“Finding the Way” Free Book

Posted on 11/20/2018. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , |

Finding the Way, was the first book I published and my best if you believe the reviews. It was published in 2004 and revised in 2015. Free copies of the e book version will be available on Amazon starting on Thanksgiving Day, November 22, 2018 and continuing through Monday November 26, 2018. 

The story  is fictional but based loosely on some of the facts I knew about my fraternal grandfather who immigrated from Prussia. I did not personally know my grandfather who died when I was three years old. The information I have was a ship passenger list, census information, and what my father and an aunt revealed. I wish I would have mined more family information from my father and aunt but that wish came too late. My advise to anyone interested in family history; get as much from living senior family members as you can.  

Finding the Way Story Summary:

Karl Mueller, son of a Prussian peasant family undertakes a long journey in order to reach his goal to homestead land in America. Karl meets companion Heinrich Schlicter on the ship taking him on the first step of what becomes a seven year odyssey. The two remain friends and partners as they travel across the young country and encounter hardship, love, adventure and danger while Karl pursues his goal. Karl’s first priority is to accumulate enough money to finance his homestead plans. The quest to accumulate the needed stake takes the two young men to Chicago’s notorious meat-packing plants, to a Wisconsin lumber camp, and to the Black Hills 1876 gold rush. While in the Black Hills, Karl falls in love with a mixed blood Lakota Indian woman who helps him redefine his goal and to understand who he really is.
A blending of history and social issues with a compelling story makes Finding the Way entertaining and informative reading.

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Posted on 12/13/2014. Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: , , , , , , , |


I have completed the revision of the book Finding the Way described in my previous post and have proofed it to the point where I can’t stand to look at it anymore and have handed it to Deanna, an editor. Finding the Way, first published in 2004, had been the first of three novels I have published and Deanna has edited all of them.
The revision hasn’t changed the storyline. Rather I applied some of what I have learned during the past ten years to reduce the word count from ninety-three thousand words to eighty-eight thousand words. One purpose of the revision had been to make the story more readable. Another purpose has been to remove Finding the Way from the iUniverse publishing system.
At the time I published Finding the Way iUniverse had been recognized as a leading self publishing provider. Because of a positive experience while working with iUniverse in publishing my first book, I went with them to publish my second book. During the process the ownership of iUniverse changed and the new management changed the company from one of the best in the business to one of the worst.
The revised version of Finding the Way will be published by Create Space and I will have no further ties with iUniverse.

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