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Into the West: The Orphan Train: Part One of the First Book in The Territories Saga Serials Collection

Into the West: The Orphan Train: Part One of the First Book in The Territories Saga Serials Collection

by Stephen Burckhardt

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The Territories Saga Serials Collection

Introducing a new serial book collection, The Territories Saga Serials. The concept is based on the old "cliffhanger" movie serial shorts that were popular in the first half of the twentieth century. Theaters would play short films, many of which were westerns, before the main feature.

Each book is written as an installment in a serial collection. The sagas are divided into 5-6 novellas. This serial collection is designed for busy people who want to read a great book with a compelling storyline but do not have the time to sit and read a 500 page book.

Titles are also currently available in paperback and ebooks.

Into the West: The Orphan Train

Part One of Book One in The Territories Saga Serials

Margret MacBride loves her children more than life itself, but as a young widow she isn't able to support her and her children on a scullery maid's salary. After being evicted from their apartment, they struggle for years to survive while living on the streets of New York City. Distraught, Margret turns to her church for guidance.

Sister Mary Agnus convinces Margret her children will be better off if she turns them over to the Catholic Foundling Aid Society under the care of their aid worker, Mrs. Kelly, for placement in a new home. Little did she know her children would end up on The Orphan Train heading into the Wild West.

Taken from the only home they have ever known, Elizabeth and Conner MacBride are frightened and homesick. When Elizabeth finds herself in trouble after a run in with the foundlings home's director, Sister Mary Clare, and bullied by one of the other children, Mrs. Kelly puts her job on the line to get Elizabeth and her brother on The Orphan Train and find them a new home in the wild western territories.

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Product Details

BN ID: 2940156827770
Publisher: Dianne Burckhardt
Publication date: 07/21/2016
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 278,562
File size: 266 KB

About the Author

Stephen Burckhardt, Western Author

Stephen Burckhardt was born in Wichita, KS. His family moved around quite a bit while he was growing up
but always stayed around the Wichita area. After spending a few years as a child living on a ranch near
Benton, KS, Stephen developed a deep love for all things western. Being a proud member of the
Cherokee Nation only deepened his interest in history, animals, and Native traditions.

After earning a degree in journalism from Wichita State University, Stephen spent years writing for various
publications, even doing a bit of work in broadcast news, and eventually worked as a ghostwriter. One
of his early assignments was writing a western for another author. The novella received great reviews with the only real complaint being that it was too short, the readers wanted more. It was after this project,
Stephen developed an insatiable desire to continue writing westerns under his own name.

Stephen's love of westerns even carried over into his married life when he married the love of his life in 2013
in The Old Cowtown Museum in Wichita, KS. The couple were married in the First Presbyterian
Church on site and the reception was held in the cowtown's saloon. The happy couple hope to one day get back to a ranch life were they can fill their land with all kinds of animals, gardens, and even a small
orchard. Currently, they live with their rescue dog, Shaggy.

To reach a wider market, Stephen decided to write his books as serial novellas instead of full novels. They are a takeoff from the old movie "cliffhanger" serials they used to show at the movies before the main
feature. Each saga is divided into 5 or more novellas depending on how talkative the characters are in the
story. This makes them quick easy reads for a person with a busy schedule.

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