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Marsha Ward

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Marsha Ward is the author of the American Civil War era novels that make up "The Owen Family Saga:" Gone for a Soldier (which takes place during the Civil War), The Man from Shenandoah, Spinster's Folly, Ride to Raton, and Trail of Storms. Marsha also is an accomplished poet, a mentor, conference presenter, and the founder of American Night Writers Association, Inc. (ANWA). She lives in the heart of the Old West in Arizona.

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The Man from Shenandoah

3.78 avg rating — 83 ratings — published 2002 — 5 editions
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Trail of Storms

4.30 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2009 — 4 editions
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3.18 avg rating — 50 ratings — published 2010 — 3 editions
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Ride to Raton

4.14 avg rating — 43 ratings — published 2003 — 5 editions
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The Zion Trail (Promised Va...

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Spinster's Folly (The Owen ...

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Gone for a Soldier

3.90 avg rating — 20 ratings — published 2014 — 3 editions
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The Complete Owen Family Saga

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Sometimes I wonder

Is the English language changing right before my eyes?



In the newspaper, I'll see articles that skip verbs. Verbs, people, the lifeblood of sentences!

A couple of days ago, I read a blog post from a favorite author that left out several instances of the word "to." Essential instances.

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Gone for a Soldier The Man from Shenandoah Spinster's Folly Ride to Raton Trail of Storms
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Excerpt from Trail of Storms (Literature & Fiction)
1 chapters   —   updated Apr 11, 2009 12:57AM
Description: In her third novel about the Owen family and their neighbors, award-winning author Marsha Ward brings Jessie Bingham and James Owen back together in a turmoil of conflicting values and emotions, and high adventure. 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, 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. But a stop on the trail holds wrenching surprises for Jessie.
Excerpt from Ride to Raton (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Estranged from his family, James Owen leaves home to make a new life for himself. The turbulent world of post-Civil War Colorado Territory is fraught with danger and prejudice that increase his bitter loneliness as personal setbacks threaten to break him. Then James's journey brings him into contact with another wayfarer, beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who has come from Santa Fe to Colorado to marry a stranger. Through a twist of fate, their futures are changed forever when their lives are merged in a marriage of convenience. James and Amparo undertake a hazardous horseback trek over Raton Pass to Santa Fe, battling their personal demons, a challenging language barrier, and winter's raging storms. "I was enthralled, and sitting on the edge of my chair, as I read RIDE TO RATON. This is an exciting, quick paced, heartwarming, and heartrending story! James and Amparo are wonderfully 'real' characters, with the emotions and interactions between them touching my heart. The secondary characters were fantastic: from mean and drunk, to kind and generous, they added extra life—and spice—to the story. The first one of Marsha Ward’s books I’ve read, I am highly impressed. A western in the true sense of the word, yet with plenty of romance, this one is definitely worth your time if you are a lover of westerns or romances, or both." - Teresa Henson, ROMANCE JUNKIES
Excerpt from The Man from Shenandoah (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Carl Owen doesn't intend to lose anything—not his land, not his cattle, and certainly not his girl—ever again! The young cavalryman returns from the Civil War to find the family farm destroyed, his favorite brother dead, food scarce, and his father determined to leave the Shenandoah Valley to build a cattle empire in Colorado Territory. Crossing the continent, Carl falls in love with his brother's fiancée while set to wed another girl, but he might lose everything if the murderous thug Berto Acosta has his way. Carl battles a band of outlaws, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother—all for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates. Author Marsha Ward introduces the Owen family of the Shenandoah Valley and their neighbors in this novel of action, adventure, and romance.

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“Twenty-five years ago I made my vow to love you and to live with you wherever you went," she whispered. "Since you're bound to go, I'd best keep my promise.”
Marsha Ward, The Man from Shenandoah

“Sunset encroached upon daylight like a powder burst from the mouth of a crimson cannon—orange and gold ribbons shot forth to wage a battle against the clouds. The western horizon was obscured by a glow like a living thing.”
Marsha Ward, Ride to Raton

“Rulon, hearing all the uproar, came down the stairs, leaning against the wall for support. Upon seeing his father and brother, he lowered the pistol he carried and entered the room. Mary glanced up and gave a little cry of alarm, but he waved aside her concern. “I’m”
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Christine Hatfield Thanks for being my friend


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