Welcome to Day Five of the Civil War Anthology Blog Tour. For more information about the anthology, visit Northern Roses and Southern Belles at http://nrandsb.wordpress.com/ Today’s Tour Stop is hosted by the Arkansas Diamonds Blog, which is very fitting since my Anthology story, No Decorum, takes place in
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For this story, I wanted a cheeky teenage heroine. Juliet has the spirit of a twenty-first century woman. She struggles to fit into the mold of a proper Victorian young lady, and sometimes she falls woefully short of that goal. She is the character with No Decorum, and Sergeant Randolph Newton is unable to resist her.
How do you think our country would be different without
Mary Ann Webber: The bloody Red River Campaign was fought in
It’s hard to imagine our country if
My question asks for your opinion. There’s no wrong answer.
My answer? I don’t believe
Excerpt No Decorum:
Sunday, April 17, 1864
As Juliet Burnham climbed the stone steps of the church, the perfect excuse popped into her head. She would blame her tardiness on the arrival of the Union Army two days before. After all, even her father, the minister, knew all the ladies in
When she opened the heavy door, the familiar hymn indicated she’d have to scurry to reach the front pew before everyone was seated. She caught her father’s steady gaze from the pulpit and immediately lowered her eyes. Poor father. As a minister’s daughter, she left much to be desired.
Juliet eased to the end of her pew just as the mercifully long Amen ended. Her breath quickened, and her cheeks became warm. She flashed her father a smile right before she sat. Her head struck something hard, and in the same instant with the sound of a grunt, she realized she’d sat on someone. Panic filled her at the sight of the blue uniform, gold braid, and polished boots.
She yelped, and a ripple of laughter moved through the church. Muffled whispers of What happened? were followed by another round of laughter when the question was answered. She stiffened, momentarily abashed. Even worse, the man beneath her appeared not to be breathing.
"Juliet! Over here, dear.” Aunt Martha’s loud stage whisper brought her to reality.
“Pardon me. I’m sorry.” The Yankee’s low voice was dangerously close to her ear. Juliet jumped up and dove across the aisle to her aunt.
“The Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth keep silence before him.” Ambrose Burnham’s perfectly modulated voice took control of the church, which had bordered on unruliness seconds earlier. All heads bowed.
The long morning prayer provided Juliet with ample opportunity to study the enemy stranger. Her heart jolted, and her pulse pounded as she turned to give him a sidelong gaze. She didn’t expect him to be so young or so devastatingly handsome. When his eyes met hers, full on, she grabbed the carved armrest of the pew. Her beating
heart could probably be heard three rows back.
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Another excerpt from this story is posted on this Blog several entries back. It can be easily found by scrolling down. Your chances of winning a prize will NOT increase if you read more of the story – but you may enjoy it!
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Jennifer Ross: Oh, I love alternate history stories! This is an intriguing concept for one. Will you have
Jeanmarie Hamilton: I think if you gave New Mexico. The local news people give the Las Cruces, New Mexico news along with El Paso's every day. People here are partial to the U.S. I seriously doubt they'd want to become part of Mexico. As for voting, doesn't vote like the rest of the state, as a block. Heck, Texas makes an impression by size alone.an option the people might vote to become a part of
Susan Macatee: I think if
Caroline Clemmons: I can’t imagine my home state divided, although it certainly is large enough. I have a great fondness for TX, though on these 107 degree days, the reason why escapes me. LOL
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