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Next peek at the first chapter of my American Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750She stepped up and gasped as her bread slipped from her hand and onto the tracks below. Pulse racing, she glanced down. “I dropped me bread.”

“Sorry, Miss, you can’t get it now. They have food on board.” Her eyes stung as she realized she’d not be eating on this trip. She eyed the car where she’d be seated. The enclosed car had plush seats, and the women passengers wore stylish gowns and bonnets, while the men sported gentleman’s frock coats. Such fine, sophisticated men they seemed. She’d never seen the like.

She hesitated at the door as she considered how she looked in her threadbare gown, tattered shawl, and straw hat.

“Please step inside, Miss,” the conductor urged as he ascended the steps. The train whistle shrilled, spurring her on.

The front seats were occupied, so she stepped down the aisle, flushing in shame at the looks she drew from the stylish passengers. A woman with two small children gathered them against her sides as if to protect them. An elderly woman sniffed and lifted a snow white handkerchief to her nose.

A few men eyed her, then turned away. She swallowed and clutched her satchel with one hand while patting the hat on her head. She wouldn’t disgrace herself completely by allowing her hair to fly free from her bun.

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Another peek at the first chapter of my American Victorian romance.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750“Oh!” Keara raced toward the second-class car.

The conductor stood at the edge of the platform waving passengers on. “All aboard!”

Keara sprinted to him.

He gaped, looking her up and down. “Third class is that way.” He motioned toward the rear of the train.

“No, sir. ’Tis a second class ticket I have.”

He scowled but waved her onto the steps. “Get aboard. We’re about to pull out.”

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Another short excerpt from my short paranormal romance.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecover“Allow me to get that.” Leaning toward her, Kyle licked the jam off the edge of her lip, then worked his way across. Strawberry mixed with her own sweet taste nearly drove him mad.

“Josie,” he breathed.

She yielded to his kiss and reclined on the tablecloth. He shifted against her soft, pliant body.

“Kyle!”

Kyle glanced around, startled to be taken so abruptly out of the vision.

Dr. Wyler studied him. “You were speaking to someone named Josie. I instructed you to recall everything you saw while hypnotized. What did you see?”

Kyle swallowed. “I, ah, I was in a Civil War camp having a picnic with Josie.”

Dr. Wyler learned toward him. “Tell me everything that happened.”

“Well, I was kissing her, then we ate, then I kissed her again.”

“And?”

“You woke me up.” Kyle scowled.

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Another peek at the first chapter of my Victorian American romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750She considered her options. If she bought a whole loaf, she’d barely have any money left. “Would you sell me half for half price?”

The woman considered. “I suppose I could sell the other half to a hungry waif.” She nodded and held out her hand for the coins.

Keara smiled. Half a loaf would hold her for now. And she’d have a bit of money left for a bite to eat in York. She placed the coin in the woman’s hand, then the vendor deposited the money in her apron pocket, broke the loaf in two, and handed one half to Keara.

“Bless you.” She clutched the half loaf against her chest.

The train whistle shrilled. The old woman turned her head.

“Best get moving, Miss. Your train’s about to leave.”

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The book I’ve been featuring on ‘Sneak Peek Sunday’, The Physician’s Irish Lady, features an Irish immigrant heroine as well as a villain who preys on new immigrants coming into port in New York City. Also, two other of my full-length published romances, Erin’s Rebel and Confederate Rose, the book The Physician’s Irish Lady is based on, feature Irish immigrants at the time of the Civil War. Many Irish fought on both sides of this conflict, during a time period when so many left Ireland to escape starvation and oppression.

irishimmigrantsBoth England and America experienced a large influx of Irish immigrants during the Victorian era. While some of this was due to the potato famine, a great deal of the problem began back in the mid-17th century, when Oliver Cromwell invaded Ireland. Landowners who refused to give up Catholicism had their property confiscated and given to members of the English Army.

“Between 1841 and 1851, Ireland’s population of 8 million had dwindled down to 6 million. An estimated half of these people left the country while the other million died.”

One million emigrated to England and America, overwhelming both countries. American saw this surge of immigration between 1815 and 1845. The Irish had few technical skills, but were healthy and strong. They became a much needed source of cheap labor.

In England “. . . The Irish lived on the absolute fringes of Victorian society . . .”  They became unskilled day laborers and street peddlers.

” . . . Thomas Malthus, noted English economist explained the earlier famines and starvation in Ireland as God’s answer to overpopulation of those who refuse to show constraint . . .”

” . . . emigrating to America was not a joyful event . . . They left in droves on ships that were crowded, with conditions so terrible, that they were referred to as Coffin Ships.” http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm

English oppression had made their country unlivable for them. Their only hope was to escape. Poor immigrants were forced to settle in their port of arrival, having no means of moving on.

The offers of free land out west during this time period meant little to the Irish. The land back in Ireland had failed them, so they looked to other means of making a living in their new country.Although the Irish immigrants arriving in America had come to escape hunger and oppression, they found that life for them didn’t change all that much.

By the height of the potato famine, an Irish immigrant wrote home saying that, “My master is a great tyrant, he treats me as badly as if I was a common Irishman. Our position is one of shame and poverty.” http://kinsella.org/history/histira.htm

Signs for employment were often followed by: “NO IRISH NEED APPLY”. The new immigrants had to live in cellars and shanties. Their brogue and dress were ridiculed. They were also held up to scorn for their poverty and illiteracy.

The Irish held together and met intimidation with violence. Prayer and drink solidified them, helping them to survive life in the city. One newspaper was led to say about them, “The Irish have become more Americanized than the Americans.” http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm

“The Church played an integral part in their lives. It was a militant Church who fought not only for their souls but also for their human rights.” http://kinsella.org/history/histira.htm

America needed the Irish. Men were needed for the heavy work of building bridges, canals and railroads. Women worked as maids, cooks and child caretakers. Irish immigrants needed these jobs to survive and they proved to be hard workers.

Although they never forgot their homeland, the Irish loved America. But they never lost their hatred of the English. This led them to rebel against anything they saw as oppression on the part of their new country. “In New York City during the Civil War, they rioted against the draft lottery after the first drawing showed most of the names were Irish.” http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm http://www.civilwarhome.com/draftriots.htm

The Irish, who’d suffered brutality back in Ireland at English hands were fierce warriors. They used brutal methods to fight back against the oppression of mine owners in Pennsylvania, forming a secret organization called the Molly Maguires. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Molly_Maguires They also formed their own Irish Brigade during the Civil War. http://www.civilwarhome.com/irishbri.htm http://irishvolunteers.tripod.com/irish_brigade_history.htm

200px-2nd_Irish_Color%2C_69th_NYSVAs new immigrants of other nationalities later came to American shores, the Irish were finally hailed as an asset. They were fully Americanized. Hostility shifted to these new immigrants. The Irish finally found power and acceptance.

“In 1850 at the height of the Potato Famine, Orestes Brownson, a celebrated convert to Catholicism, stated, ‘Out of these narrow lanes, dirty streets, damp cellars, and suffocating garrets, will come forth some of the noblest sons of our country, whom she will delight to own and honor.’ ” http://www.kinsella.org/history/histira.htm

Yet another peek at the opening of my Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750Approaching the vendors along the platform, she inhaled the heady scent of freshly-baked bread, as well as other savory treats. But she needed to watch her cash.

An old woman in a head scarf grinned at her with a toothless smile. “Would you like some bread for your trip, Miss?”

Keara had trouble understanding her words in the heavily-accented English, but the loaves she held out made her meaning clear.

“How much?”

“Twelve pence,” the old woman mumbled.

Keara frowned and fished for her coin purse as the vendor held the enticing loaves under her nose. Her stomach grumbled in protest.

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Second peek at the first chapter of my Victorian romance novella.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750“Second class?” He stared her down. “Those tickets are expensive. Where is it you want to go?”

“York.” She dug in her purse producing enough coins to cover the fare.

He studied the coins as if suspecting they weren’t real. After glancing left to right, he held out his hand and accepted them into his moist palm. He inspected them again, dropped them into his cash drawer, and held out a ticket.

“Have a good trip, Miss.” He pointed toward the second class car. “Board over there.”

“Thank you, sir.” Keara deposited the ticket into her satchel and strolled toward the car. She stepped back as an elderly gentleman assisted an old woman on board. The conductor took their bags.

Keara wrapped both arms around her satchel. No one would be taking her bag. It contained all she had left in the world. She remembered she must buy something to eat, or she’d starve on the long ride.

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