Novels with Heart & Grit
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Gone for a Soldier - $13.95
The Owen Family Saga (prequel)
Rulon Owen loves two things more than lifehis country and Mary Hilbrands. When Virginia secedes from the Union, Rulon enlists, and finds himself fighting foes both in battle and in his own camp. He struggles to stay alive against all odds, with a knife-wielding tent-mate and a Union army that seems impossible to defeat. It will take every ounce of vigilance he has to survive and, with a little luck, he might make it home to his wife and the son he's never seen. Forced to live with her parents for the duration, Mary faces a battle for independence. With a mother whispering that her husband won't come home to her and a son who needs her to be both father and mother, Mary has to dig deep for strength to overcome her overwhelming loneliness and the unknown future ahead. Separated by war and circumstance, Rulon and Mary discover that not all enemies wear the Union blue.
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LDS Storymakers: Writing Secrets - $16.95
A comprehensive guide to writing LDS fiction
and nonfiction for the LDS Market
Fourteen authors give you the answers to the pitfalls and problems faced by writers everywhere. Whether you've written all your life, or have just begun to experience the joys of putting pen to paper, this book has what you need to keep you going, achieve more, and most importantly, do it right.
Written in the same easy-going manner as its companion volume, Writing Secrets offers just the right encouragement and advice needed when faced with two hundred empty pages. Learn from the extensive experiences—both good and bad—of fourteen successful LDS authors as they explain how, and how not, to write your story.
Written and compiled by: Linda Paulson Adams, Shirley Bahlmann, Anne Bradshaw, James Dashner, Janet Kay Jensen, Josi S. Kilpack, Tamra Norton, Rachel Ann Nunes, Lisa J. Peck, Tristi Pinkston, BJ Rowley, Marsha Ward, Linda Shelley Whiting, and Julie Wright.
The Man from Shenandoah - $12.95
Book 1: The Owen Family Saga
Carl Owen returns from the American Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave their Shenandoah Valley home to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory. During the trek across the continent with family and friends, Carl falls in love with his brother's fiancée. The thing is, he's set to wed another girl. He could lose everything if a murderous outlaw has his way. Carl battles a band of renegades, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless, waterless desert, and his own brotherall for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates.
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A comprehensive guide to getting your book published in the LDS market
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Ride to Raton - $15.95
Book 2: The Owen Family Saga
Thinking he's been treated unjustly by his father, James Owen leaves the family homestead to make a new life for himself. The world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfayer, beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who has come to Colorado to marry a stranger. Their futures are changed forever when their paths merge in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass, battling personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms.
Gone for a Soldier. We too often forget the ones left at home when the soldiers go to war. Marsha Ward corrects this.
The great calamity of our most destructive war caught up the Owen family of the Shenandoah Valley Virginia in this prequel to the other four volumes in the popular Owen family saga by author Marsha Ward. The family has enough members and the terrible Civil War lasted long enough for many of the sons to have Gone for a Soldier by the time the conflict staggered to a bloody finish. We follow the two oldest sons, Rulon and Benjamin through the eyes of the womensome might rightly say the girlswho love them, who pray for their safety and who try their inexpert best to heal their physical and mental wounds as they might. This makes for some very touching stuff. Author Ward might bring out a tear or two from her readers.
Ward spins her story in bite size bits, a few pages at a time, as she switches from one character to another. She has managed to capture the cadences of rural Virginia in the 1860's with warm authenticity. And not just the cadences of speech but also the cadences of mind. The people show a strong religious underpinning for their lives that also seems authentic and the devotion of large families who spend nearly all of their time with one another, separated from other families and the local town by a short but significant distance. The reader will find time spent with Mother Julia, her husband Roderick and their nine children and their neighbors time well spent. The few battle scenes are necessary for the narrative and properly grim. The destruction however does not command the story. The anguish and emotional suffering of the women left behind takes the front space.
~Andy McKinney - Amazon Review
Ride to Raton. Loved it! Reminded me of what my ancestors probably went through during the rough time after the Civil War. Very descriptive.
~Linda C. Lang - Amazon Review
Trail of Storms - $16.95
Book 3: The Owen Family Saga
The aftermath of the Civil War creates cruel circumstances for the Bingham family. A brutal attack on Jessie's sister, Hannah Fletcher, drives the extended family to flee to the West. They are soon joined by Heppie Bingham's beau George and his brother, Ned, who bring news that the Binghams are being pursued by cronies of Hannah's attacker. Even after they fight off that onslaught, the effects of poverty, bad weather, and Hannah's frightful secret plague their journey. Nursing her battered heart when she hears James Owen took a wife, Jessie accepts Ned's offer of marriage once their journey ends. Then a stop on the trail brings a surprise that launches Jessie into a bewildering tangle of values, emotions, and high adventure.
| The Man from Shenandoah.Thoroughly engaging and authentic, THE MAN FROM SHENANDOAH by Marsha Ward is a terrific Post-Civil War, Western historical romance. Author Ward takes the time to immerse us in the lives, emotions, conflicts, and loving relationships of the Owen family of Virginia and their friends, all of whom band together to form a wagon train heading to Oregon.
My family was from Georgia, and the rhythms and idioms of the characters' speech took me right back to the South. Ms. Ward deftly manages to capture those voices without sacrificing ease and clarity for the reader.
Although there are some skirmishes in the first half of the novel, primarily due to the raw and bitter emotions of veterans both Yankee and Rebel, the emphasis is on the Owen family getting to know one another again when father and those sons who survived return home from the war. Most of the sons are still teenagers; much of the desperate Confederate army was made up of men with "one foot either in the cradle or the grave." It's a pleasure to read of their still-youthful parents' loving but strained relationship, right along with the boys' growing desire for love and marriage.
When the Owens and the rest of their party leave behind the dire conditions in the Shenandoah Valley and begin their difficult journey west, plenty of nail-biting action ensues. When members of the group have a falling out and the wagon train splits up, I think I blurted "Oh, no!" out loud. We know now how similar decisions usually led to disaster, but the Owens party did not have such hindsight. As their trek became more and more dire and dangerous, suspense had me on the edge of my seat.
I'm looking forward to reading more of the Owens Family saga!
~Lornwal - Amazon Review
Trail of Storms. Great pioneer history in a well-told story. I enjoyed the entire series and will undoubtedly reread.
~Annette Benson - Amazon Review
Spinster's Folly. Wonderful read! Ward is a talented author who weaves together yet another wonderful tale. I highly recomend this book for anyone who enjoys captivating, character driven stories.
~J. - Amazon Review
Spinster's Folly - $12.95
Book 4: The Owen Family Saga
Marie Owen yearns for a loving husband, but Colorado Territory is long on rough characters and short on fitting suitors, so a future of spinsterhood seems more likely for her than wedded bliss. Her best friend says cowboy Bill Henry is a likely candidate, but Marie knows her class-conscious father would not allow such a pairing. When she challenges her father to find her a suitable husband before she becomes a spinster, he arranges a match with a neighbor's son. Then Marie discovers Tom Morgan would be an unloving, abusive mate and his mother holds a grudge against the Owen family. Marie's mounting despair at the prospect of being trapped in such a dismal marriage drives her into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers.
| Gone for a Soldier. Fantastic!!!!! Words can not describe how wonderful this book was! The characters ripped my heart out, and Marsha had me stealing every little extra second I could squeeze out of my day, so I could go back in time and be a part of that horrible war. Now it's only a few minutes before -am and I've got a horrid book hangover that will punish me something awful in the morning.
~SemismallChic - Amazon Review
The Man from Shenandoah. I just finished reading this book, and it's a good one, because I'm still caught up in it and wondering what's next for the characters. I read a book every few days and have read several since I finished TMFS, so that's unusual. It's more interesting than most western/pioneer themed books, and I like how it tells authentic details about everyday life. OK, so where's the next one, and when can I get it?
~GMuggli - Amazon Review
Ride to Raton. This book stands on its own! I didn't realise that this was the 2nd book in the [Owen Family Saga] series until I finished reading it and went to start the next one! The story drew me right in and the characters and settings were very well developed and thoroughly enjoyable. I couldn't put this book down and stayed up late into the night to finish it! Marsha Ward is a wonderful author and I would recommend this book to everyone.
~April R Bethea - Amazon Review
Trail of Storms. Awesome book with great adventures! Add romance and this is a great Historical Romance! The other books in the series are just as great!
~MAW - Amazon Review
Spinster's Folly. Once again, Marsha Ward nails it: A very well written western (the dialogue and old-west vocabulary are perfect) which, without preaching, illustrates the great moral foundations of family, honor, hard work, loyalty, and true love. I highly recommend this series!
~Amazon Customer - Amazon Review
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