|ince the May issue hit the cyber-waves, I have received a score of letters from readers and contributing authors alike, begging me not to forfeit the cause. I thank you all for your continual support, but fear not. As I mentioned in both last months editorial and the Mayor Thunder article, I have managed to put the past nightmare behind me and move forward as originally intended.
Indeed, after delving into the submissions pile and reading all the wonderful stories, excerpts, and articles that arrived from some extremely talented authors, I refuse to throw in the towel—this work simply needs to be published! And I feel honored by the contributors for trusting in me and giving me the opportunity to post their exciting, fascinating, ofttimes-poignant, and always-inspired prose. The market of Historical Fiction will certainly thrive when (not if, but when) your work reaches the desk of the right agents/publishers. Hopefully, exposure of your work on this site will make your jobs easier in the long run.
Additionally, as most of our regular visitors will have no doubt noticed by now, I have updated the site graphics (something I have wanted to accomplish since Of Ages Past made its debut). Therefore, after spending the many hours to design and load my creations, I am most definitely dedicated to promoting Historical Fiction and the authors of this sorely-overlooked genre.
Speaking of dedication, the Of Ages Past Award for Historical Excellence was given to one webmaster this month for her outstanding efforts to promote a famous historical personage. Her devotion to this individual and her growing collection of both self-penned and hard-to-find archived material make this site a must-see. This is An Historical Research Site at its best. For further information, see our Sites Of The Month section, and I wholeheartedly urge you to pay this five-star site a visit.
In this months Articles, Joni Latham shares with us some information regarding the future of E-Publishing, while Joseph R. Reuther provides some inspiration for authors when their original visions become cloudy.
In this months Book Reviews, our own Frances Grattan offers criticism on two historicals, while I give my opinion on a novel that was recently excerpted in this very magazine.
In this months Short Stories, Greg Seitz gives us Lord Bless My Poor Soul, an intriguing tale that just might clear up a 150-year-old mystery surrounding the final days of one famous author; William Wolpert contributes Rendezvous Of 29, a vivid word-portrait of fur-trappers in 19th-Century Wyoming; Charles Langley offers us Tombstone, a brief, amusing story of life in the old West; while K. G. McAbee shares with us The Scent Of Gardenias, a heart-breaking tale of love, loss, and hope set in antebellum Savannah.
In this months Novel Excerpts, acclaimed author Denise Dietz Wiley provides a portion of her recently-released and much-lauded saga The Rainbows Foot, in which danger, greed, and lust run rampant in historical Colorado; Anthony Mudge shares with us the first chapter of his Wilting daffodils, a suspenseful tale of a young ladys growth into womanhood in the French Alps during the late 19th-Century; while Victoria Prescott delivers more than a hint of mystery and mayhem in Secrets Of Brookden, a story of one womans fight for both her inheritance and the truth.
Thanks for visiting. As always, letters, website nominations, and recommended reading lists updates are always appreciated. And again, thanks for your passionate support!
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