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Titanic Tuesdays: Titanic and the Passenger list that never was…

meet the Irish girl who ran away to save her life

I never miss the NBC show, Manifesta suspenseful drama about a plane that goes missing then miraculously lands with passengers and crew alive after five years.

Who was on the plane? The passengers list and the stories of those on board unfold over the first two seasons. And that’s the key. We know who was on that plane.

But the Titanic?

Well, not exactly…

No one really knows how many passengers sailed on the maiden voyage of the Titanic on April 10, 1912.

Modern historians have settled on the number 2,228 passengers, though no complete passenger list exists.

What is known are the passenger names recorded on thirty-four handwritten pages from 1912 currently stored at the National Archives in London.

A rare second class passenger list was sold at auction a few years for $33,900 (Christie’s auctioned off a first class passenger list in a booklet in 1998), but no one really know for sure who was on that ship.

Fascinating fodder for a love story… so many what ifs come to mind.

What if your heroine was traveling under an alias?

Not unusual for passengers at that time to travel under an assumed name. Like Lady Duff-Gordon and her husband traveling as the ‘Morgans’ to allegedly avoid the press; or a Frenchman who kidnapped his two children and listed himself as a Mr. ‘Hoffman.’ We can’t forget the gambler, George Brereton, who traveled first class under the alias ‘George Brayton.’

We know the Titanic wasn’t filled to capacity (the ship could hold 3,547 passengers and crew).

And since no official passenger list will ever be completely accurate, it was exciting for me to create a heroine named Ava O’Reilly because she could have been on the Titanic.

And no one would have ever known.

Until now.

You’ll meet Ava O’Reilly in The Runaway Girl, A love story on the Titanic.

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Next time on Titanic Tuesdays:  Titanic and the Irish and Ava O’Reilly

 

THE RUNAWAY GIRL, is on schedule for a March 17 pub date.

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…

When Ava O’Reilly is wrongly accused of stealing from the grand house where she is in service she has no option but to flee Ireland. The law is after her, and she has only one chance at escape – the Titanic.

Aboard the ship of dreams, she runs straight into the arms of Captain ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a dashing gentleman gambler who promises to be her protector. He is intrigued by the Irish beauty and manages to disguise her as the maid of his good friend, the lovely Countess of Marbury. Little does he realise, that the Countess is also in love with him.

As the fateful night when the Titanic hits an iceberg approaches, tragedy strikes further when Ava is separated from Buck, and must make a daring choice that will change her life forever…

A sweeping historical romance set aboard the Titanic, from the author of Christmas Once Again.’

THE RUNAWAY GIRL is now up for pre-order:

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Titanic Tuesdays: Titanic and Teddy Bears

Meet the famous teddy bear from the Titanic…

Teddy Bears, Polar Bears and Titanic, oh my.

What do teddy bears have in common with the Titanic? Let’s start with polar bears.

And a little boy who was a passenger on the Titanic.

In my novel, The Runaway Girl, my hero, Captain Lord James ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, is watching Irish girl, Ava O’Reilly, from the Promenade deck arriving on the tender, Ireland, to board the Titanic.

He’s fascinated when he sees her save the travel bag of a Jesuit novitiate from going overboard when the man of the cloth slips on the wet wooden slats and drops his bag.

Risking her own safety, Ava races after it and grabs the bag before it goes overboard.

What Ava didn’t know was that bag contained the last photos of the Titanic taken by Father Browne. One of those photos showed a picture of a little boy playing on deck. He loved playing with his polar bear.

The boy survived the Titanic, but unfortunately three years later he was killed in an auto accident. In 1913 his mother wrote a story about the boy’s favorite polar bear’s adventures, but after the tragedy it was put away and forgotten.

Until years later in 1982.

The book was published in 1994 as ‘Polar: The Titanic Bear.’

But that’s not the end of our bear story.

Teddy bears are as beloved to children as lollipops and spinning tops. They’re a comfort to a child and a fond memory long after a child grows up. In many an attic you’ll find dusty teddy bears just waiting for a child’s loving arms to hold them.

They warm the heart and comfort the soul.

Especially those who lost a loved one on the Titanic.

After the Titanic sinking in 1912, the Steiff Company in Germany manufactured six hundred black mohair teddy bears in five different sizes.

The ‘mourning bears,’ as they were called, were commissioned as a sign of respect and were sold at Harrods in London to comfort many a widow or family member who lost someone on the Titanic.

I’m sure many heartfelt prayers were said while holding one of these teddy bears.

As my heroine Ava O’Reilly says before reciting a prayer: ‘…knowing it don’t matter to Him what words a body said, only that they were true and pure.’

Next time on Titanic Tuesdays:  The Titanic passenger list that never was…  

 

THE RUNAWAY GIRL, is on schedule for a March 17 pub date.

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…

When Ava O’Reilly is wrongly accused of stealing from the grand house where she is in service she has no option but to flee Ireland. The law is after her, and she has only one chance at escape – the Titanic.

Aboard the ship of dreams, she runs straight into the arms of Captain ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a dashing gentleman gambler who promises to be her protector. He is intrigued by the Irish beauty and manages to disguise her as the maid of his good friend, the lovely Countess of Marbury. Little does he realise, that the Countess is also in love with him.

As the fateful night when the Titanic hits an iceberg approaches, tragedy strikes further when Ava is separated from Buck, and must make a daring choice that will change her life forever…

A sweeping historical romance set aboard the Titanic, from the author of Christmas Once Again.’

THE RUNAWAY GIRL is now up for pre-order:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo.

Apple Books

Titanic Tuesdays: Titanic and the Loo and a lord in a tub

Captain Lord Blackthorn, a lord in a tub

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A funny thing happened to my heroine, Ava O’Reilly, on the way to the loo when she boarded the ship of dreams. She gets a peek at first class accommodations when she runs into the dashing gentleman gambler, Captain Lord James ‘Buck’ Blackthorn. 

She can’t believe his private bathroom with its double sink and commode.

Ava also discovers Titanic’s first class passengers enjoyed such luxuries as an electric heater in their bathroom, linoleum tiles, and pure Vinolia Otto toilet soap smelling of lemon and spice.

The captain of the ship enjoyed his bath with a choice of fresh or seawater, hot or cold.

First class ladies could spend ‘female only’ time at the luxuriously appointed Turkish Baths every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The baths provided pampering such as early tanning beds called ‘electric baths.’ There was also a drinking fountain. I imagine the ladies enjoyed their privacy since there was a weighing chair in the cooling room which recorded their weight and the date so they could see if they ‘sweat’ off any pounds in the baths.

Second class cabins had problems with the faucets not functioning.

Third class or steerage had plenty of lavatories, but they didn’t wash much if the number of tubs on board is any indication.

‘I hear there are only two tubs in steerage for seven hundred passengers,’ Captain Lord Blackthorn tells her.

Ava can’t believe her ears. ‘Two tubs for all them people?’

‘Rather cozy, if you ask me.’

Captain Lord Blackthorn is quite a rogue, but he’s met his match in Ava. He soon discovers she’s quite a handful and challenges him at every turn…

Can this plucky Irish lass win the heart of a titled British gentleman?

The Titanic was called ‘the ship of dreams.’

Or is it just a shipboard romance he’s after? He’s used to a life of privilege and entertaining the most beautiful aristocratic ladies… yet he can’t forget the beautiful red-headed Irish girl.

Wealth comes with its own set of rules aboard the Titanic and the first class passengers play it for all it’s worth…will Captain Lord Blackthorn see that his world is coming to an end before it’s too late?

Before he loses Ava?

Next time on Titanic Tuesdays: The Titanic and Teddy Bears.

THE RUNAWAY GIRL, is on schedule for a March 17 pub date.

Two women hold the keys to his heart. Only one will survive that fateful night…

When Ava O’Reilly is wrongly accused of stealing from the grand house where she is in service she has no option but to flee Ireland. The law is after her, and she has only one chance at escape – the Titanic.

Aboard the ship of dreams, she runs straight into the arms of Captain ‘Buck’ Blackthorn, a dashing gentleman gambler who promises to be her protector. He is intrigued by the Irish beauty and manages to disguise her as the maid of his good friend, the lovely Countess of Marbury. Little does he realise, that the Countess is also in love with him.

As the fateful night when the Titanic hits an iceberg approaches, tragedy strikes further when Ava is separated from Buck, and must make a daring choice that will change her life forever…

A sweeping historical romance set aboard the Titanic, from the author of Christmas Once Again.’

THE RUNAWAY GIRL is now up for pre-order:

Amazon

Barnes & Noble

Kobo.

Apple Books

Liberty and Pauletta Sue on opposite sides during the Civil War

Sister against Sister during the Civil War: Love Me Forever from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

The Civil War wasn’t only brother against brother, but sister against sister . . .

Meet Liberty and Pauletta Sue in “Love Me Forever”

Two mistresses of Rosebriar: twins born more than 150 years apart

Love Me Forever is available on Kindle & Kindle Unlimited: amzn.com/B00YI8SX68

Smart Girls Grow Up . . . International Women’s Day

Women in every era have struggled for equality.

Especially during the Civil War when women bound their breasts and cut their hair and fought as men in both the Union and Confederate Armies.

Like my heroine.

In Love Me Forever.

As you can see in the excerpt below from LOVE ME FOREVER

Flynt grabbed the young officer and a flash of heat shot through him, a sensation so unexpected it shook his senses to the core.

My God, what’s this?

A woman’s breasts?

He drew back, puzzled then disturbed. Warm nights . . . silken sheets . . . perfume.

He couldn’t speak. He was dumbfounded, his entire being shaken. He couldn’t move and he could barely breathe. He struggled to keep from blurting out his discovery.

The Rebel prisoner was a female.

Would his nurse give her away? Or was she waiting for him to say something? He couldn’t. He felt a stirring within him, something he didn’t want to admit, that brought a hardness between his loins. Did he dare imagine that a beautiful woman existed under all that blood and dirt? He’d heard stories about women enlisting in the army, both North and South, and fighting as men. A good set of teeth to rip open a bullet cartridge, a trigger finger that worked, and a firm handshake was all that was required to join up. It was no secret the promise of a steady paycheck was often the reason behind such reckless female behavior.

That didn’t solve his immediate problem.

Flynt couldn’t see her face under the broad-brimmed hat, but the fullness of her breasts was quite evident when she fell against him. She was tall, making her charade as a man believable, with a leanness about her uncommon to most women he knew. Too often they bound their bodies with boned corsets and rounded hip pads.

He released her, though not willingly. Her lean figure added to her appeal. She was strong and lithe, like the mountain cats he’d hunted west of the Mississippi, but she was no country girl. Her manner of speaking, though strange to his ears, told him she was well educated.

An adventuress? Or was she a female physician? That would explain her disguise since women in the medical field were rare.

Her presence put him off balance, but he couldn’t stop a smile from curving over his lips.

Who is she? he wanted to know.

More important, what was he going to do with her?

Meet Liberty Jordan:

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

Let’s celebrate the acts of courage of women throughout the centuries on International Women’s Day!

~Jina

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

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PS — I  haven’t been posting for a while due to my computer crashing, then a second computer freezing up!

Oh, it’s been a bumpy ride, but I’m making it. Got the first computer back with most of my stuff (I use an external backup which saved me).

In the middle of all this, I’ve been working on a new project I’m so excited about. I won’t know for a while if my story will be accepted, but I’ll keep you posted!

Christmas Eve and my bad boy billionaire is about to see his whole life before him…can 3 sexy, female ghosts save his soul before it’s late?

Christmas Eve with my bad boy billionaire who will be visited by 3 sexy, female ghosts tonight…can they save his naughty soul?

First up…Ghost of Christmas Past

Next, Ghost of Christmas Present

And finally, the Ghost of Christmas Yet to Come

 

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Merry Christmas!!

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My bad boy billionaire is doing his holiday shopping at Mamie’s Club. Check out the sales!

Heading out to the mall for those last minute Christmas sales before the holiday?

I bet my bad boy billionaire Nick Radnor has other plans. Mr. One-Percenter thinks nothing of dropping $5,000 for a suit or a measly $3,000 for a bottle of champagne.

I imagine Nick is at Mamie’s, his Gentlemen’s Club, checking out the girls for his favorite past time…BDSM.

Wouldn’t it be fun if the girls at Mamie’s ran holiday sales?

So here you go. MAMIE’S deals just for you Nick Radnors out there looking for personalized Holiday BDSM treats:

Two girls wearing Christmas stockings and heels for the price of one.

Half off on caning.

Private “Strip-Mas” show at midnight for early shoppers only.

Christmas suckers wearing cherry-flavored lipstick.

And Nick’s favorite:

Christmas comes but once a year, but at Mamie’s, we guarantee you’ll come more than once, then come again!

Happy Holidays and have a Cruel Yule!!

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Can 3 sexy female ghosts save his soul on a wild Christmas Eve?
Find out in A NAUGHTY CHRISTMAS CAROL

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Our Mr. One-Percenter isn’t the only naughty one in the office: Meet Mistletoe Holly

Our Mr. One-Percenter isn’t the only naughty one in the office…

Meet Mistletoe Holly.

Holly is a saucy blonde who can’t resist stealing a kiss

from the cute guys in her office.

She hangs the holiday plant with

goldish-green leaves and

big, white berries over her head.

Strutting her stuff.

She’s a Christmas kissing bandit.

She kisses and runs.

Into the arms of the next guy.

So watch out…

If she comes to your holiday office party, she might take your man.

But not if you steal her mistletoe first…

 

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A Bad Boy Billionaire finds out he’s in big trouble when Charlie’s ghost shows up in “A Naughty Christmas Carol”

 

Bad boy billionaire Nick Radnor can be such a humbug until Charlie’s ghost shows up and warns him where his life is heading if he doesn’t change his Mr. One-Percenter ways…

Can 3 sexy female ghosts save his naughty soul on a wild Christmas Eve?

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A Bad Boy Billionaire loves to play naughty games on #GamesDay in “A Naughty Christmas Carol”

Bad boy billionaire Nick Radnor frequents Mamie’s Club where he loves to play games…

All kinds of games.

The last thing he expects to see on a whip-cracking holiday eve is the ghost of his business partner, Charlie, who warns him about where his life is headed if he doesn’t change.

Will Mr. One-Percenter see the error of his ways?

Can 3 sexy female ghosts save his naughty soul on a wild #Christmas Eve?

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