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The Day I became a Southern Belle on “Tell a Story Day”

Tell_Me_Story_Day_Fan_closeupIt’s Tell a Story Day so here’s a story about how a scene in my Kindle Scout winner, “Love Me Forever,” was born when I was a little girl…

Who doesn’t love to go to a ball? I remember when I was 11 years old and I had the chance to go to a fancy dress ball in Lexington KY at a big mansion (my mother was invited and brought me with her). I had to sit in the corner and just watch, but I’ll never forget the pretty dresses the girls wore.

Big skirts and lace and crinolines.

And the handsome young men. When a young man asked me to dance, I almost died. My mom said it was okay. The young man took my hand and we glided across the hardwood floor, my chin up, my feet barely touching the ground.

It was then I knew I wanted to be a Southern belle. My character, Pauletta Sue, was born that night. Course I didn’t know it at the time…but my mom did. She was all smiles.

My secondary heroine in my Civil War time travel romance, Love Me Forever, is a Tennessee Belle who met the love of her life at a Confederate ball — then lost him so she became a Rebel spy…

~Jina

Love Me Forever (Kindle Scout Winner) http://amzn.com/B00YI8SX68

A Tennessee belle’s fan tells the story of the gentlemen officers she danced with back in 1862 on Tell a Story Day…including a handsome Texas Ranger. Can you find his name on the belle’s fan?

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?Tennessee_dance_1862

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
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Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

 

 

Join me for Love, Lust, and Civil War medicine on Joan Reeves’ SlingWords blog

I’m guest posting today for my good friend, Joan Reeves, on her SlingWords blog about Love, Lust, and Civil War medicine. Come and join me!!

~Jina

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Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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


The Tennessee Belle of the Ball meets the man of her dreams…but her papa forbids her to marry him

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In this week’s episode of the PBS series, MERCY STREET, The Belle Alliance, the Yankees hold a ball in the home of our belle, Emma. I’m dying to see what happens…

She reminds me of my secondary heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER, Pauletta Sue. When I found this charming scene from an old film of a Confederate ball on Dreamstime.com, it reminded me of a scene in my story where Pauletta Sue meets the love of her life.

Here’s is an excerpt from my story:

What a fine evening it was when the tall scout burst into the ballroom at a levee she was attending, fired up with delivering an important message from President Jefferson Davis. A light misty rain covered him from head to toe like shiny armor, his broad shoulders filling the archway with the power of an avenging angel, his fierce blue eyes searching the room, making every lady breathless, every man envious.

He strode across the ballroom in long strides, saluted, and then delivered his sealed letter to the owner of the home, a Confederate sympathizer. He turned on his heel and should have left as silently as he came, but he saw Pauletta Sue staring at him and gave her the biggest grin. The man was so startling handsome, she couldn’t look away. But it was more than that. An unseen force grabbed her by the throat and made her tingle down to her dancing slippers. God, she’d never forget the sight of him. Tight buckskin drawn taut over his muscular chest, stubble beard, nostrils flaring. She knew then he was the man she was going to marry. She’d settle for no less.

No one could stop her.

Not even Papa.

Elijah Buckingham would never approve of her marrying anyone without a Southern pedigree, but times were changing, she told him. Didn’t this war prove that? Course, she had never surrendered to a man, but she wanted to with this daring stranger. A yearning so strong, she could taste it. Just like in her dream. She never told anyone about her dream, that one day she’d marry a tall, fearless man who would risk everything to be with her. She’d carried her secret in her heart for so long, never believing such a man existed. His direct gaze stripped away her girlish frippery and made her feel like a woman. Made her hunger for something far more fascinating than the insipid flattery of her other beaux. She wanted him to crush her in his arms and claim her lips. Kiss her. Taste her. Love her.

Not a word came out of her mouth when he asked her to dance, breaking every rule. She was speechless. A first for her. A hush fell over the room. Ladies stopped fluttering their fans, men grumbled, everyone waiting to see what she’d do.

Then, with the sweetest smile ever seen in a Tennessee ballroom, she’d extended her hand to him and they danced. And danced. She’d paid no mind to the whispers and raised brows. Let them talk. She’d made up her mind. The Texas Ranger was her man and no tongue-wagging ladies’ group would stop her from fulfilling her heart’s desire. That didn’t mean her papa was pleased. He forbade her to see Colton, but Pauletta Sue would have none of it, outwitting him at every turn. She never doubted Colton loved her. He was a man of few words, but the way he looked at her, his brow furrowed, his blue eyes deepening into dark velvety depths, his breath coming hard when he held her in his arms, she knew.

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama. That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

I’m discovering that my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, has a lot more in common than hoop skirts with the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
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Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

 

 

PS — look for my foray into New Adult with my Kindle Worlds book ROYAL DARE:

It ain’t easy getting clean. Even for a princess.

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Episode 3: Mercy Street on PBS tonight “The Uniform” Civil War love, war and medicine

Tonight is Episode 3 of MERCY STREET: The Uniform. Can’t wait…

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama.

That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

I can hardly wait to check out the next episode tonight . . . if you missed the first episode “The New Nurse” CLICK HERE.

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
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Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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


Episode 2: Mercy Street on PBS tonight “The Haversack” . . . Civil War love, war and medicine

Tonight is Episode 2 of MERCY STREET: The Haversack. Can’t wait…

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama.

That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

I can hardly wait to check out the next episode tonight . . . if you missed the first episode “The New Nurse” CLICK HERE.

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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


1862: A beautiful Tennessee Belle meets the man of her dreams…and is forbidden to marry him

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I totally enjoyed the first episode of the new PBS series, MERCY STREET, especially the two Southern belle daughters of the owner of the hotel. What I like about Emma (she’s the daughter searching for her beau in the makeshift hospital), is that although she appears as soft as the magnolias in her lovely feminine attire, she’s not portrayed as insipid or stupid. She’s got guts.

She reminds me of my secondary heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER, Pauletta Sue. When I found this charming scene from an old film of a Confederate ball on Dreamstime.com, it reminded me of a scene in my story where Pauletta Sue meets the love of her life.

Here’s is a short excerpt from my story:

God, she’d never forget the sight of him. Tight buckskin drawn taut over his muscular chest, stubble beard, nostrils flaring. She knew then he was the man she was going to marry. She’d settle for no less.

No one could stop her.

Not even Papa.

Elijah Buckingham would never approve of her marrying anyone without a Southern pedigree, but times were changing, she told him. Didn’t this war prove that? Course, she had never surrendered to a man, but she wanted to with this daring stranger. A yearning so strong, she could taste it. Just like in her dream. She never told anyone about her dream, that one day she’d marry a tall, fearless man who would risk everything to be with her. She’d carried her secret in her heart for so long, never believing such a man existed. His direct gaze stripped away her girlish frippery and made her feel like a woman. Made her hunger for something far more fascinating than the insipid flattery of her other beaux. She wanted him to crush her in his arms and claim her lips. Kiss her. Taste her. Love her.

Not a word came out of her mouth when he asked her to dance, breaking every rule. She was speechless. A first for her. A hush fell over the room. Ladies stopped fluttering their fans, men grumbled, everyone waiting to see what she’d do.

Then, with the sweetest smile ever seen in a Tennessee ballroom, she’d extended her hand to him and they danced. And danced. She’d paid no mind to the whispers and raised brows. Let them talk. She’d made up her mind. The Texas Ranger was her man and no tongue-wagging ladies’ group would stop her from fulfilling her heart’s desire. That didn’t mean her papa was pleased. He forbade her to see Colton, but Pauletta Sue would have none of it, outwitting him at every turn. She never doubted Colton loved her. He was a man of few words, but the way he looked at her, his brow furrowed, his blue eyes deepening into dark velvety depths, his breath coming hard when he held her in his arms, she knew.

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama. That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Check out the first episode “The New Nurse” online streaming video!

I’m discovering that my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, has a lot more in common than hoop skirts with the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

 

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PS — look for my foray into New Adult with my Kindle Worlds book ROYAL DARE: It ain’t easy getting clean. Even for a princess.

I am so excited to part of Sariah Wilson’s The Royals of Monterra Kindle Worlds. If you read Sariah’s ROYAL DATE you’ll remember Princess Violetta and her down slide into drugs. When the book ends, she’s off to rehab. In ROYAL DARE, we find out what happened to Violetta. More on Thursday, January 21, 2016,  when we launch!!! Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/942114245865772/

Thanks to fellow Kindle Scouter M.R. Pritchard for this fab banner. She’s also written a Royals of Monterra story called Forgotten Princess. Check out her Facebook page for all the info!

1862 Virginia: A beautiful Civil War nurse . . . from the future

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I’m discovering that my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, has a lot more in common than hoop skirts with the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.In the excerpt here, you’ll meet my hero, Major Flynt Stephens, a Union Army physician. What he doesn’t know is that soon after this scene he’ll meet up with a very unusual soldier–a beautiful woman who nurses the wounded and who happens to be from the future . . .

Here’s is a short excerpt from my story:

Major Flynt Stephens hated this time of day. Soon twilight would descend over the white hospital tent like a greedy devil waiting to claim the men he couldn’t save. For hours he’d labored on the wounded, his hands cutting, sawing, suturing, his skill desperately needed to put these men back together, God willing. The long line of wounded and dying hadn’t stopped since the shooting ended. A new patient was brought in every few minutes and laid down on the blood stained operating table—a door ripped from its hinges and laid across two barrels. His eyes narrowed. Surely, there’d be an end to it. And if there wasn’t? Could he go on?

Yes. As long as I can still see by candlelight.

He continued his work, cutting away a soldier’s bloodied sleeve, stripping away the ripped fabric, pieces of skin sticking to it. Frustration stretching his nerves taut, he dug his fingers into the wound, afraid of what he’d find.

The incessant, loud flapping of the red flag outside the tent echoed in his ears as he worked on his patient. Ghostly sounds taunting him, whispering to him that the souls of these brave men had moved on to a better place.

Leaving their shattered, torn bodies behind.

He wondered if the poor bastards weren’t better off, far away from this rotten hellhole of pain and suffering. Here, they could still feel the pain.

But not this boy.

Saying a silent prayer, Flynt closed the young private’s eyelids. He was at peace now. The boy wasn’t more than seventeen. His abdomen split open by a screaming minié ball, a deadly bullet that a soldier could load quickly in his rifle and fire accurately. It gave warfare a whole new meaning that sickened him. He’d been shot more than once, the boy’s right arm shattered, a bone in his right leg splintered by the lead. Infection had set in, probably from skin and dirt and bits of clothing the bullet carried into the wound.

He laid aside the small bowl containing the pain killing morphine used to dust into wounds. He wouldn’t need it now. The boy was lucky he was spared the horror of losing both an arm and a leg. He’d been brought in too late to be saved. That made Flynt angry. So many young lives taken.

He shook his head in disgust. The survival rate dropped to half so long after a battle ended. Still, from early daylight till dark, he worked to put together what other men ripped apart with their cannonballs and lead bullets.

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama.

That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Check out the first episode “The New Nurse” online streaming video!

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

 

Follow me to Mercy Street on PBS tonight . . . Civil War love, war and medicine

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During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama.

That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

I can hardly wait to check out this fabulous series tonight . . . if you can’t wait, check out the first episode “The New Nurse” online streaming video!

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

===========

LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

 

Happy New Year 2016! What’s ahead for me . . . including a new YA novel in January

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2016 . . .

A year of . . .

A new YA novel in the works for January 2016 on Amazon’s Kindle Worlds. More on that as we get closer to the release date.

Can’t wait for the final season of Downton Abbey and . . .

Mercy Street — a Civil War medical drama set in Virgina 1862 just like my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER.

The show premieres on PBS on January 17th.

And writing, writing, writing.

Whether it’s poems or novellas or novels, writing is not just what I do.

It’s who I am.

Happy New Year!!

~Jina

Here’s my Civil War medical drama:

Women Soldiers in the Civil War from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
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Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner:

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

Christmas during the Civil War in 1862 from “Love Me Forever” Video about the two mistresses of Rosebriar — twins born more than 150 years apart #Christmas

Christmas during the Civil War in 1862 from “Love Me Forever” from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Christmas is the time of year when we put aside our differences and celebrate the joys of the season.

Even during the Civil War.

No better place to do that than Rosebriar Plantation on Christmas Eve 1862.

The beautiful antebellum house in Virginia has been turned into a battlefield hospital after the Battle of Fredericksburg with Union Army surgeon, Major Flynt Stephens at the helm. There they treat the wounded from both the North and the South.

There’s also a mystery afoot in the major’s eyes. He swears there are two women playing the role of his fiancée and the mistress of Rosebriar.

Identical twins.

But which is which?

Liberty (his lady in gray and a time traveler).

Or:

Pauletta Sue (belle and spy).

I hope you enjoy this excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER, my Kindle Scout winner.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!

~Jina

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December 24, 1862

Christmas Eve

Later that evening . . .

 

Flynt placed the metal star at the top of the Christmas tree.

Behind him, he could feel the stares boring into his back. Men from both sides lay huddled together in the great hall of Rosebriar, each one believing it was his tree with his Christmas star.

North or South.

He smiled. Wasn’t it Dickens who said every man should keep Christmas in his own way?

That was as it should be, he thought, stepping down from the ladder and standing back to admire the fifteen-foot-tall pine tree the soldiers had erected in the main receiving room. Peace on earth. For now. The yellow flag Flynt hung outside the grand house ensured every soldier knew it was a hospital and both Union and Confederate wounded lay inside. The fresh red,   white, and blue candles glowed brightly and the small net bundles filled with nuts and golden apples hung on the boughs of the tree. Someone had made a strand of beans and strung it around the bottom. Glass ornaments, round and blue and silver, hung on the top branches.

New-fashioned ornaments he’d bought on a whim back in medical school before the war. Who could have predicted this horrible conflict? And its casualties. Outside, a heap of amputated feet, legs, arms, and hands lay at the foot of an oak tree a few yards from the main house, waiting to be taken away.

Light, melting snow covered the pile.

But the weather was turning clear and mild.

He prayed that was a good sign and next Christmas would be different, though talk was the country was discouraged after the devastating Union loss two weeks ago at Fredericksburg. The people didn’t want to continue the war. If Burnside and the other generals couldn’t pull off a victory soon, he doubted if the government would get the support it needed to go on with the war.

That meant supplies.

Field hospitals were in want of fresh food, especially fruits and vegetables, causing cases of scurvy to break out. Rosebriar, on the other hand, had more than enough stored food and wood and, thanks to Pauletta Sue, the wounded benefited. They had fewer deaths and less cases of typhoid. It amazed him how a few changes in procedure saved so many lives.

Flynt let his gaze wander over the soldiers brought into the hall, most reclining on straw mattresses. Some had spent days in tent hospitals, lying on the frozen ground with only pine or twigs underneath their blankets. Every man able to sit up or raise his head was brought in to enjoy the Christmas celebration.

He’d never forget the look on the men’s faces when Pauletta Sue went around to each wounded soldier and gave him a small glass filled with brandy, insisting on using as many clean glasses as possible. Aunt Fairinda raised a ruckus in the kitchen, but she calmed down when she saw the men smile. He could still hear the hushed voices of his cook and the other servants oohing and aahing over the tree, saying it was just like the old days before the war started. Even Old Dan shed a tear. Surprised Virginia folk knew how to do up Christmas right, he’d said, like Tennessee folk.

And the singing.

Flynt’s heart warmed to the voices of the wounded men lifted up in the chorus of a popular holiday carol. Pauletta Sue’s light soprano rang out loud and clear. She sat at the pianoforte, her fingers skipping over the keys, turning her head and flirting with every man who caught her eye. He stood in the corner, watching her. Wanting her. His glance moving up and down her body, taking in her deep green silk dress covered with black velvet trim spread out around her, setting off her ivory-skinned beauty like emeralds surrounding a precious pearl.

The perfect mistress of Rosebriar.

Every man in the room envied him.

The real question on his mind was, was this Pauletta Sue from Tennessee?

Or his lady in gray?

It didn’t take him long to find out. Somehow, when he wasn’t looking, he swore they’d switched places. The two women were playing games with him. The lady in gray tended to the soldiers earlier, then the real Pauletta Sue took her place to entertain the officers.

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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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And don’t forget MERCY STREET on PBS, also about Civil War medicine beginning in January 2016!

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