"Miss Kitty's" Biographer to Raise Funds for Equine Rescue
Chandler, Ariz., January 31, 2011, To raise funds for the Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Program, Beckey Burgoyne will sign copies of her award-winning book, "Perfectly Amanda: Gunsmoke's Miss Kitty," at 2 p.m. on March 20, 2011 at The Western Ranchman Store, Phoenix, AZ.
Copies of Perfectly Amanda, as well as other western titles published by Five Star Publications of Chandler, Ariz., will be for sale at The Western Ranchman, 16028 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix on event day. Proceeds will be donated to the Conquistador program.
Conquistador, the Peruvian who inspired the Conquistador Equine Rescue program will also appear.
The result of Burgoyne's lifelong admiration of the great actress Amanda Blake and her Gunsmoke character, Kitty Russell, Perfectly Amanda is a biography that provides a chronological look into Amanda Blake's life, both on and off the screen. Including anecdotes about Blake's life in Phoenix, it recounts the personal reflections of local friends and colleagues, and features an extensive collection of photographs, both formal and candid.
Full of tales of adventure and travel, as well as revealing information on Blake's battle with cancer and her unending devotion to a wide variety of Phoenix area charities, such as the Arizona Animal Welfare League, Perfectly Amanda comes to life with Beckey Burgoyne's personal telling of the stories.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Born in Danville, Ill., Beckey Burgoyne has lived in Illinois and Indiana all of her life. A graduate of Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill., Burgoyne has always had a passion for the theater and English. Putting her two loves together, she penned her first book about the famous actress who inspired her in so many ways.
Burgoyne says this book will appeal to anyone - young or old, male or female. "It is more than just an ordinary biography. It is a tale of strength, courage and compassion. It's the story of a legendary character that changed the way women saw the world and their roles in society."
An elementary school teacher since 1992, Burgoyne has taught math, science and physical education classes.
In 2001, Conquistador, a young chestnut Peruvian Paso stallion, was found in Eastern Arizona almost dead from starvation and dehydration, blinded in one eye and lame. Working together, a coalition of animal organizations and compassionate Arizonans saved the young stallion and, ultimately, 12 Peruvian horses from that situation of severe neglect.
With love and care, combined with the chestnut stallion's own great heart, Conquistador recovered to become a multiple Champion Peruvian horse, advocate for his fellow equines, and inspiration for all who are working to conquer physical or emotional challenges.
ABOUT THE CONQUISTADOR PROGRAM
The Conquistador Equine Rescue and Advocacy Group, a nonprofit 501 (c) 3 equine welfare organization, is a coalition of rescue groups, sanctuaries, foster homes and individuals. Since its inception in 2001, with the rescue of Conquistador, the program has rescued and rehabilitated more than 300 horses in the U.S. and assisted in the rescue of 100 horses in Canada.
Review copies of Perfectly Amanda are available.
Conquistador photo by Pamela Reed.
Contacts: Linda F. Radke, Phone: 480-940-8182 or Maureen E. Campbell, Phone: 602-980-8072
Email: Linda@FiveStarPublications.com or Maureen@fivestarpublications.com
Published by: Five Star Publications
Published: Summer 2010
Size: 8.5" x 11", 300 pages
Paperback / Biography $29.95
US ($31.95 CAN)