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The House in Windward Leaves is available on Kindle and in paperback. It's a middle grade Halloween fantasy with more humor than horror. In 2013, it became a Finalist in both the National Indie Excellence Book Awards and the Next Generation Indie Book Awards.

I revised The Swan Bonnet while I waited for the HC review and was glad that their comments corresponded with many of my changes. The book is now intended for Historical and YA readers. It is available from Couchgrass Books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and in Kindle.

The Wide Awake Loons is now published by Silver Knight Publishing.

In 2012, my short story collection, Curiosity Killed the Sphinx and Other Stories was published by Hollywood Books International, the fiction imprint of Press Americana.

Thank you for the comments on Claude: A Dog of the Sixties as they were helpful while I revised my fictionalized version of a childhood pet.


I return reads and like the opportunity to swap. From childhood, I was a browser of the New Arrivals rack at the nearest library.

favourite books

The Summer Before the Dark by Doris Lessing, Feast of July by H. E. Bates, Shallows by Tim Winton, Ship of Fools by Katherine Anne Porter, Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons, Aaron's Rod by D. H. Lawrence, L'Assommoir by Emile Zola, Far from the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy, The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald, Finn Family Moomintroll by Tove Jansson, Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, Black Beauty by Anna Sewell ...

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The Swan Bonnet

Katherine L. Holmes

Swans are endangered in 1920s Alaska yet Dawn plans to see the fall migration. In their seaport town, her mother’s hat can decoy poachers.


Unbeknown to Dawn, her grandfather has shot an old swan out of mercy. In their coastal Alaskan town, her father buys the swan pelt, preventing her Uncle Alex, a fur trader, from selling it for export. Dawn's father surprises her part-Aleut mother with a hat she helped to make and also with an idea to catch poachers. Shooting swans has become illegal but Alaska is a territory and Prohibition occupies the Sheriff. Dawn and her mother become involved with suspicious inquiries about the swan bonnet besides its haunting effect. Because Dawn's grandparents see the swans first, Dawn agrees to secretly watch the migration with the deputy sheriff's son. But after she and her mother encounter women from a ship and find out about a hunting party, they ride to the inlet. There are townspeople roving the shore too but who is the vigilante and who is the poacher?

This contains a preview of the book, available now at Amazon.com, Barnes & Noble, and other outlets.


 

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I wrote 516 days ago

Hi Christopher, The voice caught me at once, both casual and strongly written. That carried to the dialogue, really entertaining and poignant with Mr. Peterson and his insects while bringing the issue with the mother into the forefront finally. This is nicely crafted as it drives with the charact... view book

I wrote 531 days ago

CHIRG Review Hi M. T. This is delightful. I liked the way you set the environment, bringing the reader right into the bird scene. It didn't take long to get used to their conversation, little chickadees that they are. And you've wound the issues they have well into the story, their migration... view book

I wrote 534 days ago

Hi Warrick, This is unpredictable and buoyant in style and idea. Just as I was being taken on with the plot, like Alex in his relationship, the dialogue snapped another way. It prods on, and it's Alex who takes the risk. He's easily tempted and that keeps the humor going. Stars - Katherine view book

I wrote 534 days ago

Hi Warrick, This is unpredictable and buoyant in style and idea. Just as I was being taken on with the plot, like Alex in his relationship, the dialogue snapped another way. It prods on, and it's Alex who takes the risk. He's easily tempted and that keeps the humor going. Stars - Katherine view book

I wrote 536 days ago

CHIRG review Hi Michael, I liked how What has a conscience though he's good at his thefts (love jewel theft stories!) and that leads in very clearly to his being held by Perrywinkle after the demise of his own world. And this is strikingly written for the age group - economical while giving stron... view book

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