Book Review: The Count of the Sahara

History and archaeology - two subjects that fascinate me - blend together in The Count of the Sahara by Wayne Turmel. A novel based on the life of Count Bryon de Prorok, the tale follows his journey into the Sahara and the aftermath of his team's discovery. The story is told in two primary voices; one … Continue reading Book Review: The Count of the Sahara

Colonial Beverages: a fully ‘American’ experience

Hard cider is making a comeback. But why do we need to be literally hit over the head with an apple (okay, maybe figuratively, but the commercials are convincing) to be told its good when cider was historically one of the beverages of choice during the founding of the United States? Back when heading west … Continue reading Colonial Beverages: a fully ‘American’ experience

A Gathering of Authors this Saturday!

As promised, here are the finer details for the Gathering of Authors this Saturday. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. come to the Wisconsin Downtown Open House. In Plymouth, there will be a variety of events, including a gathering of several local authors who will share their books with visitors. Each author will provide a … Continue reading A Gathering of Authors this Saturday!

Why Mother’s Day?

Sunday is Mother's Day. Before you drop what you're doing to scramble for a card, gift, or brunch reservation, think about why. For some, Mother's Day is a busy day, for other's a day of requirement, for other's one of deep sadness. For some, that is because they have a mom, for others it is … Continue reading Why Mother’s Day?

An Easter Retelling: a book review of Behold the Man by B. & B. Thoene

Bodie and Brock Thoene have an engaging writing style that brings history to life. Their World War II series, the Zion Covenant, is among my favorites. So, when I saw they had a new novel out that revolved around the subject of Easter, it intrigued me. Behold the Man, third in the Jerusalem Chronicles series, … Continue reading An Easter Retelling: a book review of Behold the Man by B. & B. Thoene

Medicine, Now and Then

I enjoy history, which is one reason I wrote a historical mystery novel. But when writing fiction, the author has to dig into the life of her characters. One aspect of that is health. In the late 1800s, when The Vanishing Kidnapper takes place, what was it like to get sick? Was it a death … Continue reading Medicine, Now and Then