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Moms are precious people

Many people have asked when the third book in my Promise series books will be published. Your interest warms my heart and tickles my toes.

The books, A Promise to Break and A Promise Child are about Sibyl Pope, a banker’s daughter, and her marriage to a penniless hobo in the 1930’s. They survived many trials. Based on a true story, these books include their first child, Margaret, who is my mother. While I did most of the research for the books, my mother has supplied many of the anecdotes, analysis, and detailed information. The story is hers, as much as mine.

While work on the third book is about a fourth completed, a few months ago, my mother was diagnosed with bladder cancer. She is seriously ill. She’s my inspiration and it hurts to see her suffer. In the past few weeks, she has had outpatient surgery, infections, and been to the emergency room three times, twice being admitted to the hospital. She took her first chemo treatment and had a extremely bad reaction, so the treatment will have to be adapted. Wow. She’s been through a lot!

While in the hospital, she told me that I need to get busy on that third book!

Please pray for my mother and our work together. She wants to see this book finished. Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

By the way, I took a break from the Promise series to write five 1930s short stories about five sisters in Hollis, Oklahoma. The Thomas Sister stories will be released soon and I’ll let you know the date!






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Exploring a Ghost Town

Last week I explored the ghost town of Waco for some final descriptions in my new book. In the early twentieth century, Waco had (at least) a post office, a grist mill, a blacksmith shop and a church.


Not much remains of Waco now, which was about ten miles west of Shawnee. A collapsed dug out. The Black Cemetery down the road where family members are buried. Then we found the rock foundation of the church on the corner of Okay and Waco Road!

I was overjoyed. I didn’t expect to find this much. The porch steps are almost covered with brush and weeds, but this church played an important role in the background of my family’s faith. You see, the Popes, my grandparents, homesteaded in Waco and donated five acres for the church building.

The Promise Child: Faith, Loss, and Hope in the 1930s, is the second book in this series. It follows A Promise to Break. Sibyl Pope, who seeks to be a perfect wife, mother and homemaker, experiences the worst of the Depression. A third child brings her joy and she sees God’s blessings. However a crisis occurs which helps her realize that God is with us through the trials, not just through the blessings.

Set from 1936 to 1939, this second book brings the town of Shawnee to life through the eyes of a strong-willed, educated young woman.

I enjoy exploring ghost-towns and Waco may just be the focus of my next series. I’m already researching.

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Book Signing in Carthage, Texas

If you are in or near Carthage, Texas, this weekend, come on over to the Texas Tea Room! We’re having a book signing for A Promise to Break, Love, Faith and Politics in the 1930s, Saturday, July 2 from 11am to 1pm.

I must say that this book signing business is getting more and more fun! I love chatting with old friends I haven’t seen in years and meeting new people interested in history, romance, or just discussing a plain ole good book.

Book store people, new followers, and long time friends have been so very supportive,  And writers, my goodness, they are a bunch of giving people, from beginning want-to-be authors to seasoned writers with mountains of publications! They stick together. Thanks to all of you who have made this walk possible.

So here I am, right up there at the Home of Texas Country Music Hall of Fame. Can’t beat that! Thanks Rene for all you’ve done to help me! And I hope it cools down in Oklahoma before I get back home!

You are loved,