Dreaming of Spring

Monday, Jan 30

Our winners are: Marcia White and Edna Dutra.  Congratulations, ladies.  You will each receive an autographed book very soon.
As always, there are is a new contest underway now.  The rules, for those of you who are new to the blog, are as follows: simply comment, and you’re entered.  Two winners will be chosen at random, notified by Jen, and announced here next Monday.  (Approximately.)
You know, I try hard to be positive, but I’m definitely getting tired of all this snow.  I’m dreaming of spring–of flowers and fawns and chicks, both quail and turkey.  (Sigh.)
I write this at the end of a long work day, and I am quite tired, but happy with what I’ve written.  I do love writing about the Civil War in general and these characters in particular.  🙂
What I’ve been listening to: “Brat Farrar”, by Josephine Tey.  I was inspired by a book I just finished, “The End of Your Life Book Club”, by Will Schwalbe, a touching memoir about a man’s relationship with his amazing mother, and the books they loved.  The mother was undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer, and her son went along to offer support.  Both were great readers, and they began exchanging books, discussing them.  I was fascinated by their insights, and by the mother’s commitment to her many charitable causes.  In the playlist, waiting to be heard, are: “Crossing to Safety”, by Wallace Stegner, also recommended by the Schwalbes, “A Dog’s Purpose”, by W. Bruce Cameron, “General Joseph Warren Revere: the Gothic Tale of Paul Revere’s Grandson”, by William R. Chemerka.  (He fought in the Civil War.  Who knew?)  and “Fess Parker: TV’s Frontier Hero”, also by William R. Chemerka.  You spring chickens probably won’t remember Parker, but we Baby Boomers will never forget the man in the ‘coon-skin cap, who played both Davy Crockett and Daniel Boone, in addition to appearing in numerous Disney productions. 
I must admit there are other books, as well.  I’m an addict.
Tomorrow is my mother’s birthday, and my brother Jerry’s, too.  He’ll be coming to town, and we’ll all go out for a little celebration.  Mom will be 86, and though she is fragile, she is as quick-witted as ever.  Interesting thing about our family; just as Mom and Jerry share a birthday (January 31), so did Dad and I (June 10).  Our two sisters, Sally (May 21) and Pam (January 18), refused to cooperate by being born on family birthdays–they wanted their own.  🙂
That’s the news for today, my friends.  Be well.

About Linda

The daughter of a town marshal, Linda Lael Miller is a #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than 100 historical and contemporary novels, most of which reflect her love of the West.

Raised in Northport, Washington, Linda pursued her wanderlust, living in London and Arizona and traveling the world before returning to the state of her birth to settle down on a horse property outside Spokane.

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