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WhispersintheWind_w9628_750If you love Civil War romance, like I do, my award winning Civil War romance, Confederate Rose, is now available as part of a boxed-set of Civil War romance novels titled Whispers In the Wind. The set is being released today from The Wild Rose Press.

From torn loyalties come… Rebellious hearts and Forbidden passions

This digital boxed set contains 6 complete novels.

The Rebel Wife by Donna Dalton

When war correspondent Jackson Porter lies to a Union patrol to save a red-headed rebel, he gets something he never expected…a wife. With her knowledge of corruption at the federal prisons, he can deliver the topnotch article his newspaper editor expects.

Louisa Carleton needs a miracle–even if that miracle is a Yankee. With her brother’s imminent death in prison, she has no option but to join forces with the enemy. Can she save her brother from a vindictive prison commander while still protecting her heart, or will Jackson stir dark memories she wants to forget?

Confederate Rose by Susan Macatee

Disguised as a man to serve with her husband as a soldier in the Confederate Army, Irish immigrant Katie Rose O’Reilly vows to remain in the ranks and seek revenge on Yankees after her husband is killed at Sharpsburg. When she falls and almost drowns in a swollen stream, Southerner Alexander Hart, a Yankee spy, saves Katie from drowning, then nurses her through a resulting fever, keeping his identity secret from the feisty and beautiful Rebel soldier even as he finds himself falling in love with her. Can Katie reconcile her loyalties with her love?

Northern Temptress by Nicole McCaffrey

When the Civil War arrives on her door step, Gettysburg doctor Alexandra Winters uses her knowledge of medicine to help the wounded. When an uncommonly handsome rebel officer finds her tending the wounded in his battlefield, he takes her for a spy until she confesses her darkest secret; her brother fights for the south.

Major Caleb McKenna, CSA, has grown weary of war and bloodshed. Dreams of glory and valor are long gone, as is the memory of his beloved fiancee back home in Georgia. Try as he might, he can’t recall her face. Instead, it’s the bewitching image of Alexa Winters that haunts his every thought.

When the major is gravely wounded, Alexa comes to his aide. Hiding a Confederate officer in a house filled with recuperating Union soldiers is risky… but fighting their growing desire is a battle they can’t afford to lose.

Memory’s Edge by Bette McNicholas

Brave and feisty at eighteen, Victoria Garrett takes on a mission to smuggle two slaves to the Underground Railroad in Delaware. But after an explosion at the DuPont Munitions Factory, she’s arrested as a Confederate spy.

Captain Luke Cassidy has different thoughts about Victoria, the only survivor found unconscious at the scene. He notices strangulation marks on her neck. Invincible together, he and his men rescue her and hide her from the person trying to kill her.

Suffering from amnesia, Victoria is alone and frightened. She turns to the one person who will save her, Luke Cassidy. Theirs is a tale of murder, espionage and love…

An April To Remember by Lauri Robinson

April Simonson hated all men. They were cruel, sinful beasts. Her disfigured face was proof. That is until she met Jerek Brinkley. Then, as the revered Sultana explodes, April falls into the dark, muddy waters of the Mississippi River terrified she’ll never see the light of day or the handsome riverboat gambler again.

Jerek Brinkley fought hell and high water to save the northern vixen who’d won his heart with her cards tricks, only to fear Allan Pinkerton’s arrival in Memphis might reveal secrets he’s not ready for her to know.

Based on history’s greatest maritime disaster, An April to Remember, sprinkled with real facts and events, revives the Sultana, a civil war riverboat whose death toll surpassed the Titanic’s, and offers a new twist on what might have happened that fateful night in 1865.

Shadows Of A Southern Moon by Meg Hennessy

In a country torn apart, Brandt Michaels serves the Union. Behind enemy lines, he expects the danger of Confederate skirmishers and swamps. Instead, he finds himself bewitched by a beautiful woman, igniting his passion beyond anything he’s ever known. But he soon learns her coy games are only a distraction, as she secretly devises a deadly trap for his capture.

Elizabeth DuBay is determined to deny her attraction to the Union officer and plans to foil his mission. But the moment Elizabeth surrenders to her burning desire for one unforgettable night of love, her life changes forever. As her well-set trap closes in on Brandt Michaels, Elizabeth must risk everything for his escape. From their perilous journey through war-ravaged countryside springs a passion too strong for the war to destroy…and too consuming for the lovers to deny….

For more information, visit The Wild Rose Press.

Although women have participated in wars throughout history, women soldiers during the American Civil War were unheard of. After all, the 1860s was the height of the Victorian era, where women—at least high and middle class ones—were thought to be delicate creatures, who needed to be taken care of and protected by their men. The idea of a woman charging into battle, firing on the enemy or worse, yet, being wounded or killed was unimaginable.

Even women who nursed wounded soldiers were often frowned upon by polite society. But in the book, All the Daring of the Soldier, by Elizabeth D. Leonard, and An Uncommon Soldier, by Lauren Cook Burgess, these real life women warriors have finally been exposed for the true heroines they were.

Women weren’t allowed to join either army during the American Civil War, but according to Leonard, many young women were driven not only by “Patriotism and the love of a good man…”  but also by “…their quest for adventure and their hope for a different sort of paying job than was typically available to them.”

My award winning Civil War romance, Confederate Rose, is the story of a fictional woman, an Irish immigrant, who went on such a quest. But although Katie O’Reilly is a figment of my imagination, she’s based on the stories I’ve read of the real heroines who fought this war and were up until now, mostly forgotten.

And my holiday novella The Christmas Ball, features a herione who’s chosen to fight for the Union army in disguise. More information here.

Blurb for Confederate Rose: Disguised as a man to serve with her husband as a soldier in the Confederate Army, Irish immigrant Katie Rose O’Reilly vows to remain in the ranks and seek revenge on Yankees after her husband is killed at Sharpsburg. When she falls and almost drowns in a swollen stream, Southerner Alexander Hart, a Yankee spy, saves Katie from drowning then nurses her through a resulting fever, keeping his identity secret from the feisty and beautiful Rebel soldier even as he finds himself falling in love with her. Can Katie reconcile her loyalties with her love?

And this Thursday, November 20, Confederate Rose will be released as part of a Civil War boxed-set of full-length romance novels titled Whispers in the Wind by The Wild Rose Press.

The true stories of women warriers during the American Civil War were truly an inspiration for my own fictional romance stories.

Next installment from the first chapter of my Civil War vampire romance.

Excerpt:
SweetRedemption_w3850_300“Trust me, Captain. If you want to survive, you’ll come with me.”

Arnwolf stood aside as Jon circled the field, going from man to man, searching for any sign of life. The men he examined lay stiff and cold, no breath or pulse.

“You see, Captain. You are the only survivor. If you’ll come with me, I’ll see you to safety before the Rebels come to take you prisoner.”

Numbness settled over Jon as he lifted his pack and followed Arnwolf.
****

As they made their way over darkened farmland, Jon tried to make conversation, but the reverend seemed reticent. In the darkness, Jon’s uneasiness grew.

“Reverend, if you please. I believe my camp is back the other way.”

Sweet Redemption is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Redemption-ebook/dp/B0056ICETQ/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313157188&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-redemption-susan-macatee/1018988355?ean=2940043310798&itm=3&usri=sweet%2bredemption

The Wild Rose Press http://thewildrosepress.com/sweet-redemption-p3750.html?zenid=efc2f41ac353b198c6926be0514ff6ab

and All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sweetredemption-391948-139.html

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Stop by my post on Slip Into Something Victorian about what happened 150 years ago today.

Another excerpt from first chapter of my Civil War vampire romance novella.

Excerpt:
SweetRedemption_w3850_300“Reverend? Are you an army chaplain?”

“Nein. I’m a civilian visiting from Austria.”

Jon slowly sat up, hoping he wouldn’t be shot down for his efforts, but Reverend Arnwolf continued to stand without harm. Jon pushed his protesting body onto hands and knees, before he cautiously rose to his feet.

He surveyed the ruined field in the eerie light. Bodies lay scattered, a few missing limbs. Blood covered portions of the field. “My men…”

“Are all dead,” Arnwolf said.

“How do you know?”

Sweet Redemption is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Redemption-ebook/dp/B0056ICETQ/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313157188&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-redemption-susan-macatee/1018988355?ean=2940043310798&itm=3&usri=sweet%2bredemption

The Wild Rose Press http://thewildrosepress.com/sweet-redemption-p3750.html?zenid=efc2f41ac353b198c6926be0514ff6ab

and All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sweetredemption-391948-139.html

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A Civil War battle inspired my historical vampire romance, Sweet Redemption. The story opened with the hero pinned down on a battlefield on a bitter cold night in December.

What my hero, Union army Captain Jonathan Hackett, experienced at the start of the story, was based on the actual experiences of Joshua Chamberlain, hero of Gettysburg, when he was pinned down after the attack at Marye’s Heights during the Fredericksburg battle.

Chamberlain served under Colonel Adelbert Ames, when his regiment, the 20th Maine, was mustered in on August 20, 1862. Although the regiment was at Antietam during that battle, they saw no action. The attack on Marye’s Heights caused the regiment few casualties, but Chamberlain had no choice but to spend a cold night lying on the battlefield as Confederate troops fired down on their position. He sheltered behind frozen corpses to survive the night.

Chamberlain fought at Chancellorsville and at Gettysburg the following year .

The battle of Fredericksburg was fought on December 11 through the 15th in 1862. To that point, this battle was the largest and deadliest in the war. Union and Confederate troops battled in the streets of Fredericksburg and also engaged in “the first major opposed river crossing in American military history.”

No Civil War battle, thus far, featured a larger concentration of soldiers, nearly 200,000 combatants.

General Burnside planned to use 60,000 men to destroy Lee’s flank stationed on Prospect Hill. The remainder of the troops would hold Longstreet’s First Corps at Marye’s Heights.

Initially, the Union was successful against Stonewall Jackson, but due to lack of reinforcements, a Confederate counterattack defeated the effort.

Both sides drew heavy losses. 9000 were either killed, wounded or missing.

When darkness descended, the battlefield was littered with dead and wounded men. The Union army suffered 12,600 casualties, most in the battle at Mayre’s Heights.

The Confederates were victorious, but after the battle, Lee was quoted as saying, “It is well that war is so terrible, or we should grow too fond of it.”

For more on Joshua Chamerlain and the battle of Fredericksburg, visit these sites:

http://www.civilwar.org/battlefields/fredericksburg.html
http://militaryhistory.about.com/od/army/p/chamberlain.htm

Blurb for Sweet Redemption: On a cold December night, Union infantry captain, Jonathan Hackett is pinned down on the Fredericksburg battlefield trying to escape Confederate fire. But a creature of the night, more dangerous than any enemy soldier, stalks him. Jon must fight for his life as well as his soul.

Maddie Emery has lost everything dear to her. Her husband and parents had passed on and her brothers are off fighting in the Confederate Army. She’s alone, trying single-handedly to hold onto her family’s farm, when a Yankee soldier collapses across her stoop.

Maddie and Jon form and bond of love and desire, but as Jon exhibits signs of becoming the creature he fears most, is their love enough to fight off the evil of a centuries old vampire bent on destroying them?

Find more info at my website: http://susanmacatee.com/mybooks.hml

Fourth sneak peek from the first chapter of my Civil War vampire romance, Sweet Redemption. This story focuses on the aftermath of the battle at Fredericksburg, Virginia in December 1862.

Excerpt:
SweetRedemption_w3850_300The man glanced around, and raised his arms. “There’s nothing to fear, sir,” he said in a guttural accent. “The battle’s over.”

Jon glanced around, noting the eerie quiet. “The Rebels pulled out?”

“Yes, sir.”

He squinted up at the strange man. He wasn’t in any kind of military uniform, but dressed head to toe in black, a large slouch hat half obscuring his pale, clean-shaven face.

“Who are you?” Jon asked.

“My name is Reverend Arnwolf.”

Sweet Redemption is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Sweet-Redemption-ebook/dp/B0056ICETQ/ref=sr_1_7?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1313157188&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/sweet-redemption-susan-macatee/1018988355?ean=2940043310798&itm=3&usri=sweet%2bredemption

The Wild Rose Press http://thewildrosepress.com/sweet-redemption-p3750.html?zenid=efc2f41ac353b198c6926be0514ff6ab

and All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-sweetredemption-391948-139.html

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