Jan Selbourne and Dee S. Knight

From Dee:

For me, 2018 was a watershed year. It was the year I got back into writing. The year hubby and I took a vacation (first time in many years), and the year I finally started getting my muddled mind in shape. So here are five of my best memories of the past year—a little late, I’ll grant you.

  1. I had Naval Maneuvers and Only a Good Man Will Do published. Hooray! The first books to be published in a couple of years and it felt soooo good!
  2. I met my partner in crime and laughs, Jan. What a great day that was when we started chatting online from one side of the planet to another.
  3. Jack and I traveled to Chicago and then to Iowa to see family. We are like the outliers here in Idaho—far from anyone. Spending time in a big city and dining somewhere other than Applebees or McD’s was a thrill. And seeing my mom and aunt (it had been three years!!) was wonderful. Our family is small but we have a lot of love and a lot of fun. Laughter is our family hallmark.
  4. I had to settle down and learn a couple of things in order to promote those new books I’d mentioned. Nothing shapes up the brain more than having to learn new things. Facebook, Twitter, MeWe, and getting involved with Yahoo groups and chats and blogs… Well, let’s just say that I feel more mentally alert in some ways than I did while I was editing for a major manufacturing company. On the other hand, it’s confusing. And I still have Pinterest to go!
  5. I got to read so many great books!! Jan’s books, of course. I loved them! The Proposition, Lies of Gold, and Perilous Love are all so different and yet Jan’s style makes each book engrossing and readable. Other books I loved in 2018? The Wyoming Wildflower series by Patricia McLinn, Bringer of Chaos (The Origin of Pietas and Forged in Fire), Unbreak My Heart (a very different Lauren Blakely), the Rebecca Mayfield series (so funny!), The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I Flipping Love You, Shenanigans… and more. I know there are more but these are the ones that come to the top of my head. I should start a list…

So, even though I’ve gotten 2019 off to a late start, I hope you will join Jan and me in our 2019 adventures! In addition to our newsletter, please check out our Nomad Authors blog.

From Jan:

A very happy new year. I hope 2019 will be a happy, healthy and positive year for all of us.  I also hope you are sticking to your new year resolutions, as I am.  I’ll move on quickly before my nose begins to grow.

Have you read Dee’s Nomad Author blog “What if”?  If you haven’t, please do, because its very thought provoking.  I couldn’t help thinking about my What ifs.  What if I hadn’t travelled to the UK for that working holiday all those years ago?  The long journey by sea went through the Suez Canal with a trip to Cairo and visiting the fascinating Pompeii before arriving in England. To this naïve young Aussie, London was the centre of the world. What if I hadn’t married?  I wouldn’t have my two wonderful daughters.  What if I didn’t have itchy feet?  What if I’d never had the urge to write? I wouldn’t have met the wonderful authors who’ve become friends.

Do you have some What Ifs to share?  We’d love to read them. You'll find our email addresses below.

Since our last newsletter Dee and I had the pleasure of interviewing a great author, Betty Ann Harris.  Please read this interview so you can get to know Betty Ann.  Her books are heart- warming and a pleasure to read.

I’d decided to avoid the subject of weather in this newsletter but heck, what about the weather in North America?  My daughter lives in Michigan and her emailed updates have me shivering. Niagara Falls freezing over, the Midwest colder than Antarctica, Alaska and Siberia!  Holy cow that’s cold and here I was complaining about our heatwave.

Next month we’ll be introducing author Zia Westfield, so until then, stay safe and happy.


    Rebuilding New Orleans after Katrina often caused residents to be challenged to prove home titles back hundreds of years.   That is because of community history stretching back over two centuries during which houses were passed along through generations of family, sometimes making it quite difficult to establish a paper trail of ownership.

 A New Orleans lawyer sought a FHA rebuilding loan for a client. He was told the loan would be granted upon submission of satisfactory proof of ownership of the parcel of property as it was being offered as collateral. It took the lawyer 3 months, but he was able to prove title to the property dating back to 1803. After sending the information to the FHA, he received the following reply

(Actual reply from FHA (Federal Housing Administration)):

"Upon review of your letter adjoining your client's loan application, we note that the request is supported by an Abstract of Title. While we compliment the able manner in which you have prepared and presented the application, we must point out that you have only cleared title to the proposed collateral property back to 1803. Before final approval can be accorded, it will be necessary to clear the title back to its origin."

And here is the great letter the lawyer responded with:

"Your letter regarding title in Case No.189156 has been received. I note that you wish to have proof of title extended further than the 206 years already covered in the present application. I was unaware that any educated person in this country, particularly those working with real property, would not know that Louisiana was purchased by the United States from France in 1803 , the year of origin of title identified in our application. For the edification of uninformed FHA bureaucrats, the title to the land prior to US. ownership was obtained from France, which had acquired it by Right of Conquest from Spain. The land came into the possession of Spain by Right of Discovery made in the year 1492 by a sea captain named Christopher Columbus, who had been granted the privilege of seeking a new route to   India by the Spanish monarch, Queen Isabella. The good Queen Isabella, being a pious woman and almost as careful about titles as the FHA, took the precaution of securing the blessing of the Pope before she sold her jewels to finance Columbus 's expedition. Now the Pope, as I'm sure you may know, is the emissary of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and God, it is commonly accepted, created this world. Therefore, I believe it is safe to presume that God also made that part of the world called Louisiana. God, therefore, would be the owner of origin and His origins date back to before the beginning of time, the world as we know it, and the FHA. I hope you find God's original claim to be satisfactory.

Now, may we have our damn reconstruction loan?"

The loan was immediately approved.

Introducing author Betty Ann Harris.

Here is just a bit about Betty Ann's book Possessing Prudence. Read Betty Ann's full interview and find out about her and her paranormal romance.

The story starts in America in 1897 with a woman of French descent, accused of murder. In current day, Prudence Trivit tries to solve the murder mystery and clear her great-aunt's name and reputation. Sounds great!


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