Oh wow that was a much needed break.
Thanks again so much to Audiobookworm Promotions for hosting this tour, and for having me on it! Be sure to click on the banner above for the full tour schedule and to see some of the other tours happening. I’m also trying to deal with some things here that happened last minute so I hope that even though my usual pep and vigor – if that’s the word I want to use? – is missing, I hope you still enjoy my upcoming posts.
Disclaimer: I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by D. A. Galloway. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
This was such an emotionally charged story that I don’t know if I was expecting. I went into this story without reading the synopsis, which actually worked out for me because what ended up happening in the very beginning of the story hit harder for me than if I had read it actually. It’s technically not a spoiler since it is the synopsis but wow I just wasn’t expecting to feel that sad for the Davidson family. I think I felt more upset for the mom than Graham, since for some reason there was part of him that seemed to be upset at his siblings for dying prematurely… I could have just been reading / listening to it wrong but that’s the vibe I got.
I understand the concept of survivor’s guilt, although I personally don’t have any idea how that is. I could only imagine how terrible it is, especially when it seems like your whole family is doomed somehow, and that some of it is your fault. I honestly don’t know how I feel about the indigenous representation in this story, and it was very difficult for me to listen to the… interactions with the Blackfoot tribes throughout the story. It’s interesting to see how the rest of the series would turn out, seeing that this is the first book in the time traveler series. I feel like maybe Graham thrived more in the past than in the present, and maybe it was a good thing for him to go on this vision quest. Graham was very lucky to have someone like Redfield in his life, someone that was even willing to help him with something like this even when there was no reason to.
Since I wasn’t reading the physical book, I was a little thrown by some of the more informational paragraphs that would be sprinkled here and there. I think that they may have been footnotes to give the reader more historical insight on what was going on, which definitely helped in hindsight. There was a lot more about Yellowstone that I never knew about without this book, so I appreciated that.
So usually with audiobook tours that I do on here, I actually don’t make the playlists. I am glad that I’ll be able to share the playlist that the author created for this story.
by D. A. Galloway
Narrator: Michael Bauer
Series: Frontier Time Traveler #1
Publisher: D. A. Galloway
Release Date: August 16, 2021
Genre: Historical Fiction, Time Travel
Length: 16 hours, 59 mins
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!
I grew up in rural Pennsylvania near Gettysburg. After a long career in the paper industry and writing a bestselling nonfiction book, Safety WALK Safety TALK, I decided to follow a once-dormant dream of writing a novel. I enjoy reading about adventurers and explorers, traveling internationally, riding a recumbent tandem bike, and spending time with my grandsons.
Burning Ground was inspired by two memorable summers of my youth.
As a teenager, I worked on a fruit farm in Pennsylvania. It is here I met Redfield, a Crow Indian who lived a simple life but had a profound effect on the way I saw the world and people around me.
As a young man, I spent a summer in Yellowstone National Park in the late 1970’s giving guided tours on Yellowstone Lake. When I was not working, my days were spent exploring all corners of that magnificent land, often in the backcountry. My love for our nation’s first national park is rooted in that wonderful experience.
I am currently working on the sequel to Burning Ground, titled Fatal Ground.
I am a professionally trained actor with a BFA in drama from NYU Tisch school of the arts, and an MFA in acting from UCLA. While in grad school I studied voice narration with Scott Brick and Pat Fraley, and I love to bring new works of literature to life. When I’m not reading I enjoy surfing, fencing and coaching kids soccer on the weekends. Dialects I am comfortable portraying include English, Cockney, Scottish, German, Russian, Irish.