Friday, January 16, 2015

3 Threats - 6 POV characters - Lori Winslow first…

"3 Threats to the Homeplace" preview
6 POV characters
Lori Winslow first…

Over the next six Fridays, I will share with you some background (and questions to be answered) on the 6 characters that will “tell the story” in my next novel in “The Homeplace Saga” series of family saga, historical fiction stories: “3 Threats to the Homeplace,” set in early 1999.

Earlier, stories on each of the 6 “point of view” (POV) characters were shared on my HubPages (short story) writing platform, in more detail. I encourage you to read this, if you have not already. Or, you may want to re-read it, again, to be current in the stories. Here is the link:

Storm clouds on the horizon

Source: user smithwil

You may recall that Lori Winslow is the oldest daughter of Karen and Jason Winslow. Jason died in 1993. Karen was one of the four Bevins siblings who came “Back to the Homeplace” in response to their mother’s unusual will, in that first novel in this series.

In “Christmas at the Homeplace,” Lori moved back to the Oak Springs valley from Los Angeles to help her mother, Karen, run the Homeplace Country Inn on part of the original family farm land, two miles east of town. It looked across the farm toward the Mill on Oak Creek. 

Lori has been looking into developing some of the land, in between, into a residential “Homeplace Estates,” to continue the family legacy in a new direction for the next generation. There are now several couples of that generation who would like to build their “forever” homes on this land, as well. Lori wants to facilitate their vision. Will the older family members support that vision?

Here is a reminder of the “Back of the Book” tentative description of the next novel:

“In February 1999, social and economic times were booming for The Bevins Agricultural Corporation and the McDonald Conservancy with additional farm lands purchased and additional lands donated to the Conservancy. The Conservancy just received an $800,000 State of Missouri Conservation Grant to implement their major operating plan. Then it happened. 

Bad things come in “threes:” 
  1. Bevins sister, Beverly, moved back to Oak Springs “permanently.” Remember what happened the last time she did that? 
  2. A mature man appears in Oak Springs claiming half of the Bevins-McDonald property at the time Mildred (McDonald) Bevins died in the fall of 1986. He says he is very serious, and his claim will be upheld in court.
  3. An F-3 Tornado strikes in the Oak Creek valley, with devastating results.”

“May we each have a Homeplace, if only in our minds.”

Dr. Bill ;-)

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