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Newton , Kansas

May 24, 2023

Susanna Lane “Imperfect Promise” Blog The town of Newton, Kansas has a nod and small part in my first novel, “Imperfect Promise”. The Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad extended it’s route from Emporia, making Newton an important cattle transport…

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Wichita: Another Setting In My First Book

April 18, 2023

    Wichita, Kansas Wichita plays a short but pivotal role in my first book, “Imperfect Promise.” Fictional story and characters, yet portraying the rough backdrop. Here’s a bit of trivia about the history and Wichita story. First settled in…

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Places In My Books Dobytown, Nebraska

March 4, 2023

Fort Kearny was established in 1848 to help accommodate overland commerce and settlements. Kearney City, also known as Dobytown, came about in 1859. Dobytown is a nod to the approximately fifteen adobe structures composing the town. Many historians refer to…

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Places and Settings Fort Benton, Montana

February 10, 2023

Fort Benton is located along the upper Missouri River and was an important fort that was transformed and surrounded by a vibrant, bustling town; especially between 1875-1887. The river was a great reason for its success when steam boating became…

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Places and Settings

January 3, 2023

As part of my blog over the next months, I’m including a few stories about some of the towns or settings of my novels . . .including “Imperfect Promise” (Spur Winner and Will Rogers’ Silver Medallion Winner. Soon to be…

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Fall Blog Some OLD Pharmacy Cures of the West

October 23, 2022

Caution: These are some samples of old medical treatments that may cause death or illness. Do not think about replacing your physician. I’ve run across these varied treatments in old travel journals as well as from my mother who grew…

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June to July Blog Food for Thought

July 9, 2022

If you are not reading then you are writing….right? The next two books in my Promise series are well underway. “Imperfect Promise” is the Spur Historical Romance winner for the Western Writers of America and Finalist in the Will Rogers…

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Spring Cleaning

May 4, 2022

It was time to take a break from working on my third book in a series. And what a joy to visit family so many miles away. (700+) Now that I’ve swept away the cobwebs, I’m about to restart my…

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“Imperfect Promise” Winner of Western Historical Romance Spur Award 2022

March 24, 2022

I’ll bet some of my blog followers have had a similar experience as mine. I was sitting in the doctor’s office awaiting the doctor’s arrival; mask on. My cell rang. When I noticed the call was from Wyoming….I thought…that has…

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Susanna’s March Blog: How can weather events underpin plot evolution.

February 27, 2022

March Blog: How Weather Events Underpin Plot Evolution. Uncontrollable situations within your setting influence your character’s reactions and expressions. That’s plain fact. Tornadoes, thunderstorms, droughts, wind storms, floods, clouds and blue skies are likely to drive your character’s decisions and…

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