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ANGELS AT SUNSET–Ater witnessing the 1871 Chicago Fire & jailed in 1917 for picketing for women’s rights, Jessica returns to Kansas, unaware of a revengeful man following, intent on murdering her family. A surprising spiritual experience ends the story. Click HERE
ALL PARTS TOGETHER–Jessica moves to Washington, DC days following the Quantrill raid that killed 200 unarmed men in Kansas. Civil War battles rage on while she is conflicted by affairs of the heart. She witnesses Lincoln’s assassination and her dream of the equality for freed slaves evaporates. Click HERE
SISSY!–In 1862 Jessica’s life changes after her parents’ murderer escapes. Disguising herself as a Yankee soldier, she is stopped by an “angel” from killing the wrong man. Featured are the Underground Railroad and major Civil War battle scenes. Click HERE
Here is a summary of a collection of short stories Mr. Mach has authored and which readers enjoy–
STORIES TO ENJOY–This is a collection of 16 different short stories which span various events of the human condition. For instance, “Read Characters” is about a writer who gets his wish–that his characters come alive. “Breakfast, Over Easy” makes you wonder about loyalty in the face of temptation. “The Plot to Kill Lincoln (Again)” lets you see if it would have been possible to reverse history. One reviewer surmised that Mach’s stories is reminiscent of O, Henry’s ability to provide shocking twists. Click HERE
Even if you claim you don’t like to read poetry, you will want to read Mr. Mach’s award-winning collection–
THE UNI VERSE shows how the earliest of astronomers and astrologers thought about the universe and how modern technology brought us to the realization that our God is indeed awesome. Click HERE
One hundred fifty years ago on August 21, a horde of more than 400 ruffians, led by William Quantrill invaded Lawrence, Kansas, a town of around 1,200 people killing almost 200 men. The raid occurred sometime around 5:15 in the morning when it was just beginning to get light in the eastern horizon. Most of the Lawrence men were still asleep and did not have weapons to fight off these terrorists since the mayor had previously ordered all citizens to store their rifles and revolvers in the armory.
The invaders knew this, thanks to information from their spy, Fletch Taylor, who also said that the men on Quantrill’s death list—Reverend Hugh Fisher, Senator James Lane, and many others—would be in town that day. William Quantrill and his leaders—Todd, Anderson, Yeager, and Cole—planned to attack the town from the southea st, traveling from what is now 19th and Haskell to the Eldridge Hotel. Many reasons were cited as the motive for this attack, including • Sheriff Walker’s expulsion of Quantrill from Lawrence in 1860 • the Kansas City Jail collapse (which killed relatives of some of the guerillas–Bill Anderson’s sister, John McCorkle’s sister, and Cole’s cousin) • General Ewing’s Order Number 10, driving guerilla supporters from their homes.
Having done extensive research of this event for my books, Sissy! and All Parts Together, I came across several interesting vignettes of the raid. For instance, Jesse James (George James’ younger brother) most likely did not participate in the raid because Quantrill may have thought that Jesse was too young, too inexperienced, and too impulsive. The Lawrence City Band gave their very first performance on the evening before the raid. The performance likely took place at 8 pm at a location near the river—presumably just north of present-day 6th and Vermont.
Just past midnight on August 21,, a courier delivered a message from Captain Joshua Pike to General Ewing that a horde of men were spotted crossing the Kansas-Missouri border and heading west. Ewing dismissed the importance of this sighting, saying that Quantrill had gone on many small raids across the border in the past. But a scout named Theodore Bartles urged Ewing to reconsider the importance of what was about to happen. Bartles, surprised that Lawrence had not been warned of a possible imminent attack, didn’t think he’d be successful in outrunning the marauders because he’d have to travel north of the Kansas River and lose valuable time. However, an Indian named Pelathe volunteered to do it because he knew the westward trails quite well.
Later, at around three o’clock in the morning near Hesper, Kansas, Mrs. Jennings, a close neighbor of Joseph Stone (a man Quantrill’s raiders wanted to murder) is awakened by a pounding on her door. After Quantrill’s men searched the house in vain, one of them kidnapped a 13-year-old boy named Jacob Rote and forced him to guide the group through the darkness to Lawrence. Todd, one of Quantrill’s men, found Joseph Stone and beat him to death out of revenge for being responsible for getting Todd arrested in Kansas City.
The town of Lawrence had two chances to be warned of impending disaster. One was the courageous ride of Pelathe toward the town. The mare he rode died, and by the time Pelathe got there on foot it was too late. The other chance occurred when Henry Thompson, a black servant ran eight miles from Hester to Eudora. It was about 4:15 am when he got to the outskirts of Eudora. He stopped a man named Frederick Pila and told him about the murder of Joseph Stone and why he knew Quantrill and his men planned to attack Lawrence. Pila drove through Eudora to find someone on horseback who could gallop to Lawrence to warn the townspeople. Two men volunteered to rush but one was hurt after falling from his horse and the other man stopped to help find a doctor.
There were some interesting details uncovered concerning the raid, which are mentioned in my award-winning book, SISSY! For instance, Quantrill, apparently interested in robbing the sanctuary of St. John the Evangelist Church in Lawrence and burning the building, didn’t follow through after Bishop Miege, who answered the door, spoke to Quantrill. According to the archivist wtih the Archdiocese of Kansas City, there was something Miege said that made Quantrill change his mind. The archivist had no record of what the bishop told him, but I came up with a reasonable explanation in Sissy! The day after the Quantrill raid was also important, and All Parts Together starts with that day and goes forward to the days following a new order from General Ewing. in retaliation for the Quantrill raid, Ewing issued Order Number 11, which ordered residents of several western counties in Missouri to leave their homes by the 9th of September. The horrific Quantrill raid of August 21, 1863, will forever be remembered by Lawrence, which some historians consider a citadel for freedom.
Tom Mach’s three award-winning historical novels—Sissy!, All Parts Together, and Angels at Sunset—follow the life of Jessica Radford who experienced the Civil War, the Quantrill Raid, Lincoln’s assassination at Ford’s Theater, and imprisonment in 1917 for picketing the White House in support of the suffragist movement. More information about these books may be found on TomMach.com
Everyone who has read Tom Mach’s historical novel “Angels at Sunset” loved it. The judges were so impressed with it, they named this book as a Finalist in the International Book Awards competition. While the suffrage movement is certainly a backdrop of this unusual story, the real story is one woman’s lack of forgiveness over the death of her daughter and one man’s desire for murderous revenge. It’s a guaranteed page-turner. To order, click HERE
THE UNI VERSE, which won the Nelson Poetry Book Award, is a collection of poetry dealing with the wonders of our universe. Many of these poems are written in a style of Walt Whitman and contain incredible insight about our cosmos. One top Amazon reviewer said of this book “There are sparks in these poems that are bright shining diamonds lurking amongst other minor gems.” It’s available for only $6 + $4 for postage and handling. (For an author-signed copy mail your check for $10 to Hill Song Press, PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044.) You may also order this book as a paperback by Amazon by clicking here: The Uni Verse or as Kindle eBook by clicking here: The Uni Verse-Kindle eBook. or as a Nook eBook by clicking here The Uni Verse-Nook eBook. Here is a summary of the author’s other books.–
ANGELS AT SUNSET –The novel begins in 1920 in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Jessica Radford listens to the very first radio broadcast on KDKA, which broadcasts the presidential election returns. Because of the passage of the 19th Amendment, this is the first time she has ever voted. Many years earlier, she advocated against slavery and pushed for equal rights of the freed slaves. Later, she joined Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Susan B. Anthony, and other suffragists – not only for the right to vote but for other rights women ought to have, such as the right to speak in public, the right to have a profession, the right to have property and the right to her own children if she got divorced, as well as many, many other rights denied to them simply because they were women. It was a hard-fought struggle and Jessica relives it as she reads her a biography that her daughter had written about her. AND-all the while, unknown to her, a man is planning to kill her. How will it end? A top Amazon reviewer said this was best book he’s read !! (For an author-signed copy mail your check for $17 [$13 + $4 postage] to Hill Song Press, PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044.) You may also order this book as a paperback by Amazon by clicking here: Angels at Sunset or as a Kindle eBook by clicking here: Angels at Sunset-Kindle Ebook or as a Nook eBook by clicking here: Angels at Sunset-Nook Ebook.
ALL PARTS TOGETHER –The opening scene is the day after Quantrill’s massacre of 200 people in Lawrence in August, 1863. Jessica Radford, homeless, is able to travel to Washington, DC with a man named Otto and his wife Penelope (Jessica’s aunt). Working as a nanny for Otto’s two children, Jessica still finds time to write as well as push for the abolishment of slavery. Her life is complicated because she thinks she loves Otto while refusing a rmarriage offer from Matt, a close friend. After witnessing the shooting of Lincoln at Ford’s Theater, she feels her cause for eventually citizenship of freed slaves is shattered. But a knock on her hotel door by a suffragist changes her perspective. Historical information in this novel is extremely accurate, including the minute details surrounding Lincoln’s death. Mr. Mach was, in fact, invited to the book shop at the Lincoln Presidential Museum three times. If you’ve enjoyed Gone With the Wind, you will fall in love with All Parts Together. (For an author-signed copy mail your check for $18 [$14 + $4 postage] to Hill Song Press, Press, PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044 ) You may also order this book as a paperback by Amazon by clicking here All Parts Together or as a Kindle eBook by clicking here: All Parts Together Kindle eBook or as a Nook eBook by clicking here: All Parts Together Nook eBook.
SISSY! is the name of a guardian angel that only Nellie (a freed slave girl and an adopted child by Jessica’s family) sees. In 1862, Jessica is confronted with tragedy. Her parents are burned alive by border ruffians and Nellie is kidnapped by a man named Sam Toby. Out for revenge against the Confederacy, Jessica dresses as a male Union solder and fights in the Civil War. Roger Toby, Sam’s identical twin brother buys Nellie to earn her freedom. But while fighting on the Confederate side, he is wounded and is almost killed by Jessica, who, at that point, is delusional from lack of sleep. Jessica sees and hears the angel Sissy telling her to refrain from killing Roger. After she is discovered to be a woman she is forced to return home to Lawrence, Kansas, only to be pursued by Matt Lightfoot, a close friend who eventually makes love to her on the night prior to the dawn raid of William Quantrill. Will Matt be killed in raid? What will happen to Jessica? The history of this book was so accurately detailed that the author was invited by Kansas University to talk to a history class. For an author-signed copy mail your check for $16 [$12 + $4 postage] to Hill Song Press, Press, PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044 ) You may also order this book as a paperback by Amazon by clicking here Sissy! or as a Kindle eBook by clicking here: Sissy!-Kindle eBook or as a Nook eBook by clicking here: Sissy!-Nook ebook
STORIES TO ENJOY –A collection of 16 short stories by the author. For example, “Real Characters” is about a writer who gets his wish that his characters come to life. “Breakfast, Over Easy” makes you wonder about loyalty in the face of temptation. “Frozen History” is look into the future of a man who has the ability to freeze the world. If he uses that power, what will happen? “Son” makes you feel differently about compassion. One novelist called these stories memorable and engaging, with surprising O. Henry twists. For an author-signed copy mail your check for $14 [$10 + $4 postage] to Hill Song Press, Press, PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044 ) You may also order this book as a paperback by Amazon by clicking here Stories To Enjoy or as a Kindle eBook by clicking here: Stories To Enjoy-Kindle eBoook or as a Nook eBook by clicking here: Stories to Enjoy-Nook eBook
ADVENT–Only available as an eBook for $2.99, this is a futuristic novel of what might happen if a man–with the support of Iran and Syria–threatens to destroy other nations with an EMP weapon while, at the same time, a comet is on a collision course of the Earth. A page-turner filled with suspense and wonder and a surprising ending. To order this as a Kindle eBook click here Advent-Kindle eBook or as a Nook eBook by clicking here: Advent-Nook eBook.
AN ANGEL FOR FATHER –Only available as an eBook for $2.99, this novel raises an interesting question–what would happen if a priest, unjustly accused of molesting a child, is murdered and all the evidence points to one particular woman? It seems to detective Matt Gunnison like an open-and-shut case until he discovers the shocking true identity of the real murderer. If you love whodunnit murder mysteries, you will certainly enjoy this one. To order this as a Kindle eBook click here An Angel For Father-Kindle eBook or a Nook eBook by clicking here: An Angel For Father-Nook Book
Angels at Sunset is like the movie “Titanic”–bringing to life the gripping story of despised but determined heroines
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In Angels at Sunset, Mach vividly describes the humiliation and trials women had to endure to have the right to a voice concerning their future. Weaving the history of women’s suffrage into an emotional, factually-accurate story, author Tom Mach makes us aware of the great privilege of voting. Coline Jenkins, a direct descendant of that famous suffragist, Elizabeth Cady Stanton—who wrote the foreword to Angels at Sunset—says we should never forget that future generations will stand on our shoulders. Mach contends that if today’s woman was fully attuned to the sufferings these heroines endured just to get the vote, she would more likely rush to the ballot box instead of conjuring up an excuse for not voting.
Look at these two photos. The top one is a photo of Tom Mach standing before the Kansas House of Representatives. The one to the right shows author Tom Mach meeting with Kansas Governor Brownback, who enthusiastically had this photo taken of the author and his latest work, Angels at Sunset. These two photos were taken as a result of Tom Mach’s original suggestion of a resolution to the Kansas legislature to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the passage of women’s suffrange in Kansas.
A senior reviewer for Midwest Book Review said that “Angels at Sunset is somewhat like the Titanic—the movie was to the real Titanic what this novel is to the real struggles faced by women in that day.” While there is a thread of fictional suspense woven through the book, the basic story of women’s suffrage from 1865 through 1920 is told in an emotional and compassionate way, and yet in reliably accurate detail.
An easy way to purchase a copy of Angels at Sunset ($16.95) is to simply call 1-800-BOOKLOG. To get an author-signed copy, however, you can submit payment (including $2.05 for postage) to: HILL SONG PRESS, PO Box 486, Lawrence, KS 66044