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Raiders of the Civil War - Quantrill's Raiders’ and Other Guerilla Groups

Forsaken Falls is my newest book in the Redemption Mountain series. A key sub-plot has to do with a pro-confederate guerilla group I call Price’s Raiders. Researching bands such as these who came together throughout the Civil War was fascinating, and became the source for this post. In 1861 Missouri delegates to a statewide convention rejected secession. In turn, several [...]

Frontier Saloons

Courage Canyon, book 8 in my Redemption Mountain series, takes place in the fictional town of Splendor, Montana. The town has all the required businesses: general store, blacksmith, livery, boardinghouse, bank, millinery, and of course, at least one saloon. Splendor two prominent saloons, the Dixie and the Wild Rose. As with all of my historical books, I do quite a [...]

Female Spies of The Civil War

I first started researching female spies when writing Sam’s Legacy, book 4 in my MacLarens of Boundary Mountain series. The subject was so fascinating, I decided it deserved a blog post of its own. During the turbulent, bloody years of the Civil War, 1861 to 1865, hundreds of daring ladies risked their lives as spies. Here are a few of [...]

Child Trafficking in the United States

Boone’s Surrender, my latest book in the Burnt River Contemporary Western Romance series. The series is set in the beautiful states of Montana and Idaho and includes a subplot about child trafficking. My research necessitated completing considerable research on the subject. What I learned was powerful enough to prepare a blog post as this isn’t just a foreign problem. I [...]


After the Revolution, many Americans put aside old English traditions, including Christmas, to establish their own beliefs and ways of doing things that fit with their unique American identity. In the first half of the 19th century, as more Americans started to celebrate the holiday again, they transformed Christmas from a noisy festival into a day to celebrate family, friends, [...]

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