Saturday, June 29, 2013
I used Grammarly to grammar check this post, because when you're writing the West, you never know what outlaw adverbs will ambush your prose!
Welcome to this week's edition of Weekend Writing Warriors!
I have been absent for a few weeks ... between an interstate move, sick kids, my Master's work, writing, and getting a new house in order time has been more than scarce, but I am so glad to be back here with all of y'all now loud and proud from my native Lone Star State!!
A Heart on Hold is up for the 2012 RONE award for best in American Historical Fiction, sponsored by InD'Tale Magazine! The award will be presented in Las Vegas in August.
In honor of this, today's eight will come from A Heart on Hold, bestselling book 1 of An Everlasting Heart Series.
***Here we are in Alton Confederate Prison in Illinois where the Gypsy girl Minerva Dika is tending to Confederate prisoners.***
“Hey, Gypsy, some of my men could use some help doctorin’.” It seemed that the big Lieutenant, who always spat tobacco juice and spittle as he talked, was always yelling at somebody, just now it happened to be her. Minerva rose from where she had been sitting next to a man whose chronic diarrhea had made it impossible for him to survive any longer. "Do not worry, soldier, you are not alone in your journey into death ... I am here,” she whispered. The big man didn’t care that she was helping one of his prisoners die. Lieutenant Lantz seemed to care about nothing aside from his tobacco. Minerva glanced down at the dying prisoner, lying in a puddle of brown liquid of his own making, muttering incoherently and patting ground where her hand had been holding his moments before. “Leave that sorry Reb and tell your pa I said to get your people and get on out to the Island.” I hope you enjoyed this excerpt from A Heart on Hold. Follow along with Charlotte and Sanderson's adventures in the subsequent books that make up the An Everlasting Heart series:
Their love survived the Civil War, but can it survive Sanderson's murder trial?
Gold. Massacres. Indians. Soldiers. Can Charlotte survive life on the trail or will the wildness of the west tear her family apart?
Stay tuned for my debut Amish Historical Romance, Rebekah's Quilt, coming November 16th from 5 Prince Publishing!