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With Open Arms

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A war-weary ex-soldier. An untamable woman. Love doesn’t stand a chance in hell…
 
How can two mistrusting partners transform their fiery passion into happily-ever-after when all she knows how to do is fight? And all he wants is peace.
 
WITH OPEN ARMS (book two of my four-book, THE CUTTERIDGE SERIES). A #1 Bestselling Western Historical Romance at Samhain Publishing.
 

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No Greater Glory

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Amid the carnage of war, he commandeers far more than just her home…
 
When a Union Army officer drenched in obligation collides with an unyielding southern widow locked inside her daily routines, not even the war raging around them is as explosive as the unexpected passion that erupts.
 
NO GREATER GLORY (book one of The Cutteridge Series). An RWA National Golden Heart finalist, a USA Today Lifeblog ‘Recommended Read’, & for nearly one full year, the #1 Civil War Romance at Amazon.
 

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Shovel faster!!

Posted Feb 16 2015, 8:05 pm

a snow woman

 

There’s been snow as long as mankind has existed & shoveling that heavy, white stuff is hard work. I can’t remember a time when we didn’t have SNOW SHOVELS.

But, did you know the first ones appeared on earth nearly 6,000 years ago. elk 2And according to archaeologists, “…found in a bog in Russia, the earliest known [snow] shovel was made from a carved elk antler section and tied to a wooden handle.”

By the mid-1800s, dozens of inventors had patented snow shovel equipment, including horse-drawn contraptions, or horse carts & coaches which converted wheels to ski-like runners. a snowAnd these all worked well for a while…but what about that all-important, cross-country railroad which soon loomed upon the scene? a snow railroadHow could the Baltimore & Ohio, and other railroad companies, clear the steel beams to allow the trains to get through? Well, I’ll tell you…in 1888, a Toronto dentist named J.W. Elliott, came up with an ingenious ‘snow shovel’ design. He equipped a huge rotary engine rimmed with flat wooden blades that plowed through the snow, blowing off the heavy mess as the locomotive pushed the ‘car’ down the track. It drew some interest.  And then, according to Encyclopedia Britannica, “another designer from Ontario named Orange Jull expanded on Elliot’s design, building working models he tested with sand.  a snow organeDuring the winter of 1883–1884, Jull contracted with the Leslie Brothers of Toronto to build a full-size prototype.”  

This one worked like a charm! 

Eventually all railroads bought the contraption. Now the American movement westward could continue in spite of Mother Nature’s wrath.  a snow electric

Even those new fangled, big city ‘electric’ cars in 1889 got into the ‘snow shovel’ idea to keep their travelers traveling even in the winter. 

a snow car

Then by the turn of the century, horses & the rail lines gave way to the spectacular automobile. And in 1920, Norwegian brothers Hans & Even Overaasen came up with the first car-mounted snow shovel/plow. Now American did not have to hole-up ’til spring.

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So, the next time we’re out shoveling off our driveways & walks with our handy-dandy, ergonomically correct snow shovel, we can smile & thank that elk whose durable antler started it all.

 

 

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