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ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750In my new time travel release, 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.

Victorian 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.houseofantiquehardware.com/site/timeline/tl_victorian.html

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

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from from The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=5074

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Thoroughly-Modern-Amanda-ebook/dp/B00AQAIHHW/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1355948640&sr=1-1&keywords=Thoroughy+Modern+Amanda

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/thoroughly-modern-amanda-susan-macatee/1114008539?ean=2940016112596

And All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

I’d also like to wish my readers a very happy, healthy and productive New Year.

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My mini blog tour for Thoroughly Modern Amanda has come to an end. Winners of the final two blogs:

Isabel Roman – Nancy C.

Slip Into Something Victorian – Bess McBride

Both won a PDF copy of Thoroughly Modern Amanda and $10.00 gift certificate for The Wild Rose Press.

Grand prize winner – Ella Quinn

Wins $50.00 Amazon gift card!

Thanks to all who left comments and to my wonderful blog hosts!

And here is the list of winners on previous blogs:

Babette James – Lana Williams

Rachel Brimble – Shannon Ro

Karen Michelle Nutt – Bess McBride

Nicole McCaffrey – Margaret Tanner

Caroline Clemmons – Ella Quinn

Cynthia Woolf – Tara Kingston

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ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750On this final day of my blog tour for Thoroughly Modern Amanda, be sure to stop by Isabel Roman and Slip Into Something Victorian and leave a comment for the chance to win a PDF copy of my new release and a $10.00 gift certificate.

And stop by these blog posts, if you haven’t already, and leave comments so you can be entered for the grand prize, a $50.00 Amazon gift card. Winner will be announced here tomorrow.

12/19

Babette James

http://babettejames.com/2012/12/19/interview-with-susan-macatee-author-of-thoroughly-modern-amanda/

12/20

Rachel Brimble

http://rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/welcome-fellow-wild-rose-press-author_20.html

Karen Michelle Nutt

http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com/2012/12/susan-macatee-and-victorian-christmas.html

12/21

Nicole McCaffrey

http://nicolemccaffrey.blogspot.com/2012/12/friday-friends-susan-macatee.html

Caroline Clemmons

http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-visit-with-susan-macatee.html

12/22

Cynthia Woolf

http://cynthiawoolf.com/blog/the-appeal-of-time-travel-romance-by-susan-macatee/

thechristmasball_7289_7501I also have a new review for my Civil War Christmas romance, The Christmas Ball.

“If you are a fan of historical romance, and Christmas romances, I think you’ll enjoy this.”

http://www.examiner.com/review/susan-macatee-s-pretty-christmas-ball

And Thoroughly Modern Amanda is now available at All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thoroughlymodernamanda-1026307-141.html

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Kirk brushed his thumb over her cheek. “I love you, Sara. What’s your answer?”

She shook her head. “I can’t.” She glanced around the room. “I can’t be what you want.” Rising, she loosed her hand from his and spun toward the door.

“Wait.” He rose, but she was out the door in a flash. He strode to the doorway and glanced down the hall. A man and woman stared behind them. Had she gone that way? He apologized as he maneuvered past the startled couple.

Where the devil is she? He moved toward the ballroom. Perhaps she’d thought to lose herself among the other guests. He sauntered along the wall past chairs and tables, eyes scanning the guests.

“Kirk.” Mary approached, a frown on her face. “Whatever’s wrong?”

“Why do you think anything’s wrong?”

“Because of that fierce scowl you’re wearing. And where is Miss Brewster?”

“You don’t know?”

She raised her hands, palms out. “Why should I know?”

He drew a deep breath. “I proposed to her and she raced out of the room as if the devil was on her tail.”

Mary lifted her gloved hands to her mouth, then dropped them to her waist, her lips curved into a smile. “You proposed? What was her answer?”

“Her answer was no. Then she ran from the room.” He raked a hand through his hair. “Now, I’ve no idea where she’s gone.”

“Well, she must be here somewhere.” Mary spread her arms and scanned the room. “She surely wouldn’t have run out into the cold.”

“Wouldn’t she?” He turned and strode from the ballroom into the entry hall, Mary on his heels. Spotting the doorman, he asked, “My man, have you seen a young woman racing down the hall?”

“Why yes, sir. A young woman ran out the door just a minute ago. I was going to see if she was all right.”

Kirk pushed past him and yanked on the door handle. Emerging onto the stoop, he glanced down the steps. His pulse thundered at the sight of Miss Brewster sprawled at the foot of the steps in a heap of satin and petticoats.

The Christmas Ball available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=5026

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/The-Christmas-Ball-ebook/dp/B00A5CF3SM/ref=sr_1_3?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1352744944&sr=1-3&keywords=the+christmas+ball

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-christmas-ball-susan-macatee/1113749511?ean=2940015922417

and All Romance Ebooks https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-thechristmasball-995347-158.html

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The traditions of the Christmas season, at least in America, evolved during the Victorian period to encase much of what we still celebrate as part of Christmas today. St. Nicholas or Santa Claus appeared as a main part of the season during the Victorian era.

Also, the Christmas tree, thought of by many as being donated by German immigrants, who decorated an evergreen tree in their homes. This tradition, in actuality dates back to pre-Christian times. To the Romans, the evergreen was a symbol of fertility and regeneration. The early Christians adapted the symbol to represent the Tree of Life and Jesus.

The Christmas tree in America dates back to as early as 1812 or 1819. New York was originally a Dutch Republic named New Amsterdam, hence the earliest American Christmas trees may have originated with the German-American population.

The Christmas tree gradually increased in popularity over the next twenty years. Universal appeal occurred during the 1850’s and 1860’s.

Godey’s promoted the charm of the in-home Christmas tree, highlighting Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s celebration. A table-top tree was included, the print appearing in the December Godey’s issue in 1850. Albert had introduced the tree he’d embraced as a child in Germany and years after his marriage to Victoria, stated, “I must now seek in the children an echo of what Ernest [his brother]and I were in the old-time, of what we felt and thought; and their delight in the Christmas-trees is not less than ours used to be,…”

In America, over the next decade, Christmas trees started to appear in both the churches and the marketplace. This in turn, encouraged people to bring them into their homes, making the tree an important part of holiday décor.

From Christmas Trees and Godey’s Lady’s Book/ America’s Victorian Era in the Age of Sail

For pictures of Victorian Christmas trees visit:

http://www.biblicalquality.com/Christmas1.html

http://gaskellblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/23/victorian-christmas-tree/

For info on Victorian Christmas traditons:

http://www.thecompletevictorian.com/Christmas.html

I’d like to wish all of my readers a very Merry Christmas and wonderful holiday season. And don’t forget, my blog tour for Thoroughly Modern Amanda will continue on December 28th.

Here are the last two stops

Isabel Roman

http://www.authorisabelroman.blogspot.com/

Slip Into Something Victorian

http://slipintosomethingvictorian.wordpress.com

List of winners on previous blog posts

Babette James – Lana Williams

Rachel Brimble – Shannon Ro

Karen Michelle Nutt – Bess McBride

Nicole McCaffrey – Margaret Tanner

Caroline Clemmons – Ella Quinn

Cynthia Woolf – Tara Kingston

If you’ve missed any of the blog posts, here are the links. Leave a comment and I’ll add you you into the drawing for the grand prize.

12/19

Babette James

http://babettejames.com/2012/12/19/interview-with-susan-macatee-author-of-thoroughly-modern-amanda/

12/20

Rachel Brimble

http://rachelbrimble.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/welcome-fellow-wild-rose-press-author_20.html

Karen Michelle Nutt

http://kmnbooks.blogspot.com/2012/12/susan-macatee-and-victorian-christmas.html

12/21

Nicole McCaffrey

http://nicolemccaffrey.blogspot.com/2012/12/friday-friends-susan-macatee.html

Caroline Clemmons

http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-visit-with-susan-macatee.html

12/22

Cynthia Woolf

http://cynthiawoolf.com/blog/the-appeal-of-time-travel-romance-by-susan-macatee/

All prize winners, including the grand prize, a $50.00 Amazon gift card, will be announced here on December 29th.

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press.

And is now on Amazon as  Kindle  and Nook books.

Happy holidays!

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I’m at Cynthia Woolf’s blog http://cynthiawoolf.com/blog/ today talking about the allure of time travel romance. Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win a copy of my new time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda and a $10.00 gift certificate for The Wild Rose Press.

And don’t forget, after a break for Christmas, the blog tour continues on December 28th at Isabel Roman’s blog http://www.authorisabelroman.blogspot.com/and Slip Into Something Victorian http://slipintosomethingvictorian.wordpress.com .

Here are the list of winners so far:

Babette James – Lana Williams

Karen Michelle Nutt – Shannon Ro

Rachel Brimble – Bess McBride

All won a PDF copy of Thoroughly Modern Amanda and a $10.00 gift certificate for The Wild Rose Press.

Congrats to all and keep following the tour for more prize giveaways and the grand prize, a $50.00 Amazon gift card.

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Don’t forget to visit Nicole McCaffrey http://www.nicolemccaffrey.blogspot.com/ and Caroline Clemmons http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/ today as they grill (er, I mean) interview me. Be sure to leave comments on each post for the chance to win a copy of Thoroughly Modern Amanda, a $10.00 gift certificate to The Wild Rose Press and grand prize, a $50.00 Amazon gift card at the end of the tour.

And don’t forget the remaining stops on the tour.

12/22

Cynthia Woolf

http://cynthiawoolf.com/blog/

12/28

Isabel Roman

http://www.authorisabelroman.blogspot.com/

Slip Into Something Victorian

http://slipintosomethingvictorian.wordpress.com

Winner at Babette James –  Lana Williams.

I’ll announce the other winners as I get the names in.

Congrats, Lana, and be sure to check back here on December 29th for the grand prize winner!

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