Whispers In The Canyon: Finalist for Best Historical Romance

Good grief! I was notified late last week that Whispers In The Canyon is a finalist for The Coffee Pot Book Club's Best Historical Romance of 2019. Since I have no words, I'll just stop here. UPDATE: Whispers in the Canyon received an Honorable Mention. I'm so pleased to be in the Top 5 recommended … Continue reading Whispers In The Canyon: Finalist for Best Historical Romance

Tuesday Trivia: Union Suits and Linens

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Thanks to the movies and mid-20th century TV, when we think of men’s underwear in the Old West, we usually picture the union suit, a garment that looked like a cross between a onesie and today’s longjohns, with buttons up the front and a flap in the back to accommodate nature’s needs.  But union suits weren’t always a single piece — it was possible to buy shirts and pants separately.  They also came in an above-the-knee length (for the especially hardy).

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Less well-known were garments called “linens”, from the material they were made out of.  Linens could be long, though they were usually knee-length or shorter.  They had buttons or grommets with laces, and some had wide waistbands.  Even more obscure was a cotton garment with buttons and ribbed legs that’s quite similar to the recently-popularized “boxer-briefs”.  From my research, I believe…

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Book Review: SOUL OF THE ELEPHANT by Pam Laughlin

In the first book of The Kind Mahout Series, entitled Soul of the Elephant, author Pam Laughlin introduces Hemit, a boy who lives during the British occupation of India. Hemit is rapidly approaching the age when he will choose his own elephant, and is at odds with his father over their training—Hemit believes that kindness … Continue reading Book Review: SOUL OF THE ELEPHANT by Pam Laughlin