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SPOTLIGHT: Lighten the Load

Things are really kicking into gear with only a week left before West of Santillane launches and becomes my fourth published novel. What can I say? I'm a very proud "book-Mama"! And without COVID-19 in the way, I have so many events planned, which is really exciting. Several signings at local retailers, an article about the book in our County newspaper, speaking at the Botetourt Historical Society, an online interview this coming Sunday, a live nationally syndicated radio interview, and even an appearance on a local TV station. It's honestly what every author tries to do in promoting his/her book, and I feel like this time, a lot of local presence is important, since I wrote a story about a hometown girl.

I'm also leaving some Thursday blog posts open to share more about my journey in writing West of Santillane. So be on the lookout for those!

Now, I'm delighted to share this week's special guest author--a man, who like me, has found joy, contentment, and a fascination with the American west. I'm so happy that on the week before my first American novel launches, I'm able to introduce to my readers yet another book that may grab your interest. Welcome to Brook's Journal, David Fitz-Gerald!

And read ON, everybody!


After a devastating tragedy, Dorcas Moon faces brutal choices in the unforgiving wilderness.

An unsolved hometown murder casts a foreboding shadow over the journey. Mounting responsibilities weigh heavy on Dorcas' shoulders while navigating the trail along the Platte River. Family, friends, and neighbors can't seem to get along without her help.

The gruesome trail exacts a heavy toll. A sweeping grass fire blazes across the prairie. A doomed wagon careens down a treacherous hill. A fellow traveler is gored to death while hunting buffalo. Each disaster pushes the pioneers to the brink. Amidst the chaos, Dorcas grapples with the realization that she must dump her precious cook stove and her husband's massive safe. The oxen can no longer haul the heavy weight of unnecessary cargo.

When her daughter mysteriously disappears while the wagons are at Fort Laramie, Dorcas despairs. She is desperate to help her daughter when the troubled youth is found in the arms of a Brulé man in Spotted Tail's village.

Secure your copy of Lighten the Load and delve into an unforgettable saga of empowerment, sacrifice, and the haunting echoes of the American frontier. Rejoin Dorcas Moon on the adventure of a lifetime as she confronts the challenges that shape her destiny.


David Fitz-Gerald writes westerns and historical fiction. He is the author of twelve books, including the brand-new series, Ghosts Along the Oregon Trail set in 1850. Dave is a multiple Laramie Award, first place, best in category winner; a Blue Ribbon Chanticleerian; a member of Western Writers of America; and a member of the Historical Novel Society.

Alpine landscapes and flashy horses always catch Dave’s eye and turn his head. He is also an Adirondack 46-er, which means that he has hiked to the summit of the range’s highest peaks. As a mountaineer, he’s happiest at an elevation of over four thousand feet above sea level.

Dave is a lifelong fan of western fiction, landscapes, movies, and music. It should be no surprise that Dave delights in placing memorable characters on treacherous trails, mountain tops, and on the backs of wild horses.




This title is also available to read on #KindleUnlimited.

~To purchase, please click the bookcover at left!~

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01. März

Thank you for featuring my book. I wish you great success with your new release, Brook! All the best, Dave

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Cathie Dunn
Cathie Dunn
01. März

Thanks so much for hosting David Fitz-Gerald today on your lovely blog.

Take care,

Cathie xo

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