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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 ...

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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