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Award Winner in the Multicultural Fiction category and Finalist in the Historical Fiction category of the 2021 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest

Does time heal all wounds? Or do some last forever?

Pennsylvania, 1971: Graham Davidson is a young man with survivor’s guilt after the death of three siblings.

Estranged from his father and seeking a direction in his life, Graham learns about vision quests from a Crow Indian. He secures seasonal employment in Yellowstone National Park and embarks on a spiritual journey.

Wyoming Territory, 1871: Under a full moon at a sacred thermal area, Graham finds himself in Yellowstone a century earlier – one year before it was established as a national park. He joins the Hayden Expedition which was commissioned to explore the region.

Although a military escort provides protection for the explorers, the cavalry’s notorious lieutenant threatens Graham. His perilous journey through the future park is marred by a horrific tragedy in a geyser basin, a grizzly bear attack, and an encounter with hostile Blackfeet Indians.

Graham falls in love with Makawee, a beautiful Crow woman who serves as a guide. As the expedition nears its conclusion, Graham is faced with an agonizing decision.

Does he stay in the previous century with the woman he loves or travel back to the future?

If you like the historical time travel adventure of Outlander or enjoyed the movie Dances with Wolves, then you’ll love Burning Ground!

D.A. Galloway has written an enticing novel along the lines of Marlys Millhiser and Diana Gabaldon. He draws the reader into an unexplored and pristine Yellowstone where danger abounds from nature, military members, and Native Americans. Burning Ground is an engaging read which leaves you ready for the next volume in the series. One of the best novels set in Yellowstone I have read!

Tamsen Emerson Hert
University of Wyoming Libraries & Yellowstone Historian

The characters are well-formed, from protagonist to villains. Flora and fauna were employed masterfully and were another strong element in Burning Ground. Landscape images add tremendously to the experience of reading the book. Yellowstone sparkles and gets star treatment in this book. I can’t imagine a more glorious setting!

David Fitz-Gerald
author of The Adirondack Spirit Series

“When I finish a genuinely great read, it leaves me with a sense of melancholy.  Burning Ground is exactly that sort of book. Galloway’s descriptions of late 19th century frontier life are vivid and detailed.  I felt as if I were there with the protagonist Graham, and when I turned the last page I was indeed filled with melancholy, proof of an excellent novel.” 

Brian R. Smith
Author of Samworth Books, A Descriptive Bibliography of the Small Arms Technical Publishing Co.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the story! The details on so many things the protagonist Graham experienced in Yellowstone all ring true. I especially liked the presentation of Henry Elliott, William H. Jackson, and Thomas Moran. Overall, the characterization of Lieutenant Doane is painfully accurate. The author captured the spirit of a man who felt entitled and was egotistical.” 

Kim Allen Scott
Author of Yellowstone Denied: The Life of Gustavus Cheyney Doane
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