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The new book:

 Daughter of the Regiment

I'm thrilled to announce the March 24 release of Daughter of the Regiment, set in Missouri during the Civil War. You'll meet Maggie Malone, an Irish immigrant whose two brothers join the Irish Brigade, and Elizabeth Blair, the mistress of her brother's plantation, Wildwood Grove. These two women are neighbors in the part of Missouri known as Little Dixie, but they have nothing in common--until they meet on the battlefield. The story was inspired by the Battle of Lexington, Missouri, my visit to the Oliver Anderson House, and several non-fiction books about women in the Civil War. I hope you love it. I'll be giving away TWO free copies to newsletter recipients. You can enter to win one just by e-mailing me at with the words "Daughter of the Regiment" in the subject line. Winners will be selected at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 9 and notified by e-mail (asking for a shipping address).  

To pre-order the book, click here:

I'd love to meet you at one of these events. Please let your reading & writing friends know about them, too!

Sunday, March 8, 2:00 p.m.
Homestead National Monument
8523 NE-4
Beatrice, Nebraska 68310
Program: Nebraska's Sod House Homemakers and their Quilts

Saturday, April 11, 2:00 p.m.
Barnes and Noble Booksellers
Southpointe Pavilions
2910 Pine Lake Road
Lincoln, NE
Book Talk, Autographing, and Launch Party for Daughter of the Regiment

Friday, April 17 11:00 a.m.
Crete Public Library
305 E. 13th Street
Crete, NE 68333
Program: Nebraska's Sod House Homemakers and their Quilts

Friday and Saturday, April 24-25
WordSowers Writers Conference
Omaha Christian Center
4215 N. 92nd Avenue
Omaha, NE
Panel discussion Friday evening
Keynote address Saturday
For more information on the conference, go to

Tuesday, April 28, 7:00 p.m.
Wisner Heritage Museum
920 Avenue East
Wisner, NE 68792
Program: Women and the Civil War

Since I last sent a newsletter, I've said good-bye (temporarily) to my father-in-law and my brother. I'll close this newsletter by offering a poem I wrote about the loss of people


By Stephanie Grace Whitson


A lifeless shell (to earthly eyes)

Can open, freeing its surprise

To dance on a garden leaf.

Gossamer wings gently hesitate

To fly. And then, as wind abates,

It flutters toward the sky.

Out of sight, it yet exists,

And, dancing on, its wings persist

To unseen garden leaves.

No less alive, though out of sight,

It testifies to each man’s plight;

A common destiny.

For each of us must leave behind

A lifeless shell. And earthly-minded

Men can think, “Life’s done.”

It isn’t true. Although unseen,

We flutter on to gardens green

With joy, alive in Christ.

Alive in Christ, whose dead cocoon,

Though buried in a garden tomb

Arose to give new life.

Here’s hope for all in facing death:

A lifeless shell (to earthly eyes)

Precedes the birth of butterflies.


& Etc.

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THANK YOU for your continued encouragement.


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Stephanie Grace Whitson
P.O. Box 6905
Lincoln, NE 68506

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