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Take a peek at the ending of the first chapter of my Civil War holiday romance novella.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501She glanced at the corporal and nodded. “I’ll be all right,” she gasped. “Take him.” She inclined her head toward the man on the litter.

The corporal rose gingerly to a crouch, then nodded to the private and they lifted the litter, moving toward the ambulance on the far side of the trees.

Grasping her thigh, she felt a sticky substance. Blood! The other private knelt and looked at her thigh. He pulled out a neckerchief and tied it to stop the bloody flow.

“Hold on, Brewster. We’ll get you back to the doc.”

Sara gritted her teeth. Thoughts of Doc Ellison caused her pulse to race. While she longed to see him again, the thought of him examining her wound sent a jolt of fear through her.

What if he discovers my secret?

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Another look at the first chapter of my Civil War holiday romance.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501“Sniper,” the corporal yelled as he dove for the ground.

Sara lifted her pistol and fired off a few shots. The corporal did the same. After a few minutes, the other soldiers with them approached, crawling on their elbows.

“I think we hit that sniper,” one of them said.

“Any more out there?” the corporal asked.

“Not as far as we can tell.” The private’s glance flew between her and the corporal. “You need help?” the private asked.

“Brewster’s been wounded,” the corporal said. “Help me get this soldier off the field, then we’ll come back for him.”

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Next peek at the first chapter of my Civil War holiday romance.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501“Over here,” one of the men called. She glanced up to find a corporal motioning to her. He had a stretcher lying beside a prone man. Noting the lightening sky, she scurried over to help. They had to hurry.

The corporal glanced up. “Can you lift his legs, while I grab his shoulders?”

She nodded and positioned herself by the wounded man’s feet. Fearing he was one of her friends, she tried not to look at the soldier’s face. The corporal slid his hands under the wounded man’s shoulders. She grasped his ankles.

“Heave to,” the corporal ordered.

Lifting together, they moved the soldier over to the stretcher. She squatted before the handles of the stretcher, waiting for the corporal to order her to lift.

He nodded, grasping the handles at the soldier’s head. She took a deep breath and lifted her end. As she struggled to straighten her legs to carry the man off the field to the waiting ambulance, a piercing pain hit her in the upper thigh. Gasping, she dropped her end of the litter and crumpled to the ground grasping her leg.

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Another peek at my Civil War holiday romance.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501“Will you be needing me to put fresh sheets on the empty cots, Doctor?”

“Yes, I fear more casualties are about to arrive. Maybe more than we can handle.”

The woman nodded. “I’ll do as many as I can.” As she turned away, he eyed her petite form and golden hair. Since he’d started his training at medical school, he hadn’t had much time for social pursuits. The young ladies he’d courted when he’d been apprenticed in Philadelphia, before going away to the university, had been mere diversions. But he had no dearth of young women showing interest in an unattached doctor, just didn’t have the time to pursue any type of courting with the demands the army put on his time.

He, another doctor and a few of the women nurses, readied the cots for new casualties. He cleaned his instruments and finally had time to sit and take the cup of tea a nurse handed him. He rubbed his fingers over his eyes. Last year, both armies had ceased hostilities over the winter months, but it seemed the fighting would go on this year right through Christmas. He doubted he’d get a furlough this year like he did over the holidays last year to pay a visit to his family in Washington, D.C. His father had passed on and his mother now lived with his married sister, Mary. He would have liked to visit them this Christmas, but the way things were progressing, he doubted he’d see them at all.

While he waited, he wondered how long it would take for the men to collect the casualties. He feared if the Rebs hadn’t ceased their fire, it would all be for naught. And, although he shouldn’t show favoritism, he’d hated to send the young private close to the action when there was a chance of him being injured. Unfortunately, he could do nothing but wait.
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Dawn was fast approaching as Sara and the men with her scurried to secure as many wounded as they could before full daylight. She had no doubt the Rebels would resume fire then and all of them would be lost. She fingered the pistol tucked into the belt of her coat. She’d been in the ranks in previous battles and was skilled in both rifle and pistol. She’d defend herself if she had to.

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New excerpt from chapter one of my Civil War holiday romance.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501“Very well.” He glanced around the tent, hand picking three other soldiers.

The captain signaled the men to follow him. As she moved to obey, Ellison rested a hand on her shoulder. The warmth of his touch sent a jolt through her body.

“Take care, son. And bring back as many as you safely can.”

“Sure, Doc.” After a glance at his face, she moved away to follow the captain outside.
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Kirk Ellison watched the soldiers march off behind the captain. He sighed and closed the tent flap. When Private Brewster had been assigned as a hospital steward, he’d taken the lad under his wing. He seemed too young and vulnerable to be in the army, should have been home on the farm helping his parents tend crops. Kirk had taken it upon himself to see to it that Brewster was permanently assigned hospital duty to keep him off the battlefield. He would hate to see the boy injured or killed.

A nurse, one of the volunteers from Maryland, approached gathering her skirts to keep them from being caught on the edges of the tables and cots.

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Next peek at the first chapter of my Civil War holiday romance.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501“I am, sir,” Ellison called from the back of the tent. Sara glanced between Captain Werth and the doctor, as Doc made his way to the entrance. “What can I do for you, Captain?”

“We need men to carry wounded from the field.”

“Has the battle ended?”

The captain scratched his full beard. “There may still be some sniper shooting, but we need to get those wounded off that field. The temperature was damn cold last night. Some of them may have already frozen to death.”

“I understand,” Ellison said. “I’ll choose a few stewards to assist you.” He frowned when his glance settled on Sara.

“I’ll be glad to help in any way I can,” she said.

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Next installment from my Civil War holiday romance.

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thechristmasball_7289_7501“Thank you, Private.” Ellison flashed that smile again.

Her face flushed. “If you need any more help, I’ll be glad to assist.”

“Of course. If you could hold him down while I dig out the ball, that would be a big help.”

“Sure, Doc.” She smiled. Just being close to him was a thrill. If only she could show him the soldier he thought of as a boy was really a woman.

Hours later, toward dawn, she realized she should have been dead on her feet, but the wounded required constant attention. These men were her comrades and she’d do anything in her power to help, even if it meant giving up sleep. They’d do the same for her.

One of the officers entered the tent. “Who’s in charge here?”

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