Saturday, September 29, 2012

Backyard Birdie Bliss!


First 30 seconds is darkness with bird song.

A few seconds of morning birdie music to start with! I think the hummingbird was a little aggravated at me being so close to the feeder. ENJOY!

Tuesday, September 4, 2012


Haunting and ghostly Novella from the Civil War Era based on the author's great grandfather, Pvt. Leonard B. McGrew, C.S.A.

Known as an ornery and mean spirited man, L.B. McGrew was rumored to have killed a small boy for stealing food during the War Between The States. Wounded in the knee and hip at Stone's River, L.B. is sent to Rome, Ga. for medical treatment.

There, he is informed the boy visited him while recuperating.

Discharged and sent home because of his injuries, L.B. returns to Covington County Mississippi, starts a family, and becomes a farmer. Through the years, the boy continues appearing to relatives and friends. Enraged and agitated, he refuses to listen to the stories.

Until that is, his final days. It is on his deathbed that L.B. McGrew meets the boy again.

5.0 out of 5 stars Family Tale Shared With StyleAugust 18, 2011
This review is from: Specter of The Covington Fencibles (Kindle Edition)
As a lover of history, I relish stories like this one. It was well-written and told the story as if it had come right out of the family bible. It would be a lovely tale to read in front of the fireplace on a cold wintry evening with the children all sitting around. Scary enough to have the little ones shivering, real enough to have the grown-ups glad L.B. isn't still around. The photos are a lovely touch and punctuate the fact that this is a true story.

Well done!

5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Gripping!October 24, 2011
This review is from: Specter of The Covington Fencibles (Kindle Edition)
I started reading this and could not be torn away. I loved the fact that the entire story was true! I loved the inclusion of the fact/fiction section at the end of the story. The characters are relatable and believable. William Deen does an excellent job of putting you in the passenger seat and allows you to see what the characters see, feel what they feel. Definitely worth the time! You can tell that this is a labor of love the way it is written. I highly recommend it and will be looking forward to more with great interest.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Tight Creepy ReadOctober 16, 2011
Maxine Cox (Queensland, Australia) - See all my reviews
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Well, the old adage says that you can choose your friends but you can't choose your relations and I guess some families would like to bury the memories of any undesirables within their ranks. But not so with William Deen, for deep within the Deen family tree roots there lies a very unlikable man and an abhorrent act, and now he's been revealed!

Living in Australia, I'm not too knowledgeable about the American Civil War, but I found that the opening scenes enabled me to set the scene quite well and the overall feeling was like that creepy Clint Eastwood Civil War Movie 'The Beguiled'.

We follow the life of Deen's ancestor, through the civil war and into civilian life. Times were tough, and he was tough on his family, and the victim of the crime that he committed when fighting with the Covington Fencibles is waiting....waiting.... and you can only think that the real life L B McGrew must have been so terribly weighed down by his act for it to haunt him on his death-bed.

With one foot firmly planted within historical fact and the other tottering into the spectral realm I found that this was a nice tight creepy read before going to sleep. I was very pleasantly surprised.

5.0 out of 5 stars The Ghost of InnocenceJune 18, 2012
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This short story takes place during the U.S. Civil War in the mid-1800s. The main character, L.B. McGrew, is not a good man -- he enjoys killing -- just too much. He's part of the Confederate Army tagged with a group called "The Covington Fencibles," a motley group of men. This story contains many facts as revealed by the author's ancestral history. Entwined with the facts is L.B.'s life after he kills a young boy who follow the military unit seeking remnants of food. Such wrongs never leave the mind of an evil man. This is a fantastic tale, well written, and worthy to be read. It's the story of innocence getting revenge. A good read.

5.0 out of 5 stars A Chilling Ghost StoryMarch 25, 2012
This review is from: Specter of The Covington Fencibles (Kindle Edition)
A semi-biographical account of a cruel man who faces his comeuppance in the end, this historical short may be brief but it definitely doesn't waste any words. We meet L.B., a borderline sociopath with a short temper and a penchant for violence. As a soldier in the Confederate Army, he seems to have found a niche for his personality, and it is during this time he is rumored to have committed a murder. The author does a nice job in describing L.B.'s cruelty balanced against his terror of his ghostly companion. He also handles the historical aspect of the story with care and just enough detail to transport the reader back into those difficult days. An accurate tale of the horror of war and the fear of karma, I highly recommend this short for a frightening ghost story to pass around a campfire!

5.0 out of 5 stars Spine-Chilling Ghost Story and a Fascinating Glimpse Into American History,March 6, 2012
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The Civil War provides an ominous background in this well written novella, and author William Deen does a great job of providing fascinating, contextual facts of the time while still maintaining tension through the sporadic appearance of main character Leonard B. McGrew's chilling ghost. It's never easy to walk that line between fact and fiction, but this story achieves just that with excellent results. Includes biographical facts and photos at the end of the book that make the tale itself that much more compelling. If you enjoy ghost stories and/or historical, creative nonfiction, this is a quick read that I highly recommend.