C M Huddleston

Children's Books, History, Literature & Fiction

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C M Huddleston

Connie M. Huddleston loved history and dreamed of writing a book even as a child. However, she got sidetracked. She became an Army wife, a mother, an elementary school teacher, an archaeologist, and an historic preservation consultant, before publishing her first book! Already in 2017, she’s published her ninth and tenth volumes, all but one dealing with her first love, our nation’s past. While four are written for children under the name C.M. Huddleston, her other works are histories for adults on a variety of subjects. Currently she is researching and writing about President Theodore Roosevelt’s ancestors. Connie resides in a log cabin near Crab Orchard, Kentucky, with her husband and their Australian Shepherd Katie. They all enjoy the quiet of rural Kentucky. Except when Katie barks at deer, turkeys, and of course, the UPS truck!

Books

C M Huddleston

Divided Only by Distance & Allegiance

History

The year 1861 found the Bulloch and Roosevelt families divided by allegiance. Now living in the North, the Bulloch women supported their Southern roots, while their northern husbands stayed true to the Union. The War created additional hardships, limiting the family’s correspondence, travel, and finances. With two sons fighting for the South and one dying back home in Georgia, the family letters tell of the ladies’ struggles to aid and comfort those they loved, all amidst a background of the Civil War.

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C M Huddleston

Leah's Story

Literature & Fiction

Leah's Story tells of an African-American girl born on a rice plantation, who grows up serving her rich owners in Georgia. Her life, like so many others, could have ended there were it not for a bit of education and Emancipation, which gave her, and later her children, opportunities to fulfill their dreams. Told in journal form, taken down by the mysterious “Miss Elliott,” Leah’s personal history comes to life like the tiny birds she carves, revealing a lifetime of love and opportunity amidst a culture filled with hardship, pain, and loss

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Winter Wonder

Children's Books

Eleven holiday stories from nine amazing authors! Winter Wonder brings you a confection of Christmas stories by an array of well-loved authors featuring characters drawn from their award-winning books. Eleven new stories spanning all ages from the young to the young at heart will whisk you away on a snowstorm of delight to worlds of fantasy, adventure, history, and even outer space with tales celebrating the magic of Christmas or the wonder of winter holidays. Fill your child's holiday reading with stories of adventure, myths - both Greek and Native American, science fiction, time-travel, a lyric poem, mystery, and even a bit of romance.

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Between the Wedding & the War

History

"Between the Wedding and the War" continues the true saga of two families, the northern Roosevelts and the southern Bullochs. For seven years letters flowed between the Bulloch and Roosevelt families capturing a poignant time of upheaval foreshadowed by war. The letters tell of births, deaths, love, religion, and business and follow Martha Bulloch and two of her remaining unwed children North. While stories of family journeys convey the spirit of America’s expansion and growth, stories about the home front reveal two different cultures. In the midst of it all, a president is born. The first volume in this historic saga series is "Mittie & Thee: An 1853 Roosevelt Romance." It contains the letters exchanged by Mittie Bulloch in Georgia and Theodore Roosevelt in New York during their courtship and the planning of their December wedding. The third volume, "Divided Only by Distance & Allegiance" presents the war years' letters and journals.

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He sent her the moth!

In the middle of the 19th century, Theodore Roosevelt (Sr.) added a humorous postscript to a letter to his dear wife Mittie. It read: “Moth. Killed May 6th 55 and dedicated to the memory of his wife by Theo Roosevelt. Moth.” He included the moth in his letter! By the time Gwen and I read the letter in 2014, the moth had been lost or discarded during the archival process at the Houghton Library, Harvard. The loss of the moth didn’t disturb us too much, but reconfirmed Mittie’s often repeated warnings to her household staff and her husband about protecting their clothing and linens from moths. Seems Theo took to heart her warning. Sometimes, reading old letters and journals can reveal surprising details about people of the past. To illustrate the now missing moth, we added the engraved image of a moth at the bottom of the letter’s transcription in the book. #Roosevelt

Mittie & Thee: An 1853 Roosevelt Romance

History

North met South—an enduring love affair began—the birth of a President resulted. This 1853 story, told through one year of courtship letters between New York City’s Theodore Roosevelt (Senior) and Miss Mittie Bulloch of Georgia, echoes through time. Her heritage is one of patriotism, education, and Southern social standing. He is the fifth son of a wealthy New York City businessman of Dutch heritage. Their courtship, conducted mostly through letters, provides the reader with an intimate peek into their personal love story. Transcribed and presented just as written, these love letters tell the story not only of two young lovers but of the social mores of 1853. Huddleston and Koehler allow the letters to stand on their own, presenting only the necessary background to the story, a glimpse of antebellum life, and explanations of persons and events as needed.

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Paperclips Galore!

Nine years ago, a young man delivered about 30 boxes of research materials to Bulloch Hall, the antebellum house museum where I worked/volunteered as an historian and archaeologist. The home’s educational coordinator and I quickly discovered the random filing system of an historian in the first stages of dementia. Paperclips abounded! She had connected miscellaneous bits of paper with sometimes as many as 30 paper clips. We filled an entire two-quart bowl. We found birthday cards, the beginnings of a novel, the first few chapters of a nonfiction book, and copies of handwritten letters. The letters attracted our attention as they were written by the Bulloch women, mostly to each other, but some to husbands, brothers, and fiancés. We soon realized that the disorganized mess contained an historical treasure trove of information about the house and its one-time occupants. A trip to Harvard’s Houghton Library and years of work led to the 2015 publication of the first book to present the courtship letters between Mittie Bulloch and Theodore Roosevelt. My part consisted of putting the letters into the context. This year, 2017, Gwen and I finished the series, one book per year for three years. Not bad for nine years of work!

Greg's Third Adventure in Time

Children's Books

Greg’s time traveled twice before. In both adventures he met American Indians, some friendly and some not so friendly. Recently Greg’s learned his dad and several others are TTIs—time traveling individuals. Now an evil time traveler keeps threatening Greg’s family at their new home in North Dakota. Can Greg and Rose save his mother from the Pirate? Can a future President help? This fun-filled third installment in C.M. Huddleston’s Adventures in Time series provides middle-grade readers and readers of all ages with an accurate romp through history while entertaining with humorous escapades and time jumps to remember! Come join Greg and Rose as they jump into the American Revolution, the 1904 St. Louis’ Louisiana Purchase Exposition, and have even more encounters with American Indians.

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Adding a Girl!

It is a fact of life that there are two sexes, boys and girls. While a “girl” appeared in Greg’s First Adventure, Rose was only there at the end. In Greg’s Second, Rose only talks with Greg on Skype! By his third adventure, Greg needed a friend, who happened to be a girl, so Rose came to live with his family. Now, I don’t write wimpy girls - so Rose is strong minded and even stronger-willed and can time travel. Well of course! She can also tell a story, and according to her, she can do it better than Greg. So in Greg’s Third Adventure in Time, Rose writes parts here and there and even whole chapters about her time-travel adventures. She loves hats and cowboy boots, rides horses, and carries a loaded rifle. Other new characters come into Greg’s life in Greg’s Third Adventure. Some come because of Rose, and some because Greg finally introduces us to his father, Ken. The adventures continue, fun ensues, and time-travel becomes almost routine. Notice I said almost. Greg’s Third Adventure also introduces my first real antagonist - The Pirate. I won’t tell you more here. You’ll just have to read why he’s called that in the book. But writing a time-traveling bad guy is fun!

Greg's Second Adventure in Time

Children's Books

Greg’s first adventure in time travel happened quite by accident, and now he’s time jumped once again, right into 1778. Still not understanding how to get back to his own time, Greg travels farther into rural Kentucky and right into an Indian uprising. New friends, American heroes, and famous battles fill Greg’s days as the months pass. How will Greg get home? Will he survive an Indian siege? Enjoy a romp through history in this fast-moving story of our nation’s frontier during the American Revolution.

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Telling Kentucky's History

I am a proud Kentuckian, born and raised and once again living in this commonwealth where both sides of my family have lived for at least eight generations. I love Kentucky’ history and wanted to share it in Greg’s Second Adventure in Time. So once again, my keyboard clicked and Greg time-traveled. Greg had grown since his first experience, but once again he faced American Indians, only this time he would have friends. He would also understand a bit more about what he faced and how he time traveled. So I wrote about my childhood heroes, those men and women who settled this “dark and bloody ground” long before the land opened for settlement. Those few who created homes and farms in a land constantly engaged in bloody Indian warfare while the colonies on the eastern side of the Appalachian Mountains fought for our country’s independence. I will admit to owning five biographies of Daniel Boone. I have read Oh, Kentucky! more times than I can count. I know about Simon Kenton, Jemima and Squire Boone, the history of Fort Harrod, and even my six times great-grandfather Tick-eye Miller who once saved a family from being captured by Indians. So Greg experiences a time I can only read and write about. I envy him, so very much.

Greg's First Adventure in Time

Children's Books

Archaeology, time travel, and a moose hunt combine to force 12-year-old Greg to face his fears and find his strengths. Greg explores a world that existed more than 3,000 years ago with his new Native American friend Hopelf. While Greg learns about Native American ways of life, how to hunt and fish, and just to survive, he is always searching for a way back home. This new book for young readers allows your child to travel in time with Greg to 1,000 B.C. Greg’s wild adventures will excite and enlighten all while telling a rousing story about a young boy’s intriguing encounter with Native Americans. Readers can also learn about Greg’s future adventures in time at www.cmhuddleston.com where they will find activities, contests, and sometimes short stories about Greg.

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Greg's First Time Travel Experience

Writing about a twelve-year-old boy and his first time travel experience meant delving into a world of imagination that I had long forgotten. Being an archaeologist, I knew how to write about a prehistoric America and Americans! So, I daydreamed about how I might feel if I could time travel and meet some of those American Indians whose homes and even burials I had excavated. How would I feel? What would I see and hear? How would the Indian react? Sometimes 20 plus years of intellectual experience gives you an edge in writing about a particular subject. On the other hand, being older simply makes it harder to remember those childhood feelings and experiences. Besides all that, Greg tells the story - it happened to him and he is relating it all. How does he interpret what happens to him? Writing Greg’s story the first time (about 20 years ago) and the second time (in 2015) created two very different books. The first reads like an archaeological report - boring. The second version is about Greg - simply about his experience with time travel, his emotions, and growing up just a bit.

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