Thursday, August 11, 2022

 RELEASE 08/01/2022.  GLORY LOST is an historical fiction novel about Sadie, a sixteen-year-old girl,  who witnesses her parents’ murders at the hands of Confederate Raiders. Driven by revenge, she dresses like a man and joins the Union Army as a Sharpshooter attached to Sherman’s Army. She finds love and runs from a man possessed with misguided passion and hatred, who has vowed to bed her or to kill her.

Readers can travel with Sadie as she follows General Sherman down the railroad north of Savannah, through the turmoil the war brings to every citizen in its path, including Atlantic City, south through Savannah and up through the Carolinas till the end of the Civil War. She witnesses and participates in battles, attaches to a hospital in Atlantic City, and sees the horror of devastation and loss in the South.

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Sunday, October 10, 2021



I absolutely loved this book! Lana is a young woman estranged from her father and living on a different Hawaiian island from her. She rushes to her father when he tells her he is very sick. She longs to reach him in time to tell him she forgives him, but he dies before she arrives. The attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941 happens the next day. Her father has a home in the hills of Hawaii which he has built for survival purposes when talk of possible war breaking out.  She takes two daughters of German parents and two of Japanese descent with her. She writes with compassion, descriptive, and love of the mystery and magic of the islands. It is a beautiful story even though the internment of German and Japanese citizens is depicted.  She writes about surviving terrible times. She and an Army major fall in love. Even though there is a mixure of characters who are very different, she writes about their many differences with respect and love and who constitute a family.  I will keep this book and read it many times. I highly recommend it to lovers of historical fiction, romance, and family.

Friday, July 9, 2021

I am an author and avid reader of historical fiction, and I loved this entire series. I suggest readers read them in order. At the end of Books 1 and 2, I couldn't wait to read Book 3. This book is Book 1. One protagonist lives in the United States in the 1930's and begins writing to a boy in the Netherlands as a class pen pal project. The boy in the Netherlands dies, and his sister continues writing to the Chicago boy.  The continues through the occupation of the neutral Netherlands by the Nazis. It includes an important United States effort to relieve the starving of the countries, called "Operation Chowhound." There is very little written about the Netherlands during the war, so I was intrigued to learn about it. All three of the books are worth your time and will take you on a ride you won't forget!

Sunday, July 4, 2021


I am giving four stars to An American in Paris by Siobhan Curham. I write historical fiction and have become obsessed over books about WWII. The only reason I am giving the book 4 instead of 5 starts is because of the over-the-top portrayal of the people in Arkansas. The story is about a young American dancer from Arkansas who moves to pre-war Paris, Florence, and her encounter with Otto, an Austrian Jewish artist. They fall in love and eventually marry. Sage is a British woman in 2019 who doesn’t realize that she has a family in Arkansas. She earns money through social media. My favorite part of the book were Florence and Otto’s story and the heartbreaking portrayal of WWII Paris. The author rounds out her characters and portrays them in a way that made me quickly turn the pages to find out what happened next. I will definitely read this author again!


I am giving 5 stars for The Winter Garden by Kristin Hannah. Although the book began slowly, somewhere in the middle, I became wrapped up in the characters just like I do every book by Kristen Hannah. I admit to having had zero interest in the Russian front or the siege of Leningrad, but soon found myself wrapped up in the heartbreak of a young girl, Anya. The book travels back and forth in time and relates the story of Anya as a young mother who has since moved to the United States. She first appears unloving and cold toward her two daughters. Her husband and father of the girls dies in the beginning of the book. Meredith, 40, is obsessed with work and taking care of everyone but herself. The other daughter, Nina, is a photographer who travels the world and rarely comes home. They both are running from their feelings because of the cold attitude of Anya. What gripped me about a third of the way through the book was the beautiful, poetic writing of the author. She depicts her character so well, that I started to really care about them and had no choice to keep reading. I urge anyone who reads this book to give it a chance and once the story of the siege of Leningrad unfolds, read slowly so that can appreciate the author’s stunning depiction of Leningrad and the lives of Anya’s family and the heartbreaking times through which she lived. I became so immersed in the book that I cried through parts of it, just as I did in The Nightingale. Kristin Hannah is still my favorite author!

Saturday, January 23, 2021


All of us have been affected by the coronavirus. The publishing industry, like many others, has been one of its victims. When Black Opal Press accepted my manuscript, GLORY LOST, I was excited. Six months later, BOB had problems with staffing. Their headquarters is in Washington state, which was hit earlier than many states primarily because of the influx of ships. They also have been trying to organize since their corporation came under new owners. But two especially dedicated women there have been wonderful. Their dedication to their jobs under very fluid conditions is commendable. Susan and Gibby have worked hard to help keep everything afloat. I owe these two women a lot. I hope to be able to announce the release of GLORY LOST by next month, possibly a March release. If you are an author, please let us know where we can all purchase your books. To readers, thanks for your loyalty!

I am certain that we all have either had personal and/or professional hurdles to overcome after 2020. I pray that more of us will soon be vaccinated and that our world will be headed for a better 2021! Take care of yourselves, stay safe, and please get vaccinated! 

Tuesday, July 28, 2020

The Brother Voice by William Delamar

The Brother Voice (Generations of American Voices Book 1)

The setting for this book is in Frederick, Maryland, during the Civil War. The main characters are twin brothers, Sel and Hol. Sel joins the Union because he hates slavery, and Hol joined the South because he said it felt like home. Cora Dee Soyer is the woman who loved both men. She says she couldn’t support either cause because it would feel as she were killing the other. Sel and Hol eventually are unable to speak telepathically as the battles became more brutal. It culminates in the Battle of Monocacy, which is close to Frederick. The author’s use of imagery is beautiful, without resorting to clich├ęs. In the prologue, he talks about the voices of the dead, “cries that formed a curtain of voices. They called out to wives and sweethearts and mothers, a roll call of those left behind.” Cora’s father is a kindly minister who says to her, in Chapter Seven, “Being angry is worse than being sad. Being sad has a beauty to it. People are sad for something with meaning. But anger means thinking as stopped and meaning doesn’t matter. No light shines in the hidden pathways.” This book was not only factually correct, but it was also a story very well-written. I loved it.