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Western heroines that break the mold

I grew up reading my father’s collection of westerns.  As a girl I enjoyed those books for what they were – adventure stories set in the great outdoors, with handsome, rugged heroes and spirited heroines. Most ...

Roots and branches – the McShannon family tree

The thing I find about writing a series is that new characters keep jumping up and clamoring for attention, for stories of their own. This is in no way a bad thing – that’s where the ...

I’m thrilled to share that I got an email yesterday saying that Tirgearr Publishing has accepted Trey McShannon’s story, To Capture The Sky. So Chelle’s twin brother will be following her back out into the wider ...

As I’ve mentioned before on this blog, in the final year of my undergrad degree I took a course in the social history of clothing. It was fascinating. For me, the highlight was a visit to ...

Last year, I did a presentation for my RWA chapter on Victorian household management, based on Mrs. Beeton’s famous guide. Being a cook and a history buff, I particularly enjoyed discovering the ins and outs of ...

Since my books from the Victorian era on on their way to being reissued, I thought it would be fun to post some snippets from the housekeeping bible of its day. Mrs. Beeton’s Book of Household ...

I have news! Those of you who’ve been connected with me for a while know that I started on my writing journey with two novels about the McShannon family from Morgan County, Georgia. Those books have ...

Today I’d like to introduce you to an amazing lady and the president of my chapter of RWAC, Michelle Helliwell! Michelle published her first novel several months ago, and is soon to release her second. Without ...

Aside from its literal meaning – a grim reality of the Great War – ‘gassed’ also meant stinking drunk. A usage that has faded away with the years. ...

Today being Remembrance Day, it’s a fitting time to update my Glossary. Today’s entry: F is for funk. A ‘funk’ was an offshoot of a main trench, where soldiers could go for some privacy when not ...

BLOG FOR PEACE 2015 I’m casting about for words here, unsure of what I have to add to this year’s Blog Blast for Peace. I don’t have any particular story to tell, any special inspiration except ...

Here it is November again. I haven’t been blogging because I’ve been busy rewiting my first and second novels, To Capture the Sky (formerly  McShannon’s Chance) and Where The Heart Is (formerly McShannon’s Heart). I’m about ...

This past winter was the most severe I can recall here in Nova Scotia. We broke records for snowfall. Well into April, I was tramping around on snowshoes on the frozen local lake to exercise my ...

My Uncle Lester passed away a few weeks ago. Les was my father’s oldest brother. He was 87. He wanted no ceremony, nothing done to mark his passing. It seems to be the way of my ...

D is for DEKKO:  ‘Dekko’ meant ‘look’, as in “Take a dekko at that!”  This word came from the British army in India. One of those words that has fallen out of use. ...

Well now. Christmas is over and a New Year has begun. In the rush of getting Flight edited, formatted and uploaded to Amazon, my Great War Glossary fell by the wayside. Time to take it up ...

Today’s Entry in the Great War Glossary: B is for BLOTTO – Blotto meant stinking drunk. Living in conditions like those surrounding the young man in this image, it’s no wonder alcohol was a welcome escape. ...

A hundred years later, we’re all aware of the sweeping social, scientific and technological changes brought about by the Great War, but it’s easy to forget that the war changed our language as well. “In a ...

IT’S TIME AGAIN to blog for peace.  Let me introduce you to my two fellow bloggers in the picture above. Ceilidh (left) and Echo (the shameless hussy on the right) are my furbabies, my hairy kids. ...

A little while ago, author Valerie Francis posted on Facebook that she was organizing a blog hop. You can find Valerie at http://valeriefrancis.ca/ Valerie writes middle-grade fantasy fiction, and her stories sound terrific! I asked Valerie ...