Yesterday afternoon my kids and I were sitting at the table. They had homework and I so did I (just a different kind). They chattered as they worked multiplication tables and nibbled on snacks as they practiced spelling words. Then my daughter said, "Someone at school told me that something bad happened in Las … Continue reading But Take Heart
Welcome to the WhiteFire Publishing Scavenger Hunt! You've reached stop number 14! If you’ve just discovered the hunt, be sure to go back to stop #1 and collect all the clues in order. Once you have them all, you’ll have uncovered a secret message. Turn that in at the final stop for a chance to … Continue reading WhiteFire Scavenger Hunt Stop #14
Check out Alexis De Weese’s blog post about A Trail of Crumbs. Then stick around for a chance to win a copy of the book!
And yes, smart reader you, Miss De Weese (the teacher in A Trail of Crumbs) is indeed named after this lovely friend of mine.
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After a not-so-long wait that couldn’t end soon enough, the sequel to A Cup of Dust is out and ready for readers! (Please note that I did not review Cup as it released during the hiatus…) A Trail of Crumbs lives up to every ounce of anticipation.
A Trail of Crumbs picks up exactly where Cup left off—Palm Sunday—known in the dust bowl as Black Sunday.
I won’t give anything away, but tragedy strikes the Spence family, sending them reeling both emotionally and across the country. We watch Pearl grow up as the Spences settle into a new community in Bliss, Michigan. (Go MI!)
The story is told in first person from Pearl’s perspective. The author uses Pearl’s child thoughts to build suspense and speak honestly in…
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For the past two days we've talked about the rules of the Great Depression. Use it up Wear it out Make do And today's is possibly the hardest. Do without. Sigh. Do without. There were many things folks went without during the years of the Depression. As unpleasant as that may seem, it couldn't hurt … Continue reading Rules of the Great Depression: Do Without
There were four rules of The Great Depression that helped folks make it through those tough economic times. Use it up Wear it out Make do Do without Yesterday we talked about using up what we've got and wearing it out. Today, we're going to discuss making do. We live in a culture of disposables. Nothing … Continue reading Rules of the Great Depression: Make Do
There were four rules to surviving the Great Depression: Use it up Wear it out Make do Do without Folks in my soon-to-release novel A Trail of Crumbs: A Novel of the Great Depression (coming March 27...wink, wink) had to follow these rules in order to hold onto their hard earned (and often hard to come by) … Continue reading The Rules of the Great Depression: Use It Up. Wear It Out.
From the day I moved into the college dorm my freshman year until the day of my wedding I lived the life of a nomad. From dorm rooms to summer housing on campus to an apartment to a spare room to sharing a room with a six year old (who is turning 20 this year...yowch), … Continue reading I found home here.
If you read A Cup of Dust you know that the story ended on Palm Sunday, 1935. All seems well. Sunny, bright, blue sky, the dust is over. If, however, you know the history of the Dust Bowl, you are aware that the day didn't end the way it started. A Trail of Crumbs (releasing March 27) … Continue reading 11 Facts about Black Sunday
It's no big secret. I'm not the world's best housewife. But when compared to the housewives of the 1930s? Oh, please. I'm like a little slug compared to them. I did a good deal of research into what life was like during The Great Depression for the Pearl Spence Series. The women of that era? … Continue reading 4 Ways Depression Era Housewives Were Tougher than I am
I remember the first time I read To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I was in eighth grade and going through a rough time. My best friend had just decided that she didn't want to be my pal, let alone my best one. I had a terrible perm, out of style clothes, and a whole … Continue reading Finding friends in books.