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Excerpts from my 2005 diary about Thunder From a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate raid on Newburgh, Indiana

March 3 * Thunder From a Clear Sky: Stovepipe Johnson's Confederate Raid on Newburgh, Indiana becomes available.

June 1* The Summer 2005 issue of Texas Hill Country Magazine comes out with a great, full-length book review on Thunder From a Clear Sky.

June 10 * 1,200-word feature newspaper article on Thunder From A Clear Sky appears on Page 1 of the Spectrum section of the Evansville Courier.

June 11 * Book Signing- Rivertown Antiques, Newburgh, Indiana

June 18 * Book Signing- Barnes & Noble, Evansville, Indiana

June 22 * I receive notification that Thunder From a Clear Sky is the publisher's best selling title for the week of June 13, 2005.

July 5 * Guest Speaker- Southern Indiana Civil War Roundtable Annual Dinner Meeting, Evansville, Indiana

July 8 * Page 1 feature newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Henderson, Kentucky, Gleaner.

July 9 * Book Signing- Henderson County Historical Society, Henderson, Kentucky

July 10 * Short newspaper article appears in the Henderson Gleaner, with photos, recapping the successful event at the Henderson Historical Society.

July 13 * Guest Speaker- Evansville Optimists Club, Evansville, Indiana

July 14 * A short newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Madisonville, Kentucky, Messenger.

July 14 * Guest Speaker- Hopkins County, Kentucky, Historical Society Meeting, Madisonville, Kentucky

August 10 * I'm invited to submit for the publisher's Star Book Program. I've got six months to fill out the paperwork. I'm going to take my time and obsess over it like everything else.

August 13 * Meet the Author Presentation- McCollough Library, Evansville, Indiana

August 13 * Book Signing- Borders Books & Music, Evansville, Indiana

August 24 * A feature newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Union County, Kentucky, Advocate. The article discusses the book and my upcoming appearance at the 2nd Annual Western Kentucky Book Expo in October.

September 28 * A newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Burnet Bulletin in Texas.

September 28 * A newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Burnet County Citizens Gazette in Texas.

September 29 * A newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Horseshoe Bay Beacon in Texas.

October 1 * Book Signing- Tri-State Genealogical Society Annual Seminar and Book Sale, Evansville, Indiana

October 5 * A newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in The Picayune in Texas.

October 7 * A newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in The Marble Falls Highlander in Texas.

October 7 * Book Signing- Marble Falls Public Library, Marble Falls, Texas

October 7 * Book Signing- Falls on the Colorado Museum, Marble Falls, Texas

October 7 * Guest Speaker- Herman Brown Free Library, Burnet, Texas

October 8 * Book Signing- Fort Croghan Day, Burnet, Texas

October 8 * Book Signing- Johnson-Sewell Imports, Marble Falls, Texas

October 8 * Book Signing- "Rocky Rest" Homestead, Burnet, Texas

October 23 * A newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Henderson, Kentucky, Gleaner. The front page headline reads, "'Stovepipe' expert to speak this week."

October 24 * WSON Radio Interview, Henderson, Kentucky

October 27 * Guest Speaker- Friends of the Henderson County Library Annual Meeting, Henderson, Kentucky

October 29 * Book Signing- 2nd Annual Western Kentucky Book Expo, Sturgis, Kentucky

October 30 * Book Signing- Rivertown Antiques, Newburgh, Indiana

November 4 * Guest Speaker- Henderson Community College Phi Theta Kappa Leadership Conference, Henderson, Kentucky

November 6 * A devastating F3 tornado hits Evansville and Newburgh, Indiana. Twenty six were killed as they slept in their beds. Eight hundred homes were destroyed or damaged.

November 15 * An enormous F4 tornado hits Madisonville, Kentucky. One thousand homes were destroyed or damaged.

November 16 * Guest Speaker- McCollough Library, Evansville, Indiana

November 30 * Front page feature newspaper article on Thunder From a Clear Sky appears in the Madisonville, Kentucky, Messenger.

December 3 * Book Signing- Readmore Books 'N Cards, Madisonville, Kentucky

December 1 * The Tri-State Packet, the magazine of the Tri-State Genealogical Society, issues a positive review of Thunder From a Clear Sky.

December 4 * Book Signing- 3rd Annual Indiana Historical Society Holiday Author Book Fair, Indianapolis, Indiana

December 17 * Book Signing- Barnes & Noble, Evansville, Indiana

December 21 * I submit the paperwork for iUniverse Star Book status. I've been agonizing over it for months, editing it like a book. I'm confident I've done all I could. Making my books returnable is a huge plus for retailers.