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Gone for a Soldier (The Owen Family Saga Book 1) by [Ward, Marsha]
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Book 1 of 5 in The Owen Family Saga (5 Book Series)

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From the Author

First of all, I changed the book order for THE OWEN FAMILY SAGA in 2016 to conform to the chronology of the events. Many authors have written books of a series out of order. It only becomes evident once the series is complete what the optimal reading order should be. Now that THE OWEN FAMILY SAGA is finished, I strongly recommend that you read the books in this order:
  • BOOK 1 - Gone for a Soldier
  • BOOK 2 - The Man from Shenandoah
  • BOOK 3 - Spinster's Folly
  • BOOK 4 - Ride to Raton
  • BOOK 5 - Trail of Storms
As I worked on the novels that turned out to be the Owen Family Saga, I became very familiar with my characters. Once I finished Spinster's Folly, I wasn't sure there was another book for the series. However, very soon, Rulon Owen, the eldest son of the family, "came to visit me" and strongly suggested that I needed to tell his story. Yes, authors may tell you they experience manifestations such as visits from their characters. No, we're not insane. We're merely immersed in our work.

It became clear shortly thereafter that this new book would have to be set during the American Civil War, and fear overtook me. There are a great many Civil War enthusiasts, and they are renowned for their knowledge of that era. They can be quite critical of those who get the facts wrong. Knowing this filled me with terror. What if I messed the facts up?

Rulon persisted in his desire that I write his story, so I set to work, spending quite a lot of money on research materials, and then vast amounts of time in reading them, and searching out particular areas of interest on the Internet, as well. At one point, I discovered that my thoughts on what unit Rulon should join were entirely wrong. I had to discard my initial research and begin all over to find the appropriate branch of service and unit in which he would serve.

I began to write as I researched, and after more time than I expected, and after writing more words for a novel than I ever had before, I finished Gone for a Soldier to Rulon's satisfaction. I hope you will find it to yours, as well.

Remember, Gone for a Soldier should be read first, followed by The Man from Shenandoah, Spinster's Folly, Ride to Raton, and Trail of Storms.

About the Author

Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, in the southwestern United States; and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She became a storyteller at an early age, regaling her neighborhood friends with her fanciful tales during after-school snacks. Her love of 19th Century Western history and literature was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father's stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the southern part of Arizona.

Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work, including her acclaimed American historical novel series, The Owen Family Saga. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, and a member of Western Writers of America, Arizona Professional Writers, Indie Author Hub, and LDStorymakers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books. Visit her website at marshaward.com.

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  • File Size: 2313 KB
  • Print Length: 309 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0988381036
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WestWard Books (September 2, 2014)
  • Publication Date: September 2, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MSV681Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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