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The Day I became a Southern Belle on “Tell a Story Day”

Tell_Me_Story_Day_Fan_closeupIt’s Tell a Story Day so here’s a story about how a scene in my Kindle Scout winner, “Love Me Forever,” was born when I was a little girl…

Who doesn’t love to go to a ball? I remember when I was 11 years old and I had the chance to go to a fancy dress ball in Lexington KY at a big mansion (my mother was invited and brought me with her). I had to sit in the corner and just watch, but I’ll never forget the pretty dresses the girls wore.

Big skirts and lace and crinolines.

And the handsome young men. When a young man asked me to dance, I almost died. My mom said it was okay. The young man took my hand and we glided across the hardwood floor, my chin up, my feet barely touching the ground.

It was then I knew I wanted to be a Southern belle. My character, Pauletta Sue, was born that night. Course I didn’t know it at the time…but my mom did. She was all smiles.

My secondary heroine in my Civil War time travel romance, Love Me Forever, is a Tennessee Belle who met the love of her life at a Confederate ball — then lost him so she became a Rebel spy…

~Jina

Love Me Forever (Kindle Scout Winner) http://amzn.com/B00YI8SX68

A Tennessee belle’s fan tells the story of the gentlemen officers she danced with back in 1862 on Tell a Story Day…including a handsome Texas Ranger. Can you find his name on the belle’s fan?

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?Tennessee_dance_1862

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

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

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
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Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If 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.

 

 

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The Tennessee Belle of the Ball meets the man of her dreams…but her papa forbids her to marry him

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In this week’s episode of the PBS series, MERCY STREET, The Belle Alliance, the Yankees hold a ball in the home of our belle, Emma. I’m dying to see what happens…

She reminds me of my secondary heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER, Pauletta Sue. When I found this charming scene from an old film of a Confederate ball on Dreamstime.com, it reminded me of a scene in my story where Pauletta Sue meets the love of her life.

Here’s is an excerpt from my story:

What a fine evening it was when the tall scout burst into the ballroom at a levee she was attending, fired up with delivering an important message from President Jefferson Davis. A light misty rain covered him from head to toe like shiny armor, his broad shoulders filling the archway with the power of an avenging angel, his fierce blue eyes searching the room, making every lady breathless, every man envious.

He strode across the ballroom in long strides, saluted, and then delivered his sealed letter to the owner of the home, a Confederate sympathizer. He turned on his heel and should have left as silently as he came, but he saw Pauletta Sue staring at him and gave her the biggest grin. The man was so startling handsome, she couldn’t look away. But it was more than that. An unseen force grabbed her by the throat and made her tingle down to her dancing slippers. God, she’d never forget the sight of him. Tight buckskin drawn taut over his muscular chest, stubble beard, nostrils flaring. She knew then he was the man she was going to marry. She’d settle for no less.

No one could stop her.

Not even Papa.

Elijah Buckingham would never approve of her marrying anyone without a Southern pedigree, but times were changing, she told him. Didn’t this war prove that? Course, she had never surrendered to a man, but she wanted to with this daring stranger. A yearning so strong, she could taste it. Just like in her dream. She never told anyone about her dream, that one day she’d marry a tall, fearless man who would risk everything to be with her. She’d carried her secret in her heart for so long, never believing such a man existed. His direct gaze stripped away her girlish frippery and made her feel like a woman. Made her hunger for something far more fascinating than the insipid flattery of her other beaux. She wanted him to crush her in his arms and claim her lips. Kiss her. Taste her. Love her.

Not a word came out of her mouth when he asked her to dance, breaking every rule. She was speechless. A first for her. A hush fell over the room. Ladies stopped fluttering their fans, men grumbled, everyone waiting to see what she’d do.

Then, with the sweetest smile ever seen in a Tennessee ballroom, she’d extended her hand to him and they danced. And danced. She’d paid no mind to the whispers and raised brows. Let them talk. She’d made up her mind. The Texas Ranger was her man and no tongue-wagging ladies’ group would stop her from fulfilling her heart’s desire. That didn’t mean her papa was pleased. He forbade her to see Colton, but Pauletta Sue would have none of it, outwitting him at every turn. She never doubted Colton loved her. He was a man of few words, but the way he looked at her, his brow furrowed, his blue eyes deepening into dark velvety depths, his breath coming hard when he held her in his arms, she knew.

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama. That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

I’m discovering that my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, has a lot more in common than hoop skirts with the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

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LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

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

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If 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.

 

 

PS — look for my foray into New Adult with my Kindle Worlds book ROYAL DARE:

It ain’t easy getting clean. Even for a princess.

RD_KindleWorlds

1862: A beautiful Tennessee Belle meets the man of her dreams…and is forbidden to marry him

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I totally enjoyed the first episode of the new PBS series, MERCY STREET, especially the two Southern belle daughters of the owner of the hotel. What I like about Emma (she’s the daughter searching for her beau in the makeshift hospital), is that although she appears as soft as the magnolias in her lovely feminine attire, she’s not portrayed as insipid or stupid. She’s got guts.

She reminds me of my secondary heroine in LOVE ME FOREVER, Pauletta Sue. When I found this charming scene from an old film of a Confederate ball on Dreamstime.com, it reminded me of a scene in my story where Pauletta Sue meets the love of her life.

Here’s is a short excerpt from my story:

God, she’d never forget the sight of him. Tight buckskin drawn taut over his muscular chest, stubble beard, nostrils flaring. She knew then he was the man she was going to marry. She’d settle for no less.

No one could stop her.

Not even Papa.

Elijah Buckingham would never approve of her marrying anyone without a Southern pedigree, but times were changing, she told him. Didn’t this war prove that? Course, she had never surrendered to a man, but she wanted to with this daring stranger. A yearning so strong, she could taste it. Just like in her dream. She never told anyone about her dream, that one day she’d marry a tall, fearless man who would risk everything to be with her. She’d carried her secret in her heart for so long, never believing such a man existed. His direct gaze stripped away her girlish frippery and made her feel like a woman. Made her hunger for something far more fascinating than the insipid flattery of her other beaux. She wanted him to crush her in his arms and claim her lips. Kiss her. Taste her. Love her.

Not a word came out of her mouth when he asked her to dance, breaking every rule. She was speechless. A first for her. A hush fell over the room. Ladies stopped fluttering their fans, men grumbled, everyone waiting to see what she’d do.

Then, with the sweetest smile ever seen in a Tennessee ballroom, she’d extended her hand to him and they danced. And danced. She’d paid no mind to the whispers and raised brows. Let them talk. She’d made up her mind. The Texas Ranger was her man and no tongue-wagging ladies’ group would stop her from fulfilling her heart’s desire. That didn’t mean her papa was pleased. He forbade her to see Colton, but Pauletta Sue would have none of it, outwitting him at every turn. She never doubted Colton loved her. He was a man of few words, but the way he looked at her, his brow furrowed, his blue eyes deepening into dark velvety depths, his breath coming hard when he held her in his arms, she knew.

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama. That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Check out the first episode “The New Nurse” online streaming video!

I’m discovering that my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, has a lot more in common than hoop skirts with the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

===========

LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

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

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If 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.

 

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PS — look for my foray into New Adult with my Kindle Worlds book ROYAL DARE: It ain’t easy getting clean. Even for a princess.

I am so excited to part of Sariah Wilson’s The Royals of Monterra Kindle Worlds. If you read Sariah’s ROYAL DATE you’ll remember Princess Violetta and her down slide into drugs. When the book ends, she’s off to rehab. In ROYAL DARE, we find out what happened to Violetta. More on Thursday, January 21, 2016,  when we launch!!! Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/942114245865772/

Thanks to fellow Kindle Scouter M.R. Pritchard for this fab banner. She’s also written a Royals of Monterra story called Forgotten Princess. Check out her Facebook page for all the info!

1862 Virginia: A beautiful Civil War nurse . . . from the future

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I’m discovering that my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, has a lot more in common than hoop skirts with the new PBS series, MERCY STREET.

Mercy Street explores the very real horror administering to battle wounds as does my story, LOVE ME FOREVER.In the excerpt here, you’ll meet my hero, Major Flynt Stephens, a Union Army physician. What he doesn’t know is that soon after this scene he’ll meet up with a very unusual soldier–a beautiful woman who nurses the wounded and who happens to be from the future . . .

Here’s is a short excerpt from my story:

Major Flynt Stephens hated this time of day. Soon twilight would descend over the white hospital tent like a greedy devil waiting to claim the men he couldn’t save. For hours he’d labored on the wounded, his hands cutting, sawing, suturing, his skill desperately needed to put these men back together, God willing. The long line of wounded and dying hadn’t stopped since the shooting ended. A new patient was brought in every few minutes and laid down on the blood stained operating table—a door ripped from its hinges and laid across two barrels. His eyes narrowed. Surely, there’d be an end to it. And if there wasn’t? Could he go on?

Yes. As long as I can still see by candlelight.

He continued his work, cutting away a soldier’s bloodied sleeve, stripping away the ripped fabric, pieces of skin sticking to it. Frustration stretching his nerves taut, he dug his fingers into the wound, afraid of what he’d find.

The incessant, loud flapping of the red flag outside the tent echoed in his ears as he worked on his patient. Ghostly sounds taunting him, whispering to him that the souls of these brave men had moved on to a better place.

Leaving their shattered, torn bodies behind.

He wondered if the poor bastards weren’t better off, far away from this rotten hellhole of pain and suffering. Here, they could still feel the pain.

But not this boy.

Saying a silent prayer, Flynt closed the young private’s eyelids. He was at peace now. The boy wasn’t more than seventeen. His abdomen split open by a screaming minié ball, a deadly bullet that a soldier could load quickly in his rifle and fire accurately. It gave warfare a whole new meaning that sickened him. He’d been shot more than once, the boy’s right arm shattered, a bone in his right leg splintered by the lead. Infection had set in, probably from skin and dirt and bits of clothing the bullet carried into the wound.

He laid aside the small bowl containing the pain killing morphine used to dust into wounds. He wouldn’t need it now. The boy was lucky he was spared the horror of losing both an arm and a leg. He’d been brought in too late to be saved. That made Flynt angry. So many young lives taken.

He shook his head in disgust. The survival rate dropped to half so long after a battle ended. Still, from early daylight till dark, he worked to put together what other men ripped apart with their cannonballs and lead bullets.

During the Civil War in 1862, Rosebriar Plantation in Falmouth, Virgina was turned into a battlefield hospital for both the North and the South . . .  forbidden love . . . the war on the back steps of the mansion . . . and Civil War medicine with all its drama.

That not only describes my Civil War time travel romance, LOVE ME FOREVER, but the new PBS series, MERCY STREET. Check out the first episode “The New Nurse” online streaming video!

I really enjoyed writing LOVE ME FOREVER, about two very different women, Liberty Jordan and Pauletta Sue Buckingham, who are thrown together in a mad, crazy scheme of spying, lost love, and passionate desire for what they can’t have.

The men they love.

Do they get their men?

Well, it is a romance, but it’s also a wild dramatic journey based on actual events in the Civil War. Liberty and Pauletta Sue will make you cheer, then cry, then hold your breath when it looks like all is lost…

Thanks for stopping by and check out LOVE ME FOREVER on Amazon and Kindle Scout!

~Jina

===========

LOVE ME FOREVER is available on Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

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

Love Me Forever is now available in Print for $19.99
=============

Southern Belle and Spy: Excerpt from LOVE ME FOREVER from Jina Bacarr on Vimeo.

Featured Image -- 2069If 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.

 

I dreamed I met a sexy doctor…back in 1862

To sleep…perchance to–

Time travel?

Liberty Jordan thinks she dreaming when a strange Civil War artifact blasts her back to 1862 and she finds herself swapping medical knowledge with a handsome and oh so sexy medical officer in the Union Army.

Major Flynt Stephens.

The only problem is: she’s disguised as a Confederate officer…and she’s a prisoner of war.

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“Isn’t it also your duty, Major, to prevent illness?” she said wryly.

“Yes—”

“Then why are more than half your prisoners lice and tick ridden? Their clothes ill fitting and torn. No decent food or blankets, not to mention threats from sadistic Union officers.”

The girl had spunk, but the waver in her voice surprised him. No doubt she was referring to the sergeant in charge. God help her if the man found the curve of her breasts unbound beneath her officer’s jacket, tempting him. He couldn’t bear the thought of the sergeant forcing himself upon her on a hard cot of cold earth. He preferred to imagine her warm in his bunk.

“This is war, Lieutenant,” Flynt said, trying to ignore the softness in her eyes and the unmistakable feminine scent the stink of battle couldn’t hide. “Not a Sunday picnic.”

“A war that will take thousands of lives before it’s over,” she said. “Brother against brother. Father against son. Many will die in Yankee prisons because of the inhumane torture they suffer there.” She banged her fist on the desk, surprising him. “You must do something to help these men, Major Stephens. Give them blankets and better food. Medicine. Treat them as human beings, not animals.”

“You speak more like a politician than a soldier,” Flynt said, puzzled. How well she mirrored his own thoughts. He’d attempted to influence sanitation conditions in the prison camp, but the military commission rebuked his efforts. He didn’t need this female reminding him. “Who are you, Lieutenant?”

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Find out what Liberty tells him in LOVE ME FOREVER, a Holiday Deal at Amazon on sale for $1.99!

~Jina

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Featured Image -- 2069If 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.

LOVE ME FOREVER is now available from Kindle Press at Amazon.com

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