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FIELD RESEARCH SITE: Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois.


Discover where Fort Piggot was located on the Kaskaskia Trail, while staying clear of attractive, single colleagues (ie. Brett!) so as not to commit career suicide, and keeping the “rewinding time” program secret, so Uncle Sam doesn’t turn into Big Brother. 

Merrideth Randall’s day job is teaching history at McKendree College. But after hours she turns to her first love, historical research. And she has a tool other historians can only dreams of—a computer program that rewinds time for a first-hand look at the past! READ MORE ABOUT THE BOOK.

You can learn about Merrideth’s discovery of the mysterious Beautiful Houses computer program the summer she was eleven in the History Mystery Trilogy

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Available in paperback, Kindle, Nook, and other e-reader formats at Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, and most other online bookstores. For more information, check out the “About my Books” tab above. 

Now available as audiobooksI loved doing the historical research for these books nearly as much as writing them. But it would have been so  much easier to do if I could go back in time to see what it was really like in the “olden days.” The characters in the trilogy find a weird computer program that lets them do just that. Abby calls it “time-surfing.” It’s miraculous, but as Brother Greenfield says in Every Hill and Mountain, “Our God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Hallelujah! If he wants to give us a gift like that, he can.”

Tiffany Harkleroad quoteIt’s an amazing gift, all right. Except sometimes Abby and her friends learn more than they ever wanted to know about people from the past. Still, studying their lives of people teaches them about God’s love and goodness in a new way. From the distance that only time gives, they clearly see that God has a plan for his people, that He’s in the business of redemption, that He makes all things new. I hope my readers get that. Writing about it reminded me, too.

By the way, I was born near the setting of Every Hill and Mountain and grew up “just down the road” from the settings of Time and Again and Unclaimed Legacy. Today I live with my husband Bob in Monroe County, Illinois. I enjoy reading, gardening, and learning about regional history. We have three grown children, three grandchildren, and two canine buddies Digger and Scout (Scout had a cameo role as “Dr. Bob” in Unclaimed Legacy).


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Welcome — 16 Comments

  1. As a girl growing up, I had read some romance novels now and then. One that stands out the most is “Mrs. Mike”. It’s been years since I read it, but it was an awesome love story.

    As far as looking back, as one of your reviewers said as “unscriptural”… to me is inaccurate. The Word of God is full of telling us what was years past, so that we can learn from their mistakes.. as well as their victories. I think of King David.. the Word says “David encouraged himself” by thinking of his past victories.

    Putting one’s life experiences together as a fiction novel is a work of art. You can put yourself in a story with fictitious characters, and people can learn from the stores.

    I give your work 5 stars! *****

  2. I have thoroughly enjoyed the trilogy! The first book, Time and Again, draws the reader into the story so that the time travel seems completely plausible. The story leaves the reader wanting more. The second book, Unclaimed Legacy, picks up the main characters from the first book, developing both them and the idea of virtual time travel. The injustice of racial prejudice and the innocent suffering is presented in such a way to cause the reader to mourn for the wrongs committed and long for the day when justice, true justice, will reign. The third book depicts slavery in a way I’d never read before! In that sense, the third book, Every Hill and Mountain, is the darkest and most disturbing of the three books. Carnal human beings, separated from God, are evil and selfish, and it’s horrifying what people will do to others. All in all, I would recommend the books as a good read; I know they will stick in my thoughts for quite a while.

  3. I met Deborah at a book signing at the Valmeyer Public Library. She told me about her books and a little of the story line. I have read the trilogy and also Once Again. I can’t begin to tell you how much I enjoyed all of them. I felt like the characters were all personal friends by the end. When I met Deborah, she did not mention that these books were built on a Christian foundation. What a WONDERFUL surprise. Thank you, Deborah, for sharing your God given talents with the world.

    • It was so nice to meet you and everyone else that night at Valmeyer library. I’m tickled pink that you like the books. I hope you get the chance to read the latest book in the series, The Cave.

  4. What an interesting concept for story lines!! Would love to read these – thanks for the opportunity to win a copy!!


    • Thanks, Anne, but you should put your comment at the bottom of the giveaway post in order to be entered int he contest.

  5. I just found your books. I read all four available in one week. I love them. They are just the right balance of everyday life and those that struggled before us. I have always loved old house and wished the walls could talk. You gave that gift through your books. Thank you. May God continue to bless your love of writing. I can’t wait to see how Merri will grow as a person through her adventures past and present.

    • Thank you very kindly, Jenna. I’m so happy you liked them. I can’t wait for the next one to come out in January. I do love my characters and can’t wait to see how things turn out too!

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