I hope you enjoy this book of tempting first-chapter tidbits from my first three books in The Long Trails series and come back for more! The book includes the first chapters from A Long Trail Rolling, The Hills of Gold Unchanging, and A Sea of Green Unfolding, plus a blurb from the upcoming Book 4 in the series, Tatiana. The historical fiction sagas follow Aleksandra and Xavier from the wilderness of 1860 Utah to Colonial New Zealand. In A LONG TRAIL ROLLING (Book 1), Aleksandra is alone and running to prevent her father’s killer from discovering their family secret. Disguised as a Pony Express rider in 1860’s Utah, she winds up in even deeper trouble when she rides full speed into the the Paiute Indian War. Can she and Xavier, her Californio boss, escape the Indians on the warpath, and evade the man who's already killed Aleksandra's father—and set his sights on her? THE HILLS OF GOLD UNCHANGING (2) follows Aleksandra and Xavier through the mining camps of 1860s' Nevada and California, the Sacramento floods and San Fran to Xavier's Rancho de las Pulgas. As the Civil War rages, secessionists menace California. Embroiled in the Confederates' fight to drag the new state from the Union and make it their own, can Aleks and Xavier survive? The secessionists mean business. No one will stand in their way—and live. In A SEA OF GREEN UNFOLDING (3), tragedy strikes in Aleksandra and Xavier’s newly-found paradise in California. Their friend, von Tempsky, invites them on a journey to adventure and a new life in peaceful 1862 New Zealand, but change is in the wind. They reach Aotearoa, only to discover the place is a turbulent wilderness—where the land wars between the European settlers and the local Māori have only just begun. In TATIANA (4), Stableman's daughter Tatiana rises to glamorous heights by her equestrienne abilities—but the tsar's glittering attention isn't always gold. She and Vladimir are pawns in the emperor's pursuit of a secret weapon. Vladimir must find it—or lose Tatiana and their son, arrested and held as surety against his success. As the odds mount against them, can they find each other again—half a world apart?