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The Damsel begs your pardon for the lack of new content on the Old School.

She hopes you’ll understand…this past month has been a flurry, and the fulfillment of a life long dream. Her novel, Sudden Darkness, has been published and is now available. It’s actually on the shelf. She still can hardly believe this is happening!












It’s hard to express the emotions this brings. Almost, although not quite, like having a baby. So much labor, so much joy.

Here is the link to learn more about the book on Amazon: Sudden Darkness

The Damsel feels like celebrating, so she’s holding a giveaway for a free copy of her book, for followers of Old School. All you need to do is leave a comment saying what your flavor of follow-ship is. (Email, blog reader, facebook, etc.) So sorry, but the contest is limited to those with a US shipping address.

The giveaway will end Saturday morning, at which time a name will be drawn and announced here. May the odds be ever in your favor!

Here’s a rare pic of the Damsel herself at a book signing:

A very happy day indeed.

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  • Jani

    Does being the first to comment give any bonus points?? I subscribe via google reader. LOVE your website! Congrats on the book!

  • Ramona

    I follow you on Facebook, but I’ve been following your blog for a few years. I am trying to teach my girls the simple basics of life like gardening and taking care of our home and being prepared. I looked up your book on Amazon. Sounds like a very good book. We are very big readers in our home so we would love the book.

    • Ramona

      I used wrong e-mail with the above comment

  • Maren

    I follow via Google Reader. I love your blog, and am always so happy when a new post appears!

  • Beth Hughes

    I’m a faithful blog reader. I am so excited for your book!

  • LeShel

    I’m a blog reader and I get your updates sent to my inbox. Congrats on your book.

  • Rebecca L.

    I get all my Old School lesson via my Google Reader!

  • Erin Morrow

    I’m a blog reader. Congrats on being published!

  • Jennifer Dimon

    Blog reader! Love all the tips. Congrats on the book!

  • Julie Zelasko

    facebook and blog! I’m so excited for you. It’s been fun watching and reading as you go through this process. I hope you autograph the book. Congrats!

  • Just found you via your brown sugar recipe on facebook. So i use facebook. Yes. LOL! Congrats on your book and I put it on my wish list for Christmas.

  • NanaB

    Just found you blog and read entry after entry. Makes me think your book is well worth reading. Congratulations!

  • LeighN

    I’m a NEW blog reader & am really enjoying it. Congratulations on fulfilling a dream!

  • DMMCW8

    Found you from another site suggestion. Really enjoy email, and facebook.

  • Jeannie

    Congratulations!! How very exciting for you! I am a long time blog reader/follower….you had me at “sprog”!!

  • Elaine

    Wow, congrats! What an amazing dream come true! I’ve been following for awhile via the blog role on my blog, via email updates, and via GoodReads. I love your blog, and I look forward to reading your book!

  • Congragulations on your book! Am putting it on my Christmas Wish list! I enjoy your blog & all your ideas! Thank you for sharing! Rose

  • Sandy

    Dear Damsel,

    Congratulations on your newest endeavor. I would love to have a copy. I really enjoy your website. You give me many ‘pauses’ for thought and “i didn’t know you could do that!”
    Best wishes,
    Sandy in Fort Worth

  • Beverly Clemmer

    Congratulations! I follow by email and facebook.. Thanks for the chance of a free copy and thanks for your blog. You are much appreciated

  • Tussy

    How empowering to publish–I hope I win your new book! I receive your emails and appreciate the concept of self reliance, with a new twist.

  • so proud of you!!! I would love to be the winner of your book! I receive your emails and also tweet. I love the way you blog – looking forward to the read:) Blessings…

  • Becky L.

    I follow through email. So glad you have been able to reach this goal! Congratulations! šŸ™‚

  • Nicole O.

    Congrats! I follow through email.

  • Peggy

    I follow through emails…have learned lots of great things. Congrats on the new book!! Very exciting!

  • Aunt Alice

    What a great picture of you! I follow through email, FB, etc. Your book has been on my wishlist since before it came out. šŸ™‚

  • Patti

    I receive your emails and so enjoy your writing so can only imagine your book is a hit as well.

  • Sylvia

    So excited about your book! Happy to be on the giveaway list. Love your blog – read the blogs and the emails both, depending on what I see first!

  • jamie

    congratulations! I love your posts so I can imagine I would love your book as well. Hope I win!!!! (fingers crossed) I follow your blog by email. I love that your posts just show up in my inbox…. šŸ™‚

  • trish

    Congratulations! I follow your blog via email and back -up with favorites just in case! I am so thankful to see that your new book is also available in Kindle format! /Cheers! /grins ..but I wouldn’t mind a signed copy of your book either! (((hugs)))

  • ainomaija

    I’m a blog reader. Congratulations on your book!

  • Regina

    Congrats!! I follow thru email. Love reading all your tips and ideas, can’t wait to read the book! I hope I win!!!

  • daysez

    I have just found your blog thanks to pinterest and a burnt pan. I will be signing up for the email alerts as well as following you here on the blog. Congrats on being published. Hope there are more books in the works.

  • Charlotte

    I follow through email and have had a great time re-sprouting onions and celery this year. I share the pumpkin scones recipe with my girlfriend and she made them and said they were delicious (as she’s a pastry chef, I worry sometimes about sharing recipes with her). I hope to get the time to make them myself this weekend. Congratulations as well!!

  • angie

    I follow your blog. Congratulations on the book!

  • Robin

    I follow you via e-mail…congrats on the book!

  • I have you on my poor, neglected blog reader, but mostly I follow you on Facebook. šŸ™‚ Congrats again on the book!!!!! Squee!!

  • Jan R

    I subscribe via email.