Friday, July 29, 2016

WORTH FORGIVING COVER REVEAL

Author Janet K. Brown is back with her latest novel. I'm delighted to reveal the cover to you.

What a lovely smile on the character. 
 
 
Story Blurb:
 
Worth Forgiving

Second in the Wharton Rock Worth Series
 

 
Prejudice and mistrust hinders an ex-con, drug addict’s new beginning. Could it be she’s not Worth Forgiving?

The state of Texas releases from prison Katie Smith. Full of optimism, she sets out to get a job, rent her own place, and make a home for her eight-year-old daughter, but Katie gave away her daughter three years ago. She could use a friend, but her past choices threaten to doom her to continued failure.

Larry Pullman graduated from seminary with high marks, but the fact that he has no wife makes finding a preaching job almost impossible. It doesn’t help that running from God as a teenager gave him a past that he can’t undo. All he needs is an ex-con, drug addict messing up his life, but then why did God lead him to her? Or did He?

Isn’t it enough that Lacey Chandler gave her sister’s daughter a home? Does that mean she has to clean up Katie’s messes forever?

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Now I have to read this novel because Katie is the younger sister of Lacey, the star of Worth Her Weight that I reviewed on Wednesday. I so hope Katie can solve her problems. The release date is September 1. The book will be available two to three weeks before that.

Congratulations, Janet, on the second book in your Wharton Rock series.

Happy Reading!






Wednesday, July 27, 2016

WORTH HER WEIGHT BOOK REVIEW

Today I'm delighted to share Author Janet K. Brown's novel, WORTH HER WEIGHT, with you. It's a touching story that we see too often in real life. Enjoy.





Blurb from Good Reads:

How can a woman who gives to everyone but herself accept God’s love and healing when she believes she’s fat, unworthy, and unfixable? Can she be Worth Her Weight?


LACEY CHANDLER helps her mother, her sister, her friend, and then she binges on food and wonders is there really a God?
BETTY CHANDLER hates being handicapped and useless, so she lashes out at the daughter that helps, and the God who doesn’t seem to care.
TOBY WHEELER loves being police chief in Wharton Rock, but when the devil invades the small town, he can’t release control.


Is God enough in Wharton Rock?


Available at AMAZON and other book stores.
 
 

WORTH HER WEIGHT Review

By Janet K. Brown



Sometimes those donuts, slice of cake, or an ice cream cone are too tempting. We eat a little, then a little more, and soon we notice we’ve gained weight. We also know why. It’s no big secret. We can’t stop eating though; we’re addicted to food.

In Author Janet K. Brown’s novel, WORTH HER WEIGHT, Lacey Chandler has a weight problem. Her self-esteem is low. Will she ever marry? Why would any man be interested in her? Sometimes she’s so miserable she considers suicide. Troubles with her younger sister, Katie, and niece, Rachel, cause her to eat more, even though she wants to stop.

The author does a wonderful job of showing Lacey’s emotional ups and downs as she struggles to overcome her weakness for food and make a better life for herself and her family, Rachel especially. She also might have a chance at love, if she only wasn’t overweight.

WORTH HER WEIGHT will touch your heart and have you cheering Lacey along to success. This is a good story for those who perhaps face the same situation Lacey faces. In addition to the eating issue, there’s another story line, a life and death matter, that will have you biting your fingernails to see what happens. I’m not telling. You’ll find out when you read the story.

I recommend this novel for readers who may be fighting their own battle, whether against food or other problems. I think it will help those whose lives seem out of control to see how one young woman deals with her addiction to find a better life for herself.

The author provided me with a copy of the novel for my honest review.

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About the Author:

Janet K. Brown lives in Wichita Falls, Texas with her husband, Charles. Writing became her second career after retirement from medical coding.


 Worth Her Weight will be the author’s debut inspirational women’s fiction, but it makes a perfect companion to her recently released, Divine Dining: 365 Devotions to Guide You to Healthier Weight and Abundant Wellness. Both books encompass her passion for diet, fitness, and God’s Word.


Worth Her Weight marks Brown’s third book. Who knew she had a penchant for teens and ghosts? She released her debut novel, an inspirational young adult, Victoria and the Ghost, in July, 2012.
Janet and her husband love to travel with their RV, visit their three daughters, two sons-in-law and three perfect grandchildren, and work in their church.


Contact Janet at:
Website: http://www.janetkbrown.com
E-mail: Janet.hope@att.net
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Jane...
Twitter: https://twitter.com/janetkbrowntx

Purchase link for Pen-L Publishing to order Divine Dining
http://pen-l.com/zen/index.php?main_p...

Purchase link for 4RV Publishing to order Victoria and the Ghost
http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/j...

They can also be purchased through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.


Happy Reading!

Monday, July 25, 2016

PARALLELS FELIX WAS HERE and FREE BOOK

Quote for the week: After every storm the sun will shine; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul's indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.  William R. Alger

Have you read the Insecure Writer's Support Group's Anthology? If not, you should. Just a brief glimpse as to what you'll find inside.

 
PARALLELS FELIX WAS HERE Review
An Insecure Writer’s Support Group Anthology

Prepare yourself for a fascinating read in this anthology by ten exciting authors.
First is FELIX WAS HERE, by L. G. Keltner. In the past was war, influenza, and economic catastrophe, but the future brings hope. And then a baby is born, named Felix.
The second story is RAINERS, by Sandra Cox. A girl is caught in a rainstorm while climbing a mountain and seeks shelter in a cave where she finds a wolf and her pup. Her troubles are just beginning.
Third, we have WIN by Sylvia Ney. In this story, when a person turns 55, they have two choices: commit suicide or let a “second” do it for you. What choices, huh?
The next story is GROUND ZERO by Michael Abayomi. In this story, people live in a dome that shelters them from the dust and fallout of the bomb that destroyed New York City. Weird stuff happens, as you can imagine.
THE MIRROR PEOPLE, by Crystal Collier, is a tale of a man looking into a mirror and seeing his reverse identity in another realm. If that’s not scary enough, the man is a killer, and he can’t break away because they’ll both die.
In EVER-TON, by Yolanda Renee, people are leaving their dying planet, but there is a catch to who gets to leave.
Then there’s FOLDS IN LIFE AND DEATH, by Cherie Reich, where an armed drone has bombed the White House. Did the president survive? This story also has a curse that’s interesting.
THE SEVENTEEN, by Hart Johnson, is about medical breakthroughs. Have you heard of “biochemical cleanse”? If not, you’ll find out what it is in this story.
Next there’s SCRYING THE PLANE, by Tamara Narayan. How about a ride in a VRP, virtual reality plane? Strange things are happening.
HAUNTED, by Melanie Schulz, is a story about “nothingness.” When you read the story, you’ll understand.
So, whether your reading time is limited or you have all the time in the world to read, this anthology is the book for you. Happy reading.
 
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Now I have a freebie for you. Have you ever looked back at your first published novel? What did/do you think about it? I want to share my first novel with you. 
 
Secrets I Have Kept, YA mystery, was first published in 2000 by an e-publisher. I have a disc of it. A year later, the publisher went out of business. In 2006, another publisher turned it into a paperback, and then 2010 the e-book edition came out. So it's been around awhile, but I've paid little attention it. Too busy with new stories. I'm trying to do better.
 

 
Blurb:
 
One rainy spring night, on a dark Texas back road, sixteen-year-old Jennifer Barret's father, Sam, a molecular biologist at Orion Laboratories, is kidnapped. Armed with nothing more than her own courage, a phone number on a candy wrapper, and her loyal dog, Chopin, she begins a desperate attempt to rescue him. On the way to her neighbor Mitch Pearson's house for help, Jen meets Casey Christopher, a runaway on a quest of his own, to find his father who walked out on Casey and his mother thirteen years earlier. As they attempt to piece together the clues that keep turning up in unusual places, a chilling secret is revealed.
 
Short Excerpt:
 
Jen's father fumbled in his shirt pocket, pulled out a crinkled candy wrapper, and scribbled some numbers on it. He folded the paper into her hand. "Get to a phone," he said. "Call this number. If no one answers, call Lani." He kissed her on the forehead, leaned across the seat of the pickup, and pushed open the door. "Now, get out of here."
 
"What about you?"
 
"Don't worry about me. Get help. And don't look back. No matter what. Understand?"


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Secrets I Have Kept is free until the end of July at Smashwords. Here's the link. Enjoy.

Have a super week.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

GHOSTLY VISIONS REVIEW - BOO!

Okay, I couldn't resist the "Boo" in the title. Isn't that what ghosts say?'

Getting serious now. I'm delighted to showcase Author Penny Lockwood's latest novel, GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH, for middle grade readers today. You actually get two stories in this novel. Neat, huh?


   


Ohhh! Ghosts. Lovely cover!


Ghostly Visions Blurb
 
Wendy Wiles attracts ghosts, first in Ghost for Rent, when her parents separate and she, her brother, and mother move into a haunted house. The story begins in Portland, Oregon and quickly moves to small town, Scappoose, Oregon. Miserable at leaving her friends and beloved Portland behind, Wendy meets her neighbor Jennifer who tells her the house Wendy’s mom rented is haunted. After two of them appear to Wendy, the girls find themselves tracking down the mystery of who the ghosts are and why they "live" in the Wiles' home.
In Ghost for Lunch, Wendy’s friend, Jennifer, moves away, leaving Wendy sad until new neighbors and their restaurant in St. Helens bring ghosts back into Wendy's life. She, her brother, and their new friend discover the two cases are connected. Once again, the young sleuths use clues and lots of brainstorming to figure out who is haunting the restaurant.
While on the surface, these two stories appear to be about ghosts and the mystery of solving them, they are also about the importance of family and friends and working together to solve a problem.
Ghostly Visions is available direct from the publisher 4RV Publishing LLC for $15.99 including shipping and handling: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/penny-lockwood.php. It can also be ordered from your local bookstore with the following ISBN numbers: ISBN-10: 0982642326, ISBN-13: 978-0982642320, or through Amazon, https://www.amazon.com/Ghostly-Visions-Ghost-Rent-Lunch/dp/0982642326/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1465600196&sr=1-1&keywords=ghostly+visions

 
 
About the Author
 
Penny Lockwood (Ehrenkranz) has published over 100 articles, 75 stories, a chapbook, and her stories have been included in two anthologies. She writes for both adults and children. Her fiction has appeared in numerous genre and children’s publications, and non-fiction work has appeared in a variety of writing, parenting, and young adult print magazines and on line publications. She is a former editor for MuseItUp Publishing, 4RV Publishing, and Damnation Books. Visit her web site at http:// pennylockwoodehrenkranz.yolasite.com and her writing blog at http://pennylockwoodehrenkranz.blogspot.com/.
4RV Publishing has joined her two middle grade novels (Ghost for Rent and Ghost for Lunch) as Ghostly Visions. She recently released Boo’s Bad Day with 4RV Publishing and has one other children’s picture book under contract with them: Many Colored Coats. She has three romances published by MuseItUp Publishing: Love Delivery, Lady in Waiting, and Mirror, Mirror. Her short story collection, A Past and A Future, is available through Alban Lake Publishing and Smashwords

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My Review:
 
GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH
By Penny Lockwood

Have you ever seen a ghost? Some people say they have; other people say there’s no such thing. If you aren’t a believer, you might change your mind after reading Author Penny Lockwood’s latest novel GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH.
In the first of the two stories, GHOST FOR RENT, Wendy Wiles not only has to deal with the possibility of her parents getting a divorce, she also sees ghosts, which her mother says do not exist. Her older brother Mike likes to play jokes on her, but Wendy knows the ghosts are real and not a joke. So Wendy, like most eleven-year olds, sets out with her neighbor Jennifer to solve the mystery. In their research about ghosts, the girls discover a lot more than they anticipated.

Penny Lockwood has done a nice job creating true-to-life characters. The relationship between Wendy and her brother is a lot of teasing but when things get tough, they show how much they care for each other.
In the second story, GHOST FOR LUNCH, we follow the same major characters, except with different friends, as they continue searching the history of the ghosts to find out why they cannot rest in peace.
GHOSTLY VISIONS: GHOST FOR RENT AND GHOST FOR LUNCH is a fun and not too scary read that not only middle-grade readers will enjoy, but so will adults. I did. The novel would make a nice addition to middle school libraries, public libraries, and of course your own library. I would suggest reading the stories with the lights on.
 
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Happy Reading!
 
And don't forget the drawing for the playing cards ends soon.
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Monday, July 18, 2016

FINN'S CHOICE Book Review

Quote of the week: Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another. George Eliot

Today, I'm so happy to tell you about Award-winning Author Darby Karchut's forthcoming book, due out in September. I'm sort of sad too because it's the final book in the Finn MacCullen series.

Just look at this cover. Isn't it gorgeous?
 
 
Finn looks so serious. Making choices is sometimes tough.  
 
 
Blurb from Good Reads:
 
Just when Finn MacCullen thought fate couldn’t kick him any harder after the events of the Festival of the Hunt, it does. Now, he must overcome a series of nearly impossible trials to prove his worth as an apprentice, or lose his place at his master Gideon’s side.

But Finn and Gideon, and their friends, are determined to boot fate right back. They’re going to do whatever it takes to succeed, including teaming up with a sorceress and a certain teen angel.

However, Finn’s life has as many twists as a Celtic knot, and master and apprentice find themselves in their ancestral homeland of Ireland with only their wits—and a fair bit of the Black Hand’s charm—to protect them from the vengeful Celtic goddess known as the Sc├íthach.

In this heart-stopping finale of the award-winning series, it’s going to take every scrap of Finn’s Irish luck and pluck to save himself, and his master, from death. Or worse.
 
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My Review
 

FINN’S CHOICE

By Darby Karchut
Tell me this isn’t the end. What will I do without Finn and Gideon, the boys that have taught me so much about bravery, friendship, family, and love? I’ve held my breath as they faced danger and even death from the Amandan, yucky creatures that are their enemies. For three years I‘ve followed apprentice Finnegan MacCullen and his mentor Gideon Lir, Knight of the Tuatha De Danaan, through their journey to make Finn a knight. They worked together, fought together, laughed together, and cried together.


In FINN’S CHOICE, THE FINAL BOOK IN THE ADVENTURES OF FINN MACCULLEN, by Award-winning Author Darby Karchut, a goddess threatens to separate apprentice and mentor. Gideon makes Finn a promise, however. But will he be able to keep it?


 
This novel is a lovely wrap up to the series. Even though he’s half human and half Fey, Finn’s pretty much like most boys of thirteen. He’s a bit “cheeky” (Gideon’s words.) He’s also a loyal friend and would give his life to save others. And girls confuse him. I love the relationship between Finn and Gideon. It’s more than mentor and apprentice; it’s like father and son. They have their disagreements, sure, but still honor and respect each other.


The author writes such realistic scenes that they pull the reader into the story so deeply the reader becomes a part of the action, or conversation, along with the characters.
 

The novel also contains a pleasant surprise. Griffin, a Terrae Angeli from The Griffin Series, plays an important role in the story. Meeting Griffin and his mentor Basil, again, brought back old memories of their story. So you know what I’ll be doing this summer? Rereading the Griffin series, along with the Finn MacCullen books. What a way to spent hot summer evenings. If you haven’t read them, you ought to.


Once again, Darby Karchut has created a story that’s magical, real-life, and also shows the importance of making the right choice to reach a goal. I recommend FINN’S CHOICE for mg readers and also for older readers who enjoy a great novel. FINN’S CHOICE would make a wonderful addition to school libraries and classrooms, as well as your own library. Perhaps this isn't the end, after all.
Preorder at AMAZON and Barnes & Noble

Author Bio:

Darby Karchut is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. A native of New Mexico, she now lives in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, where she runs in blizzards and bikes in lightning storms. When not dodging death by Colorado, Darby is busy writing for children, teens, and adults. She is represented by Amanda Rutter at Red Sofa Literary.

Her YA series, GRIFFIN RISING, has been optioned for film.

Her Middle Grade books from Spencer Hill Press include FINN FINNEGAN (2013), GIDEON'S SPEAR (2014), and THE HOUND AT THE GATE (January 2015). The final book in the series, FINN'S CHOICE, will release September 2016.

Visit the author at her website: www.darbykarchut.com

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A gentle reminder. The drawing for the deck of playing cards ends soon. It's not too late to enter.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Today is Pet Day and also Playing Cards Giveaway!

Today I want to share pictures of my adorable pets.
 
Traveler is my son's dog. Do you ever try to figure out what your pet is thinking?
I do. Traveler is trying to decide what mischief to get into next.
 
Most of you are familiar with Tiger. He's thinking, Nanananana, you can't catch me now.
 
Patches is dreaming of catching mice and birds and anything that moves.
 
Twins. Now they're not pets, but they like to visit.
 
Isn't this a beautiful moth. It paid us a visit a few days ago too.
 
Thanks for letting me show you these lovely animals.
 
And don't forget the playing cards giveaway.
 
 
 
 
 


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Monday, July 11, 2016

PLAYING CARDS GIVEAWAY UPDATED and #INKRIPPLES

Quote for the week: Love begins by taking care of the closest ones-the ones at home. Mother Teresa



Okay, the other way to enter the contest for the playing cards below was not working out. So, I'm trying Rafflecopter. Never used it before. My fingers are crossed it works. If not ... I apologize. Maybe it will be easier to enter the contest with something most people are familiar with. (Except me.) Thank you to Dancing Lemur Press and L. Diane for this great idea.




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How about some #InkRipples now. Good, I'm glad you said "Yes."

#InkRipples is a monthly meme created by Kai Strand, Mary Waibel, and Katie L. Carroll. They post on the first Monday of every month with a new topic. They're all authors, but you don't have to be to participate. Simply compose your post using the monthly theme, grab one of the mages, and link back to Kai, Mary, and Katie. Make sure to use @inkripples when you play along and promote your posts. The idea is to toss a word, idea, or image into the inkwell and each post is a new ripple.


The themes for the rest of the year are:
July:    Inspiration
August:   Guilty Pleasures
September:  Banned Books
October:  Masks
November:  Heritage
December:  Cookies

Inspiration - from Merriam-Webster Dictionary
1 a : a divine influence or action on a person believed to qualify him or her to receive and communicate sacred revelation b : the action or power of moving the intellect or emotions c : the act of influencing or suggesting opinions.

Inspiration to me means several things.

It might be a new idea for a story.
It might be something my sons or grandchildren say or do that makes me realize how blessed I am to have a wonderful family and inspires me to be a better mother and grandmother.
Sometimes I read an article in the newspaper about a good deed a person has done for a friend, family member, or even a stranger, and I'm inspired to do something to help others too.
The world around me, the trees, flowers, rabbits, birds, and all of God's creation inspire me to appreciate nature and take care of the little critters as best I can by feeding them when necessary and keeping the cats in the house when dozens of little toads are hopping about in the driveway. (True story.)
I could go on and on, but I won't bore you. Inspiration is all around us. We just have to look.
What does inspiration mean to you?

Happy Reading!







Wednesday, July 6, 2016

IWSG and TAKE TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES

Another new month, another new IWSG. Tell me, where did June go? I think I blinked and missed it. Anyhow, today is  dedicated to The Insecure Writer’s Support Group 

Purpose: To share and encourage. Writers can express doubts and concerns without fear of appearing foolish or weak. Those who have been through the fire can offer assistance and guidance. It’s a safe haven for insecure writers of all kinds!

Ninja Alex J. Cavanaugh is the founder of the IWSG

Our Twitter is @TheIWSG and hashtag #IWSG

Something new has been added this month to make IWSG Day more fun and interactive! Every month, we'll announce a question that members can answer in their IWSG Day post. These questions may prompt you to share advice, insight, a personal experience or story. Include your answer to the question in your IWSG post or let it inspire your post if you are struggling with something to say.

July 6th question: What's the best thing someone has ever said about your writing?

Alex's co-hosts for July 6 are  Yolanda Renee, Tyrean Martinson, Madeline Mora-Summonte , LK Hill, Rachna Chhabria, and JA Scott!


TAKE  TIME TO SMELL THE ROSES
 
Just a couple of thoughts today. For a while I was frustrated. No matter how hard I worked I never seemed to accomplish anything. Every day I made my list of things to do, my writing and other tasks. At nighttime, more than half of them were still not done.
 
Then one day, that little light bulb in my head blinked on. If I didn't finish writing that chapter today, who would care? There's always tomorrow, as Scarlett would say. If I didn't vacuum the carpet, the cats did not care. They'd just mess it up anyhow.  If I neglected to Tweet today. The birds would still be there when I had time.  If that book review did not get written, who would know? And on and on.
 
So, here's what I did. First I cut my list of to-do things in half and spread them out through the week, instead of all in one day. Then I spend more time walking and enjoying God's beautiful world. And yes, I give the cats more attention.
 
And you know what. I'm writing more pages a day, since I'm not stressed about it. And I'm enjoying watching the baseball games or whatever and actually checking off the goals I accomplish each day, though they are fewer than before. At least they're done.
 
So if you're stressed and pulling all your hair out, take time each day to smell the roses. You'll be glad you did.
 
Don't forget the contest I mentioned on Monday to win those lovely playing cards.
 
Happy reading. (And smelling the roses or daises, if you prefer.)

Monday, July 4, 2016

FUN GIVEAWAY and INDEPENDENCE DAY

Quote for the week:  One of the most spiritual things you can do is embrace your humanity. Connect with those around you today. Say "I love you", "I'm sorry", "I appreciate you", "I'm proud of you"...whatever you're feeling. Send random texts, write a cute note, embrace your truth and share it...cause a smile today for someone else...and give plenty of hugs. Steve Maraboll

And now for the fun giveaway that Dancing Lemur Press is having during the month of July. How would you like to win a set of playing cards like these?

Neat, huh? They can be yours. It's very simple. Here's what you do, one of them or all of them, your choice. For each thing you do, you earn points.

1. Buy a copy of Under a Purple Moon at Amazon. (5 points)
2. If you already have a copy, leave a review at Amazon. (3 points)
3. Add the book to your Goodreads list. (1 point)
4. Follow me on Amazon. (1 point)

For each point earned, your name goes into the hat. 5 points gives you 5 changes; 3 points = 3 chances, etc. If you do all 4, you'll have 10 chances to win the playing cards.

At the end of July, I'll put your names on slips of paper and in a hat and Patches will choose the winner. Yes, I'm doing it the old fashioned way. Rafflecopter confuses me. If Patches won't wake up from her nap, I'll draw the winner. Hope to take a picture of Patches making her choice.

Please email me a link to your review, Good Reads add, or whatever you do. If you purchase a book just tell me. I trust you.
 My email:
 
beverlysmcclure (at) aol (dot) com
 
The publisher will then send the cards to the winner. The only condition is the winner must reside in the U. S. A.

Oh, and may I mention that Under a Purple Moon was awarded Silver in the Children's Literary Classics this month. I'm excited.



Here are the other cards in the giveaway you might want to see.

Aren't they great? Good luck.
 


 

For those of you that are history fans, especially of the Civil War Era, did you know that General John C. Pemberton surrendered Vicksburg, MS. to General Ulysses S. Grant on July 4, 1863? After that, the people of Vicksburg would not celebrate the 4th of July for 81 years.

 My YA historical novel tells the story of the citizens of Vicksburg when they were isolated from the rest of America and had to live in caves because of the heavy bombardment of their city. Several years ago, we visited the lovely old city and drove through the field where some of the battles took place. Today, they have statues erected honoring the soldiers, both North and South, that fought and died there.
 
 
Happy Reading!