Saturday, June 14, 2014

In case you're wondering ....

In case you're wondering why all these posts are showing up all of a sudden, I've decided to back up some of my older ones here. If you've read these before please forgive the repeats; if you have not seen these before, I hope you enjoy them! :)
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Nineteenth century physicians by Susan Macatee

Today, I have invited a historical romance author friend of mine to stop by. She’s got a new story out, The Physician’s Irish Lady, and having read it, I really enjoyed it. So here is Susan Macatee to tell us a little more about it. And keep reading for her giveaway.
Susan, thanks for coming!
In my new release, The Physician’s Irish Lady, the hero is a late nineteenth century physician.
This character originally appeared as a minor character, a friend of the hero, in my 2009 Civil War romance, Confederate Rose. In that novel, he served as a physician in the Union army, but now practices at home in a small Pennsylvania town in a rural setting.
In the story, he travels to his patients’ homes to treat illnesses and wounds caused by accidents.
The late eighteen-hundreds saw many advances in both medical knowledge and technology. As a result, the medical profession itself went through drastic changes. The acceptance of germs causing diseases, unheard of before the nineteenth century, along with research of the human body and development of specialized tools, caused a revolution in treatments of illness. The practice of hygiene, put into use during the American Civil War, aided patients and improved outcomes for recovery.
Late nineteenth century physicians visited patients’ homes or occasionally worked out of an office in their own home. Doctors in rural areas needed to be able to travel in a wide area.
Doctors would travel by foot or horseback and needed to carry tools and drugs they could pack into a small case or saddlebag.
During the Industrial Revolution, hospitals in big cities were looked on as being dirty, breeding grounds for disease and infection. Because doctors didn’t practice methods for keeping germs from spreading from patient to patient, a hospital stay would likely cause a person to contract a new disease, so people avoided them.
Because most doctors worked in large geographic areas, they were expected to treat such ailments as toothaches, stomach aches, fevers and even sick livestock. It wasn’t until later in the century that physicians developed specialties in medicine.
Even surgical procedures would be carried out in a patient’s home. Anesthesia was not widely in use until the end of the century, so complex surgeries weren’t usually performed. And the types of anesthesia available, ether or chloroform, could asphyxiate a patient. Antiseptic practices also weren’t common until the turn of the century, so a surgical risk of infection after the fact ran high.

To learn more about nineteenth century physicians, visit this site:
http://rosemelnickmuseum.wordpress.com/2009/03/11/19th-century-doctors-in-
the-us/

The Physician’s Irish Lady available from Amazon, B&N, All-Romance Ebooks, and from The Wild Rose Press.

Blurb: After escaping indentured servitude in late nineteenth century Australia, Keara Fagan is now on the run in America. The Irish native was falsely accused of insurrection against the British and abandoned by the man she thought loved her. Now, she must survive on her own in a strange land.
As Dr. Elliot James travels by train from Philadelphia to York, a young woman faints at his feet.
He’s sworn, as a physician, to aid the sick and injured, but fears this woman requires more than medical help. Enchanted by her beauty and touched by her dignity, despite appearing to be alone in the world, he buys her a meal and offers to find her a place to stay in his small Pennsylvania town.

A mysterious Irishman pursues her to the idyllic town surrounded by farmland. Is he an abusive husband come to claim his runaway wife, or someone more sinister?

And an excerpt:
Elliot cantered his mare to the house. Twilight made it difficult to make out the fence post, but a
soft glow shimmered through the first floor windows. He slid from the horse and tied her to the
post. He’d take her around to the backyard stable once he’d checked on the women.
He stepped in the door expecting his aunt and Miss Fagan to be warming dinner in the kitchen.
His footsteps echoed over the floor. “Aunt Millie?” he called. “Miss Fagan?”
The kitchen door burst open. Millie’s eyes were wide, her hands knotted in her apron.
Elliot’s heart lurched. “Miss Fagan!” he gasped. “Where is she?”
“Oh, Elliot! She’s gone.”
“Gone! Gone where?” Elliot’s pulse raced.
“She went with Jim. His poor boy is very sick. You must go right away.” She worked her hands in the folds of her gown.
Elliot blew out a sigh. He’d feared either Morrissey had taken Miss Fagan, or she’d run again. “I’ll get right over there.” He patted his aunt’s gnarled hand. “Don’t worry.”
He hopped back on his mare and hurried to the sheriff’s home. Light shone through the windows. He tied up the horse and let himself in. “Jim!” he called, “Miss Fagan?”
Jim appeared, a smile lighting his face. “Your guest is a miracle worker. You should take her on as a partner.”
Elliot followed Jim up the stairs to the boy’s bedroom. His wife, Maggie, hovered at the foot of the bed, while Miss Fagan sat beside the boy crooning a lullaby. The boy actually let out a weak laugh.
She turned and started when she caught sight of Elliot. “Did Aunt Millie send you?”
He nodded and stepped toward the bed. “You gave me a scare, Danny.” He placed his hand on the boy’s forehead. He seemed a bit flushed but wasn’t burning up.
“What did you do?” he asked Miss Fagan.
She shrugged. “Used compresses and some home remedies I learned back in Ireland from me grandmother. It took the fever out of him.” She nodded at the boy.
Jim’s wife clasped her hands. She seemed on the verge of tears. “Miss Fagan is a miracle worker, Doc.”
“So your husband’s told me.” Elliot glanced at Jim who hovered in the doorway.
Miss Fagan stood and motioned for Elliot to take her place by the bed. He sat and gave the boy a quick examination. “He’ll need plenty of fluids and lots of sleep, but I think he’s on the mend.”
He nodded at the anxious parents.
He stood so Mrs. Buckley could sit by her son, then motioned Miss Fagan and Jim into the hall. “I’d like to thank you, Miss Fagan, for coming with me.” Jim glanced at Elliot. “I came to get you, but you were out on a call.”
Elliot studied Miss Fagan. She glanced away, appearing embarrassed at Jim’s praise. “Glad I was to help, Sheriff. He seems like a fine lad.”
Elliot’s gaze slid over her. If he’d been around when Jim had come to call, he wasn’t sure he’d have done any better.
****
The Physician’s Irish Lady is available today from The Wild Rose Press
Also available at Amazon
And other ebook merchants. Visit my website for additional links.

Thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Juli!


author Susan Macatee
author Susan Macatee
Susan Macatee writes American Civil War romance, some with a paranormal twist. From time travels to vampire tales, her stories are always full of love and adventure. She’s spent many years as a Civil War civilian reenactor with the 28th Pennsylvania Volunteer Regiment. She’s a wife, mother of three grown sons, and has recently become a grandmother. Outside of spending time with family, she spends her free time watching favorite old movies, and inhaling books.

Thank you for visiting us, Susan and for this peek into The Physician’s Irish Lady. Congrats on its release and good luck with it! Folks, thanks for stopping in. Enjoy Susan's book and Thanks for reading!

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Q and A with author/editor Rebecca Buchanan

This morning I have something a little different for you. I’ve been following the pagan writing community for quite a few years now. Along the way, I’ve met some very talented authors and poets, made some good friends, and wanted to introduce you, my readers, to a few. Recently, I had the pleasure to interview editor of Eternal Haunted Summer, Rebecca Buchanan. Rebecca is the editor-in-chief of Bibliotheca Alexandrina, and the editor of pagan fiction and non-fiction ‘zine Eternal Haunted Summer. She has been published in Bards and Sages Quarterly, Cliterature, The Future Fire, Into the Great Below, Fire Jewel: A Devotional For Freyja, Linguistic Erosion, and Luna Station Quarterly, as well as Beyond the Pillars, The Shining Cities, Unbound: A Devotional Anthology for Artemis, Written in Wine, and other venues. She blogs semi-regularly at BookMusings: (Re)Discovering Pagan Literature.


Hi, Rebecca! Thanks for being here. I know you’re busy and I appreciate your time! What would you like people to know about Paganism?

Rebecca Buchanan: Primarily, I would like people outside of Paganism to understand that — whichever path or tradition we follow — we are completely serious and sincere in our devotions. This is not playacting or a phase.

Most pagan writers have a personal pantheon they’re dedicated to, and to which they dedicate their art.
How did you connect with your personal pantheon?

Rebecca: I have loved mythology since childhood, especially Greek and Egyptian; those were always the books I lugged home from the library (along with the fairy tales). I would read the stories over and over again, study the paintings and sculptures, the photographs and schematics of the old temples.

Since my earliest exposure to the Gods was through books, I guess that is why my devotions now primarily take the form of writing and publishing.

Can you tell us a bit about how your path influences your own writing?

Rebecca: My devotion to the Greek pantheon has a *huge* influence on my writing. I would say ninety percent of what I write — poetry, short fiction, essays — is about the Gods and Goddesses. Plus, the fact that I could not find a market for my writing led to the creation of Eternal Haunted Summer; I wanted to offer a venue for other frustrated Pagan writers. It also led me to accept the position of editor-in-chief at Bibliotheca Alexandrina, so I could oversee the production of anthologies in honor of the Gods and Goddesses.

As a writer, is there any genre you haven’t tried that you’d like to?

Rebecca: Oh … tough one.

I try. ;)

Rebecca: Aside from the poetry, most of my writing could be broadly defined as science fiction or fantasy; there are a couple of dark fantasy/horror pieces, too. I guess I would like to try my hand at a mystery, an old fashioned, honest to goodness murder mystery. Maybe starring a modern-day devotee of Nemesis … or priest of Thoth ….

Ooh that’s does sound intriguing! What inspired you to take on the editorial spot of Eternal Haunted Summer?

Rebecca: Frustration! Pure, unadulterated frustration! I had written dozens of poems and short stories in honor of the Gods and Goddesses, and yet there were no reliable venues in which to publish them. The majority of religious publishers out there are Christian in their focus, and my stuff was *too* religious for the fantasy publishers. I heard the same complaint from other Pagan writers. Thus, Eternal Haunted Summer was born. It’s been a real honor to host so many talented authors.

It’s been an honor to find you too, Rebecca, and I have to agree. I have had the same experience in my path to publishing too. I’m glad to see that changing a bit. Next question: Is there anything/any aspect of Paganism, or topic you see little of in the submissions that you’d like more of?

Rebecca: I would love, love, love to receive more submissions which deal with myths, heroes, and Gods from outside Europe. I can appreciate a good Dionysus poem or an essay about Freyja as much as the next girl; but there are so *many* pantheons. I want Aztec-themed poems! Essays about the kami! Short stories centered on Spider Woman and Sedna and Marie Laveau. Reviews of books and comics and movies about Mongolian shamans and La Llorona and Maori tattoo traditions.

I would also love more essays which tackle difficult topics. I am not afraid to run a controversial piece; animal sacrifice, veiling, abortion, hexing, whatever. If it is articulate, thoughtful, correctly cited (as necessary), and respectful in tone, I am happy to consider it for publication.

What would you say to encourage a young Pagan writer to apply their path to their art?

Rebecca: Many people feel especially drawn to one or two Deities within a pantheon (though which Deities may change over time). In the case of a writer, my first suggestion would be to focus your writing on that Deity/ies. Create a poem listing the Deity’s epithets, or a short story retelling a favorite myth; or, write about anything you want, but dedicate the work of creating the story and the story itself to the Deity. Oh, and pray before you start working on it.
Same goes for any kind of art, and even such things as exercise and cleaning; dedicating any kind of work or creative act to a Deity will make it more meaningful.

What would you like readers to know about Eternal Haunted Summer?

Rebecca: That I am open to just about everything. There are very few restrictions when it comes to submissions. Sex and gore should be appropriate to the context of the story. The tone should always be respectful (no bashing other people’s Gods). Pieces about Atlantis or Mu or subterranean civilizations or aliens don’t interest me. Submissions with a monotheistic or Abrahamic focus wouldn’t really be appropriate either. Other than that, any format, any genre, any myth, any Deity, any pantheon.

What’s next for you? Any exciting new projects to tease us with?

Rebecca: Bibliotheca Alexandrina has new anthologies in honor of Demeter, the Morrigan, and the Muses, which will be available soon. I am currently editing the Spring Equinox issue of EHS, which is shaping up to be an awesome edition. I personally have a short story which will appear in the next issue of The Future Fire, and I’m working on a few other stories. Um … basically I am keeping busy. Must write!
Unbound, A pagan devotional for Artemis, Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Rebecca Buchanan, pagan fiction, witch fiction
fantasy, pagan fiction, pagan fiction authors, metaphysical fiction

I hear that! Thank you again, for being here. Good luck with all you do. I can’t wait for the Spring issue! ;) It should be out by the Equinox, if I’m not mistaken. In the meantime, friends, do check out some of Rebecca’s work. I think you will enjoy it! :) You can find out more about her at:
Eternal Haunted Summer:  http://eternalhauntedsummer.com
http://neosalexandria.org/bibliotheca-alexandrina/
http://witchesandpagans.com/BookMusings/Blogger/Listings/rebecca-buchanan.html
and the EHS Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/268696863150514/
or Bibliotheca Alexandrina’s Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/24893808890/

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Romcon2014 Readers rated books

I just got some fantastic news. Romcon’s Reader Rated Books awarded my paranormal romance novel Passion’s Sacred Dance, a fantastic rating of:
in their paranormal romance category. *squee*

*This close* To finaling. *This* close! Who, me? Excited? You bet! Would you like to see why? It’s available at the usual places. Amazon. I thought I said something about this, but with everything else going on (more on that soon, I promise!) I guess it slipped my mind. Still… *squee*?


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Monday, June 9, 2014

New Release Secret Love by Christine Warner

How are you fine folks, today? I have a special treat for you today, a fine author and friend, Christine Warner has released her new book. An historical romance novel set in an unusual time period--the mid-fifties. Since y'all know how I like it when a writer tries something unusual, I couldn't help but invite her to tell us about it. So, without further ado, introducing

SECRET LOVE: Book One in the Sweet Fifties Series



BLURB:

Saranac, Michigan 1955

  Lizzie Tarleton has always done things her own way—including the time at the tender age of thirteen when she confessed to her brother’s best friend she loved him. But now she’s a new teacher at the local high school, and independent enough to know that you can’t force love. She’ll find love when the time is right—even though her parents are adamant the time is now. The only downfall to her idyllic life is the fact that her childhood crush—who broke her heart—is now her boss. If only she could stop daydreaming about him.
Wayne Whitmore grew up on the wrong side of the tracks and worked hard to get where he’s at in life. Even though he enjoys being principal at the small town high school, he dreams of coaching baseball. When his best friend asks him to watch over his little sister at her new job at Wayne’s school, he agrees. What he doesn’t count on is how she’s grown from the pig tailed kid who told him she loved him, to the woman who breaks his concentration with her beauty and smile. Unable to get over his fascination, and afraid he’ll ruin his friend’s trust, Wayne applies for his dream job—one that will take him far away.
One night while decorating the school gymnasium for an upcoming sock hop, Lizzie and Wayne find themselves alone. They share a kiss and Lizzie realizes her childhood crush for Wayne has never died. Wayne decides he doesn’t want to let Lizzie get away.

Can they come to terms with their secret love and then overcome the other secrets they are hiding in order to get what they each want? Or is their timing for love still off?


  EXCERPT:

She blinked away the heat of tears forming at the back of her eyes. Their conversation had grown too serious. She needed to lighten things up a bit. “Remember when we used to play ‘What if?’”
He laughed. “What if Lizzie wore a dress?”
“Either she was going to church, or her mom was having a ladies’ social.” Lizzie giggled. “Ricky hated that game.”
“He’d get so mad when you’d start it.” He made the final cut on a small snowflake and added it to the pile before him.
“What if Wayne couldn’t throw his famous curve ball?”
“The school trophy case would be one trophy short. What if Lizzie wasn’t teaching here?”
She pouted. “She’d be sad. I have no idea what I’d be doing if I hadn’t found a job here. What does Lizzie have to do to show Wayne she thanks him?” She winked, enjoying their fun.
He cleared his throat. “What if Wayne said Lizzie owed him a kiss?”
Her belly trembled. What if?
“What if he stole one?” His voice lowered and he leaned in.
“Why don’t you find out?” she whispered.

Sounds wonderful, doesn't it? Would you like to read more? You can find Secret Love at:
  • Buy links Amazon | Barnes & Noble
  • Genre: Sweet Nostalgic Novella
  • Length: 69 Pages
  • The Sweet Fifties Series {Book 1}
  • Release Date: June 9, 2014




Author Christine Warner AUTHOR BIO:

Christine Warner is living her dream in Michigan along with her family, one laptop, and a much loved assortment of furry friends.

Besides laughing and a good dose of humor, she enjoys spending time with her family, cooking, reading, writing, but no arithmetic. A confessed people watcher, she finds inspiration for her stories in everyday activities. She loves to read and write about strong heroes, and determined, sometimes sassy, heroines.

A girl gone wild, at least where social media is concerned, she enjoys meeting other avid readers and writers on facebook, twitter and her website at christine-warner.com.

Thanks, Christine, and good luck with Secret Love!

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Juli D. Revezzo has written the Victorian romance novel WATCHMAKER'S HEART. Check it out at Amazon.

Summer flowers in bloom

I realize this isn't my usual fare, here on this blog, but I thought I'd back up a few posts. That being said, I'm curious and have a question for you gardeners out there. I have this plant... a pretty purple flower. Well, that's about all I know about it. Do any of you know what this is called?
April Purple Flower by Juli D. Revezzo


This is it now:

purpleflower2


The flower itself is still a little stressed, but the rest of the plant looks great. You know me, I'd like to know its name so I can research and make sure I
kill it care for it properly (or stress out over is it a perennial or not so I can replace it if need be and/or put it in a current fiction W.I.P.). Because, dude, trust me, brown patches aside it's lovely. So, if you know what it's called, please leave me a comment!

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