Callie’s Blog

Read an excerpt from ‘A Christmas in Manchester’

Heath Station, Derbyshire, EnglandOctober 1831 “If you continue to plod along at this pace, Peony, we’re never going to reach home.” Evelyn Allen, known as Eve to family and friends, snapped the reins on the ancient horse pulling the family wagon along the road from the outskirts of the village to her home. It had been a long day of gathering extra crops from the farms in the county to be delivered to the poor families in the village. Far too many villagers did not have enough food or clothes for their children. It was Eve’s job once a month …

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On Halloween. . .

Halloween is one of our favorite holidays and generally starts the traditional “holiday season” of Halloween, Thanksgiving (US as well as other countries), Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. There is something magical for me in Halloween. Pumpkins, ghosts, scary costumes, lots of candy. When I was a kid, I spent many hours dreaming of the beautiful, custom-made princess costume with a wand of gold and a long, flowing blond wig that mom would get for me. I was equally thrilled when she brought home a Superman costume on sale at the local discount store. Boy, girl–mom didn’t care. …

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In the good old summertime…

The best thing for kids after Christmas and their birthday is, of course, summertime. No school, no homework, no early bedtime. Ice pops dipping down your legs, drinking water from the hose, doing cartwheels on the front lawn. My grandsons (the twinadoes) had their last day of school last week. They are now big time second graders. A tradition with us is a trip to the local ice cream shop for them to split a banana split. Unfortunately, this year I was in quarantine on that most memorable day, so we had to move it up a few days. But …

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Mother, May I? Yes, You Can!

This year, Mother’s Day is Sunday, May 8th. To me, this is an opportunity to celebrate all women because, in some way, each of us nurtures and encourages and inspires those around us. Women are problem-solvers, caretakers, community advocates, role models, and people who initiate change. Here’s your chance to honor a special woman in your life and maybe win a $25 Amazon gift card! Comment and share how a woman touched your life or made an impact on who you are today. I’ll randomly select one winner at the end of the month. Wishing you a happy Mother’s Day!

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Spring is in the air

Spring is in the air! Remember the old song, “April showers bring May flowers”? And what do May flowers bring? Pilgrims. Yes, I know. I can hear you groan. I will be in Nashville from May 12-16 for the Weekend with the Authors event. There will be a book signing on Saturday, May 16th from 3 to 6 PM. You can check out the information here: https://www.aweekendwiththeauthors.com/ Stop by and see us. There’s a great line-up of authors of all genres. The third book in my new Highlander series will release on May 6th. To Yield to a Highlander is …

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My website has a new look!

There’s nothing like finding a new outfit that really flatters you. Pants that are comfortable, a shirt that fits just right, shoes that don’t pinch your toes, and a cute purse that holds everything! I’m excited to launch this new website with a fresh look and easy-to-navigate content. If you have any suggestions for content or how to make things more user-friendly, let me know!

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