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March 2014

Some Weekend Reading

I'm reading page proofs for "Damned Yankee" this weekend and into the first part of nex week, so you won't be hearing a great deal from me.  However, here are a couple of articles that you may find interesting. They appear on my curated ScoopIt pages, but you can also find them from their titles.

The Historian's Point of View:  The Experiences of the Past, Seen through Current Events

On this site, I'll be gathering articles about the craft of history -- new discoveries, new methods, new controversies.  Today’s article again raises the question of whether history repeats itself..  Find it at http://www.scoop.it/t/the-historian-s-point-of-view


The Writing Game: A Collection of Advice and Clever Tips for Writers of all Genres

Every writer has a set of tricks to help navigate through thorny spots in the writing process. Maybe some of them will help you, too. Here’s a lis of this year’s writers’ conferences. Find it at: http://www.scoop.it/t/the-writing-game


Self-Publisher: How To Be Your Own Publisher without Going Bankrupt

Current views and helpful tips from authors who have switched to self-publishing. .Today we have support from a cookbook writer.   Find it at: http://www.scoop.it/t/self-publisher


Meet the Characters: The General and the Beauty Queen


The Road to Frogmore has several other couples whose lives and relationships  are interesting and sometimes puzzling.  Our third example concerns General  Rufus Saxton and Tilly Thompson, “the most beautiful girl on the island.”
 
General Saxton had an illustrious military career.  He was a West Point graduate and was awarded the Medal of Honor for his bravery at Harper’s Ferry.  But for much of the Civil War he was assigned to Hilton Head, SC, in charge of overseeing the Union’s efforts to deal with the newly-liberated slaves in the area.  That position put him in sometimes daily contact with Miss Laura Towne, and for some period of time he seemed to be courting her.  She was his guest at the festivities marking the Emancipation Proclamation, his dance partner, and his favorite conversationalist.  She, of course, had no interest in marriage, or even in his courtship efforts.
 

Suddenly in May 1863, Saxton married a girl who was 20 years his junior and to all appearances an empty-headed flirt recognized as the “most beautiful girl on St. Helena Island.” Tillie Thompson had come to South Carolina to accompany her newspaperman brother, who was editor of the Union newspaper in Beaufort.  Now and then she toyed with the idea of teaching in Miss Towne’s school, but no one took her seriously until she suddenly became Mrs. Rufus Saxton.
 
Despite their differences, all evidence suggests that they lived “happily ever after.”
 

Pre-Order now -- "Damned Yankee"

 She's from South Carolina. Can she survive the War between the States while married to a "Damned Yankee?"

He's from Boston, but in Charleston, he's just a "Damned Yankee."

America’s Civil War was more than a political disaster -- it was a human tragedy. Yet somehow the victims held on to the hope that love for one another could mend the tears in  fabric of their lives. This new book will tell their stories.

Pre-orders of electronic editions are now available from the following booksellers. Your book will be delivered on the release day (now scheduled for May 15, 2014).
During the "Pre-Order" period, the electronic editions will sell for $3.99.
 
 
Autographed trade paper editions -- signed by the author and accompanied by a matching bookmark -- may be ordered here before the release date.  During the "Pre-Order" period, these books will sell for $15.00 plus shipping fee of $5.00.  They will be mailed on, or a day or two before, the official release date. Place your order on our website at www.katzenhausbooks.com/The-Latest-News.html
 
 

Audio Books and Cats? Who Knew!

Cuteness Overload!

Sometimes a cat picture comes along that just blows away my determination to keep this blog devoted to serious writing and publishing tidbits.  This morning you have to meet Sami, who is helping to record "Beyond All Price" as an audio book. Really!



I showed the picture to Nutmeg, who is one of the Katzenhaus family of cats -- one who now and then sits on my lap and helps me type.  Nutmeg says she is sure that she and Sami are related. So welcome to Katzenhaus Books, Sami! You fit right in around here.


Some Great Articles I've Scooped for You Today

Back to searching the web today for news that doesn't make the news.  After being away for a few weeks, I found some really interesting articles to pass along.


The Historian's Point of View:  The Experiences of the Past, Seen through Current Events

On this site, I'll be gathering articles about the craft of history -- new discoveries, new methods, new controversies.  Today's article concerns a new way of excavating hidden village sites.  Find it at http://www.scoop.it/t/the-historian-s-point-of-view


The Writing Game: A Collection of Advice and Clever Tips for Writers of all Genres

Every writer has a set of tricks to help navigate through thorny spots in the writing process. Maybe some of them will help you, too. Ever wonder how to approach an agent? Find it at: http://www.scoop.it/t/the-writing-game


Self-Publisher: How To Be Your Own Publisher without Going Bankrupt

Current views and helpful tips from authors who have switched to self-publishing. .oday there’s a collection of ideas about how to use Pinterest to support your indie-published books..   Find it at: http://www.scoop.it/t/self-publisher

The Civil War in South Carolina

As I once again plunge into the history of the Civil War in South Carolina, I notice more and more internet articles that touch on my research.  Some of them inform my next book, "Damed Yankee" while others remind me of incidents in "Beyond All Price,"  "Left by the Side of the Road,"  and "The Road to Frogmore." I'm collecting them here for my own information and to fill my readers in on stories about  Civil War history they may not have heard in school. Today's article goes beyond South Carolina  to call attention to a new TV series on the Civil War.  Find it at http://www.scoop.it/t/civil-war-in-south-carolina