While We Wait For Re-Release of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS


Highlights from MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS to be watching out for include local landmarks, including Lake Nipmuc, Route 16 and Taft Avenue in Mendon, Massachusetts;  the Nipmuc Native American Nation. Morgan horses, the Rev. Adin Ballot, how the Quakers have been promoting women’s rights in the 1600s, and how immigration took place in the 1800s when our forefathers arrive to the United States.

The Nipmuc Native American Nation was called Nipnet. It extended south to Rhode Island, home to the Narragansett Native American Nation; north to New Hampshire and Vermont, home to the Pennacook and Wawinak Native American Nations; west to the Pocomtuc and Mohican Native American Nation; and east to the Massachusett, Wampanoag and  Nauset Native American Nations.

The greater Mendon area has numerous historical footprints of the Nipmuc Native American Nation, such as the gleaming shores of Lake Nipmuc. It was a pleasure to grow up in this area. Old Sturbridge Village is the setting of this fiction work of art. From here half of the family members in this book time travel back into history, ancient history and pre-history. They are very surprised to learn what they learn.

Horse lovers will appreciate knowing that the two fictional Morgan horses in this fiction novel, are from Figure, the real horse owned by Justin Morgan. He was a teacher, composer and horseman who lived in Springfield, Massachusetts. It was the practice in 1830 to call the horse by the owners name. Figure’s colt became the founding sire of the Morgan breed. These horses are known for their charisma and companionableness.

The Morgan horses in this story are named Gitche and Manitou. Gitche Manitou is the Native American name for Great Spirit, God. Morgan horses are also able to out walk, out run and out pull any other breed of horse, making them a perfect fit for the Old Sturbridge Village setting.

The Rev. Adin Ballot was a real person who influenced Mendon through the Mendon Unitarian Church, a sister church to Hopedale. Much of his humanitarian and religious philosophy has trickled down to this day.

The Quakers were one of the first group to promote women and women’s rights. They even allowed women to speak and teach at the Religious Society of Friends Meetinghouse. Additionally they also promoted women authors.

When it comes to immigration, this book takes a look at what the people of 1830 had to do to come to this beautiful United States of America. It is good to remember.

I hope you enjoy this book. I will write again as soon as it is re-released.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS BEING PRINTED


The update for THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is now complete and is in the hands of the publisher. As soon as I review and approve the printed copy, it will be available again for sale online through http://www.iuniverse.com,  local bookstores, and all online bookstores. It will also be available as an eBook.

The revision of THE MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, a time travel, historical fiction novel, takes the cast of characters through the yesteryears of Old Sturbridge Village in 1830. Little known facts of the Underground Railroad, Harriet Beecher Stowe, Harriet Tubman, and Presidents Abraham Lincoln, Andrew Jackson, George Washington, Zachary Taylor, John Tyler, James Madison, Thomas Jefferson, Jimmy Carter and Barak Obama make for intriguing reading.

Even President John Quincy Adams makes an appearance in this historical account which mentions him, as one of the famous people who traveled on the Hartford – Worcester Turnpike, with a major stop at Old Sturbridge Village.

Abolitionist history unfolds in this book, with the local flavor of the Samuel L. Hill House and the Ross Farm in Northampton, as part of the utopian community called the Northampton Association of Education and Industry, about nine towns from Sturbridge.

Other safe houses mentioned are the Elisha Hammond House, the Dorsey-Jones House, the Hall Judd House, and even the house of the Rev. Rufus Ellis at 48 Pomeroy Terrace in Northampton.

More excitement takes place as some of the family stays in real time, visiting all of houses, churches and buildings of Old Sturbridge Village, while other members of their family travel through ancient and pre-history, discovering accurate Bible history along the way.

Brie is the young female protagonist of the book, and gets abducted by one of the Nephilim, meets Noah and his family, and gets to babysit Jesus.

This is a book not to miss.

Truth Is Better Than Fiction ~ Publication On Hold


Publication of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys is now on hold, while alterationsfront-cover are being made. Originally innovative concepts were presented at such a fast pace, it left readers with their heads spinning. The truth of accurate history need not be distracted by flights of fancy. The truth itself, the truth about how Christmas really came to be, and how Noah and his sons repopulate the world, is itself utterly amazing, backed by biblical and ancient historical references. In this case, the truth is extensively more wonder-filled than any lesser attempt to draw the reader in could possibly be. I will post again when the revised copy is perfected.

Thank you all for the tremendous success of the début of this book. There were two book signings, one at Barnes and Noble Bookstores at the Shoppe at Blackstone Valley in Millbury, MA, where 20 copies of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys sold out; and The Bird Store And More, which was another success in the month of December 2016.

This time the re-release of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, expected to be out in the spring, will be out in time for major book markets to be able to order this book in time for Christmas 2017. Anyone who wants to know the real origin of Christmas will find this to be a must-read book. The subtitle of this book is, “Christmas Unlocked.” The accurate ancient history of Christmas and holiday traditions will be very enlightening for all who have an interest in this particular holiday, and wish to know how the holiday’s customs and popular traditions really got its start.

back-cover-copyPoignant to today’s critical times of a resurgence of retro-racism, one of the themes of Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys is, There is only one race, the human race.

Brie will remain the female protagonist of the book, in a world where the role of women in today’s society is challenged all over the world.

The quote by Plutarch is applicable to this book:

“To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS Sold Out At Barnes & Noble Bookstores ~ THANK YOU


Thank you Barnes and Noble Bookstores for featuring the historical front-coverfiction/fantasy/time travel book, Mystery of the Sturbridge Keys, subtitle, Christmas Unlocked, at The Shoppes at Blackstone Valley in Millbury today. The 20 books stocked for this event sold out by mid-day. The book signing event, part of the Tantasqua Regional School Book Fair, was a tremendous success.

Book buyers who missed out on this opportunity to purchase this timely treasure, will have a second opportunity to purchase this popular book on December 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m., at the Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, 4 Cedar Street, Sturbridge.

back-cover-copyThe historical adventure novel commemorating the 70th anniversary of Old Sturbridge Village this year, begins at the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, complete with horse-drawn sleigh and stagecoach rides on snow-covered dirt roads. For the cast of family members remaining in real-time, they learn history by attending workshops in the 1830s buildings, bank, churches, and homes.

Other family members discover a secret hidden library and a set of antique keys which unlock antique locked books, transporting them into recent, ancient and pre-history. They learn how the real history of Christmas and Santa Claus, and the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires affect Old Sturbridge Village in 1830, shedding light and understanding on why Villagers of that time believe what they do.

The Night Owl Christmas Open House at The Bird Store And More, on Decuntitled-5 9, 6:30-9 p.m., will feature local author, Linda Hourihan, signing books, among many other unique gifts for family, friends, and friends with fur and feathers.

Barnes & Noble – Millbury, MA Book Signing December 3, 9 am-1 pm


Linda Hourihan, HHCP, author of the newly released fiction novel, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS, subtitled CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, will be front-coverat Barnes & Noble Bookstores at The Shoppes At Blackstone Valley, 70 Worcester Providence Turnpike #5, Millbury, MA 01527 December 3. She will be signing copies of her book for sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. as part of the Tantasqua Regional School Book Fair.

Hourihan is a local author, residing within the five towns included in the five-town regional school system: Brimfield, Brookfield, Holland, Sturbridge and Wales.

This historical fiction/fantasy/time travel novel begins at the Christmas by Candlelight dinner at Old Sturbridge Village, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year 2016.

Also timely to the publication of this book, is the April 20, 2016 announcement by the United States Treasury, to put Harriet Tubman on the front of the $20 bill, moving President Andrew Jackson to the back, by the year 2020.

Many presidents are mentioned in this book, including President Jimmy Carter, who is a descendent of Robert Carter III, the wealthiest businessman from Virginia. He is remembered for freeing southern slaves during the 1830s. Robert Carter III released approximately 500 slaves, the largest emancipation by one person in American history.

“Carter is so wealthy that President Jackson borrows money from him. President George Washington’s nephew proposes to his daughter. Former President Jimmy Carter is a descendant of his. Robert Carter III’s nickname is King. He is descended from William Struthers, on his father’s side. Everyone knows Robert Carter III is descended from English royalty, going back to Charlemagne and William the Conqueror, and many other English kings. Presidents Zachary Taylor and John Tyler are also descended from Struthers. Former President Jimmy Carter is also related to the former President Barack Obama. They are eighth cousins,” boasts Lily. She is proud that the Unites States of America truly is the melting pot of the world.” Taken from page 79.

back-cover-copyThe theme running through this book is: “There is only one race, the human race.” Brie is the young female protagonist, at a time when the world needs a strong female character. While the target audience is noted for all ages, it is well-suited for junior high and high school students and adults as well.

The First Olympics


The first Olympics took place in the year 776 BCE, with Alexander I, the Image result for picture of first olympicspredecessor of Alexander the Great participating. Alexander I could only participate after he proved his Greek heritage. These great sporting contests took place in the Greek city of Olympia, named after Queen Olympia, wife of King Phillip II. This information comes to light in the newly released historical fiction/fantasy book, MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

Abe, Greg and Greg’s mother, Sarah, are attending one of the special workshops on the Greek Empire and its effects on Old Sturbridge Village in the 1830s. The evening kicks off with the Christmas by Candlelight celebration, which is celebrating its 70th Anniversary this year. Many workshops take place in the Village buildings.

This trio attends many of the fictions workshops taking place during this special night, by horse-drawn sleigh rides over snow-packed, dirt roads. The Greek Empire explaining how Aristotle is the tutor of Alexander the Great, and Plutarch affect history during this time.

Gracing the beginning pages of the book is a quote from Plutarch: “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.”

This is true.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED THEMES


MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED has two majorOne Destiny themes running throughout this dramatic, time travel book of human possibilities:

  1.   There is one race, the human race.
  2.   “To be ignorant of the lives of the most celebrated men of antiquity is to continue in a state of childhood all our days.” Plutarch

This blog has reached over 84,800 views worldwide.

front-coverThe arrival of this unique novel re-opens history which in some cases has remained locked. It addresses the real history of Christmas and where the origins of the Santa Claus myths;  and fresh insights to the Babylonian, Mede-Persian, Greek and Roman Empires, with connections to Noah and his sons, as they spread throughout the world. While this is a fiction/fantasy novel, the history, ancient and pre-history is accurate and plausible.

Brie is the thirteen year-old protagonist, who along with her cousin and best friend, eleven year-old Abby, their Grammy Rose and Aunt Cher (Abby’s mother), goes back in real history to live out and learn important historical events, via a set of antique keys found in a huddle library in Old Sturbridge Village.

Meanwhile Brie’s brother Greg, their mother, Sarah, and Abby’s twin brother, Abe, remain in real-time, sharing adventures on a horse-drawn sleigh and Stage Coach carriage, observing animals from Southwick’s Zoo in the live manger scene complete with a Bactrian camel, and taking them to numerous historical presentations throughout Old Sturbridge Village, and an encounter with a dangerous wild wolf. Throughout the annual Christmas by Candlelight celebration, they learn about Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad, the Panic of 1837, Adin Ballot, Hopedale, Hopedale commune, the Babylonians, Medea, Persians, Greeks and Romans, and how ancient history shaped the people of 1830, which filters down to our present day Christmas customs and traditions.

While MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED, is  appropriate for people of all ages, it is particularly targeted to young adult audiences, from pre-teen to those in their 20s and 30s, because it provides room for differences of opinion in all matters, soul searching and character building, all while building upon accurate history, ancient and plausible pre-history. This allows individuals the breath of thought, to be able to consider for themselves things that they may never have pondered before, or might possibly reconsider in a new light.

“This poignant book weaves an interesting tale of possibility, shedding new light on old subjects.” John T. Hourihan, Jr., author of Play Fair And Win and Beyond The Fence Converging Memoirs, co-authored with Amanda Eppley. This quote graces from front cover of MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS – CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED.

MYSTERY OF THE STURBRIDGE KEYS is the title of the novel. CHRISTMAS UNLOCKED is the subtitle. This is the first of a series springing from Old Sturbridge Village, which depicts the history of 1830 in the living museum in Sturbridge, Massachusetts. If you have never been, it is certainly worth your time investigating this popular destination point.

Click here to order: http://bookstore.iuniverse.com/Products/SKU-001108065/Mystery-of-the-Sturbridge-Keys.aspx