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Golden Time

One of my passions, other than writing, is gardening. We recently got our property certified by the Canadian Wildlife federation as a wildlife friendly habitat, because it’s a hodgepodge of wildflowers and garden flowers that bees, ...

Alberta Bound

This is one of many photos I took in July 2018, when my partner and I visited Alberta. I visited Saskatchewan when I was in high school and fell in love with the prairies, but this ...

My hero in Larkspur, Galen Ramsey, has a son who is nearly seven and hasn’t yet started school. This isn’t surprising, as he’s too young to make the half-hour ride from their homestead to town alone. ...

Summer 2020. There’s been a whole lot of water under the bridge since my last post. In January 2016, my partner Everett was diagnosed with colon cancer. The same week, I started a new job. Over ...

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 ...

I found this picture from the Great War last year, when doing research for Deliverance. Whenever I look at it, I wish I could lift that young man out of filth and misery and put him ...

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