Peggy Mitchell, haunted by memories of war, grows up in Jonesborough, Tennessee during the tumultuous early years of the nation's existence. An independent young woman, she is courted by Andrew Jackson and has a freed slave for a best friend. Together with her younger siblings (her surrogate children and students), she takes on renegade Indians, highwaymen, and the hardships of an untamed land.More info →
The Mitchells just wanted to be left alone to farm their land, practice their faith, and raise their family. But their response to the extraordinary circumstances of frontier life, politics, and war made heroes of these ordinary citizens. Adam fought the British, while his mother, wife, and children endured deprivation and danger on the family farm in the midst of the battle.More info →
Scamper was a big gray squirrel who lived in Aunt Boo’s yard. Scamper made a general nuisance of himself, while constantly dreaming of being king of the backyard. Aunt Boo thought of a unique, yet simple, solution to teach Scamper to be satisfied with what he had.More info →
Scamper was a big grey squirrel who lived in a wonderful place filled with everything he could ever want to eat—apples, plums, pecans, and the delicious cornbread Aunt Boo made. When winter came, Scamper did not know where to store all his pecans. He had a tough decision to make.More info →
Scamper, the big grey squirrel that lived in Aunt Boo’s backyard, dreamed of finding a cozy hide-away for the winter. He searched and he searched until he found the perfect hide-away, until Aunt Boo heard his tiny footsteps. Then Scamper's hide-away wasn't so perfect any more.More info →
Truth and Fiction: Essays & Short Stories on Life shows the extraordinary impact of seemingly ordinary past experiences. Through them, we learn how they challenged and enriched us. True stories can seem as imaginative as fiction, and fiction can feel realistic.
Essays written in the style of Cherry Tree Dares: Essays on Childhood, my first book, range from humorous to thought-provoking. One treasured memory is having Saturday night snacks and television time at my uncle and aunt’s house. Another examines my amazement at the lack of people’s common sense. A third reveals how my first ship cruise to the Bahamas became a chaotic and frustrating travel adventure.
In the fiction section, short stories range from the inspirational to the suspenseful to the comedic. In one, a lonely woman encounters an astute young lad who needs a friend. Another features a man who finds death to be the permanent solution. A third show how laughter sometimes is all one has left after life’s bruises.
Truth and Fiction can help readers develop insights into life. They may then gain more understanding of their own journey.More info →
This book has been a long time in the making. Eighteen years to be exact. Gary, whose voice you will hear through the first several chapters, died before the book could be completed. When Gary was first diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia, he knew he would be spending long periods of time in the hospital. One day Gary announced, “I think I will write a book about how a family who was steadfastly a one-dog family came to own six dogs.” It was not until after Gary died that Betsy realized how much, and how well, he had written about their life and their dogs. After a year-long struggle, and after nearing the halfway mark of this book, he quietly died with family and friends by his side. Betsy moved on with her life. The book always stayed just out of her vision, almost too painful for her to consider. She took a glance at it from time to time, surprised at all he remembered and cherished of their life together. But, most of all, his book was about the dogs in their life and his profound and deep love for them. Nearly seventeen years after his death, Betsy began reading his funny and poignant words and she knew she needed to finish his story.More info →
The Pet Detectives are an eleven-year-old English Labrador named Jaxxs, a fourteen-year-old yellow American Labrador named Blizzard, and a fifteen-year-old black English Labrador named Coopah! Their petmom is Lisa Smith Putnam, and together they make up Lisa and the Pet Detectives. Lisa and the Pet Detectives own and run Simply Pets Magazine by day, but they are always willing to lend a helping hand. They’re always helping to solve problems and helping others find their way! Learning lessons while at play!More info →
Sirius is a Maremma sheepdog, a livestock guardian breed from Italy. They are usually solid white dogs. But not Sirius, he was born with spots. When Sirius was two months old, Mercury was born on the farm. Mercury is a blue-eyed miniature horse. He has spots too, and an unusual color pattern with three white legs and one dark leg, one white ear and one dark ear. Mercury and Sirius became instant friends.
How much fun do you think it would be, if we were all like Sirius and Mercury? They may be different but only see the ways they are alike.More info →