Books, Marketing and Branding, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration

It’s My Book’s Birthday!

Hello again, Readers and Writers! I hope this finds you all well. Today, I'm just popping in to share some news—my debut novel, Whom Shall I Fear?, turns one year old tomorrow! To celebrate, I've reduced the paperback price to $9.99 until the end of June. https://www.amazon.com/Whom-Shall-Fear-Anne-Clare/dp/1072975106/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1593277722&sr=8-1 In other news, I've been hard at work,… Continue reading It’s My Book’s Birthday!

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2

Images from Victory in Europe Day

Today marks the 75th anniversary of "V-E Day," the day in Second World War history when the Allies celebrated Victory in Europe. In remembrance, I decided to simply share a few images of the celebrations that took place around the world. Some you may recognize from last year, others are new additions. "The first flyers… Continue reading Images from Victory in Europe Day

History Class, Photos, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

A Strange Easter

For the last fifteen years, my family has followed a regular pattern for this week--Holy Week. After the Palm Sunday singing and kids getting into shenanigans with the palm branches, we return to worship four days later, on Maundy Thursday evening. We celebrate Communion, remember Christ's betrayal, and prepare for Good Friday. Friday evening's solemn… Continue reading A Strange Easter

Storytelling, Uncategorized, Writer's Life, Writing, Writing Inspiration, Writing Tips

Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains, Too

I hope this weekend finds you all well, Readers and Writers! Today, I am busily compiling my annual Father's Day collaborative writing project. I wrote about this annual event three years ago in one of my very first blog posts, "Purple Hedgehogs Can be Villians, Too." The kids are older, but the writing adventure hasn't… Continue reading Purple Hedgehogs Can Be Villains, Too

History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

D-Day, 2020

June 6, 2020, marks the 76th anniversary of D-Day. On this day, after being ousted from Europe in 1939, Allied forces stormed the beaches of Normandy, France. If you're rusty on the events of D-Day, I highly recommend checking out this link to a slideshow prepared by the U.S. National Archives last year. It's an… Continue reading D-Day, 2020

Film, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Some familiar faces showed up recently in my Facebook feed*. Of course, I'd guess that the faces of the cast of Star Trek: The Original Series would be familiar to almost any "Trekkie,"  even if these photos are from before their days of space exploration. While I've been a lifelong Trek fan, the crew of… Continue reading Before He Was Scotty: James Doohan and World War II

Books, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2, Writer's Life

Celebrating VE Day 75 with Books

This Friday, May 8th, is a significant one in World War II history. It is the 75th anniversary of VE Day-- the day that the Allies declared Victory in Europe. With gatherings banned in many places, we can't quite celebrate like they did that first time around. However, several WWII authors (myself included) are offering… Continue reading Celebrating VE Day 75 with Books

Cooking, History Class, Uncategorized, World War 2

World War 2 History and SPAM® (The Meat, Not the Mail)

On my last run to Costco a few weeks ago, they had a whiteboard set up listing items that were out of stock. One of them was "SPAM," which got me thinking that this might be time to revisit an old post on the history of that iconic, tinned meat. I hope you find it… Continue reading World War 2 History and SPAM® (The Meat, Not the Mail)

Books, History Class, Storytelling, Uncategorized, World War 2

World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

I'm always on the lookout for true stories of the Second World War--whether stories of a family heirloom's history, tales of spies and subterfuge, or histories of courage even in the face of imprisonment. Today I'd like to share one of these stories with you-- Sven Sømme's, Another Man's Shoes. https://www.amazon.com/Another-Mans-Shoes-Sven-Somme-ebook/dp/B078CZ341W/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=Another+man%27s+shoes+sven+somme&qid=1587257615&s=dmusic&sr=8-1 Twenty years after her father's… Continue reading World War II in Norway: ANOTHER MAN’S SHOES by Sven Sømme

Books, Travel, Uncategorized, Writing

Three Things I Discovered at My First Writers Conference

Not so very long ago, in the days when travelling was allowed through the gorgeous, green Pacific Northwest, I had a small adventure. I attended my very first Writers Conference. I'd spent years listing all of the reasons I couldn't attend one. All of the interesting-sounding ones were too far away. They were too much of… Continue reading Three Things I Discovered at My First Writers Conference