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The Legacy of Serendipity

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The photo from my first blog, posted September 7, 2013. Catamount Tavern in Bennington, Vermont, the setting for book The Legacy of Payne, just published on Amazon. Serendipity in action.

Four months since my last post, a long time for me. As I reflected on how much I had left to say, I wondered: How long have I been writing this blog anyway? So I looked. My first post was September 7, 2013—almost eight and a half years ago! That is a long time for a blog to stay alive.

I’ve pretty much exhausted what can be researched and written about my paternal family history. I keep looking but, really, take a look back. Undiscovered records and side roads likely exist, but they’re deep-buried. I’ve yet to post anything definitive on my mother’s family. I will this year, but the story is short since they all immigrated to Wisconsin in the late 1800s, and what happened before then has been hard to decipher. A couple of research trips might still be in the works, the Civil War sites and places in Virginia, where all my paternal grandmother’s family originated. But other than that—my posts will be few.

Writing still engages me, but blogs regarding the skill/art of writing are many. Never able to label myself, period, and certainly never as an expert, I feel no need to add to the plethora. There are excellent writing blogs available. Just search. What engages me right now is writing a story too wonderful not to share. That act, and my garden, consumes me.

I’m working on a fourth book in The Maggie Chronicles, which I’m very excited about set in Ohio in the mid-eighteen hundreds. It will bring the two families, Payne and Carter (i.e., Croy), together and end the series.

Through the course of what will be four books, Maggie, the family historian who is a constant in the series, is book-by-book pulled deeper into a time-melding world that toys with what is real and imagined, coincidental and serendipitous. And I half to say, I believe!

Too much has happened in my ten-year journey into genealogy not to believe that serendipity is far more mysterious than random chance. Otherwise, how is it that, on the day I publish the third in my series, titled The Legacy of Payne, I looked back to my first ever blog post, so simple, so short, a first attempt to add to and correct a genealogy book I gave to my family, and find:

  • a picture of Catamount Tavern in Bennington, Vermont, an essential setting for my fictional accounting of Sam and Abby Payne of Sunderland, Vermont
  • a last sentence, referring to information crucial to the arc of the Legacy story!

    Still, a new story emerged about Christopher and Abigail who lost all but one child, Abigail Grimes, in an epidemic, and so named their next child Comfort. 

Interested in learning more about the Payne family that inspired Legacy? Search the sidebar. Vermont? Same place. Purchase my books (shameless plug)? See the tab above. Until the next time, find joy where you find it—and consider finding it in the history surrounding you, and a good book.

Cover Reveal: The Legacy of Payne—Publication? A Long Way Off

 

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Check out the cover for The Legacy of Payne, the third book of The Maggie Chronicles. Pretty darn exciting!

One week and two hundred forty-two years ago, Gen. John Stark and Col. Seth Warner thwarted Lt. Col. Friedrich Baum‘s attempt, under orders of Gen. John Burgoyne, to abscond with supplies housed in Bennington, Vermont. The Battle of Bennington, fought just inside New York’s borders, was a pivotal moment in the American Revolution AND my upcoming book.

Fittingly, my fantastic cover designer, Pam Mullins, and I finalized the cover within days (and 242 years) of that momentous date in history. I’ve gone into great depth on this battle, my trip to Vermont for research, and the book’s featured Payne family heroes and heroines on my blog. Just go to the search square in the upper right corner and type in Vermont to learn more.

Here is the back cover featuring a painting called The Old Mill by George Inness, 1849. The blurb tells you more about the story. Back CoverNeither the date of the work nor the setting, likely upstate New York, match the time frame or the exact setting of The Legacy of Payne, but it certainly evokes the feel of a Vermont country mill in the 1780s.

But hold your horses, so to speak. In the hopes of avoiding some of the pitfalls of a rush to publication (slowly learning), I’m taking my time bringing this book to publication. Anticipated Amazon debut: April 2020!

Ugh! What?

Until, if you haven’t yet, there are always books one and two.

Find them here and here.