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The latest book by Nick West



In the spring of 1562, a young man's life was about to change forever. While standing on a dune staring out over the rolling sea along the east coast of what would one day be called Florida, an amazing and frightening sight caught his eye. A sailing ship! A shiver of terror ran through his body. He had heard the stories. It was the Little People from the Sun. Accounts of the horrible things that they had done to his village years before he was born had been told and retold around the council fires for as long as he could remember. He had always thought they were just stories told to frighten children. Now he could see that they were real. His thoughts went to Cato, the girl that he had come so far to marry. He turned and ran down the hard-packed beach toward her village. He must reach her before they did. Something evil was coming, and he had to take her out of harm's way before it was too late.


About Author

Nick West was born in Gainesville, Florida and grew up on a family farm near Archer, Florida. He attended Gainesville High School and the University of Florida. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, and together with his family, have owned and operated a landscape business in the area for over twenty years. He and his wife Kay and their children, Tammy, John and Christy, along with their families all live on the farm where he grew up near Archer.

The Great Southern Circus , his first book, is a collection of circus stories told to him by his grandmother as they were told to her by her grandmother, Miranda Madderra who performed with this horse drawn caravan just prior to the Civil War.

His second book, The Long Road Home, follows the main characters you met in The Great Southern Circus....Read More



Nick West



  • The Great Southern Circus

    In the early summer of 1859, an Alabama farm boy named James Johnston had no idea that his life was about to change forever. The clouds of civil war were gathering when he met Miranda “Randi” Madderra, a beautiful young bareback rider with a small traveling circus

  • The Long Road Home

    The Long Road Home” is a personal story of the lives of James Johnston and Miranda Madderra, the characters you met in “The Great Southern Circus”. This time you will follow their emotional journey through the dark years of the American Civil War.It is a story of hope, despair, joy, heartache, bitter division and reconciliation on a personal level for friends divided by war.

  • The Sandspur Special

    From the author of The Great Southern Circus and The Long Road Home comes the highly anticipated sequel... Snakes, haints, and gators lie in wait for the Simmons family when they move south to north-central Florida in 1917.The family faces an uncertain and frightening future in this strange new land long before paved roads, electricity or indoor plumbing.

The Great Southern Circus

The First Book in the Long Road South Series....

The Long Road Home

The Second Book in The Long Road South Series....

The Sandspur Special

The Third and final Book in The Long Road South Series....

To Light a New Fire

The Book in To Light a New Fire Series....

Latest Post

To Light a New Fire #2

A big storm was coming

Seems like a good day to catch up on your reading!

I recently received by way of an actual letter, a review of my latest book, “To Light a New Fire”, from an old and dear friend.

The Great Southern Circus