Widow's Chamber Serial Reaches Episode 150

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The popular western serial hits a milestone, running for 17 months to date.

Devon Ellington’s western serial for Keep It Coming has hit Episode 150. "The Widow's Chamber," which is one of the first serials to launch with http://www.keepitcoming.net in November of 2003, a leading site in the renaissance of serialized fiction, publishes its 150th episode this month. Two episodes per week arrive in subscribers’ email boxes since its launch seventeen months ago. New subscribers always start with the first issue, never missing an episode.

"The Widow's Chamber" is set in 1853, as the clouds of Civil War gather. A young Concord schoolteacher named Nora Cavanaugh receives a frantic letter from her oldest brother, begging her to save his life by discovering the secret of the widow’s chamber. Her journey takes her from Concord to New York to Washington, DC to Nashville and down the Mississippi to the rollicking city of New Orleans to find the widow in question. Along the way she is faced with love, murder, deception, and the issue of slavery that tears the country apart.

“I always wanted to write a western and I always wanted to write a serial,” says Ellington. “When this opportunity came up, I had to jump at it. Quite a bit has been written about the Civil War itself and Reconstruction. I wanted to go back a bit further into the roots of the conflict.” Ellington’s research has taken her to archives locally in New York and also in Nashville and New Orleans. In addition to historical texts, she uses newspaper accounts, letters and diaries of the period.

“I worried that some of my women might sound too modern,” she admits. “Yet, reading diaries and letters of the period, there were many women who could easily step into the 21st century with their views on equality and human rights.”

Ellington also writes the mystery "Tapestry" and the action/adventure pirate serial "Cutthroat Charlotte" for Keep It Coming. Her articles on horse racing and ice hockey appear regularly in http://www.Femmefan.com. She publishes under a half a dozen names in various genres, both fiction and non-fiction. For more information on her work, visit her website at: http://www.devonellingtonwork.com and her popular blog on the writing life, Ink in My Coffee: http://inkinmycoffee.blogspot.com.

For a free issue of THE WIDOW'S CHAMBER, visit: http://www.keepitcoming.net/widows-chamber.html.

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