Tuesday, August 2, 2016

240 Years Ago...They Signed.

Today I'm blogging over at the Heroes, Heroines and History blog about this day in history.

Did you know the Declaration of Independence wasn't signed by all of the delegates until August 2nd, 1776? Sure, they adopted the resolution a month before, but the signing didn't happen until a month later. Actually, the timeline of the Declaration is fairly complex. Here are few tidbits I enjoyed discovering. :)

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Wednesday, July 6, 2016

240 Years of Freedom and Giveaway

I'm blogging over at Heroes, Heroines and History about the 4th of July and other notable events that happened on that day. Here's a peek at the article.

July 4th, 2016 marks 240 years since the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. Those 240 years have been filled with a lot of milestones. Tremendous history, inventions, battles, victories, losses, fun...so much to be attributed to our wonderful country and the American Spirit of innovation and patriotism. The very date of July 4 holds many notable events, so in honor of Independence day, I thought I would share a few of those tidbits with you.  

Read the full blog here.

Monday, June 27, 2016

How to Infuriate a History Nerd AND Enter to win an Amazon Gift Card!

I'm chatting it up at Celebrate Lit! Confessions of my nerdy infuriations and how I began writing DAWN OF LIBERTY. Here's a preview of the article.

On July 4th, 2016, Americans across the nation will celebrate the 240th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. Besides the basic overview you got in history class, how much do you really know about the document and the men that signed it?
As an American and a history nerd, I was upset when I realized how much I didn’t know the struggle these men went through, who they really were, what they felt, and what they were putting on the line when they signed their name to that document.
READ the rest and enter the giveaway here:

DAWN OF LIBERTY is on tour with Celebrate Lit! This means you get to see what readers are saying about the book, PLUS enter to win some great prizes. Check out the blog links below to see what readers are saying about Dawn of Liberty.

Blog Stops

June 23: Petra’s Hope
June 24: A Greater Yes
June 25: A Holland Reads
June 26: bigreadersite
June 30: A Northern Belle

Friday, May 6, 2016

12 Colonial Recipes FREE!

We are so excited to let ya'll know that DAWN OF LIBERTY is now available for Pre-Order! I'm also giddy that we have a wonderful BONUS for those of you who order before June 2nd. Here's the details. 

Get a taste of history with these 12 delicious Colonial recipes, straight from Samuel Adams and his compatriots!
Order Dawn of Liberty before June 2, and forward your pre-order receipt to vwpreorder@gmail.com to get your FREE copy of these 12 recipes!

Recipes Included:
*Poor Man's Onion Soup
*Widow Jones' Apple Pie
*Breakfast Hoe Cakes
*Farmhouse Venison Roast
*Sauteed Garden Turnips
*Betsy's Boston Beans
*Colonial Cocoa
*Chicken Roly-Poly
*Stewed Cucumbers and Onions
*Christmas Apple Breakfast
*Butter Crust
*Drippings Gravy

Here's the link to pre-order on Amazon: 


Or Pre-Order an autographed Paperback from the General Store!


Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Spinsters with Famous Husbands

I'm blogging over at the Heroes, Heroines and History Blog!

Research turns up a lot of interesting facts. I guess that's one of the reasons I love it so much. While researching my family genealogy, I was looking at some passenger ship lists of immigrants coming to America. On the logs, they listed the passenger's occupation. On one page, I noticed that several ladies who were listed as "Spinsters." Hmm. I looked to see how old these gals were...early twenties. Double hmm.

This information hailed much teasing from my siblings since I will be turning 25 on Sunday (And yes, I still live at home in true Jane Austen style. ;). So, I decided to do some research and turn up some "spinster" ladies who married famous and influential men in history. I figured it would be fun to share with ya'll as I commemorate having lived a quarter of a century on earth.
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Monday, April 25, 2016

Too Busy NOT to Pray

A friend of mine posted a great quote from an evangelist on Facebook this morning, and it got me thinking.

"The trouble of it is today, the people don’t have time to get before God and get still. They got so many things to do. They belong to this; they got to do this; they got to have this; they got to go there. You—you don’t have time. The devil’s just took up all your time. You don’t have time to get still before God, get quiet."
       56-0213 - "Hidden Life With Christ"
       Rev. William Marrion Branham

This reminded me of something I'd read a while back from Martin Luther. He said, "I have so much to do today that I'm going to need to spend three hours in prayer in order to be able to get it all done."

Wow. That's quite a contrast to the typical attitude of "I don't have time" or "I'm too busy to pray."

Martin Luther was one busy fellow. He wrote many catechisms, thesis, started a reformation, wrote hymns, and translated Scriptures.If anyone had a reason to be 'too busy' to pray, it would have been him. Yet instead of claiming he was too busy to pray, he said he was too busy NOT to pray.

How's that for some conviction in the Monday Morning inbox?

Friday, April 15, 2016

Women, Children...and Dogs First?

Did You Know…
There were 12 dogs recorded as passengers on the Titanic. Among the 713 survivors of the tragedy, three of them were dogs. Two Pomeranians and a Pekinese made it off on the lifeboats.

You're Invited!

Come be one of the first to see the new cover for my upcoming Short Story Collection, Dawn of Liberty! We'll be giving away two $5 Amazon gift cards, playing games, and having a ton of fun and fellowship.
I hope you will join us.