WRITERS REACH: AMY WOLF WITH ‘The Misses Brontë’s Establishment’

Jina Bacarr:

This is a kickass interview with a kickass fellow Kindle Scout Amy Wolf who never ceases to surprise me…and make me laugh!! You go, girl! And a super big thank you Jennifer Skutelsky for this great interview. And did I mention it’s a great book? If you love the Brontes, you’ll love Amy’s book.

Originally posted on Musings Of Orientation:

On Fridays right here, writers talk about their books, their process, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Today AMY WOLF joins us to celebrate the launch of her novel, The Misses Brontë’s Establishmenta Kindle Scout winner published by Kindle Press.

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What if Branwell Brontë had not died before Emily? What if Charlotte were able to marry her Mr. Rochester? What if the Misses Brontë’s Establishment actually did find a pupil: one who is taught by three geniuses?

Meet Maria Shelby, spoiled–and rich–daughter of a knight in mid-Victorian England. Maria has a habit of getting into trouble: at eighteen, she’s already been sacked from six London schools and no one else will have her–except The Misses Brontë’s Establishment in the remote Yorkshire village of Haworth.

Maria is bundled off to Exile, to a land as strange to her as the Brontë’s imagined Gondal. She finds…

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Just Because Day…Ken Burns’ Civil War remastered and my fave graphic

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Just because I love this graphic…

I was listening to an interview with Ken Burns speaking about his classic Civil War series coming back to PBS Sept 7-11, 2015. He spoke about how important it was to portray the battles. Get them right. Even the most minute detail is more apparent, he said,  in the new remastered version.

Which reminded me of this scene I designed from LOVE ME FOREVER, my Civil War time travel romance. The scene depicts my time traveling heroine, Liberty Jordan, racing down the cliff from Rosebriar, the Virginia plantation, to help save lives on a misty morning during the Battle of Fredericksburg:

Rosebriar Plantation
Falmouth, Virginia
December 11, 1862

Misty fog rolled across the Rappahannock River in eerie, humanlike shapes, playing tricks with her eyes as Liberty dug in along the riverbank.

Dearest Lord, I swear I feel the presence of soldiers already fallen, their ghosts walking in spiritual brotherhood into the next world.

She double blinked. Crazy thoughts rambled through her head, teasing her. A sense of dread came over her. The battle had not yet begun, but she couldn’t sit around and no nothing.

Around three a.m. strange noises awakened her. The creaking and thumping and scraping sounds of the wagons and horses and men making their way down to the riverbank with the load of pontoon boats. She grabbed her clothes in the darkness, mumbling under her breath when she had trouble buttoning up her bodice and her foot caught in her petticoat and tore the ruffle. It would be easier to wear pants, but it could also be more dangerous if a soldier took her for a man and shot her. And what if a servant saw her sneaking out dressed as a man? She risked discovery and that would be the end of the charade.

Careful not to awaken anyone in the house, Liberty followed the soldiers. Within minutes, she could no longer see the plantation house sitting high on the steep bluff wrapped in morning dew. Her heart beating madly, she kept going. The path was filled with brush and slippery rocks, but she made her way down to the river in the cold, wet fog, barely able to see more than three feet in front of her.

Keeping painfully quiet, holding her breath, and waiting to see what would happen next.

The irony cut deep. She was about to witness the Battle of Fredericksburg unfolding before her. Each scene playing out in military precision, a battle carefully planned to give the Federal Army a direct road to Richmond and ensure a secure supply line to Washington City.

Her gut clenched, the tension growing inside her. The plan was destined to fail, but that wouldn’t stop her from helping the wounded. Even if she couldn’t change the outcome of the battle, she could save lives.

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE ME FOREVER

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

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

 

 

#Women’sEqualityDay and my Civil War Odd Couple

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Meet my odd couple: Two heroines in my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER

A time traveler from the future.

A Southern belle and a spy.

An odd couple in every way. One a strawberry-blonde, the other raven-haired. One believes in the Union; the other will do anything for the cause. One in love with a man she can’t have…the other engaged to a man she doesn’t love.

But these two women do have one thing in common: believing in women’s equality. Here my time traveler, Liberty, questions her involvement with belle Pauletta Sue:

She couldn’t stop questioning how she got mixed up with this crazy secesh woman and her insane scheme. She’d never seen a woman so passionate about a cause, so truly believing what she was doing was patriotism. The war had unleashed a fire in her, and the more Liberty understood about the protected, delicate lifestyle these women led, the more she knew a great movement was underway that went beyond their cause.

It wasn’t until 1866 that the American Equal Rights Association was founded, but this was the beginning of the movement leading to women’s freedom and that she could understand. What bothered her was that Pauletta Sue was on the losing side of the war and because of that, she might not benefit from the changes women embraced afterward. She worked so hard at her cause, Liberty believed she deserved better, but the belle wouldn’t listen to her.

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE ME FOREVER

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

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

Kiss and Make Up Day–you know you want to…

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Kiss and Make Up Day…

Sends a chill through you, knowing that somewhere there’s someone you’d like to kiss and make up with…

My hero and heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER don’t know each other that well yet (she’s just traveled back through time to 1862 disguised as a Confederate officer and he just realized she’s a woman), but they’re already sparring…

“This is war, Lieutenant,” Flynt said, trying to ignore the softness in her eyes and the unmistakable feminine scent the stink of battle couldn’t hide. “Not a Sunday picnic.”

“A war that will take thousands of lives before it’s over,” she said. “Brother against brother. Father against son. Many will die in Yankee prisons because of the inhumane torture they suffer there.” She banged her fist on the desk, surprising him. “You must do something to help these men, Major Stephens. Give them blankets and better food. Medicine. Treat them as human beings, not animals.”

“You speak more like a politician than a soldier,” Flynt said, puzzled. How well she mirrored his own thoughts. He’d attempted to influence sanitation conditions in the prison camp, but the military commission rebuked his efforts. He didn’t need this female reminding him. “Who are you, Lieutenant?”

She grimaced. “You wouldn’t believe me if I told you.”

“What is your name? Surely you can tell me that.”

“Lieutenant Jordan, sir,” was all she’d say, no matter how many times he asked. He doubted it was her real name.

Flynt wanted to grab her, make her explain herself. She dared to raise her eyes again to meet his. She looked familiar, very familiar as he caught her gaze, but let it go quickly. She was like the lightning in a summer thunderstorm, promising something thrilling and filled with the spirit of the tempest.

Something he wouldn’t dare dream about.

How could he? He’d made a promise on his honor as a Virginian and a gentleman to another woman.

A promise he must keep.

Yet he couldn’t help but want to kiss her. To feel her soft lips on his.

Does he get that kiss? If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, find out in my Kindle Scout winner.

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE ME FOREVER

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

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

Waffle Day…mouth watering pic you gotta see

Yep, it doesn’t get any better than this. Enjoy!

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE 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

When the Tooth Fairy went to War in 1862

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Yes, it’s true. This sweet little Tooth Fairy took on a new role during the Civil War. She fought long and hard to help the soldiers keep their teeth, not take them. If a soldier had a toothbrush, it was homemade. Brushes didn’t show up as commercially made until 1885. Most used a “chewing stick” made from a twig from a tree or bush. Chomping on hardtack didn’t help. Called tooth-dullers by the soldiers, they tried to soften them in coffee, but often cracked a tooth.

No wonder the Tooth Fairy was so into preventive care.

You see, for a man (or woman disguised as a man) to join the army of the North or the South, they needed a good set of teeth.

As you can see in the excerpt below from LOVE ME FOREVER

Flynt grabbed the young officer and a flash of heat shot through him, a sensation so unexpected it shook his senses to the core.

My God, what’s this?

A woman’s breasts?

He drew back, puzzled then disturbed. Warm nights . . . silken sheets . . . perfume.

He couldn’t speak. He was dumbfounded, his entire being shaken. He couldn’t move and he could barely breathe. He struggled to keep from blurting out his discovery.

The Rebel prisoner was a female.

Would his nurse give her away? Or was she waiting for him to say something? He couldn’t. He felt a stirring within him, something he didn’t want to admit, that brought a hardness between his loins. Did he dare imagine that a beautiful woman existed under all that blood and dirt? He’d heard stories about women enlisting in the army, both North and South, and fighting as men. A good set of teeth to rip open a bullet cartridge, a trigger finger that worked, and a firm handshake was all that was required to join up. It was no secret the promise of a steady paycheck was often the reason behind such reckless female behavior.

That didn’t solve his immediate problem.

Flynt couldn’t see her face under the broad-brimmed hat, but the fullness of her breasts was quite evident when she fell against him. She was tall, making her charade as a man believable, with a leanness about her uncommon to most women he knew. Too often they bound their bodies with boned corsets and rounded hip pads.

He released her, though not willingly. Her lean figure added to her appeal. She was strong and lithe, like the mountain cats he’d hunted west of the Mississippi, but she was no country girl. Her manner of speaking, though strange to his ears, told him she was well educated.

An adventuress? Or was she a female physician? That would explain her disguise since women in the medical field were rare.

Her presence put him off balance, but he couldn’t stop a smile from curving over his lips.

Who is she? he wanted to know.

More important, what was he going to do with her?

So keep our Tooth Fairy happy. Take care of your teeth!!

~Jina

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE 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

WRITERS REACH: ROAN POULTER WITH ‘THE LONG ROAD HOME’

Jina Bacarr:

fellow Kindle Scout authors…

Originally posted on Musings Of Orientation:

On Fridays right here, writers talk about their books, their process, where they’ve been, and where they’re going. Today ROAN POULTERjoins us to celebrate the launch of his novel, THE LONG ROAD HOME, a Kindle Scout winner published by Kindle Press.

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Jordan Carter’s mother was more than famous, she was a literary icon. Her death leaves him alone in the world and feeling diminished. When he meets Siena, he thinks he may have stumbled upon the love of a lifetime.

But when larger questions of Siena’s past and Jordan’s unfinished task of scattering his mother’s ashes separate them, can they endure the length of road that divides them? As the miles roll on, Jordan is forced to face the reality of who his mother was and discover the man he will become.

  1. What were the most challenging aspects of writing this book, and what came easily?

Writing is…

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Lemonade Day in the Civil War and a little girl…

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Soldiers fought hard battles day in and day out during the Civil War. Tired, weary, thirsty men and women…but what about the plain folk when they invaded a town or plantation?

Did they see their brother, father, husband, son? Daughter?

Or did they see the enemy…

I don’t rightly know how true it is, but Civil War legend has it that a mighty pretty little gal made lemonade on a hot, sweltering day back in August 1862 and offered it to the advancing army.

Every soldier got a taste of cold sweet lemonade and a smile…and they went on their way, leaving the plantation untouched.

Making us all hopeful that goodness can triumph…with the help of sweet lemonade and the kindness of a little girl.

~Jina

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE 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

Soft Ice Cream Day: What flavor is still the fave of North or South?

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North or South, during the Civil War, every soldier loved ice cream.

We hear so much about the horrors of the Civil War, but it also had what I call “people” moments. Times when soldiers and officers alike came together and reveled in a small gesture of good will or indulged in a moment of pleasure.

Like eating ice cream.

Ice cream was a great morale booster for the troops. Walt Whitman wrote home about the ten gallons of ice cream he bought to give to the wounded in a Washington D.C. hospital. Confederate General Bradley Johnson found workers loading ice cream onto a railroad car and allowed his men to wet their whistles with the creamy stuff. Even Godey’s Lady’s Book in 1862 had numerous recipes for ice cream, including orange and pineapple, enticing the cook to add lots of sugar to the fruit slices, let them stand in a bowl for hours, and save the syrup for flavoring.

Sounds good enough to lick the spoon.

The ice cream freezer or “artificial freezer” was invented in 1843 by Nancy M. Johnson (patent here) and a second patent five years later to William G. Young for his improvements.

Before the war, ice cream was enjoyed by both North and South. But when the South could no longer get ice from the North, well, you guessed it, no more ice cream.

So what’s your favorite ice cream?

Btw, the #1 ice cream flavor North or South is: VANILLA according to the 2013 International Ice Cream Association survey.

Today is soft ice cream day, so enjoy!!

~Jina

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE 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

 

 

 

Ice Cream Pie Day: Which Ladies are the better cooks: North or South?

New England stew steaming with hearty beef and onions and carrots…

Southern Pecan Pie with crunchy sweetness and dripping with juices…

Which ladies are the better cooks?

North or South?

What do you think?

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During the Civil War, it wasn’t easy to get supplies, as we see here in LOVE ME FOREVER when my time traveling heroine, Liberty Jordan, finds herself on a Virginia plantation–taking the place of a woman who happens to be her twin…and a Confederate spy:

Liberty  finished her tea, wishing it were coffee, but there were major shortages of salt and coffee. She wasn’t fond of the parched okra seed that replaced coffee, and she had no desire to try the grits-and-rye blend used as a java substitute. The price of salt was high and she’d heard stories of Southern cooks brushing grains of salt off salted pork to reuse it.”

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798LOVE 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

 

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