Coronavirus and a Spring Sale

The coronavirus epidemic, coming in March, has coincided with the beginning of spring and my birthday. Certainly a memorable birthday, celebrated with a carryout dinner. My husband and I have behaved according to the rules. We stay at home, away as much as possible...

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Happy New Year and a New Scan for Me

I wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year. For me, in the health department, the past year has been a challenge. In July 2018 I began a series of treatments for an aggressive case of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma. The regime of six treatments took me to November 2018. Since...

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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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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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Radio Interview

In case you missed it, attached is the audio file of my interview with Neal Steele, WXGM, about The Wealth of Virginia, done today, December 14. Best wishes to everyone for a happy holiday and safe New Year.

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Review: Wealth of Virginia

      Kirkus calls The Wealth of Virginia “An informative rendering of pre-Revolutionary America, with an inspiring female protagonist.” The full review: McLennan’s...... historical novel depicts America at a tenuous stage in its early history, when...

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Early American History

Many people say they love history, though often they also say they hated studying it in school.  What do they love about history? In fact, what do they mean by “history”? As a former docent at Jamestown Settlement (a historical museum that commemorates the first...

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To Tweet or not to Tweet

In connection with the publication of my forthcoming book, The Wealth of Virginia, I was advised to start communicating to people I don’t know with tweets on Twitter.  As the non-owner of a smart phone, I am not a good candidate for tweeting, but I’ve given it a try....

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