Deals, steals, and news from author Michelle Isenhoff.

One of my favorite parts of writing historical fiction is the fabulous onsite research I get to do. A few years ago, when I was writing Blood Moon, the second book in my Ella Wood trilogy, my husband and I combined our anniversary with a trip down to Savannah, Georgia. Because the city has been so well preserved, I got to see many of the buildings and settings from my story firsthand. We actually stayed in the same hotel my main character stayed in! (They say it's haunted, but we didn't see anything peculiar.) Here are a few pics from our trip:

The Marshall House where we stayed, built in 1851. (My character Emily stayed here in 1862.) It's been beautifully remodeled in the last decade or so, but you can still see much of the original structure, including the historic second-story veranda, as well as many old prints displayed throughout the hotel. It's also right on the main drag. All shops, restaurants, and historical sites are within easy walking distance.

Here you can see the Marshall House's original veranda...

...and the gorgeously remodeled lobby.

Atop Fort Polanski, where the power of rifled artillery made mason forts obsolete. Union General Gillmore blasted through 8-ft walls in a matter of hours in April 1862. It closed off the port of Savannah for the remainder of the war. (The battle is featured in Blood Moon.) (Yes, I take terrible selfies.)

We dubbed this original stairway down to the historic riverfront the "Stairs of Death."  Narrow and slippery, but very cool. See the cobblestones at the bottom? Back in the age of sail, ships would unload their ballast (rocks) when they took on cargo. The city of Savannah used them to pave their streets.

This is me pigging out at The Crab Shack on nearby Tybee Island. Delicious!

You don't have to visit Savannah to sneak a peek into the past. I put all the good stuff in my trilogy!  If you love the grace and nostalgia of the Old South and the high-stakes drama of the American Civil War (not to mention a strong female lead and a wee bit of clean romance), start with book one, Ella Wood. It's always FREE.

Before you go, be sure to check out the books and promos featured below. They're always free or bargain priced. I generally bounce between speculative and historical fiction (the main genres I write in), and sometimes some fantasy, middle grade, or a bit of romance, just to keep things interesting. 

Happy reading!


Deals and Steals:

And a bonus boxed set that I thought looks really good. At 9.99, it's two dollars off the price of individual books.

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Michelle Isenhoff

A former teacher and longtime homeschooler, MICHELLE ISENHOFF writes for children and adults. Her work has been reader-nominated for a Cybils Award, the Great Michigan Read, and the Maine Student Book Award. Michelle writes from Michigan where she bikes all summer and wears flip-flops all winter.