Posts Tagged: American History

Women’s History Month: Mary Easton Sibley

Mary Easton Sibley age 68

March is National Women’s History Month. Today, I’m celebrating the legacy of women in American History with a look at educator, Mary Easton Sibley. (more…)

Guest Author: Lori Benton and Book Giveaway

Burning Sky Feature Image

The day I’ve been waiting for . . . Lori Benton is our guest!

  • Lori is a debut novelist whose work reads like that of a polished veteran storyteller.
  • Lori writes historical fiction set on the American Frontier.
  • Lori’s storytelling brings to life the Colonial and early Federal periods of American history.
  • Lori’s milestone 30th birthday gave her a chilling and thrilling God-story to share.

And how about this 4 1/2 Star review from Romantic Times:

“…a haunting, moving and masterful story that … will linger in your heart for years to come.” RT Book Reviews Pick of the Month


Women in History: Mary Claver Coleman

March is National Women of History Month. To join in the celebration, I’ve chosen to feature one of the “real life” women from my Sinclair Sisters of Cripple Creek Series in today’s post.

Mary Claver Coleman was one of those wonderful finds during my research for Two Brides Too Many  My hero was a new doctor coming to Cripple Creek from Boston.

Research Trip for The Quilted Heart: 1st Stop, Gateway Arch

Me in Arch

In March 2012, after thirteen years, I returned to St. Louis and St. Charles, Missouri. This time, as a historical novelist writing for WaterBrook Multnomah, to do research for my new series, The Quilted Heart. The post Civil War mid-1860s provides the historical backdrop for my three Quilted Heart eBook novellas.

First stop: The Gateway Arch and the Museum of Westward Expansion in St. Louis. Everything about the grounds and the Arch mesmorized me, but the museum…well, it was like a candy store with all my favorite sweets. Props from American history.

SL Arch in setting

The park at the Gateway Arch

Going Up inside the Gateway Arch

Going Up inside the Gateway Arch

Hubby Bob inside Gateway Arch

Hubby Bob inside Gateway Arch

SL Museum covered wagon

The Quilted Heart novellas, the Prequel to a wagon train series

Already daydreaming for the next series

Already daydreaming for the next series

Less than one year later, Dandelions on the Wind, the first of The Quilted Heart Novellas released, and is now available as an exclusive eBook.

1st of 3 Novellas in The Qilted Heart Series

Dandelions on the Wind

Bending Toward the Sun

Ripples Along the Shore

Do you have a favorite museum? Where is it?

A Snapshot of American History, 1860s


For the United States of America, the 1860s represent a time of division, devastation, rebuilding, and reconciliation. For families, and for the nation.

  • Abraham Lincoln ran for President of the United States, and was elected, 1860.
Abraham Lincoln

President Abraham Lincoln

  • South Carolina was the first southern state to secede from the Union, December, 1860.
  • The Pony Express carried overland mail from April 1860 to October 1861.
  • Completion of the transcontinental telegraph, 1861.
  • Southern states officially set up the Confederated States of America, with Jefferson Davis as President, February 1861.
  • The beginnning of the conflict between the states, known as the American Civil War, began at Fort Sumter, April 1861.
  • The Homestead Act was approved, granting family farms of 160 acres to settlers, May 1862.
  • Land Grant Act approved, calling for public land sale to fund agricultual education, July 1862.
  • President Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation, which proclaimed all those enslaved were to be set free, January 1863.
  • President Lincoln was re-elected, November 1864.
  • General Robert E. Lee surrenered his army to Ulysses S. Grant, ending the four years of Civil War conflict, April, 1865.
Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Confederate General Robert E. Lee

Union General Ulysses S. Grant

Union General Ulysses S. Grant

  • President Lincoln was assassinated, April 1865.
  • Andrew Johnson became the seventeen president, April 1865.
  • The 13th Amendment was adopted, outlawing slavery, December 1865.

This is the backdrop for my next historical fiction series, The Quilted Heart, which is set in mid-1865 to mid-1866.

Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore

Dandelions on the Wind, Bending Toward the Sun, and Ripples Along the Shore

Dandelions on the Wind

Bending Toward the Sun

Ripples Along the Shore

Is there a time in American history that particularly interests you? Why?

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