I grew up in a distant, hilly suburb of Los Angeles. I am the oldest in a family of four children: my fathr was a research biologist and my mother is an artist in stained glass. I went and recklessly got a relatively useless degree in English Literature (California State University Northridge, 1976) and then enlisted in the US Air Force. I trained and served as a radio and television broadcast specialist, in places as various as Greece, Spain, Japan, Korea, Greenland and Ogden, Utah. This involved an assortment of interesting duties, which included midnight alt-rock DJ, TV news anchor, video-production librarian, radio and television writer and producer, production manager, and tour guide. In 1985, I drove a bright orange Volvo sedan from Athens to Zaragoza, Spain, accompanied only by a small and cranky child. I retired from the Air Force in 1997. In late 2002, I became a regular contributor to the military-oriented weblog, got hooked on writing historical fiction, bringing out "To Truckee's Trail" in 2006; that's the story of the first ever wagon-train party to bring wagons over the Sierra Nevada, which marked the opening of the California Trail. Besides historical novels, I review books and movies for Blogger News Network, am also on the board of the Independent Authors Guild, a non-profit association of writers published by small and regional publishers ... and I manage their website, also. I currently live in San Antonio with my daughter and an assortment of dogs and cats, and travel within Texas doing lectures and talks about my follow-up novel series, the Adelsverein Trilogy.
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Adelsverein: Die Sammlung
Band Eins der Adelsverein-Trilogie - Book One of the Adelsverein Trilogy, translated into German. The first volume of an epic family drama, of two interlinked German-American families on the Texas frontier, as they build new lives and new homes in the face of danger and war on two fronts.
Adelsverein: Book Three - The Harvesting
A war ends … And another begins.
The Confederacy lies in ruins, while those who survived the Civil War as fought in the Texas Hill Country struggle to rebuild homes and lives!
Adelsverein: Book Two - The Sowing
The storms of war came upon them ... Loyal to the Union, adamant in their belief that slavery was wrong; Could they survive a brutal war in the dark heart of the Confederacy?
Adelsverein: Book One - The Gathering
From the Old World to the New ...
The Adelsverein settlers came to Texas. They brought their hopes and their children . . . and a will to survive! This is book one of the Adelsverein Trilogy, a saga of family and community loyalties, and the challenge of building a new life on the hostile frontier ... and the sometimes wrenching process of becoming American.
Deep in The Heart
A woman's life in the capital city of the Republic of Texas ... a tumultious time in history. And she was there and saw it all.
Daughter of Texas
A woman’s life in Texas:
Before the cattle drives. Before the Alamo.
Before the legends were born.
She was there ...And she saw it all
Adelsverein: The Complete Trilogy
From the Old World to the New: The frontier would challenge them. Brutal war would test them, in a crucible of fire, but they would endure and build.
They would prosper and in the end … They would become Americans!
To Truckee's Trail
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Eleven wagons. Fifty men, women and children. And two thousand miles of trackless wilderness ... with nothing to depend upon except hope, courage and friendship.
In 1844, the Stephens-Townsend Party ventured into the wilderness, determined to find a way through the desert and over the Sierra Nevada. Everyone knows of the Donner Party ... but few know of those who blazed the trail before them.
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