Saturday, May 31, 2014

Sample Saturday - May 31, 2014

Welcome back to Sample Saturday. In this fragment from Gone for a Soldier, the Owen Family Saga novel that will be released later this summer, Rulon gets welcome and long-overdue news from home.

On the way to eat, someone thrust a couple of letters into Rulon's hands, and while he ate, he opened Mary's.

In only seconds, he was on his feet, whooping and hollering, his wound forgotten and the contents of his plate scattered on the ground.

One of the men looked up and asked, "What ails you, Owen?"

Rulon tried to calm himself enough to answer, but the powerful emotion Mary's words had evoked prevented him from giving a coherent reply for some minutes.

"I'm a papa," he finally gasped. "I have a son." The strength left his legs as the enormity of that responsibility swept through him. He sat with a whoosh as the air left his lungs.

The troopers of Company I gathered around, pounding him on the back and offering congratulations. All except for one, who eyed him with a resentful air.


Thank you for visiting! Please come back next Saturday for another sample of my writing.

Bestselling author Marsha Ward wrote the novella, Faith and the Foremen, in the Timeless Romance Anthology Old West Collection. She is the author of an acclaimed novel series featuring the Owen family. Her last published book, Spinster's Folly, won the 2013 USA Best Book Award for Western Fiction, and recently was named Finalist in Western Fiction in the 2014 International Book Awards. A former journalist, Ward has published over 900 articles, columns, poems and short stories. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association, a.k.a. ANWA.


  1. Oooh! Now I want to know who would ever resent the birth of a son to Rulon! I can't wait to read Gone For a Soldier.

    1. All will be revealed in due time, Kari. Thanks for the comment!


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