Monday, July 30, 2012

Wedded to War by Jocelyn Green Ends August 6th


Jocelyn Green is an award-winning author and freelance writer. A former military wife, she authored, along with contributing writers, Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and Faith Deployed . . . Again: More Daily Encouragement for Military Wives. Jocelyn also co-authored of Stories of Faith and Courage from the War in Iraq & Afghanistan, which won the Gold Medal from the Military Writers Society of America in 2010, and Stories of Faith and Courage from the Home Front, which inspired her first novel: Wedded to War. She loves Mexican food, Broadway musicals, Toblerone chocolate bars, the color red, and reading on her patio. Jocelyn lives with her husband Rob and two small children in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Visit her at JocelynGreen.com.

I'm pleased to have Jocelyn Green on my blog this week. She is giving away a copy of Wedded to War. Leave a comment to be entered.
Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.
I’m in my office, still in my pajamas at 6:30 in the morning.

What is the funniest, strangest, or most interesting thing you have learned when doing research?
I found so many interesting things while doing this research, the first big one being the fact that nursing was considered a man’s job before the Civil War. Women who wanted to nurse were, at the beginning, seen as scandalous.

As for a funny story, I laughed out loud when I read that one soldier who was wounded in the thigh yelled at the field surgeon that if the surgeon had taken off his leg after his injury during the last battle, he wouldn’t have been hit! The surgeon said he found the logic hard to argue with. J

If you were told you were being sent back to live in the 19th Century, and you could bring one thing from today, what would that be?
Deodorant for everyone. LOL! Good choice!

What is something that very few people know about you?
I used to play and teach piano lessons.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)
I love my Kindle, but if there was a fire (or a flood, which is at least as likely here in Iowa) I would grab our family scrapbooks first.

If you could live in any time period other than the one we live in, when and where would that be and why?
The 1950s. Right after World War 2, it seems like the country was full of hope and opportunity.

Do you think birth order affects the way you write?
What a great question! I have never considered this before. I don’t know if it affects the way I write, but I can imagine it affects my inclination to write. (I have one older brother.)

If you were writing a book about your life what would the title be?
The Long Way Home. Growing up here in Iowa, I used to think I would never, no never, want to live here again. I left after high school and lived in Indiana, Mexico, London, Austria, Washington, D.C., and then Alaska before deciding the Midwest is actually a great place to have a family. And my parents live here, which means they can have a close relationship with my children. Honestly, if we didn’t live here, 20 minutes from my parents, I don’t think I’d be able to write. They are so supportive by watching the kids when I’m on a deadline.

What one novel did you read that made you want to be a part of the story?
Little House on the Prairie. I loved those books.

 
When war erupted, she gave up a life of privilege for a life of significance.
Tending to the army's sick and wounded meant leading a life her mother does not understand and giving up a handsome and approved suitor. Yet Charlotte chooses a life of service over privilege, just as her childhood friend had done when he became a military doctor. She soon discovers that she's combating more than just the rebellion by becoming a nurse. Will the two men who love her simply stand by and watch as she fights her own battles? Or will their desire for her wage war on her desire to serve God?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey's letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured. This is the first in the series "Heroines Behind the Lines: Civil War," a collection of novels that highlights the crucial contributions made by women during times of war.

DOUBLE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING by following my blog with Powered by FEEDBURNER on the right, and don't miss any giveaways (the button with the flame). If you already follow my blog go ahead and follow by FEEDBURNER so you can be entered twice. If you're not getting an email telling you I have a new giveaway you're not following through Feedburner. Just mention that you follow through Feedburner when you leave a comment with each giveaway and you'll be entered twice.

Be sure to leave your email address. Please check your junk mail on and the day after the drawing. I've had to redraw because of no responses. Subject box will have: winner of (book title). I'll email the winner and they'll have seven days to respond. If I don't hear back I'll draw another name. USA shipping only. Thanks so much and please stop back again! Drawing will be held Monday,  July 30th 8:00 A.M. EST. Offer void where prohibited. Odds of winning vary due to the number of entrants.


80 comments:

  1. I would like to win this book!!! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hey Kathleen! Thanks for stopping by. Good luck on winning!!

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  2. I am a Feedburner follower receiving e-mails of your new posts! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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  3. I am a Google Friend Connect follower! I see my little window with the little brown hearts hanging down up there! Kathleen
    lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Lane, I love your enthusiasm! Thanks for your interest in Wedded to War, and good luck in the drawing!

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  4. Great interview! I'm a huge Civil War fan. As a living historian, I have studied some CW medicine. Some of the true stories are stranger than fiction!

    Congrats on you novel! I look forward to reading it!

    loree dot huebner at yahoo dot com

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    1. *your* novel ~ tricky fingers this afternoon...

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    2. Loree, so nice to meet you! How did you go about studying Civil War medicine? I'm writing a novel set in Gettysburg right now (the aftermath of the battle) and I'm wondering if I should visit your sources, too! :)

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    3. LOL Loree! Thanks for stopping by. Love that time period too. My crit partner writes in it. Jocelyn you might be interested in joining our CW loop. Great group of CW fans.

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  5. I'd love to win a copy of this book. I enjoy historical fiction, especially from the Civil War era. Thank you so much for offering this giveaway!
    Nancee
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    1. Hi Nancee, I'm glad you're a Civil War historical fiction fan! There's so much human drama packed into those years, isn't there? Good luck!

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    2. Hey Nancee. Thanks for following via Feedburner. And thanks for stopping by!

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  6. Looks like an interesting novel, Civil War stories intrigue me.
    pacjacjac[at]aol[dot]com

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    1. Hey Patricia, thanks for coming by. We live in the middle of CW history so of course I love it!

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  7. Thanks for the great Interview, I love reading about the Author.
    Jocelyn, your Book sounds awesome and I can't wait to read it, please add me to your Giveaway.

    I'm a Follower

    ingrids62448(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Hey Ingrid, thanks so much for coming by. I'm throwing your name in the hat twice! Good luck.

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    2. Thank you Ingrid! Hope you get a chance to read it!

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  8. oH YES GOTTA READ THIS GREAT BOOK BY WRITER Jocelyn Green.....I would luv to win a copy of Jocelyn Green.....I have shared on facebook and twitter and I am a follower through feedburner....babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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    1. I got in such a big hurry that I forgot to add that I would luv to win a paperback copy of Jocelyn Green's new book 'Wedded To War'...babyruthmac16@yahoo.com

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    2. LOL! Well I'm throwing your name in there a couple times. Thanks for following and sharing through twitter and FB. Good luck

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    3. Thank you for helping to spread the word about the book! Good luck in the drawing!!

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  9. Genuine history buff here and this sounds like a fascinating read! Thank you for entering me in the drawing.
    twinwillowsfarm at gmail dot com

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    1. Hey Pegg. Isn't history fascinating? Just love reading about it and stories set in it.

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    2. Hi Pegg, if you like history, you'll definitely love the book. I have a bibliography up at heroinesbehindthelines.com (click the resources tab) as well as maps and photos, if you want a sneak peek!

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  10. I'd love to read this book! Looks like a great story!

    Emreilly303(AT)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Emily and good luck!

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    2. I hope you get a chance to! Thanks for entering!

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  11. I think this book looks so good! Can't wait to get my hands on a copy real soon!

    Dreilly316(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Good luck, Debbie. Thanks for coming by.

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    2. Debbie, that would be great! Hope you can start reading it very soon!

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  12. Please enter my name in the drawing!

    Jreilly316(at)verizon(dot)net

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    1. John, thank you for your interest in Wedded to War! Good luck!

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  13. Jocelyn,
    I've heard wonderful things about your book and would love to win a copy of it!

    beckydwriter(at)gmail(dot)com

    Blessings!

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    1. Glad you're hearing good things. The cover on this book is beautiful. It is so true to the time period.

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    2. Becky, thank you so much for your kind words! People are really loving the history behind the story, as well as the fictional parts. Good luck in the drawing! Oh and DebbieLynne, I'm so glad you like the cover. The publisher was really wonderful about making all kinds of changes to it so that it WOULD be true to the time period. For instance, at first her hair was hanging down, which was a no-no for nice girls of the Victorian age. We also caught the wrong number of stars in the flag, etc. But I am thrilled with the final product and I'm getting excited as we are working on designs for the next cover now!

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  14. I like that it's based on a true story; I just love true-blue history! It sounds great!
    bskaggs@zoominternet(dot)net

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    1. Hey Teddy! Great to see you again! Thanks for coming by. Good luck.

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    2. Teddy, you sound like my kind of girl! :) I love history, too. I often think I should have double majored in history and English in college, but English was enough for me to handle at the time. And I feel like I'm getting little independent study courses in every time I write a new novel. :)

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  15. Have on my wish list and so wishing I can win. Thanks,

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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    1. Hey Brenda,

      Thanks for coming by. I'm glad this is on your wish list! Good luck!

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    2. I'm glad this is on your wish list, too! Good luck!

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  16. I am a feedburner follower

    misskallie2000 at yahoo dot com

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  17. I wonder if you'll actually send the book to me in Costa Rica if I win...but since Jocelyn was a fabulous roommate in college, I'd trust anything she writes, and I'd love to win a free book!! Megan Crow. agentspot at hotmail dot com

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    1. Megan! Ha! Bless your heart for entering! If you won and the shipping was an issue, I would personally take care of it. :)

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    2. How sweet of you Jocelyn! Thanks for entering Megan.

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  18. Ooh, this looks like a great book! Please enter me!

    lubell1106(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi Elyssa!I saw you over at Mocha with Linda recently--and good news! You won my book over there! See http://mochawithlinda.blogspot.com/2012/07/author-interview-and-giveaway.html All you need to do is email Linda your mailing address!! :)

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    2. Hi, Jocelyn! Yes, I did see that I won over at Linda's blog- thanks! I'm actually entering this one for a friend. =)

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    3. Woo Hoo Elyssa! Good for you!

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    4. Great! Thanks for helping to spread the word, Elyssa!

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  19. I can't wait to read this book- count me in! Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

    jennycohen104(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Jenny, thanks for entering! Good luck!

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    2. Hey Jenny. Thanks so much for stopping by. Good luck!

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  20. I enjoy reading about the Civil War. Thanks for the chance to win this book.

    I am a follower.

    pbclark(at)netins(dot)net

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    1. Thanks for entering! If you like reading about the Civil War, this will definitely be up your alley. BTW, Ruby is the name of one of my favorite characters in the book!

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    2. Thanks for stopping by! And for being a follower and so faithful! Good Luck!

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  21. I would love to win this book! Especially since it's the start of a new series...
    I follow via feedburner=)
    Patty
    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Patty! Good luck in the drawing! I hope you get to read this too, but don't worry, the books in the series can also be read as stand-alones. They each feature different characters in different settings and time periods within the Civil War.

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    2. It does sound wonderful, doesn't it? Good luck, Patty and thanks for following.

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  22. I would love to read this. I hated history in school, but I love to read historical fiction... I think it's because it's not just facts, it's feelings as well. I've seen this book all over the blogosphere and it looks great!

    I am a follower as well.

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    1. Hey Ladette. Thank you for coming by and for following! It's good to see you here today. Good Luck!

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    2. Hi Ladette, thanks for entering! I hope you get a chance to get your hands on a copy very soon!

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  23. I love that you have based your story on a real life heroine. What those letters must have revealed! This is one I'd like to read, since I also write Civil War. Awesome to see that Civil War fiction isn't dead. :)
    mahereenie (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. Hey Girlfriend! Thanks for stopping by. LOL! Like I need your email addy. This book does look awesome.

      Kathy is my crit partner and knows CW history like you wouldn't believe. She's an awesome writer too. Finaled in historical in ACFW Genesis. And of course it is set during the CW. Her last year's Historical Romance semi finaled in the Genesis. And I won't even begin to list the other contests she's finaled in.

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    2. Wow! Well it's a pleasure to "meet" you Kathleen- but your name looks really familiar. We may have interacted online or in an email loop before- are you on the ACFW historical loop? Either way, good luck, and I would love to hear what you think of Wedded to War since you also write Civil War books!

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  24. I'm a huge fan of the Civil War time... this book looks like it's right up my alley! Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    thejesusfreak62(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Great! This is the book for you then. Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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  25. What a great giveaway! I love anything pertaining to wars and history, and this book looks really good!

    icohen62(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. Glad you came by Ira. Good luck!

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  27. The Civil War is one of my most favorite subjects to read about! I am really looking forward your book!

    I am a follower...

    samanthaakuiper(at)gmail(dot)com

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  28. Hey Samantha! GReat to see you here! I didn't realize how many CW lovers were out there! This wonderful. Good luck! And thanks for following my blog!

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  29. I love that the novel is based on the life of a real person.

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  30. I follow your blog. I would love to win this book as I have read nothing by this author.
    jrs362 at hotmail dot com

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  31. Sounds great! Please enter me in the giveaway!

    writer_weaverATyahooDOTcom

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  32. Thanks everyone for your interest in Wedded to War! Good luck to all of you. And if you want to know a little more about the book and the history behind it, be sure to visit www.heroinesbehindthelines.com. There are maps, photos, resources, character sketches, etc., plus an amazing book trailer! Good luck!

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  33. This sounds like a wonderful story about the war era, Jocelyn you wish to live in the 50's were you able to choose another lifetime, I did and I can tell you they were better then today to me-slower pace and not so much crime-neighbors helped one another.
    Paula O(kyflo130@yahoo.com)

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