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Since I’ve been posting excerpts from my short paranormal romance, Dreaming Josie, where the modern day hero is having vivid dreams of being a soldier in a Civil War field hospital, I’d thought I’d post information from my research for the story.
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Civil War field surgeons were often called butchers, but it was the weaponry of the day, the slow-moving minie bullet that was responsible for the catastrophic injuries and amputations that were so common in Civil War field hospitals. At the Battle of Chickamauga, John Bell Hood’s leg was struck by two minie bullets, shattering five inches of his upper thigh bone. Surgeons had no choice other than amputation with the state of nineteenth century medicine. Men who lost arms, such as Stonewall Jackson and Oliver O. Howard, had high morality rates. Amputees were a very visible reminder of the brutality of this war. At the time, weaponry had far surpassed the medical techniques needed to aid such injuries.

Soldiers wounded in battle might wait at least a day, maybe two before treatment could be administered. And antiseptics weren’t used in surgery until 1865, the final year of the war. Even a simple precaution like hand washing wasn’t routinely done before a surgeon operated. Clothes of doctors were blood splattered while going from patient to patient. If something was dropped during the surgery, it would be rinsed in cool, bloodied water. Sponges were dipped in cool water and used over again on different patients.

One surgeon recalled: “We operated in old blood-stained and often pus-stained coats, we used undisinfected instruments from undisinfected plush lined cases. If a sponge (if they had sponges) or instrument fell on the floor it was washed and squeezed in a basin of water and used as if it was clean.”

The term “Sawbones” was used to describe a doctor because the bonesaw was a common instrument used to amputate a shattered limb. The surgeon would saw through the bone until it was severed. The limb was then tossed into a pile of limbs from other unfortunate patients. “A good surgeon could amputate a limb in under 10 minutes.”

Only if a soldier was lucky would he escape what were known as “Surgical Fevers”. Gangrene, Pyemia, a form of blood poisoning; as well as other infections developed from the lack of cleanliness and antibiotics, which didn’t exist at the time, and the fact that surgeons were required to work with speed. Once an infection entered the body, it was difficult to treat with the medicines available.

For more information on Civil War surgery:

http://www.historynet.com/the-truth-about-civil-war-surgery-2.htm

http://www.civilwarhome.com/armysurgeon.htm

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/local/longterm/tours/civilwar/medmus.htm

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Another look at my short paranormal romance available for only 99 cents.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecoverHer scent and feather-light touch caused an embarrassing reaction. He glanced down, wondering if she’d noticed, but she concentrated on his thigh.

She expertly cut away the bandage, and Kyle stared at his leg. Stitches covered a long, pinkish scar.

“What happened?”

Josie glanced at him and frowned. “Surely you remember being shot.”

“Shot!”

“In the cornfield.” She bit her lip.

“I – no! I wasn’t shot. I…”

“It’s all right. I’ll take care of you.” She lifted a towel from the basin and started cleaning the wound. “We have to keep it clean to prevent infection.”

“This doesn’t make sense. I was never shot.”

Dreaming Josie available for only 99 cents at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Josie-ebook/dp/B008FZSPLS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341001818&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreaming-josie-susan-macatee/1112136131?ean=2940044700420

and Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177360

Since I own the rights to this story, originally published in a Civil War romance anthology put out by The Wild Rose Press, I’m considering expanding the story into a full-length novel. If you’re enjoying the excerpts from this short e-book, based on true stories of Civil War reenactors who believe they were soldiers in a past life, let me know what you think.

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Another short excerpt from my short paranormal romance.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecover“Allow me to get that.” Leaning toward her, Kyle licked the jam off the edge of her lip, then worked his way across. Strawberry mixed with her own sweet taste nearly drove him mad.

“Josie,” he breathed.

She yielded to his kiss and reclined on the tablecloth. He shifted against her soft, pliant body.

“Kyle!”

Kyle glanced around, startled to be taken so abruptly out of the vision.

Dr. Wyler studied him. “You were speaking to someone named Josie. I instructed you to recall everything you saw while hypnotized. What did you see?”

Kyle swallowed. “I, ah, I was in a Civil War camp having a picnic with Josie.”

Dr. Wyler learned toward him. “Tell me everything that happened.”

“Well, I was kissing her, then we ate, then I kissed her again.”

“And?”

“You woke me up.” Kyle scowled.

Dreaming Josie available for only 99 cents at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Josie-ebook/dp/B008FZSPLS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341001818&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreaming-josie-susan-macatee/1112136131?ean=2940044700420

and Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177360

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Since reincarnatin plays a big part in Erin’s Rebel, my Civil War time travel romance, and short paranormal romance, Dreaming Josie, I thought it would be fun to do a post on the theory of reincarnation. In Erin’s Rebel, the heroine travels back in time only to find she’d lived in that time period, but had no memory of her past life.

Do you believe in reincarnation? I can’t say for sure that I do, but it’s a fun idea for fiction. I especially love stories connecting those with a passion to reenact the American Civil War to those who’d actually lived through it in a past life.

Besides, Erin’s Rebel, reincarnation plays a very big part in my short romance novella, Dreaming Josie.  The hero is a reenactor who discovers through hynopsis that he was a soldier in a past life.
I found an online account of a child who remembers being a soldier. Tell me what you think.
“Sit on your mom’s lap, close your eyes, and tell me what you see when you hear the loud noises that scare you,” Norman gently instructed Chase. I looked down at Chase’s freckled face. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to hear.
Young Chase immediately began describing himself as a soldier–an adult soldier–carrying a gun. “I’m standing behind a rock. I’m carrying a long gun with a kind of sword at the end.” My heart was pounding in my ears, and the hair on my arms stood up as I listened. His 9-year-old sister Sarah and I glanced at each other in wide-eyed amazement.
“What are you wearing?” Norman questioned.
“I have ripped clothes, brown boots, a belt. I’m hiding behind a rock, crouching on my knees and shooting at the enemy. I’m at the edge of a valley. The battle is going on all around me.”

To read more, click the link.

http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Parenting/2002/10/Who-Was-Your-Child-In-A-Past-Life.aspx

I also found a book listed on Amazon that recounts stories of reenactor’s past lives. It’s called, Echoes from the Battlefield: First-Person Accounts of Civil War Past Lives by Barbara Lear.

Here’s the link to that http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876043554/yonassangershoms

Dreaming Josie

Civil War reenactor, Kyle Dalton, keeps seeing a beautiful woman on the battlefield tending to soldiers, he thinks she’s another reenactor. But when she disappears into thin air, he starts to believe he’s seen a ghost. Did he have a past life with this woman?

Excerpt:

“Where am I?”

“Shh.” She placed a finger on his lips. The scent of lavender invaded his senses.

He frowned when he realized he was lying on a cot wearing his reenactor clothing. Had he dreamed he’d come home?

“The doctor says you’ll be fine. He dug out the bullet and stitched up your leg.”

“My leg?” Kyle reached down. His pant’s leg had been cut apart at the seam. Heavy bandages wrapped around his thigh.

“This doesn’t make any sense. I twisted my ankle. It’s fine now.”

She took his hand and stroked his forehead. Her touch sent warmth and desire through his body.

“I have to know…” He swallowed. “…your name.”

She smiled. “You haven’t forgotten me already?”

“I…you never told me.”

“Of course I did.”

She leaned away.

He held tightly to her hand, fearing she’d leave again.

“Don’t go.” Her hand dissolved. He couldn’t hold her.

My reincarnation story, Dreaming Josie, was originally part of the EPIC finalist Civil War romance anthology NORTHERN ROSES AND SOUTHERN BELLES, under the title ‘Angel of My Dreams’ in 2009.

Dreaming Josie is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Josie-ebook/dp/B008FZSPLS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341001818&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreaming-josie-susan-macatee/1112136131?ean=2940044700420

And Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177360

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If you like ghost stories and are intrigued by theories of past lives, here’s a short excerpt from my paranormal romance, Dreaming Josie. The story was originally included in an award winning anthology and I hope to develop it into a full-length book one day soon.

Excerpt:
dreamingjosiecover“I don’t see any sign of swelling, Corporal,” she said. “If you would just stay here, the stretcher bearers will be arriving to take you back to camp.”

Those deep brown eyes, gazing at him, made it hard to focus. He finally caught what she’d said.

“Stretcher bearers?” He shook his head. “I don’t need an ambulance. Just some help walking back to camp, is all.”

She frowned and glanced over his shoulder.

“Kyle, you okay?” a male voice called.

Kyle turned. Derek strode toward him.

“Yeah,” Kyle said. “Just stepped in a friggin’ hole. Twisted my ankle, but I think its okay.” He turned back to the woman, but she was gone. He scanned the field in all directions.

“Where’d she go?”

“Where’d who go?” Derek crouched beside him.

“The woman I was talking to.”

Derek frowned. “I didn’t see anyone. You were sitting by yourself.”

“You mean to tell me you didn’t see a dark-haired woman dressed in a green reenactor gown kneeling beside me?”

Derek shook his head. “Was she hot?”

“What difference does that make?”

“It would have made me notice her.” Derek examined Kyle’s ankle.

“It’s fine,” Kyle said. “Help me up. I’ll try standing on it.”

Derek pulled him to his feet.

Kyle took a few tentative steps. As he put his weight on it, pain shot through his foot and up his leg, but he didn’t think he’d done any serious damage.

“It’s okay, a bit tender, but I can walk back.” He bent down to pick up his rifle, then scanned the field again. “I can’t believe you didn’t see her.”

“Sorry, man.” Derek smirked. “You never answered my question.”

“Which was?”

“Was she hot?”

Kyle still held the memory and scent of the woman. Those eyes and lips would haunt him in his dreams tonight.

When Civil War reenactor, Kyle Dalton, keeps seeing a beautiful woman on the battlefield tending to soldiers, he thinks she’s another reenactor. But when she disappears into thin air, he starts to believe he’s seen a ghost. Did he have a past life with this woman?

Dreaming Josie available for 99 cents at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Josie-ebook/dp/B008FZSPLS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341001818&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreaming-josie-susan-macatee/1112136131?ean=2940044700420

And Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177360

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Since I’ve started showcasing Erin’s Rebel, my Civil War time travel romance, on Sneak Peek Sunday, I thought it would be fun to post on the theory of reincarnation. In Erin’s Rebel, the heroine travels back in time only to find she’d lived in that time period, but had no memory of her past life.

Do you believe in reincarnation? I can’t say for sure that I do, but it’s a fun idea for fiction. I especially love stories connecting those with a passion to reenact the American Civil War to those who’d actually lived through it in a past life.

Besides, Erin’s Rebel, I also touch on reincarnation in my short romance novella, Dreaming Josie.  The hero is a reenactor who discovers through hynopsis that he was a soldier in a past life.
I found an online account of a child who remembers being a soldier. Tell me what you think.
“Sit on your mom’s lap, close your eyes, and tell me what you see when you hear the loud noises that scare you,” Norman gently instructed Chase. I looked down at Chase’s freckled face. Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to hear.
Young Chase immediately began describing himself as a soldier–an adult soldier–carrying a gun. “I’m standing behind a rock. I’m carrying a long gun with a kind of sword at the end.” My heart was pounding in my ears, and the hair on my arms stood up as I listened. His 9-year-old sister Sarah and I glanced at each other in wide-eyed amazement.
“What are you wearing?” Norman questioned.
“I have ripped clothes, brown boots, a belt. I’m hiding behind a rock, crouching on my knees and shooting at the enemy. I’m at the edge of a valley. The battle is going on all around me.”

To read more, click the link.

http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Parenting/2002/10/Who-Was-Your-Child-In-A-Past-Life.aspx

I also found a book listed on Amazon that recounts stories of reenactor’s past lives. It’s called, Echoes from the Battlefield: First-Person Accounts of Civil War Past Lives by Barbara Lear.

Here’s the link to that http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0876043554/yonassangershoms

Dreaming Josie

Civil War reenactor, Kyle Dalton, keeps seeing a beautiful woman on the battlefield tending to soldiers, he thinks she’s another reenactor. But when she disappears into thin air, he starts to believe he’s seen a ghost. Did he have a past life with this woman?

Excerpt:

“Where am I?”

“Shh.” She placed a finger on his lips. The scent of lavender invaded his senses.

He frowned when he realized he was lying on a cot wearing his reenactor clothing. Had he dreamed he’d come home?

“The doctor says you’ll be fine. He dug out the bullet and stitched up your leg.”

“My leg?” Kyle reached down. His pant’s leg had been cut apart at the seam. Heavy bandages wrapped around his thigh.

“This doesn’t make any sense. I twisted my ankle. It’s fine now.”

She took his hand and stroked his forehead. Her touch sent warmth and desire through his body.

“I have to know…” He swallowed. “…your name.”

She smiled. “You haven’t forgotten me already?”

“I…you never told me.”

“Of course I did.”

She leaned away.

He held tightly to her hand, fearing she’d leave again.

“Don’t go.” Her hand dissolved. He couldn’t hold her.

My reincarnation story, Dreaming Josie, was originally part of the EPIC finalist Civil War romance anthology NORTHERN ROSES AND SOUTHERN BELLES, under the title ‘Angel of My Dreams’ in 2009.

Dreaming Josie is available at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Dreaming-Josie-ebook/dp/B008FZSPLS/ref=sr_1_7?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1341001818&sr=1-7

Barnes and Noble http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/dreaming-josie-susan-macatee/1112136131?ean=2940044700420

And Smashwords https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/177360

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Instead of my normal ‘Wednesday Excerpt’ post, I’ve been tagged by author Bess McBride http://willtravelforromance.blogspot.com/ to participate in ‘The Next Big Thing’ blog hop. Thanks for the opportunity, Bess!

And in turn, I’m tagging 4 of my Scandalous Victorian friends, Isabel Roman, Denise Eagan, Nicole McCaffrey and Caroline Clemmons. And author friend, Juli D. Revezzo.

So, next week, on November 28th, they’ll all be posting about their “next best thing”.

See links at the end of my post.

So, what’s my next best thing? Here are my answers.

What is the working title of your book?

Thoroughly Modern Amanda

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea came from my 2009 Civil War time travel romance, Erin’s Rebel. I wanted to do another time travel romance and my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, was looking for shorter stories to fit the e-reader market. I thought I’d do a novella based on Erin’s Rebel, but set the story after the war. Amanda Montgomery was a small child in Erin’s Rebel, the daughter of the hero, Will Montgomery. I decided I’d give Amanda her own story as an adult. While she stays in her own time, the hero is from our time and travels into the past.

What genre does your book fall under?

American-Victorian time travel romance

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?

I never choose real people to play the part of my characters. They’re all full-formed in my imagination, so I really don’t like to say who I’d want to play them.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?

Modern-day construction worker travels back in time to find love in 1880 America.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

Thoroughly Modern Amanda will be released by The Wild Rose Press on December 19, 2012.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?
About three months.
What other books would you compare this story to within your
genre?
These are all similar picks from The Wild Rose Press
This Moment in Time by Nicole McCaffrey
A Love of His Own by Linda LaRoque
Season of Love by Leanne Tyler
And Victoriana Adventure by Heather Hiestand
Who or What inspired you to write this book?
My time travel romance, Erin’s Rebel. I always hate to leave my characters when a book is complete, so it’s fun to revisit them at a later stage in their lives.
What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?
Anyone who loves time travel romances, American-Victorian, paranormal stories and the idea of past lives and lovers reuniting in a new reincarnation.
Here’s the blurb and a sample of my time travel novella, Thoroughly Modern Amanda.
Blurb: Believing anything is possible, magazine reporter Amanda Montgomery dreams about being a modern woman in a nineteenth century world, much like her exceptional step-mother.  But society expects well-off young ladies to focus on finding a suitable husband and raising a family.  And then Jack appears—with no past and unconventional ideas. Does he hold the key to another century as well as her heart, or is she destined to stay in her own time?
Construction worker Jack Lawton wants to preserve an old home that’s scheduled for demolition.  But when he sneaks inside for a final look, a loose beam falls on his head, and upon waking, he finds himself in the arms of a beautiful woman.  His only problem—he’s no longer in the twenty-first century.  Can he find his way back home? Does he really want to?
Excerpt:
Her footsteps sounded hollow on the unfinished wood floor as she paced. He lifted his gaze to study her. Her skirts nearly touched the freshly sanded floor as she braced her hands on either side of her hips. Her brow furrowed, lips twisted into an expression of anxiety.

“I’m sorry,” he said.

She turned and faced him. “Sorry?”

“For putting you to all this trouble.” He realized he didn’t even know his rescuer’s name. “I’m Jack Lawton, by the way and you are…?”

She pursed her full lips. “Miss Montgomery.”

“You don’t have a first name?” he asked.

“Sir, we are strangers to one another.” Her face reddened.

“But I gave you my first name.” He spread his hands.

She propped her hands on her hips. “My father would have a conniption fit if I gave my Christian name to a strange man. On the other hand, my step-mother…” Her lips curved into the hint of a smile. “…always introduces herself by her first name to the consternation of my father.” She lifted her chin as if appraising Jack. “I’m Amanda.”

Jack smiled but winced as a shot of pain sliced through his skull. “Amanda Montgomery. I’ll be sure to remember that name.” He lifted his hand. “Now, if you could assist me to the front door.”

She stretched her arm down toward him, and he used the wall to hoist himself so he wouldn’t put all his weight on her.

A brief wave of dizziness halted his progress, but he steadied himself. “Lead on.”

By the time they reached the door, he realized how eerily familiar this house looked. Almost as if the house he’d been in had traveled back in time. Could the new owner have changed his mind and decided to rebuild the place?

Amanda threw open the door.

Jack’s mouth gaped. Not only was his car gone, but the entire block was transformed. What had been a paved walk and blacktop street was now packed dirt.

Heat rose to his cheeks. “Where’s my car? Did they tow it away to tear up the street?” He couldn’t have been unconscious long enough.

“I don’t know what you mean.” Amanda’s gaze scanned the road.

Jack froze in the doorway, not sure what to do. This was insane. He had no car, no cell phone or ID. If he made it to his house, would it even be there? For one chilling moment, he wasn’t sure.

Amanda glanced at him, then back at the road, not saying anything for a long moment. “Mr. Lawton, if you’re able to walk a short distance, I’ll take you to my home. My step-mother may know how to help you.”

Thoroughly Modern Amanda ,time travel romance, coming December 19, 2012 to The Wild Rose Press

Links to other ‘Next Best Thing Participants’.

Posting next week, 11/28/12. Be sure to check next week for their ‘next best thing.’

Caroline Clemmons

http://carolineclemmons.blogspot.com/

Isabel Roman

http://www.authorisabelroman.blogspot.com/

Nicole McCaffrey

http://www.nicolemccaffrey.blogspot.com/

Denise Eagan

http://slipintosomethingvictorian.wordpress.com

Juli D. Revezzo

http://julidrevezzo.com/

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