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In place of my ‘Wednesday Excerpt’ post, I’m temporarily doing something different. A small group of authors with The Wild Rose Press are having their ebooks released in print, along with mine. I plan to feature one author each week and you’ll have the chance to win a copy of their books.

Today it’s Dylan Newton, author of ANY WITCH WAY. Her book is a spooky paranormal that fits right in with Halloween. Don’t you just love that cover?Dylan

Hi, Dylan, I’m glad you stopped by to chat with us today.

What inspired you to write about WITCHES and Wicca?
I’ve always been attracted to anything paranormal. My first novel (“Despite the Ghosts”) featured a psychic who solves the murder of a persistent ghost…and lands herself in the arms of his skeptic brother. With my second book (“Any Witch Way”), I was researching Samhain for a writer’s prompt in my critique group, and stumbled across a reference to a ritual called the “Five Fold Kiss.” Needless to say, I felt compelled to write that scene…and the rest of the novel sort of built around that.PublicityPhoto2013

Sounds great! I’ve always had a love for paranormal settings.

Do you feel as if the characters live with you as you write? Do they haunt your dreams?
I have kids and a busy schedule, so don’t have the time to write whenever the muse strikes. So, what ends up happening is the characters’ voices keep speaking in my head… until I finally get them onto the computer. My writer friends tell me that as long as the voices in my head manifest a plot, then I’m not schizophrenic.

I think a lot of writers can identify with the voices in their head leading them into a plot or character that just won’t let go.

Tell us about ANY WITCH WAY and where it’s available.
It’s a paranormal romance featuring a hot Wiccan who helps a graduate student rid herself of a pretty miserable curse. It’s available at any one of your favorite e-tailers, or at my publisher here. I thought I’d attach the link for the book trailer (which I adore) so you can see what it’s all about:
And here are some 5-**** reviews you can read on Amazon.

Congrats on the great reviews!

What’s next for you?
My third novel, “Despite the Fangs” is under contract and due out in 2014. This paranormal romance features a foul-mouthed werewolf heroine with overactive follicles, a lab-created, sexy hero who’d do anything for his son, and a world that—for the time being—doesn’t know they exist.

Sounds great! Wish you luck with it!

Where can you be found on the web?
I’m most often found updating my blog here: http://www.dylannewtonwrites.blogspot.com/
Or on my Author Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/DylanNewtonAuthor
But if you’re looking for the in-depth scoop on me and my writing (Plus FREEBIES), then sign up for my quarterly newsletter: Newton Nation at my blog here—it’s one of the only author newsletters that ONLY comes out when I have something FREE to giveaway!

Speaking of FREE…I’m excited to offer a free copy of my new book, ANY WITCH WAY, signed and sent to one lucky commenter (US shipping only). Please leave a comment below, and I’ll put one in the mail to the winner tomorrow! 
Susan, thank you so much for having me today!
Dylan

Thank you, Dylan, for guesting on my blog today.

Be sure to leave a comment for the chance to win a print copy of Dylan’s book.

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I’m continuing my posts on American women writers with the nineteenth century poet, Emily Dickenson.

Emily Dickenson was born on December 10, 1830 in Amherst, Massachusetts. She spent most of her life in the family home built by her grandfather, Samuel Fowler Dickenson, in 1813. It was his role in founding the Amherst Academy in 1814 and Amherst College in 1821 that forged a family tradition of public service that was continued by her father, Edward and brother, Austin.

The Dickensons were attorneys and all had political ambitions. The Dickenson home was a center of Amherst society and the annual Amherst College commencement receptions were held there.

As a result of growing up in a household made up of dominant, politically active males, Emily’s letters to her friend revealed her frustrations: “Why can’t I be a Delegate to the great Whig Convention?—don’t I know all about Daniel Webster, and the Tariff and the Law?”

Although Emily felt prepared to embark on a political career, it was denied her because she was female. She attended and graduated from Amherst Academy and completed a year of study at Mount Holyoke Female Seminary. Severe homesickness led her to leave.

She seldom left her house and rarely entertained visitors, but those she did come in contact with had a big influence on her poetry. The Reverend Charles Wadsworth, who she met while on a trip to Philadelphia, seems to have stirred her heartsick verses after a visit to her home in 1860. She called him, “my closest earthly friend.”

During the 1860s, Emily lived in virtual isolation, but maintained correspondences with many people and was widely read. She did spend time with family, however. Her father was active in politics and her brother attended law school, becoming an attorney. She had a sister, Lavinia, who also lived at home her entire life. Her siblings were her intellectual companions throughout her lifetime.

The poets she most admired were Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning and John Keats. As a poet, Emily wasn’t recognized publicly until after her death in 1886. The first volume of her work was published in 1890, the last in 1955.

According to her brother, Austin, “Her compositions were unlike anything ever heard—and always produced a sensation—both with the scholars and Teachers—her imagination sparkled—and she gave it free rein.”

While studying at Holyoke Female Seminary, she was resistant to professing her faith publicly and was designated as a person with “no hope” of salvation at a time when public confessions of faith were quite common among family and friends. Emily stated, “Christ is calling everyone here, all my companions have answered, even my darling Vinnie believes she loves, and trusts him, and I am standing alone in rebellion.”

Her resistance to conversion showed her willingness to go against popular sentiments. Her stubborn independence fueled Emily’s writing. She stopped attending church by the age of thirty.

She continued to retreat from public view and the majority of her poems weren’t discovered until after her death.

Bibliography

Poetry

Poems by Emily Dickinson (1890)

Poems: Second Series (1891)

Poems: Third Series (1896)

The Single Hound: Poems of a Lifetime (1914)

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1924)

Further Poems of Emily Dickinson: Withheld from Publication by Her Sister Lavinia (1929) Unpublished Poems of Emily Dickinson (1935)

Bolts of Melody: New Poems of Emily Dickinson (1945)

The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson (1960)

Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s Poems (1962)

Prose

Letters of Emily Dickinson (1894)

Emily Dickinson Face to Face: Unpublished Letters with Notes and Reminisces (1932)

For more info on the life and work of Emily Dickenson, visit these sites:

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dickinson/bio.htm

http://www.poets.org/poet.php/prmPID/155

http://www.online-literature.com/dickinson/

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Next installment from third chapter of my Civil War time travel romance.

Excerpt:
“Help with what?” Erin frowned.

The woman brushed her hand over her apron. “Doc told me you had a bad fall last night and lost yer memory.”

“Oh — ah — yes, I can’t remember a thing.” She eyed the woman, who nodded. “And you are?”

“I’m Brigid Malone. Me husband’s Sergeant Thomas Malone. I do a great deal of the cooking in camp.”

Erin glanced at the table and large wooden tub set up under the tarp outside her tent. “And what do I do?”

Brigid gasped. “You poor dear. Why, yer one of the camp laundresses.” She clucked her tongue. “Then ’tis true. You really cannot recall a thing.”

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

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I’m over at Slip Into Something Victorian today blogging about what happened 150 years ago today in the American Civil War.

And I have a new four star customer review for my short paranormal romance, Dreaming Josie. http://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177360

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ThoroughlyModernAmanda_w7277_750She propped her elbow on the desk and rested her chin in her hand. Deep in thought, she glanced up when the door opened and Norwood strode into the room.

His brow furrowed. Apparently Miss Carson had warned him of Amanda’s presence.

“I’m terribly sorry, Amanda,” he apologized. He hastened around the desk to her side, reaching for her hand. “I was held up.”

Amanda didn’t rise, but slid the chair back shifting beyond his reach. She tapped her fingertips on the desk top. “So I surmised.”

“If you would please?” His lips thinned to a straight line beneath his thin mustache, as he motioned to his chair.

“Oh, of course.” Amanda held her lips firm in an effort not to break out in a broad smile.

He adjusted his tie and motioned to the chair opposite his desk as he settled into his seat.

She lifted her skirts, catching his downward gaze. He obviously hoped to catch a glimpse of her ankles. She sat and arranged her skirts so she was decently covered, trying to suppress a laugh.

After biting her lip, she leaned forward. “What did you want to see me about?”

He shuffled papers, the tick in his cheek working. “I was forced to change your assignment.”

“Oh?” Amanda glanced at her hands folded in her lap, trying not to betray her anger. She didn’t want him to know she’d been snooping.

“Mr. Bradshaw is unable to meet with Mrs. Grenshaw on her time table, so I switched your assignment over to him and you can take his.”

Amanda stood, her face heating. “Randolph, how could you give away my assignment?”

“I told you…” he sputtered.

“Not a good enough explanation.” She stepped to his desk, propping her hands on a stack of papers. “You gave him my assignment because he’s a man.”

“Not true.” His face colored. “If he was able to meet with Mrs. Grenshaw—”

“He didn’t want to meet with Mrs. Grenshaw!” Amanda pointed a finger at Randolph. “He refused to take the assignment and demanded another.”

“How did you know…?” Randolph’s dark eyes widened. “You tricked me!”

Amanda straightened her spine and folded her arms across her chest. “Because you lied to me.”

“My love…” He stood reaching for her. “I can’t appear to show you favoritism just because we’re courting.”

Amanda turned her back to him. “I can remedy that.”

He stepped to her side. His hands slid around her waist and shoulder as he guided her back to the chair. “You don’t mean what I think you do.”

“What I mean is, we should stop courting, then you won’t be showing me favoritism, I’ll be just another employee.”

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In my newly available in print time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda, both the heroine and her step-mother are writers in late nineteenth century America.

Many women worked as writers in the late nineteenth century, either as newspaper reporters, magazine writers or novelists. One such women is Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book.

Born in 1788, Sarah J. Buell, grew up on a farm in New Hampshire. Her early education was limited as she was taught by her mother. But in later years, her brother, Horatio, who was a student at Dartmouth, started her on a course of self study.

Sarah married David Hale, a lawyer, who supported her continued education. The couple started a literary club and Sarah experimented with writing. When David died unexpectedly of pneumonia in 1822, Sarah set up a millinery business with her sister, Hannah, with the assistance of David’s Masonic colleagues. Sarah also published a book of poems with their aid, allowing her to leave the millinery business to write a novel.

Northwood met with success. The novel dealt directly with the timely issue of slavery.

Impressed by the book, the Reverend John Lauris Blake, an Episcopal minister and headmaster of the Cornhill School for Young Ladies, offered Sarah the editorship of a new magazine for women. Sarah left four of her five children to be taken in by relatives so she could relocate to Boston to pursue a career as an editor.

The Ladies Magazine and Literary Gazette was an American magazine, changing its name to American Ladies Magazine in 1834. Sarah saw the magazine as a platform to educate women. She wrote half of the contents of the magazine herself and all contributions were original works. Over the thirteen years she served as editor, she involved herself in social causes, including the Seaman’s Aid Society, fundraising for the Bunker Hill Monument and other education related causes.

Economic difficulties threatened the magazine in the late 1830’s, despite its success. Godey approached Sarah in 1836 to edit his Lady’s Book, but she wanted to continue working on her own publication and declined his offer. He then offered to buy her magazine, installing her as editor of the combined publication. She agreed, continuing to live in Boston, then moving to Philadelphia in 1841.

She continued to work toward the advancement of women, supporting Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell to fight her way into the male medical establishment. She also worked to support women who wanted to work as overseas missionaries and raised funds to preserve Mount Vernon. In addition, she lent aid to install female instructors in the new Vassar College.

Although Sarah didn’t heed the suffragist’s call for women to enter the political arena, she did continue her fight for women’s rights throughout her life. She was editor of Godey’s Lady’s Book until 1877, when the magazine was sold.

She died in 1879 at the age of ninety-one.

For more info on Sarah Josepha Hale, visit these sites:

http://www.uvm.edu/~hag/godey/hale.html

http://www.womenwriters.net/domesticgoddess/hale1.html

http://www.librarycompany.org/women/portraits/hale.htm

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Another installment from the third chapter of my Civil War time travel romance.

Excerpt:

Her fingers skimmed over the plain, deep blue leather cover. After opening it, she noted ragged edges where the first few pages had been torn out. The remaining pages had been penned with small, neat, cursive handwriting. Her hands stilled as she studied the script. The penmanship looked familiar. She could almost believe she’d written this, although she’d never before seen this journal.

Her heart thudded, and she tried to focus on the words.

“Hello, Miss Erin?”

Startled, she shut the book and shoved it back under the cot.

“Are you there?” A female voice with an Irish brogue preceded by a round, cheerful face, peered into the tent. “Sorry to disturb you, but Doc told me you’d be needing help.”

Erin closed the trunk and pushed it under the bunk to hide the book. She’d have to read it later when she had some privacy. She stood and pulled back the tent flap. A small, plump woman with light brown hair covered with a white cap resembling a handkerchief beamed at her.

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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