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#LeftHandersDay and my WW2 romance “Christmas Once Again”

I’m left-handed!

I’m left-handed.

It’s like living life looking through a mirror.

Everything is backward.

When I was a kid in ballet school, I got thrown out of the chorus because I always went right instead of left. I worked hard to get a solo gig so I wouldn’t run into anyone when I chasséd across the stage.

And I love Japan. They read from right to left and back to front (I was at the top of my Japanese language class since right to left is more natural to me).

Yes, it’s a pain, but I’ve learned to find the pot o’ gold in all this. Like a lot of left-handed people, I’m artistic. And I love to write. Create stories.

And therein lies the magic.

I walk through the looking glass every time I sit down to write and go off into a world only I can see. It can be funny, soulful, heart-wrenching, sad, but always romantic.

How about you? Any lefties out there?

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My heroine in CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN finds out how important eating with your left hand is for an American spy in Nazi-held France when she receives a mysterious letter after the war…

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Time travel back to Christmas 1943 on the home front

 

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th!

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.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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#VinylRecordDay and my WW2 romance “Christmas Once Again”

When a soldier found some quiet time during World War 2 to read a letter from his girl back home, most likely he was humming his favorite tune . . . a romantic melody they danced to . . . fell in love to . . . and kissed under the moonlight to on his last furlough home.

Big bands ruled the radio waves, but vinyl records of those romantic tunes were played in USO canteens and community center dances and anywhere soldiers could find a piece of home overseas.

So on VINYL RECORD DAY I want to remember those tunes and the soldiers and their sweethearts. I’ve put together some favorites from my sheet music collection from World War 2.

And now for our quiz question. What was the number one tune on the charts in August 1943?

(hint: it’s one of the pieces of sheet music in my graphic)

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Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th!

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.

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

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Answer: YOU’LL NEVER KNOW by Dick Haymes and the Song Spinners.

 

Check out my “Christmas Look Back Tree” Blog Post on A Slice of Orange

Exciting news re: my holiday Women’s Fiction novel CHRISTMAS ONCE AGAIN — release day is October 10th!

Christmas Once Again:

US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

UK: www.amazon.co.uk/Christmas-Once-Again-Jina-Bacarr-ebook/dp/B07V1QT9Z6

More info about what inspired my story on A SLICE OF ORANGE blog.

What is a Christmas Look Back Tree?

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.

Catching up with my Vision Board 2019 and Making Dreams Come True

I’m honored that Joyce Schwarz invited me to part of her Vision Board book. Check out my Instagram video for more info and here’s a preview of her book:

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Here’s my Instagram video for Make Your Dream Come True Day — check out the fun pix I added to the graphic. Love the one with me and the crystal ball.

Poetry at Work Day and the Frog who makes dreams come true

Poetry at Work Day:

The art of writing fairy tales is a joy I claim.

But frog or toad, what’s in a name?

’Tis a prince I seek at the end of my tale

And that happily ever after, but to no avail

Ah, but yes have I the power of the pen So with my snappy keystrokes

Poof! I say. He’s here. Amen!

Who’s that cute little frog sitting on my typewriter? Could he be a prince?

(check out the prince in my next video below)

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Here is the prince from my #poetryatworkday video

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I Love to Write Day and why I’m late posting . . .

Liberty Jordan travels back as a re-enactor to 1862 Antietem and falls in love with a Union Army doctor and finds her twin

I love to write day.

Wow, I’ve been working on a proposal to submit to an Open Call and I got so involved, I forgot it’s I Love to Write Day! My story is a sexy fairy tale time travel and oh, what fun!

So here’s to everyone who loves the written word . . .

I’m excited to announce that my Civil War time travel romance

LOVE ME FOREVER is on SALE for 99 cents this month of November!

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Once upon a time a little girl moved from kingdom to kingdom.
She had no time to make friends So she made up stories.
The fairy tale characters became her friends.
That little girl was me.

Happy Halloween! My Speed Date with a Vampire

Ooh, Halloween goodies and a hottie vampire date. Am I not the luckiest witch ever?

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…

COMING LATER TODAY — my AUDIO version of My Speed Date with a Vampire with my voiceover and sound effects, too!

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Come join me over at CHARMED CONNECTION Halloween Event/ from 2 – 4 pm today where I’ll premiere my short vampire story in both print and audio.

Hosted by Tari Lynn Porter-Jewett

Halloween Flash Fiction stories, recipes, games and prizes all brought to you by authors of Charmed Writers!

 

 

meet Count di Romanzo, a vampire to die for

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

Oh, yum!

1 day to go till my Speed Date with a Vampire: Count Down to Halloween with me

I am so not into speed dating until I’ve had my coffee.

1 day to go till my Speed Date with a Vampire

 

Turned off by online dating?

Friends fixing you up?

Try speed dating.

I did.

And I found the most gorgeous vampire.

Count down to #Halloween with me as we get closer to the holiday and My Speed Date with a Vampire.

A short story to die for…

Photo caption:  I am so not into speed dating until I’ve had my coffee.

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Come join me over at CHARMED CONNECTION Halloween Event/

Hosted by Tari Lynn Porter-Jewett

Five days of Halloween Flash Fiction stories, recipes, games and prizes all brought to you by authors of Charmed Writers! Oct 27 – Oct 31st.

My Speed Date with a Vampire: Video Promo

Turned off by online dating?

Friends fixing you up?

Try speed dating.

I did.

And I found the most gorgeous vampire.

Count down to Halloween with me as we get closer to the holiday and My Speed Date with a Vampire.

A short story to die for…

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Halloween Flash Fiction stories, recipes, games and prizes all brought to you by authors of Charmed Writers! Now through Oct 31st.

I’ll be hosting from 2 – 4 pm on Halloween with an AUDIO version of my vampire story as well as print.

Go to the CHARMED CONNECTION Facebook page:

me over at CHARMED CONNECTION Halloween Event/

Hosted by Tari Lynn Porter-Jewett

 

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