Monday, December 12, 2016

"McDonald Tales" ebook now on iTunes for $0.99

McDonald Tales ebook now on iTunes for $0.99

Available to Download Now on iTunes: 

This ebook is an excellent read for those wanting an overview of the early days of “The Homeplace Saga” stories. It can also serve as an introduction to entire the series of stories. Read it, today.


These 26 episodes of McDonald Tales re-examine the early days of the McDonald family in the Oak Creek valley of the Southern Missouri Ozarks with an eye toward better understanding the strong commitment the family had to “The Homeplace” over more than a century and a half. It includes how the land was accumulated and consolidated into the farm that was the subject of “Back to the Homeplace,” the first novel of The Homeplace Saga.

Daniel McDonald married Jane Truesdale, a strong and independent woman, and the stories here are told from their perspective and that of their son, William, the grandfather of Mildred (McDonald) Bevins who created the “Back to the Homeplace” novel’s infamous ‘video will.’ We examine their little family closely and share how they related to extended family members as well as members of their community. Along the way, these episodes in their lives add depth to the overall Homeplace Saga series of family saga, historical fiction stories. 

Across the generations of McDonald family, we hope and assume that each reader will find elements of the story that they can relate to their own life experiences. 

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Saturday, December 10, 2016

Latest ebook now available

Latest ebook now available

The 4th Volume of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of short stories is now available in E-Pub format at:

It will be available in Kindle Edition at and in your iTunes store in a matter of days, but I wanted you, my loyal followers, to get first access, if you cared to participate.


Volume 4 of “The Kings of Oak Springs” ebooks is a compilation of Episodes 41-60 of "The Kings of Oak Springs" series of family saga, historical fiction stories that are a part of "The Homeplace Saga" stories originally published on HubPages, on line. The Episodes have been renumbered Episodes 61-80 in order to follow Vol. 3 numbering conventions. 

Volume 4 returns to stories of the King family and the Oak Springs community, from their viewpoint, for the period of 1882-1885. Particular attention does include the activities of the McDonald family and other founding families of the community, as well.

We hope you will be able to identify with some of the good folks in Oak Springs as you explore your own family history.

Friday, December 2, 2016

The search for the origins of The Homeplace stories and lives...

The search for the origins of The Homeplace stories and lives...

As the story in "Back to the Homeplace" was being created it raised questions as to the motivations behind the love Mildred had for the farm land and why it was so important to keep it all together as their wills were being written.

By 'reverse engineering' the family history of Mildred's ancestors, we discovered the story of The Founding of Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley community back in 1833, not long after Missouri statehood, in the Southern Missouri Ozark Mountains.

These stories, from 1833 to 1876, are collected in this volume for your reading pleasure:

I hope you enjoy reading the short stories collected here as much as I did creating them.