Monthly Archives: February 2014

A Review from “Across the Pond”

Ann Turnbull, author of wonderful historical fiction for young adults, has reviewed His Promise True for a blog called An Awfully Big Blog Adventure.

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Thank you for the review, Ann. It’s great to know the characters have appeal beyond this region!

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Let’s Celebrate Love Stories!

With Valentine’s Day right here on us, I thought I’d give a small token of affection to lovers of romantic stories. From Feb. 13-15, His Promise True will be available as a Kindle download for only $.99. I hope you enjoy reading Maggie’s love story and that you will go out and make your own!

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The Heart of the (Winter) Home

So far, we’ve had an unusually cold winter. Normally, we will have a couple of days when the temperatures dip into the low teens, but the warmth will rebound quickly into the 50s. This year, I believe we’ve had more than a dozen days with highs in the teens or 20s, and temperatures for the past week have been above freezing only a few times.

Of course, I find myself thinking about how people in the early 19th century would have coped with weather like this, when there were no central heat/air units and thermostats to keep a home at or near 70 degrees. Especially on the frontier, the fireplace would be the only source of heat, so knowing how to build and tend a good fire would be an indispensable life skill. I thought it might be fun to look at what’s involved in building a fire–my method of building a fire, anyway. My husband swears I do it all wrong.

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Good, What There Was of It

There’s a joke my dad used to tell about a young man who had gone to dinner at the home of the lady he was courting. He was trying to think of a way to compliment her on her cooking skills, but he was a simple farmer of few words. He worried over what to say through the whole meal, and finally, when dessert was done, he knew he had to say something. So he told the young lady, “The food was good, what there was of it.” Seeing the expression on her face, he realized he had failed in his effort to compliment her, so he quickly added, “There was plenty of it, such as it was.”

Yesterday’s book signing reminds me of the first part of the joke. Only ten people (five of them from one family, haha) braved the weather to come out. But who could blame them when this was the condition of the roads driving in?

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Though the turnout was small, as the young man told his girlfriend, “It was good, what there was of it.” I had plenty of time to visit with each of the people who came, including a good discussion of Cherokee history in the state and my research resources for the books with a former student. And I had a comment via Facebook last night that said one of the new readers of the book was nearly finished already. I’ve had a number of people tell me they couldn’t put down the book, but to be within 20 pages of the end in only seven hours is definitely a record! : D

Thank you to each of the 10 visitors, and thanks especially to Lynn Wiman of Vintage Bookstore for hosting the event in her lovely location. Maybe we can do another one someday when the weather is a little more accommodating.

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Book Signing This Weekend!

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This coming Saturday (Feb. 8), I’ll be signing books and visiting with friends in one of my favorite places ever, the Vintage Bookstore in Russellville. Barring any bad weather, the signing will last from noon-2 p.m. Thanks to Lynn Wiman for her efforts in putting together and hosting the signing.

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