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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*** 

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A Soldier’s Italian Christmas — TY to everyone!! FREE Oct 13 and Oct 14 — Fri and Sat

A Soldier’s Italian Christmas from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Sooo thankful to everyone who nominated my Kindle Scout book The Magic Christmas Train . . . it wasn’t chosen and I wanted to do something to say “Thank you,” so for Friday and Saturday, Oct 13 & 14, my WW II Christmas novella “A Soldier’s Italian Christmas” will be FREE!

It takes place around the same time — Dec 1943 when the Allies were pushing north in Italy . . . when an American captain makes a wrong turn and ends up in a bombed out village . . . and meets a beautiful nun.

It’s got forbidden sweet romance, stolen art, Nazis, and a whole lotta snow.
Thank you again for your support!

Art stolen by the Nazis figures predominately in my romance novella “A Soldier’s Italian Christmas.”

Sister Angelina discovers what the Nazis are up to and risks her life to save the art treasures. Here she is in the Monastery of Monte D’Oro Rose.

© Induka11 | Dreamstime.com

© Induka11 | Dreamstime.com

Sister Angelina and Capt. Mack O’Casey are spying on the brutal Nazi major in this scene through a peephole from their hiding place:

Excerpt:

The library was filled with drunken Nazis.

Angelina focused on the outrageous behavior of the German officer with the pretty brunette on his lap. Ines. “Oh, my Lord…” she whispered, and then blessed herself. Major von Arx sat at the long table where the monks prayed, running his fingers up and down the girl’s shiny, smooth stockings. Silk. Ines let out a breathy sigh when he parted her thighs and his hand dove under her skirt.

Embarrassed, the young nun looked away from the spy hole.

Oh, the shame. What would the captain think if he saw her watching them?

“What is it, Sister?”

“Nothing but the devil at play,” she said, her cheeks flaming.

“Your words intrigue me.” The captain put his eye to the peephole and smirked. “Are you certain he doesn’t know we’re watching him?”

“Yes, but we must be careful he doesn’t see us. The peephole was hidden by priceless Renaissance paintings,” she said, wishing she’d never brought him here. “Until the Nazi major stole them.”

“Stole them?”

“Yes. The German officer ordered his guards to remove the paintings and ready them for transport. For the Fuehrer, he said. Two days ago, I hid in the tower and watched his men leave through the narrow passage and head down the mountain with mules packed with wooden crates.”

“Men died trying to climb these mountains, Sister,” said the captain, not trying to hide the raw edge to his voice. “Good men. Brave men. The mud, the stench of death all around us, but we kept going. For what? So this Nazi bastard could steal from the Church?”

His eyes glowed a vibrant blue more intense than a cloudless sky. Angelina felt deep into her bones here was a man of faith who could be trusted. A man who stirred her soul with the desire to feel his strong arms around her. Sweet yearnings to feel skin against skin that tore her apart. Especially at night when her small cell was dark and her cotton chemise stuck to her body drenched in sweat, feelings she didn’t understand tormenting her. The captain brought those feelings to the surface.

He was dangerous to her.

Dear God, why must you lead me into temptation?

“We must return to the orphanage so you can rest before it’s time for you to leave,” she said. It saddened her to send him on his way, but she must. “I will lead you through the secret passage down the mountain. From there you can take the road north to Rome. I will see to it Marcello brings you the abbot’s finest wine to take with you on your journey.”

“Do you think God would approve?” he said with a grin.

“Yes, though He doesn’t always approve of what I’ve done.”

“Are you telling me the sweet angel before me is not what she seems?”

Angelina blinked. Had he guessed her secret?

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What is Angelina’s secret? Find out in A Soldier’s Italian Christmas.”

Coming up on Saturday: an extended video excerpt from Chapter One of A Soldier’s Italian Christmas.” 

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.

Day 25 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and the item of clothing not rationed during World War II

Hats.

Clothing was rationed. Shoes. Rubber galoshes impossible. All rubber items, including tires, were not available. Period.

So unless you were a duck, your feet got wet in the rain or snow, or you wore synthetic rainboots.

But hats? Now that was a different story.

Hats had no restrictions.

Feathers, veils, bells, ribbons, hoods, hanging pearls, velvet draping . . . the list goes on.

So the next time you watch a film from the 1940s, check out the hats and enjoy!

 

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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!

Day 24 Kindle Scout Campaign: The Magic Christmas Train and what you must pack to go through time

 

So many times you don’t have a chance to pack before you hit the time portal — whoosh! You fly right through without even passing a security check.

Not so on the Magic Christmas Train.

You board the train to go somewhere with your bags, but you end going someplace you never dreamed.

Back in time.

So what is the most important thing to pack besides your toothbrush? (not always available in every time portal)

Your imagination.

The most important tool you have in your arsenal when you travel back through time. It will never let you down, won’t abandon you when things get tough, and will save in the nick of time when it looks like all is lost!

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Got a sec?

If you like holiday stories I could sure use your nomination to get back on HOT list with my Kindle Scout book “The Magic Christmas Train.”

You get a FREE copy if it’s selected! Thank you so much.

https://kindlescout.amazon.com/p/2KIO6Y23OFN2J

Jina

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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!

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