Thursday, March 19, 2015

Guest Posts This Week

Here's where I'm guest posting this week:

On Wednessday I posted at Colonial Quills ~
By Turf and Twig: The Transfer of Land in Colonial America.

Thursday meet me at Heroes, Heroines, and History where I'm posting about The History of Arbor Day.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Blogging, Review, and Giveaways this Week!

My line up for this week includes a visit with Carrie Fancett Pagels at Overcoming with Blog where I talk about my characters and my own experience with Overcoming Grief.

Anne Payne at Stuff & Nonsense shares a Review of Proving Up.

Wednesday, the 18th, I'm posting at Colonial Quills on How Colonial Americans acquired Land.

Thursday, the 19th, you'll find me at Heroes, Heroines, and History where I'm blogging about The Timber Culture Act of 1873.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

A Homestead Valentine: Meet the Heroes & Heroines of The Homestead Brides Collection

Join me at Coffee Cups and Camisoles for a Homestead Valentine and meet each of the couples in the nine novellas of The Homestead Brides Collection. And enter the gift basket giveaway!!

Here's a sneak peek at the hero and heroine from "Proving Up."

Monday, February 9, 2015

Win a Homestead Brides Themed Gift Basket!

Here's a wonderful gift basket giveaway filled to the brim with themed items pertaining to The Homestead Brides Collection from Barbour Publishing. It's all part of The Homestead Brides Collection Author Blog Tour and the wagon just stopped here!

I'm excited to be included in this collection of nine novellas all about homesteading on the Great Plains. My novella is all about "Proving Up" on homesteads in Swedeberg, Nebraska, a small, but thriving, Swedish community.

Elsa Lindquist applies her scientific theories to growing trees on the Nebraska plains, intruding on a handsome homesteader’s hard work and experience. Will their dreams come to ruin, or will love prove their success?

The Timber Culture Act of 1873 is central to my story and by now I have learned more about growing trees on the Nebraska plains than any person should know. A hazard of research, for sure, but it made interesting fodder for my plot. A headstrong gal can get into a lot of trouble when she decides to grow trees in the middle of a prairie.

Our culture tends to romanticize things of the past. But it took a lot of grit to homestead. To comply with the regulations of the homestead claim a claimant had to provide proof that they have met the standards by working and living on the land within a set period of time. The process was called "proving up", thus the name of my novella. The reward was 160 acres of land after five years of homesteading. Another 160 acres could be added to this by cultivating trees for several more years.

While I'm writing, I collect resources, sources, and photographs that I use for inspiration. I keep them on my Pinterest story board and make it public to share with my readers. You can see my story board for Proving Up HERE.

My contribution to The Homestead Brides Collection themed gift basket is a diecast windmill pencil sharpener. This windmill represents the windmills used to provide energy on the homesteads, like one featured in my story. 


 Be sure to follow the Blog Tour and don't forget to enter the giveaway. The next stop is tomorrow with Kathleen Y'Barbo Turner.

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