Sweet Sixteen

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 152020
 

Thank you, everyone, who congratulated me on my latest book, Big Lake Massacre, making it to #49 on Amazon’s Hot New Release list for mysteries Saturday night. The momentum kept on going all day yesterday, peaking at #16 on the list before dropping back down to #22 at 11 p.m. last night. I cannot tell […]

Three Pebbles

 Posted by at 12:11 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 112020
 

The days of our nation’s westward expansion fill the pages of history with stories of newfound wealth, people acquiring land that they could never have if they had not chosen the difficult and sometimes dangerous path West, and many times, tragedies. This is the story of one such tragedy. When a young woman from Elmore, […]

Jun 092020
 

Not all Southerners believed in slavery before the Civil War, including many wealthy landowners who owned slaves themselves. One such was a prosperous widow named Hannah Coulter, who acquired the beautiful Chatham plantation, located across the Rappahannock River from Fredericksburg, Virginia, in the 1850s. Coulter specified in her will that upon her death her 92 […]

A Hero’s Grave

 Posted by at 12:42 am  Nick's Blog
Jun 052020
 

In a small church cemetery alongside a road in rural Middlesex County, Virginia, we came across the grave of a true American hero. Lewis Burwell “Chesty” Puller was a small-town boy who went on to become one of the most decorated United States Marines that ever lived. Puller was born and raised on the bank […]

May 222020
 

Note: This story is from my book Highway History And Back Road Mystery II. A half-mile north of the Roosevelt Lake Bridge on Arizona State Route 188, a stone monument marks the spot where one of the Old West’s most colorful characters was killed. Even today, a hundred years later, there is much debate over […]

I Am A Racist

 Posted by at 12:03 am  Nick's Blog
May 072020
 

My Mama didn’t raise me this way, and I know my Dad must be very disappointed in me, but it turns out I’m a racist. I cannot tell you how disappointed I was in myself when I got the news yesterday. I honestly never knew. This apparently stems from yesterday’s blog, when I mentioned a […]

Apr 302020
 

?Note: I spent most of yesterday making corrections to what I have already written in my new Big Lake book. Just as I was finishing with that, I did something wrong and scrambled about half of the document. Sentences and even blocks of paragraphs seemed to jump around, sometimes even showing up in different chapters. […]

Mar 042020
 

In Richmond, Virginia we toured the home of a woman who truly lived before her time, a visionary who struggled to blaze a trail for generations who came after her to follow. Maggie L. Walker was born during the Civil War on July 15, 1864, in the Richmond home of Elizabeth Van Lew, where her […]

Feb 072020
 

An outpost of westward expansion, Fort Laramie in eastern Wyoming was crucial in the transformation of the American West. The fort served as a fur trading post, military garrison, and as a way station for fur trappers, Indian traders, missionaries, and Oregon Trail emigrants for over 50 years during one of the most important time […]

Jan 232020
 

Note – This story is from my book Highway History and Back Road Mystery. RVers hanging out in Quartzsite, Arizona enjoying the sunshine and camaraderie of dry camping in the desert may not know that they are close to a reminder of the Old West that many probably never heard of. In a tiny cemetery […]