Monday, August 11, 2014

Research Resources - August 2014

It's true. Summer is almost over. In most of the U.S., the sounds of school bells, buses, alarm clocks, and children's moans or exclamations of delight can be heard. It all signals the return to school. You can hear moms breathing a huge sigh of relief. :)

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
Fifteen years ago, Alyssa Denham stopped taking her annual summer trip to Mackinac Island, refusing to tell anyone the reason she avoided the island she loved as a child. Now here she is, unexpectedly on the island for two weeks with her best friend, Libby, trying to keep her secret buried. Alyssa’s grandmother, who lives on the island, has asked Alyssa and Libby to help piece together a friendship quilt she had started years earlier. Their quest takes them to the homes of some of her grandmother’s long-lost friends, giving Alyssa amazing insight into her grandmother’s life…and attracting the attention of the handsome Scott Whitman. Will memories of her past keep Alyssa from letting go? Or will she finally learn to trust and let God heal her fractured heart?

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:


Cindy Thomson said...

An exciting time for your family! And congrats on the newest book! Thanks for the resources. For newspapers there is the Library of Congress site where you can free access to some sources:

Granny's Attic said...

I want to try to read all the books in the Quilts of Love series. I really enjoy historical fiction, and I plan to try out some of the resource pages. lisajcowell(at)cs(dot)com