Tennessee Mountain Stories

Margaret’s Faith - what's it all about?

Last week I officially introduced Margaret’s Faith to you.  Today I thought I’d share some of the story with you…


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Margaret Elmore reads every printed word she can find.  She longs to see the glamorous and adventure-filled world that she’s read about.  But in 1863, her father is trying to keep his family out of the way of two warring armies.  That means staying close to home on their farm on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. 

Then one October morning Union soldier Philip Berai wanders onto the farm.  Lawrence Elmore’s first thought is to protect the family and home from a possible raiding party.  But this lone soldier turns out to be a danger to only one member of the family, Margaret.  He weaves a story of emigrating from Italy with a dream of building a great fortune.  Eighteen year old Margaret is mesmerized and when Philip leaves a few days later, she runs after him.

Margaret turns a blind eye to the differences in this man’s values and her family’s.  She ignores God’s gentle prodding.

They marry and travel together to Chicago where Philip was living with his brother before the war.  When they arrive, Margaret quickly realizes there is little glamour in this city life.  But she has been raised to hard work and devotion to family.  Without question, she begins to make a home for her new husband. 

I hope you will enjoy walking with Margaret from northern Cumberland County, Tennessee to Chicago, Illinois. You will taste the life on a borderland farm – caught between two warring armies as the people of the Plateau were during The Civil War.   You may even feel the internal battle Margaret wages when her eyes are finally opened to her situation.  Can you identify with her struggle to find joy in the things the world considers desirable? Maybe there’s been a time when you’ve had to face The Lord and admit you rebelled against His will for your life.

You will see a young woman among evil surroundings trying to live a godly life.  And you will see her begin to bloom where she is planted.


Announcing: Plans for Emma

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It’s been 2 years since I released the novella Replacing Ann and you were all so kind in reading it and reviewing it on Amazon.com.  And then you asked for more! 

Well it may have taken a little longer than many of us hoped but here you go… I am thrilled to announce the release of Plans for Emma

Here’s the short synopsis from the back cover:

Everyone has plans for Emma England but she knows she must follow God’s plan for her life.  She meets Preston Langford by chance at the creekside near her family home.  They are immediately drawn to each other; in fact, Preston knows the first day that this is the woman God would have him marry.  Now he needs only to convince her father. 

Honest and hard working, Preston is penniless, has little formal education and is currently out of the practice of attending church regularly.  He is nothing TomEngland wants in a son-in-law. 

Emma is drawn to Preston from the beginning but knows she must honor her father and mother.  Which should she honor first - her father’s direction or God’s calling?  Would God truly call her to rebel against her godly parents?

Printed copies of the book are available at Hall Family Pharmacy in both Jamestown and Clarkrange, TN.  I'll be there signing books next Thursday at noon and would love to see you.

If you aren't in the area and want to order a copy, you can go get one straight from the publisher here.  You can also order a copy from Amazon.com where you can get either a paperback or an eBook.

After you’ve read the book, please consider writing a review on Amazon as this will help other people discover Plans for Emma.

Over the next few weeks I’ll share more about the who, when and where of the story and characters.



Replacing Ann available Now on Amazon


I am so excited to share today’s blog article with all of you and announce that I have published an eBook entitled Replacing Ann on Amazon.

And I need your help!

I am very thankful for every one of you faithful readers.  And I would love the opportunity to share our mountain stories with even more people.  One of the best ways to do that is for folks to find a book on Amazon (and there are about 615 million people shopping on Amazon), enjoy it, and then start visiting the website.  Also, if people enjoy Replacing Ann, that will signal to publishers that they ought to publish my other books.

Oh, did I mention that I’m GIVING AWAY this book?  Yep, it’s FREE. 

Well, at least it will be free as often as Amazon will allow it.  And when it’s not free, it will only cost 99 cents.

Some of you may not be very familiar with eBooks, but it is simply a book that you can read on your computer, tablet or smartphone.   If you have any questions about HOW to get it downloaded, click here for directions from Amazon. 

Now, here is the helping part.  Please pass the word along to as many people as possible asking them to download this book.  Replacing Ann will be free September 4 – 8, 2015.  Then, I will make it available for free as often as Amazon will allow it and I will pass the word along to you each time.  Unlike lots of other ‘free’ stuff, an eBook on Amazon really is completely free; there’s no shipping, handling or other miscellaneous charges. 

Finally, after you’ve read the book, please consider posting a review.  You can click here to go directly to the review section in Amazon.  If you are a member of other online book clubs or social media, a review in those places would be wonderful too.  If you’ve been reading TennesseeMountainStories for very long, you will remember this book as the serial novel I published on this blog about a year ago.  Therefore, many of you may be able to write a review right away.  Please remember that I really need lots of people to write a review.

Please don’t be intimidated by the idea of “writing a review”.  All you have to say is just what you think.  It could be as simple as, “good book, you should read it” or even, “I liked this book”.

You all have been so kind to me both in referring others to the website and in encouraging me to continue this work.  So, I want to thank you in advance for reading and promoting Replacing Ann.

If you have any questions at all, please post them in the comments section below – if you’ve got the question, chances are good others have the same one.

Thank you so much for helping me with this project and I truly hope you enjoy Replacing Ann.