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June Lund Shiplett

My friend June Lund Shiplett passed away very recently, and this blog is a tribute to her.

June was a writer’s writer–two of her early books, “Journey to Yesterday” and “Return to Yesterday”, were great favorites of mine, time travel stories I remember fondly all these years later. She was hugely popular in her day, and appeared on several national TV shows while on tour–I clearly recall watching her on Gary Collins’ “Hour Magazine”, with her beloved husband, Charlie. The host asked Charlie, a down-to-earth midwestern type, how success had changed their lives. Dryly, Charlie replied, “Well, we drive a little better car.”

Eventually, Charlie became seriously ill, and June took care of him with a dedication and goodness of spirit worthy of the strongest romance heroine. This was a forever kind of relationship.

June taught writing courses for years, and won many, many friends with her elfin smile and twinkling eyes. I will miss her, as will countless others whose lives she touched, but I like to think she’s with Charlie again–what a reunion that must be.

I can just see them, beaming at each other and launching into a wild polka.

So Godspeed, my friend, and say hello to Charlie for me.

24 comments to “June Lund Shiplett”

  1. Maureen Shiplett Allen
      · December 16th, 2012 at 11:36 pm · Link

    Dec 16, 2012: Linda I had just googled Mom’s name to see if there was a Wikipedia entry for her and came across this! Don’t know how I have missed it these past two years. Thanks so much for the blog about my Dad and Mom. You and I have never met but Mom spoke often of you and all the romance writers of our day. She was a helluva writer, even if I don’t now read the genre. I was 28 when “Raging Winds of Heaven” came out and read that and the next two books in the “Winds” series. Then when “Journey to Yesterday” came out, even though I had proofread/consulted on it SIX times with her, from 1966 when she first wrote it until sometime in early 80 something when it was published, I read it with joy! One had to just keep turning the pages of her books! Please do e-mail me if you get the chance. I am June’s oldest daughter and have more to tell you! Wishing you the happiest of holiday seasons and a blessed 2013! Maureen :)

    • Stefanie Evans
        · May 22nd, 2015 at 8:23 am · Link

      Hello Maureen,
      My sister and I read all of the Wind series and Journey to Yesterday/Return to Yesterday. To this day your mother remains one of my 2 favorite authors. When I moved to Mentor in 2006 I was somewhat starstruck to realize that I lived in the same town as your mom. Do you still live in the area? I would love to get coffee sometime.

      • Maureen Allen
          · May 22nd, 2015 at 1:15 pm · Link

        Stefanie my email address is maureenallen79@att.net. Or my home phone number is in the AT&T book I believe. It is 440-354-2130. I would be happy to get together over coffee some time. I am so glad to hear from Mom’s fans. I live in Painesville on Jackson Street. All of this is public knowledge so I am not giving out any information anyone can find by going to the phone book. Call me some time. :)

  2. Diane
      · July 31st, 2013 at 8:17 pm · Link

    Hi, I found Raging Winds of Heaven at a relative’s home we were cleaning out. It was signed by June Lund Shiplett so I kept it.

  3. COREY
      · August 20th, 2013 at 2:17 am · Link

    how many books in wind series, what’s title of the conclusion?
    June Lund Shiplette

  4. Donna Kane
      · January 31st, 2014 at 11:21 pm · Link

    My mom has Alzheimer’s. While cleaning out her dresser drawers last week, I came across her copy of A Glass Full of Tears, Dementia Day-By-Day. I assumed that she had bought it to learn more about her disease. I was shocked when I began reading it to discover it was addressed to her and autographed by June Lund Shiplett and dated Nov. 16, 1996! She must have heard June speak and got an autographed copy of her book when my grandmother had dementia! I read the whole book in one night. Thank you, June.

    • Maureen Allen
        · March 17th, 2014 at 5:42 pm · Link

      I don’t have a web site but am hoping Donna will see this. I am June Shiplett’s oldest daughter, Maureen Shiplett Allen. I read the blog and am weeping. My mother was such a good writer. Just try to purchase a used copy of “Return to Yesterday” and you will find sellers are asking (and getting!)$500. She wrote 15 works of fiction and one non-fiction, “Glass Full of Tears.” I am glad that she touched so many people. If you would like to get in touch with any questions, I can be reached at the above email address. Maureen

  5. Rosetta Bush
      · July 28th, 2014 at 3:48 pm · Link

    I am sorry I did not check on June sooner. I used to live on Charmar Drive in Mentor, OH I knew June very well. She was the neighbor of Tiny and Mary Carillo. Tiny and Frank Bowers worked with my husband Ralph at Lincoln Electric. June, Mary and Donna Bowers and I used to play cards. Donna lived next door. Of course I have all of June’s books – signed. She was such a great lady. So kind and compassionate. She influenced me to write and I have had two mystery books and three childrens books published. She and Charlie were so much in love. We used to tease he about all the love scenes. She said she had to cross herself – being a good catholic before she wrote a scene.

    • Maureen Shiplett Allen
        · July 28th, 2014 at 4:40 pm · Link

      Rosetta, I am June’s oldest daughter, Maureen. I’m sorry I do not remember you, if we ever met. I am 63 now and so happy to find that Mom still has fans. She loved writing and HAD to do it. When she passed away, there were 11 unpublished, unsubmitted manuscripts in her nursing home room! Three of the books were sequels of the Winds series. If you would like to get in touch with me, my email address is maureenallen79@att.net. God bless you. (P.S. I remember the Carrillos very well! What a great couple of human beings they were!)

  6. Kimberly Rundle
      · January 6th, 2015 at 5:48 am · Link

    I still have all the books I read when young of June’s what a wonderful writer she was I enjoy reading the series over again every few years.

    • Maureen Shiplett Allen
        · January 6th, 2015 at 9:17 pm · Link

      Kimberly, I never tire of hearing from fans of my Mom. When my girlfriends and I had little kids, when Mom’s books were first being published, we knew to get a few days’ meals ready and all work done, cuz once you started reading her books, you couldn’t put them down! God bless you!

  7. Debbie Varner
      · February 13th, 2015 at 11:24 am · Link

    It is so good to find this site and read about one of my favorite authors. I read the Wind series back in the 80’s and kept them for a long time, as i would re-read them and share them with friends. Unfortunatly, one of those friends never returned the books to me. I am currently trying to find them online or a bookstore that still has them. I would actually like to have all of her books. I am so sorry we lost such a wonderful writer and if there is a best place to purchase these, please respond here and I will check back or send to my email address.

    • Maureen Shiplett Allen
        · February 13th, 2015 at 11:45 am · Link

      Debbie, you will just have to contact on line sellers. Try Amazon. Some of the books are just 99 cents. Others are $200 and up. Collectors seem to set the prices. But I would try googling June Lund Shiplett and see how many vendors you get. Then check out the vendors before you send any money. Just some advice from June’s daughter. Fortunately for me, I have two full sets of all her books. I will not part with them. My daughter and son each get a set when I pass on. Good luck finding copies!

  8. Lisa Christopher
      · February 17th, 2015 at 8:22 am · Link

    Hi to all the June Lund Shiplett book lovers out there! Can I ask why her books went out of print and if there is any way that they could be reprinted? I loved Journey to Yesterday and was so thrilled that it took place in Ohio, the state where I live. I had forgotten it till lately and then went on a massive search to find it. I can’t believe how expensive it is to get a hold of a paperback copy. I am saddened to think that it’s not available for new readers to discover.

  9. eleanor hohman
      · September 22nd, 2015 at 9:23 am · Link

    I have a set of Junes books from the 80s. Loved them

    • Maureen Shiplett Allen
        · September 22nd, 2015 at 12:52 pm · Link

      Dear Eleanor, thank you for the kind words about my mother’s books. I am June’s oldest daughter. My Mom loved to write. When we packed up her room in the nursing home when she passed away we found eight manuscripts that hadn’t yet been sent to a publisher. I fear they will never be published. Three of them were sequels in the Wind series. The other five were stand alone historical, contemporary and one Biblical. She was a writing machine!

  10. Dianne Wilson
      · October 1st, 2015 at 1:57 am · Link

    I had read these two books Journey to Yesterday & Return to Yesterday over thirty years ago and always loved them but with passing of time I could not remember the names of the books until I did a search and found what they where called. I was so happy when I found them, but now being in Australia it is hard to find a copy of them. I have read hundreds of books over the years but not many stay with you but these two have sad to hear of June’s passing a wonderful writer

    • Maureen Shiplett Allen
        · October 5th, 2015 at 9:40 pm · Link

      Dianne, all my mother wanted to do is entertain people. Despite that she was not published until she had written six books and was 48 years old, she went on to have fifteen novels and one work of non-fiction. And then when we cleaned out her room at the nursing home, we found eight manuscripts – EIGHT complete books. Three were a continuation of the Winds series. Five were stand alone novels. They will probably never be published. I wish I were younger or my grandchildren were interested in doing something with them. I am just too old and my children are too busy. It is so good to hear that you remember Mom. I know she would be so happy to hear that!

      • Dianne Wilson
          · October 6th, 2015 at 6:00 am · Link

        Thanks Maureen for your reply. I am happy to say I have been able to purchases the two books I was looking for from America
        Some books have a lasting memory as your mothers did for me I now look forward to reading and enjoying them again


  11. Carrie Ingle
      · October 4th, 2015 at 4:57 am · Link

    I am now 39 years old. I read your mother’s books the wind series when I was 11, and I can honestly say I couldn’t put them down your mother was a wonderful creative person and I wish that I could have told her that face to face but till this day I am looking for her books and I would have loved to have read the three she didn’t get published you are a wonderfully strong women to have started this website but I a not surprised because you sound like your mother’s daughter. Mrs. Allen have a wonderfully blessed day. :-D

  12. Samantha
      · October 5th, 2017 at 8:09 pm · Link

    I loved the books Journey To Yesterday/Return To Yesterday. I am not one to sit down and read a book. But once I got my hands on those book, I thought I was in a movie! Very well written! I would love to see these books as a movie!

  13. Dottie Hodapp
      · March 8th, 2018 at 6:41 pm · Link

    I had read Journey to Yesterday and Return to Yesterday many years ago and am sure it’s packed away with other favorite books. I have a Nook book and would love to be able to get these books on my ereader. Do you think that will ever happen? The books I love I do read numerous times and this would make me happy to get them this way. June was a wonderful writer.

  14. Janet Reynolds
      · December 17th, 2019 at 8:42 pm · Link


    I just found this past summer, in 2019, all 6 books of the Wind series that your Mom wrote and fell in love with them. Ever since I finished reading the first book, The Raging Winds of Heaven, I’ve been wondering if the author was still alive and then I found this site and sadly learned from the message of Linda Lael Miller, another favorite author of mine, that your Mom had passed away. I suspected that she had when I saw that she had written a nonfiction book about dementia in the late 1990s. However, I was still wondering how I would be able to get in touch with June’s family because I wanted to let them know how much I love her stories.

    Maureen, your Mom’s books are too good to go out of print. Please consider putting your Mom’s books on Amazon in Kindle format and on Barnes and Noble in Nook format.

    A lot of writers are putting their books that are no longer in print in digital format so that fans of the genre can still enjoy the books. I don’t know how to do it but I’m retired and would be glad to help you do it. I read in a message in this email thread that you found 8 more manuscripts. OMG, Maureen PLEASE publish those manuscripts.

    I’m sure that your Mom’s friends, like Linda Lael Miller or others, would help give you the information that you would need to publish digitally. From what I understand, it’s not that difficult. I am going to try contact you in the near future outside of this thread. I would love to meet you some day. Your Mom was a great author!

    • Loreen Gifford
        · March 14th, 2020 at 2:38 pm · Link

      I second everything you just said, would love to have her books on my kindle and read any unpublished books! I do have all her books in print! She is/was my favorite author!

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