Walk with History and Fall in Love: “Love Me Forever” Release Day for my Civil War time travel romance

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Years ago I walked a battlefield…it was a cold January morning, ice on the ground, which made it even more eerie. As if I could hear boots marching, men crying out, guns firing.

I couldn’t shake the feeling that the spirits of fallen soldiers had never left. That even if they were ready to meet their Maker, they had to linger here, keep that spirit of brotherhood and patriotism alive for generations to come.

Lest we never forget.

Sacrifice.

Duty.

And the eternal flame of hope.

It never dies…

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For years, I gathered research, made notes, thought about the men, but especially the women who sacrificed so much during the Civil War to keep their families together. These were the women I wanted to write about, to delve into their hearts and souls as they went from having no say in their lives to running everything when the men were away at war.

I also wanted to be there with them.

So I created Liberty Jordan, a 21st century history teacher, and through her eyes I traveled back to 1862 to the bloodiest battle of the War Between the States.

Antietam.

Here is that moment in the story when Liberty must accept the fact she’s traveled back in time…

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(Liberty is disguised as a Confederate officer and has been captured by the Union Army. Using her modern day medical knowledge as a part time EMT, she saved a bluecoat’s life. Now Union Army physician, Major Stephens is trying to figure out who she is and how she has such knowledge. Liberty is still in shock and not able to believe it’s 1862.)

LOVE ME FOREVER excerpt:

“The year, Major Stephens,” she asked again. “Please, tell me the year.”

“If you insist, Lieutenant. It’s 1862.”

“Then it’s true. Everything.”

Liberty slumped down, a cry of anguish escaping from her lips and floating onto the breeze kicking up outside the tent. The sound of her pain echoed in her head like a bad scene in a play that never closed. She couldn’t recall ever feeling so helpless or alone. She refused to let her emotions rule, but sudden tears caught her defenses down, surprising her.
She sucked in her breath, taking in what seemed impossible.

1862.

She tried hard to ignore the strong sentiments running through her and deny everything, but she couldn’t. This was no game.

It was real.

Hadn’t she seen the dead, buried them with her own hands? Helped the wounded? Been captured as a prisoner of war? What more proof did she need?

A bullet through her head?

Liberty sat up straighter, her mind racing. But she had the advantage. She knew what was going to happen. They didn’t. The war would drag on for three more years. Lincoln was alive and so was Grant, and a young woman named Louisa May Alcott played games with her sisters in an attic. And somewhere on a stage, an actor named Booth had no idea his infamous role in history was yet to come.

She could use that information to find her way back to her own time.

Then her mind circled back to the present. She looked into the major’s dark, probing eyes. His passion for medicine fascinated her. His good looks sent a thrill through her. She blinked. Did he know she was a woman? What if he tried to seduce her?

The peculiar thought played with her mind in such a way that both frightened and intrigued her. Took her adventure into a whole new dimension. She didn’t dare take her eyes off him. He deliberately offered her a challenge.

She smiled. Adjusting to life in this time could prove interesting with the handsome major.

Her life, after all, was in his hands.

I hope you’ll follow me in the coming days as I talk more about my heroines–yes, I have two heroines on opposing sides of the conflict–as well as Civil War battlefield medicine and how life changed during these years.

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout winner and is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com!  

And check out my fellow Kindle Scout winners also with book releases today:

Thank you to Meredith Pritchard, fellow Kindle Scout author, for putting this graphic together

Thank you to Meredith Pritchard, fellow Kindle Scout author, for putting this graphic together

Love Me Forever releases Tuesday…and a blue lace dress I’ll never forget

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LOVE ME FOREVER releases on Tuesday…a big day for me and several other Kindle Scout winners!!

Tonight I wanted to put up a pretty, girly graphic. After all, the clothes during the Civil War were outrageously feminine with big hoop skirts and rows and rows of lace…

I love pretty gowns…especially lace. I remember the first junior high dance dress I ever had. Silver blue lace with a full blue taffeta underskirt and big, wide blue taffeta sash that trailed behind me.

Kinda like a Southern belle.

The dress was gorgeous and very modest. I was only thirteen, but I felt as grown up and pretty as any prom queen.

Even more special was that my mom stayed up all night finishing the dress on her old sewing machine. Every stitch was perfect, the lace aligned, and the big ole sash had nary a wrinkle. Cinderella’s mice couldn’t have done a better job.

I lost my mom years ago…but I still have that blue lace dress. It’s so special to me…every once in a while, I’ll take it out and run my fingers over the lace, knowing she used her magic to make it for me.

Her little girl.

Over the years, the lace has faded, but the memory hasn’t.

Such is the power of a mother’s love…

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If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout winner and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com and on sale August 4th!  

 

“Love Me Forever” Hot, hot time travel romance is coming…August 4th

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It’s one thing to get lost in time…but to travel back to the Civil War in 1862 and hook up with a totally sexy doctor…

Imagine, no cell phones ringing while you’re in the middle of making love…

No texting other people while you’re sitting next to each other…

No embarrassing tweets of you in a bikini…although a selfie with this handsome hunk wouldn’t be a bad idea.

Life in 1862 with this guy proves quite…interesting for my heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER. The only problem is that when she first meets him she’s disguised as a Confederate officer.

Imagine what a girl will do to shed her disguise…

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com and on sale August 4th!  

 

The Start to Something Frightening

Jina Bacarr:

A fellow Kindle Scout winner with his new venture. Congrats!

Originally posted on The Behrg:

First, a quick thank you to everyone who has supported my work thus far.

It’s incredible meeting (often virtually) so many readers and authors who love and support great independent writing. We really are living in a revolution within the publishing industry, where gatekeepers are a thing of the past, for better or worse. Does it mean a lot of garbage gets published now – unedited works written in a matter or weeks with little to no originality to them?

Sure.

But it also means we get gems like Hugh Howey’s Silo Series and Andy Weir’s The Martian. Joe Hart is a recent independent author I’ve discovered in the past two years, whose books are now making waves and who is finally getting the credit he deserves. Look at Blake Crouch, Joe Konrath, and a host of others. It means those crazy enough to commit their lives and sacrifice their…

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Talk in an Elevator Day: and why I shouldn’t have opened my mouth

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Writers work in a cubicle surrounded by books, computers, and ideas.

We get lonely.

So when we go out (which isn’t often when you’re trying to promote your work online and get through the quagmire of the first chapter in your next book), we get talkative.

And since today is Talk in an Elevator Day, I’m reminded of the time I was in an elevator in a hotel and a guy was chatting me up about his hundred thousand dollar a year sales job and his black BMW. Nice enough, but I wasn’t looking for anything more than an ice machine that worked. The one on my floor was broken.

The convo went something like this.

“You don’t want to drink alone,” he said, observing my ice bucket filled with chilled cubes.

“I have my laptop for company.” I smiled. “Besides, I have work to do.”

“Are you here with the software convention?” he asked warily.

“Well…” I wasn’t, but I decided to play along.

“No way…a pretty girl like you can’t be a techie.”

“Why not?” I shot back. “Can’t women use their brains to get ahead?”

“Not when they have natural attributes…” He eyed my chest. Mind you, I was wearing navy blue sweats and pink bunny slippers with floppy ears. This guy was either desperate or he’d been on the road too long.

“Sorry to disappoint you, but I’m a writer.”

“You’re kidding?” He seemed genuinely surprised, which didn’t help my ego. “What do you write?”

Ooh…I couldn’t resist shooting him the punch line.

“I write sexy novels.”

“Well, you are full of surprises,” he said, edging closer to me. “We should get to know each other better.”

The air in the elevator suddenly got stuffier and I prayed my deodorant didn’t work so he’d get the message. So far, no  one else had gotten on the elevator and I had two more stops before we got to my floor.

“I don’t think that would be a good idea,” I said, wiggling the ears on my rabbit slippers, hoping to shoot down this guy’s sex-o-meter. That should have stopped him right there.

It didn’t.

“How about a nightcap in my room? My bottle of bourbon and your–” He paused, wetting his lips. “Ice cubes.”

“You mean research?”

“Oh, yeah…”

“I bet,” I said.

I shouldn’t have opened my mouth, but sometimes we writers just ache to act like our heroines and throw back those snappy remarks. I tried to discourage him, but when he started breathing in my face, I knew I was in over my head. I did what any romance heroine would do.

I dumped the bucket of melting ice on his pinstripe suit.

“Hey, what the–” he called out and thank God, the elevator door opened. It wasn’t my floor, but I didn’t care. One more minute with Mr. BMW and I would have ended up served on a chilled platter. Before he could brush the ice off his shoulders, out I ran. Down the long corridor and then jammed down the stairway to the next floor to my room.

I never looked back.

I imagine that was the last time he tried to pick up a girl in an elevator wearing pink bunny slippers.

~Jina

The book (novella) the girl is holding in the graphic is COME FLY WITH ME, when a bad boy billionaire hooks up with a lonely good girl at 30,000 feet in the air, anything can happen…

It’s one of my favorites…all about family and trying to find your way back home. Link to my Amazon page: COME FLY WITH ME. It’s FREE July 31, 2015

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BONUS: 

You can read the Prologue to LOVE ME FOREVER in its entirety at the end of COME FLY WITH ME.  So get your free copy and check it out!

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  

 

Cheesecake Day: cheesecake or beefcake?

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It’s your choice…both are yummy!!

COME FLY WITH ME. It’s FREE July 29-31, 2015

Here’s the blurb:

London’s Heathrow airport

New Year’s Eve

Kacie Bennett is stranded in London and desperate to get home to avert a family crisis. She’s shocked when a tall, dark handsome stranger offers her a first class airline ticket, no strings attached.

What’s a girl to do?

Kacie is the plain sister of the three Bennett girls. Tall and practical, she buries her loneliness in creating unique breads and croissants for the family business, The 3 Bees (Bennett’s Bed & Breakfast). She’s studying at a culinary school in Piccadilly when she gets a desperate call from her sister Emma.

Their baby sister Megan is eloping with a guy twice her age after breaking up with her boyfriend. Kacie is frantic to get back home to Forgotten Valley, California to save her sister from marrying the wrong man.

She can’t believe her good luck when the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen insists she take the ticket.

What does he want in return?

Jace Chantiers is a self-made oil billionaire, a player who can have any supermodel he wants, but he doesn’t believe in love. That would mean opening up about the pain in his past, something he swears he’ll never do. When he has to cancel his date to fly to San Francisco for an urgent business meeting, he overhears Kacie’s panicked phone call from her sister and is intrigued by her plight.

He never expected to ring in the New Year with a gorgeous blonde who needs his help. Kacie gets under his skin with her go-to attitude, hard work ethic, and strong dedication to her family. Something he never had growing up. She makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something, something his money can’t buy.

Can Kacie resist this gorgeous man the British tabloids have labeled the sexiest man alive? Does she dare lose her inhibitions at thirty thousand feet…or will she also lose her heart?

Link to my Amazon page: COME FLY WITH ME. It’s FREE July 29-31, 2015

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BONUS: 

You can read the Prologue to LOVE ME FOREVER in its entirety at the end of COME FLY WITH ME.  So get your free copy and check it out!

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina
Love_Me_Forever_500x798

LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  

 

 

Milk Chocolate Day and My Chocolate Book Cover

I wish they would make book covers made of chocolate…yummy!

Just think, you could enjoy a satisfying read while eating chocolate…oh, God, it doesn’t get better than that!

So in celebration of Milk Chocolate Day, here is LOVE ME FOREVER à la chocolate:

 

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If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below. I’m so excited to have received two 5-star reviews!!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  CLICK HERE check it out…

Come Fly with Me: new cover reveal

I love to fly…I’ve traveled a lot and enjoy the excitement of the airport, watching everyone, wondering what their stories are, where they’re going. I’ve met interesting people in airports…but so far I’ve not met anyone like Jace Chantiers, the hero in my novella, COME FLY WITH ME.

A Bad Boy Billionaire.

I’ve redesigned the cover…and as promised, here it is:

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Here’s the blurb:

London’s Heathrow airport
New Year’s Eve

Kacie Bennett is stranded in London and desperate to get home to avert a family crisis. She’s shocked when a tall, dark handsome stranger offers her a first class airline ticket, no strings attached.

What’s a girl to do?

Kacie is the plain sister of the three Bennett girls. Tall and practical, she buries her loneliness in creating unique breads and croissants for the family business, The 3 Bees (Bennett’s Bed & Breakfast). She’s studying at a culinary school in Piccadilly when she gets a desperate call from her sister Emma.

Their baby sister Megan is eloping with a guy twice her age after breaking up with her boyfriend. Kacie is frantic to get back home to Forgotten Valley, California to save her sister from marrying the wrong man.

She can’t believe her good luck when the most gorgeous man she’s ever seen insists she take the ticket.

What does he want in return?

Jace Chantiers is a self-made oil billionaire, a player who can have any supermodel he wants, but he doesn’t believe in love. That would mean opening up about the pain in his past, something he swears he’ll never do. When he has to cancel his date to fly to San Francisco for an urgent business meeting, he overhears Kacie’s panicked phone call from her sister and is intrigued by her plight.

He never expected to ring in the New Year with a gorgeous blonde who needs his help. Kacie gets under his skin with her go-to attitude, hard work ethic, and strong dedication to her family. Something he never had growing up. She makes him wonder if he’s missing out on something, something his money can’t buy.

Can Kacie resist this gorgeous man the British tabloids have labeled the sexiest man alive? Does she dare lose her inhibitions at thirty thousand feet…or will she also lose her heart?

here’s the link to my Amazon page: COME FLY WITH ME.

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And if you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina

Love_Me_Forever_500x798
LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  CLICK HERE check it out…

Bagelfest Day…what’s your favorite?

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Who doesn’t love a warm, chewy, crusty bagel? I’m a sesame girl, and yes, I’d give my kingdom for one right now. Up late last night redesigning a cover for a novella I have out…I spent hours re-doing it…nothing worked…then this morning, bingo! The right pic popped into my head and I did the cover in ten minutes.

I’ll preview the new cover tomorrow…

Meanwhile…

If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner below.

~Jina

Love_Me_Forever_500x798
LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  CLICK HERE check it out…

Love is a Merry-Go-Round until…

…you catch the brass ring!!

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LOVE ME FOREVER

She wore gray.
He wore blue.
But their love defied the boundaries of war.
And time.

LOVE ME FOREVER is a Kindle Scout selection and is now available for PRE-ORDER at Amazon.com!  CLICK HERE check it out…

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