Travel West in a Covered Wagon — Vicariously! ( + Giveaway )

Several years ago, hubby and I visited a museum that offered a virtual Covered Wagon ride. We sat inside a wagon bed, and looked ahead of us where the driver and oxen or horses would normally reside. Then a short film played about the wagon going down over the river bank and across a fat-flowing river. The wagon bed we sat in rocked and rolled according to the view on the video, and about the only thing missing was we didn’t get dunked.

That was a lot of fun, and gave me a whole new insight into the struggles and hardships faced by westward emigrants. Sometimes the stories we read tend to gloss over the deprivations we now take for granted: a hole in the ground for a privy; food cooked over a fire; little privacy; dust, dirt, smoke, and sweat everywhere; lack of medical care; close quarters for months on end.

But if you can’t go to a museum to experience the realities of life on the trail, you can get the next-best thing: read a book. Allow your imagination to run wild—or not, if you prefer a touch more civilization—as you travel alongside the half million or so folks of all ages, classes, and colors who headed westward.

The “Prairie Rose Collection” released last year with four titles, and returns this year with the next three. Each stand-alone book tells the tale of a young woman traveling west for many different reasons: fleeing an arranged marriage; in search of employment; running from a mistake in their past; looking for a husband; seeking her fortune in California—each lass has their own reason as well as their own story to tell.

My contribution this year, Kate, is based in a real-life stagecoach robbery that happened in Deadwood, South Dakota Territory, and my hero was one of the bandits, forced into a life of thievery in order to save his brother’s life. My heroine is running from the brothel where she was raised to avoid being made into a saloon girl following her mother’s death.

Books from last year are available right now, and Kate is available for preorder, too:

Leave a comment, and we will randomly select a winner to receive a print (US only) or digital copy of Kate.

About Kate:

A prostitute’s daughter, an outlaw’s brother, and a stagecoach robbery—can anything good come out of Deadwood?

Kate Benton, daughter of a saloon floozy, runs away days before her official introduction into that sordid life, straight into the arms of Tom McBride, fleeing from his outlaw brother’s past. Can these two young people, damaged and labeled by life experiences, tear down the walls of guilt and mistrust that separate them? Will they allow God to change them forever from the inside out? Or are they destined to remain alone forever?


About Donna:

Donna writes historical suspense under her own name, and contemporary suspense under her alter ego of Leeann Betts, and has been published more than 30 times in novellas, full-length novels, and non-fiction books. She is a member of ACFW, Writers on the Rock, SinC, Pikes Peak Writers, and CAN; facilitates a critique group; teaches writing classes; ghostwrites; edits; and judges in writing contests. Receive a free ebook simply for signing up for our free newsletter!



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Posted on May 8, 2020, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 12 Comments.

  1. Kate sounds like an intriguing book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy of it.

  2. This looks like a great book to read.

  3. Sounds like a very interesting book! Thanks for the giveaway 🙂

  4. Barbara Raymond

    This book sounds awesome. Would love to win.

  5. I look forward reading about Kate’s and Tom’s journey to redemption. Thank you for the giveaway.

  6. Alicia Haney

    Wow your book Kate sounds so intriguing , and I love the cover, it is Beautiful! How fun, I bet that ride on the covered wagon you took was Awesome, it sounds like a lot of fun! Mail Order Brides books are so very interesting to me because of all the different reasons that the women have to have to become a Mail Order Bride. Now a days we have it really easy compared to what the people had to go through many, many years ago, the problem with us is that we take a lot of things for granted, and we don’t appreciate some things until we don’t have them. Thank you for the chance. Have a Great weekend. Stay safe. God Bless you and your family.

  7. Linda Palmer

    The story about Kate sounds really interesting. And something I’d love to read, as I like historical fiction in the 1800’s- 1970’s.

  8. Kate sounds like an epic adventure!

  9. I would love to experience that. There have been re-enactments. I thought that would be neat. Thanks for the great post. The book looks amazing

  10. Natalya Lakhno

    Very interesting. Thank you for sharing!

  11. Connie Carpenter

    This sounds like an amazing story. Thank you for the chance

  12. Lelia “ Lucy” Reynolds

    Sounds great. Thank you for sharing.

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