The Black Widow of Hazel Green

Stan St.Clair’s new book, The Black Widow of Hazel Green is a dark tale set in the pre-Civil War South based on an amazing true story. It will make you angry, make you laugh and make you cry.

Born in Coastal Maryland, Elizabeth Dale Gibbons Flanagan Jeffries High Brown Rout was a beautiful, power hungry woman who would do anything to build her fortune including killing those who didn’t go along with her plan.

Her father, Adam Dale, was a brave and ambitious Aristocratic Patriot who had formed a battalion of young boys to join the fight for American Independence at age 14.

He was granted 640 acres of prime land in the new state of Tennessee for his service. He went on to found the first town in what would become DeKalb County. He named it Liberty.

Later he was made captain over 100 soldiers whom he recruited to fight under Andrew Jackson in the War of 1812.

Meanwhile, back in Liberty, his teenage daughter was conning her first husband-to-be, a minister named Samuel Gibbons, who was from a wealthy family. Unfortunately his parents let him make his own way. After it was finally obvious that she was not getting rich quickly enough, she accused her husband of infidelity and took him out of the picture.

Thus began her lifelong career of building her fortune, one murdered husband at a time.

In 1829, the family moved to Columbia, Tennessee, where her sister, Sarah, married Master Builder, Nathan Vaught, who supervised the erection of the most fabulous homes and businesses in the county. Liz was very jealous of Sarah.

Next, she relocated to Madison County, Alabama. There she ended up married to Alex Jeffries, a rich cotton planter in Hazel Green, a Huntsville suburb, with numerous slaves.

She wanted a fabulous mansion built in front of the two story log cabin on the ancient Indian mound from which to run her social activities. But Jeffries wasn’t in agreement.

She had gotten to know some powerful people in high places, including President James K. Polk, whom she would have loved to catch in her web.

She would continue her killing spree until she got everything she desired. Would even Polk in some way fall prey to her witchery?

In a matter of days the Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches set will all be available!

About nine years ago I set out on an exciting journey which I had no idea would carry me this far. I began researching and recording cliches, idioms, proverbs and curious expressions used in the English speaking world, and the most likely time and way they were coined. After publishing two small humerus books titled On the Origin of the Cliches and Evolution of Idioms, a pun  takeoff on Darwin’s work, which sold many more copies that I expected, one of my cousins said, “You may have something there!” I could see I was barely scratching the surface, because so many more sayings were being brought to my attention daily, so my work continued. In 2013, I published a large volume I called “Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions“. I thought this would end it. But it was declared by Amazon a “Hot New Release” and began to take off, selling far more than the small books. It ended up in numerous public and University libraries across America and brought much acclaim from professionals like college professors, high school and elementary school teachers, pastors, newspaper reporters, librarians, authors, etc. It was even referenced in a thesis at Vanderbilt graduate school by a PHD applicant. Once again I could see my work was far from complete, and thus I released a second Volume, and now the third and truly final Volume is coming out, along with a 200 plus page index book tying together all three Volumes for rapid location to all 4,000 plus entries. The three volumes of entries without the Index Book total over 2,500 pages in small print. Revised editions of the first two are already out. Early in November the third Volume and Index will also be on Amazon. Anyone who wants to pre-order the new books, signed by me, may do so by emailing me at for details!


Spring Is a Time for Inspiration

I feel so blessed. New England has just been hit with another late winter blast, though the calendar says it is spring. Outside my door, birds are singing and jumping about on my newly mowed lawn. The bright March sun smiles down and I feel inspired to do greater things than ever.

At St. Clair Publications a lot is going on. I have recently put the final polish on the last revisions of Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions. It is at maximum length, and I have added a number of new entries once again. Since it came out in March, 2013, the paperback version now has about 100 additional phrases. Each time I add new ones I have found improvements to make and myths to burst..

I also have my first travel book out, Exploring Our Exciting World, Book I, which covers the Greater Southeastern US. I have done considerable work on Book II, the completion of which I have decided to postpone until we return to New England and visit some important sites which will be featured. This trip is now scheduled for this September – October.

Another volume is largely done, the writing of which is being accomplished by three wonderful ladies. It covers a lot of ground in Europe. Another trip by one of the authors is scheduled for this May.

Right now I am working on another research volume: How 200 Celebrities Changed Their Names and Built Amazing Careers.  This book deals with authors, singers, movie stars, magicians, sports stars and others who have adapted  pseudonyms in order to improve their images and further their careers. The book deals with  why and how these names were selected and how they reached their heights of fame. Several of those selected are individuals with which I have some personal or family connection. It is a lot of pleasure bringing out books of interest to the masses.  It will be out later this year. I hope all are enjoyed and cherished by the readers. Visit us today at and on Amazon.


Let Amazon notify you first

Before the Thistle Patch will be available sooner than expected! It is already posted but not yet able to be ordered. The Amazon page may be accessed at Just go there now and sign up to receive first notice when it is available. It is priced at only $6.99. Adults and children alike will enjoy it!

Many exciting new books loom on the horizon

Having just returned to work after a relaxing extended holiday weekend away, myself and two of my associates have had our hands full with getting out several new releases and working on others. I have been spending long, but enjoyable hours at the main computer in my office, and it has not been without rewards. I have received one revision from an author and personally completed a new classic, and revised others, resubmitting four manuscripts, and the new classic to the printer. 

Coming very soon are:                                                                                                                              Pray Immanuel: A Supplemental Devotional to A Teacher’s Prayer, and I Pray Immanuel: A Leader’s Guide, by Tammy Mentzer Brown. Tammy’s A Teacher’s Prayer has been one of our best selling books to date.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, illustrated by W.W. Denslow, the timeless children’s fantasy classic which was the basis of the 1939 blockbuster movie, The Wizard of Oz, and a recent film.

All of these are currently in process of release, and should be available on Amazon worldwide and at very soon.

Most Comprehensive Origins of Cliches, Proverbs and Figurative Expressions, my huge tome combining three years of research is in final proofing and should be released in March. I will announce it then.

Men and Women of Renown: My Maternal Ancestry and Men and Women of Renown: The Companion Volume by Michele Doucette, a major member of our staff, are in final edits and should also be released this spring.

Just contracted and in the process of preparation are:                                               The A.C.T.S. of Prayer, a volume of poetical prayers by Peggy Ball.

The Prince of Kings, a surprisingly intriguing autobiographal work by Israel Stewart with my co-authorship.

Also coming later this year: Limericks, Jokes and Other Such Rubbish, another of my humerous works. Rhonda is also preparing a senior joke book which remains unamed at this date.

We are also negotiating for other books such as a hardback reprint of a Scottish Clan History.

The future with St. Clair Publications will not be dull. Stay tuned to this blog for the latest.