As the inhabitants of Cloverdale, Oregon, welcomed in the twentieth century, they were not unaccustomed to hard times and thorny situations. Small communities banded together for protection and hope. Heroes and villains were often difficult to decipher. When an itinerate Baptist preacher arrived with his baby daughter and a wife lost on the trail, there was no one prepared to suspect what lurid secrets and heartbreak he might be concealing. As the preacher sets his sights against those who might oppose him, the names and the lives of the good people of Cloverdale may not be spared. Yet in the midst of the machinations of a mad man, virtue and valor can persist. The Thing with Feathers is known to fly through wars, depressions, and natural disasters. Will the Marshall clan and the good people of Cloverdale find it in time?
Anne Sweazy-Kulju is the daughter of a History teacher and granddaughter to an Irish storyteller, so it's small wonder her genre of choice is historical fiction. She moved her family from Southern California to Oregon's coast at age 31, purchased a 1906 Victorian, which they turned into a B&B Inn, and crossed one off the bucket list! Two years later, Sweazy-Kulju suffered disabling injuries in an auto accident and had to sell the Inn. She turned to writing articles and stories--something she had no education or experience in doing.
Sweazy-Kulju is currently the author of three historical fiction novels with a fourth in progress. Her debut novel, "the thing with feathers," is a noir saga, but well-received. The Innkeeper-turned-writer's second novel, "BODIE", was awarded a silver medal for Original Softcover Fiction at The WILLA Literary Awards in 2014. Her latest release, "Grog Wars," took 1st Place in the international writing competition held by WritersType.com, in March 2013. Sweazy-Kulju has also won honors for short stories and awards for editorials. Fans may even come across a somewhat rare, self-published recipe book from her inn.
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