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Pink Hibiscus: An Army Nurse’s letter to her sister on December 7, 1941

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What was life like on the home front during WW 2? Find out in CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — info at the end of story

Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

December 7, 1941 7:30 a.m.

Dear Peggy,

I’m bustin’ with news to tell you, little sister. I only have a few minutes before my shift at the hospital starts, pink_hibiscus_couple_moonso bear with me.

I don’t know where to begin. It all happened so fast. I met Jimmy at the Officers’ Club when I first got here last summer and the handsome Army Air Force lieutenant asked me to dance. The band was playing Moonlight Serenade and before I knew it he had his arms around me, holding me so tight I couldn’t breathe.

Then he kissed me. Oh, it was so romantic. The warm night breeze blowing in off the ocean, the smell of pink hibiscus making me wild with desire, his hand reaching under my long evening gown and sliding up my thigh. Then he picked me up in his arms and carried me down to the beach and we…

7:45 a.pink_hibiscus_nurse_phonem. Sorry, I got called away by the nurse-in-charge. She was worried about a patient wheezing and coughing. She thought it might be pneumonia. Just a couple of nurses on duty this morning, so she asked me to help her with paperwork.

I was disappointed, seeing how I haven’t had much chance to use my nursing skills since I’ve been here. Still, Pearl is the best duty an Army nurse could wish for. We get a few pilots scraped up after a rough landing or with a bad hangover, but it’s mostly sunny days and balmy nights.

I bet you and Mom were all bundled up when you did this year’s Christmas shopping at Wanamaker’s. I love walking down Market Street with all the holiday decorations. The soft, white snow landing on top of the pretzel man’s cart. The hot cocoa with Mom’s fresh whipped cream.

I miss you and the family so much, but don’t worry about me, I’m having the best time of my life. I’ve nearly worn out the soles on my new high-heeled pumps dancing every night with Jimmy. Here’s my news, he…

7:55 a.m. Something’s happening, Peggy, something awful.

Sirens going off, a loud explosion, and everyone’s scrambling. I’ll write more later. I’ve got to get back to my patients. They’re jumping out of bed and yelling for their pants.

We’re under attack . . . oh, God, what’s happening?

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11:30 p.m.

It’s over. For now. A mad, insane day that I shall never forget . . . But my job is just beginning. I wish I could call you on the telephone and hear your voice, tell you that I’m okay, but that’s impossible, so I’ll write everything dopink_hibiscus_nurse_clipboardwn as fast as I can. Here’s what happened earlier today on December 7, 1941 . . .

The second wave of the surprise attack lasted until nearly 10 a.m.

I haven’t stopped since then and I’d still be racing from one patient to the next if the nurse-in-charge hadn’t insisted I get some rest. First, I’ll give you detailed account before I grab a few minutes of sleep, then go back on duty. My thoughts are scattered, so bear with me.

By the time you read this, you’ll know the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on a quiet Sunday morning at 7:55 a.m. I was recording a patient’s vitals when a soldier with a broken leg asked me to help him stand up. Sweat beaded on his forehead and he looked real nervous. Said he heard something that didn’t sound right. Planes flying overhead that weren’t ours. I thought he was joking, then I looked out the big, square hospital window—

Oh, my God, Peggy, I don’t know how to describe what I saw. Planes roaring overhead with red suns emblazoned on them. Loud, ear-splitting explosions. Black plumes of smoke swirling into the sky like a death flower.

It was maddening. Fear choked my throat. My body went numb. Hot tears spilled onto my cheeks. I wiped them away with defiance. Nurses don’t cry.pink_hibiscus_nurse_soldier I let go with a long shudder. I don’t know what came over me. Fear, I guess, but I was okay now.

Duty came first.

This was what I’d spent years studying for, watching, observing, the sleepless nights working in the emergency room in the big Philadelphia hospital. It all came together for me in that moment. Thank God. Within minutes, the wounded came pouring in. Carried in on anything sturdy enough to hold them. The sound of antiaircraft fire ringing in our ears, bombs exploding outside and shaking the walls.

I don’t want to shock you, but you and those at home must know what we’re up against in this war. The pain, the horror. Men missing limbs. Bloodied wounds. Ugly burns with exposed flesh. Others in shock.

We had no electricity, no elevators to transport the wounded to surgery. Not enough nurses. Supplies running out fast. But we did it. We saved as many lives as we could and prayed for those we couldn’t. I went from one patient to the next, never stopping until—

I saw him. My lieutenant. Carrying a wounded soldier on his back, blood splattered all over his uniform. “Jimmy, Jimmy!” I yelled out, trying to get his attention.

“Kitty . . . “

He looked so relieved to see me it made me tear up. I could see in his eyes he wanted to hold me close to him, never let me go. I wanted to feel his warmth, smell his woodsy, masculine scent. Prove to myself he was here, alive.

My patient came first. After I stabilized the wounded man, Jimmy held me in his arms and pulled off my nurse’s cap, and then ran his fingers through my hair.

“Thank God, you’re okay, Kitty,” he said, his lips brushing my cheek. He told me we lost several battleships and more than a hundred planes, but that wasn’t going to stop him. He was going to get into the air no matter what he had to do. Drive all over the island until he found a P36 gassed up and ready to go.

He cupped my chin and said,  “I’ll be seeing you, babe.”

I smiled up at him. “I’ll be waiting.” Then he left. I blew him a kiss. I knew what he was thinking. He had his job and I had mine. Whatever words and soft kissepink_hibiscus_flags we’d exchanged under the swaying palms would have to wait.

We were at war.

And God willing, we’d be together again soon.

But nothing will erase what happened here on this Sunday morning at Pearl Harbor, the sun bright yellow and hot. Then the sky became dark with enemy planes set on destroying us and our way of life.

My heart is so heavy with the pain of what I saw today. The suffering and the dying. It’s my job and the job of every serviceman and woman to stop them before they reach our home shores.

You have a job, too, Peggy. Take care of Mom and Dad, and tell them not to worry about me.

I know everyone will do whatever they can so our fighting men can return home safe.

I can’t wait until I see you all again. When this horrible mess is over, we’ll sit under the old apple tree and eat bonbons and I’ll show you the prettiest engagpink_hibiscus_kissingement ring you ever saw.

Yes, that’s my surprise. Jimmy asked me to marry him.

Till then, little sister, pray for me. And our boys fighting what some say will be a long, hard battle.

But we’ll win. We have to.

For the sake of free men and women everywhere.

Love, your big sister,

Kitty

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I hope you enjoyed reliving the events of December 7, 1941 through Kitty’s eyes. She came to me in an instant when I wanted to write a tribute to the brave men and women at Pearl Harbor and told her story to me. I couldn’t type fast enough…

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Enjoy a trip back to Posey Creek, PA during WW 2 on the home front as Kate Arden prepares for the holidays…until her world comes crashing down when her fiancé ships overseas in ‘Christmas Once Again’.

Available at e-tailers everywhere…print and audio book, too.

Find out more in CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN E-book links:

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Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front with my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN 

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On a cold December day in 1955, Kate Arden got on a train to go home for Christmas. This is the story of what happened when she got off that train. In 1943. In 1943 Kate Arden was engaged to the man she loved, Jeffrey Rushbrooke. She was devastated and heartbroken when he was called up for wartime duty and later killed on a secret mission in France.

But what if Kate could change that? What if she could warn him and save his life before Christmas? Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for her?

Christmas Once Again is a sweeping, heartbreakingly romantic novel – it’s one woman’s chance to follow a different path and mend her broken heart… ———–

What readers are saying about Christmas Once Again:

‘A fabulous book you won’t want to miss’ ‘A really beautiful story’ ‘Found this book amazing! Would love to read more of her books.’ ‘5* from me’

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Christmas Once Again:

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UK Amazon https://amzn.to/31rF4pZ ———

Thank you for stopping by! If you like WW 2 romance, check out my holiday novella that takes place on Christmas Eve during the cold winter of 1943: “A Soldier’s Italian Christmas.”

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.

Winner in the Novella Category in the I Heart Indie contest A Soldier’s Italian Christmas is available on Kindle ~Jina

Also, my Civil War medical drama: LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited and is on sale December 7-8 for 99 cents!!

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If you love Civil War romance and time travel and TWO hunky military heroes, check out my Kindle Scout winner: LOVE ME FOREVER  on SALE for 99 cents 

She wore gray.

He wore blue.

But their love defied the boundaries of war. And time.

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Happy Halloween! My Speed Date with a Vampire

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Turned off by online dating?

Friends fixing you up?

Try speed dating.

I did.

And I found the most gorgeous vampire.

My Speed Date with a Vampire.

A short story to die for…

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meet Count di Romanzo, a vampire to die for

And here’s a BONUS for you! My Speed Date Vampire . . .

Oh, yum! Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front with my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN  
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On a cold December day in 1955, Kate Arden got on a train to go home for Christmas.
This is the story of what happened when she got off that train. In 1943.
In 1943 Kate Arden was engaged to the man she loved, Jeffrey Rushbrooke. She was devastated and heartbroken when he was called up for wartime duty and later killed on a secret mission in France.
But what if Kate could change that? What if she could warn him and save his life before Christmas?
Or will fate have a bigger surprise in store for her?
Christmas Once Again is a sweeping, heartbreakingly romantic novel – it’s one woman’s chance to follow a different path and mend her broken heart…
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What readers are saying about Christmas Once Again:
‘A fabulous book you won’t want to miss’
‘A really beautiful story’
‘Found this book amazing! Would love to read more of her books.’
‘5* from me’
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Christmas Once Again:
US Amazon https://amzn.to/2pcz2eN 
UK Amazon https://amzn.to/31rF4pZ

 

 

 

LAST DAY for Summer Love Romance Giveaway…and Vintage WW2 photos for #LiptsickDay

Summer Love

All-Genres Romance Giveaway 

July 9-29

Kindle Fire 7 • Kate Spade Book Tote • Amazon Gift Cards • Ebook Prize Packs

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Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer love? Enter our giveaway and you could win a Kindle Fire to load up with a dozen new summer flings, Amazon gift card, e-book prize pack, or a sweet Kate Spade book tote!

Then, shop our book fair and you’ll definitely find that next summer crush. All ebooks priced at 2.99 or less, some FREE. We even have a bonus scavenger hunt giveaway!

And a Book Fair: My New Year’s Eve COME FLY WITH ME is only 99 cents!

(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

A.K. Shelley • Amanda Uhl • Bernadette Rowley • CB Samet • Clarissa Lake • Debbie White • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Eliza Watson • Elizabeth Rose • Em Petrova • Emberly Hart • Grace Roberts • J. L. Campbell • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jami Denise • JC Andrijeski • Jina Bacarr • Joan Reeves • Karen D. Bradley • Karen Michelle Nutt • Koko Brown • Lane Hart • Laura A. Barnes • Leslie Scott • Linda Mooney • M.C. Cerny • Mary Morgan • Michelle Dalton • Mimi Barbour • Naleighna Kai • Penelope Wylde • Regan Walker • Rhondi Ann • River Ames • S.L. Sterling • Samantha Holt • Shaylin Gandhi • Soraya Naomi • Stella Marie Alden • Stephanie Queen • Suzanne Jenkins • Tamara Ferguson • Theresa Paolo • Tracey Cramer-Kelly • Vivien Jackson


Special for LIPSTICK DAY!

Check out my Instagram story featuring vintage photos I’ve colorized to show off the beautiful lipsticks of the 1940s and learn more about Christmas Once Again my WW2 time travel romance.

Click on my photo on my Instagram page to hear my Lipstick Story and see all the photos: https://www.instagram.com/jinabacarr/

 

NEWS!!! on my Boldwood Books debut CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN

Pub Date: October 10, 2019

 

CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN is a cozy, homey Christmas story in a place I know well — but also filled with the angst and longing of a determined woman who goes back to 1943 to save the man she loves from being betrayed during a mission in France…and then lost to her.

Stay tuned for more!

 

Summer Love Romance Giveaway and Come Fly with Me for 99 cents! And news about my Christmas WW 2 Time Travel Romance for Boldwood Books

 

Check this out: My novella COME FLY WITH ME is part of the book fair!

Why spend New Year’s alone when you can fly first class with a sexy billionaire?

Summer Love

All-Genres Romance Giveaway 

July 9-29

Kindle Fire 7 • Kate Spade Book Tote • Amazon Gift Cards • Ebook Prize Packs

https://bookwrapt.com/summer-love-romance-giveaway/ 

Who hasn’t dreamed of a summer love? Enter our giveaway and you could win a Kindle Fire to load up with a dozen new summer flings, Amazon gift card, e-book prize pack, or a sweet Kate Spade book tote!

Then, shop our book fair and you’ll definitely find that next summer crush. All ebooks priced at 2.99 or less, some FREE. We even have a bonus scavenger hunt giveaway!

(This giveaway is sponsored by the authors listed below)

A.K. Shelley • Amanda Uhl • Bernadette Rowley • CB Samet • Clarissa Lake • Debbie White • E.B. Black • Eichin Chang-Lim • Eliza Watson • Elizabeth Rose • Em Petrova • Emberly Hart • Grace Roberts • J. L. Campbell • Jacqueline Diamond • Jacquie Biggar • Jami Denise • JC Andrijeski • Jina Bacarr • Joan Reeves • Karen D. Bradley • Karen Michelle Nutt • Koko Brown • Lane Hart • Laura A. Barnes • Leslie Scott • Linda Mooney • M.C. Cerny • Mary Morgan • Michelle Dalton • Mimi Barbour • Naleighna Kai • Penelope Wylde • Regan Walker • Rhondi Ann • River Ames • S.L. Sterling • Samantha Holt • Shaylin Gandhi • Soraya Naomi • Stella Marie Alden • Stephanie Queen • Suzanne Jenkins • Tamara Ferguson • Theresa Paolo • Tracey Cramer-Kelly • Vivien Jackson

 

NEWS!!! on my Boldwood Books debut CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN

Pub Date: October 10, 2019

I don’ t have a cover yet . . . but I can tell you that nylons play an important part in my story in Ch 1 — they were rationed during WW 2 . . . here’s a vintage RF photo I colorized of girls getting their legs painted since they couldn’t get nylons.

I’ll be posting vintage colorized photos. It’s quite a challenge to “paint” these old photos — but I wanted to open the door to WW 2 like opening the door to Oz and seeing how the folks on the home front did their best to win the war — in color.

Imagine daily life with a party telephone line or shoes being rationed…l’ll be taking you on a trip back in time with interesting b.g. stuff about life during WW 2 as I introduce you to the Arden family in Posey Creek, Pennsylvania.

CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN is a cozy, homey Christmas story in a place I know well — but also filled with the angst and longing of a determined woman who goes back to 1943 to save the man she loves from being betrayed during a mission in France…and then lost to her.

Stay tuned for more!

 

My Excellent New Adventure in Publishing…with BOLDWOOD Books

I’m so excited to part of the Boldwood Books Author list

It’s so exciting to be a part of this new adventure.

So hold tight and I’ll give you all the fab details.

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Boldwood Books is a fab publisher in London.

Here’s the scoop about Boldwood Books with all their wonderful authors…including me!

Amazing…

 

My first book with Boldwood is a WW 2 Christmas story about love lost and time travel…what if you could go back in time and save the man you love from being killed on a secret mission in France?

My heroine, Kate Arden, gets that chance.’

Check back for updates — and also, I’ll be talking more about Boldwood and their authors. First book releases are in August 2019

My Excellent New Adventure in Publishing…we’re almost there!

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 all will be revealed.

And yes, it’s exciting to be a part of this new adventure.

So hold tight and I’ll see you soon with all the fab details.

Countdown to My Excellent New Adventure in Publishing…

Yes, I’ve been posting on Instagram about my new publishing adventure — and I can’t reveal all yet.

But soon!!

On Tuesday, June 18, 2019 all will be revealed.

I’ve been busy making a short video for the publisher’s website using my phone…and putting together pretty graphics…and edits on the m/s are coming…well, you know the drill. And yes, it’s exciting to be a part of this new adventure.

So hold tight and I’ll see you soon with all the fab details.

Come back on Tuesday, June 18, 2019 for my exciting news!! It’s amazing…

 

Wistfully waiting…and why I’m so excited about a new project

Catch up with me re: my Instagram videos…and yes, I’m waiting to receive a signed contract from a fabulous publisher. I’ll be checking back very soon with the news when I can share…

Why am I so excited?

This is an amazing opportunity to see my Women’s Fiction novel about family, love and loss, and going home again…

So, till I can share:

National Nurses Day…and a sexy doctor, too

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I couldn’t resist posting this graphic with the adorable nurse and her patients. Reminds me that nursing was a male profession during the Civil War. Women had to be over thirty and plain…and couldn’t work in the hospitals after dark. Male nurses took over the night shift.

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Which presents a problem for the time-traveling heroine in my Kindle Scout book, LOVE ME FOREVER, when she–nah, I can’t give it away, but Liberty Jordan soon finds out when she travels back to 1862 that women had a difficult time proving themselves in a man’s world. Female surgeons or doctors serving on the battlefield were completely out of the question. The Union Army refused to recruit women as physicians.

 

It doesn’t help that Liberty falls for a handsome Union Army surgeon…Major Flynt Stephens. Mmm…me, too.

LOVE ME FOREVER

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

LOVE ME FOREVER is on Amazon Kindle. 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!!

Thanks for stopping by.

~Jina

LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

 

More than 400 women fought as men during the Civil War
My heroine is one of them.

Lemonade Day during the Civil War and how a little girl saved her home…

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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 folks they encountered when they invaded a town or plantation?

Did they see their father, brother? Husband, wife? 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 soldiers in the advancing Union 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

The spunky little girl reminds me of my secondary heroine, Pauletta Sue in my story, LOVE ME FOREVER. Check out the video excerpt below featuring the belle! ON SALE May 5-7 for 99 cents!

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

 

Meet Pauletta Sue my secondary heroine — a Belle and a Rebel Spy
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