The red white and bluebonnets

It’s all about me, of course … and my books; where to find and order them, sample chapters, my blog, links to interesting sites and places, a look at the current book in progress, when it will be published, my calendar – all that sort of stuff.

A little bit of everything, really. Look around. Take your time. Enjoy

Remember, it’s all about the journey.

I have a Facebook page

And so do my books – To Truckee’s Trail, The Adelsverein Trilogy and Daughter of Texas/Deep in the Heart all have theirs, too.

For those who have read the Adelsverein Trilogy, and the prelude, Daughter of Texas and Deep in the Heart, I have created a pair of family trees; The Becker-Vinings, and the Steinmetz-Richters.


  1. Celia, I opened up PODBRAM for review requests yesterday and T.H.E. Hill has written a sequel to the book you reviewed a few years ago and later made the PODBRAM award list. Would you like to read and review this sequel?

  2. hello i read an article about neuces massacre and ferdinand simon…if you wrote it i would like to talk history…family and Texas history …thanks SUE

    • Hi, Sue – I did write about the Comfort Memorial a couple of times – and about the Nueces Massacre, but the real expert on is a gentleman named Paul Burrier. I do have his email address – send me a private message to clyahayes-At-gee-mail-dot-com, and I will refer him to you.

  3. Linda Rodriguez-Skinner

    Greetings Celia, I belong to a Facebook group entitled, “You know you grew up in Sunland-Tujunga, California if You…” Anyway, someone posted something that sparked my memory of elementary school and my 6th grade teacher! I decided to Google him to see where he is. I’ll give you one guess as to whom I am referring to. Well, in my search, your blog came up with the heading Mr. Terrible T! When I saw that, I knew to whom this was referring to! I read your tribute to him and close to everything you stated presented a clear recollection of my experiences with the famed or infamous Mr. Terranova. I have spoken about him to many throughout my life. He still has an impact on me, even some of his values ring as clear to me as they did when I was 11 years old. I have wanted to contact him and thank him for filling my little mind of mush with more information and knowledge than all of my entire public education provided combined. I was shy and, frankly, was terrified of him at times, as he had a temper. I can still recall the veins in his neck being well defined when he got angry. His piercing voice thundered throughout the room and I recall just shaking. I never learned so much at one time, in such a short duration of time as I did under his tutelage. I really enjoyed your written piece on him. It is clear that I am not a writer, however, I hope that I was able to express to you in a simple, small way, the impact this man had on me. Those of us who were touched by him really are in an elite group especially if we took the challenge to learn and push ourselves to the max. When were you in his class? I was in the 6th grade in about 1966. Were we in the same class at the same time? Congratulations on your success as a writer. Linda

  4. Hi, Linda! I have tried to find Mr. T. by googling also – no luck, I am afraid. He was such a wonderful teacher, and I learned stuff that I didn’t see again on the curricula until high school – and in the case of microbiology, college!
    I was in his class in 64-65, so we wouldn’t have been classmates. I was always pretty certain that the temper was put on for effect, though. Still, it was attention-catching. But didn’t you ever notice how he could switch it off?
    Anyway, good to be in touch – and I will check out the facebook page.

  5. Hi Celia! Have you seen the maps that Texas Tech is now posting online through the Southwest Collection? They are from all over the state.

    Here’s the link to the most recent one, plus the archivist’s contact: For more information please contact Freedonia Paschall at 806-742-3749.

    • I haven’t, Red! Thanks for the link! I have a collection on CD of historic maps, but nothing like this!