Friday, October 14, 2016

In the beginning... of the Homeplace Saga

In the beginning...

The core values of "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories were included in the novel, "Back the the Homeplace," where a family of four grown children and their children struggle with the loss of their matriarch, Margaret McDonald Bevins. What would become of the farm that had been in the family for more than 150 years?

If you have not read the story, it is new to you, and you will find it engaging.

The core story, of course, raised as many questions as answers, which we explored subsequently - including in this blog. We'll review some os that more, next time.

Happy Reading,
Dr. Bill  ;-)

Friday, July 22, 2016

Our "The Homeplace Saga" moves into the future...

Our "The Homeplace Saga" moves into the future...

Our stories have taken place in the 19th and the 20th Centuries. Now join us in 2049 as Peter Bevins' grandson arrives on Mars... never to return... he appears in Episode 2:

Let me know your thoughts on this storyline, in the comments...  

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Volume 3 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” ebook series now on Amazon

Volume 3 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” 
ebook series now on Amazon

Volume 3 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” ebook in “The Homeplace Saga” series of family saga, historical fictions stories is now available on Amazon.

Volume 3 is distinctive in that it takes a broader view of the life in and growth of Oak Springs than just the King family viewpoint. Also, it is actually a month by month chronology of the growth of the community. Here, we really get to see a small town community grow, have growing pains, and prosper through good times as well as difficult times during these months and years.

We hope you will be able to identify with some of the good folks in Oak Springs as you explore your own family history.

Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Friday, June 17, 2016

"The Kings of Oak Springs" in eBook Kindle Format - Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 coming soon

"The Kings of Oak Springs" in eBook Kindle Format 

My feelings exactly, Oscar:
“I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices. But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly. I think it is just as important to sing about beautiful mornings as it is to talk about slums. I just don’t write anything without hope in it.”
Oscar Hammerstein 

Many of you have read some or all of the episodes of Vol. 1 and Vol. 2 of "The Kings of Oak Springs. If you have not, I urge you to do so now, because Vol. 3 and Vol. 4 will soon be available, in the coming weeks.

All together, these stories include not only the King family, but the McDonald and Truesdale families, and the detailed stories of how the community of Oak Springs, in the southern Missouri Ozark Mountains, recovered following the devastation of the Civil War to become a thriving small town. You will learn about the formation of the schools, the churches, the businesses as well as the continued growth of the surrounding farming community. You may be able to relate the stories to your own family history as these stories share the relationships among the good folks living there, with births, marriages, deaths, and all of life that each family experiences, both the good and the tragic.

Some people, as they have read these stories, have said they are reminded of the "Little House" stores of Laura Ingalls Wilder. They were certainly partly inspired by her stories, though I'm no Wilder as a writer, but also by my own family history research and interests. I hope you enjoy getting to know the King family, Karl, Katherine, Keith, Kate, Kent and Karla, as you also watch Oak Springs grow.

Book Description:

Settling in Oak Springs, the King Family quickly becomes a part of the ongoing life of this southern Missouri Ozarks community, still recovering from the complete devastation during the late Civil War in 1876. While many of the residents of the Oak Creek valley, including the small town of Oak Springs, are returning residents from before the war, there are an increasing number, like the King family, who are arriving in this community for the first time. Learn more about these characters who are central to the author's "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga historical fiction stories. The Kings stories provide additional insights into the family relationships and the stories of the pioneer families and the new arrivals. Karl, Katherine and their four children, Keith (14), Kate (12), Kent (10), and Karla (5) fit right in as they observe and interact with their new neighbors, especially on "Fourth Sundays."

Note: Available at

Volume 2 is also now available at:

Watch this space, in coming days and weeks, for the availability of Vol. 3 and Vol. 4, in this series.

[Vol. 3 now available at:]
and now Amazon:

Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill ;-)

Friday, May 27, 2016

Read the "Founding" stories of The Homeplace Saga, from the beginning...

American Centennial at the Homeplace: 
The Founding (1833-1876)

A collection of short stories

This collection of short stories compiles each and all of the short stories written to represent this period in the fictional Oak Creek valley and Oak Springs of "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories.

Many of these stories were once published on this blog, but many others were not. Read them in this collection, in order, with additional explanatory information that is background to the entire "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories.

The ebooks of "The Kings of Oak Springs" pick up the stories of this community where this collection ends.

Happy Reading!! ;-)

Friday, May 13, 2016

Consider reading: "Back to the Homeplace"

Consider reading: Back to the Homeplace
set in the Southern Missouri Ozarks

Back to the Homeplace, the debut novel of William Leverne Smith, is available on and elsewhere, both in print and Kindle editions.

The novel is set on a farm and in a nearby fictional community located in the southern Missouri Ozark hills and near a fictional western branch of the Current River. The story revolves around a family dilemma following the death of their matriarch and the unusual will she left to insure the continuity of the farm, which has been in her family for over 150 years, intact. 

The year is 1987. The varied background and viewpoints of the adult children coming back to the Homeplace ignite controversy and expose long kept secrets as each family member searches for his or her share of the family legacy. While the older family members stake their claims on land and fortunes, the younger ones search for love and acceptance. Subplots involve AIDS Awareness in 1987 issues and a support group for domestic violence incidents.

At the heart of this family life story is how we do or do not effectively communicate among family members - parents with children, among children and grandchildren and that we must each face the consequences of our individual actions. What happens when they come back to the Homeplace?

Friday, May 6, 2016

Episode 30 - February 1999 - Life in Oak Springs, the Homeplace

Life in Oak Springs, the Homeplace
February 1999

This series of posts on each Friday, moving forward during 2016 have continued the stories of “The Homeplace Saga” series of family saga, historical fiction families in the area of Oak Springs following the novel “Christmas at the Homeplace,” which ended as 1997 began.

Earlier, we have seen the community move from January 1997 through January 1999. We now continue our story on February 4th of 1999, continuing in episodic serial format…

Episode 30 - Friday, Feb. 5th - Lori, at the Homeplace Country Inn, early morning

[From Episode 29:

Lori decided to wait until morning to call Karen, after she had seen the damage in the daylight. It might look much different then.]

Lori was up shortly after dawn, wearing work clothes and work boots, to examine the storm damage from the night before. The morning was cloudy and cold, but it was not raining. She decided to put on a coat and walk around the Inn on the outside, before she set out, again, to re-examine the damage upstairs on the inside. Wearing leather gloves, she was careful to pick up and toss into a pile away from the house, the many small tree branches, and loose shingles, etc., as she walked around the Inn, to make a clear walk space.

In daylight, the Inn looked both worse and better than it had in the dark the prior evening. There was much more ‘trash’ scattered around the area than she recalled seeing. On the positive side, Lori was pleased to see that the actual damage to the building was limited to the west end of the roof on the addition over Heritage Hall. The older part of the structure did not seem to be damaged at all. There did not appear to be any damage to the lower floor of the new addition. That was gratifying.

About to go back inside, Lori was mildly surprised to see the Deputy Sherriff pull into the parking area, again. It turned out he was just ‘making the rounds’ of the damaged sites. She thanked him for that. He did say that officials were saying, preliminarily, that it was an F-l tornado that had crossed the valley, northwest to southeast. Most electrical service had already been restored, he added. There had been no serious injuries, in spite of the extensive, limited, property damage along the path of the storm.

Back inside, Lori made a walking tour of the entire Inn, starting with the older portion. She found no apparent damage inside, as well. The same was true of the first floor of the newer part, including Heritage Hall. Everything seemed to be in order. Retracing her trip up the stairs to the second floor, above Heritage Hall, it appeared the same in daylight as it had the previous evening. The four rooms on the west, with the roof gone, were each damaged. Water had damaged the rug in the hallway, which would have to be replaced. Otherwise, however, the damage appeared to be limited to that one area. The other six rooms seemed to be undamaged.

Lori was about to call Karen when the phone rang. It was the insurance adjustor for her insurer. He said they would be by later in the afternoon or the following morning. She thanked them for the prompt response. He said their team was anxious to determine the extent of damage of all of their insured, and would let her know their results as soon as they had them available.

Reaching Karen, she shared the information she had available. Lori assured Karen there was no reason for her to rush back. Things would work out, over the weekend, and Karen would be needed the following week, but sooner would not be necessary.

Karen: I’m so glad no one was hurt. That is a minor miracle in itself.

Lori: For sure. Physical damage can be repaired. Let all down there in Austin know we are fine up here. Drive carefully on the way home.

NOTE: This is the final episode of this series of stories. Thank you for your interest!

"May everyone have a homeplace, if only in your mind."

Dr. Bill  ;-)