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Welcome to Patricia Steele’s author site where I add spokes to my creative wheel by posting on a genealogy weblog. This is where I focus on the craft of writing, storytelling in general and sharing adventures through photographs and list my books, published and works in progress. Please scroll down to read more.

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On My Desk…

  • Silvan Leaves ~ Out on a Limb – Book Two of the Spanish Pearls Series

    Book Two is finally finished! One in four Californians is foreign born. The term, Hawaiian Spaniards, alludes to those Spanish immigrants who braved the unknown to leave their homeland for the sugar cane fields of Hawaii and eventually settle in California. SILVÁN LEAVES is a biographical history following the immigration story in The Girl Immigrant. This book is who they were. SILVAN LEAVES stems from family folklore, photographs, ancestral documents, personal visits, phone conversations and memories. It encompasses the Silván siblings beginning with Felípe, Agapita, Matías, Victorino Luciano, Edmundo, Angel, Juan Francisco, Gerónimo, Lorenzo, Crescéncia and Agustín Silván Hernández with extensions from the family that came before them. www.patriciabbsteele.com Plumeria Press A preview of Silvan Leaves. Book is available for preorder for delivery after June 15. $17.95 plus shipping = $21.00

  • The Girl Immigrant – Book One of Spanish Pearls Series

    It is the turn of the century.  A country in turmoil, heart-wrenching goodbyes, a struggling journey over watery prairies, and a young girl coming of age— who knew there would be a vivid story among tropical flowers and the promise of a different world?  Join Manuela Silvan Trascasas for an adventure that has been shared by Spanish immigrants over the century and smile with her as you visualize her painstaking trek from her family’s past to our present and their adventures between its pages. They left everything they knew — sometimes even everyone they loved — to start a new life […]

  • Cooking Drunk

    Cooking Drunk is a cookbook containing recipes that utilize wine or other forms of alcohol. Do remember that alcohol dissipates during the cooking process, but retains valued flavors. So, please join me as I use various types of wines for a blending of ingredients by threading wine in and around them. In my attempt to complement each of these recipes by dribbling wines in a dish or listing a type of wine to drink or serve, will be a lesson in futility if wine is not part of your cooking habit. Otherwise, hopefully, after trying some of these recipes, you […]

  • Clues from the CHUBB and SILVAN families

    Recently, while visiting my mother, she showed me a very old autograph book that belonged to her grandfather, Ervin Lyle...

  • SPANISH and more

    More progress on my Spanish genealogy meets me daily. I found a Spanish college student in northern Spain on Facebook...

  • ALMOGIA, SPAIN: Sister City to Winters, California

    TODAY – I EDITED THE WIKIPEDIA SITE FOR WINTERS, CALIFORNIA: SISTER CITY: Almogia, Malaga, Spain ~ Michael Silvan Ruiz (1926-2006)...

Reader Comments…

“I just spent the last 2 1/2 hours finishing your book. You are an amazing writer. I can’t tell you when I have enjoyed reading a book so much…The ending was so real, it left me in tears…”

Caroline M., Charles City, VA

“…I was captured by the words in the first few pages. I am excited to pick it up tonight before I go to sleep and read more of it.”

Tina F., Portland, OR

“…Who could have thought that a story about insurance, mystery and romance could keep me so enthralled? Please keep writing…”

Linda S., Corvallis, OR

“You are so talented! Your words flow smoothly and they are so descriptive. I feel like I am in the room with the characters.”

Sophia A., Providence, RI
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