In previous summers, the season change didn't affect us much. My 2 were still at home, and we were only working through preschool activities. Tomorrow, though, my oldest will be having her first day as a kindergartner! It's a day I've anticipated for quite some time. But hard to believe it's here already. Big changes in store real soon. I can feel it.
I also have a brand new book releasing this month (next week on the 19th, to be exact). Part of the Quilts of Love line from Abingdon Press and set on Mackinac Island in Michigan. Click on the cover below for ordering options. Here is the blurb about it:
A fun getaway on a charming island may be just what Alyssa needs…if only she can let go of her past.
|A Grand Design|
by Amber Stockton
Life is crazy with 2 kids ages 3 and 5, book deadlines, revisions for my editor, marketing, serving with women's ministry, and running a home business. Who has time for hitting the books or doing research? It's a necessary part of the job, though.
So, I'm here with these top 5 resources this month. Thanks to friends from the 19th Century Writers group and a variety of other sources for these:
Brace Face - Medical information for the 1800's.
Dialects - Great site featuring sample dialects from all 50 states.
Home Remedies in the 1800's - The title says it all. A resource for home remedies to save you that trip to the town doctor or a house call.
Mourning Customs - Instructions, directions, and superstitions related to the period of mourning.
News in History - Includes newpaper articles from the times and a list of reference materials.
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That's it for this month. As always, feel free to share your own fabulous research sites or resources in the comments. If they're important to you, they're important to us too! We'd love to hear about them. :)
Tiffany Amber Stockton has been crafting and embellishing stories since childhood. Today, she is an award-winning author, a speaker, and a director with Nerium International, a relationship marketing company in the anti-aging industry. She lives with her husband and fellow author, Stuart Vaughn Stockton, in Colorado. They have one girl and one boy, and a vivacious Aussie/retrieve mix named Roxie. She has sold fourteen books so far and is represented by literary agent Sandra Bishop. Read more about her at her web site: http://www.amberstockton.com/.