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
by Celia Hayes
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 One - The Gathering
by Celia Hayes
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.
To Truckee's Trail
by Celia Hayes
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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