Perhaps the hardest part of being a writer is sharing your work with the public for the first time… and then holding your breath as you wait for their reaction. So far, I have been relieved and pleased with the results!

Heather Froeschl of the Book Review Journal says the novel is “well written and expertly executed… You cannot leave this book unchanged in your understanding of the souls of the Civil War.”

The reviewer for Foreword Magazine concludes that “readers will find the attention to historical detail impeccable.”

Amazingly, even other Civil War authors have given Shades of Gray high marks. Virginia Morton, author of Marching Through Culpeper says it’s an “incredible achievement and a treasure. I haven’t enjoyed a book so much in years!”

Even better than the official reviews are the comments I receive from ordinary readers, especially those who start by saying… “I don’t usually read Civil War fiction …” And end with, “I loved it!”

Thanks so much to all of you who have taken the time to write to me and tell me what you think. It makes the blood, sweat, and tears all the more worthwhile and the end result all the more satisfying.

I’d like to close with a quote from Helen Keller, whose words sum up my thoughts for the day: “The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched. They must be felt with the heart.”


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