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Female Spies of The Civil War

I first started researching female spies when writing Sam’s Legacy, book 4 in my MacLarens of Boundary Mountain series. The subject was so fascinating, I decided it deserved a blog post of its own. During the turbulent, bloody years of the Civil War, 1861 to 1865, hundreds of daring ladies risked their lives as spies. […]

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Child Trafficking in the United States

Boone’s Surrender, my latest book in the Burnt River Contemporary Western Romance series. The series is set in the beautiful states of Montana and Idaho and includes a subplot about child trafficking. My research necessitated completing considerable research on the subject. What I learned was powerful enough to prepare a blog post as this isn’t

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CHRISTMAS IN 19th CENTURY AMERICA

After the Revolution, many Americans put aside old English traditions, including Christmas, to establish their own beliefs and ways of doing things that fit with their unique American identity. In the first half of the 19th century, as more Americans started to celebrate the holiday again, they transformed Christmas from a noisy festival into a

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