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On Terrible Advice from Really Successful People

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 30, 2015 in Journal | 20 Comments

Recently I sat down with a really, really successful publishing editor who gave me some advice for my writing career. It was terrible advice. The worst ever. If I didn't already have ten books published and several national awards, I would have been crushed. As it was, however, I was just stunned. So stunned in fact, she cocked her head at me and said, "Are you OK?"

I wasn't, at the moment. What she had told me to do went against my entire purpose, and against my nature, and against my integrity. She told me in no uncertain terms that I...

151 Years Ago: Sherman Defends Forced Evacuation of Atlanta

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 12, 2015 in | 2 Comments
General Sherman, leaning on breach of gun, and staff at Federal Fort 7 outside Atlanta.

After the siege of and battle for Atlanta, Gen. William T. Sherman ordered the evacuation of all remaining civilians from the city (September 1864). Mayor James Calhoun and two city councilmen urged the Union general to rescind the forced evacuation. Some residents were sick, poor, pregnant, the city fathers said, and the South was already overcrowded as it was, resulting in homelessness for those without family to take them in. Sherman’s response to the men was widely published by newspapers both North and South, and passages from it came to be recognized as readily as the Gettysburg...

Remembering the Heroes on 9-11

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 11, 2015 in Books | 0 Comments

Because I lived in DC during the 9-11-01 terrorist attacks, the anniversary holds special meaning for me.  It was my great honor  to gather several stories from others who experienced that day in a personal way and include them in Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front. Today I’d like to share with you a short but profound excerpt....

Author Interview + American Patriot Book Giveaway!

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 08, 2015 in Give-aways | 55 Comments

Well friends, it's my absolute pleasure to have author J.M. Hochstetler with us on the blog today in honor of her new release, Valley of the Shadow, which is book 5 in The American Patriot series. (Book 5! Swoon! I thought writing four historical novels in one series was hard!) I had...

Large Print Now Available: Wedded to War and Widow of Gettysburg

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Sep 01, 2015 in | 2 Comments

Just a quick note today to let you know that hardcover, large-print editions (AKA library binding, so tell your library!) of both Wedded to War and Widow of Gettysburg are now available through Amazon, Barnes and Noble, and ChristianBook. It looks like Yankee in Atlanta will be the next to appear...

Give-away: Civil War novel Patriot Heart

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Aug 10, 2015 in Give-aways | 50 Comments

Today I'm delighted to share with you a brand new Civil War-era novel by Diane Kalas: Patriot Heart. Here's the blurb:

May 1865. All Dan Goodman wants is to marry an uncomplicated girl and have a family, but the war interfered and he became a POW who now believes he’s losing his mind and unfit for marriage. He dreams of Oregon to put the memories behind him. The problem is he owes a debt of gratitude to the beautiful songstress. In addition, Clara Barton wants him to be a witness for the prosecution in the first trial for war crimes in American history. Letty...

Behind the Scenes: Snapshots of Inspiration

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 31, 2015 in | 9 Comments

It's been a busy summer! Kimberly Drew and I have been hard at work on the devotional book for parents of children with special needs children.  I'm pretty much done with my portion of the writing so I can focus on my next project for the month of August. Fiction lovers, this is for you. It's time for me to get deep down into my writing cave and only come out when I have a proposal in hand for my next historical fiction series. The topic is something I've been...

New Life in the Wasteland

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 21, 2015 in | 4 Comments

As we've been talking about what this month was like in Gettysburg in 1863, I ran across this blog post which originally was published in 2013, just a few weeks after Widow of Gettysburg released. It's worth sharing again today. (Some of you may remember that our guest blogger, Kimberly Drew, is now my co-author for a new devotional book for parents of children with special needs children, too!)

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Little Union Girl Touches the Heart of a Confederate at Gettysburg

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 16, 2015 in Behind the Books, Civil War History | 5 Comments
Edward McPherson Farm. Gettysburg farms like this one were used as field hospitals.

During my research for Widow of Gettysburg, I read everything I could related to the battle of Gettysburg (July 1-3, 1863) and its aftermath. I read so many gory descriptions of the carnage that I started to glaze over them. But one day, a sweet letter from a soldier to a Sunday school girl brought tears to my eyes. I want to share it with you. First a little background: during the Civil War, the Christian Commission (born out of the YMCA) encouraged Sunday school...

Recipe: Perfect Lemon Shortbread

Posted by Jocelyn Green on Jul 14, 2015 in | 0 Comments

This summer, I've been reading The Secret Garden to my kids. In  the story, when the character Mary Lennox isn't outside weeding and planting, she's often having English tea in her uncle's manor on the moor. So when I came across this easy and delicious recipe for lemon shortbread, I decided we'd have our own tea time right here in Iowa, using my grandmother...

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