My newest ebook, an American Victorian romance, is scheduled for release from The Wild Rose Press in late January 2014, but is now available early exclusively at Amazon.
I’m sharing the blurb today, plus an excerpt. Anyone who leaves a comment today will be eligible to win a PDF copy of The Physician’s Irish Lady. Winner to be announced in the comment section tomorrow. Be sure to leave a way for me to contact you.
Blurb: Keara Fagan is falsely accused of insurrection against the British and sentenced to indentured servitude in Australia. The Irish native escapes on a ship bound for America with no money and the clothes on her back. Now, she must stay on the run while trying to survive in a strange land.
As Dr. Elliot James travels by train from Philadelphia to York, a young woman faints at his feet. He’s sworn, as a physician, to aid the sick and injured, but fears this woman needs more than medical help. Enchanted by her beauty and touched by her dignity, he buys her a meal and offers her a place to stay in his small Pennsylvania town.
But a mysterious Irishman pursues her to the idyllic town surrounded by scenic farmland. Is he the abusive husband come to claim his runaway wife, or someone more sinister?
Dr. Elliot James studied his notebook as passengers stepped off the train. He’d be relieved to disembark at York. His trip to the medical conference in Philadelphia had been a huge success. The new techniques would aid his small practice encompassing the town of Fairfield and the neighboring rural area.
A crash and commotion a few seats behind him, sent his head swiveling.
“I think she’s fainted,” a man said.
Elliot glanced back at a young woman sprawled in the aisle. Her bonnet had slipped from her head, revealing red-gold hair. The conductor patted her cheeks in an effort to revive her.
Elliot rose from his seat. “Allow me to take a look.”
The conductor gave way as Elliot sank to the floor. The woman’s eyes were closed, but her chest rose steadily with each breath. He grasped her wrist checking for a pulse. A long strand of hair had come loose from her bun. He pushed the silky strand away from her pale cheek.
“She’s not dead, is she?” The conductor’s shaggy brows drew down in concern.
“No, she likely just fainted. Help me get her into the seat beside me. I’ll see if I can revive her.”
Elliot and the conductor lifted her into the window seat. The physician turned and faced the remaining passengers. “Is anyone traveling with this woman?”
Five men and two women shook their heads.
“I think she boarded alone,” the conductor offered.
“Fine then.” Elliot turned toward the woman, where she lay against the back of the seat, before he dug in his bag. Pulling out smelling salts, he lifted one of the vials under her nose and held the back of her head.
She coughed. Her eyes flew open, then widened. “What…where am I?”
Elliot nodded at the conductor who hovered over the seat. “I’m sure she’ll be fine. I’ll take care of her for now.”
The conductor nodded, then strode ahead to assist new passengers to board.
“You’ll be fine, Miss. I’m a physician. It seems you fainted in the aisle.”
“Fainted?” she sputtered.
“Yes.” He glanced at the station. “Did you wish to disembark here?”
“‘Tis to York I be needing to go.” She leaned forward clutching her stomach.
Elliot studied her. “Are you ill?”
A loud growl rose from her gut. Her lips quivered into the semblance of a smile. “Just a wee bit hungry, ’tis all. I’ll be fine.’
Elliot frowned. “Tell me, when did you last eat?”
“I—ah, I can’t be sure.”
The Physician’s Irish Lady coming 1/22/14
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