Sunday, July 8, 2018

New Descriptive Blurb Draft



New Descriptive Blurb Draft
**** see note at end, please



This family-based series of historical fiction stories now spans the timeline from 1833 to 2049. It began with the first novel, “Back to the Homeplace,” set in 1987, and has grown from there. In 1833 four families settled a wilderness valley in the southern Missouri Ozarks just to the west of the Current River region. They created the farming community of Oak Springs. Devastated by the Civil War, these families, along with others, returned to rebuild and recreate their home valley into a lasting tribute to their pioneering ancestors. 

Now including several hundred stories in the form of novels, novels, e-books, short story collections and on-line, free read bursts, there is something for just about every reader. Triumph and tragedy, love and aspirations. Join us weekly as we continue to add to the stories.


***Would appreciate feedback on this blurb... what came to your mind as you read it? Does you make you want to read more? Too many words? Not enough? THANKS!! ;-)

"Blurb" = like the flap of a book! ;-)


Saturday, July 7, 2018

4th of July Week Update of Progress on Stories of “The Homeplace Saga”


4th of July Week Update of Progress on Stories of “The Homeplace Saga”





In case you missed either of them…


The Novels in “The Homeplace Saga” began with 1987 and continued through 1996. Many of the short stories in “The Saga” go back into the 19th Century, from 1833, sharing the growth of the families in the early days of Oak Springs.

The current new series of stories in the 1800s is the Bevins Tales… (weekly, free, online)


The current new series of stories in 1996 feature Heather Gates… (weekly, free, online)


I hope you continue to enjoy these stories. If you do, leave a note, here or elsewhere…

Enjoy! ;-)

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Update of Progress on Stories of “The Homeplace Saga”





Update of Progress on Stories of “The Homeplace Saga”



The Novels (see tabs, above, for more details on each) in “The Homeplace Saga” began with 1987 ("Back to the Homeplace") and continued through 1996 ("The Homeplace Revisited" and "Christmas at the Homeplace"). Many of the short stories in “The Saga” go back into the 19th Century, from 1833, sharing the growth of the families in the early days of Oak Springs.

The current new series of stories in the 1800s is the Bevins Tales… (weekly, free, online)


The current new series of stories in 1996 feature Heather Gates… (weekly, free, online)


I hope you continue to enjoy these stories. Enjoy! ;-)

Monday, June 18, 2018

Heather Found New Feelings in Episode 14 - read today


Heather Found New Feelings in Episode 14 - read today


See the latest Heather Gates stories in Episode 14, here, today: 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

New Stories in 19th and 20th Centuries


New Stories in 19th and 20th Centuries





Heather Gates, Ep. 13, in 1996: http://hub.me/am2W2

New Bevins Tales series, BT1, in 1882: http://hub.me/am3eA

Enjoy the reads!! ;-)

Friday, May 25, 2018

Episode 11 is now available, free, online...


Episode 11 is now available, free, online...


We may be celebrating Memorial Day, but, in Episode 11 of the Heather Gates series of stories, they are celebrating Labor Day... same menu??



Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Heather Gates Episodes 9 and 10 are now available, free, online…



Heather Gates Episodes 9 and 10 are now available, free, online…



Read Episode 9, here:



Read Episode 10, here:



While you are there, you might want to check out some of the other fine writing at this site.

Enjoy!! 

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Saturday, May 5, 2018

See the FFA Project for Heather in Episode 8


See the FFA Project for Heather in Episode 8


Read Episode 8 here: 
now

Monday, April 16, 2018

Free Online - Episode 4 and 5 of the Heather Gates story - 6 is next



Free Online - Episode 4 and 5 of the Heather Gates story
6 is next




Episode 4 and 5 conclude the Introduction for those readers who have not read “Back to the Homeplace” and “The Homeplace Revisited” for background. Each episode also moves Heather’s personal story forward. Tomorrow Episode 6 will be published. It is a full new story in the series. 

This series of family saga, historical history stories is another opportunity to share stories of “The Homeplace Saga” characters set in Oak Springs and the Oak Creek valley of the Southern Missouri Ozarks, beginning in 1833 and following eight generations through the 19th and 20th Centuries. 



Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill  ;-)

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Episode 3 of Heather Gates story now free online



Episode 3 of Heather Gates story now free online




In the Introduction part of Episode 3, we learn more about her Uncle Peter Bevins who is an important figure in the ongoing extended family of Heather Gates that create the context for "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories.

Here is the link to the latest story:


Comments are always welcomed, of course.

Happy Reading,

Dr. Bill ;-)

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Episode 2 of the Heather Gates story now online


Episode 2 of the Heather Gates story now online




Episode 2 of the Heather Gates saga is now online... http://hub.me/alSkn

This 2nd Episode also includes the 2nd of 5 Introduction segments that provide useful background information on the other major characters in the ongoing "The Homeplace Saga" stories. These will be useful for readers who may not have read "Back to the Homeplace" or "The Homeplace Revisited." We also, of course, hope this will encourage readers to go back and actually read these first novels in the Saga series of stories in the 20th Century. Further, these stories set up all of the 19th Century stories that have now been added to the Saga.

Enjoy your reads,

Dr. Bill ;-)

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Heather Gates comes alive in a new HubPages series


Heather Gates comes alive in a new HubPages series



A new weekly series of short stories in "The Homeplace Saga" series of family saga, historical fiction stories has begun on HubPages: http://hub.me/alR9r

Heather was a child when our stories began in 1987. Now, in the summer of 1996, she is 15 and about to become a sophomore at Oak Springs High School.

She is a minor character in the novel, "The Homeplace Revisited," the second novel in the series. Read her story for more depth of detail about the homeplace as well as watch her grow in her own right. Comments appreciated. 


"We each have a 'homeplace' - if only in our minds!" - Tell me of yours, in the comments!! ;-)

Dr. Bill ;-)


Monday, March 5, 2018

Update on "The Homeplace Forever" post of last Friday


Update on "The Homeplace Forever" post of last Friday


I did update my post of last Friday, March 2, but here is the essence:

I have now compiled the 56 blog posts that make up "The Homeplace Forever" story, covering the story period of 1997, 1998, and Jan-Feb 1999, into a single PDF file for ease of reading. I have renumbered the episodes and removed the redundant opening and closing material from each blog post. This is rather that having to read the story off the blog posts, though they are still there (here).

If you would like me to send you a FREE copy of the PDF file of this 'book' simply send me an email (billsmith2003 at gmail.com) with subject The Homeplace Forever and I'll be happy to do so by reply.

P.S. My Beyond the Books website, with background information on characters and settings is now on a new site: https://sites.google.com/view/thehomeplacesagabtb

Happy Reading!

Dr. Bill  ;-)




Friday, March 2, 2018

Introducing the Non-Book Book in The Homeplace Saga




Introducing the Non-Book Book in The Homeplace Saga



Both here and in my HubPages writings, I have enjoyed sharing with you, my readers, the writing process as well as the end products in The Homeplace Saga series of family saga, historical fiction stories.

Later this month we will mark the 8th anniversary of the publication of the initial novel in The Homeplace Saga, “Back to the Homeplace.” [If you haven’t read it, it is new to you!] We than added two more novels, “The Homeplace Revisited” and “Christmas at the Homeplace,” along with two murder-mystery novellas, “Murder by the Homeplace” and “Murder, He Figured.” Further, the many original Founding short stories, of the nineteenth century, were compiled into the short-story collection, “American Centennial at the Homeplace: The Founding (1833-1876).” Stories following 1876 in Oak Springs continued on HubPages in many, many more short stories, that have been compiled into 6 ebooks, now, including “The Kings of Oak Springs,” in Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4, "McDonald Tales," and "Weston Wagons West: Levi Weston, L1-20 (1823-1874)".

Note: This paragraph was updated on March 5
Christmas at the Homeplace” closed with the year-end holidays of 1996 in Oak Springs. The four titles I originally planned for the series included “The Homeplace Forever.” You may have noticed the cover image on the title page of the video book trailer for “Christmas at the Homeplace.” [Check it out, below right, scroll down, if you care to.] Between February 27, 2015, and May 6, 2016, on most Fridays, I made 56 posts here on this blog that continued the stories of the Bevins and related families in Oak Springs from January 1997 into February 1999 (including portions of the proposed ‘3 threats’ stories). Although I am not going to put them on Amazon or Lulu as a novel, novella or e-book, the 30 thousand (plus) words will be recognized here as “The Homeplace Forever” story, and will be the end of the story (almost) in 1999. 
Added on March 5: I have now compiled a PDF file of the 56 posts in one document, episodes renumbered, and with redundant opening and closing material removed. If you'd like a copy, simply send me an email (billsmith2003 at gmail.com), subject The Homeplace Forever, and I will reply with the PDF attached, free.



“Almost” is found here:


Note: I have added Levi Weston stories (L-21 to L-31, so far) in Oak Springs in the 1870s, into the 1880s. Those may continue over on https://hubpages.com/@drbill-wml-smith - along with the other Weston Wagon West stories tied to my personal ancestors stories.

Happy Reading!! ;-)