I’m so excited to offer my friend Janie Chang’s new novel DRAGON SPRINGS ROAD as our March 2017 FREE BOOK! This is an incredible novel that will transport you to another time and place.

From the back cover copy:
“In 1908, Jialing is only seven years old when she is abandoned in the courtyard of a once-lavish estate near Shanghai. Jialing is. . .Eurasian. . .and faces a lifetime of contempt from both the Chinese and Europeans…. Always hopeful of finding her long-lost mother, Jialing. . .finds herself drawn into a murder at the periphery of political intrigue…”

To qualify for our Wednesday, March 8 drawing, just answer this question! If you could visit any other country in the world (first class, all expenses paid, of course), what would be your choice?

Happy Reading!

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DIRT & BONES: A Most Precarious Art

Welcome to the launch of my monthly blog post about the research behind my books. Allow me to begin with an apologetic….

The twenty-first century is a precarious time to write novels set in any prehistoric era. The development of archaeogenetics and genetic anthropology has sent many cherished theories to the boneyard. (Pardon the pun, but I absolutely love puns!) Nonetheless, I’m delighted to have this relatively new science available to shed light on our ancient past.

As part of my research for this novel and its sequel, I had my DNA tested, and I also talked my 89-year-old father into having his done.

My DNA test revealed some expected results: Scots/British, Irish, Eastern European, a touch of Native American and European Jewish, but also some unexpected results: Melanesian and Scandinavian. My father’s test showed some DNA from the Caucasus, and that certainly fit in with one of the groups I’m writing about — Proto-Indo-European speakers who, within the timeline of my novel, had just begun their first few forays into Europe from the area of the Caucasus and Black Sea. They brought with them not only their Proto-Indo-European language (the parent language of most European languages) but also their DNA — one of the most common Y-DNA subclades (passed down from father to son) of modern Europeans, R1b.

The photo below is of my family — Mom and Dad and us five kids. I’m at the far left. You can see, like many families today, we are a very genetically diverse group!!

So tell me about your heritage. Have you had your DNA tested? If not, is that on your bucket list? Or is it something you’d prefer not to do?

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Your Life & Mine: Office Pal

About three years ago, we said a tearful good-bye to our little mini-schnauzer, Wofgang Amadeus. Wof was a protective little guy, sure that the safety of the household rested on his capable shoulders.

My husband Neil and I decided that we wouldn’t adopt another dog. We hoped to do some extensive traveling, and we knew a dog in the mix adds one more complication. A year and half passed, and, because of the care needs of our parents, we didn’t travel as much as we thought we would. Meanwhile, I continued to mourn our dog-less life.

One day I told my husband how much I needed to have a dog. He agreed, and within a few weeks we had found our next schnauzer. (I have asthma, and schnauzers shed very little.) Tiffany Pearl came into our lives last summer, and what a mischievous little delight she is! She is a very good office companion and seems to understand my need for quiet writing times.

I thought you might like to see her picture.

Do you have a pet? Tell us about him/her!

TIffany Pearl Harrison

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December 2016 Free Book Winner!!!

Congratulations to Cindi and Jeff Jenkins! They won a copy of David Kingsley Snell’s great new book, THE BARON AND THE BEAR!! Cindi and Jeff, email me your address and I’ll get the book in the mail ASAP!!



Happy Reading! And Merry Christmas!


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December 2016 Free Book!

What a privilege is mine this month to present as our December 2016 Free Book, the newly released  THE BARON AND THE BEAR, Rupp’s Runts, Haskins’s Miners, and the Season That Changed Basketball Forever by our friend David Kingsley Snell.


THE BARON AND THE BEAR, published by the prestigious University of Nebraska Press, is an incredible true story about the NCAA championship basketball game of 1966. In this championship game, the favored all-white University of Kentucky team was beaten by little known Texas Western College in a game in which TWC fielded only black players. Not only was this game a classic David versus Goliath match, it also broke the unwritten rule that limited the number of black players a college could play on the court at the same time.

Well-told, THE BARON AND THE BEAR is a psychological study of two of the best coaches in NCAA history — Adolph Rupp and Don Haskins — and also a treatise on basketball strategy. Set in the racially tense 1960s, Snell’s book stands as a soaring affirmation of the strength inherent in determination, tough discipline, and team unity.

Author, David Kingsley Snell is no stranger to folks who live in Michigan’s Eastern Upper Peninsula, where he and his wife (Pickford native, Mary Lou Storey) spend their summers. Others may remember him as an on-camera presence for ABC News, especially his work as a on-location correspondent during the Vietnam War.

I can’t think of a better Christmas gift for basketball fans in your life. (I’ve already bought 5 copies for various folks on my Christmas list!)

Our Give-Away edition is a brand-new hardcover. To have your name included in our Wednesday, December 14 drawing, just answer this question. Have you ever played on a basketball team?




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September 2016 FREE BOOK Winner!

Congratulations to Brenda Backus who won our free book this month! Brenda, I’ll be sending you a copy of Ann Chandonnet’s THE PIONEER VILLAGE COOKBOOK next week! Please message me with your address on Facebook or email me at


Brenda’s favorite recipe is Potato Candy, an old-fashioned candy recipe her mother used to make!

Blessings and Happy Cooking, Brenda!


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September 2016 FREE BOOK!

My friend Ann Chandonnet has written an incredible cookbook, and it’s my joy to give away a copy this month. THE PIONEER VILLAGE COOKBOOK is not only full to bursting with great recipes, it’s also packed with old fashioned remedies and historical information! Our give-away book is a new copy of the paperback edition.


Apple Stack Cake, Raspberry Shrub, Sour Cream Raisin Pie, Oat Crackers, Red Flannel Hash, Pickled Peaches, and Virginia Cider Baked Ham are only a few recipes that will delight you as you read through and use this unusual cookbook.

To have your name included in our Wednesday, September 28 drawing, tell us the NAME of your favorite recipe. (No need to give us the whole recipe!)

Happy Cooking!


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August 2016 Free Book Winner!!

And we have a winner!! Congratulations to Jennifer Everts! I’ll be sending your copy of THE SHORT & SINCERE LIFE OF ELLORY JAMES by Wendy Paine Miller to you ASAP, Jennifer. Please message me your address and your book will be on its way.

In answer to our question regarding something on your bucket list, Jennifer said she wants to see the Northern Lights!!


Happy Reading!


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August 2016 FREE BOOK!!

It’s my joy and privilege to give away THE SHORT & SINCERE LIFE OF ELLORY JAMES by Wendy Paine Miller. What a book! I think a quote from the back cover best says it all:

“This heartbreaking, but ultimately uplifting tale will burrow its way into your heart…if you loved The Fault In Our Stars, this book is for you.” Colleen Oakley, author of Before I Go.


Eloquent and joyous, this novel opened my eyes to so many truths in life. It’s also perfect for any reading group that enjoys deep and interesting discussions.

The main character, seventeen-year-old Ellory James designs a bucket list for herself to appease her mother. To have your name included in our Wednesday, August 24 drawing, tell us one of the items on your bucket list. If you don’t have a bucket list, tell us that!




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July 2016 Free Book Winner!

Congratulations to Shara Mittlestat Pullou, who has won a copy of Jordyn Redwood’s FRACTURED MEMORY!! Shara tells us that her favorite place to read is under a large tree at her campsite with a campfire going — not for the heat, but the delicious smell of campfire smoke!


Happy Reading to Shara and everyone!!


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