award-winner!

Diana's most recent book Nighthawk Rising: A Biography of Accused Cattle Rustler Queen Ann Bassett of Brown's Park is a true story of the American West in the turbulent era of range wars and outlaws. Meticulously researched and documented, this biography follows the life of cattlewoman Queen Ann Bassett from the day of her birth on May 12, 1878, and it tells the spellbinding history that created and defined her. 

The trails this cowgirl rode were rugged and dangerous and took her headlong into the storms of the times. She knew outlaws. Butch Cassidy and his partner Elzy Lay called her their friend. On the other hand, the shadowy outlaw hunter, stock detective, and paid assassin Tom Horn infiltrated her valley and left her future in tatters.  

The lovely Queen Ann saddled her horse and rode alone through sage, cedar, and pine to avenge her man, and to wage a vendetta as best she could against the cattle barons who ordered him killed.

Queen Ann Bassett's story began in 1878 in a windowless log cabin surrounded by tepees, mountains, and falling snow. In the biography Nighthawk Rising, her life journey begins anew.

See more about Nighthawk Rising and Diana's other books by clicking on the pages listed above.

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