Glimpses of the Past; Heritage to the Old South is a new historical novel, written with true events and dates. The characters are fictitious. An American family travel from Northern Virginia to New Orleans, Louisiana. Centered around the era of Civil War days with few books before it giving detail and sequence to a devastating time to this nation. It is a book to read if you love history or a history buff. Sketches are by artist Dannie Michelle Wright. Below is an original sketch for front cover design. Book should be released by Christmas or shortly afterwards.
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After almost two years of promising my elderly mother that I would someday write a book about our family history, that someday has come. Initially, I had planned to combine several short stories into one book. After minimum research already, I come away with What have I gotten myself into? History gives a good piece of information, but it also contains written errors. Looking online at ancestry archives last night, I found flaws, according to details given by my mother and maternal grandmother.
I found that our family is derived from the largest family in America. All my family lineage comes from European descent. Part of my descendants are from Scotland. Notice I said part. Part of my family lineage is from England and another line is from Ireland. I am a mixture of all three families, like many other families in America. I am a descendant of the Hairston Clan. Originally coming to America in the mid-1700’s, they settled here in Pennsylvania from Europe. They settled into nine plantations over the Southern region: Virginia, North Carolina and Mississippi. One descendant of the Hairston family moved to Oklahoma in the 1800’s.
The research articles recorded a history rich in agriculture, plantations, cotton fields, livestock and slavery. That last part hurts. I am not African-American, but I am ashamed to say my descendants owned slaves to work their land. They were the wealthy landowners and prominent business owners. At one time, there were a total population of about 5,500 slaves recorded on all nine plantations. The Hairstons: An American Family in Black and White by author Henry Wiencek, featured on CBS News, described the reunion and kinship of both black and white members. The Hairston reunion organized in August, 1931, in North Carolina. The Hairston Clan was founded many years later to bring solidarity to family unity and kinship.
Though history may conflict with today’s standards, it is history no less. I believe embracing the past in unity, brings about healing for what our descendants did or did not do. We all have a past, no matter what we abhor or detest. One detail I do know. You can not undo history – it is a part of where we came from and our roots.
My latest book of poetry has come out online on Amazon and Barnes & Noble this week. If you love passionate poetry and haiku poems, this is the book for you. It has excerpts from my most recent published novel, Wounded Heart in Flight, which is online at Amazon and Barnes & Noble now. Gentle Rain of Thoughts goes hand in hand with the novel.
I will be upgrading my widget so you can purchase books from here or through the publishers at AuthorHouse. They both will also be available at my website at http://www.elizabethaphilips.com very soon.
Much thanks to Karen for her nomination of the Blog Tour Award. I am appreciative and accept the nomination with honor. Visit her blog for fabulous stories and posts anytime of the day at https://shadebutnoshade.wordpress.com/. Her beautiful stories will inspire you as they do me.
The rules: 1. Pass the tour on up to four other bloggers. 2. Give your nominees the rules and a specific Monday to post. 3. Answer four questions about your creative process which lets other bloggers and visitors know what inspires you to do what you do. o How does my work differ from others in my genre? o How does my writing/creative process work? o Why do I write or create what I do? o What I’m working on at the moment? 4. Compose a one-time post on a specific Monday (date given from your nominator). Continue reading
It clearly matters whether or not you have a good marketing consultant. A marketing consultant can either make or break you, especially on self-published books. Though the phone calls can sometimes get continuous, I find that marketing consultants have the techniques in selling your product. My publisher sets authors up with marketing consultants once their books are published. While I was thrown off at first, I find the frequent updates to be beneficial for selling books. I don’t always agree with the processing fees and costs, but I understand that they have to make a living too. I believe I have a good marketing consultant as he says, “Your success is my success.” Some information I found useful after going through this several times is: Continue reading
I accepted Harsh Reality’s Challenge. My daily life in Marietta, Georgia, located in the southeastern region of the United States, is filled with variety. Marietta is located in central Cobb County, Georgia, and is the county’s seat and largest city. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 56,579, making it one of the Atlanta metropolitan area’s largest suburbs. Marietta is the fourth largest of the principal cities (by population) of the Atlanta metropolitan statistical area. Atlanta is the capital of and the most populous city in the US state of Georgia, with an estimated 2013 population of 447,841. Atlanta is the cultural and economic center of the Atlanta metropolitan area, home to 5,522,942 people and
the ninth largest metropolitan area in the United States. Atlanta is the county seat of Fulton County, and a small portion of the city extends eastward into DeKalb County. Continue reading
Hello, let me introduce myself. My name is Anne. My pen name is Anne R. Murray. I have written a new book. This is my third book in a year and a half. I am creating a new blog to connect to others and writers/authors in the field. I am excited to join this course as my new book has passed initial content evaluation today. That means it moves on to the next step in the publication process. Continue reading
This is the second day of my blog to the community. I call the website The Writers’ Guide because I’m a relatively new writer. I have published three books within two years. My first two books were non-fictional, under my pen name, Elizabeth A. Philips. My first published book, As The Scarlet Tanager Sings, came out in the summer of 2013. My second published book, As The Sweet Honey Runs, came out in the fall of 2013. I learned a valuable lesson working on two books at one time. To get both books out within a few months of each other is not only time-consuming, it’s exhausting. Please go to http://www.elizabethaphilips.com for more information.