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While I’m constantly searching and hoping for reviews for my newer releases, I was pleasantly surprised to find a new review for one of my 2012 releases, Civil War romance, Cole’s Promise.

ColesPromise_6889_680Cole’s Promise is part of The Wild Rose Press’ ‘Love Letters’ series. A series of historical romances released over time on a regular basis that year. The requirement to be included in the series was that one of the characters had to receive a letter that changed their lives. In the case of my story, the hero, Cole Manning, a lieutenant in the Union army, received a letter from his best girl telling him she was marrying another man.

The other requirement was that the story had to be short.

Here’s a quote from the reviewer:
“Cole and Clare only have brief encounters in the field since he’s a Lieutenant and she’s a field nurse. They do have chemistry from the first and it’s enjoyable to see how they both handle it. There’s battles, casualties including dead and wounded, doctors and nurses, love and letters… An enjoyable read but too short for me. I will give some of the author’s other books a try.”

For the full review: http://romancing-the-book.com/2014/01/coles-promise-by-susan-macatee.html

4 1/2 hearts at The Romance Studio http://www.theromancestudio.com/reviews/reviews/colepromisemacatee.htm

Cole’s Promise
available at The Wild Rose Press http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=4821

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Coles-Promise-Love-Letters-ebook/dp/B007VRKQ04/ref=sr_1_4?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1334931371&sr=1-4

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/books/1110282244?ean=2940014529969

All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-cole039spromise-780707-158.html

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thephysiciansirishlady_w8189_750The first review posted for my new American Victorian romance, The Physician’s Irish Lady, available exclusively on Amazon, is in.

Julianne Draper, of the Tampa Books Examiner, says:

“The Physician’s Irish Lady is a sweet tale of two strangers meeting on a train, of the wish to do good going a little awry and yet….True love wins out in the end.” 4 star rating


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Wanted to share a four-star review for my American-Victorian time travel romance, Thoroughly Modern Amanda.

“I love a good time travel story, and this one did not disappoint. Amanda’s determination and courage to be her own person, at a time when women were not supposed to have strong personalities, was admirable, and I liked Jack’s acceptance and willingness to be flexible in the impossible circumstances of being thrust backwards in time. This story has the expected happily ever after, but not exactly where I had expected. This was an interesting and fun read, and one that is easy to recommend.”

~ Bitten by Books for AReCafe

Thoroughly Modern Amanda is available from The Wild Rose Press    http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/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

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I received the second review for my Civil War romance novella, The Christmas Ball.  3 1/2 sweet peas at Mrs. Condit  & Friends Read Books.

Here’s a snippet of the review:

“The Christmas Ball” is a delightful short story that tells the romantic tale of a civil war soldier who fell hard for an army surgeon. The twist in this story is that the soldier, Private George Brewster, is actually a petite woman named Sarah. Apparently no one in her company or at the hospital where she works has a clue that the small young “man” with the chestnut curls is actually a female. Sara had been living as a man before the war to earn higher wages to help support her poor family. I was intrigued by this character.

Read full review here: http://mrsconditreadsbooks.com/index.php/?p=10484

My other news is that two of my Civil War romance novels released in 2009 are now available at the discounted price of $2.99 for the ebook versions.

Time travel romance, Erin’s Rebel

Philadelphia newspaper reporter, Erin Branigan, is engaged to marry and up-and-coming lawyer, but dreams of a man from the past change those plans and start her on a journey beyond time. After a car accident, Erin wakes to find herself living in the 1860s in a Confederate army camp.

Captain Will Montgomery, the man of her dreams, is now a flesh and blood Rebel soldier who sets her soul aflame. But the Irish beauty holds a secret he needs to unravel before he can place his trust in her. Can she correct a mistake made long ago that caused his death and denied her the love she was meant to have? Or is she doomed to live out her life with nothing but regret?

Erin’s Rebel, available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Erins-Rebel-Susan-Macatee/dp/1601545207/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1318084452&sr=1-1

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/erins-rebel-susan-macatee/1100248217

The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=176_135&products_id=3554

and All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-erin039srebel-80339-141.html

And Civil War romance Confederate Rose

Disguised as a man to serve with her husband as a soldier in the Confederate Army, Irish immigrant, Katie Rose O’Reilly, vows to remain in the ranks and seek revenge on Yankees after her husband is killed at Sharpsburg. As she’s transporting mail from Richmond back to camp, a stranger startles her, causing her to fall and almost drown in a swollen stream.

Southerner Alexander Hart, a Yankee spy, saves Katie from drowning, then nurses her through a resulting fever. He must keep his identity secret from the beautiful Rebel soldier even as he finds himself falling in love with her.

Confederate Rose is available from The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/confederate-rose-p-3672.html

Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Confederate-Rose-Susan-Macatee/dp/1601545568/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307799716&sr=1-1

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/confederate-rose-susan-macatee/1018142717?ean=9781601545565&itm=1&usri=confederate%2brose

and All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-confederaterose-362961-158.html

For excerpts, reviews and contest wins for both books, visit my website: http://susanmacatee.com

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My 2009 Civil War romance, Confederate Rose, is now discounted to $2.99 at most ebook outlets.


Her pale cheeks turned a becoming shade of pink. She lifted one white, bare arm from the quilt to gesture at the clothing drying by the fire. “Now didn’t you tell me to hang yer things out to dry?”

Alex grimaced. He had told her to do that. But he hadn’t expected her to go through his pack. “So I did,” he admitted.

She slipped her arm back into the quilt and lifted her chin. “‘Tis an apology I should be expecting, Mr. Hart.”

“Apology? You were going through my things.”

“Because you ordered me to see to yer wet clothes.”

Alex didn’t think he’d win this argument. “Very well, ma’am. I apologize if I’ve offended your fine sensibilities in any way.”

She straightened and hugged the quilt, eyeing him regally. “I accept yer apology, Mr. Hart.”

“Well then.” He hesitated and dropped his gaze. Her wide eyes drove his thoughts to ideas best left alone. That and the knowledge of what little she wore under the quilt. He cleared his throat. “I suggest we bed down for the night.”

“Not until you get yerself out of those wet clothes.”

His brows shot up. “I beg your pardon?”

“Ye’ll surely not be sleeping in those wet things. ‘Tis by the fire ye’ll be needing to hang them.”

His gaze settled on the clothes draped over the two chairs. Steam rose from them. “But those clothes aren’t dry yet.”

“Ye’ll not be needing clothes to sleep.” She grinned mischievously. “We’ve plenty of blankets.”

Read opening chapters at http://susanmacatee.com/confederateroseone.html

Reviews and contest wins

Praise for 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.”

Find links to read full reviews at http://susanmacatee.com/Reviews.html

Confederate Rose available from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Confederate-Rose-Susan-Macatee/dp/1601545568/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307799716&sr=1-1

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/confederate-rose-susan-macatee/1018142717?ean=9781601545565&itm=1&usri=confederate%2brose

The Wild Rose Press http://www.thewildrosepress.com/confederate-rose-p-3672.html

and All Romance Ebooks http://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-confederaterose-362961-158.html

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Got the first review for my new Civil War romance, The Christmas Ball.

Rating: 4 at My Book Addiction Reviews

In part: “The Christmas Ball” is filled with secrets, deception, war, love and a Christmas Ball. Fast paced and emotional, packed with grit, holiday spirit, sensual tension and love. A wonderful read for anyone who enjoys the Civil War era, and Victorian romance. I enjoyed “The Christmas Ball”.

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Found a new review for my January American historical romance release, Cassidy’s War at Let’s Talk Romance Reviews ~ 4 sighs

In part: “A very good read.Written well and a good plot! I recommend it to any who love this genre of book ! I enjoyed reading this a lot!”

Read full review at: http://letstalkromancereviews.wordpress.com/2012/07/16/cassidys-war-by-susan-macatee/

And I’m over at Slip Into Something Victorian today with my Civil War timeline post about the Battle of Nueces in Texas.

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