Friday, May 27, 2011

JASON'S ANGEL from A HISTORICAL COLLECTION


Hi everyone! I just wanted to share with you all what a great month May has been for me! I have had two short stories released this month with Victory Tales Press. Today I wanted to tell you about the one that appears in A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, an anthology that I’m in along with Karen Michelle Nutt (The Devil’s Wolf), Kate Kindle (A Tale From the Red Chest), and Miriam Newman (Deirdre). These stories all take place in different historical settings and time periods. My story, Jason’s Angel, is set in the final days of the War Between the States.

Writing Jason’s Angel wasn’t easy. My conundrum was the fact that for me, the Civil War was such a tragic time in our history that I wasn’t sure if I could see that my characters reached their “Happily Ever After” ending that I wanted them to have. The only way I could see to do that in this case was to make Sabrina Patrick’s compassion so great that she saw beyond all boundaries of gray or blue, and didn’t think of the hero, Jason McCain, as the enemy, but first as a wounded man who needed her help.

Since Jason and another fellow Union soldier had been captured and are being held in the hospital where Sabrina volunteers, she knows that they will both die of their wounds if she doesn’t do something more than let nature run its course in those deplorable conditions. There is nothing she can do but bring them home, away from the inhumane treatment they are receiving from their guard and even from some of the hospital staff. No one is more surprised than her Aunt Emmaline, who is none to happy with Sabrina’s decision.

The only thing that could make matters worse is to find out that not only is Jason wearing Yankee Blue, he’s a southern boy, born and bred in Georgia—only a few miles from where Sabrina’s home is situated. What could make him fight for the Union? As Sabrina finds out more about Jason’s devastating past, she begins to understand. Because he is half Cherokee, his family has been shunned, and unimaginable tragedy has followed. Can his restless soul find peace in Sabrina’s sweet love for him?

I will leave you with a blurb and excerpt from JASON’S ANGEL. To order A HISTORICAL COLLECTION, go to the Victory Tales Press store here:
http://victorytalespress.yolasite.com/online-store.php

or to my Amazon author page here:
http://www.amazon.com/-/e/B002JV8GUE

If you would like to read about the other exciting stories in this anthology, or any of the other anthologies that Victory Tales Press offers, here’s the link
http://victorytalespress.yolasite.com/online-store.php

I WILL BE GIVING AWAY PDF COPIES OF A HISTORICAL COLLECTION TO TWO COMMENTERS TODAY! Please leave a comment when you stop by to read the blog along with your e-mail address and you will be automatically entered for the drawing.
Jason 's Angel by Cheryl Pierson

Two wounded Union soldiers will die without proper treatment. Sabrina Patrick realizes they won't get it at the Confederate army hospital where she helps nurse wounded men. She does the unthinkable and takes them to her home.
Jason McCain’s pain is eased by the feel of clean sheets, a soft bed, and a touch that surely must belong to an angel. But what reason could an angel have for bringing him and his brother here?

FROM JASON'S ANGEL:

Sabrina nodded. “Is there something else, Aunt Emma?”

“You’ve been acting mighty peculiar, Sabrina. Did something happen between you and Jason?” The kindness and assurance of understanding, no matter what, in her aunt’s tone undid what little resolve Sabrina had left. She had been on pins and needles since Jason had kissed her. And she’d thought of nothing else. But she’d been careful to avoid being in a similar position again since that day, and when she’d brought up his meals there had been only polite conversation between them.

Once, she’d thought she’d caught a glint of a deviling reminder in his eyes, but he’d looked past her after a moment and she couldn’t be sure. She couldn’t even tell Desi. Desi would have gotten the greatest bit of fun from that knowledge—and she was unpredictable.

For all Sabrina knew, had she confided in Desi, her younger sister might have decided to take matters into her own hands and tell Jason that Sabrina liked it. Which she had. Or that Sabrina wished with all her heart he would kiss her again. Which she did. She might even tell him of that indescribable rush of wind and heat and wonder that moved over her entire body when their lips had met—a feeling that she was still trying to figure out how to put into words herself.

But Desiree would certainly have no trouble telling Jason what Sabrina had felt like—she was never at a loss for words. And that’s why Sabrina could never tell her—not until she grew up a little.

How wonderful it would be to unburden herself to Aunt Emmaline. And how utterly shameful.

“He…he kissed me,” she blurted. The familiar heat burned her cheeks.

But Aunt Emmaline only smiled, and Sabrina watched her face transform into a reminder of the beauty she must have been as a young woman.

“Is…that all?”

Sabrina took a deep breath. This was harder than she had imagined it might be. “No. I—Aunt Emma, I kissed him back.”

Aunt Emma didn’t answer for a moment. Finally, she took Sabrina’s hand in hers until Sabrina met her eyes. “Sabrina, when I was young—younger than you, though not quite as featherheaded as Desi—there was a young man in my life. He kissed me one time—and I kissed him back. I’ve often wished through the years, that I’d allowed myself a second kiss. Things…might have worked out very differently if I had.”

“Aunt Emma—are you saying—”

The older woman squeezed Sabrina’s hand gently. “I’m saying follow your heart. He’s a lonely soul, your Jason. He’s searching for a place in the world. And this world is changing, dear. He may never find it without your help. I’ve often wondered why you brought home two Yankees. I’ve done a little digging of my own, as well. These boys are Georgia born and bred. Mrs. Davenport knows of their family, the McCains from over near Allen’s Ridge.”

Sabrina was quiet, wondering how much of the family history her aunt had uncovered.

“I…learned quite a bit, Sabrina,” she said gently.

Apparently, though, she wasn’t going to share any details.

“Mrs. Davenport is a fount of information. Those men have been through hell, and not just the last years while the war has been raging.”

Sabrina nodded, her throat tight. What must Jason believe, after what he had told her? That she was keeping her distance because he’d opened his heart to her? Or, because he was, as he said, “a half breed”?

She had to go to him.

25 comments:

  1. Hey everyone,
    Just wanted to be sure blogger was cooperating this morning.
    Cheryl

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  2. great excerpt Cheryl... as always you really know how to tell a story...tugs at my heart.

    superauntkx9_atlivedotca

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  3. Hi Cheryl, your book sounds interesting and is now on my tbr list. I also write historical romance in or around the civil war era. I love it.

    Stephy Smith

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  4. Cheryl--Jason's Angel was a wonderful story! I loved Sabrina and her sister--perfect matches for the two wounded soldiers. I hope you sell lots of this anthology--it's worth it, as usual! Have a Happy Memorial Day Weekend...Celia

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  5. Very intriguing, Cheryl. Blogger is off again on again for me.

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  6. Hey Kathleen!
    So glad you enjoyed the excerpt! You are always so supportive.
    Cheryl

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  7. Cheryl, this was a wonderful excerpt. It "drew me in." I want to read the entire story. I also have a long Civil War novel being released this summer. This is to me the most compelling period in our nation's history due to the tragedy of brothers against brothers. And I'm thankful it ended with the nation still united. I wish you great success with this story and the anthology. Linda

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  8. Hi Stephy,
    I'm glad to meet you--I love to read Civil War romance. I'll be looking for your books.
    Cheryl

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  9. Celia,
    So glad you enjoyed the excerpt. I loved Sabrina's character too. After I started that story I wanted to make it longer. LOL Thanks so much for commenting. Have a great weekend.
    Cheryl

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  10. Hi Caroline,
    For me too. It said for me to sign in I needed to enable Java something or other. I just tried it again and it went right in. SIGH. I hope you have a wonderful weekend. We are off to friends' houses this afternoon, but I'll be back this evening and tomorrow.
    Cheryl

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  11. Hi Linda,
    Thank you so much--I'm glad you enjoyed it. I will be looking for your novel. I enjoy Civil War era stories so much, because of the true life drama, as you say--brother against brother. I, too, am so very thankful that we ended up united. I think that is why I admire Abraham Lincoln the most out of all the presidents.
    Cheryl

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  12. As soon as you said you were giving away a copy of the Historical Anthology I ran over here so fast I ought to get a speeding ticket.
    I love your work and your eye for historical detail but, it's the deep emotional workings of your characters that just meakes me a Cheryl Pierson addict. I'll be on the Rehab Reality Show soon. LOL
    I look forward to reading Jason's Angel--even if I have to buy it myself. ha ha
    All the best, Cheryl.

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  13. Isn't it nice when blogger works! Your story sounds so interesting. I always get emotional when I read about this part of our history.

    Best of luck with lots of sales. It does sound like May has been your great month! Congratulations!!

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  14. Sarah!
    So good to see you over here--I've been gone all day and just getting back to the computer. I will draw tomorrow evening, and I'm putting your name into the old 10 gallon Stetson, girlfriend! Thanks so much for all your support! I appreciate YOU!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

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  15. Paisley,
    Thank you so much. I'm like you, reading about the War Between the States really makes me emotional, too. I bought the first of Shelby Foote's trilogy about the Civil War and have enjoyed reading it, but haven't made it through it yet. It's huge! As are the other two in the set. And it's very thoughtful reading--you have to be "in the right mood" for it. So glad you came by and commented.
    Cheryl

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  16. CHERYL--you know, don't you, that this year/month is the 150th Anniversary of the Civil War? On my MSN news page, there are fantastic photos of the 14 best sites to honor the Confederacy. One of those is in Huntsville, Texas--a very pretty place. One of the surprising ones is Glorieta Pass, N.M.--we just never think of the Civil War as being fought on N.M. But there was at least one battle.
    Just thought I'd throw this in. I wish everyone could see these photos. They are outstanding.
    Good job, Cheryl...with your short CW story. It hit the right note. Celia

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  17. Great excerpt, Cheryl. Although you say the writing was a struggle, the reading is smooth, and heart-tugging. Well done!

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  18. Another stellar story, Cheryl. I just love your writing. I love to read medievals, but wouldn't know where to begin to write one!

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  19. Sounds like an exciting story. I'll have to add it to my to read list.

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  20. Hey Celia,
    I did know about it being the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. I see where the history channel is offering matching funds for everyone who donates $1.50 for the preservation of historical sites of the Civil War. The last inland water battle of the Civil War took place in Indian Territory. Remember in Fire Eyes where they were talking about Tamaha? That's where it happened. Stand Watie was the last Confederate general to surrender. So much interesting history!
    Cheryl

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  21. Hi Sandra,
    Thank you so very much for that wonderful compliment. I appreciate that so much. I really enjoyed writing this story, but wasn't sure if it would "turn out" as it should--so lots of doubts as I was writing. LOL
    Cheryl

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  22. Hi Liana,
    I am like you about the medieval times--I love to read them, too, but not sure if I could get the story accurate if I tried to write one. Same way with the regencies. Thanks so much for commenting! I'm putting your name in the drawing!
    Cheryl

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  23. Hi M. K.
    Thanks for the kind words! If you would like to be entered in the drawing, comment and include your e-mail addy so I will know where to send your prize if your name is drawn. I don't want to leave anyone out! Thanks for coming by.
    Cheryl

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  24. AND THE WINNERS ARE...

    SARAH AND KATHLEEN!!!!!

    WHOO HOO!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! Thanks so much for coming by and commenting and participating in the drawing.
    HUGS TO ALL!
    Cheryl

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  25. Thank you Cheryl and congrats to my fellow winner Sarah!!!!!!

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