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Update

I hope everybody is enjoying the new year of 2019! For me, it's going way too fast. The year started out for me by publishing Uma's Umbrage on January 21st. I'm telling you, I was sweating the outcome of that book. I kept revising the beginning and changing the...

The Promise

Hero's Journey: Ordeal: The hero experiences a major hurdle or obstacle, such as a life or death crisis. Reward: After surviving death, the hero earns his reward or accomplishes his goal. The Road Back: The hero begins his journey back to his ordinary life. That is...

The Cotswolds

Last year for my birthday my then 27-year-old son gave me a birthday card with a crown on the front saying Happy Birthday to the Queen, and inside he wrote "The Queen deserves to go to England." He bought me a round-trip airline ticket to Great Britain, something I...

Topsail Island Name

The Century 21 article below says that Topsail Island wasn't named because of pirate ships' topsails showing above the trees as they tried to hide behind the island. That the name was coined on navigational charts way before the island was named. But come on! The...

The Luddites

I admit. I'm a history nut. I don't know where I came across the battle between the stockingers and hosiers, but to me it's fascinating. Somewhere along the way wealthy merchants began buying up looms that stockingers couldn't afford. The merchants were called...

Cojocaru’s Traveling Carney Town

My historical western romances are all connected by my fictitious carnival, Cojocaru's Traveling Carney Town, which I sometimes call Cojocaru's Medicine Show, or Cojocaru's Carnival, or just Cojocaru. It's fun to include in my various series, and allows me to easily...

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