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14th excerpt from the opening chapters of my Civil War time travel romance. Hope you’re all enjoying the snippets.

Excerpt:

She sighed in exasperation. “Don’t you have a cell phone?”

A blank expression took over his face.

“I’ve heard you reenactors can be strict, but there must be a pay phone somewhere around here.”

He shook his head. “You should rest, ma’am. I’ll mix up a headache powder for you. You’ll feel a mite better once you get some sleep.” After lifting her ankles onto the cot, he pushed against her shoulders, forcing her to lie down.

As he walked away, she glared at him. No way could he force her to stay.

While he occupied himself with the colored bottles on the table, she rose and steadied herself as a wave of pain coursed through her. Her head spun, and she nearly plopped back down. But sheer determination pushed her forward. Edging toward the open tent flap, she peered outside. Until her vision
refocused, everything appeared fuzzy.

Finalist in the Ancient City Romance Authors 2010 Reader’s Choice Award, paranormal category.

Read opening chapters and reviews at my website: http://susanmacatee.com/mybooks.html

Erin’s Rebel is available in ebook format for $2.99 from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Erins-Rebel-Susan-Macatee/dp/1601545207/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318084452&sr=1-1

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Was away last weekend and needed to take a short break from blogging, but I’m back with news of my first edits coming in for The Physician’s Irish Lady.

I’m also back to blogging over at Slip Into Something Victorian with a Civil War timeline post about the Gettysburg Campaign.

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13th installment from the opening chapters of my Civil War time travel romance.

Excerpt: 

“Your choice of words is odd, too. I’m having a hard time catching your
meaning.”

Is this guy for real? He obviously understands English.

But another thought sent a chill down her spine. What had happened to her car? It could still be back on the road, or already been towed. The vehicle would be traced to her, and her mother would be notified as next of kin. Her mom would be frantic when the police can’t locate her.

Her cell phone must still be in the car, along with the rest of her belongings. But where were her clothes?

“Listen, Mr. – ah – Doc,” she said. “I need to make a phone call. My mother will be worried sick. I guess I should call the local police, too.”

His brow furrowed. “I thought you said your mother lived in Ireland. And what in tarnation is a phone call?”

Finalist in the Ancient City Romance Authors 2010 Reader’s Choice Award, paranormal category.

Read opening chapters and reviews at my website: http://susanmacatee.com/mybooks.html

Erin’s Rebel is available in ebook format for $2.99 from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Erins-Rebel-Susan-Macatee/dp/1601545207/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318084452&sr=1-1  

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Stop by The Romance Reviews Sizzling Summer Reads party today for the chance to win a copy of my ebook novella, time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda.

Just go here, http://www.theromancereviews.com/event.php find my book and answer the questions for the chance to win a copy.

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As promised I’m posting an unedited excerpt from my newly contracted American Victoian romance. In this scene the characters are riding a steam engine in the dining car.

Excerpt:

The waiter returned with a tray and placed bowls of soup and spoons on the table. “I’ll return with your plate of meat and other delicacies in a moment.”

Keara wrinkled her nose. “Other delicacies? You shouldn’t be spending so much on me.”

“You need food,” he emphasized. “I can’t have you fainting in the aisle again, now can I?”

She sucked on her lower lip, suddenly ashamed in the presence of so refined a gentleman.

He motioned toward her spoon. “Now, eat. Doctor’s orders.”

She grinned and lifted the soup spoon. Taking care to delicately sip and not gulp her soup,  Keara ate slowly and studied her companion. His gaze barely left her, causing a tightening in her stomach not caused by hunger. His sculpted lips tilted pleasantly into a smile as he gazed at her. His hands appeared strong, but fine, not work roughened, like the men she’d known.

“I suppose, since we’re dining together and sharing a seat on the ride, I should introduce myself. Doctor Elliot James.” He studied her as if expecting her name in return.

She swallowed. “I’m Miss Keara Fagan and I’m very grateful you came to me aid, Doctor.”

“My pleasure, Miss Fagan.” He grinned and her stomach fluttered with pleasure. “So, your relatives live in York, you say?” He lifted a spoonful of soup to his lips. She had trouble concentrating.

“Ah—yes, in York.” She hoped he didn’t see through her lie. She planned to find any hovel she could for a night’s stay, then continue her travel by foot, if she had to. She’d disappear into the countryside so Rogan would have no chance of finding her.

The Physician’s Irish Lady will be released as an ebook by The Wild Rose Press at a date yet to be announced. Follow my blog or visit my website for more information on this story and my other published works.

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In my newly contracted novella, The Physician’s Irish Lady, the hero is a late nineteenth century physician. Dr. Elliot James originally appeared as a minor character, a friend of the hero, in my 2009 Civil War romance, Confederate Rose. In that novel, he served as a physician in the Union army, but in post war America he practices at home in a small Pennsylvania town in a rural setting.

In the story, he travels to his patients’ homes, both in town and in the surrounding rural area, to treat illnesses and wounds caused by accidents.

The late eighteen-hundreds saw many advances in both medical knowledge and technology. As a result, the medical profession itself went through drastic changes. The acceptance of germs causing diseases, unheard of before the nineteenth century, along with research of the human body and development of specialized tools, caused a revolution in treatments of illness. The practice of hygiene, put into use during the American Civil War, aided patients and improved outcomes for recovery.

Late nineteenth century physicians visited patients’ homes or occasionally worked out of an office in their own home. Doctors in rural areas needed to be able to travel in a wide area. Doctors would travel by foot or horseback and needed to carry tools and drugs they could pack into a small case or saddlebag.

During the Industrial Revolution, hospitals in big cities were looked on as being dirty, breeding grounds for disease and infection. Because doctors didn’t practice methods for keeping germs from spreading from patient to patient, a hospital stay would likely cause a person to contract a new disease, so people avoided them.

Because most doctors worked in large geographic areas, they were expected to treat such ailments as toothaches, stomach aches, fevers and even sick livestock. It wasn’t until later in the century that doctors developed specialties in medicine.

Even surgical procedures would be carried out in a patient’s home. Anesthesia was not widely in use until the end of the century, so complex surgeries weren’t usually performed. And the types of anesthesia available, ether or chloroform, could asphyxiate a patient. Antiseptic practices also weren’t common until the turn of the century, so a surgical risk of infection after the fact ran high.

To learn more about nineteenth century physicians and advances in medicine, visit these sites:

http://rosemelnickmuseum.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/19th-century-doctors-in-the-us/

http://suite101.com/article/19th-century-advances-in-medicine-a172276

http://www.ajronline.org/content/192/3/837.full

And for a sneak peek at an unedited excerpt from The Physcian’s Irish Lady, stop by my ‘Wednesday Excerpt’ post this week.

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Next installment is up for my Civil War time travel romance.

Excerpt:

“Railcar? That don’t make a lick of sense. Far as I heard, you never left camp.”

“No – I mean – I don’t understand any of this.” A knot formed in her stomach.

“The blow to the head has affected your memory. Just rest a spell, and everything will come back to you.”

“I don’t know who the hell you think I am. I just want to know where I am and how the hell I got here. I have to get back home.”

The man backed up a step and raised his hands, palms out. “Calm down, ma’am. There’s no need for cussing. And what happened to your brogue?”

“My what?”

Finalist in the Ancient City Romance Authors 2010 Reader’s Choice Award, paranormal category.

Read opening chapters and reviews at my website: http://susanmacatee.com/mybooks.html

Erin’s Rebel is available in ebook format for $2.99 from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Erins-Rebel-Susan-Macatee/dp/1601545207/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307644938&sr=1-1

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The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=89_117&products_id=3554

and All Romance Ebooks

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