JASON’S ANGEL–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.       

 

Cheryl Pierson
A native Oklahoman, I've been influenced by the west all my life. I love to write short stories and novels in the historical western and western romance genres, as well as contemporary romantic suspense! Check my Amazon author page to see my work: http://www.amazon.com/author/cherylpierson
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30 Comments

  1. Cheryl,

    Congrats on your May releases! I agree, writing with the Civil War as the background is so emotional. The lives and families this conflict tore apart is devastating. Loved the snippet from JASON’S ANGEL, sounds fantastic. Great twist that Jason is a Southerner fighting for the Union.

    Please don’t enter me in the drawing. I just got on Amazon and bought the anthology.

    Kirsten

  2. Thanks so much Kirsten! I’m so glad you liked the excerpt. Yes, sometimes I tend to write “twisty” stuff. LOL So glad to know you got the anthology, and I know you will enjoy it.
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  3. Love it… I love anything about the Cival War.. I think I would have fit right in with those southern belles… I think Scarlett and I would have been BFF’s…lol

  4. Great excerpt! I wrote about the Civil War too in my “Trail of Thread” book series. Lots of material in the old western times to give us writers ideas for stories. My author site is http://www.LindaHubalek.com.

  5. Hey Kathleen,
    I think I would have loved Scarlett. LOL She was manipulative, but she had to be for the survival of the entire family! I love GWTW so much. A great book. So glad you enjoyed the excerpt.
    Cheryl

  6. Hi Cheryl, congrats on the wonderful story. I too love Civil War-set books and movies. That old Jimmie Stewart movie SShenandoah gets me every time. The title gave me a smile. Years ago I had a student named Jason Angell! His cousin married a guy named Arcangel. Lots of angelsand archangels at that wedding LOL. Keep up the good work. oxoxox

  7. Hi Cheryl, love the excerpt! I love stories set during the Civil War time, their one of my favorite settings of all time. GWTW has always been a favorite book of mine. Its the book that truly got me started reading. This book sound fabulous and I would love to read it.

    ghurt110 AT bellsouth DOT net

  8. Love it! Love it! Love it! Congratulations on your super month!
    Lorenzc@huntel.net

  9. Woo-Hoo! Congratulations on the new release. It looks great and what an intriguing excerpt. I love strong heroines who are equally as strong as their heroes. Can’t wait to read this. Is it available in print form or only as an e-book?

  10. Haven’t read anything with a Civil War theme in
    quite a while, this story sounds great! It has
    gone on my TBR list. Congratulations on your new
    releases!

  11. Love anthologies! It has been awhile since I read a Civil War story… thanks for sharing the excerpt with us, enjoyed it! 😀

  12. Tanya!
    I just wrote you a long response that vanished when I hit “submit”–GRRR! I love the Civil War stories, too, and Shenandoah was one that just tugged at my heart strings and still does, every time I watch it. I remember going to the theater and seeing it when I was just a young kid and how sad it was even then to me. That time period is very hard to write, I think. Not sure I could do a longer novel during that time period or not. Thanks for commenting!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  13. Hi Virginia,
    Oh, I’m like you–GWTW was such a fave for me. I think because my mom just loved that movie so much. I remember when I was about 8 or 9, and they brought it back for a showing in Oklahoma City at one of the nice theaters here. We lived in Seminole, about 60 miles away, but we got DRESSED UP and wore our white gloves, etc. and went to that showing. They had ushers with tuxes on, and a red carpet at the door, etc. WOW, I have never forgotten that. Of course, when I got a bit older, I tackled reading that book, and have read it over and over since then, but it really was one of those books that I would put in the running as THE GREAT AMERICAN NOVEL. LOL This anthology that I’m in is great because there are stories from all different eras. Very interesting–that’s what I like about writing short stories with Victory Tales Press–all their anthologies are that way, so there’s something for everyone.
    Thanks so much for reading and commenting–I’m entering you in the drawing!
    Cheryl

  14. Hi Connie,
    Thanks so much! I am so excited–next time (June 8) I’ll be talking about my latest story in the most recent anthology with VTP, A WESTERN SAGA, and doing a giveaway with that one, too. I’m putting your name in the drawing!
    Cheryl

  15. Hi Linda,
    So glad you liked the excerpt! Yes, everything at Victory Tales Press goes to print except their .99 stories with the Western Trail Blazer imprint. Rebecca Vickery, the owner of VTP, will be our guest here at P&P on July 23. Thanks for commenting, my filly sis!
    Cheryl

  16. Hi Pat,
    Thanks so much for the congrats–this has just been a fabulous month for me and I have yet another short story due out in a VTP anthology in June, and one that will be out with an anthology of strictly western writers in July–more about that as details become available–I’ll keep y’all posted. Thanks for your comment!
    Cheryl

  17. Cheryl, congrats on your May releases! I loved the excerpt. It has been a while for me to read a book dealing with the civil war, but this story got me interested.

  18. Hi Colleen,
    If you love anthologies, Victory Tales Press is the place for you! LOL They have a lot of great anthologies and they are all available in print or e-book format. They are very reasonable, but in July, they are planning a Christmas in July sale where you can REALLY stock up for a good savings, if you can wait. Rebecca Vickery will be here with us on July 23, and will have some giveaways, I’m sure, as well. Thanks so much for commenting, and I’m putting your name in the drawing for later on! So glad you stopped by.
    Cheryl

  19. Hi Becky,
    As I say, I don’t normally write Civil War era stories because for me, it’s difficult to come up with a hopeful HEA ending for the characters, (which I always have to have!) but this one worked. Glad to know the excerpt got your interest up!
    Cheryl

  20. Cheryl,
    Sounds like you have a winner her. I love anthologies. They always offer a good selection of authors and stories. Saw your comment to Colleen above and will be looking forward to July. Hopefully by then I will have an e-reader.
    The Civil War was such a heartbreaking conflict. It is unfortunate so many still will not let it go. Enjoyed the excerpt and am certain I will enjoy the story.

    Hope you aren’t in the path of all these storms hitting the country.

  21. Congratulations on the new release, Cheryl. Sorry I’m so slow checking in today.

  22. Patricia,

    Thanks so much! I love anthologies, too. I will remind everyone again when July rolls around and I get more details about the “Christmas in July” sale with VTP–I hope you get your e-reader by then, too, Pat. You’re right–the Civil War is still being fought on many fronts–I find it just fascinating that’s going on 150 years later. The first huge tornado that hit OK County yesterday (Piedmont) was about 3-5 miles from my house–a bit close for comfort. I grew up here in OK, and I’m not afraid, but I sure have a healthy respect for these killer tornadoes. Today has been calm and sunny with just a few minutes of rain. Glad it’s overwith for now.
    Cheryl

  23. Hey Mary,
    Thanks so much for the congrats! I’ve been slow today, too, with trying to catch up with everything from the past couple of days of bad weather.
    Cheryl

  24. Great excerpt! I enjoy stories about the Civil War.

  25. Hi Estella,
    So glad you enjoyed it! I’ll enter you in the drawing.
    Cheryl

  26. Hi Cheryl,

    I have to say I do like how you wrote Jason’s character. During the Civil War error. Half Indian people was treated worse than slaves. I know living in the South.

    Like I said in the other blog. I’m Tuscarora Indian and I have Cherokee ancestry also. They are our cousins. My family has been in NC for hundreds of years. Some of my family were even slaves.

    Your portrayal of how Jason was treated by both sides pretty much sums it up. You did a great job with this Cheryl.

    Teresa K.
    tcwgrlup41(at)yahoo.com

  27. Hi Teresa,
    Thanks so much for coming over and commenting! I appreciate that so much. I love Jason in this story because he is so “out there”– I mean, he literally has no one…until…LOL Well, you know, all my stories have their HEAs, but the characters have to be run through the wringer to get to it. I’m entering your name in the drawing, Teresa!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  28. Hey everyone,
    I’m going to go ahead and post my winners because we are (can you believe it) getting some more storms moving in!!!! Anyhow, I just drew names and my winners are…TERESA AND VIRGINIA!!!!!!
    So girls, your prizes will be headed your way shortly! Thanks again for participating!
    Hugs,
    Cheryl

  29. Cheryl,
    Glad the tornado missed you. One of the ones that hit NE TN came within 200 yards of our house. We are still finding debris in our yard. I didn’t grow up with them, I grew up in northern NY, although I see they are under a tornado watch today there, too. It does sort of destroy one’s sense of security. The storms are so much worse out your way. The mountains here helped keep the severity of the storms down a bit, I think. Hope the rest of the tornado season is uneventful for you.

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