Friday, July 31, 2009

Win a Copy of Civil War Anthology!

My story, Angel of My Dreams, is part of an American Civil War romance anthology, Northern Roses and Southern Belles, coming July31st to The Wild Rose Press, along with authors Caroline Clemmens, Isabel Roman, Jeanmarie Hamilton, Jennifer Ross and Mary Ann Webber.

And if you leave a comment on my blog today, you’ll be entered in a drawing to win a copy!

In a country torn asunder--from the Canadian border to Texas, from Maryland to Arkansas, from the battlefield of Antietam to the Red River Campaign, brave men and loyal women see their lives turned upside down.

Peril lurks behind every tree and near every homestead, but the hard-fought love of a man and a woman surpasses all.

Six talented writers provide stories of romance and danger centering on Union and Confederate soldiers, spies, blockade runners, renegades, and battlefield nurses during a period of corsets, hoopskirts and gentlemen callers.

To give you a taste of the stories in this anthology, here's the blurb and a short excerpt from my story, Angel of My Dreams.

Civil War reenactor, Kyle Dalton, keeps seeing a beautiful woman on the battlefield tending to soldiers, he thinks she's another reenactor. But when she disappears into thin air, he starts to believe he's seen a ghost. Did he have a past life with this woman?


"Where am I?"

"Shh." She placed a finger on his lips. The scent of lavender invaded his senses.

He frowned when he realized he was lying on a cot wearing his reenactor clothing. Had he dreamed he’d come home?

"The doctor says you'll be fine. He dug out the bullet and stitched up your leg."

"My leg?" Kyle reached down. His pant's leg had been cut apart at the seam. Heavy bandages wrapped around his thigh."This doesn't make any sense. I twisted my ankle. It's fine now."

She took his hand and stroked his forehead. Her touch sent warmth and desire through his body.

"I have to know..." He swallowed. "...your name."

She smiled. "You haven't forgotten me already?"

" never told me."

"Of course I did." She leaned away.

He held tightly to her hand, fearing she'd leave again."Don't go."

Her hand dissolved. He couldn't hold her.

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And if you leave a comment here today, July 31st, you'll be entered for a chance to win a pdf copy. Winner will be announced tomorrow, August 1st.

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lastnerve said...

this looks like an amazing book, I love the Civil war era. Can't wait to read it.


Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Val! And thanks for stopping by!

Check back tomorrow to see if you've won.

Skhye said...

Loooooooooooooove the excerpt. I've been reading the American Roses at WRP and just hankerin' to check out this anthology. ;) Best of luck with your sales, Susan!

Susan Macatee said...

Hi, Skhye! Thanks!!

I love the Civil War period and am so thrilled to be a part of this book!

Rhonda said...

Susan, this sound very good! I will be checking this one out.

kathleen said...

Intriguing excerpt! I know a man, a Civil War expert who goes every year to Gettysburg at a particular time of year. He makes sure he is there at dusk and swears he sees things and that one time a soldier walked right through him. He is a very pragmatic man who once did not believe in ghosts, or reincarnation. He is now a firm believer in both!

Christine Clemetson said...

Susan, Your excerpt is draws the reader right in. Congratulations on the release.


Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Rhonda!

And Kathleen, I've visited Gettysburg and the ghost stories surrounding that place, gave me the shivers!

And thanks, Christine! Out of all my stories, this was the easiest one I ever wrote.

Celia Yeary said...

Wow, Susan, this is good.What a creative concept for a time-travel novel--nothing could be better than a re-enactment location for a story such as this. Very good! Celia

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Celia! For years, I actually toyed with doing a full-length time travel with reenactors, but the problems I was having in finding a publisher for Erin's Rebel, made me reconsider and write a straight historical next.

But when the chance to do a short story came up, I decided to try out my reenactor idea and the story just seemed to flow.

I may yet do that full-length reenactor time travel.

Gwynlyn MacKenzie said...

The angst of the Civil War can tear the heart out. Nice to know you and the other anthology authors are writing stories to put it back in place. I look forward to reading it.

Christy Poff said...


Congratulations on the release from one CW author to another. It's such a fascinating period to yse as background for romance. Good Luck - Christy Poff

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Gwynlyn and Cristy!

I agree, it's a wonderful period to set love stories in and shouldn't be overlooked by publishers.

Debra St. John said...

This sounds like my dream book! Civil War romance is my favorite historical genre to read! And now there's a book with a whole bunch of stories available. Fabulous! I think I'm in heaven!! I can't wait to read them.

Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Debra! All the stories are so unique, you won't find any Gone With the Wind clones here.

sylvie said...

Love the Civil War period and your except! congrats on your story and the anthology! Many sales!!


Susan Macatee said...

Thanks, Sylvie!!


The stories should all be very interesting and fun to read.


Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Susan,
Sounds like a wodnerful read. Ever since reading Gone With The Wind I have been hooked on the Civl war era stories.


Kyle said...

Whoa, this is bizarre. I'm Kyle Dalton, a former Civil War reenactor in California. My girlfriend just pointed me to this work, and is buying the anthology just for this story!
I can't emphasize enough how surreal this is to me, to see my name and my hobby in print.

Susan Macatee said...

How cool, Kyle! This is the second time someone's contacted me to let me know I'd used their name for a character in my book.

But for you to actually be a reenactor! I've got the chills now. LOL.

Kyle said...

Not only that, but I'm in my mid twenties and working my way through college by teaching history at a local museum with the notion of working my way into museum education. You put my life down on paper!

Susan Macatee said...

Wow, Kyle! What a 'Twilight Zone' moment!

Hope you enjoy reading about your alter-ego. LOL.