SAM IS LIVE @ Amazon.com!
THE OLD COOTS: Sam is done and available at Amazon.com in both hard copies and ebook form. Sam's gone from Tennessee as a young man to Missouri, has fought at the Battle of Pea Ridge, had several encounters with raiders from both sides of the border, and made his way back to Tennessee where he'll join up with the 14th Tennessee Volunteers andfight at Gettysburg. Why did I take him back to Tennessee and have him end of up at Gettysburg? Sometimes I have no choice. I set up Sam's backstory in MAGGIE several years ago, with no intention of doing a book on Sam OR Tom, but now I've headed down that road and have to follow true to my path. It's always an interesting path, though. So look for THE OLD COOTS: Sam at my first event, GOOD OLE DAYS in Fort Scott, Kansas on June 6th or at POPLAR HEIGHTS FARM on June 14th and 15th in Butler, MO, all day both days. This year they're having a Civil War theme, which, of course, falls right into my storylines and should be LOTS of fun! I think they may even have some re-enactors there!
I have a special thanks for Brian Payne of the 14th Tennessee Volunteers who helped me a great deal with getting Sam from Clarksville to Guiney's Station to enlist with the 14th Tennessee so he could fight at Gettysburg, as well as other places the 14th fought.
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Sam Whitmore hates slavery. Turning his back on his slave-holding family, he purchases a run-down tobacco plantation with the hope of someday making it a success. Freeing Horace and Jefferson, the slaves who came with what he now calls Summerset, they become Sam’s new family...
Until the night he meets Ellie Baker and his life changes forever. Ellie believed what Sam believed and upon their marriage, she happily stays in Tennessee to help him make Summerset a success. The first few years Sam’s dreams are realized, but soon after the weather deserts him, leaving a worthless property and a wife who wants only to return home with their two children—to Missouri.
The next ten years are prosperous, until the Missouri/Kansas border explodes in violence, a precursor of the coming Civil War.
From Missouri to Tennessee, Virginia, Gettysburg, and finally Appomattox, against all he believes, Sam fights for the southern cause—to soothe the burning need for revenge that burns in his belly—and costs him almost everything.
Read the complete first chapter here.