Wednesday, April 5, 2017
What Reviewers have said...
" ‘Back to the Homeplace’ is a beautiful story of family. I love family sagas and stories about family secrets. Hence this book was a perfect read for me... I could easily identify with the characters. If you've ever had a big family, you would totally relate to them. Every character was so real. Their emotions, their problems were very realistically presented. Each character was so well-defined that I felt like I knew them."
Misha Mathew, "My Love Affair With Books" blog
"This family tree has some branches that do not always seem to come from the same roots. When the limbs are shaken, some surprises fall out. But despite themselves, most members persevere, grow on their new home sites, or return to their former lives to reassess themselves or make peace."
Jack L. Kennedy, Joplin Independent
"This very intimate story of one family, and how they manage to stick together through the thick and thin of every day life, is one story you won't want to miss!”
Cyndi Beane Henry "Texicanwife" - from review on Amazon.com
"The characters seem very down to earth and real, with problems that we all face, I found it interesting that a few were addicted to Diet Coke, and would make trips to Walmart to purchase it, for me it doesn't get any more real than that! The descriptions of the birds, landscape and the Homestead in general were so vivid that it is easy to visualize it, and at one point when the author describes a vee of Canadian Geese flying overhead, I could just imagine hearing them honk."
Brenda Casto - from review on Amazon.com
"This is honestly one of the best stories about a family saga that I have read in some time. I also found out that there will be a sequel, which is going straight on my wish list. It's a high-ranking recommendation from me!"
Missy W - from review on Amazon.com
"The concept, the times, the settings were all intriguing."
Laurel-Rain Snow - from review on Amazon.com
"The families are realistic with normal family dynamics, and it is easy to care about what happens to them. The reader understands how each character's personality - the temperamental one, the team players, the loner - influences their role on the property."
L. Brandau - from review on Amazon.com
"I thought this book had an amazing storyline. I started reading it and really couldn't put it down. One of my favorite things about the book was the news blurbs at the beginning of each chapter. I was only 9 in 1987 so I loved seeing what t.v. shows were on and what music was big! It brought back a lot of memories from my youth… The characters were very real in this book. The way their lives all twisted together was captivating. The trials they faced were all very real."
Book Loving Mommy - from review on Amazon.com
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Read "Back to the Homeplace" free...
Read "Back to the Homeplace" free... with Kindle Unlimited at Amazon.com
This is the novel that got The Homeplace Saga stories started. Get a fresh start in 2017.
Read it, starting today.
Where is your Homeplace? ;-)
Monday, December 12, 2016
McDonald Tales ebook now on iTunes for $0.99
Available to Download Now on iTunes:
This ebook is an excellent read for those wanting an overview of the early days of “The Homeplace Saga” stories. It can also serve as an introduction to entire the series of stories. Read it, today.
These 26 episodes of McDonald Tales re-examine the early days of the McDonald family in the Oak Creek valley of the Southern Missouri Ozarks with an eye toward better understanding the strong commitment the family had to “The Homeplace” over more than a century and a half. It includes how the land was accumulated and consolidated into the farm that was the subject of “Back to the Homeplace,” the first novel of The Homeplace Saga.
Daniel McDonald married Jane Truesdale, a strong and independent woman, and the stories here are told from their perspective and that of their son, William, the grandfather of Mildred (McDonald) Bevins who created the “Back to the Homeplace” novel’s infamous ‘video will.’ We examine their little family closely and share how they related to extended family members as well as members of their community. Along the way, these episodes in their lives add depth to the overall Homeplace Saga series of family saga, historical fiction stories.
Across the generations of McDonald family, we hope and assume that each reader will find elements of the story that they can relate to their own life experiences.
Also available at: http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/drbillshares for Download Now
Saturday, December 10, 2016
Latest ebook now available
The 4th Volume of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of short stories is now available in E-Pub format at:
It will be available in Kindle Edition at Amazon.com and in your iTunes store in a matter of days, but I wanted you, my loyal followers, to get first access, if you cared to participate.
Volume 4 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” ebooks is a compilation of Episodes 41-60 of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of family saga, historical fiction stories that are a part of "The Homeplace Saga" stories originally published on HubPages, on line. The Episodes have been renumbered Episodes 61-80 in order to follow Vol. 3 numbering conventions.
Volume 4 returns to stories of the King family and the Oak Springs community, from their viewpoint, for the period of 1882-1885. Particular attention does include the activities of the McDonald family and other founding families of the community, as well.
We hope you will be able to identify with some of the good folks in Oak Springs as you explore your own family history.
Friday, December 2, 2016
The search for the origins of The Homeplace stories and lives...
As the story in "Back to the Homeplace" was being created it raised questions as to the motivations behind the love Mildred had for the farm land and why it was so important to keep it all together as their wills were being written.
By 'reverse engineering' the family history of Mildred's ancestors, we discovered the story of The Founding of Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley community back in 1833, not long after Missouri statehood, in the Southern Missouri Ozark Mountains.
These stories, from 1833 to 1876, are collected in this volume for your reading pleasure:
I hope you enjoy reading the short stories collected here as much as I did creating them.
Friday, October 14, 2016
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.
Dr. Bill ;-)
Friday, July 22, 2016
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 ;-)