Thursday, March 25, 2021

Meet Author and Historian Harlow Giles Unger and Read About THE LAST FOUNDING FATHER, His Biography of James Monroe

 

About Harlow



I met Harlow in a Facebook book promotion group, and am becoming a big fan, as a huge history buff myself. He is the author of twenty-seven books, including more than a dozen biographies of America’s Founding Fathers and four histories of the early American republic. A veteran journalist, broadcaster, educator, and historian, he is a former Distinguished Visiting Fellow in American History at George Washington’s Mount Vernon and was named one of America’s premier presidential biographers. He is a graduate of Yale University and was a journalist the New York Herald Tribune Overseas News Service before becoming a full-time author.


This post features THE LAST FOUNDING FATHER, his biography of President James Monroe.



About THE LAST FOUNDING FATHER


The epic story of James Monroe—the last of America’s Founding Fathers--who transformed a small fragile nation beset by enemies into a glorious and powerful empire stretching “from sea to shining sea.”

A fierce fighter in the Revolutionary War, Monroe suffered a near-fatal wound at the Battle of Trenton, survived the cruelest winter at Valley Forge, and fought heroically at the Battle of Monmouth. Decorated by Washington for his courage, Monroe went on to serve America as its first full-time and life-long politician—a member of Congress, minister to France and Britain, governor of Virginia, secretary of state, secretary of war, and, finally, fifth president of the United States.

With his courageous first lady at his side, Monroe took command of a nation nearly bankrupt, its people divided, its borders under attack, and its capital in ashes after the British invasion in the War of 1812. Monroe rebuilt national defenses, expanded the military, ripped Florida from Spanish control, and added six states to the Union, extending national boundaries to the Gulf of Mexico and Pacific Ocean.

Monroe climaxed his presidency—and startled the world—by proclaiming the landmark Monroe Doctrine, which closed the Americas to foreign incursions and colonization. Secure from foreign attack, Americans streamed westward to claim a share of America, producing the largest economic expansion and redistribution of wealth in U.S. history.

The only president other than George Washington to win reelection by unanimous vote, Monroe led the nation and its people to greatness and created an “Era of Good Feelings” never seen before or since in American history.

A New York Times best-seller, Unger’s The Last Founding Father is both a superb read and stellar scholarship—action-filled history in the grand tradition.

Excerpt

On December 2, 1823, Monroe strode into Congress to deliver his seventh annual message to that body. He had aged noticeably—still tall and fit, but his hair had grayed and deep worry lines had etched his face. Still wearing knee breeches, silk hose, and buckle-top shoes while his audience wore ankle-length trousers, he seemed out of place—out of the distant past, come to ensure his own legacy. Members of Congress stood to applaud—and cheer—some of them trembling with awe as they watched him make his way down the aisle—the Last of the Founding Fathers.

Silence gripped the hall as he prepared to speak. In a voice that seemed more forceful than in previous years, he began by calling the years of his presidency “the golden age of this republic”—a time in which the United States had maintained “peace and amity with all the world.”

To maintain peaceful, friendly relations, he continued, his voice rising, he proclaimed United States supremacy in the Western Hemisphere, describing a line in the oceans around North and South America and warning the rest of the world—as his Virginia regiment had the British in 1776—Don’t tread on me!

In a two-hour speech aimed at foreign leaders as well as Congress and the American public, the president formally closed the Western Hemisphere to further colonization, saying that America’s political system differed from Europe’s, and that the United States would consider any European attempts to extend its system anywhere in the Western Hemisphere as a threat to the United States. From its origins, he said, the United States had sought nothing but peace—for its citizens to fish, hunt, and plow their fields unmolested. The United States had never interfered in Europe’s  internal affairs and would not do so—indeed, wanted no part of Europe’s incessant wars.

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Meet Sue Wright and Read About PEACEMAKER'S DREAM: THE TRUE FIRST LADY OF AMERICA--Pocahontas

 About Sue

Sue is a Psychologist by profession, and was the founder of the first online therapy system in the UK.   Since retiring she has devoted a lot of her time to writing Historical Novels.   He first novel 'Tempest' - Bermuda 1609 is about the founding of the Island of Bermuda where she grew up.  She loves to research history and imagine what it was really like - and what better place to start than the founding of her childhood home.  Her second novel 'Peacemaker's Dream' continues the story and she is writing a third - so watch this space!   

She now lives in Buckinghamshire, UK and is a Yoga Therapist teaching Yin Yoga and Chair Yoga.  

She has a husband, three daughters, nine grandchildren, and a retired racing Greyhound.  Never a spare moment!

About PEACEMAKER'S DREAM


HISTORICAL ADVENTURE ROMANCE  THAT WILL GRIP YOU FROM BEGINNING TO END

She was gutsy and determined, but nothing could prepare her for the wrath of the invading Colonists.  Kidnapped, and forced to marry an enemy, her heart would always belong to her childhood sweetheart.

 In captivity at the tender age of 19 she was grieving and broken hearted. The only glimmer of affection in her life was from the man she had been forced to marry. He loved her with an overwhelming passion.  Was she strong enough to survive in an emotional desert? Would loving another betray everything that she stood for?

Based on details previously only passed down by Native Americans, this book gives pause for thought about what really happened to the young Powhatan Princess who fought for peace with love in her heart.  

Excerpt

He smiled as she looked up at him with big black eyes that were glistening with fear and anticipation. Her tiny naked flat chest was rising and falling as she waited, hoping that he could take from her the weight that had suddenly crashed down on her tiny shoulders. Hoping he would say it was alright and that she had misunderstood.

He sighed as he stooped down and lifted her up onto his knee and put his arm around her, drawing her into him. She felt his strong firm body and his still and calm presence, and sighed. This was her father; this was the strong warrior that she knew. He would make it better. She relaxed into him.

 He looked down at her. "It is alright Pocahontas. The Spirits will always protect you and give you what you need. You are only a messenger.  It is not your message that we are waiting for - it is the message that will be given to you by the Manito Aki.  All you must do is open your heart.”

Pocahontas screwed up her face. "I do not really know what it all means, father. I don’t know how to open my heart. Say I am given a vision and I tell you the wrong thing?” Her mouth turned down and she sat up and stared into the fire, drawing her eyebrows together. 

Powhatan pulled her back and gave her another hug. "Before you were born, it was prophesied that you would be a Beloved Woman whose Dream Visions would foretell the biggest changes in the world for hundreds of years. When the Spring Equinox is with us, you will go to a Hobbomak and you will stay there, not eating for many days. It is then that the Spirits will send you the vision.”

 Their eyes met. Her face was long, and her eyes were watery, remembering what her Uncle had said.

“But father, I am only a child, I cannot do these things. I don’t know enough.”

"I know you will worry. It would be strange if you did not. All I can tell you Pocahontas, is that this is a process that has been going on for thousands of years. The spirits have said that you will be very special, and your name will be remembered for generations to come. There is nothing that you can do to stop this - the Spirits have spoken."

“But I don’t feel special, I just want to play and have fun. Can’t you choose someone else?”

Powhatan enveloped her in a bear like hug, smiling, but her body remained stiff, her eyes staring into the fire. She had known she had special powers for a long time. She saw things that others could not see. But she had ignored it, hoping it would go away.  She wanted to please him so much, but she feared telling him about the visions she had already seen, ...   She shivered, but not from the cold. She was beginning to realize that the nightmares that came to her day and night, were not just dreams, they were prophesies –  and silent  tears slid down her face as it became clear that Powhatan could not take it all away.

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Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Meet Prolific Award-Winning Author Ken Farmer & Read About THE POND, Book 3 of the Three Creeks Mystery Series

I met Ken when I joined his Facebook group Writers Roundup. Read about Ken's amazing life and Book 3 of his award-winning Three Creeks series. 


Ken didn't write his first full novel until he was sixty-nine years of age. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age seventy-nine…he's currently working on novel number forty.

He has written in several genres...Military Action, Police Procedural, SyFy, Western, and now, Southern Noir Mystery.              

Ken spent thirty years raising cattle and quarter horses in Texas and forty-five years as a professional actor (after a stint in the Marine Corps). Those years gave him a background for storytelling…or as he has been known to say, "I've always been a bit of a bull---t artist, so writing novels kind of came naturally once it occurred to me I could put my stories down on paper."

His writing style has been likened to a combination of Louis L'Amour and Terry C. Johnston with an occasional Hitchcockian twist…now that's a combination. Ken just likes to say, "I'm a storyteller." 

"I don't write about outlaws and peace officers...I write about people."

At age seventy-nine, he released novel #37 on Sept. 19th...THREE CREEKS. it just may be his opus. He has released #38, book #2 in the THREE CREEKS series...RED HILL ROAD, followed by #39, book #3 in the series...THE POND, Feb. 19, 20021. The THREE CREEKS series is late 1940s Southern Noir Mysteries in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Rock Hole by Reavis Wortham. The first in the series, THREE CREEKS just won the Firebird Award for Best Mystery of 2020.

Novel #36 was SKINWALKER JUSTICE, a Western Supernatural thriller, book #5 in the Silke Justice series.  STEELDUST, started the BONE & LORAINE spin-off with modern day detectives, Bone and Loraine being accidentally transported back in time to 1898. Current WIPS are #39, DALIA MARRH, book # 6 in the Silke Justice series and FRIENDS, book #4 in the THREE CREEKS MYSTERY SERIES.

Writing has become Ken's second life: he has been a Marine, played collegiate football, been a Texas wildcatter, cattle and horse rancher, professional film and TV actor and now...a novelist. Who knew?

In addition to his love for writing fiction, he taught acting for 17 years, still teaches voice-over and creative writing workshops. His favorite expression is: "Just tell the damn story."

"Ken is a magnificent writer. I enjoy everything he writes whether it is about the old west, southern noir mysteries, or about the modern Black Eagle Force. - Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWER & VINE VOICE.

Ken Farmer's dialogue flows like a beautiful western river…it's the gold standard…Carole Beers

About THE POND

Best friends Foot and Hutch discover a 35 year old skull while swimming in Uncle Dud's pond in the woods...there are more.

Two thirty-five year old murders…High stakes game of murder...What do historical artifacts have to do with it?

Foot and Hutch discover the skeletons in a spring-fed pond, deep in the piney woods of southern Arkansas—each with two bullet holes in their foreheads, in 1950. Who were they?

Foot's favorite cousin, Francis Ann, comes from Texas to visit. He calls her 'Red' because of her long flaming red hair. She, Foot and Hutch are all the same age.

Who is Motshan Bieler and why are members of the new Nazi party from Argentina determined to find him?

What is he hiding?

Are best friends Foot, Hutch, and Foot's ten year old cousin from Texas, Frances Ann, in danger?

Does their friend, WWI Marine Corps Medal of Honor recipient, Tom Rayford, come to their aid? Only time will tell.

Find out in the third thrilling addition to Three Creeks, the Southern Noir Mystery series,…THE POND when all the pieces come together.

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Wednesday, March 10, 2021

Read About Prolific Author Ken Farmer's Novel RED HILL ROAD, Book 2 of the Three Creeks Series

Ken didn't write his first full novel until he was sixty-nine years of age. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age seventy-nine…he's currently working on novel number forty.


He has written in several genres...Military Action, Police Procedural, SyFy, Western, and now, Southern Noir Mystery.              

Ken spent thirty years raising cattle and quarter horses in Texas and forty-five years as a professional actor (after a stint in the Marine Corps). Those years gave him a background for storytelling…or as he has been known to say, "I've always been a bit of a bull---t artist, so writing novels kind of came naturally once it occurred to me I could put my stories down on paper."

His writing style has been likened to a combination of Louis L'Amour and Terry C. Johnston with an occasional Hitchcockian twist…now that's a combination. Ken just likes to say, "I'm a storyteller." 

"I don't write about outlaws and peace officers...I write about people."

At age seventy-nine, he released novel #37 on Sept. 19th...THREE CREEKS. it just may be his opus. He has released #38, book #2 in the THREE CREEKS series...RED HILL ROAD, followed by #39, book #3 in the series...THE POND, Feb. 19, 20021. The THREE CREEKS series is late 1940s Southern Noir Mysteries in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Rock Hole by Reavis Wortham. The first in the series, THREE CREEKS just won the Firebird Award for Best Mystery of 2020.

Novel #36 was SKINWALKER JUSTICE, a Western Supernatural thriller, book #5 in the Silke Justice series.  STEELDUST, started the BONE & LORAINE spin-off with modern day detectives, Bone and Loraine being accidentally transported back in time to 1898. Current WIPS are #39, DALIA MARRH, book # 6 in the Silke Justice series and FRIENDS, book #4 in the THREE CREEKS MYSTERY SERIES.

Writing has become Ken's second life: he has been a Marine, played collegiate football, been a Texas wildcatter, cattle and horse rancher, professional film and TV actor and now...a novelist. Who knew?

In addition to his love for writing fiction, he taught acting for 17 years, still teaches voice-over and creative writing workshops. His favorite expression is: "Just tell the damn story."

"Ken is a magnificent writer. I enjoy everything he writes whether it is about the old west, southern noir mysteries, or about the modern Black Eagle Force. - Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWER & VINE VOICE.

Ken Farmer's dialogue flows like a beautiful western river…it's the gold standard…Carole Beers

About RED HILL ROAD




Red Hill Road is only a few yards from the Jamison home. Foot's grandfather tells Foot and his best friend, a colored boy named Hutch, the story of a battle between Confederate and Yankee soldiers in a meadow near the bottom of the hill and missing Confederate gold. Add that to a crooked oil company trying to lease up land in the area and the mystery deepens.

What's at the bottom of Red Hill Road?

White and Black best friends, Foot Lee and Hutch Grant are faced with evil oil men in the oil boom in southern Arkansas in 1950. Murder, land theft, treachery, and mystery abounds.

Are there still spirits from the Civil War trying to complete an unfinished mission?

What does missing gold have to do with it?

Are Foot and Hutch in danger?

Find out in RED HILL ROAD.

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Monday, March 8, 2021

For Women's History Month, Oney Judge, The Escaped Slave Who Remained Free

For Women's History Month, I am honoring Oney Judge, Martha Washington's slave who escaped and outsmarted her captors to live her life in freedom.

Thanks for making ONEY an Amazon best seller.


A recent 5-star review:

Having taught the in-store of slavery as a teacher I was drawn to this story. It broke my heart reading about this beautiful girl. Would like to know if she has a marked grave.--Marilyn

Note to Marilyn and readers: Oney died in Greenland NH and was buried there. I live nearby, and researched where her grave could be. I went to the location where she may be buried, but it's not marked. I do wish it was known and marked.

Wednesday, March 3, 2021

Meet Award-Winning Author Ken Farmer, Who Proved It's Never Too Late

I met Ken when I joined his Facebook group Writers Roundup. Read about Ken's amazing life and 

Book One of his award-winning Three Creeks series. 


Ken didn't write his first full novel until he was sixty-nine years of age. He often wonders what the hell took him so long. At age seventy-nine…he's currently working on novel number forty.

He has written in several genres...Military Action, Police Procedural, SyFy, Western, and now, Southern Noir Mystery.              

Ken spent thirty years raising cattle and quarter horses in Texas and forty-five years as a professional actor (after a stint in the Marine Corps). Those years gave him a background for storytelling…or as he has been known to say, "I've always been a bit of a bull---t artist, so writing novels kind of came naturally once it occurred to me I could put my stories down on paper."

His writing style has been likened to a combination of Louis L'Amour and Terry C. Johnston with an occasional Hitchcockian twist…now that's a combination. Ken just likes to say, "I'm a storyteller." 

"I don't write about outlaws and peace officers...I write about people."

At age seventy-nine, he released novel #37 on Sept. 19th...THREE CREEKS. it just may be his opus. He has released #38, book #2 in the THREE CREEKS series...RED HILL ROAD, followed by #39, book #3 in the series...THE POND, Feb. 19, 20021. The THREE CREEKS series is late 1940s Southern Noir Mysteries in the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird and The Rock Hole by Reavis Wortham. The first in the series, THREE CREEKS just won the Firebird Award for Best Mystery of 2020.

Novel #36 was SKINWALKER JUSTICE, a Western Supernatural thriller, book #5 in the Silke Justice series.  STEELDUST, started the BONE & LORAINE spin-off with modern day detectives, Bone and Loraine being accidentally transported back in time to 1898. Current WIPS are #39, DALIA MARRH, book # 6 in the Silke Justice series and FRIENDS, book #4 in the THREE CREEKS MYSTERY SERIES.

Writing has become Ken's second life: he has been a Marine, played collegiate football, been a Texas wildcatter, cattle and horse rancher, professional film and TV actor and now...a novelist. Who knew?

In addition to his love for writing fiction, he taught acting for 17 years, still teaches voice-over and creative writing workshops. His favorite expression is: "Just tell the damn story."

"Ken is a magnificent writer. I enjoy everything he writes whether it is about the old west, southern noir mysteries, or about the modern Black Eagle Force. - Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWER & VINE VOICE.

Ken Farmer's dialogue flows like a beautiful western river…it's the gold standard…Carole Beers



About THREE CREEKS

WINNER - BEST MYSTERY - 2021 - FIREBIRD AWARDS   

Three Creeks is a heart wrenching, gripping, sometimes poignant, all be it occasionally humorous, Southern Noir Mystery seen through the eyes of an eight year old Texas boy, Foot Lee, in southern Arkansas 1949.

Foot's grandfather is called out of retirement from the Sheriff's Department to cover for Sheriff Wilson, wounded during a moonshine still bust, to track down a chain killer who has murdered three teenage girls with a fourth girl missing.

Who is the killer?

What do Foot and his best friend, a colored boy the same age named Hutch, have to do with it?

Is the fourth girl found alive?

Follow the twists and turns to find out in THREE CREEKS.

THREE CREEKS just named First Place Winner - Mystery Category - Firebird Awards.  I have had the story of Three Creek fighting to get out of my head and on paper for the last five or six years...It finally won. I wrote it in 21 days. I've never written a story quite like this before and I'm amazed at how fast it came pouring out...in a torrent. Some of my beta readers told me after reading it that Three Creeks had the flavor of To Kill a Mocking Bird, Catcher in the Rye, and Where the Crawdads Sing and they thought it just as good. That's a bit heady, but I do think most will like it, especially if they like a good Southern Noir Mystery. 

You could almost call it a memoir - minus the murders.

An Excerpt

CHAPTER ONE

“No, Daddy, no! I’m scared…” Was all I got out before the waterwings my grandma had made me

out of two one gallon lard buckets and a flour sack went sailing into the bushes one way an’ all I could

see in the other direction was sky, trees, water, sky, trees, water…

I splashed face first to the surface of the murky creek all the way out in the middle of the swimmin’

hole. I came to the surface, spittin’ an’ sputterin’…tryin’ to hold my head above water.

“Put your head down, boy!…Swim to me. Come on…Put your head down…Reach for the bank.”

I looked up with water blurin’ my vision at my daddy standin’ up on the clay bank of the local

swimmin’ hole at Three Creeks, waving me toward him. He was a hard-as-nails, muscular,

square-jawed, broad-shouldered man without a ounce of fat on him.

I was to be eight years old in three days, June 18, 1949…if I survived. My daddy was a driller for

Shell Oil and we currently lived just outside of a boomtown named Gainesville, Texas, in some

former Army barracks. The base where all the drillin’ crews lived had been named Camp Howes

durin’ the war.

The war they called World War II…guess there’d been another one before…had been over

almost four years and we had already lived in seven boomtowns in three states, searchin’ for oil during

the war an’ were still at it. I was born six months before Pearl Harbor.

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