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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 [...]

CHRISTMAS IN 19th CENTURY AMERICA

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, [...]

American Frontier Christmas Food & Recipes

I’m sure you all would love to get a head start on Christmas meal planning. And if you’re adventurous, you might even include recipes prepared over 150 years ago by pioneers in the western frontier. A special item pioneer women carried with them across the plains was their family recipes.  These recipes reflected the settlers’ heritages from Scandinavian pioneers in [...]

STEAMSHIP TRAVEL ON THE FEATHER RIVER

The main town of my MacLarens of Boundary Mountains series is located on the shores of the Feather River, in the fictional town of Conviction. My newest release in the series, Heather's Choice, is placed at this location. Did you know Feather River does exist? In the 19th century, the river played a critical role in moving passengers and cargo [...]

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