Marsha Ward

Biography

Marsha Ward was born in the sleepy little town of Phoenix, Arizona, and grew up with chickens, citrus trees, and lots of room to roam. She began telling stories at a very early age, regaling neighborhood chums with her tales over homemade sugar cookies and milk. Her love of 19th Century Western history was reinforced by visits to her cousins on their ranch and listening to her father's stories of homesteading in Old Mexico and in the Tucson area.

Over the years, Marsha became an award-winning poet, writer and editor, with over 900 pieces of published work. She is the founder of American Night Writers Association and a member of Western Writers of America, Women Writing the West, and Rim Country Writers. She makes her home in a tiny forest hamlet in Arizona. When she is not writing, she loves to spoil her grandchildren, travel, give talks, meet readers, and sign books.

Where to find Marsha Ward online


Where to buy in print


Books

Spinster's Folly
By Marsha Ward
Series: The Owen Family Saga, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 77,640. Language: English. Published: November 3, 2012. Category: Fiction
2013 Winner USA Best Books Award, Westerns. Marie Owen longs for a loving husband, but marriage prospects on the Colorado frontier are limited. Her desperation at the prospect of remaining unmarried, fueled by her younger sister's taunting jibes about her becoming a spinster, drives Marie into the arms of a sweet-talking predator, landing her in unimaginable dangers. Book 4: The Owen Family Saga
The Owen Family Saga Sampler
By Marsha Ward
Price: Free! Words: 30,500. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2011. Category: Fiction
(5.00 from 1 review)
Three chapters each from the first three novels in The Owen Family Saga, plus a bonus look at the forthcoming Book 4: Spinster's Folly. "Marsha Ward really does write Westerns with heart. And her Owen family saga is among the best you'll ever read. Learn what our ancestors did to build this land. Like the Man from Shenandoah. Highly recommended." ~Chuck Tyrell, author of The Prodigal
Thumps and Losers Two Short Stories
By Marsha Ward
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,030. Language: English. Published: May 5, 2011. Category: Fiction
Two short tales from master storyteller Marsha Ward. A lone woman faces down a "bear" in her remote county home in "Thumps in the Night," and a ten-year-old boy finds a wallet full of cash in "Losers Weepers."
Cottonwood Cowboys
By Marsha Ward
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,710. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2011. Category: Fiction
In a short story designed to make you chuckle, award-winning Western writer Marsha Ward brings you a pair of young men trying to fit the unexpected chore of cutting up a fallen cottonwood tree with a two-man saw into their plans to attend a dance on Saturday night.
The Usual Game
By Marsha Ward
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,480. Language: English. Published: May 2, 2011. Category: Fiction
The Usual Game: a short story set in early-day Jerome, Arizona. Verl might not make it home to Phoenix this weekend. His landlord is stuck in Happy Sam's usual poker game, and it looks like he's losing his entire savings. "Marsha Ward has the ability to grab readers by the lapels, yank them into her stories, and make them care deeply about her characters." ~Phyllis Dugan, Writer
War Party
By Marsha Ward
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2011. Category: Fiction
Western Short Story: "Black smoke drew Rolla's eye, smoke where there should not be smoke. Then he heard the noise: high, piercing yips, and a woman's scream, and the flat report of gunshots." With revenge in his heart, young Rolla takes part in the Battle of Salt River Canyon at Skeleton Cave in Arizona Territory.
Trail of Storms
By Marsha Ward
Series: The Owen Family Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 88,240. Language: English. Published: April 25, 2011. Category: Fiction
(4.00 from 1 review)
Jessie Bingham put heartbreak away to tend to her sister's needs, but when she settled for second best in love, she didn't foresee that James Owen would come back into her life. Award-winning author Marsha Ward reunites Jessie Bingham and James Owen in a bewildering tangle of values, emotions and high adventure. Book 3: The Owen Family Saga
No More Strangers
By Marsha Ward
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: English. Published: April 22, 2011. Category: Fiction
Prose and Poetry of the West from acclaimed Western novelist Marsha Ward. Six short stories, three poems, and an excerpt from a forthcoming novel make up this collection of Western treasures, including the never-before-published "Thumps in the Night." "Marsha Ward spins an authentic yarn of a good ol' Western tale." ~Joyce DiPastena, author of "Illuminations of the Heart"
Rapid Recipes for Writers . . . And Other Busy People
By Marsha Ward
Price: Free! Words: 2,390. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2010. Category: Nonfiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 4 reviews)
31 Quick and Easy Recipes: One new thing to eat each day for a month. Your family will never suspect that you've been slaving over a hot keyboard all day long if you spring these quick and yummy recipes on them.
Ride to Raton
By Marsha Ward
Series: The Owen Family Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 73,720. Language: English. Published: December 30, 2009. Category: Fiction
0.25 star(4.25 from 4 reviews)
James Owen leaves home to make a new life for himself, and discovers that post-Civil War Colorado is a dangerous place for an ex-Confederate. He meets beautiful young Amparo Garcés, who came from Santa Fe to marry a stranger, and a twist of fate changes their lives forever. Book 2: The Owen Family Saga
The Man from Shenandoah
By Marsha Ward
Series: The Owen Family Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 76,260. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2009. Category: Fiction
0.75 star(4.67 from 3 reviews)
Book 1: The Owen Family Saga. Returning from the Civil War, Carl Owen finds the farm ruined and his father set to leave Virginia. Then Carl falls in love, and he battles a band of outlaws, a prairie fire, blizzards, a trackless waterless desert, and his own brother—all for the hand of feisty Ellen Bates.

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Marsha Ward's favorite authors on Smashwords


Smashwords book reviews by Marsha Ward

  • Distant Cousin on May 10, 2010
    star star star star
    I was just galloping through this excellent novel by Al Past on my iPod touch when BAM! I came to the end of the sample. "Oh no," I said to myself. "I thought I bought this book!" Well, I guess I hadn't, but I've fixed that oversight, and now I'm ready to race on toward the ending. Thank you, Al! Both for writing this book, and for enabling a generous sample. Smart move. It makes it virtually impossible not to buy the whole thing.
  • The Chronicles of Gan: The Thorn on Dec. 15, 2010
    star star star star
    Earlier this year, I was asked to participated in the Blog Tour for Daron D. Fraley's debut novel The Thorn: Book One of The Chronicles of Gan. I agreed, even though I don't read speculative fiction for pleasure. My tastes run more toward mysteries, Regencies, and historical fiction. I began reading the pdf file on my computer. This had its difficulties, because epic works of this type have a multitude of characters and often, an off-world setting. Although there was a Glossary containing both places and characters (for which I was very thankful), flipping back to it in a computer file was not an easy task. Later, the physical book arrived, and I was much more comfortable in accessing both the Glossary and the Map of Gan, which the pdf had lacked. Before I received the physical book, however, for ease of carrying the novel with me, I converted it to a format that could be read on my iPod touch. This made the reading go faster, as I wasn't tied to my computer. I even got used to the fact that I had inadvertently stripped out much of the formatting, so the chapter breaks and italics were gone. As I got immersed in the book, that didn't matter anymore. (This is no longer a problem with the publication of the Smashwords edition.) I was gratified to find my fear of being bored was unfounded. Fraley weaves a grand story of action, intrigue, and loyalty that is not boring. Crisp writing and interesting characters mingle with a well-conceived plot. Although it occurs in a galaxy far, far away, the tale is not set in the distant future, but in the past, concurrent to the period in Earth's history slightly before the birth of Christ. The following is from the original print edition's back cover: "Three tribes are at war on the planet Gan, unaware that the sign of Christ's birth on an unknown world--Earth--is about to appear in the heavens. "During a bloody skirmish with Gideonite troops, Jonathan of Daniel spares Pekah, a young enemy soldier, gaining his trust forever. These distant brothers from estranged tribes covenant with each other to end the war being waged by a self-proclaimed emperor, and soon discover the intentions of a far more dangerous foe--a sinister general bent on ruling those he can bring into subjection and destroying all others." I did have occasion to wonder if Fraley's children are all boys, because some of the horse-play between a few characters seemed a mite juvenile, but that was a minor niggle. I look forward to reading the second book in the projected three-book series, Heaven's Garden. I give The Thorn four stars.