When the Song Vanishes

When the Song Vanishes

When the Song Vanishes – When her latest original song went number one in 1977 on the country charts Laney McKay, America’s sweetheart went home to Grand County, Colorado for a charity concert and to relax in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains to prepare for her upcoming United States tour the following summer. Laney, basking in her new fame and fortune, just wanted some time in the mountain mist of her home in Grand County. No one knew Laney had a secret that she held dear to her heart there amongst the evergreens and aspens trees
Laney did not know her secret and she were about to run headfirst into a notorious crime syndicate called “The Insurgence”. Laney’s life would never be the same when she vanished just below the timberline.

Follow Under-sheriff Dane Lee and Deputy Nickey Lynn as they search the towns of Grand County, and the remote wilderness of Rocky Mountain National Park for the elusive and now famous songstress. Dane and Nickey will encounter the worse that the high country offers; they will battle the weather, altitude, renegade outlaws, all with the help of a spirit of the Ute Indians that still haunts these mountains.

Dane and Nickey’s search and investigation into what happened to their friend will take them from the Colorado Mountains to the flowing wheat-fields of Western Kansas. Follow the suspense, the adventure, and the thrill of another Kurt James novel.

By Kurt James

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WHEN the SONG VANISHES – Ground County Book 2


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Reviewed in the United States on October 26, 2021

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I always think that Kurt James can’t get any better than the last novel I read and then he writes another one and proves me wrong every time. This novel is no exception. I think this is his best work yet. He always comes up with new ways to keep you glued to the book and in suspense. His story line is exceptional. He combines both new world and old world and ties them together. Once you start reading this novel you won’t be able to put it down till you are done. This is the second book in the Grand County collection and I sure hope he keeps writing more of them. I highly recommend this novel.

Reviewed in the United States on October 23, 2021

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Wow, what a great follow up to the 1st book in the series “The Daunting”. This books is full of action, suspense, and mystery. “When the Song Vanishes” will leave you wanting more of Kurt James stories. It did me. I would have given it 10 stars if I could have.



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Colorado Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS (Download or Paperback)

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Kurt James was born and raised in the foothills of the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Kurt’s family roots were from western Kansas and having lived in South Dakota for 20 years, Kurt naturally had become an old western and nature enthusiast. Over the years Kurt has become one of Colorado’s prominent nature photographers through his brand name of Midnight Wind Photography. The Denver Post, PM Magazine, and 9NEWS in Denver, Colorado featured his poetry. Kurt is also a feature writer for HubPages and Creative Exiles with the article’s focused on Colorado history, ghost towns, outlaws, and poetry. Inspired at a young age by writers such as Jack London, Louis L’Amour, and Max Brand have formed Kurt’s natural ability as a storyteller. Kurt has published 16 books all based in and around the Colorado Rocky Mountains. Using the Midnight Wind Publishing brand, Kurt James novels, short stories, reference books, and poetry, are available in print or download on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and other fine bookstores. And a few shady bookstores as well. Kurt has 3 books that he is currently writing. The 8th book in his Rocky Mountain Series - Raphael Eye for an Eye. His third ghost town reference book, Kansas Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS. And a western/horror novel - Devil’s Tower Spirit of Chiha Tanka. Kurt is a proud member of Western Writers of America.

8 thoughts on “When the Song Vanishes

  • November 6, 2021 at 10:24 PM

    Wow, Kurt! This book sounds really great. I like that you include “What People are Saying” in the review – it adds to the interest and publicity of the book. Well done.

    • November 10, 2021 at 4:34 AM

      Thanks Phyliis, It was fun writing this one, action all the way to the final chapter… My next novel of Colorado will be sett in 1922 …

  • November 12, 2021 at 12:01 PM

    This sounds great! I was drawn in straight away. I didn’t realise you’d written so many stories. Looking forward to sampling some.
    I hope all’s well in your neck of the woods.

    • November 18, 2021 at 6:42 AM

      Thanks Ann for stopping by – I believe you would enjoy my novels, they are full of adventure and of love… All is good in my neck of the woods.. it is my hope it is the same for yours.

  • November 12, 2021 at 2:52 PM

    Well done getting another novel out there Kurt. You are building quite a library and regular following it would seem. The story sounds captivating and the cover captivating. Well done.

    • November 18, 2021 at 6:48 AM

      Glad you stopped by my campfire John. I thought the cover of this book was exceptional to the story within. Yes, I am building my library and currently working on a new novel “Rocky Mountain Moonshiner” set in the year 1922 in Gilpin County, Colorado. Also in the works is a new reference book “Kansas Ghost Towns, Hauntings, Treasure Tales, and Other BS” – and still working on my short story series “PATTON – BOUNTY HUNTER, 8th adventure” … Hope all is well in Australia.

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