First Review for Washington’s Shadow

Reading Washington’s Shadow is like being transported back in time and seeing a country where adventure and danger lurked at every turn. Part love story, political intrigue and coming of age novel, McLennan has created vibrant characters that will stay with readers long after the book ends.

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Nation Building and Washington’s Shadow

Washington’s Shadow tells a story of people living at the edge of a wilderness in a time soon after the Revolutionary War. These people knew Washington. They are a later generation of Americans. They moved west to build towns and communities, facing away from Europe with its wars and dynasties, a movement of people that began in 1607. 

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Williamsburg Book Festival

I will be participating in the historical novel panel of the Williamsburg Book Festival, at the Stryker Builing in Williamsburg, Virginia on October 5, 2019, at 3 PM.  I will have copies of my new book, Washington's Shadow, available for signing.  I will bring a few...

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Blackbeard and History: What’s a Pirate?

Blackbeard’s reputation today comes from folk tales of the time and the works of authors and movie makers who never saw him, and who never understood the importance of international trade to isolated small settlements like the American colonies. Blackbeard was a hero to the people who knew him. All the glamor of pirate sex and violence was invented much later by Hollywood and its imitators.

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Fix the Computer?

My kitchen computer last Saturday stopped working.  The screen went black and the only action it showed came from my mouse, showing up as a white arrow. The computer wasn’t particularly old, but had a checkered past.  It came into my possession as a replacement for a...

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Eating with Children and Smart Phones

But food has changed.  Our older grandchildren and their parents are various forms of “Vegan.” I’m not sure what that means, except if you’re used to milk, eggs, cheese and meat you won’t find that stuff in the refrigerator. Our younger grandchildren eat everything and anything and their refrigerator is stuffed to capacity; an extra refrigerator/freezer, also full, is in their garage. None of our grandchildren, Vegan or otherwise, would attempt to create an evening meal.

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