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Still hoping to get at least one new book published this year.

The feedback from "The Noodlers" -- Rebecca's critique and support group of children's authors -- continues to be positive and extremely helpful. As a result, she's made tremendous progress in bringing her story about Kentucky mountain music during the 1930s to a satisfying conclusion. All that remains is a final pass through the manuscript to tweak and polish it for a publisher.

The story begins and ends in Kentucky, but includes some exciting times in Chicago during the heyday of gangsters like Al Capone. It's the time when old-fashioned "country barn dances" featuring country music became popular on what was then a new-fangled invention called radio. In time, radio stations were even set up in Kentucky. One of them, a radio station in Renfro Valley drew scores of musicians to the area and turned it into a popular venue for live concerts as well as radio broadcasts. And, it gave girls with good voices a chance - at least, a dream - of breaking into show business as singers. This is the story of one such Kentucky girl.

Two other possibilities for publication this year are Rebecca's long-delayed books about Kentucky's "cave wars" during the 1920s. Both still need a bit of re-writing and final polishing before they'll be ready for printing, but it's now almost a race to see whether the Renfro Valley music book or the cave books will be published first.

Our stories of Kentucky girls of long ago aim to encourage today's Kentucky girls to stand up for women’s rights and find their own place in the world.
Bek w Betsy doll
 
Rebecca with a doll she dressed as Betsy,
the heroine of Road to Pleasant Hill.

Congratulations
to us!

This is the 10th anniversary
of the publication of
Road to Pleasant Hill.

 
 
cover of Road to Pleasant Hill
 
   Road to Pleasant Hill began our three-book Shaker series.

 
    Here's a sample chapter you can read.

 
Betsy had barely closed her eyes when she heard a breathy, hacking noise coming from one of the nearby beds. It sounded deep and raspy, like the way Tad coughed when he had the croup as a baby.
 
Betsy looked over at Grace. From the rise and fall of the blankets, and the deep sighs coming from beneath them, she could tell Grace was sound asleep. There it was again, a bit muffled, but definitely a cough. It must be coming from Ruth, Betsy thought. Ruth was the only other person in the room.
 
Peeking over the covers, Betsy adjusted her eyes to the moonlight that bathed the room. With Ruth’s bed right next to hers, Betsy could easily watch a thin, white arm snake from beneath the blankets and reach under the mattress. The arm pulled out what looked like a small twig of dried leaves.
 
Betsy watched as the dark-haired girl propped herself up, plucked part of a leaf from the twig, and slipped it into her mouth. Ruth tucked the twig back under the mattress. Within minutes, the room was quiet again. ...
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