Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Pioneers and Free Smocks Via Spunky Senior Lois Carroll

After living in North Dakota for eighteen years, Lois Carroll found it fun to research the hearty pioneers who settled that area.
Switching from her usual romantic suspense, her first historical novel
about them is titled Trail of Dreams.
It follows families moving from Philadelphia west, racing to arrive before the winter storms set in. The sequel coming out this spring is set in the Dakota Territory where they are establishing homes, and where the weather is only part of what they must battle to stay alive.

Available From Whiskey Creek Press:

Trail of Dreams Print Book on


When she's not writing, you'll find Lois in her sewing room, headquarters for Sophie's Smocks, a service project she began last year. She makes feeding/craft smocks from cotton turtlenecks, adding a terry cloth applique on the front and a Velcro closure on the cut-open back. Sophie's Smocks, in sizes kid small to adult XXL, are free for children and adults with Angelman's Syndrome. The project is named after her granddaughter who has AS. She has mailed out 335 smocks to date to Angels around the world.

To order a free smock for an Angel in your life, send the size and complete mailing address to

For more about Lois Carroll and her books, see


  1. Welcome to Spunky Senior Authors and Talents, Lois. Love your book cover and the idea for Trail of Dreams. Also, love your Sophie's Smocks endeavors. Sounds like a worthwhile cause.

    Morgan Mandel

  2. I'm adding Trail of Dreams to my have to read books. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This sounds like a great book. I'm adding it to my wish list. What a great volunteer project.

    Wishing you the best,


  4. wishing you the best, Lois! I love your book cover.

  5. My cup of tea. Love those pioneer tales. I'd love to host you on my blog, Cowboy Kisses. Please email me at mizging at gmail dot com if you're interested. I feature only western type stores and articles.

  6. The book sounds grand, and so does your Smocks project. I sew blankets for the children's hospital and cancer turbans, but this is a project that hasn't been on our list.


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