Book Giveaway!

Vicki LogoWould you like to win an advance copy of Kansas Courtship? It’s my March 2010 release, but  I’m giving away three copies today.  To enter the drawing, just leave a comment below.  I’ll pull three names at random. 

This is Book #3 in the “After the Storm” series, a continuity set in 1860 in High Plains, Kansas, a town that’s been devastated by a tornado.  The first two books are High Plains Bride by Valerie Hansen and Heartland Wedding by Renee Ryan.  We’ll be hearing more from Renee on Saturday.

 Here’s the back cover blurb:

 Rising Storm . . .

Town founder Zeb Garrison is finally getting his wish–a qualified physician is coming to High Plains. Yet when Dr. N. Mitchell turns out to be the very pretty Nora Mitchell, Zeb is furious. The storm-torn town needs a doctor, but Zeb needs someone he can trust–not another woman who’s deceived him. If Nora’s going to change his mind, she’ll have to work fast. All she has is a one-month trial to prove her worth . . . to High Plains and to Zeb.

 

And here’s an excerpt . . .

Chapter One

 August 1860
High Plains Kansas

      “Look over yonder, missy,” said the old man driving the freight wagon. “That’s where a twister snatched up those children.”Kansas Courtship cropped

     Dr. Nora Mitchell turned on the high seat. With the dusty bonnet shielding her eyes, she looked past Mr. Crandall’s gray beard to a lush meadow. A breeze stirred the grass and she smelled loamy earth. With the scent came a whiff of the mules pulling the three freight wagons the last miles to High Plains. In her black medical bag she had the precious letter from Zebulun Garrison inviting her to interview for her first position as a paid physician.

     Never mind that she’d signed her letter to him as “Dr. N. Mitchell.” What difference did her gender make when it came to practicing medicine? None to her, but it mattered terribly to men with old fashioned ideas.

     She’d lived with that prejudice since the day she’d entered Geneva Medical College, the alma mater of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female doctor in America. The prejudice had become even more challenging once she graduated. She’d interviewed for fourteen positions in the past year and received fourteen rejections, all because of her gender.

     You’re female, Dr. Mitchell. That makes you unqualified.

     Women shouldn’t be subjected to the vulgarities of medicine.

     Perhaps you can find work as a midwife. That suits your gender.

     She’d been close to despair when a cousin wrote to her about an advertisement in the Kansas Gazette. Wanted: a licensed physician for a new Kansas town. Compensation dependent on experience. Contact Zebulun Garrison, High Plains, Kansas.

     She’d posted a letter to Mr. Garrison immediately. Not only had he offered “Dr. N. Mitchell” an interview, he’d sounded enthusiastic. “Our current doctor is retiring,” he’d written back. “We are a growing a community in need of a skilled practitioner with an adventurous spirit.”

     Nora had pictured bustling shops and a busy church. She’d imagined delivering babies, setting broken bones and treating croup and sore throats. Those expectations had changed as she’d traveled with the Crandalls. She’d split the riding time between Mr. Crandall and his wife, a buxom woman who’d birthed nine children and never stopped talking. As they’d traveled from St. Joseph to Topeka, south to Fort Riley and on to High Plains, the woman had told horrific tales about Kansas weather. Two months ago, a tornado wiped out half of High Plains and devastated a wagon train. Most frightening of all, it had snatched away the children Mr. Crandall just mentioned.

 

To pre-order from Amazon, click here:   Kansas Courtship, After the Storm.

Good luck to everyone! 

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Victoria Bylin is under contract with Bethany House Publishers for two inspirational contemporary romances.Prior to jumping to the present day, she wrote westerns for Harlequin Historical and Love Inspired Historical. Her books have finaled in the ACFW Carol Awards, the Rita Awards and RT Magazine’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards. She and her husband live in Lexington, Kentucky and have two grown sons. You can learn more about Vicki at www.victoriabylin.com

72 thoughts on “Book Giveaway!”

  1. I’ve been through one tornado in Wisconsin, in 1992. It’s amazing what destruction follows. It did bring our small city together. We luckily got some help from the surrounding areas. Two people did die.

    As an ex-nurse form the 70’s, I can say that prejudice was still evident then. Men were frowned upon as nurses and woman were just slowly getting into medical school. Due to the shortage of nurses many woman and men are now entering nursing and surprisingly many medical schools have more woman than men.

    I’d like to read how Doc Nora brings Zeb to his knees!!

  2. Hi DebH, This book is part of what’s called “continuity.” It stands alone, but it’s part of a series of connected books. The participating authors get a rough outline of what happens in each book. We basically get a hero, a heroine, a core conflict and a list of continuity elements.

    So . . . getting to your question at last! An editor came up with Nora and Zeb. I connected to them both right away. I wrote a lady doctor in 1899, but this book required all new research. Medicinie in 1860 and 1899 were worlds apart. In 1860, Nora would have been one of the very first lady docs in America. My 1899 heroine fought to get into Johns Hopkins. The arena for lady docs got bigger, but the fight didn’t change.

    Your name’s in the drawing box : )

  3. I would really be interested in reading this book. When we were doing genealogy research on my family we found out that one of our ancestors was the first female doctor in Missouri. I just find that fascinating.

  4. I love the Old West! It really calls to my heart. One of the most vivid female characters for this time period would be woman intelligent enough to become a physician, and brave enough to head West! Sounds wonderful! Please enter my name in the drawing.

    gcwhiskas at aol dot com

  5. Howdy Laurie G, One of the Study Questions in the back of the book is about prejudice toward women in medicine. The world has changed, but I suspect there will always be people who judge by gender.

    That tornado you experienced sounds horrific. I’ve never been through one, so I did some research to get the sensory details. The sound is what came home for me. It must be like hearing a train over your head.

    I’ve added you to the drawing. Good luck!

  6. Hi Linda, That’s very cool about your ancestor. Do you known when she lived? I’m guessing post Civil War? I heard from another genealogy person who had a relative with one of my character’s names. It’s pure coincidence but still fun.

    I’ve got you in the contest!

  7. Hi Virginia C, You’ve described Dr. Nora Mitchell perfectly. She’s brave, intelligent and filled with compassion. She’s also got quite a temper, as poor Zeb finds out!

    Got you in the drawing!

  8. I would love to have a chance to read this book it sounds very interesting. Sounds like there is a lot of history in it.

    Good luck everyone!!!!!!!!!

  9. Hi Brenda, This was a fun book to research. I got to learn about tornadoes and medicine in 1860. Surprisingly, the biggest challenge was getting my heroine from her home in New York to Kansas in a timely manner. The original plot line called for her to hear about the position after the tornado, and to arrive soon after. That didn’t work at all! It took weeks, even months, to travel as far as she did.

    You’re in the drawing 🙂 Good luck!

  10. Oh Victoria , I really like to read this book. One reason coz you are new Author for me, and i like to read more Historical romance nowadays !

  11. Victoria,It sounds simply yummy,I love to read books like this,so yes please count me in too,thank you!
    vlbelk(at)hotmail.com

  12. This sounds like a fascinating look into history. I am in the throws of writing a western historical and love to read as many different authors as physically possible.Please put my name in the pot.I just found your website yesterday and can’t wait to read some your author’s.

  13. Hi Elizabeth! There are definitely shades of Dr. Quinn here. My editor even mentioned the series to me. The biggest difference is the setting and the time period. Dr. Quinn is quite a bit later. I loved that series!

    Howdy Jeannene! Your name is in the hat! Reading other writers is a great way to hone your craft. Good luck with your ms!

  14. The very first biography I ever read was about Elizabeth Blackwell. I think I was in 5th or 6th grade. I can still see the cover in my mind. These pioneers really had to be tenacious, didn’t they – and had to have a tough skin to deal with all the prejudice they faced. I love how they could be so tough yet so tender to the patients they treated. Sign me up! *grin*

  15. Ah, Vicky, can’t wait to read this as you know I have been singing the praises of all the After the Storm books, contemporary and historical. I just finished Renee’s and can’t wait to read yours.

  16. Vicki,

    Oh my gosh I have the other books in this series. I would just die to get my hands on this one.

    All of your books are so wonderful I am glad to know you

    Walk in harmony,

    Melinda

  17. Growing up in a town devastated by one of the most destructive tornadoes on record–and with a grandmother who was terrified of storms from that day on–I can almost see what your characters have faced.

    Kansas Courtship looks wonderful, Vicki!

  18. Congrats on your new release Victoria! Your book sounds like a fantastic read! I love the first chapter you posted and can’t wait to read the rest. Thanks for sharing!

    ghurt110 AT bellsouth DOT net

  19. I have been following this series from contemporary to historical and was really happy to see you were one of the authors.I have read to other 2 books and look forward to your wrapping things up.

  20. Hi Everyone, Had to run to the grocery store. My sister-in-law’s coming over for lunch : )

    Hi anon1: Got you for the drawing. I don’t have the contemporary titles handy, but I’ll post them later. There were six books in that one. The LIH “After the Storm” titles are: (1) “High Plains Bride,” by Valerie Hansen; (2) “Heartland Wedding” by Renee Ryan. I’m No. 3.

  21. Karen, Julie and JenT! I’ve got you on the list.

    Karen, Elizabeth Blackwell is mentioned in the book. I’m glad the continuity editor did her homework! If the series had started much earlier, I’d have had a problem!

    Julie, Thank you for loving LI and LIH! You’re the best!

    JenT, Good luck with drawing!

  22. Hi Melinda, It was great fun to work with Val and Renee. I’m glad you’re enjoying the series. Your name is in the hat : )

    Hello Tracy, Surviving a tornado would definitely change a person. That’s part of the hero’s story arc. He doesn’t see life the same after the tornado hits.

    Hi Quilt Lady! Glad you liked the beginning. It was a challenge to tie in the continuity elements, especially coming in at the end. Your name is in the Stetson for the drawing!

    Hi Jeanne, My lady doctor had quit a time of it! It was great fun giving her a happy ending. I’ve got you listed for the drawing 🙂

  23. Hi Joye! Happy Valentine’s Day to you too! I’ve got you listed for the drawing.

    Hello Pam, Doing the third book was both fun and satisfying. I knew the ending before anyone else : ) I’ve to your name in the hat! Good luck!

    Howdy, Colleen! Good luck with the drawing! Glad you enjoyed the excerpt 🙂

    Hello Charlene, I was happy with the cover. The mill is perfect and so is the hero. The heroine looks a little snooty to me, but that’s okay. I figure she’d just put the hero in his place, again!

  24. Hi Victoria!

    The plot sounds wonderful, women doctors really were frowned upon back in that era, the excerpt really sets up the coming conflict! Love the cover too, very lush.
    Enter me in!

  25. Hi Vicki, I totally love continuities! And a story about a female doctor in such a prejudicial time period intrigues me to no end. (I confess to being a Dr. Quinn addict. Fortunaately I’ve found it shown on an obscure cable channel and get to DVR it.)

    Best of luck with a ton of sales, my talented filly sister! oxoxoxoxoxox

  26. Hi Karyn, You’re so right about women doctors having a hard time. My heroine had to be both thick-skinned and compassionate. And brave! I’ve got you in the drawing 🙂

    Hello Tanya! I had a ton of fun working with fellow authors Val and Renee. With the continuity elements, we had to be thinking alike, or else there’d be trouble ahead!

    Hi Edna, I’ve added you to the drawing. Thank you for putting the button on your blog. That’s awesome!

  27. My background is in nursing so I love reading
    any and everything medical. I will love delving
    into the adventures of Nora and Zeb!

    Pat Cochran

  28. Hi Pat, The medical angle was a real challenge. It had to be true to the period, of course. And I have a scene that required something pretty specific (no spoilers!) A doctor-friend helped me out with it.

    You’re in the drawing!

  29. Hi Vicki,

    Don’t worry about entering me in the drawing, but I looooooooved what I’ve read of this book. I’ve read the other two in the series (okay, I wrote one of the other two) and I’m really looking forward to this one. I just ordered a bunch off eHarlequin!!! Woohooooo!

    ~Renee~

  30. Hi Renee! The three books really fit together well. Those continuity elements were a challenge, but it worked out in the end!

    Hi Karen B! You’re in the drawing! I came to Dr. Quinn a bit late. I watched in when it went to reruns during the afternoon. Loved it!

  31. darn those excerpts…they’re such teasers! i wanted more–sounds like a great book!
    like everyone said, reminds me a little of “dr quinn medicine woman”-y
    one of my favorite shows in my youth 🙂

    thanks for offering the givaway!
    three is very generous 🙂

  32. Hi Tabitha, I’ve added your name to the hat. The big difference between this book and Dr. Quinn is the hero. Sully was a mountain man, as I recall. My hero is a millwright. He grew up poor, but the man knows his way around Boston society.

    It’s a joy to give away books, especially here at P&P!

  33. Vicki, this looks like a great book! You’ve certainly piqued my interest with the excerpt. I love stories where a heroine is trying desperately to fit in where people think she doesn’t belong. It was really hard for female doctors. I can’t wait to read this. Guess I’ll be making the drive into Lubbock to try to find it.

  34. What a beautiful cover! I would love to read this one/ I like stories of women breaking into traditional “male professions”

  35. Hi Estella, I’ve got you on the list.

    Hello Karen! It’s great fun to do a giveaway, especially with a continuity. A few lucky readers won’t have to wait until March to see what happens to the twins : )

    Hello Linda, My heroine had a lot to prove to some very reluctant people, especially to the hero. This was book #10 for me, and truly the most fun to write.

  36. Hi Marelou, The heroine for this book definitely battled stereotypical expectations. I enjoyed telling her story. I’ve got you in the drawing.

    Howdy Connie! I’ve got you in the drawing 🙂 Good luck!

    Hello Abi, It’s a joy to write for LIH. Your name is in the hat!

  37. Victoria,
    I find it interesting that women were considered too delicate to handle the “vulgarities” of medicine. They, who have been the care givers for centuries, nursed friends & family, birthed and raised children, worked side by side with men, and hunted & fought to maintain their families, would be offended and are too sensitive to set a stranger’s leg? More like they were afraid of the competition because they knew women could do the job and do it well.
    This sounds like a good series. My daughter and I will enjoy it.
    Good luck with the release!

  38. Hi, Victoria!
    As always, I look forward to your next novel. My Kindle version is already preordered, but I’d be delighted to be entered in the giveaway!
    Peace and harmony,
    Jan Smith

    p.s. to you only, I miss your mom terribly.
    Jan

  39. Jan! It’s wonderful to hear from you. Not an hour goes by that I don’t have a wonderful memory of my mom. She was amazing, wasn’t she? I know how much she enjoyed your friendship 🙂

    For those of you who don’t know, my mom passed away in July from COPD/emphysema. It was a very sad time, but she was surrounded by family and friends. So was I. God is good.

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