Monday, September 12, 2022

Books, Books, and Torch 180

I recently had the great pleasure of participating in Torch 180's first Market Day, this last Saturday, at their location at 131 Mill Street in Fowlerville.  I had all of my books on display and for sale.  It was a fun day, to say the least.  

As I spoke with people and even directed them to this blog, it dawned on me I hadn't posted nor updated this blog in too long of time.  So now I am doing just that.  Since "A Soldier, His Brother, and a House" was posted on here, I've worked hard on a second edition of the commissioned "Mr. Smith's Forgotten Community," a memoir-of-sorts of past and present residents of Brighton Gardens in Brighton.  I will do a blog post when this revision is available on Amazon through their Kindle Direct Printing program.

For now, though, I'd like to tell you about "She Wore a Hat in Prison."

This historical fiction novel is the third in my collection of traditionally-published stories.  The Wild Rose Press published this one and "Tilly Loves Johnny" (a few years back).  Whiskey Creek Press published my first story, "Juniper and Anise," way back in 2014.

I am so happy with my latest novel and hope you will take a look at it.  It is available on pretty much every online book store but you can easily find it by clicking here.  "She Wore a Hat in Prison" is based on an event that actually took place in 1907 in California.  The woman wreaking Mayhem on her husband was Bertha Boronda.  She was convicted on this felon and served two years of a five-year sentence.  Here is are two pictures of her mugshots taken at the time of incarceration:
I moved this event to Cedartown--a village that looks a lot like Fowlerville--and highly-fictionalized her story because who really knows what happened in 1907.  I did a great deal of research to incorporate much of what happened in California but so much was pulled out of own imagination.

We didn't have cell phones, social media, nothing that would broadcast this story out to the masses.  So different than today's world.

I will be doing an author talk at the Fowlerville District Library on Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm.  The book will be available for purchase but, of equal importance, I will be showing a power point presentation of Bertha's story.  It should be a fun yet a bit shocking evening.  

Hope you will be there.

Saturday, May 16, 2020

A Soldier, His Brother, and a House -- the Defendorf Story

Now available on in paperback format -- it is a great addition to your collection if you are history buff for either local history or Civil War letters.

Jacob Defendorf was a 15-year old soldier for the Union side in 1863 during the Civil War.  Some letters he wrote and some he received were found in a Fowlerville house.  They have now been transcribed for this book.  Timeline history and explanation of some things he wrote, as well as ancestry research, is contained in this book.

Get it by clicking here!

Saturday, April 25, 2020

A Soldier, His Brother, and a House

New book out! "A Soldier, His Brother, and a House" With access to original Civil War letters, I traced heritage from the soldier's home in New York, to his time in Virginia during the Civil War, to his brother's help in becoming a homeopathic surgeon who lived in Fowlerville, Michigan, onto the incredible history of the brother's house and its owners. I transcribed all of the letters to make them easier for the reader but scanned copies of the letters are also in the book. I have a few copies at $25 but will be on in the very near future. If you are interested in the Civil War, this has awesome moments in the life of a soldier.

Thank you to Mike and Jamie Hernden for the opportunity to put this project together!

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

History Books Available for Purchase

Check out two of my books you can order from (click here).

Usually takes a couple of weeks to get a copy.

Both "Mr. Smith's Forgotten Community" and "The Fowlerville Chronicles" are available in hardbound.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Candy Cane Production

In the 60s and 70s, Christmas time in Fowlerville meant making candy canes of all sizes by the Spagnuolo family.  Thank you, Lenore, for providing this wonderful picture of her father working hard to model and manipulate the hardening candy.  
As a side note, check out this link if you are interested in purchasing a copy of "The Fowlerville Chronicles."  There's more about the Spagnuolo family, both on this blog and in the hardbound copy.  Thank you to all that have purchased the book since it was published in 2011!

The Fowlerville Chronicles

"The Fowlerville Chronicles" is now available for purchase through  Click on here to buy your copy!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

1926 New High School Building

While doing research on a different subject, I came across this picture, published in "The Fowlerville Review," September, 1926, issue, announcing "School Opens in This Building Tuesday, Sept. 7."  This new high school building was three stories tall and located on Collins Street, across the street from what is now the senior center.

The building was torn down in 1998. 

Would love comments from anyone having attended this building.