Sunday, July 8, 2012

Copied from KANSAS PLAINS Blogspot


Ever wonder what Kansas (Kanzas) was like 150 years ago? Get a copy ofSerenia’s Kanzas and wonder no more. Author Kathleen Boston McCune has drawn on five generations of family history to create a fictional portrait of what life in Kansas was like in those early days.

"Between illness, new infants and the inclement weather typical of the Ellsworth, Kansas area in both winter and summer, the family struggles but perseveres midst Indian raids and cattle herds which take out their cropland and fences."

Serenia’s Kanzas is available from Barnes & Noble, Abe Books, Blackwell and Amazon in soft cover and e-book.

Posted by Peg Nichols of Salina

Monday, June 11, 2012

ANNE now available @ Amazon & Barnes & Noble

Anne is the feisty red-haired, spoiled yet fun filled daughter of Perry and Serena Campbell born in 1869 Kansas (see SERENIA'S KANZAS). 
           Her life will be filled with Cowboys, Indians, Barn Dances and the rough weather Kansas is famous for of arid summers and frigid winters with up to six feet of snow drifting in western Kansas to twice that height.
           This book begins when Serena is in labor with the child who will usurp Annes hold on her mother's attention.  She soon learns to follow her Pa and the male family members to find the mental challenges her mind demands.  Though her Ma reads, most of the time she is physically involved in insuring the house, kitchen garden and children are cared for, while the men plan, direct and brew whiskey to make the money which holds them to the land.  To Anne, the men have the commanding roles and she finds them more compelling than her female counterparts...that is until she sees Lon Boston the first time.  At her thirteenth birthday celebration Lon makes an appearance with her favorite Uncle and wins her admiration and affection.  Indeed,Falling in love with the Cowboy Lon Boston gives Anne the impetus to continue in the rough and tumble Kansas where just surviving can pull the beauty from a rose in less than a day.  His quiet gentleness, impeccable demeanor and respect from his peers won him to her heart even before she noticed how handsome he was.  Lon, 6’4”, with black wavy hair, pale blue eyes and sweeping handlebar moustache rode a horse as though born on one.  His quiet commanding voice was the antithesis to her too quick fits of temper. He found the sprightly Anne, barely 5’ tall, fiery green eyes, a tangle of bright curly crimson hair the challenge he was eager to tangle up with….for the rest of his life.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Review of Serenia's Kanzas......

Format:Kindle Edition|Amazon Verified Purchase
I enjoyed reading this book. Written in journal style it traces the journey of one extended family during the Civil War. It was interesting reading and I enjoyed the perspective of a young bride and watching her mature and thrive both in her life and marriage during this difficult time in history. The hardships that women took for granted and how they managed is an education for all of us who live in today's world.

Friday, March 2, 2012

Spencer Research Library Accoladed

The Kenneth Spencer Research Library is home to some of the rarest and most precious volumes and materials in the world. The collections here encompass recorded human knowledge ranging from cuneiform tablets written four millennia ago, to the imagined far-future landscapes of science fiction authors being published today.
Spencer Research Library is open to everyone. We welcome the public as well as researchers and scholars from all academic disciplines. 

This is the home of my 1st copy of Our Campbell Legacy which chronicles the Campbells and includes all their remaining letters to one another written during the Civil War.

It may be reached at: 

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