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Because of 80,000 words: A new novel excerpt

Today I hit 80,000 words on the first draft of my novel manuscript.  This is a big deal, y’all. My kids are 9 and 6. The last time I hit 80,000 words on a novel manuscript was over a decade … Continue reading

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New scene–with coffee!–from my historical novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. Here’s a sneak peak at a scene from the VERY rough, very first draft of my historical novel-in-progress. Just to whet your history whistle on a Wednesday morning. The scene came about because of the very unusual hot … Continue reading

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A sneak peak at my novel-in-progress

Hi, folks. It is a wild, woolly, rainy Wednesday here in the mountains of Western North Carolina. 30-something degree rain is just downright depressing. It should be snowing. That being said, in the spirit of livening things up, I thought … Continue reading

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Writing–and researching–an 18th century Christmas (Keowee Valley still on sale at Amazon: 99 cents!)

Hi, folks. Well, there was a bit of a snafu at the newspaper, and my regular column wasn’t published today. They’re hoping to have it in Sunday’s paper, and when they do, I’ll share it here. In the meantime, here’s … Continue reading

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KEOWEE VALLEY ON SALE for 99 CENTS now through December 31st!

Hi, lovely readers! I’m thrilled to announce that my publisher is running a holiday promotion! The Kindle version of my historical novel, KEOWEE VALLEY, is on sale for $0.99 now through December 31st on Amazon! Yep, just 99 cents!   If you’ve been … Continue reading

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New column: “Make the holidays your own celebration”

Happy December, everyone! My newest column is about December celebrations, big and small–and a trip I was lucky enough to take with dear friends to Charleston, South Carolina, to celebrate a milestone birthday. We must mark the moments, y’all! ‘Tis … Continue reading

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New column: “Come together for the holidays, no matter your family’s traditions”

This is a season of celebration: of peace, hope, and good will, in faith traditions all over the world. In honor of Decemver 3rd marking the first day of Hanukkah, my newspaper column this week is about the history and … Continue reading

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New column: “We give thanks in spite of ourselves”

Happy Thanksgiving, dear reader friends! I hope you are all celebrating today, and this week, with the people you love. Since childhood, Thanksgiving has been special to me. But I’ve struggled with the roots of the Thanksgiving story–mostly, with what … Continue reading

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New column: “Ellis Island safeguards key component of U.S. history”

Recently I was lucky enough to travel to New York City with my sister and mother, to celebrate our mom’s 70th birthday. To put it mildly, we had a ball! One of the coolest, most important stops on our trip … Continue reading

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New column: “The not-so trivial pursuit of ‘useless knowledge’”

My newspaper column this week is about the interesting people born in, and events that occurred, over the years in October. What can I say? I am a pursuer of trivia. A keeper of “useless” knowledge. It’s fun to know … Continue reading

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