William A. Burgdorf
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About William A. Burgdorf
To learn more about William Burgdorf, please visit www.waburgdorf.com.
William A. Burgdorf is a writer and storyteller of Westerns (historical fiction). He and his wife, Nancy, live in the piney woods portion of east Texas in Tyler. He is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University with a doctorate in education, and melds his education with forty years of corporate training and human resource development expertise to write exciting, engaging, and adventure filled stories.
He began his career as a secondary education teacher and taught, among other subjects, history. A double major in this field in his undergrad studies left him with his unquenchable love and respect of historical characters, locations, and events. This passion is what now contributes to the richness and details of his writing, and through his well-defined characters breathes life into history.
His first foray into western genre publications is the trilogy of The Bierman Saga – THE NEW MEXICAN, COMPANY A, and THE ARIZONAN. A familial tale enveloped in the New Mexico and Arizona Territories of the 1800s. In a raw, gritty style, it’s Zepaniah Bierman’s epic journey across New Mexico that encounters Mexican cavalry, Apaches, outlaws, and a strong-willed young woman followed by his children's western encounters and adventures.
Coming in 2018 are four new stories – HUMPS & HOOVES and a new Trilogy: RED RIVER STATION, REPENTANCE, and BARBED WIRE.
Bringing history once again to life, William shares a tale of the 1850s U.S. Army Camel Corp in Humps and Hooves. This tale recounts adventures on the Texas frontier proving the viability of utilizing camels for military purposes.
My new Trilogy features Chadbourne Westerman:
Red River Station is a recounting of cowboy adventures trailing herds of Texas longhorn cattle north to Abilene, KS. All the herds on the 1860s Chisolm Trail made the river crossing out of Texas at Red River Station.
Repentance focuses on outlaws and U.S. Deputy Sheriffs working for Judge Isaac Parker's court in Indian Territory. Join Chad in trailing trouble to Hot Springs, Arkansas, and dealing with wily adversaries.
Barbed Wire traces the 'wire wars' of Texas. As open range is fenced by proactive ranchers, they run into those resisting and wanting to keep the ranges open. In the process, people die and Chad investigates.
William’s historical research is solid and blends thoroughly with engaging dialogue, dynamic character development, vivid locale descriptions, and distinctive points of view for your reading enjoyment.
"My goal is to provide a story that captures your imagination, feeds your thrill of adventure, and is remembered. At the end of the day, my sole desire is to be regarded as a good 'storyteller.'"
Titles By William A. Burgdorf
What they don’t expect are wire cutters, Mexican banditos, Nightriders, a known outlaw bent on revenge, a range fire, and Isaac’s unrequited heart-rending love story.
Brushes with death are common and become second nature to Chad and Isaac as they stand between warring parties…they are between the proverbial rock and a hard place.
Ride with Chad and Isaac in another Westerman Tales saga full of adventure, humor, heartache, and excitement. You will want to turn the pages to keep up with this fast-paced tale. Enjoy the journey.
What they don’t expect is to find a diabolical web of revenge and deceit woven intricately by the beautiful and deadly Evangeline Bellefontaine. Never has a trap been created with as much forethought and hatred.
Hot Springs heats up as the insidious plot of greed, retribution, and revenge spins into a tangled web trapping all involved. All the while, repentance slips farther and farther from the grasp of those needing it most.
Ride with Chad and Isaac as they attempt to avoid snares and intrigues in order to capture their prey in another adventure of The Westerman Tales. Enjoy the journey.
Chadbourne Westerman, a range detective, has a problem. Who’s killing cowboy on the Chisholm Trail, why is it happening, and how can he stop it?
Having been up the Trail before, he’s prepared for the ever-present dust, the heat, the smell, treacherous weather, multiple river crossings, always-present threat of a stampede, and over two thousand obstinate, bawling and balking longhorns.
What he doesn’t see coming are suspicious town marshals, outlaws, a snake-oil peddler, deal-making Indians, a lovely schoolmarm, and a diabolical killer.
It’s time to join in this Chadbourne Westerman thriller. Ride the Trail.
“Well, Sir. What might that be?” asks Sam. He flicks a quick questioning look at Billy.
“Camels, Corporal. Camels.” The hack stops in front of the tavern and the Major exits, walks inside, and leaves both Billy and Sam sitting and staring at each other.
Into the pages of Texas history walk thirty-four Dromedary and Bactrian camels for the U.S. Army Quartermaster Corps, and Corporals William Roberts and Samuel Adams are dispatched to escort them from Indianola to Camp Verde, Texas.
What they aren’t prepared for is a lovely German emigrant, Comanche and Apache Indians in West Texas, camel caravans across Northern Arizona, the approaching Civil War, or a maniacal, stalking French murderer.
Billy sums up their camel experience in the last line of the book. You know, Sam, did have it right. These critters ain’t nothing but humps and hooves.
"We take 'em to the boss. He'll figure out what to do with him," answers the Segundo.
The Bierman brothers deal with characters the likes of which only the West breeds and nurturers: the Earp brothers, Texas John Slaughter, Governor F.A. Tritle, Ike Clanton, Curly Bill Brocius, Al Sieber, and La Araña.
"If there are those who can't defend themselves and wind up vulnerable, then Arizona Territory ain't the place for them to stay," says Byron. "It is what it is."
Arizona Territory, 1880s, is enough to challenge anyone, but little do Byron and Braxton Bierman know that every turn on the trail brings them to defining moments. From Tombstone to Prescott, and Springerville to Phoenix, they face friends, foes, and nature. Braxton's last line in the story is, "Brother, have I got a lot to tell you."
Reader, The Arizonan has a lot to tell you too.
The Civil War crashes into New Mexico Territory forcing Zep, Allie, Guillo, and Miguel to make drastic changes. The tumultuous times don’t end with the war but carry over into lives that will be forever altered.
“Sarge, Sarge, Yankees. They’re comin’ into the brush riding single file. I bet they smelt McIlhenny’s cookin’.” Jenkins points into the thick growth.
“Kill the fire, dump the grub, Collins and Smith collect our horses and hold them.”
“What do you want us to do, Sarge?” asks Jenkins.
“Corporal, spread our men along the trail. Make sure they’re well hidden. Seguin, go find them Yankees. Lead them to where we’ll spring an ambush. Y’all watch me for hand signals. Go.”
The Bierman Saga continues in Book 2 – COMPANY A