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 The Territories Saga Serials Collection



Introducing the serial book collection, The Territories Saga Serials Collection. The concept is based on the old "cliffhanger" movie serial short films they used to play before the main feature in American cinemas. Each novella in the collection is written as an installment in a saga serial.


The sagas are divided into five or more novellas to complete each serial. These books are great for anyone who wants to read a good book but doesn't have the time to sit and read a 500 page novel.  Titles are currently available in paperback, ebooks, and hardcover on and in paperback on


Stephen drew heavily from family stories for much of the Into the West Saga Serial. His father and his sisters spent time in a childrens' homes in Oklahoma in the 50's. Stephen grew up hearing stories of their years they lived there.

Later in life, he met someone whose aunt had come to Kansas on the orphan train. The stories of her experience fascinated him enough to make a trip to Concordia, Kansas to visit the National Orphan Train Complex Museum and Research Center (<--- click for website). The more he learned about this time in history, the more fascinated he became.When it came time to pick a theme for his first book series, Stephen knew it had to be based on the orphan train and the triumphs and tragedies its young riders had faced. 

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Into the West: The Orphan Train
Part One of Book One in The Territories Saga Serials
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This book was a finalist in the 2019 TopShelf Indie Book Awards and is now an award committee nominee for the 2020 TopShelf Indie Book Awards
Margret MacBride loves her children more than life itself, but as a young widow, she can't support herself and her children on a maid's salary. After losing their home they struggle for years to survive living on the streets. Distraught, Margret turns to the church for guidance.
Mary Agnus convinces Margret her children will be better off if she turns them over to the Catholic Foundling Aid Society for placement in a home. Little did she know her children would end up on the Orphan Train heading into the western territories.

Taken from the only home they have ever known, Eliz