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The Into the West Saga Serial    

 by Stephen Burckhardt

Introducing The Territories Saga Serials Collection. This collection of western cliffhanger serial novellas is perfect for busy people who want entertaining reads that fit into their busy schedules. The first series in this collection is The Into the West Saga Serial. Read more ...


We are adding book trailers for all the books. Dianne has been learning to use different programs to create video trailers for the books in the Into the West Saga Serial. Let us know what you think. 

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Our General store is currently under construction. Please check back often to see our progress. When we open, we will be accepting payments only through PayPal for the time being. If there are enough sales to cover costs, we will add credit card payments to our options.  

Stephen Burckhardt was born in and raised in and around Wichita, Kansas. After spending a few years as a child living on a ranch near Benton, KS, Stephen developed

a deep love for all things western.


Being a proud member of the Cherokee nation only deepened his interest in history, animals, and native traditions.

Monday Movie Madness: Time for Something Different

November 11, 2019

Friday Funnies

November 9, 2019

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Into the West: The Orphan Train is a finalist in the

2019 TopShelf Indie Book Awards

I received word that the first book I ever wrote for myself is now a finalist in the 2019 TopShelf Indie Book Awards. This is extra special to me as this is the first contest into which I have ever entered my writing. To have my first book become a finalist in the first contest I ever entered, it is beyond thrilling! 

Into the West: The Orphan Train Made it onto Two Free

Best Sellers Lists on Amazon

I wanted to do something to celebrate Halloween online. I thought the best thing to do was to give away a "treat" to everyone who was interested in my work. On October 26th & 27th, I gave away free downloads of the eBook version of Into the West: The Orphan Train on Amazon.com. My book quickly made it onto the Best Sellers lists in not just one but in two categories. When the free download weekend was over, the book had topped out at #41 in American Literature downloads and actually cracked the top 20 making it all the way to #16 in Westerns. Into the West the Orphan Train even made it to #1,023 in all free eBooks in the Kindle Store. Considering how many eBooks are available everyday in the Kindle Store, that is an incredible achievement and I would never have been able to do it without the support of my followers. I will never be able to thank you enough!

Wichita Life Podcast #8

Shari Burckhardt, Author and Proud Host of a Malformed Brain

by Wichita Life - Podcast  1 - 11 - 19

Interview with American western author: Stephen Burckhardt (a.k.a. Shari Dianne Burckhardt)

Shari sat down to chat via Skype with Wichita Life host Landon Huslig. 

Shari opened up to discusses her life, what it's like trying to rebuild her career after getting married and moving to Europe, living with three serious incurable neurological conditions, the time she died, and so much more. 

Wichita Life ICT

We love Wichita.  We started the @WichitaLifeICT Instagram account to highlight all of the talented and creative people in the Wichita area and now want to expand that mission. Wichita thrives on it’s small businesses, art, and people – all of which deserve to reach as many people in the Wichita area as possible. That’s where we come in. Read more. 

Contributing Author Books

I have been lucky enough to be included in a group venture with award-winning and best-selling western author, Scott Harris.


Harris challenged a group of western authors to craft 500-word stories using the exact same writing prompt. The result is a four book series of 52 short stories from 52 different authors all putting their unique spin on the same few words.


All four books, are on sale now. Be sure to check them out. Read more.


Into the West: The Orphan Train

I just finished reading book one of "Into the West" and I am hooked! Stephen does a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life. The emotion I felt during parts of the story actually surprised me. I found myself tearing up several times and my heart ached for Elizabeth and Conner and I wanted to cheer for Mrs. Kelly for defending Elizabeth and for caring enough to find a way to get them to the train. I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment and finding out what the deal between Mrs. Kelly and Sister Mary Clare is and how things turn out for the children.

Gayla Kelly

Wichita, KS

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Into the West: A New Home

This is an excellent continuation of 'Into the West: The Orphan Train'. I recommend this book and other books by Stephen Burckhardt. Even if you aren't into westerns this isn't the typical western cowboy, shoot-em-ups, it is about the lives of people during that time and how they struggle to get by and create lives in hard times.

The characters are so well written they come to life in your mind and you laugh and cry right along with them. You feel their disappointments and take pleasure in their accomplishments and successes. Now I'm eagerly waiting for the next installment!

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Video Ads

July 23, 2017

Video Ads

We found a handy little tool that allows us to make short videos promos for Stephen's book. Take a look and let us know what you think. 

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