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Gold Delights!

From a pleased poet:

“Joaquin’s Gold  — what a delight! I am still relishing these stories, re-reading and enjoying them again. Before I began, I especially enjoyed knowing that your students inspired both your research and writing. Once reading, I wished I could have been in a class that read, discussed, and wrote reactions to these adventures. Each chapter’s title is an inspiration to read!”

Sheelagh from Idaho

Help me out a bit by viewing the instagram link to “Joaquin’s Gold”!

https://www.instagram.com/p/CeelwksMEIp/?hl=en

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Lothlorien Publishes Well of Souls!

I’m pleased to share that my “Well of Souls” (rewritten once again!) has found a new home with Lothlorien Poetry Journal. I thank Strider for including it. Here’s the link: https://lothlorienpoetryjournal.blogspot.com/2022/06/well-of-souls-flash-fiction-story-by.html

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Gold is Popular!

“Joaquin’s Gold” is my long awaited new book: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RTX6G3G/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr= Here’s another enthusiastic review!

These stories bring the fabled Joaquin Murrieta, a notorious desperado with a heart of gold, to life. Readers will find the man and the era irresistible. The author finds this historical figure fascinating, and makes Joaquin real — he comes alive and is so likable! The settings and descriptions are fabulous also! I really liked this book! 

Becky Caufield, Editor and Publisher

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More Gold!

From a new review of Joaquin’s Gold: “What child wouldn’t want to read these tales?  Walton paints a very accurate and descriptive picture of the area and  the characters are vivid and realistic. And, what about all those flashing knives, drawn guns, wicked ghosts, caves, gold bars, really bad guys?  His depiction of Murietta in his later years shows a man who has come to terms with his life, who doesn’t deny his wrongdoing and who knows he is no one’s hero. Students see that he is a multidimensional character as opposed to  a comic book caricature. Hero.

As a retired public librarian, I have read many such tales and local histories.  Most of these were for adults OR children and the writing and vocabulary level did not cross over.  These are very readable tales for anyone interested in California  legends and histories.” 

Liz Cecchi https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RTX6G3G/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Picket Duty

This is the cover of Alien Dimensions # 22

My grandfather had some fascinating friends. He and my grandmother lived on the high desert west of Victorville back when few lived east of the San Gabriels. One of those friends was a retired WWII Army vet who would periodically grab his Thompson sub-machinegun from above his front door, leap outside in his drawers and shoot at the moon. You’ll find him (or at least a far milder version of him) in “Picket Duty”, included in Alien Dimensions #22 by editor Neil Hogan. https://www.amazon.com/Alien-Dimensions-22-Fiction-Anthology-ebook/dp/B09RPDC53L/ref=sr_1_7?crid=3QU4J1K3HJH0X&keywords=alien+dimensions&qid=1645540486&s=digital-text&sprefix=Alien+Dimensions%2Cdigital-text%2C359&sr=1-7

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Joaquin’s Gold is now published!

Emily Schwartzman created this wonderful cover for the new book!

            Hidden gold, bloody bandits, vengeful miners, mad ghosts, shipwrecks, rattlesnakes— all these and more are to be found in my stories about Joaquin Murrieta. The individual stories have all been published separately and several have won contest awards. They are now published together for the first time as both a Kindle e-book and a paperback.

Set in Central Californian locations — what is now Pinnacles National Park, the Santa Lucia Mountains, Jolon, Old Mission San Antonio de Padua and San Francisco, among others — the stories blend 19th Century historical characters and events into the action. I’ve intentionally aligned the book’s content with California Social Studies Standards. Its readability is above 90% on the Flesch scale and varies between a 2.3 and 2.9 in grade level, so most young people should be comfortable reading the stories on their own. I also created classroom activities for all of these stories — now in use as part of the reading fluency program at Chalone Peaks Middle School — that are available on TPT.

            I’m proud to share this collection with you and hope it will open California history for you and yours.

Here’s the link to Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09RTX6G3G/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=&sr=

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Mansa Musa’s Wisdom Published in Spider!

Valerie Sokolova’s art is a wonderful enhancement of my story!

Mali’s late Medieval civilization came to its height under King Mansa Musa.. He was a great King and, though possibly the wealthiest man in history, his accomplishments and times are far from current popular awareness. I wrote “Mansa Musa’s Wisdom” to introduce him and his importance to World and Western African History to young people. Because folk tales are so central to African cultures, I’ve used one for the structure of my story. Every good folk tale has a lesson and so does mine. I thank Cricket Media for making it the focus of their February issue of Spider Magazine. The factual articles about Mansa Musa and African wildlife are most supportive!

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