BOOK ONE in the
Pocket Full of Seeds Trilogy

Libertas is a love story rising from the despair of slavery. Fredericka is the daughter of a White plantation owner and his Black house slave. Horace is a literate slave-companion to the son of a New York hotel baron.


This first book in the Pocket Full of Seeds Trilogy follows their flight for freedom through nineteenth-century America. It was a time when runaway slaves were hunted, steamships sailed around the Horn to San Francisco, horse-tugged boats navigated the Erie Canal, a midnight tsunami struck Buffalo, Mormons sought a new Zion, and wagon trains lumbered across a continent littered with unmarked graves. Most of all, this is a story driven by an unquenchable thirst for libertas.


“Brimming with excitement…
a literary masterpiece!”

—Debra Whiting Alexander, award-winning author and
2018 WILLA Literary Award Winner in
Contemporary Fiction for Zetty

Available in the following formats:

Paperback  •  Kindle  •  Nook

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Through betrayals and loss and her search for redemption an idealistic journalist becomes the unlikely co-host to a television evangelist bent on becoming the president of the United States. When her past catches up to her, she is caught in the cross hairs of politics and religion.

Gold Medal Winner

Readers’ Favorite International Non-Fiction-Drama

2016 Eric Hoffer Award Finalist

Gold Medal Winner

Readers’ Favorite International Audiobook Non-Fiction

Available in the following formats:

Paperback  •  Hardcover  •  KindleAudiobook  •  Nook

Chiseled makes Wild  look tame!
Chiseled: to cut, to pare, shape with a chisel, to cut close, to employ unfair practices to obtain an end, to cheat, to defraud, to trick



Five Readers' Favorite

5-Star Reviews


Experiences from Danuta's Chiseled life have been quoted by
Pulitzer Prize winning author, Chris Hedges, in his book, American Fascists:
The Christian Right and the War on America.


John DeDakis
Former CNN Senior Copy Editor ("The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer")

"I come away from reading "Chiseled" with tremendous respect and admiration for her. This is a powerful and courageous memoir filled with one stunning twist after another. She reveals truths about herself that are as excruciating as they are liberating. The takeaway for me: the truth will set you free, even if it hurts to tell it."


FIVE STARS! Reviewed by Kristine Hall, Readers' Favorite

"I highly recommend Chiseled, as Danuta Pfeiffer eloquently shows that truth can be more dramatic and fascinating than fiction. Readers be prepared to be angry -- and possibly shed a few tears -- but in the end, feel inspired."  


FIVE STARS!  -Reviewed by Jane Finch for Readers’ Favorite

"This is an amazing story and I had to keep reminding myself that it was a biography and not a work of fiction because the trials and struggles that the young Danuta went through defies belief. . . It is a tribute to the author that her writing was so descriptive and emotive that I was unable to put it down until the end.  This story will stay with me for a long time. . . I give enormous credit to the standard of writing which made this a truly memorable read."


FIVE STARS! --Reviewed by Gisela Dixon for Readers’ Favorite

"The writing style is fast-paced and engaging, and her voice comes across

as genuine and authentic. . . a gripping memoir and one that I enjoyed reading tremendously." 


Andrew Moravcsik

Professor of Politics and International Affairs, Princeton University

". . . a wonderful book, splendidly written."


Katherine Cole, The Oregonian, OregonLive

"The story reads like fast-moving fiction!"


Hilary Berg, Editor, Oregon Wine Press Magazine

"I could not put the book down. I found myself poring over the pages in my car, in a park, during work hours two days in a row. I was entranced. . ."


FIVE STARS!  Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite

"I found it gripping, one of those books that is not easy to let go of. As well as being the true story of her journey to find herself, to find the real truth about her life and her family, it’s also a story that encourages others to start their own journeys . . "


FIVE STARS! Reviewed by Maria Beltran for Readers' Favorite

"The journey to Alaska, told with snippets of a life she leaves behind, adds an element of thrill and expectation that makes the reader read on and on. In the final part of the book, her father’s story and her crumbling marriage make an interesting juxtaposition. And just as we think we know how her story ends, it takes another turn that is completely unexpected. Hers is an extraordinary life told in a remarkable way!"


J.Ward (Amazon Review)

"She allows the reader to see behind the cameras of her life and in telling her story, she explores love, trust, deception, forgiveness, faith, courage, and endurance. Buckle up for this one folks. I loved the book and could not put it down."


John D. Synder (Amazon Review)

"This is an amazing book! It is difficult to find adequate adjectives to describe it. Danuta is a great storyteller and she takes the reader on an incredible roller-coaster ride."