December 11, 1862…a prayer before the battle: Love Me Forever Day 24

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Sometimes a scene in your mind begs to be written…but it’s not enough. You have to bring it to life visually. Capture that moment.

Such is the case for this scene from LOVE ME FOREVER. My time-traveling heroine is a breath away from the onset of the Battle of Fredericksburg on a cold, wet morning in 1862. She knows what a horrific battle is about to get underway…the staggering number of casualties both sides will suffer.

Tempting fate, she sneaks down the cliff to the riverbank, leaving the warmth and comfort of her bed in the plantation house on the cliff.

Rosebriar Plantation

Falmouth, Virginia

December 11, 1862

Misty fog rolled across the Rappahannock River in eerie, human-like 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 scrapping 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 and, 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.

I hope you enjoy this visual scene as much as I enjoyed creating it..the rocky cliff, the plantation house on the cliff, the desperation of my heroine to do something to save soldiers’ lives…

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful! Thanks to you I’m back on the HOT list at Kindle Scout as I post this!!  

Thank you for your support…

~Jina

I’m on Cloud Nine — I’m back on the HOT List: LOVE ME FOREVER on Kindle Scout

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I’m on Cloud Nine tonight…LOVE ME FOREVER is back on the HOT list tonight at Kindle Scout — this is where you choose the books published!! Get the info HERE. Thank you to everyone who nominated my book!!

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

Thank you for your support…

~Jina

 

The Virginia plantation fell into a hundreds’ year sleep…Love Me Forever Day 23

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The beauty of the South was apparent not only in the charm of its ladies, but in its beautiful scenery.

In this scene, I’ve recreated a moment when my time traveling heroine, Liberty, walks about the grounds of Rosebriar, the Virginia plantation where my story takes place:

Quiet abounded everywhere as Liberty walked over the wet lawn. It was as if the whole plantation fell into a hundred years’ sleep. Many houses had already been taken over by Federal troops for command posts or hospitals, but a measles outbreak among the children of the house servants at Rosebriar prevented the Union Army from commandeering the home. Liberty did what she could, attending to the sick. Thank you, God, but no new cases were reported this week.

Still aching to help, she hurried inside the three-story mansion. A big battle was coming, she knew, too big for anybody to handle alone, even the Union army. Frustrated, she scrapped the mud off the toe of her pointy boot. She was tired of sitting around, pretending to be a Virginia belle. Posing on her grand pedestal, while other Southern women struggled to take care of families on an infantryman’s salary of eleven Confederate dollars per month.

Her mind made up, Liberty rushed down the hallway, her mind set on doing battle with Pauletta Sue, because whether the belle liked it or not, she would demand to see General Burnside. Tell him Rosebriar was prepared to take in as many wounded as they could.

She straightened her shoulders, rustled her petticoats, and with her lips curving in a big smile, she bounded up the stairs.

Damn, it felt good to get back into the fight.

In tomorrow’s post, a prayer before the battle begins…

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful! I’d love to get back on the HOT list at Kindle Scout!!  

Thank you for your support…

~Jina

 

November 17, 1862…My beloved Flynt: Love Me Forever Day 22

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Letter writing…not so popular in our world, but back in 1862, it was the only way to stay close to the soldiers fighting so far away from home. Many of those letters survive today and give us a clear insight into what it was like for those men and women longing for news from home.

For Liberty Jordan, the heroine in my time travel, LOVE ME FOREVER, she’s not only far from home but in the wrong century. When she falls in love with a Union Army surgeon, she tries to warn him about the battle she knows is coming…

I have made the acquaintance in Falmouth of Dr. Freulich, an Army surgeon from Austria with Colonel Lamson’s regiment & a veteran of the Crimean War, she wrote, careful to use the ampersand, a common writing style of the day. With his help everyone at Rosebriar is recovering.

But with General Burnside building up his forces on the riverfront across from Fredericksburg, I fear we will soon be engaged in warfare on our front lawn.

According to Dr. Freulich, many soldiers will be wounded & in need of our help. I pray you will commend my decision to open Rosebriar to the casualties of the ensuing battle I fear is forthcoming.

Many big houses became hospitals during the Civil War and Rosebriar plantation was no exception.

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful! I’d love to get back on the HOT list at Kindle Scout!!  

Thank you for your support…

~Jina

God, she was all woman: My Sexy Saturday 88 Love Me Forever Day 21

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My Sexy Saturday #88!! Click on this LINK or the graphic above to go to Blog Hop List!

Here’s how it works: Lynn Crain head up this amazing blog every week with a new theme; it’s up to the authors to post 7 paragraphs, 7 words, or 7 sentences. Sexy, of course. Please visit the other authors, too.

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This week’s theme from Lynn’s My Sexy Saturday website: “We all know that love happens and we want to know all about those special moments where those entities realize there is an emotional bond between one another through their words and actions. It can happen on an average day, during the night, in the middle of a zombie invasion or maybe a place where it’s hard to tell the day from the night like in a submarine or deep in space. The one thing we do know it’s going to be hot…hot…HOT!”

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Mmm…I don’t know about you, but my temp rises whenever I’m around a hot guy like this…he’s the Union Army major in my Civil War time travel, LOVE ME FOREVER.

My heroine, Liberty, disguised as a Confederate officer, has traveled back to 1862 and saved the life of a wounded soldier with the bandage in her rented re-enactor uniform.

Confusing the heck out of our hero.

Her medical knowledge intrigues him, but it doesn’t take him long to guess there’s a gorgeous woman under that uniform…and that’s when things really get interesting when Liberty asks him about checking a patient’s fever with a thermometer and he tells her his unit doesn’t have one. That the Union Army Medical Corps claimed to have a few of the clinical instruments, but no one bothers to use them.

“Then how do you measure fever?” she wanted to know.

“By touching the patient,” he said.

“Oh?”

“Yes. Since chills often accompany fever, nothing more is needed.” He laid his hand on her arm and fought to keep his wits about him. She flinched.

“So tell me, Major,” she said, tantalizing him with her voice, “what is your diagnosis?”

“I’d say the patient is quite feverish,” he said, holding her tight.

God, she was all woman.

 

 

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful! I’d love to get back on the HOT list at Kindle Scout!!  

Thank you for your support…

~Jina

LOVE ME FOREVER

Thank you for stopping by…………..and don’t forget to visit the MY SEXY SATURDAY BLOG HOP for this week!
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It’s a jungle out there: Love Me Forever needs some lovin’…

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I’m into the twentieth day of my Kindle Scout campaign…and yes, because of your wonderful support, my book has spent a lot of time on the Hot & Trending list…I have confidence in my big, family saga. I’m sure we’ll hit the list again.

Thank you!!

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful!

Thank you for stopping by.

~Jina

He’s so fine… Love Me Forever Day 20

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He’s so fine…the major, that is. Liberty has fallen in love with the handsome Union Army surgeon when she travels back to 1862…and meets up with her twin, Pauletta Sue, a Confederate spy.

Who happens to be engaged to the major.

What’s a girl to do? The major thinks she’s a spoiled Tennessee belle. She can’t tell him she’s from the future…

They headed down the path toward the gazebo, the silence between them unnerving. A cold wind blew through her skirts, sending a chilly breeze up her pantaloons. Her whole body trembled with yearning, desire. Dark clouds loomed overhead, like bulbous messengers of the great rains yet to come.

Was that a raindrop, then two landing on her forehead?

They took shelter under the enclosed dome in the gazebo. Warm and secret, hiding them from prying eyes. The power of the silence between reached a crescendo when Flynt took her in his arms and held her close to him. He didn’t look at her, but she could feel him breathing hard. He stood perfectly still as if he could think better if he didn’t move a muscle. He seemed perplexed and she had the feeling he was testing her.

He’s wondering why I don’t tell him I love him. I can’t. It would only hurt him if he found out the truth.

She could take the risk and tell him what was in her heart. That she’d never love another man, in this time or any other, but she’d never forgive herself if her recklessness caused him pain.

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LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful!

Thank you for stopping by.

~Jina

My Kindle Scout book “Love Me Forever” needs some lovin’…

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Yes, that’s me climbing the walls…or so I wish…doing my best to keep my Kindle Scout book LOVE ME FOREVER on the Hot & Trending list. It ain’t easy.

So I’m asking you guys for your ideas and your support…do you like the graphics I put up every day? I do a short excerpt and design a visual to go with it. It’s a fun promo, so tell me your thoughts. I’d like to know.

And here’s the info on my Kindle scout book. A big, sexy family saga that takes you back to 1862 through the eyes of Civil War re-enactor, Liberty Jordan. All her life she’s been searching for family, a place to fit in…she never dreamed she’d find it–and the man of her dreams–back in time.

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

Love_Me_Forever_500x798

LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful!

Thank you for stopping by.

~Jina

 

I was a Rebel Spy: Love Me Forever Day 19

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Ever want to be a Bond Girl?

Wear a sexy bikini…flirt with 007 himself…in the flesh.

Oh, yes…but spying was a different matter during the Civil War. Instead of the bikini, Liberty Jordan, the heroine in my time travel, LOVE ME FOREVER, has to stuff herself into a corset and waddle in a hoop skirt.

And as for the sexy Mr. Bond…well, see for yourself. In Love Me Forever, he’s a handsome Union Army major and Liberty is aching to see him again. First, she has to escape from a Union prison. To do that, she must transform herself into a Southern belle à la Scarlett and join the incomparable Pauletta Sue as a spy…

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Then Liberty remembered the major, his brooding dark eyes watching her, his expression conveying a curious amusement. She mulled that over and an unexpected passion to know more about him made her body hum. She’d never have the chance if she didn’t escape from this place. She ached to get close enough to him to drink in his pure masculinity with her eyes. Dream of him holding her in his arms. And in a wild fantasy, get close enough to him to hear the steady beating of his heart when he kissed her.

He’s not for you. He thinks of you as nothing more than an oddity. A female with a brain.

With a reluctant sigh, Liberty gave up her daydream and got back to turning herself into a lady. She fastened the hooks and eyes running up the front of the dress bodice, noting the rows of buttons were merely decorative. A slight dizziness made her lightheaded since the corset was so tight she could barely breathe. Aside from all else, she pooh-poohed the pointy feminine-looking boots and white stockings Bedelia handed her and kept on her comfortable hiking boots.

“Miss Pauletta ain’t gonna like you wearing men’s shoes,” Bedelia said, rolling her eyes.

“They’re my feet, not hers,” Liberty insisted, stepping into the hoop skirt. Six-boned and nearly twelve feet in circumference. With a big ruffle circling the bottom. “Good grief,” she mumbled out loud. “How am I supposed to escape in a hoop skirt?”

A smile crept over Bedelia’s lips. “Miss Pauletta said you’d know how.”

Liberty looked with skepticism at the girl, praying she was right. She was no born flirt, but she saw how Pauletta Sue wound every man around her finger. She doubted there was anyone better.

You look like her. So now act like her.

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LOVE ME FOREVER

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

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LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful! This a big, family saga.

Thank you for stopping by.

~Jina

PS — as I post, we’re down to 11 days and need some loving to get back on the Hot & Trending list…

Who’s sleeping in my bed? Love Me Forever Day 18

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It ain’t easy being a time traveler.

All the angst about trying to explain that you live in a world where people talk to each other on small devices and fly through the sky in machines. No one believes you…think you’re crazy.

And forget about falling in love. What man wants to hold a woman in his arms who might disappear in the middle of a kiss?

That doesn’t stop the heroine in my Civil War time travel, LOVE ME FOREVER, from imagining what it would be like to make love to the handsome Union Army major she meets on her journey back to 1862…

You don’t even belong in this century, much less in the major’s arms.

Longing swept her away. She imagined pressing her breasts against his bare muscular chest, her nakedness taunting his eye. His lips touching hers, his passion reaching deep into her soul. She was falling in love with a man she barely knew, but that didn’t stop a strange but wonderful heat filling her.

Fanning herself, she looked at the inviting softness of the four poster. Big, fluffy down, white and pure, covered the empty bed.

She succumbed to her fiery emotions, let her mind run free, and dreamed.
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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_500x798

LOVE ME FOREVER is on Kindle Scout — you can read the first 5,000 words HERE. You’ll meet both my heroines and both my heroes in the excerpt. If you nominate my story and it’s published by Kindle Scout, then you’ll receive a free copy!

It’s a saga of love and romance and war. Believe me, I walked every road, fought every battle with my characters, even walked around in a hoop skirt to “get it right.”

This is a book of the heart…any questions? Please ask!!

I’ll be back tomorrow with more about LOVE ME FOREVER and the Civil War…

If anyone feels like sharing a vote…I’ll be forever grateful!

Thank you for stopping by.

And thank you soooo much for your support — I’m back on the HOT list at Kindle Scout!! This means a lot to me.

~Jina

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