“Proving Her Claim”
Hits #1 on Amazon


Daughter of the Dakota Prairies Launches Best Selling Book

For Immediate Release – Proving Her Claim: On the Dakota Frontier, written by CK Van Dam, just concluded a successful book launch on Amazon with the book ranked as a #1 Best Seller in multiple categories, including 19th Century History: Antebellum.

The Civil War created countless spinsters and widows. Anna Olson was one of them. With no prospects for marriage and family, Anna pins her future on the frontier and heads west to stake a claim on the wide-open prairies.

But the Dakota Plains are not empty. Anna’s new life collides with a Lakota warrior. Two Hawks MacKenzie, the son of a Scots fur trapper and a Lakota woman, takes an unusual interest in his new neighbor. In turn, Anna begins to the see the land through the eyes of the Lakota people.

Together, they forge a bond that could connect their two worlds – despite the prejudice and intolerance they encounter.

From readers:

From readers:
“Romance, adventure and history – a trifecta!”
– Alicia O.

“I loved this book. I was born and raised in South Dakota and have great-grandparents who proved their claim there so I found it fascinating. The characters were well developed and the story’s events seemed very believable. The description of the wide open spaces of South Dakota and the snow and cold of SD winters are obviously written by a native of the state.”
– Mary Y.

About the Author:
CK Van Dam is a daughter of the Dakota prairies. With degrees in History and Journalism, she has embarked on a second career to create stories about the strong women who have built our nation and our world. “The idea for the book began with a statistic: that more women than men proved their homestead claims. I asked myself why,” Van Dam explained.

If you liked the television series 1883 and Yellowstone, you’ll love Proving Her Claim, the debut novel from author CK Van Dam.

The book, published and marketed by BCG Publishing and Pasque Publishing, is available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats.