Sunday, February 9, 2020

Story Inspirations

Sometimes I'm asked where I get my ideas for a story. If you're a regular reader of mine, then you know I write about family and history, and that means genealogy. I've been doing genealogy for 37 years, not every day anymore, but several times a week I pop onto my online site and check things out.
My time travel series A Slip in Time, is set in Twin Lake/ Holton which is where many members of family settled before coming to Muskegon. I thought it would be fun to show you a picture of my great great grandfather, Aaron Kitchen, a civil war veteran and long time Holton resident. As a matter of fact when I was in Holton for a book signing last summer, some people still knew where his home was in town and were able to point it out. At some point he moved to Twin Lake, the next small village, because his son, my great grandfather, and then his son, my grandfather were born in Twin Lake. For years, every July, family reunions were held at the Twin Lake park on the shores of the lake. I sometimes long for those days when I was a little girl running freely all over the park, while my mother and aunts set up the tables loaded with food. This is where I met my second and third cousins and great aunts and uncles. It was truly an idyllic childhood, and now that I'm an adult, I realize how special it was.
So here are two pictures of my two times great grandfather, Aaron Kitchen, with his flag, and the other one is with his family somewhere at a campground, (notice the cast iron stove they took with them. No grills in those days.) I only wish I had a picture of his father who first settled here from Canada in 1845. Maybe some day one will turn up.

My great great grandfather, Aaron

                                                       Aaron,(no hat) and his family. His wife Frances Louisa (Lou) is across the table.

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Valentine's Day

It's the most romantic day of the year.  And what better books to read than my series called A Slip in Time.  Each one of the first three books is full of romance and passion, with a little suspense. So I have a suggestion.  Buy them for yourself and your spouse.  I have a large male following, and they all seem to love them. Spend a little time reading out loud to each other, just like the 'old' days.  Believe me, these stories will get you both in the mood for romance! Warning: they are addictive and the next book is still being written, so you'll be left waiting for the rest of the story for a few months. But I'm working hard just for you.  Happy Valentine's Day

Yesterday's Tears
Yesterday's Hopes
Yesterday's Dreams