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Happy Veterans Day: A soldier, a little girl and her mom, and a Christmas Piano Tree

Veterans Day is for healing…let’s not forget our wounded warriors who suffer not only the physical pains of war, but the mental as well.

PTSD was first talked about during the Civil War by physicians who described it as nostalgia, while others believed it was a disturbance of a soldier’s mental capabilities caused by severe trauma to the brain.

After World War II, John Huston directed a documentary called Let There Be Light, about the care of soldiers with mental disturbances suffered during wartime.

These are wounds you do not see.

But they are very real to the soldier with PTSD.

In my holiday romance, “The Christmas Piano Tree,” the hero, Sgt. Jared Milano, is a wounded warrior suffering from PTSD from his last mission in Afghanistan:

“His brain went into freefall and he couldn’t stop it. No matter how hard he tried, how much he squeezed his mind, the memory stayed lost in a thick, suffocating fog swirling around in his head.

Lost.

Dead and forgotten.

Angry, frustrated, he tried to reach out and grab it, but whatever his buddy said to him before he died remained silent and still in his mind.

When would he remember? When?”

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The Christmas Piano Tree” is the story of a pretty young war widow who re-discovers the magic of the holiday season with the help of a homeless vet and an old piano. And Rachel, her little girl, who believes that Christmas just isn’t Christmas without a tree.

Even if it is a piano.

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I’ll never forget the Christmas I spent stationed overseas in a small town in Italy. The hot chocolate and cookies I baked and gave to the soldiers who signed up for my Christmas Eve Midnight Mass tour. Off we went on that wintery night in an old military school bus…

We were a motely group of military and Special Services personnel attending the service in a medieval cathedral that was cold and damp, but filled with song and hope for a better future.

Many of those men had seen the horrors of combat and suffered from PTSD (what we called DSS–delayed-stress syndrome–back then). Their stories as they told them to me have stayed with me always…

Thank you for spending part of your Veterans Day here with me. We thank all those who have served for their courage and bravery in keeping us and our families safe. God bless you.

~Jina

The Christmas Piano Tree is available on Kindle and KindleUnlimited.

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My GPS took me to wrong ball! Calling my Fairy Godmother…on #NationalPumpkinDay

Happy Pumpkin Day! 

Since it’s Pumpkin Day, I couldn’t resist putting together this fun graphic.

Here’s a Cinderella who went to the wrong ball when her GPS messed up:

Look what Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother brought her to make up for her Oh, yeah…

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For the holidays: 99 cents!!

If 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.

Sweet Holiday Romance “The Christmas Piano Tree” on #SweetestDay #FREE

Sweetest Day started out as a sweet day in 1916 literally – Candy Day.

I’d like to celebrate  this day with another sweet.

Sweet Romance.

My holiday romance THE CHRISTMAS PIANO TREE is a ***FREE sweet treat today Saturday, October 21, 2017.

It’s the story of a wounded warrior and a soldier’s widow:

Kristen Delaney is a cookie baker and works in a girl’s school in Kissing Creek, Kentucky. She’s been feeding homeless vets with leftover food as a way of keeping her husband’s memory alive (he was killed in Afghanistan)–this is a very difficult Christmas Eve for her and her little girl Rachel…until this soldier shows up!!

Here’s a short scene where we first meet him. Kristen gets a funny feeling when she sees a tall man walking toward her…

“She pulled her steering wheel hard to the right to avoid colliding with the tall man bundled up in a black field jacket and khaki pants, a duffel bag strapped on his back, his broad shoulders dusted with falling snow.

“She stuck her head out of the window to give him a piece of her mind and then stopped.

“Something about him made her stare at him. He had that swagger she knew so well. Military. Seeing him touched a nerve. Another homeless vet. Kristen shook her head, understanding. He was the third one this week looking for a hot meal.

“Not surprising on Christmas Eve.”

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The Christmas Piano Tree” is the story of a pretty young war widow who re-discovers the magic of the holiday season with the help of a homeless vet and an old piano.

***FREE today on  Amazon Kindle

Thanks for stopping by!

~Jina

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A Soldier’s Italian Christmas: Video Excerpt from Chapter 1 of a forbidden romance during WW 2 in war torn Italy

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas”   ***FREE today Saturday October 14, 2017*** 
O’Casey Brothers in Arms 1

December 1943
Italy

Two days before Christmas, Captain Mack O’Casey gets separated from his unit during battle. He makes a wrong turn and finds himself in a small bombed-out village called Monte D’Oro Rose. It appears to be deserted. It isn’t. A beautiful young woman is watching his every move…

Who is she? You’ll find out in this Video Excerpt from Chapter One of A Soldier’s Italian Christmas

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Excerpt from Chapter One of “A Soldier’s Italian Christmas:”

“American?” Her voice changed. “Oh, thank God,” she said in English.

Mack turned around slowly and saw a young woman holding a gun on him. She bent down and turned up the wick on the lantern sitting on the ground and light flooded the small courtyard. He didn’t breathe until he was certain she wouldn’t shoot him. Dark, beautiful eyes flecked with amber sucked the fatigue right out of him.

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Here is my special video excerpt with lots of photos and my voiceover. It’s 11 minutes long–I cover the first few pages of Chapter One…it was quite a challenge.

I hope you enjoy it.

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas: Excerpt from Chapter One from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Jina

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O’Casey Brothers in Arms 1

December 1943 Italy

He is a U.S Army captain, a battle-weary soldier who has lost his faith.

She is a nun, her life dedicated to God.

Together they are going to commit an act the civilized world will not tolerate.

They are about to fall in love.

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas is a holiday novella sweet romance available on Amazon Kindle

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas”   ***FREE today Saturday October 14, 2017*** 

The Magic Christmas Train has left the station . . .

 

Today I want to say a big THANK YOU to everyone who nominated my Kindle Scout book, The Magic Christmas Train, and who tweeted and shared the link.

My book is in review right now . . .

I’ll be updating this page as soon as I have word!!

Again, thank you!!

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My heroine Kate in The Magic Christmas Train receives a letter years after the war from an army buddy of her fiance, who was killed overseas in the European theater. It’s that letter that sets into motion her trip back through time from 1955 to 1943:

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.

In 1943.

An old letter written after the war on army stationery brought me here. A chance to save the life of the man I loved. We were going to be married, but he was called up for active duty and was killed. The letter details why the mission went wrong. If I warn him back in this time, can I save his life?

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Day 30 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and LAST DAY to nominate my story

Last day for my Kindle Scout campaign for The Magic Christmas Train and what a journey it’s been.

Christmas on the home front during WW II was so different than what we know today. There were few if any live Christmas trees because of no manpower to cut them down; no new ornaments imported, and wrapping presents was discouraged because the government needed the paper.

Rubber anything was impossible to get–from tires to girdles. Sweets for the holidays were harder to make with sugar rationing. No outdoor Christmas lights.

But as it was so often said during the war, the light came from within the souls of the good people who never wavered in their support for the men and women who served in the Armed Forces.

I tried to show that spirit in my WW II time travel romance, The Magic Christmas Train, through the eyes of the folks in my little town of Posey Creek, Pennsylvania.

That Christmas season was a very special one for my heroine, Kate Arden. Like so many women, she lost her man in the fighting overseas.

But she never stopped loving him. And somehow, years later, she travels back to 1943 on a magic train to save him.

For the light in her heart for this special man never went out. Maybe that was the magic that made her journey back through time possible.

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It all starts when Kate receives a letter years after the war from an army buddy of her fiancé who was killed overseas in the European theater. It’s that letter that sets into motion her trip back through time from 1955 to 1943:

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On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.

In 1943.

An old letter written after the war on army stationery brought me here. A chance to save the life of the man I loved. We were going to be married, but he was called up for active duty and was killed. The letter details why the mission went wrong. If I warn him back in this time, can I save his life?

Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for me?

Kindle Scout is where you choose which books are published!

If the book(s) you nominate are chosen for publication, then you receive a FREE advance copy from Amazon.

Check out my Kindle Scout book “The Magic Christmas Train.” It’s a holiday Time Travel romance:

Imagine if you could go back to a special Christmas, see family and friends you miss, and change the course of your life . . . and save the man you love from being killed overseas during World War 2.

So hop aboard the Magic Christmas Train and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

Thank you!!

Jina

PS – if you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you. A hot, sexy hero, a time traveling heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

*************LAST DAY to nominate The Magic Christmas Train************ my campaign ends Monday October 2, 2017 EDT.

Day 29 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and going back in time to meet the Troop Trains

Is your trip necessary?

Read the familiar poster hung inside the rail car during WW II. Civilians were encouraged not to ride the trains so servicemen and women heading to camp and overseas or going home on furlough could find a seat aboard the crowded trains.

The government moved more than 2 million men a month on trains.

The men got hungry, bored, restless, and missed home.

So the ladies of many small towns like Posey Creek,  Pennsylvania would meet the trains on their ten-minute stops so the locomotive could take on water. They served up cookies and coffee, newspapers, even razors to the men aboard the trains.

My heroine, Kate Arden, gets on the train in 1955, but when she gets off, she’s in 1943.

What happens to Kate is a chance to go home again . . .

. . . but can she change the future and save the man she loves from being killed in the war?

Find out in The Magic Christmas Train.

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My heroine, Kate, in The Magic Christmas Train, receives a letter years after the war from an army buddy of her fiance, who was killed overseas in the European theater. It’s that letter that sets into motion her trip back through time from 1955 to 1943.

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On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.

In 1943.

An old letter written after the war on army stationery brought me here. A chance to save the life of the man I loved. We were going to be married, but he was called up for active duty and was killed. The letter details why the mission went wrong. If I warn him back in this time, can I save his life?

Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for me?

Kindle Scout is where you choose which books are published!

If the book(s) you nominate are chosen for publication, then you receive a FREE advance copy from Amazon.

Check out my Kindle Scout book “The Magic Christmas Train.” It’s a holiday Time Travel romance:

Imagine if you could go back to a special Christmas, see family and friends you miss, and change the course of your life . . . and save the man you love from being killed overseas during World War 2.

So hop aboard the Magic Christmas Train and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

Thank you!!

Jina

PS – if you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you. A hot, sexy hero, a time traveling heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

*************2 days left to nominate The Magic Christmas Train************ my campaign ends Monday October 2, 2017.

Day 28 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and why women gave up their Girdles during WW II

 

Why would any woman give up her girdle in 1943?

Because it might save a soldier’s life.

One simple word: Rubber.

Before ladies went au naturel, you could buy a girdle from a mail order catalog for about $5.95. Not cheap. From what I can find out, that would be $85.00 in 2017.

They had fancy names like Renaissance and Parisienne and were stitched up with elastic, cotton, lace, boning, and hooks. And metal zippers.

Zippers disappeared, too.

You could get a half girdle for $4.88, but that did that mean you had half a figure under control?

Then the war came.

And every ounce of rubber was needed for the war effort. The Japanese had cut off all routes to the natural rubber suppliers, so no new or virgin rubber was available.

So ladies everywhere donated their old girdles to win the war.

And save soldier’s lives.

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On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.

In 1943.

An old letter written after the war on army stationery brought me here. A chance to save the life of the man I loved. We were going to be married, but he was called up for active duty and was killed. The letter details why the mission went wrong. If I warn him back in this time, can I save his life?

Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for me?

Kindle Scout is where you choose which books are published!

If the book(s) you nominate are chosen for publication, then you receive a FREE advance copy from Amazon.

Check out my Kindle Scout book “The Magic Christmas Train.” It’s a holiday Time Travel romance:

Imagine if you could go back to a special Christmas, see family and friends you miss, and change the course of your life . . . and save the man you love from being killed overseas during World War 2.

So hop aboard the Magic Christmas Train and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

Thank you!!

Jina

PS – if you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you. A hot, sexy hero, a time traveling heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

*************3 days left to nominate The Magic Christmas Train************ my campaign ends Monday October 2, 2017.

Day 27 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and Letters from a War Zone

Dear Mom,

Today was like yesterday. Up before dawn, check your rifle, pray your socks were dry, and then go on patrol. The enemy could be anywhere, but what gets me through the days are your letters . . . and your peanut butter cookies. And the love that goes into making them . . .

My darling wife,

We lost two men on morning patrol. I wanted to cry when Pvt. Simkins bought the farm. He’d just gotten a package filled with his mother’s peanut butter cookies . . . I pray I’ll be home for next Christmas and I can kiss you under the mistletoe and bounce Timmy on my knee. Till then, I dream of you every night . . .

 

Dearest Sarah,

I’m on guard duty tonight, angel, but I had to write to you and tell you how much I miss you. We’ve had an awful week with the enemy shelling us nonstop and the captain getting busted up so bad they sent him home to his wife and kid, but it doesn’t stop me from thinking of you. It’s colder than hell here, but your letters make me melt inside like my ma’s warm molasses on biscuits . . .

Letters.

More important than anything to the men and women in the middle of a war zone. The snippets above could be from any branch of the service, but letter writing was so important to them they’d do it anywhere they could. A foxhole, a bombed-out church, a submarine.

My heroine, Kate, in The Magic Christmas Train, receives a letter years after the war from an army buddy of her fiance, who was killed overseas in the European theater. It’s that letter that sets into motion her trip back through time from 1955 to 1943:

 

On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.

In 1943.

An old letter written after the war on army stationery brought me here. A chance to save the life of the man I loved. We were going to be married, but he was called up for active duty and was killed. The letter details why the mission went wrong. If I warn him back in this time, can I save his life?

Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for me?

Kindle Scout is where you choose which books are published!

If the book(s) you nominate are chosen for publication, then you receive a FREE advance copy from Amazon.

Check out my Kindle Scout book “The Magic Christmas Train.” It’s a holiday Time Travel romance:

Imagine if you could go back to a special Christmas, see family and friends you miss, and change the course of your life . . . and save the man you love from being killed overseas during World War 2.

So hop aboard the Magic Christmas Train and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

Thank you!!

Jina

PS – if you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you. A hot, sexy hero, a time traveling heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

*************4 days left to nominate The Magic Christmas Train************ my campaign ends Monday October 2, 2017.

Day 26 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and the Battle of the Videos

Video # 1:

The Magic Christmas Train from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Video # 2:

The Magic Christmas Train tells the story of a small town in December 1943 from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Writing and talking about World War II has a big advantage. There is a lot of vintage material available for visual graphics and making videos. You can see how I used vintage photos I colorized to tell the story of The Magic Christmas Train in video #1.

In video # 2, I took a more modern approach and used characters that had a 1940s “feel” about them, but are recent photos*. I admit, I put an undershirt on my hero because a bare chested hunk didn’t look right (though it worked for Clark Gable in “It Happened One Night” years earlier. When he wasn’t wearing an undershirt, sales plummeted).

So, here’s my question: do you prefer a video with original 1940s photos or newer photos with the feel of the era? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

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*RF photos I purchased from Dreamstime.com

army stationery is original from WW II

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On a cold December day in 1955, I got on a train to go back home for Christmas.

This is the story of what happened when I got off that train.

In 1943.

An old letter written after the war on army stationery brought me here. A chance to save the life of the man I loved. We were going to be married, but he was called up for active duty and was killed. The letter details why the mission went wrong. If I warn him back in this time, can I save his life?

Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for me?

Kindle Scout is where you choose which books are published!

If the book(s) you nominate are chosen for publication, then you receive a FREE advance copy from Amazon.

Check out my Kindle Scout book “The Magic Christmas Train.” It’s a holiday Time Travel romance:

Imagine if you could go back to a special Christmas, see family and friends you miss, and change the course of your life . . . and save the man you love from being killed overseas during World War 2.

So hop aboard the Magic Christmas Train and meet the Arden Family doing their best to support the troops during that Christmas of 1943.

Thank you!!

Jina

PS – if you ever wanted to go home again . . . this is the story for you. A hot, sexy hero, a time traveling heroine who tries to save him, and the magic of a small town Christmas . . . and plenty of good food!

*************5 days left to nominate The Magic Christmas Train************ my campaign ends Monday October 2, 2017.

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