Appearances/News/Reviews and Links

Dan's Appearances

Date                        Location

October 20, 2018 Harvest Moon Festival of the Arts, Old Courthouse Square, 100 E. Pearl Street, Granbury, Texas - Free Event - Dan will have a gallery booth offering autographed copies of his novels. 

 June 9, 2018  Davy Crockett Family Reunion- Historical Fiction Author Series, Alamo Room, Crockett Hotel, San Antonio, Texas

April 23, 2016 Dan's books will be available for sale at the San Jacinto Festival at LaPorte, Texas

March 3, 2016 Mansfield Womens' Club luncheon - Gone to Texas presentation and book signing

October 2-4, 2015 Come and Take It! Festival, Gonzales, TX 

July 8, 2014 Historical Presentation and Book Signing, Arlington Public Library - Southwest Branch
7:00 p.m.                                                      3311 SW Green Oaks Blvd, Arlington, TX 76017
                                                                       (Reservation Required)

March 1-2, 2014 Texas Independence Day Festival, Granbury, TX

October 5 - 6, 2013 Fair on the Square, Huntsville, TX

August 17, 2013 East Texas State Writers Group, Commerce, TX

April 27, 2013 Bluebird Festival, Wills Point, TX

April 20-23, 2013 Bluebonnet Trails Festival, Ennis, TX

April 13 - 14, 2013 Wild West Watauga Fest, Watauga, TX

April 6 - 7, 2013 Billy the Kid Festival, Hico, TX

March 1-3, 2013 Texas Independence Day Festival, Granbury, TX

 March 24, 2012 Chalk This Way Art Festival. The Colony, TX

March 31, 2012 General Pat Cleburne Birthday Party and Scottish Heritage   
                                             Festival, Buddy Stewart Park, Cleburne, TX

April 14, 2012 North Texas Book Fair, Denton, TX

 April 21, 2012 San Jacinto Day Celebration, San Jacinto Battleground, TX

June 30-July 2, 2012 Little People of America National Conference and Expo, Dallas, TX

July 14, 2012 Parker County Peach Festival, Weatherford, TX

May, 2010 Book Launch - Morgan Mill Cafe, Morgan Mill, TX

Readers Reviews  

Freedom Road

5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Series
By Deb Jones on February 15, 2016
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

This series of books written by Dan takes you, in detail, back to the events in Texas history. Well written, easy read and wanting more as soon as I finished this latest. Thank you for an amazing journey with the families and their struggles in shaping Texas.

 5.0 out of 5 stars
Five Stars By Bill P. on February 20, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

I've enjoyed reading Dan's fictional stories based on Texas history. __________________________________________________________________ Trail of Hope

 5.0 out of 5 stars
I enjoyed reading this as much as the first one
By joe w bond on February 19, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

 I enjoyed reading this as much as the first one, Legacy of Dreams, this story takes up where the first one left off. I recommend both books for a good read and great story.

 4.0 out of 5 stars
 Great read!
By BPG on November 15, 2012
Format: Paperback

Dan does a great job of exposing the harsh realities the early Texas settlers faced. The characters are well developed and the story has a good pace. I appreciate Dan for not using offensive language and the book can be enjoyed by a wide range of ages. I hope to read his other books now that I have finished this one. If you like "Trail of Hope" you might also enjoy "The Boy Captives" and "Taming the Nueces Strip: The Story of McNelly's Rangers."

 5.0 out of 5 stars
This is my favorite Vanderburg book
By N. M. Becker on May 4, 2015
Format: Paperback

This is my favorite Vanderburg book. The story is fast moving and the characters are very believable. This book and its subject matter captured my attention and my emotions. I would highly recommend it. __________________________________________________________________
Jim Brown, Plano, TX  

I started reading Trail of Hope last night.  I didn't want to put it down!  Finally, at 11PM after finishing chapter 12, I made myself close the book for later.  I knew that I would be up all night if I didn't make myself stop reading and go to bed.  I haven't been so captivated by a novel since I picked up Salinger's Catcher in the Rye back in 1963!  I can't wait to finish the story. 
__________________________________________________________________ Legacy of Dreams

 5.0 out of 5 stars
I fully enjoyed the story and the true facts in it about ...
By joe w bond on February 18, 2016
Format: Kindle Edition

I fully enjoyed the story and the true facts in it about the early years of Texas and how it was founded. I have lived in Texas for 12 years and I learned more from this book about Texas than anything else.

 4.0 out of 5 stars
Thoroughly enjoyable!
By Linda Gail on November 8, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase

This is a very good read. Great characters with srong character. I especially appreciate the absence of graphic sex and profanity which are the theme of so many novels today. Sweet love stories. Deep friendships. Loyalty. Lots of interesting side stories about how the settlers worked together and depended upon each other for their very survival. Loved the history and geography refresher, too. Good job, Mr. Vanderburg. I'd love to see more books like this. __________________________________________________________________
 The Littlest Hero

Don Skaggs, Garland, TX 

The littlest hero was a small man but big enough to rub shoulders with the giants of Texas history. George Washington Lebeaux, or as he preferred, Stub, a young man of great abilities and courage was not insulted by people calling him Stub, as his personal confidence, abilities and integrity were big enough to meet the challenges of any who derided him. He not only endured the tough early Texas frontier but even won the admiration of the great legend, General Sam Houston as they fought together for Texas independence. Readers will relish the bravery and abilities of Stub as he defeats those who might dare to take advantage of his  stature. Readers will also share Stub’s glory as he plays a vital role in the defeat of Santa Anna and wins Texas’ independence from Mexico.  The Littlest Hero, a novel by Dan Vanderburg whose hero is such a unique character, would make a fantastic movie. A great read for those who enjoy a rip roaring story of glory, excitement and personal achievement.  

5.0 out of 5 stars
Books by author Dan Vanderburg
By Don Skaggs on May 4, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition

My favorite of the wonderful books by author Dan Vanderburg is The Littlest Hero. Not that his other books are not enjoyable, entertaining and many times insightful, this just happens to be my favorite. The style of The Littlest Hero reminds me of Mark Twain especially Huckleberry Finn with a Texas tone. I don't think it's a stretch to place The Littlest Hero in the great literary family of Huckleberry Finn and when you read it, I think you will agree. The Littlest Hero is about the wonderful experiences of a man of small stature who was big enough to rub shoulders with the giants of Texas history.  It is a delightful read that you will want to share with your family and friends. If you read all of Vanderburg's books, you might have a difficult time deciding which is best but my favorite is The Littlest Hero.

5.0 out of 5 stars
Wish all history books were this well written!
By EMR on May 4, 2015
Format: Paperback

 I loved the Littlest Hero! I would sit or lay down and read to my youngest son while going to bed! He would ask questions about Texas history (which he learned about in school) as it related to the story Dan Vanderburg so accurately describes with combined detail and fiction. Great, fun to read book! __________________________________________________________________

Debbie Lincoln - Cover artist
Harvey Stanbrough - Editor 

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