Book Signing-Meet & Greet in My Home Town

I was born and raised in a little town in South Dakota, not far from the Minnesota border called Clark, S.D.  The town is a part of Woodland Township, named after my great grandfather, Joseph Woodland (1835-1922). Joseph and his friend, John Bailey, moved from Iowa to stake their claims on the virgin Dakota soil – land of opportunity. On July 1, 1878, they became the first settlers in Northeast Dakota Territory. Bailey’s lake is named after Mr. Bailey. My great-grandfather was the first postmaster and first sheriff of Clark in the 1800s; many of my great aunts and uncles helped establish the little farming town.age 15

bandAt the end of this month, I’m going back for a visit, and I’m excited. It’s been way too long. Clark’s all-school reunion will be held and it is a big event. Looks like a lot of people are returning for the once every ten year gala. It’s hard to believe I graduated from there 46 years ago. I began kindergarten in a brand new building at Voss Elementary in 1957, and graduated in the newly built high school in 1969. I enjoyed playing clarinet in band – pictured is myself, Mary Jo Clausen and Diane Gustafson.

I am also excited because on Friday, July 3 from 1-3 pm, there will be a book signing meet and greet at the Clark Flower & Gift Shop in Clark. Might even be interviewed. My sister, B.J. Clausen, will also have her book available for sale. It will be great to see the home place again, see my relatives and friends, and meet up with old classmates. I may even find out a little more history while I’m there.

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Love Looks Back: The Search for Siblings

__LLB-Book front coverLove Looks Back: The Search for Siblings, second book in the Journey Home Series.

Frank travels back to his hometown to settle scores and make peace with his past. Visiting the old homestead, he discovers chilling evidence in the barn of things gone wrong. Clues to the past, to his father, and perhaps his father’s killer. In his search for his brother and sisters, Frank is awed at God’s intervention and how he is given direction to find the ones he seeks.

Love Looks Back is a message of forgiveness and healing from the hurts and disappointments of life. Order now! Available for Kindle, Nook,  or print copy. Click image at right to go to Amazon, or get your copy from Smashwords, Kobo, Lulu, or Bookbaby.


EXCERPT: Frank went inside the barn, found a bale to sit on, and tried to process recent events: the pocket watch, Mac’s letter, the funeral, Mike, the Johnsons, Simmons. How did it all tie together? The turmoil over Mike’s death tumbled within his being. He thought the matter was settled in his soul. Seeing the Johnsons just brought the ugly bile to the surface again. His mind felt like a boxing match with aggressive thoughts pummeling accusations, with reason trying to referee.
He kicked at the straw as he walked through the barn, angry at Simmons, angry at the Johnsons. Angry at himself. Another kick and his foot hit something solid. He kicked away the straw and saw part of a broken, jagged handle laying in the middle of the floor to some sort of tool. He pushed aside more straw – the pitchfork? He gasped. How did I miss that before? Continue reading Love Looks Back: The Search for Siblings

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