Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Spotlight on Michael L. Ross, author of The Search (Across the Great Divide, Book II)


Where do you go when home is no longer an option?

The guns of the Civil War have ceased firing, and the shots are but an echo... yet the war rages on, deep inside Will Crump's soul. His "soldier's heart" is searching for peace, and in that quest Will joins the westward movement, setting his path on a collision course with adventure, loss, and love.

The Westward Expansion floods the sacred, untouched lands with immigrants, bringing conflict to the Shoshone, Sioux, Cheyenne, and Arapaho. Amidst the chaos Will finds safety in the shadow of the US Army, but the army brings battle-hardened troops into Red Cloud's War, pulling Will into a tornado of conflict. Broken treaties and promises leave both sides searching for answers. Will's search leads him to a battle for survival, and there he finds a love that could change him forever.

Dove, a young Shoshone woman, is a survivor of the Bear Creek Massacre. After being kidnapped and escaping from the Cheyenne, she joins Will's search, seeking where she belongs. Dove longs for more than the restricted role placed on women in her tribe. If she can learn to trust a white man, he just might help her find home... and hope.

Together, Will and Dove must search for understanding, and reach Across the Great Divide.


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Michael L. Ross

Fun Facts

 I once thought about working for the CIA. I went through two sets of interviews, but couldn’t find out what the job was, despite already having a top-secret clearance from my previous job.  Through a friend of a friend that worked for the Agency, I found out that the job didn’t pay well, and might have me supporting operations I didn’t believe in, so I declined further interviews.

        When I was three years old, I nearly drowned. My swimming instructor was negligent, and my mother dived in to save me. I acquired a great fear of drowning. I am only now learning to swim well in my sixties. But I love canoeing, and used to do solo whitewater.

·        I’ve visited all fifty states of the United States, and lived in seven of them. I’ve also traveled to Mexico, Canada, Honduras, England, Scotland, Austria, Italy, Greece, Germany, Israel, Russia, China, and Japan.

·        I was on my college fencing team and won tournaments.

·        I love airplanes and horses. I’ve flown in the back of an F14 as a passenger. I used to own and show Morgan horses.

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About the Author

Michael L. Ross

Best-selling author Michael Ross is a lover of history and great stories. He's a retired software engineer turned author, with three children and five grandchildren, living in Newton, Kansas with his wife of forty years. He was born in Lubbock, Texas, and still loves Texas. The main character of "Across the Great Divide", William Dorsey Crump, is one of the founders of Lubbock and Shallowater, Texas. Michael knew Will's granddaughter when he was a child. He has written a scholarly article on Will Crump for the Texas Historical Society, published in the Handbook of Texas Online, and has sold short stories in the past. This is his first novel and the first in the Across the Great Divide series, now an Amazon bestseller.

Michael attended Rice University as an undergraduate, and Portland State University for his graduate degree. He has degrees in computer science, software engineering, and German. In his spare time, Michael loves to go fishing, riding horses, and play with his grandchildren, who are currently all under six years old.

He sees many parallels between the time of the Civil War and our divided nation of today. Sanctuary cities, immigration, arguments around the holiday table, threats of secession - all are nothing new. Sometimes, to understand the present, you have to look at the past- and reach Across the Great Divide.  

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