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First official review for my Civil War romance, Cole’s Promise.

4 1/2 out of 5 hearts at The Romance Studio.

In part:

“…For an enthusiastic reader, I don’t have a lot of appreciation for the Historical genre, but this book has made me wanting to read more. The plot was intriguing, and had great attention to detail for the men on the front line and how they battled their way through day after day. I really liked the dialogue between both the heroine and heroine, as well as how they interacted with the secondary characters because it revealed quite well how a nurse handled the pressures of looking after a soldier when he was wounded and how protective the soldiers were of each other when dealing with the enemy. The sex scenes were great and just right for Claire didn’t have any experience when it came to men, so Cole treated her perfectly. What I liked so much about Claire was her ability to work under pressure and help those that needed it even though it was hard for her because she’d lost her fiance to war. While with the hero, I liked how he pursued Claire, although he didn’t want to be hurt again like he had been by the woman he loved back home who’d all but given up on their love and found herself another man.

In conclusion, this tale of times at war and romance has given me a love for the Historical genre, and I can’t wait to read more books like this one in the future.”

Read full review at The Romance Studio: http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/colepromisemacatee.htm

Thoroughly Modern Amanda, my newest time travel romance, has gone to galley. Should have a release date soon.

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Sorry that I missed another Monday Inspiration post, but I was away camping out in Amish country. Had a very relaxing weekend with no computer or internet access.

Here’s another excerpt from my Civil War novella, Cole’s Promise. I just got a great review for it that I’ll be posting here on Friday. If you want to take a look now, here’s the link: http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/colepromisemacatee.htm

Excerpt:

Her breath caught at the sight of Lieutenant Manning standing over Private Upwood’s cot. He leaned down and spoke softly to the lad. When he turned his head and straightened, his gaze caught hers.

“Miss Hirsch.” He patted the boy’s hand and stepped around the cot.

“Lieutenant, I hadn’t expected to see you back here today.”

He lifted his bandaged arm. “I’m supposed to see Doc tomorrow, but I had to see to the private. He said the boy’s taken a bad turn.”

Her heart burned at the raw pain in his eyes. “I’m sorry. I know you’ve been so worried about the lad. But it’s not your fault.”

He shook his head. “Everyone tells me that, but it’s not how I feel. Could I speak to you in private for a moment?”

Claire’s heart fluttered at the thought of being alone with him. But he obviously wanted to speak about the private out of his earshot. “Of course, Lieutenant.”

He reached for her arm and escorted her from the tent. She followed his glance. Men milled around conversing and sipping coffee. The lieutenant bit his lip.

“How about back here?” He gestured toward the rear of the hospital tent where it abutted the forest line.

Claire hesitated. “I-I suppose so.”

His gaze slid over her. “I promise to do you no harm, ma’am.”

His boyish smile reassured her. Of course he wouldn’t dare accost her in camp.

She allowed him to lead her to the rear. Great oak and hickory trees cooled the spot. A boulder sat just a few feet behind the rear of the tent. She turned toward him, thinking he’d meant for her to sit on the smooth top of the rock, but instead, he reached his good arm around her back and drew her close.

Her pulse raced. “Lieu—” Her question was cut short by his lips pressed against hers. His kiss was soft and sweet, not demanding. He pulled away, his gaze dancing over her, a small smile on his lips.

“I must apologize, Miss Hirsch, but after being in your company, I couldn’t resist tasting. I hope you don’t think me a complete scoundrel.”

Although Claire’s first impulse was to protest such improper behavior, she couldn’t resist grinning. “Not at all, unless you want me to think of you as a scoundrel,” she teased.

“In that case…” He kissed her again, more thoroughly this time.

Little moans escaped her lips as she returned his kiss. Her eyes closed, and the thrill of his touch sent her toes curling. Her knees turned to jelly in his strong grasp.

He released her lips but held her fast. “I must apologize again, I’m afraid.” His eyes smoldered, and Claire wondered what else he had in mind.

“Lieutenant, I—”

His mouth took her lips again, sending shivers down her spine.

“Call me Cole.”

“But, Lieutenant, it’s hardly proper…” Her protest died at his intense gaze.

“We’ve shared an intimate exchange, and I’d like to share much more with you. I suppose it puts us on a first name basis, at least in private.”

She hesitated, but nodded.

“I’d like to see you later, in private.”

“I-I, don’t know…”

“Miss Hirsch?” The stern voice of an older woman broke the spell. Claire’s face burned as she realized it was Mrs. Benson.

Cole’s Promise available at The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=4821

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I’m over at Slip Into Something Victorian today with a post about the contributions of Catholic nuns serving as nurses for both North and South in the American Civil War.

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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.”

The man turned to Jon and something shifted in his pale face. “I never said I was taking you back to camp, I told you I’d take you someplace safe.”

“Sir?”

“Here.” Arnwolf pointed to a barn.

Although difficult to see in the dark, Jon made out a door hanging open on broken hinges. The structure appeared deserted and dilapidated.

“Why on earth would you bring me here?” Jon eyed the man, his pulse pounding.

“Go inside and you’ll see.” Arnwolf smiled, holding out an arm in invitation.
Jon sucked in a deep breath, suddenly afraid of what waited inside. “Sir, though I appreciate your help, I really think I should be on my way.”

Arnwolf’s eyes glowed red. Heart pounding, Jon turned to run. The man lifted one thin arm and shoved Jon into the barn.

Jon landed on his knees, the breath knocked out of him. He reached for his revolver, but dropped it when Arnwolf shoved him again.

He tried to rise, but the reverend dropped on top of him, pushing him face down to the hay strewn over the ground. Fetid earth and the sweet scent of hay intermingled. Jon struggled, but wasn’t able to throw off Arnwolf’s hold. Strong arms pushed Jon onto his back. His eyes widened as he was forced to face the man.

The face wasn’t that of the pale minister who’d offered him aid, but a hideous demon’s face. A death’s head. The demon’s mouth opened exposing two sharp fangs. Jon’s stomach clenched, and he nearly gagged from the creature’s foul breath.

He summoned the last of his strength and tried to push Arnwolf off, but he couldn’t budge him. Fangs descended and sank into his throat. His body clenched in the throes of pain that quickly changed into intense pleasure. He slumped to the ground, dazed, as he felt his life drain from him.

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Since I had one of those weeks where the words not only didn’t flow, but I didn’t feel like writing at all, I thought my post today would be about procrastination.

Don’t know if it’s because I just turned in the edits for Thoroughly Modern Amanda, but I had planned to at least start the first draft of my newly plotted out story, The Physician’s Irish Lady. But I didn’t write one word this past week.

I think part of the problem is that gnawing fear of starting something new. I also procrastinate when I near the end of a project. Suppose that’s because once I finish it, I have to start on something new again. The cycle repeats.

Also, there are those very real daily obligations. The dog is sitting beside my desk whining to be taken for a walk, the house is a mess. I know many writers ignore the housework, but since I work from home, I can’t concentrate until I clean. I do it in segments each week, so I don’t have to devote a lot of time each day to cleaning, and I do it in the mornings to free up afternoons for writing.

And when I do actually sit down at my desk, I have to keep book promotion in mind, since I have two new releases out. Time has to be spent blogging, keeping the website up to date and some of my social media sites have to be looked at and posted on as well. All of this takes time.

But, this coming week, I plan to at least do some actual writing. Think I’ll pull out that short Halloween story I started, but never finished. If I can complete that, maybe I’ll be ready to settle down and tackle my new historical.

I know every writer deals with this problem. Anybody have any tips or want to commiserate? Leave a comment.

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Just entered my historical romance novel, Cassidy’s War, and my Civil War romance novella, Cole’s Promise, in this year’s EPIC ebook contest.

Wish me luck!

CONFEDERATE ROSE
1st place historical category of First Coast Romance Writers 2010 Beacon Contest for Published Authors!

2nd place historical category of 2010 New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award!

“Need to Read” at You Gotta Read Reviews!!

“The writing flowed smoothly. I liked the way the romance developed between Katie and Alex. The conflicting emotions they each face make this an engaging story. If you like a romance wrapped in the conflicts of the Civil War you will definitely enjoy this book!”

4 ribbons at Blue Ribbon Reviews at Romance Junkies!

“CONFEDERATE ROSE is a magnificent work of fiction…Blended with a well developed romance, this historical is one that will grab hold of your heart and tear at your emotions. I highly recommend this charming historical and it will allow you to revisit the past while you stay in the present.”

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“You there. Halt or I’ll shoot!”

Katie halted Morna and glanced at Alex. He raised his hands in the air. She followed his lead, scanning for the source of the voice.

A blast startled her. Alex cried out and fell from his gelding.

Katie gasped. She feared she was the next target. “Don’t shoot,” Katie yelled. She lifted her hands above her head. “I’m a Confederate soldier.”

She wanted to go to Alex, who lay writhing on the ground, but didn’t dare move. She hoped these people weren’t Federalists.

A young man with light brown hair rounded on her holding a shotgun. An older, gray-haired man raced from the house.

Was ist das!” the older man demanded in a guttural accent.

Having no idea what the man was saying, Katie pointed at Alex. “He’s been shot. I have to help him.”

The young man said something in what sounded like German to the older man, who shook his head.

“I’m very sorry,” he said, motioning to Katie. “Please, get down and see to your friend.”

She slid from her mare and knelt at Alex’s side. Fear chilled her to the bone, and she labored to draw a breath. “Are you hurt bad?”

He grimaced, clutching his thigh. “The son-of-a-bitch shot me.” Blood oozed from a blackened tear in his trousers.

She went to her saddlebags and found a neckerchief. She tied it around his wound.

She glanced up at the farmer. “He needs help.”

“Of course.” The man nodded. To the young man beside him, he said, “Dieter, get your brother. We have to carry him into the house.”

Dieter nodded, wide-eyed, and raced off.

“I must apologize for my son,” the older man said. “Federal soldiers came through here two days ago and threatened us, then made off with some of our animals.”

Katie’s fists clenched. “I know what bastards Yankees can be.”

The man’s face relaxed. While they waited for his sons, he introduced himself. “My name is Arnold Bauer. I own this farm.”

Katie nodded. “Private Sean O’Reilly of the 2nd Virginia. This is Mr. Alexander Hart. He’s a newspaperman from Richmond.”

“Please forgive Dieter,” Bauer pleaded, appealing to Alex. “He was too hasty. He’s afraid.”

Katie glanced at Alex, who nodded. His face paled by the minute. What if the wound was fatal? She took a deep breath, trying to calm her fear.

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