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Weekly Excerpts – Confederate Rose

My second Civil War romance novel, Confederate Rose, features a woman soldier. Katie O’Reilly is an Irish immigrant who is drawn into the war when Yankees invade her father-in-law’s farm shortly after she marries. Her father-in-law is killed, her mother-in-law dies of sorrow, Katie loses her unborn baby and her husband and his brother join the Confederate army. And like other women of her time, Katie disguises herself as a man and enlists under a fake name to be with her husband.
Here’s an excerpt from Confederate Rose.
This latest battle had taken a toll on him. He felt drained and needed to recoup and get some rest. Leaning back against a rock, he looked at the stars dotting the blackness. Moonlight brightened the landscape, producing an eerie glow.
His thoughts drifted to Annabelle. Was she back in Richmond waiting for word of her new fiancé? Their brief encounter assured him he no longer had feelings for her, but he worried that she’d revealed his identity to her husband-to-be. Since the captain hadn’t confronted him, though, he doubted she had. 
Smoke from the fire drifted to him, stinging his eyes. He wiped his sleeve across his face. When he opened them, a soldier approached. He focused his vision and realized Katie strode toward him. She’d acquired a new slouch hat from her brother-in-law. The large, black hat concealed her red curls.
When she settled down cross-legged beside him, her mood seemed pensive. She watched him a moment before speaking.

“I found something that belongs to you.”

His mouth went dry. Something was wrong. “What have you got?”

“I’m hating to have to say it, since I’d accused you of being a thief, but I stole something from you.” She looked away.

“What could you…?” He racked his mind trying to figure out what she could have taken.
“I went through yer pack.”
“In Patrick’s tent?”
“No, weeks ago back at the cabin. I went through it to try to learn more about you when you were in the stable. I found a letter and took it but didn’t have time to read it until now.”
Alex swallowed.

“It was a Federal dispatch. Yer a Yankee.”

His chest tightened. No wonder he’d been unable to find the dispatch. She’d had it all along. “What do you intend to do?” He hoped she wouldn’t discover his real motive. He could never harm her.

“You lied to me the whole time,” she said, disbelief marring her delicate features.

He exhaled the breath he’d held. “I had no choice.”

“If I’d known you to be a Yankee, I’d have shot you the first chance I got.” Her eyes glittered in the light of the fire. “You touched me…pretended to care fer me. And all the while, you lied to me.”

The raw hurt on her face broke his heart. He’d deceived her. He couldn’t deny it. “What do you intend to do?” he asked again.

She shook her head slowly. “I’m sorry, Alex, but ’tis me duty to turn you in.”

In honor of the 150th anniversary of the start of the American Civil War, I’d like to give away an autographed print copy of Confederate Rose in a random drawing of any comments left on this post by readers living in the US.

Anyone outside the US can also partipate, but the prize will be a pdf copy of Confederate Rose.

Confederate Rose available at The Wild Rose Press

1st place historical category of First Coast Romance Writers 2010 Beacon Contest for Published Authors!

2nd place historical category of 2010 New England Reader’s Choice Bean Pot Award!

Read opening chapters and get links to reviews at my website



  1. Vonnie Davis says:

    Loved the excerpt. You had me right there in the scene. Well done. I’m wishing you much luck with your latest book.

  2. Thanks, Vonnie! Check back tomorrow when I announce the winner of the free copy.

  3. Carlie A. says:


    Just caught this post. So great to see a great Civil War story-romance. I think there are so few set during this time period in the U.S.

    Can’t wait to check it out!


  4. Love this era in romance novels. I’m a Civil War re-enactor and one of the women in our group does lectures about Women Soldiers.
    Very interesting topic!
    Good post – love the excerpt 🙂

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Carlie and Jennifer! Be sure to check back tomorrow to see if you won.

  6. Caroline Clemmons says:

    Susan, lovely post. Best of luck with this and future novels!

  7. Debby Lee says:

    Hello Susan, ZI so love all things pertaining to the Civil War and I’d sooo love to win this book. Please enter me in the drawing. Thanks a bunch and best of luck to you with the book.
    Sincerely, Debby Lee

  8. Thanks, Caroline! And hi, Debby Lee! You’re entered and I’ll be announcing the winner shortly!

  9. […] Weekly Excerpts – Confederate Rose « Slip Into Something Victorian Katie O'Reilly is an Irish immigrant who is drawn into the war when Yankees invade her father-in-law's farm shortly after she marries. Her father-in-law is killed, her mother-in-law dies of sorrow, Katie loses her unborn baby and her . […]

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