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About me! Creator of "The Homeplace Saga"

Updated on September 8, 2014

"The Homeplace Saga" celebrates Christmas

I rely heavily on my family history and genealogy research when I write the historical fiction family saga stories of "The Homeplace Saga" - I am the Creator of the Saga, and I enjoy sharing my stories with people, very much. I hope you enjoy them as well.

Recently, I have been expanding the platforms on which I share the stories of the Saga! Come along for the rest of the journey, here, to learn more about the latest adventures in "The Homeplace Saga"

The current novel in the series in "Christmas at the Homeplace." Karen, the oldest of the four siblings of "The Homeplace Saga" stories, is anxious for all four of her children, from around the country, will be able to be at her Homeplace Inn for the Christmas holiday in 1996.

It is a self-contained story - you can read it, in print, or on your Kindle, see below.

Christmas at the Homeplace is availalbe now on Amazon

Christmas at the Homeplace
Christmas at the Homeplace

This novel is self-contained and can be read as a free-standing novel, yet, it is a part of the on-going series.

 

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Have you read one the books of "The Homeplace Saga" series?

Have you read one the books or stories of "The Homeplace Saga" series?

Here is the updated list:

Back to the Homeplace

Murder by the Homeplace

The Homeplace Revisited

Christmas as the Homeplace

American Centennial at the Homeplace: The Founding (1833-1876) - serialized on blog

The Kings of Oak Springs - on HubPages and ebook

Levi Weston at the Homeplace - also part of the Weston Wagons West on HubPages (L-series)

The home blog for "The Homeplace Saga" - Where you get all the latest information on this historical fiction family saga series

Free excerpts are provided each week along with information to learn more about the characters in the series. Be sure to look at past posts to become more familiar with what has been Created overall.

"Back to the Homeplace" started what became "The Homeplace Saga" series of stories

I actually began writing "Back to the Homeplace" in 1987. It was to be a contemporary novel, at the time. Then, life got in the way. I went back to the University of Arizona and earned a Ph.D. in Management and embarked on a fifteen year career as a University Professor and Department Chair. When I retired, in 2009, I pledged to finish and publish this novel during my first year of retirement. And, I did accomplish that. Goal-setting works!

I finishing the details of the story, I realized there was much more story to tell. The rest is history. I've now extended the research back to 1833 when the Homeplace was first settled, shortly after Missouri statehood. That "backstory" has made a major contribution to the overall story.

Back to the Homeplace on Amazon - Available in Print or Kindle Editions

Back to the Homeplace
Back to the Homeplace

This was the first novel in "The Homeplace Saga" series of historical fiction family saga stories. It is set in 1987. Start here, if you want to get the whole story, from the beginning.

 

Video Book Trailer

Book Trailers for the three novels in "The Homeplace Saga" series

My very creative oldest daughter, Annette Lamb, and I really enjoyed creating these book trailers.

She also did the book covers and interior design of the three novels. What fun!

The books are published by our family book publishing company, Vision to Action Publishing - after many years of specializing in textbooks. ;-)

Murder by the Homeplace on Amazon

Major characters in "Back to the Homeplace" play minor roles in this psuedo-mystery story. I think you will enjoy this short, fun read. I wanted to write a mystery... this will suffice for the time being! Let me know what you think! ;-)

Murder by the Homeplace
Murder by the Homeplace

This is the second book, actually a novella, in the time sequence of the story. It takes place immediately after the "Back to the Homeplace" story, in the fall of 1987.

 

"The Homeplace Revisited" at Amazon - This story is set in the summer of 1996.

We have moved ahead in this family saga story by nine years. The next generation - those in high school in 1987 - has returned to the rural Oak Springs community as young professionals. They seek love and acceptance, as well as a place in the family businesses. These actions assure some conflict, of course.

The Homeplace Revisited
The Homeplace Revisited

This novel introduces you to Shadow, the horse, and Chase, the dog, as well as the main story lines.

 

Video Book Trailer

A Grey Mule
A Grey Mule

Expanded Platforms for telling "The Homeplace Saga" stories

Do you read Hubpages?

Recently, I have begun publishing some short stories about "The Homeplace Series" issues on the writing platform hubpages.com. It is somewhat similar to Squidoo, but not really. These each do their own thing.

I'll put a link to my stories, so you can check them out, if you wish. I write there, about this, as "Homeplace Series."

One of the stories is about Horses and Mules - the role they played in the Founding of the Homeplace - the collection of short stories that I've been working on for past year or so... along with finishing "Christmas at the Homeplace."

"The Homeplace Saga" extended stories at HubPages

I'd really be interested what you think about this manner of presentation. Comments and feedback will be appreciated! Thanks, in advance.

I love to get Comments on anything I write... including here! ;-)

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      Tanya Jones 3 years ago from Texas USA

      This sounds like a delightful read. I like the way you introduce your writing efforts.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @TanoCalvenoa: Thank you, I hope you are able to do both! ;-)

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      @TanoCalvenoa: Meant to type, "who study genealogy extensively."

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      I'm glad to find out about your stories. I'm going to consider giving them to my mom or others in the family who study. Maybe I'll get around to reading them myself!

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @chrisilouwho: Thanks! I appreciate you stopping by... ;-)

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      chrisilouwho 3 years ago

      This was great, I'm off to read more from you at hubpages...

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you, very much. You are kind. I hope you enjoy the books, as well! ;-)

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      lesliesinclair 3 years ago

      Your lens articles never fail to provide an interesting interlude so I can imagine the books are splendid.

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      William Leverne Smith 3 years ago from Hollister, MO

      @CampingmanNW: I hope you will give "Back to the Homeplace" a read, campingman. It has a number of issues of interest for different folks - you may even recognize some friends, among the characters! Thanks for leaving a comment! I appreciate that! ;-)

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      CampingmanNW 3 years ago

      I am sorry, I have not read anything by you. Your lens provides a nice introduction, thank you.