Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Excerpt from Chapter Ten, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"

Here is an excerpt from Chapter Ten, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"

"The couple spent the rest of the night, as quietly as they could, making up for lost time. They were still loud enough in their passionate lovemaking that the slaves, stifling their giggles, knew exactly what was going on. Staci had been without Virgil’s physical attentions for so long, and he had been unable to have any dalliance with Naomi since they left the old homestead; their passion for each other was intense. Joshua Haskins was conceived that night."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publising

Another Essay on the English Historical Fiction Authors blog

https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/

For the second time in a month, I was published as a Guest Author on the EHFA blog. This time, I compared British cornerstone documents to the Constitutions of the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. 

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Monday, February 3, 2020

Excerpt from Chapter Nine, "Wayward Son"


"After Jacob’s untimely death, Staci became despondent. It took a little over a year for her to come out of her melancholia and longer than that before she wanted anything to do with Virgil physically. Once she did resume marital relations with her husband, she quickly became pregnant again, but suffered a miscarriage before she even realized she was with child. She suffered two more miscarriages in the same manner over the next year."

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Excerpt from Chapter Eight, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"

Here's a little something from Chapter Eight:


"Anastasia radiated beauty and poise in her off-white wedding gown. It was drawn in at the waist and a corset pushed up and amplified her bosom. It was not proper in those days for a woman to show cleavage, but it was normal for a woman to take great pains to accentuate her curves. The material was dotted with hand-stitched miniature rosettes of the same color as the dress, and her face was covered with a fine veil. Her bouquet consisted of summer flowers in blues, purples, and reds that contrasted wonderfully to the off-white material of her gown."

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

https://amazon.com/author/hurdm



Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Free Book on Kindle

Beginning on Saturday, February 1, 2020 and continuing until Wednesday, February 5, "Soldier, Citizen, Settler: Lineage Series, Book Two" will be free for Kindle customers. If you haven't checked out any of my work beyond the Kindle samples before, now is your chance.  The availability is based on US PACIFIC TIME.

Direct Link:
https://www.amazon.com/s?k=B07T9YBLZL&ref=nb_sb_noss


Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Monday, January 27, 2020

Wayward Son, Chapter Seven

Here's an excerpt from Chapter Seven, "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"


"Once again, David was transported back in time. He was sitting in a glider on the front porch of the farmhouse that his father built before he got sick. His mother, Anastasia, softly telling him the story of the wedding and how the family grew even more once they reached Missouri."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing




Thursday, January 23, 2020

Book Four, Excerpt from Chapter Six

Here is another excerpt, this time from Chapter Six of "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"


"The couple worked together to pack a picnic lunch. Staci made sure that it included one of Virgil’s favorites: pickled eggs. Virgil knew that Staci liked smoked ham and sour pickles, so he carved several slices off the ham that was hanging in the cellar, wrapped in cheesecloth. He also fished two large pickles out of the crock. Then there were Staci’s farmhouse biscuits. Virgil thought they were like eating little clouds of goodness. Spread with some freshly-churned butter alongside a nice slice of ham and a sour pickle. Nothing finer."


Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

https://amazon.com/author/hurdm


Book Four, Excerpt from Chapter Five

Here's an excerpt from Chapter Five of "Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four"


"Mourning and funerals were very formal parts of 19th Century life and there were certain protocols to follow, depending on gender and relationship to the deceased. Women especially were expected to dress and behave a certain way after the passing of a loved one; the protocols and mourning period were more rigid for the death of a husband. Men, on the other hand, were expected to return to daily life as provider for the family and often began new romantic relationships soon after their spouse had died."

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Book Four is Progressing Nicely

The work on Book Four has just passed the 100 page mark.  Here are some extracts:

Chapter Two:

"From the moment the funeral was over, Virgil Haskins was transformed. He was now a landowner, with all the responsibilities that entailed. He also owned several dozen slaves, but not nearly as many as the Pope’s Creek or Stratford Hall estates nearby. The Haskins farm did not need as many field hands, as the farm’s primary product was horses. Horses to work the fields. Horses for hunting and jumping. Horses to race against other horses. Most of the slaves were responsible for caring for the horses; the rest were house servants at the beck and call of the Haskins family."

Chapter Three:

"The Kimball party was less than halfway across the river as the outbound tidal current began to flow through the narrows with considerable force. At about the same time, a storm squall ran up the river from the southeast. The combination of the outgoing tide and the wind coming from the opposite direction made the river conditions immediately dangerous, especially for such an overloaded craft already listing to the upstream starboard side."

Chapter Four:

"He examined her further and discovered that her lymph nodes were also knotty and hot to the touch, indicating the cancer was spreading throughout her body. The doctor knew that Caroline was not long for this world and that the pain would soon become unbearable, beyond the dulling of the laudanum. All they could do at this point was make her comfortable. He did not inform Caroline what he had discovered; he had sensed for some time that she already knew her days remaining on the Earth were few."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

https://amazon.com/author/hurdm

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Excerpt from Book Four, Chapter One

Here is a little tidbit from Chapter One, Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four:


"As Virgil grew through childhood and towards adulthood, his father taught him everything there was to know about running a horse farm. George put heavy emphasis on the importance of arithmetic and accounting, even letting Virgil handle the farm’s ledgers after he became a teenager."

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
Lineage Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

Monday, January 13, 2020

Posting on English Historical Fiction Authors blog

As mentioned in my last post:

https://englishhistoryauthors.blogspot.com/2020/01/escape.html

"Iniquity and Retribution: Lineage Series, Book Three" also listed as the 13 January 2020 Book of the Day on the EHFA blog.

Thanks to Annie Whitehead and her team for their help in making this happen!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Book Four

Title: Wayward Son: Lineage Series, Book Four

From the Prologue:


"Closing his eyes, David was instantly transported to the nether reaches of his memories. His mother telling of the hardships of the trip west from Virginia, overland to the Ohio River and downstream to its confluence with the mighty Mississippi River. The slave that fell overboard and drowned. The wagon that lost a wheel and dumped some of the family’s possessions into the mud. He could hear his mother telling these tales as if it were yesterday."

Book Four tells the story of how the family of Millicent Blanchard Smith (one of the central characters in Book Three) ended up in Missouri from Virginia in the 1830's.  The anticipated publication date is April, 2020. 

Happy Reading!

Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing

WATCH THIS SPACE!

The English Historical Fiction Authors (EHFA) group was looking for guest authors to write about something discovered during research. My first two books had a heavy emphasis on English history on both sides of the Atlantic up through the War of 1812, so I submitted a proposal to the group -- which was accepted for publication on their blog! I hope that it will be "live" on Monday, January 13. When it is finally available, I will be sure to post the link to the EHFA blog on my own pages.

Happy Reading!
Michael Paul Hurd
Author/Publisher
"Lineage" Series
Lineage Independent Publishing