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SCHOOL VISITS:  Contact me directly to inquire about scheduling school visits. I am delighted to meet with school librarians and teachers who are teaching units on the Great Westward Migration or who are interested in writing and writing process.  After a dozen plus years in the classroom and almost that many at the University, I am happy to work with your interests and expectations. Feel free to download the media kit. 

The Last Crystal Wins Gold Medal for Historical Fantasy

The Last Crystal, Book 3, The Last Crystal Trilogy has been awarded a gold medal for Historical Fantasy by The Coffee Pot Book Club. The book club was founded by Mary Anne Yarde to promote historical fiction in all its genera. UK based, the book club has its own fan club.

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Book Talks/Signing Events:

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Podcast Interviews

Cyrus Webb interview about writing Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer.

WSI Radio News with Jeff Williams “In the Author’s Voice,” discussion of Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer

Rodger Nichols, KYTT News, “Cover to Cover Book Beat,” author conversation about Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer available on UTube.

Jed Doherty, Reading With Your Kids, UTube, talking about Sid Johnson and the Phantom Slave Stealer.

Steven Miletto, Living and Learning Podcast, discussion of The Last Crystal Trilogy.

The Well-Intended Conspiracy, NOW AVAILABLE.
Book Cover shows a boy holding a lamp while he looks into an open trunk.
A boy hides behind a tree trunk watching something.
You may want to read Book 1 in the Sid Johnson Series first.

Click on the highlighted title to read chapters 1-4 of the Agatha Award nominated  The Phantom Slave Stealer.

Ask for it at your local independent book store or at online outlets including Barnes & Noble and Amazon.

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I'm enjoying a good book on the Southwest Chief from Chicago to LA via Kansas City.

The Southwest Chief train follows much of the route of the old Santa Fe Trail. So from Kansas to New Mexico, I wasn’t reading, I was taking notes. I’d driven along most of the route and viewed trail track ruts in Kansas and the Oklahoma Panhandle, but seeing the landscape from the train was invaluable. Much of the country looks remarkably like it would have looked to the children in The Last Crystal Trilogy and to Sid.

Follow the link to view an interview by Liesl Bolin and the interior book design of the Agatha Award-Winning The Last Crystal, Book 3. Film production is by Bill Butler. Creation of The Last Crystal Trilogy

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