Friday, December 16, 2016

Next Book News!

Hello Readers and Happy December! Can hardly believe we've about come to the end of 2016. I'd like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and end out the year with some news. Precisely, the title and release date for my next historical novel set on the 18th century frontier.

Many Sparrows will release from WaterBrook Multnomah (Penguin Random House) September 19, 2017

This time the story is set neither in North Carolina nor in New York. I'm venturing into new-to-me territory and taking you on a journey along the Ohio River (or the Spay-lay-we-theepi, as the Shawnees call it). Along with my characters, Clare and Jeremiah, you'll cover ground in Virginia (and what is today West Virginia) and also in Ohio, only it wasn't called Ohio in that tumultuous pre-Revolutionary War year of 1774...

More news to come (like a cover image!) next year...

And in case you might be interested, I've also had a look this week at the Dutch version of A Flight of Arrows, which has been re-titled Aan het einde van de vallei (At The End of the Valley).



Friday, October 07, 2016

Instagram: Late to the party

So I'm late to the social media party (as usual), but I have finally joined Instagram!

I'd have done so a lot sooner if I'd realized how fun a smart phone could be when it comes to taking photos, and editing photos, and sharing photos with the world via Instagram.

Photos of what? Well you aren't going to see selfies in my feed. When I'm not writing, I'm climbing a mountain or exploring a river or trekking to a waterfall. That's that kind of thing I like to capture in pixels.

So come check out my adventures around Oregon, Montana, and elsewhere. See you on the trail!



Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Win an audio copy of A Flight of Arrows!

***update***

Congratulations to Mary Koester who won the audio copy of A Flight of Arrows!
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For a few more days I have a drawing up and running for a CD (hard shell library case) copy of A Flight of Arrows, read by Liz Pearce for Recorded Books (plus some bookmarks and a signed book plate). 

Head over to the my Facebook author page for the details on entering. The relevant post is pinned at the top of the feed. 

Drawing open those with a USA mailing address. Ends on the 20th!

Hear a sample


Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Pathfinders: Bibliography




For readers of the Pathfinders who would like to know a little more about certain aspects of the novels, or are curious about my research, here's the list of most of the books I read while writing these novels of the 18th century New York frontier, grouped by subject. I say most because I invariably forget to log a book now and then. And this list doesn't include myriad websites and trips east via Google Earth and YouTube. 




The Pathfinders Series Bibliography
Book 1: The Wood’s Edge dates: August 1757 — July 1776
Book 2: A Flight of Arrows dates: October 1776 — August 1777

French & Indian War/Fort William Henry
CRUCIBLE OF WAR, The Seven Years’ War and the Fate of Empire in British North America, 1754-1766. Fred Anderson. New York, NY; Alfred A. Knopf. 2000.
THE FRENCH & INDIAN WAR, Deciding the Fate of North America. Walter R. Borneman. New York, NY; HarperCollins Publishers. 2006.
MASSACRE AT FORT WILLIAM HENRY. David R. Starbuck. Lebanon, NH; University Press of New England. 2002.
THE SIEGE OF FORT WILLIAM HENRY, A Year on the Northeastern Frontier. Ben Hughes.  Yardley, PA; Westholme Publishing, LLC. 2011.
FORT WILLIAM HENRY 1755—57, A battle, two sieges and a bloody massacre. Ian Castle. Oxford, UK; Osprey Publishing. 2013.

Revolutionary War/Battle of Lake Champlain
REVOLUTIONARY SUMMER, The Birth of American Independence. Joseph J. Ellis. Audio; Books on Tape. 2013
BENEDICT ARNOLD, Patriot and Traitor. Willard Sterne Randall. New York, NY; William Morrow and Company, Inc. 1990
BENEDICT ARNOLD’S NAVY, The Ragtag Fleet that Lost the Battle of Lake Champlain but Won the American Revolution. James L. Neslon. New York, NY; McGraw Hill. 2006
THE GONDOLA PHILADELPHIA & THE BATTLE OF LAKE CHAMPLAIN. John R. Bratten. College Station, TX; Texas A&M University Press. 2002.

Oriskany/Mohawk Valley
REBELLION IN THE MOHAWK VALLEY, The St. Leger Expedition of 1777.  Gavin K. Watts & James F. Morrison. Toronto, Canada; The Dundurn Group. 2002
THE BRITISH CAMPAIGN OF 1777: The St. Leger Expedition. Gavin K. Watt. Bowmanville, Ontario; Mothersill Printing, Inc. 1988
THE WILDERNESS WAR. Allan W. Eckert. Ashland, KY; Jesse Stuart Foundation. 2003.
BLOODY MOHAWK, The French and Indian War & American Revolution on New York’s Frontier. Richard Berleth. Hensonville, NY; Black Dome Press Corp. 2009.
WITH MUSKET & TOMAHAWK, Vol II, The Mohawk Valley Campaign in the Wilderness War of 1777. Michael O. Logusz. Havertown, PA; Casemate Publishers. 2012.
WILDERNESS EMPIRE, A Narrative. Allan W. Eckert. Boston, MA; Little, Brown and Company. 1969.
A HISTORY OF SCHENECTADY DURING THE REVOLUTION. Willis T. Hanson Jr. Schenectady, NY; Acme Press. 1974/1916.
A COMPANY OF HEROES, The American Frontier 1775-1783. Dale Van Every. New York, NY; William Morrow and Company. 1962.
FORTRESS AMERICA, The Forts that Defended America, 1600 to the Present. J. E. Kaufmann & H. W. Kaufmann. Cambridge, MA; Da Capo Press. 2004
FORT STANWIX, History, Historic Furnishing, and Historic Structure Reports. John F. Luzader, Louis Torres, Orville W. Carroll. Washington DC; US Department of the Interior. 1976.
LIBERTY MARCH, The Battle of Oriskany. Allan D. Foote. North Country Books; Utica, NY. 1998.

Iroquois/Oneidas
LIFE OF SAMUEL KIRKLAND MISSIONARY TO THE INDIANS. Samuel Kirkland Lothrop.
THE ONEIDA INDIAN EXPERIENCE, Two Perspectives. Edited by Jack Campisi and Laurence M. Hauptman. Syracuse, NY; Syracuse University Press. 1988.
WHITE SAVAGE, William Johnson and the Invention of America. Fintan O’Toole. New York, NY; Farrar, Straus & Giroux. 2005.
FORGOTTEN ALLIES, The Oneida Indians and The American Revolution. Joseph T. Glatthaar & James Kirby Martin. New York, NY; Hill and Wang/Farrar, Strause and Giroux. 2006.
PEOPLE OF THE STANDING STONE, The Oneida Nation from the Revolution through the Era of Removal. Karim M. Tiro. Boston, MA; University of Massachusetts Press. 2011.
REBELLIOUS YOUNGER BROTHER, Oneida Leadership and Diplomacy, 1750-1800. David J. Norton. DeKalb, IL; Northern Illinois University Press. 2009.
THE IROQUOIS IN THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. Barbara Graymont. Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press. 1972.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF NATIVE AMERICAN BOWS, ARROWS & QUIVERS, Volume 1 Northeast, Southeast, and Midwest. Steve Allely and Jim Hamm. New York, NY; The Lyons Press. 1999
BEYOND THE COVENANT CHAIN, The Iroquois and Their Neighbors in Indian North America, 1600-1800. Daniel K. Richter and James H. Merrell, editors. University Park, PA: The Pennsylvania State University Press. 1987.

British Army/St. Leger Expedition/Montreal
WITH ZEAL AND WITH BAYONETS ONLY, The British Army on Campaign in North America, 1775—1783. Matthew H. Spring. Norman, OK; University of Oklahoma Press. 2008
REDCOATS. Stephen Brumwell. Cambridge, UK; Cambridge University Press. 2002
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF BRITISH, PROVINCIAL, AND GERMAN ARMY UNITS 1775-1783. Phillip R. N. Katcher. Harrisburg, PA; Stackpole Books. 1973.
AMERICAN LOYALISTS TROOPS 1775—84. Rene Chartrand. Oxford, UK; Osprey Publishing. 2008.
REDCOAT OFFICER, 1740-1815. Stuart Reid. Osceola, WI; Osprey Publishing. 2002.
THE BRITISH ARMY IN NORTH AMERICA 1775-1783. Robin May. Reading, Berkshire; Osprey Publishing Ltd. 1974.
THE MILITARY EXPERIENCE IN THE AGE OF REASON 1715—1789. Christopher Duffy. New York, NY; Barnes & Noble Books. 1987.
OPENING THE GATES OF EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY MONTREAL. Phyllis Lambert and Alan Stewart, editors. Cambridge, MA; MIT Press. 1992.
THE BRITISH SOLDIER IN AMERICA, A Social History of Military Life in the Revolutionary Period. Sylvia R. Frey. Austin, TX; University of Texas Press. 1981.
THE AMERICAN PROVINCIAL CORPS 1775—84. Philip Katcher. Oxford, United Kingdom; Osprey Publishing. 1973.

18th Century Medicine
THE ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MEDICINAL PLANTS, A Practical Reference Guide to More than 550 Key Medicinal Plants & Their Uses. Andrew Chevallier. London, England; Dorling Kindersley Limited. 1996.
CULPEPER’S COMPLETE HERBAL. Nicholas Culpeper. Secaucus, NJ; Chartwell Books, Inc. 1985
CONTACTS BETWEEN IROQUOIS HERBALISM AND COLONIAL MEDICINE. William N. Fenton.

Christianity/Native Americans
ONE CHURCH MANY TRIBES. Richard Twiss.
BOOK OF HOPE. Native American Fellowship.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

The 2016 Christy Awards....


Yesterday morning I drove up into the mountains early to go to the morning worship hour at my church. It was a lovely morning, a chance to talk with friends, watch a ministry door opening for a young woman I care about (one of the "bright arrows" A Flight of Arrows is dedicated to), then to talk with another of those bright arrows, and to hear one of them praise the other with words of affirmation and encouragement, which I got to pass along. 

A delightful morning already right? 

I headed home a little before 8am ready to get down to some writing on the New Book. I fixed some tea, settled in, then decided to check Facebook one last time before I started.

What a surprise to find a string of congratulation posts in my feed, and to realize last year's release, The Wood's Edge, is a finalist for the Christy Award in the Historical category! The press release had already gone live and I was happy to see many author friends on the finalist list as well. 

Congratulations! 

There will be an online event to announce the Christy Award winners here at the end of June. 





  The Wood's Edge (The Pathfinders #1)
WaterBrook Press (Penguin Random House)
April 21 2015 
ISBN-10: 1601427328
ISBN-13: 978-1601427328

At the wood's edge cultures collide. Can two families survive the impact?

The 1757 New York frontier is home to the Oneida tribe and to British colonists, yet their feet rarely walk the same paths.

On the day Fort William Henry falls, Major Reginald Aubrey is beside himself with grief. His son, born that day, has died in the arms of his sleeping wife. When Reginald comes across an Oneida mother with newborn twins, one white, one brown, he makes a choice that will haunt the lives of all involved. He steals the white baby and leaves his own child behind. Reginald's wife and foundling daughter, Anna, never suspect the truth about the boy they call William, but Reginald is wracked by regret that only intensifies with time, as his secret spreads its devastating ripples.

When the long buried truth comes to light, can an unlikely friendship forged at the wood's edge provide a way forward? For a father tormented by fear of judgment, another by lust for vengeance. For a mother still grieving her lost child. For a brother who feels his twin's absence, another unaware of his twin's existence. And for Anna, who loves them both--Two Hawks, the mysterious Oneida boy she meets in secret, and William, her brother. As paths long divided collide, how will God direct the feet of those who follow Him?



Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Scavenger Hunt Winners at Stop #12

I hope you all enjoyed the Scavenger Hunt this past weekend, and discovered some great new books and authors. Thank you all who commented here on my blog for my drawing of three signed copies of The Pathfinders duology, The Wood's Edge and A Flight of Arrows. I read all your comments (even though here on the blog the latter half of them would not load to be viewed, they all reached me via email alerts and I kept track of them there) and enjoyed reading all you shared.

So without further ado, here are the three winners drawn by random.org.

1. Deena Peterson
2. Anonymous (jtholliday)
3. Crystal Balzer

An email has been sent to each of you. Congratulations!