N.W.BOYER…Christian Author

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N.W. Boyer…A Year of Writing in 2017

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This year has been an exciting one for me.  I have had the opportunity to interview many people for my books and actually seeing the books go to print.  Today I would like to share with you my 2017 books that followed my books for children in previous years.

(The links are in blue.)

One of my most recent books, SPENCER’S MILL, is fiction set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.  It is a cast of characters with an exciting plot that incorporates the history of the decline and failure of mill industries in North Carolina and Virginia when those businesses went to other countries around the world, leaving people without jobs.  It is the story of their strength to carry on and find enriched lives for themselves.

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OLD TIMERS OF THE BLUE RIDGE

Old Timers of the Blue Ridge is a series of interviews with people who have relatives that go back to the Civil War.  The stories they shared are interesting reading and gives insight into the cultures of the mountain people.  They tell of what it was like to grow up in the Blue Ridge…their joys and sorrows.

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CIVIL WAR RE-ENACTMENTS   This book, North and South at the Blue Ridge Mountains, gives a short overview of the Civil War and the leaders from both sides. It explains the Reenactment that takes place yearly in October in the mountains of Virginia, near Ararat, VA.  I included a large selection of photographs of the reenactment which gives a beautiful description of this event. Men and women dress the part of the period. The main goal of the Civil War Reenactors is to not forget the history of our country.

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THE SEEDS       This novel originated from a post on my blog that I wrote in 2010 on Boyer Writes  It was on SS General Hans Kammler and asked the question: “Whatever happened to Gen.Kammler?”  After World War II, a number of high-ranking officers fled to places like Argentina. This question seemed to be of great interest to my readers. Some readers wrote emails that they knew where General Kammler had lived. One even said the General was an uncle who was elderly and had escaped prosecution. General Kammler, as portrayed in this book is entirely fiction. The accounts of him, however, are based on historical facts. General Kammler, was in fact from 1944, head of advanced weapons development in Nazi Germany, including the Me-262 jets, the V-2 rockets and perhaps even the exotic Bell Project. The enormous interest in General Kammler led me to explore the thoughts of where he might be hiding and thus, this novel evolved. All characters are fictional, but many of the places described in the novel, as the World Seed Vault in Norway, sometimes referred to as the “Doomsday Seed Vault” are actual places.

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I look forward to 2018 when I plan to complete a Memoirs Book called MY STORY.  I will begin with as early as I can remember in my childhood.nancy as a babybw 6x9

My remembrances of my days in boarding school and the courage that I found in my faith in Christ during years of adult hardship will be an honest and open account.  My family history and doors that opened for me to travel the world as a Christian teacher and missionary will also be part of the story.  The joy that I found when God brought into my life the husband I have loved for over 35 years is a part of “waiting for God” to do wondrous things that we know not of.  Looking back I know that the things that happened to me and around me were often most extraordinary.

It is obvious to me that everyone has a story to tell about their life.  As I have had the opportunity in the books mentioned above to share many stories told to me by others, it is time to write about my own life.

Merry Christmas to all my readers and to all a wonderful NEW YEAR!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


A Rugged Man becomes a Building Block

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The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with Buffalo Mt. in the background

The mountain churches of the Blue Ridge have some extremely interesting history, especially the Rock Churches that were built by the dedication of one rugged man who found Jesus Christ as his Savior and went on to make the Blue Ridge Mountains his mission field.

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The following video tells the story of Bob Childress as told by narration and his Grandson, Stewart Childress, who carries on the ministry in these hills.  My husband, Bill Boyer,  has been privileged to be a part of the ministry here as needed and called on when we live here for a few months of the year.

You are invited to come and see the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains on your next trip to Virginia in the U.S.A and worship in one of the six churches called Rock Churches because each one is built from the rocks of the mountain.  You will be given a warm, southern welcome.

  • Bluemont, in Patrick County, built 1919, rock-faced 1945-1946.
  • Mayberry, in Patrick County, built 1925, rock-faced 1948.
  • Buffalo Mountain, in Floyd and Carroll Counties, build of fieldstone in 1929.
  • Slate Mountain, in Floyd and Patrick Counties, built of fieldstone in 1932, expanded in 1951.
  • Dinwiddie, in Carroll County, built of fieldstone in 1948.
  • Willis, in Floyd County, built of fieldstone in 1954.

Here is the story in brief form to wet your appetite to read the full story in The Man Who Moved a Mountain.   by Richard Davids.

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Another book about the Blue Ridge Mountains    Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More by N.W. Boyer

Coming out this Fall will be a new book by N.W. Boyer   Spencer’s Mill


The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia

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The Blue Ridge Mountains, steeped in history and hard working people, is a special place.  It is our privilege to live here part of the year and in doing so, we have seen the beauties of the land and its people.   My recent book, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More, is a collection of stories behind generations of families who have worked the land and farmed the fields.  The fog rolls in over the mountains from North Carolina into Virginia.  It is a silent mist that cools the summers and brings the breeze that is felt daily.

Below is a video that I have produced with many of the photographs that I have taken of these wonderful mountains in the years that we have been here.  I hope the sights and peaceful sounds will fill your day with God’s love and joy.

Even now, in early August,  the fields are ready for a summer harvest and the corn is growing high.  The peach juice drips down the chin with every bite.  The aroma of peach pie baking in the oven is in the air.peaches 2017.JPG

The migrant workers, along with the farm owners, work late into the night to harvest and package the produce, moving it on to our groceries far down the mountain.   The rumble of the tractors and the rhythm of the trucks pass our house as they move on to the Painter warehouse, just off the Blue Ridge Parkway,  to be processed.

Take the winding road down the mountain until you find acres and acres of apples, peaches and more at the Harold Orchards in Ararat, Virginia.   They have been farming this orchard for generations.  H.C. told me that without the workers who come in from Mexico, his business would go under.  Many of these workers come year after year to bring in the harvest.

It is our privilege to honor these hard-working farmers who produce the crops of corn, cabbage, broccoli, apples, peaches and much more.  Without them or the workers they hire, our grocery stores would be dependent on foreign providers.

Thank you, Gentlemen.    You are the best!

VIDEO:   BLUE RIDGE:   Photographed and produced by N.W. Boyer  (All rights reserved).

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Everyone loves a good book…gift idea

Since you may be thinking of a book for your favorite person or a friend who may be interested in historical fiction or culture in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I am going to give you some shopping ideas from the books that I have written this year.  They are all available on Amazon and if you act now, they will be to you before Christmas.

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Children’s Books are also available.  Great books for Grandparents to give or for parents to read with their children with questions for discussion at the end.parents-reading-to-two-children1

All children’s books by Nancy W. Boyer  (for elementary students or early teens)

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New Book by N.W.Boyer

This has been a summer of writing.  My home in Virginia, USA, is located in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.  I had a couple goals in mind for the six months we spend here before returning to Florida for the winter.  The first was to finish my historical novel based on “Whatever Happened to SS General Hans Kammler?”    The creative juices began to flow and finally it was a reality.  The Seeds Book Cover

The next thing I wanted to accomplish was to write a second book in a series I had started on the Blue Ridge Mountains.  This time, I wanted to know some real people with real lives whose families had settled in these hills many generations ago.  I found not only a person whose farm land actually belonged to General Robert E. Lee’s father, but others who had five generations of farmers in the area going back to the Civil War.

Most had vivid memories of the past and wanted to share them.  I rode my Ford truck down the mountain and into rolling farm areas to meet with them over their kitchen tables and in their small businesses. One family grows apples on one hundred acres of a steep mountain and has been doing so for a very long time.  In the Spring, the apple blossoms lay a blanket of white over the hillsides.

The ride to and from these places brought unusual moments of peace as I watched the farmers bailing their hay, horses and cows grazing in the pastures and the occasional vehicle (usually a truck) ride passed me and give me a wave.  Up here, it is the one index finger wave without taking the hand off the steering wheel.   Thus, my new book  became a reality and is now published,  Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More.   The best part was getting to know the wonderful people of the Blue Ridge.  Now, the trees are turning gold, red, and yellow.  The colder winds are beginning to blow. I will pack up soon and head south…but my many memories and photographs will go with me to start a new book in the series.    (See the books mentioned in this blog below with a link to see more. )old-timers-of-the-blue-ridge-and-more-cover

Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More by N.W. Boyer        The Seeds   Historical Novel by N. W. Boyer     Blue Ridge Parkway Beauties  by N. W. Boyer

I hope you will take a moment to look at these links and pass this blog on to anyone who has a love for culture, travel, and history.

 


A Little Blue Grass to make your day

We are up here in the Blue Ridge Mountains…where it is carefree…peaceful…and a little music to make your feet tap and your heart happy.  Here is some from a concert at my friend’s Poor Farmer’s Market in Meadows of Dan, Virginia.   Hope you enjoy it!   They call it up here…”Picking and Grinning”. ( with a few little distractions).  Hope you enjoy it.

On that note, I’d like to draw your attention to the right side part of this blog.  You will see that I have published a new book called, Old Timers of the Blue Ridge and More.  (Click on book cover to see the information.)   It is second in my series on the Blue Ridge.