Sherman’s Leavings

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  Three weeks ago, I shared a Civil War story from my father’s side of the family. This week, I am sharing one from my mother’s side. This is a tale from the… Continue reading

Pony Express Ingenuity

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I just finished the second round of edits on my next release, Expressly Yours, Samantha, which will be released in March. I did a lot of research for this book, which centers around the… Continue reading

A Civil War Story

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We Americans are now in the final months of our Civil War’s sesquicentennial (1861-1865). Roughly 1,264,000 American soldiers have died in conflicts since our nation’s founding. Of that number, 622,000 died in the… Continue reading

The Sad Fate of Wellington’s Brother-in-Law

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Two weeks ago Linda Pennell entertained us with a description of the Battle of New Orleans, the battle and the song, on the 200th anniversary of the event. The comments it drew included… Continue reading

Regardless Of Your Genre, A Little History Can Help

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We spend a lot of time on this blog taking little nuggets of history and expanding on them. Lately, the topics have been about little-known battles that helped shape America as we know it… Continue reading

The General, the Pirate, and the Pop Chart!

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In 1959, balladeer Johnny Horton made it to number 27 on the pop charts with his hit “The Battle of New Orleans”.  The song, replete with catchy melody and march pace rhythm, commemorated the… Continue reading

Nelson, Perry, and the Battle of Lake Erie

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I write stories set in late Georgian England and the Regency period, among other things. Heroes in such stories inevitably have some connection to the Napoleonic wars, either the army or the navy.… Continue reading

The Magic Of Mistletoe

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There’s a commercial going around this year featuring a young man who walks around with a sprig of mistletoe, placing it over his head each time he encounters a pretty girl, claiming it’s… Continue reading

Draw Near and Listen!

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    In the materialistic frenzy that Christmas has become, it can be comforting to pause and focus on the simpler traditions of the season. One of the most delightful things about this… Continue reading

O Wonderful!

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Oh wonderful! Christmas is coming and the waiting is the best part. At least, I always thought so. These days, folks know Halloween is on the way when the Christmas displays go up… Continue reading