The Quakers and the Underground Railroad

You’ve heard about the Underground Railroad in the southern coastal states, and Harriet Tubman’s and Frederick Douglass’s heroism in aiding slaves escape to the northeastern states and Canada. The Railroad actually had several distinct routes to freedom, as shown on this map from National Geographic. The branch on the Mississippi and Ohio rivers was established … Continue reading The Quakers and the Underground Railroad

THE WOODSMAN’S ROSE is Available for Pre-Order

THE WOODSMAN'S ROSE, Book 2 in the Donovan Family Saga, is set to release on January 25, 2021, and is available to pre-order right now! Find all the Retailers offering the pre-order at Books2Read. If your favorite site isn't there, watch for updates, as they're still coming in! I'm also very please to announce a … Continue reading THE WOODSMAN’S ROSE is Available for Pre-Order

WHISPERS IN THE CANYON: Another 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite

This lovely review was written by K. C. Finn. (No spoilers!) "WHISPERS IN THE CANYON is a work of fiction in the historical, romance, and interpersonal drama sub-genres, and was penned by author Gifford MacShane. Written as the opening novel to the Donovan Family Saga of books, this work is largely suitable for all readerships, … Continue reading WHISPERS IN THE CANYON: Another 5-star review from Readers’ Favorite

WHISPERS IN THE CANYON: A Readers’ Favorite Review

A 5-star review by Cheryl E. Rodriguez [with spoilers removed]: Whispers in the Canyon by Gifford MacShane is an emotionally charged love story. Adam Donovan is deeply rooted in his Irish heritage. He and all of the Donovan clan live by a heartfelt code of conduct. “A man without a family has no one, but … Continue reading WHISPERS IN THE CANYON: A Readers’ Favorite Review

How Do You Explain a Character’s Moral Code?

Before WHISPERS IN THE CANYON was published, I received an agent's critique of my query letter and first ten pages that was pretty positive. She said it did a nice job of presenting a complicated plot succinctly. However, she felt the “stakes” weren't quite high enough. If you've read the first article that comes up … Continue reading How Do You Explain a Character’s Moral Code?