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

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750The conductor nodded, then strode ahead to assist new passengers to board.

“You’ll be fine, Miss. I’m a physician. It seems you fainted in the aisle.”

“Fainted?” she sputtered.

“Yes.” He glanced at the station. “Did you wish to disembark here?”

“’Tis to York I be needing to go.” She leaned forward clutching her stomach.

Elliot studied her. “Are you ill?”

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Another short excerpt from my short paranormal romance, available for only 99 cents.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecoverA chill ran down Kyle’s spine. Josie, that’s the name Derek said he’d been calling out last night.

“What reenactment group you with?”

She bit her lip. “I’m afraid I don’t understand your question, sir.”

“You’re not with a group? How about one of the civilian groups?”

“Oh, no. I’m here on my own. I want to help in whatever way I can.”

Kyle decided to take a different track. “Do you live near Philadelphia?”

“I live in the city, on Chestnut Street.”

He glanced at her ring finger. Empty. “Most ladies in my group come with their husbands or boyfriends.”

“No. As I said, I’m here on my own.”

“Well, can I walk you back to camp? Or are you staying off-site?”

She frowned again. “I stay with the other nurses.”

“Great. Lead on, and I’ll walk you back.”

She smiled, and he reached for her arm. His hand closed on air.

“What the hell?”

She gazed at him. “I can’t stay.”

She dissolved before his eyes.

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

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750Elliot and the conductor lifted her into the window seat. The physician turned and faced the remaining passengers. “Is anyone traveling with this woman?”

Five men and two women shook their heads.

“I think she boarded alone,” the conductor offered.

“Fine then.” Elliot turned toward the woman, where she lay against the back of the seat, before he dug in his bag. Pulling out smelling salts, he lifted one of the vials under her nose and held the back of her head.

She coughed. Her eyes flew open, then widened. “What…where am I?”

Elliot nodded at the conductor who hovered over the seat. “I’m sure she’ll be fine. I’ll take care of her for now.”

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19thcenturytrainIf you wanted to get somewhere fast in 1870, rail travel was the way to go. As new tracks were laid and accommodations grew more comfortable, long distance travel by rail grew popular. Trains contained sleeping cars, dining cars, even parlor and smoking cars.

In my American Victorian romance novella, The Physician’s Irish Lady, set in 1870, the heroine is on the run from a man pursuing her from New York City. She flees to Philadelphia, then hops a train headed to York, Pennsylvania. She doesn’t have much money, but cringes at the sight of the men seated in the open aired third-class car. She buys a second-class seat to avoid being seated among them.

The third-class car on a train was also known as an immigrant car, since most immigrants would only be able to afford this lower fare.

When the heroine faints from lack of nourishment, the hero, a physician traveling home after a conference in Philadelphia, takes her under his care and offers to buy her a meal in the dining car.

main-dining-sandwichAccording to “The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s”, the dining car was first introduced in the year 1863 on the Philadelphia, Wilmington and Baltimore lines. The car was a restaurant with an eating bar and simple steambox to keep precooked foods warm. But by 1868, the lavish Pullman Dining Car employed cooks, busboys and even waiters to serve food to passengers seated at tables. These cars only accommodated wealthier passengers, as no third-class and very few second-class passengers could afford the cost of a meal.

Food options for the lower classes included butcher boys who sold sandwiches and other snacks or bringing your own food with you. Most third-class passengers brought picnic baskets to eat on the ride and stoves were provided for those who wished to cook their meals.

For more information: The Writer’s Guide to Everyday Life in the 1800s

Also visit these sites:
http://www.ushistory.org/us/25b.asp
http://www.american-rails.com/railroad-history.html

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Next peek at the opening chapter of my American Victorian romance.

Excerpt:
thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750“I think she’s fainted,” a man said.

Elliot glanced back at a young woman sprawled in the aisle. Her bonnet had slipped from her head, revealing red-gold hair. The conductor patted her cheeks in an effort to revive her.

Elliot rose from his seat. “Allow me to take a look.”

The conductor gave way as Elliot sank to the floor. The woman’s eyes were closed, but her chest rose steadily with each breath. He grasped her wrist checking for a pulse. A long strand of hair had come loose from her bun. He pushed the silky strand away from her pale cheek.

“She’s not dead, is she?” The conductor’s shaggy brows drew down in concern.

“No, she likely just fainted. Help me get her into the seat beside me. I’ll see if I can revive her.”

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Another look at my short paranormal romance.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecoverKyle paced his apartment. He had to be losing it. The woman—Josie, she’d said her name was—vanished into thin air. What the hell was going on?

Derek had told him he’d had too much to drink the night before, but Kyle knew that wasn’t true. Something strange had happened. Could his dream girl be a ghost?

He didn’t even want to entertain that thought.

After a shower, he took in a baseball game on cable, then decided to turn in. He still felt shaky after the encounter on the field. All the way home, he’d kept going over it in his mind. He must be going nuts.

He finally settled into bed and tried to clear his mind. Maybe a good night’s sleep would put the whole thing to rest. He doubted it, though.

An inviting scent of lavender and woman woke him from a deep sleep. Someone leaned over him. He opened his eyes and stared into Josie’s. He glanced around and found he was in a large canvas tent. Men lay all around him on cots.

“I’m here to wash you, Corporal.” Josie placed a pan of water on a small table beside him.

“It’s Kyle,” he said.

She smiled. “Here, let me help you with your trouser leg.” She pulled back the blanket covering him, and he stared down at his leg. His pants were torn at the seam, allowing access to his thigh. A gauze bandage wrapped around it.

“What the…?”

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