John Busbee interviewed me again recently, for Grandmother's Treasures, Book Two, The Legacy. Once that airs, I'll post a link. January 12, 2024

I worked on this website two years ago, and then I got excited about Substack as an author newsletter/blog. Then, as work wrapped on Book One, I began work on revising Book Two. Now, with Book Two out, I'm wrapping up revising Book Three and preparing to send it out to a few readers for their remarks.

I was interviewed by John Busbee earlier this month. The interview aired today on his show, The Culture Buzz, from 11:27 to 11:45 CDT AM, June 23, 2023.

Check out my post on Gail Kittleson's blog,

News and updates for 2024

As an author, I'm often faced with a hard choice--should I be on my computer or the phone arranging for the next book talk, working on the next novel, or updating my website or Substack?

So, please pardon the fact that I didn't update this website for the past year. But I did hold fourteen events, including the Hearst Center for the Arts, Western Home's Craft Fair, several libraries, The Market, T. J.'s Christian Book Store, and The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Conference.

Events posted on my Facebook page,

The Cedar Falls Christian Writers Workshop--June 8-10, Riverview Campgrounds, Cedar Falls. If you're a writer, check it out! Every June.

Pictures from last year's conference.

Images from the Cedar Falls Christian Writers Conference

Above, Left--Cherie with Wanda and Mona. Below, Cherie and Michelle Fink, who leads the local Writers Group. 

Middle--my display. Right top -- my friend and former student, Sheri Smith Shonk, another novelist. Sheri and I shared a table. Below, Cherie and Linda McCann, a prolific local writer with a number of books about Iowa History. I picked  up the book about Lost towns in Black Hawk County.

I just finished Sheri's first book,  Dancing On. Hope publications, 2022. It's a great read! When a cowboy comes to the aid of a young pregnant widow stranded by the side of the road, things start happening fast! 

Fall 2023. Melody Parker interviewed me over the phone about Book Two, The Legacy. She used a lot of photos from a year ago, when she brought a photographer to my house. However, I've lost more than 50 pounds since then, so there was a mix of old and new photographs in the story!


Cedar Falls author's new book 'The Legacy' inspired by 1860 'Rustic Rose' quilt. 

Melody Parker. Dec 11, 2023

Fall 2022. The Waterloo Courier's Melody Parker came to see me several weeks ago and we had a great chat about my quilts, the series Grandmother's Treasures, and my first book, The Gift.

Snippet of an interview with Melody Parker, from the Waterloo Courier's Dec. 11 edition.

Cherie Dargan captured my imagination with the first heartwarming book in her five-part “Grandmother’s Treasures” series, “The Gift.” It was inspired by her marvelous collection of antique quilts and other heirlooms and the strong women in her family, especially her mom and aunts, who have been Dargan’s lodestars.”

Melody Parker, “Five Memorable Stories” (Waterloo Courier)

BUZZ for the book!

June 12 -- John Busbee just interviewed me for his radio show, The Culture Buzz.   When he sends me the link and date, I'll post them here.  11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central Time. Broadcast regionally on KFMG 98.9 FM; Simultaneously streaming through

The Western Home Journal's article about me and my book.

Video invite to come to the market for a book signing event, 2-4 today, Thursday, Nov. 17.

We had fun at the events last week. The first event, on Wednesday, November 9th, was a morning book talk at Prairie Wind hosted by local artist and author Felicia Babb. Prairie Wind is attached to the Jorgensen Plaza, and is part of the Western Home Communities, at 5313 Caraway Lane. I talked about my inspiration for Grandmother’s Treasures, Book One, and The Gift

The second event took place on Thursday evening, November 9th, at the Waterloo Public Library. We used it to raise money for House of Hope. Her publisher donates five percent of all sales to House of Hope, her designated charity. I donated $5 per book Thursday evening and sold a few more books over the weekend. I will continue to sell the book map towels for $25.00 and donate the entire amount to House of Hope. 

More details in my first newsletter

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Want to buy the books on Amazon? Use your QR Code reader on your smartphone and the QR code above takes you right to it!

Grandmother treasures Newsletter Book Launch edition Nov 2022CD.docx

The Cover of The Gift

Grandmother's Treasures, Book One, The Gift, was published by WordCrafts Press in October!

The Gift is a dual timeline story about three sisters—a country school teacher Grace, and her younger twin sisters Violet and Vera—who take the train from their Iowa farm to California to build B-17 bombers and nurse injured soldiers during WWII. It's also about her granddaughter, Gracie O’Connor, who juggles teaching at the local community college with curating exhibits at the county museum and writing for her family’s weekly newspaper. Her boyfriend Steve thinks she should move to Des Moines and get “a real job,” but Gracie loves Jubilee Junction. Aunt Violet moves to town and gives Gracie a gift from her deceased grandma Grace. It’s a large wicker basket with a quilt, some aprons, a photo album, and a shoebox filled with two dozen cassette tapes and a tape recorder. As Gracie listens to the tapes with Aunt Violet, Grandma Grace narrates the story of traveling to California with her twin sisters, Violet and Vera, during WWII. Gracie comes to understand her family history and unlocks the mystery of the 'California quilt' that's been hidden away for 60 years. As Grandma Grace used to say, “Every quilt has a story.”

It’s the first in a series of novels in Grandmother’s Treasures. Set in the fictional town of Jubilee Junction, a pioneer town near the Jubilee River, Gracie's family can trace their roots back seven generations on their rich Iowa farmland. 

Wordcrafts Press calls it Historical Fiction. I'm calling it Women’s Fiction—set in the Midwest—with a twist of history, mystery, love, faith, and hope. 

Visit my friend Gail Kittleson's website to read my post about Waiting for the Book (baby),

My friend Beth came up with this clever acrostic to describe my series.




         L O V E


Press release on The Gift from Wordcrafts Press.

Book Two, The Legacy, was published October 3, 2023. 

Come to my events for a chance to win one of three remaining beautiful handcrafted 'hot mitts.'

Below, left, the thrill of finding three boxes of paperbacks at the door!

Below, center, the ebook cover

Below, right, we had fun at a quilt show this fall. Here's my Victorian skirt and blouse, plus the cute bag I found on Etsy.

Where can you find copies of The Gift and The Legacy?

The Market, Jorgensen Plaza, the Western Home Communities, (319) 277-2141 

5307 Caraway Ln, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 

T. J.'s Christian Bookstore, 1806 Waterloo Rd, Cedar Falls, IA 50613 

(319) 260-2160

Where can you buy it online?


Barnes & Noble:

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Apple iBooks:

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Last updated January 12, 2024