Young Women Homesteaders and The Promise Of The West – Letters To Home

Wonderful stories! Reblogged on giffordmacshane.com

THE HISTORICAL DIARIES

In today’s post I will be sharing some letters from women homesteaders in the United States at the beginning of the 1900s. The Homestead Act allowed adults to work land out west in order to own it after a period of time. Their stories are inspiring and enlightening.

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DEFINING GENRE (or when is Western not a Western?)

One of the most difficult things about writing fiction is deciding on a genre, particularly when your work hits several of them tangentially. I’m writing a series of novels that feature a family of Irish immigrants who settle in America after the Great Potato Famine of 1845-1852, each with a central romance and a dash … Continue reading DEFINING GENRE (or when is Western not a Western?)

Tuesday Trivia: The Land of Saints and Scholars

Ireland is often referred to as The Land of Saints and Scholars. During the Dark Ages in Europe, much of the continent was overrun by barbarian tribes. Irish priests and scholars were responsible for keeping many ancient texts intact, and for creating new art and literature. Of primary note is the Book of Kells, an … Continue reading Tuesday Trivia: The Land of Saints and Scholars

Tuesday Trivia: Native Americans & the Right to Vote

Since the 2020 election season has started, I've got a trivia question for you: Who was President of the United States when all Native Americans were given the right to vote? A.) Dwight D. Eisenhower B.) Theodore Roosevelt C.) Richard M. Nixon D.) Calvin Coolidge No peeking now—just give it your best shot! C’mon, you … Continue reading Tuesday Trivia: Native Americans & the Right to Vote

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