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Blood in the Desert Sand

From the day the Denby brothers set out to avenge the brutal killing of their parents, the three men were about to ride into history. For a full year they tracked the band of renegades down, and when they watched the last of them die in the choking dust and relentless heat of the desert, Gage and his younger brothers, Orrin and Will had become a legend of the plains across the Southwest Territory.

In Arizona, on the banks of the Gila River, the town of Harmony was cowering in fear, praying The Three Horsemen could rescue an Indian Princess from the hated Bledsoe Gang. They had taken her as their lone captive while they tried to elude those hunting them for murdering some of her people and rustling their herd of wild ponies.  <<READ MORE>>

 

Drink Deep From The Well Of Good Intentions

BOOK ONE  of the Return to Charleston Series

John Sampson, the mysterious stranger who survived the Civil War and is searching for his soul after four years of fighting had taken it away. Hannah Marco, the older woman who draws Sampson into a deadly plot with a bold promise of complete surrender. Arley Ruttlinger, the young spitfire who wants Hannah out of her life because of a past love affair with her father she believes caused her mother’s death.

The Dangerous Journey Home

BOOK TWO  of the Return to Charleston Series

Serena, a young black mistress, has been caught trying to escape from her master, and the couple helping her along the Underground Railroad has been murdered. The two Pinkerton detectives following her have turned up dead also.

“That goddamn war didn’t solve a thing, Arley. I couldn’t see an end to the killing of blacks and whites alike.” With those words, Sampson pulled Arley close. “That’s why I had to leave. Heading West and finding you was the only good thing to come out of all the death and destruction.” <<READ MORE>>

Beware the Devil Wind

BOOK THREE  of the Return to Charleston Series

The journey continues as the three travelers have arrived into Charleston! A desperate note comes from Armondo Whyle asking Sampson, Arley, and Joshua to come and take his daughter away from their plantation that would soon be visited by a band of hated Redshirts intent on subjecting Deanna to a horrible fate because she had resisted the advances of their leader.

In the gunfight that follows, six Redshirts are killed and the four still alive are put in leg irons and sent home. With the first battle won, Joshua begins to train the black field hands who once were slaves how to fight back. <<READ MORE>>

Novel, A Stranger Came Among Them

As a fictional author I appreciate the complexity of creating a story that is captivating and compelling. Author Donald Montano post civil war-western will hold your attention with his eloquent, descriptive style. He brings the surrounding to life and gives you the amazing feeling of being there as an invisible voyeur. The characters are real in so many ways, tridimensional and well developed. You can almost feel the emotion of their trials and tribulation as you follow John Sampson's difficult journey as he overcomes obstacles and tribulations. There are so the many twists and turns that make your head spin. You will have difficulty putting this book down until the very end. One of my favorite characters is the stunning and passionate Arley; the complexity of her persona is particularly interesting and will surely captivate the readers. This western novel is written with creativity and style by the talented author. I look forward of reading more offerings from Mr. Montano. Well worth your time and highly recommended.

Novel, A Stranger Came Among Them

What an intriguing and engaging novel, that is extremely well written. It drew me into the world of the old west, and into the lives of Arley and John. There's was a fascinating relationship from the start, that had me emotionally invested. "A Stranger Came Among Them" is a romance, an adventure, an exciting glimpse into a world captured brilliantly by the author. I plan to read the next book in the series.

Carissa Lynch, GoodReads.com

Novel, A Stranger Came Among Them

I enjoyed reading this novel in particular because it crossed over into a number of genres ranging from historical fiction, action, a Western, romance. But most interesting to me was the dual perspectives of the machismo cowboy (with the soft heart) interacting with the powerful female characters that one would not normally find in a typical western. There is enough of a history lesson in here to make the enjoyable read also feel intellectually rewarding. Lastly, the characters were developed into full personalities, so the actions became so logical because one "knew that is exactly what that character would have done." Character flaws were exposed and sometimes some of the characters rose above their weaknesses and became better versions of themselves.

Novel, A Stranger Came Among Them

You have got to be kidding! This is the first book written by this guy and being in love with the western genre all my life, I could not believe what he accomplished. This story goes off with a "bang" pardon the pun, and never runs out of ammunition. The characters, their stories, the backdrop and attention to details kept me going as if I literally was watching a terrific movie. It has action, intrigue, suspense and mixed with a bit of sex thrown in for good measure the only let down is it ends.

But take heart, Montano didn't just write one book about this cast of characters, he wrote two more. The second one and the third are as good if not better than the first. You get to know these people as if you are part of an on going saga that takes hold and doesn't let go.

You might as well buy all three so you don't have to waste time going from one to another. I hope Montano keeps this saga going with a fourth book. I can't wait!

Warbaby43, Amazon
Novel, Escape Back to Charleston

This is the 2nd book in a trilogy. Again, Mr. Montano's writing is superb with plot twists that made me keep reading. New "bad guys" keep popping up and John Sampson, "the good guy" and his ingenious mind, move the story forward with a combination of ease and action. Looking forward to Book 3.

Novel, Escape Back to Charleston

I didn't want to put it down. Each time I did I found myself wanting to pick it up and find out what happens next. The characters leap off the pages as do the historical facts woven throughout. At times I felt like I was there with the characters as they traveled from Colorado to Charleston. Makes me appreciate how much easier we have it in America today Be prepared for some steamy scenes!

Novel, Escape Back to Charleston

A fabulous look at the post Civil War West and South with two unforgettable characters. The descriptions were so rich and meticulously researched I felt like I was there. This the second book in a series about Arley and John Sampson, their steamy love affair and their quest to unravel a mystery that will have you turning the pages. From the ranch in Colorado, to the Planter's Hotel in St. Louis to the journey on the elegant riverboat, this book will propel you back to another time, thick with romance and intrigue.

Amanda Hughes, GoodReads.com
Novel, Escape Back to Charleston

Romance, Intrigue and History All Rolled into One.  A fabulous look at the post Civil War West and South with two unforgettable characters. The descriptions were so rich and meticulously researched I felt like I was there. This the second book in a series about Arley and John Sampson, their steamy love affair and their quest to unravel a mystery that will have you turning the pages. From the ranch in Colorado, to the Planter's Hotel in St. Louis to the journey on the elegant riverboat, this book will propel you back to another time, thick with romance and intrigue. Don't miss it!  

Novel, An Ill Wind Is Blowing

This is the third book in the series and it delivers! This is a quality writer who artfully builds suspense and keeps you turning the pages. In the first two books, he created mystery and tension and everything culminates into an exciting, satisfying ending with An Ill Wind is Blowing. His main characters were well-developed with a thorough back-story, so you understand them and care about them. Mr. Montano uses history as a character too. Clever and creative tactics to undo enemies in this book is fascinating, and something I have never seen in a book before. I am not a reader of Westerns, so this series was out of my comfort zone, and to capture my interest in this genre was a coup itself! I just hope this is not the last we have seen of John and Arley--an excellent read. I recommend, especially to Western romance lovers.

Amanda Hughes, goodReads.com

Novel, A Stranger Came Among Them

I grew up with westerns. My father watched them all the time and that was our “quality time” many times throughout my childhood. So reading this book was a bit of a nostalgic experience for me. I was drawn to the rugged demeanor and description of the cowboys, and even more to the headstrong women who played them like a fiddle. One of the most impressive things about this story was that there was never much of a lull. Every time I began to think there was a part that wasn’t quite necessary and the story could have moved along without it, the author explained exactly why that piece was part of the puzzle. The sex scenes were well written and steamy, but not like contemporary romance, more fitting to that particular genre–with the applicable terminology and all. The gunfight scenes were just as exciting and described vividly enough for me to almost taste the blood on Sampson’s lip. <Read More>

Traci Sanders, GoodReads.com
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