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In the late nineteenth century, where my time traveling hero in the romance novella, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, finds himself, medical care is a far cry from what we have today.

medical_machine_290x163Early in the Victorian period the transmission of disease wasn’t fully understood. It was a patient’s inherited susceptibility, which we call the genetic component as well as the individual’s intemperance or lifestyle that caused a person to catch a disease. Another factor was the climate and location where one lived, sort of our version of environmental factors. They didn’t consider water or air-borne infections possible.

In 1848, symptoms of smallpox, scarlet fever and measles, were thought to be caussed by diseased parents, night air, sedentary habits, anger, wet feet or an abrupt changes of temperature. Fever was caused by injury, bad air, violent emotion, irregular bowels and extremes of heat and cold. Cholera was believed to be caused by rancid or putrid food, cold fruits such as cucumbers and melons, and passionate fear or rage.

The treatments of the period could be simply a change of air emetic and laxative purgation and bleeding by cup or leech–this traditional remedy was abandoned in mid-century. These remedies were thought to purge impurities from the body. Limited medications were employed, and the power of prayer was regularly invoked.

More seroius diseases of the early nineteenth century including pulmonary tuberculosis–commonly called consumption, and cholera, became epidemic. Infectious and respiratory causes predominated. Male death rates also included occupational injury and toxic substances, while women died as a result of childbirth or violence, but also suffered occupational diseased as they moved into the workforce in crowded factories.

For the full article on Victorian Era diseases, visit this site:

http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/articles/h/health-and-medicine-in-the-19th-century/

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Conclusion of chapter two of my time travel romance, plus peek at first paragraph of chapter three.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Blood matted the man’s short, sandy-colored hair. Likely a blow from the beam. She touched the spot gently, noting a raised knot. His face lay turned to the side. She glanced around the room for something she could use to stanch the flow of blood. Her gaze alighted on a rag near him. After grabbing it, she pressed it against his head. If she turned him onto his side, she could check for other injuries and help him breathe more easily.

Using all her strength, she pushed him over and tilted her ear toward his mouth. Shallow breaths lifted his broad chest that rose and fell with regularity. If only she could wake him.

Sandy lashes brushed against his cheek. The urge to run her hand over his firm, clean-shaven jaw caused her cheeks to heat.

She’d have to leave him and find help.

As she rose to go, an ever-so-slight sound drew her attention. His eyes fluttered open.

Chapter Three

Jack blinked. Blinding pain in the back of his head nearly caused him to pass out again. The last thing he recalled was a beam blindsiding him.

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Today I’m going back to my first time travel romance, released in 2009.

Excerpt:
ErinsRebel_w1957_300The sound of her name on his lips made her skin tingle. She tore the paper off the package. At the sight of the brooch, her breath caught.

“Do you like it?” he asked anxiously. “I had it made just for you.”

Eyeing him, she had a hard time finding her voice. This was Erin O’Connell’s brooch, the very one that had sent her back in time. It shone in her hands, new and unworn from time and wear.

What did this mean? She must be following Erin O’Connell’s footsteps. As far as she knew her being here hadn’t changed anything. Will was still destined to die this year.

“I didn’t mean to upset you, Erin. If you don’t want the brooch–“

“No.” She clasped the pin against her chest as the meaning of his gift sank in. “It just means so much to me.”

His look of concern softened into a lopsided grin. “I’m happy you feel that way.”

“Thank you, Will.” She slipped the brooch into the pocket of her wrapper, then stood on her toes, lifting her arms to circle his neck. She kissed his cheek, inhaling his musky scent.

His mouth was on hers, hot and urgent. The softness of his moustache and chin beard tickled her lips. She opened to him, her tongue slipping inside to taste him thoroughly. He groaned, pressing the length of his body against her.

Blurb: Philadelphia newspaper reporter, Erin Branigan, is engaged to marry an up-and-coming lawyer, but dreams of a man from the past, a Civil War captain, change her plans and start her on a journey beyond time. After a car accident, Erin wakes to find herself living in the 1860s in a Confederate army camp.

Captain Will Montgomery, the man of her dreams, is now a flesh and blood Rebel soldier who sets her soul aflame. But the Irish beauty holds a secret he needs to unravel before he can place his trust in her.

Can she correct a mistake made long ago that caused his death and denied her the love she was meant to have? Or is she doomed to live out her life with nothing but regret?

Civil War time travel romance, Erin’s Rebel, was a finalist Ancient City Romance Authors 2010 Reader’s Choice Award, paranormal category.

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Next installment from the second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750As she peered around the corner, she gasped at the sight of a man sprawled across the floor. Dressed in shirtsleeves and work britches, sleeves rolled up to his elbows, he must be a workman.

“Hello,” she called, unsure of what to do. She shouldn’t be here, after all, but she couldn’t just leave the poor man. What if he were dead?

Her hand rose to her throat at the thought. She took a deep breath and strode forward, but a creak in the floor stopped her. If the floor wasn’t finished, she risked the chance of falling through to the floor below.

She tested the floor inside the room with one foot and then the other. The man lay sprawled on his stomach, a large beam beside him. She lifted her skirts to step over the beam and knelt at the man’s side, feeling his neck for a pulse.

A steady beat throbbed under her fingers. She breathed a sigh of relief.

Now, what do I do?

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In my time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, the hero, Jack Lawton, is a construction worker who longs to refurbish a Victorian home for an elderly client. In fact, he loves the house so much, he wishes he could purchase it and fix it up for himself. But before he can start on the project, the woman dies and her heir wants to sell the land to a buyer who plans to demolish the old home.

And that very same house was built by a magazine editor in 1880 for himself, and the woman he hopes will share it as his wife, the heroine, Amanda Montgomery.

black-white-150x167Victorian architecture dominated during the years 1825-1900. Victorians used history, nature, geometry, theory and personal inspiration to create designs.

In the early Victorian period, homes and other structures were styled simply, but those built after the Civil War years grew complicated. Styles were combined as the designers and builders saw fit, creating a stunning visual effect. Post-Civil War styles in America were often elaborate and flamboyant, fueled by the emerging industrial society. “Victorian” architecture contained several styles, including Italianate, Second Empire, Stick-Eastlake, and Queen Anne.

The Victorians are accused by contemporary critics of employing needless clutter and complexity in their designs. And even as early as 1870 Europeans considered the architecture to be a failure.

However, not all critics were put off by the Victorian influence. A writer for the San Francisco Morning Call shared this critique on April 21, 1887:

“The architecture of San Francisco in our residence streets has no counterpart in the world, and we have no reason to be ashamed of it. It is light, airy and pleasing in style, and is to the architecture of Europe and the Eastern States as Spanish music is to the grand and heavier compositions of Wagner.”

By the end of the nineteenth century color became an essential ingredient. Prior to that time, structures were painted in neutral colors of white, beige or gray. Homes grew colorful by 1887 with lighter, brighter colors. These vibrant colors distinguish the features we associate with Victorian architecture today.

Many of these grand homes still stand to this day and have been transformed into bed and breakfast inns or hotels, with some open to the public as historic sites.

For photos and more info on Victorian architecture, visit these sites:

http://www.victorianstation.com/vicarch.html

http://www.erasofelegance.com/arts/victarchitecture.html

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Next installment from second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Wendover Street lay a few blocks from her home. As she strolled down the sidewalk, she looked for any homes under new construction. Finally at the corner of the street, she found it, a three story home with a wraparound porch. The clapboard siding had yet to be painted, and the grounds, void of landscaping, contained mounds of dirt and patches of missing grass. Big windows with hand-blown glass appeared naked without any curtains or shades. This must be it. She sauntered past, studying the house. No sounds of hammers or saws rose from inside, nor did she hear voices. Maybe the workmen weren’t working today or hadn’t yet arrived.

She drew close to the porch, straining her ears for any sound. The last thing she wanted to do was run into a disgruntled workman or, worse, Randolph.

Glancing up and down the street to be sure no one saw her, she drew in a breath and turned the door knob. The door opened inward. She stepped inside, inhaling the inviting scent of fresh cut wood. She didn’t want to announce her presence for fear of being sent away. Something about this house beckoned to her.

She stepped through the foyer into a short hall with a staircase on the right side. Again, she strained her ears, alert to any sound. Setting one foot on the stairs, she decided them to be sound and climbed. In the hall, she hesitated, wondering why the urge to explore so compelled her. If anyone caught her, she’d just tell them Randolph had invited her to see the house but hadn’t yet arrived.

Emboldened by the idea, she stepped down the hall, poking her head into a large room. None of the rooms had attached doors yet. This, likely, was the master bedroom. She suppressed a shudder, knowing Randolph held intentions of sharing it with her.

Another room in the center of the hall lay unoccupied as well. She stepped toward the back room. Through the doorway, she noted parts of the inner wall yet unfinished, and the floor didn’t appear entirely stable. She’d take a quick look then leave before Randolph even knew she’d been here.

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Next installment from second chapter of my time travel romance.

Excerpt:
ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750Once her stepmother turned toward the kitchen, Amanda ascended the stairs. After a few hours of reading, Amanda’s eyes refused to stay open. She prepared for bed and climbed under the covers.

Although tired, Amanda tossed, not able keep the image of Randolph’s face from her mind. Her door opened, Erin’s lavender scent drifting into the room, but Amanda relaxed, keeping her eyes closed and breathing even. The door closed again. She punched her pillow and rolled over, finally drifting into an uneasy sleep.

She woke to sunlight bleeding through the drawn curtains. The clock showed nine. Sighing, she rose and quickly dressed, wishing she’d awakened earlier. She’d not allow Randolph to call on her before she made her escape to see the house on her own.

She stopped at the bottom of the stairs. Voices rose from the kitchen, likely her family finishing breakfast. She strode to the door and pinned her hat on and wrapped a shawl around her shoulders.

Slipping out the door, she hurried down the path, hoping her family wouldn’t catch sight of her and inquire as to where she was going. Today was her regular day off from the newspaper office. If they found her missing, they’d likely think she’d gone shopping.

She inhaled the fresh spring air on this sunny, cloudless day. Fragrant tree buds stood out on the oaks lining the streets. Daffodils and tulips decorated gardens and flower boxes. Sparrows chattered in the trees overhead.

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