Read an E-book Week (last day)

Read an E-book Week (last day)

Review an E-book There are so many millions of books out there. How does anyone find one? Browsing, of course, but then when you find one that looks like it might be worth reading, how do you know it is? One way is by reviews. It’s really important when you finish reading an e-book that … Continue reading

Read an E-book Week (2)

How to download a Smashwords book to a Kindle reader Don’t be held captive by Amazon. Sure it’s more convenient to buy e-books direct from Amazon, but this week you can get some really good book deals at Smashwords. For some reason, Amazon won’t take books from Smashwords. They prefer exclusivity, so writers have to … Continue reading

The Loyalist is here!

[This book is available now at your local ebook retailer or smashwords!] On November 26, 1782, the Nova Scotia Gazette Weekly Chronicle announced the arrival of transports from Charleston with heavy cannon, ordnance stores of the garrison and 501 refugees, men, women and children, from the American Revolution. Governor Parr said, “these from Charleston are … Continue reading

The Siege of Ninety Six

In the book The Loyalists at Kings Mountain, it is written that Michael Isham “evacuated Fort Ninety Six with Lt. Col. John H. Cruger.” This places him at another important battle of the American Revolution in the south: the Siege of Ninety Six. In 2012, we visited this battle site near Edgefield, South Carolina. My husband David … Continue reading

A Civil Battle at King’s Mountain

In many ways the American Revolution was as much a civil war as a revolution. Not every colonist took up arms against the British; many of them were loyal to their homeland. One of these loyalists was my ancestor, Michael Eisan. Though he was born in Germany, King George III himself had intervened to save … Continue reading

Crowd-funding in 1764 London

In the years following the Seven Years’ War (1754-1763), tens of thousands of Germans left for the New World to improve their worldly lot. It seems that my ancestor, Michael Greissen (or Eisan as he later was called) was one of these. He was among about 400 Germans who subscribed to join a colony being … Continue reading

A Trip down the Rhine

Michael Eisan was born Michael Greissen Frein in the Palatine region of Germany (Pfalz) sometime around 1730, exactly where or when we do not know.  One thing we do know is that he would have had to take a boat down the Rhine to Amsterdam before setting sail across the ocean to the New World. … Continue reading