Friday, July 5, 2013

Happy Book Day to Me!

It's my first Book Day, that is publication date for A Place to Call Their Own.

Here is the acknowledgements page:

Writing a novel and preparing it for publication takes a community of family and friends dedicated to one's success.  I am thankful to have that in my life.

First of all, I want to thank my parents, Tom and Peggy Frech, for their continued support and encouragement.

I want to thank Rudy Waldner for his support and navigation through publishing and Claire Curry for her help in editing.

I couldn't do this without help from other authors.  I want to thank Sherry Foley for her insights as a new author.  I'd also like thank Sheila Roberts for her insights as an experienced author.  I don't think this journey would have been as smooth as it has been if it had not been for either of these ladies providing advice on different topics.

I want to thank the following people for reading various beta versions of this novel and providing me feedback: Eunie Carkuff, Barbara Curry, Elaine Foiles, Pam McDowell, and Heidi Peterson.  A special thanks goes to Angela Schafer for her editing and insight on the manuscript.

A very special thanks goes to Marianne Johnson for naming Frank and Gregory's horses, Dove and Daisy.  After posting on Facebook for help, she came to the rescue and named the horses.

Finally, I want to thank the people at Musa Publishing for taking the chance on me and sharing Frank and Gregory's story with the world.

Here are the details:

Is it possible for two Civil War veterans to find their place in the world on the Kansas Prairie?

When the War Between the States ended in 1865 many Americans emerged from the turmoil energized by their possibilities for the future. Frank Greerson and Gregory Young were no different. After battling southern rebels and preserving the Union, the two men set out to battle the Kansas Prairie and build a life together. Frank yearned for his own farm, away from his family—even at the risk of alienating them. Gregory, an only child, returned home to claim his inheritance to help finance their adventure out west.

Between the difficult work of establishing a farm on the unforgiving Kansas prairie, and the additional obstacles provided by the weather, Native Americans and wild animals, will their love and loyalty be enough to sustain them through the hardships?