Monday, March 23, 2015

Spy of Richmond by Jocelyn Green ends March 30th



 Please welcome Jocelyn Green to The Sword and Spirit. Jocelyn has generously offered to give away a copy of her new release, Spy of Richmond to one lucky commenter! Details at the bottom of the post.

Where are you right now (LVR, DR, Bathroom) and what are you wearing? You have to tell the truth.

I’m in my office, wearing flannel pajamas, slippers, and bathrobe. It’s 5:30am and I’ve been up since 3-something, thanks to our new cat we adopted just yesterday. He is so sweet, but became a little too active on our bed and I couldn’t get back to sleep.

Do your characters ever give you surprises when you are writing? Can you give us an example if they do and if they don’t, do you know why?

Yes! With Spy of Richmond, I worked on the hero’s backstory for weeks if not months, and he just did not capture my heart. I couldn’t even decide on a good name for him, which should have been a sign. Finally, somehow it hit me. He was not the hero. The real hero of Spy of Richmond was a character I had developed for a subplot in a previous novel. One I figured that out, everything came together much better.


Many writers will say they see stories all around them. Is there someplace you found this story?

Yes. I had been reading about the Richmond spymistress Elizabeth Van Lew. Several books have been written about her already, and while she is certainly fascinating, my imagination took flight when I considered the unnamed men and women taking the real risks to deliver the information to her. Sophie Kent represents one of those young women.

Do you have a favorite scene in this book and what would it be?

It’s hard to choose, but one favorite that comes to mind is when Harrison Caldwell arrives at Bella Jamison’s house to tell her he plans to infiltrate Richmond for a news story, and wants to deliver a letter from her to her husband who is imprisoned there while he’s at it. Bella insists on sacrificing her own freedom to join him on his errand for reasons I’ll let the reader discover on her own. But I remember that scene almost wrote itself. The energy between Harrison and Bella, their arguments, their eventual agreement… the characters really took that scene over.

Did anyone inspire you to write or was this something you always wanted to do?

I’ve always wanted to write, every since I could spell.

If you could be any character in any literary book who would you be and why?

Anne Shirley, of Anne of Green Gables. She has a beautiful island, vivid imagination, and she gets to marry Gilbert Blythe!

What is something that very few people know about you?

I am secretly haunted by the fact that I haven’t scrapbooked in five years.

What is your favorite material item that you own (examples: ipod, Gone with the Wind book, grandmother’s rocking chair)

My Kindle. I have so many books on it and can carry it with my anywhere!

What is your favorite time period to write in?

Well, so far, I’ve only written in the Civil War when it comes to fiction, but now I’m exploring several different centuries, all of which precede the 1860s.

Are you or any close family members in the characters personalities?

My husband has inspired certain qualities in different heroes I’ve written. In fact, one of the most highlighted passages in the Kindle version of Widow of Gettysburg is a speech from the hero during his proposal, and it is almost word for word a poem my husband had written for me before we were married. I also relate to Harrison, the reporter and hero of Spy of Richmond, since I was a journalist for years.

If you could live in any time period when and where would that be and why?

The Progressive Era—early 1900s. So much was changing and developing, and women were really breaking through their barriers at least on some levels. It must have been an exciting time to live!

If you could visit any place in the world where would you go and why?

I’ve been to several countries in Europe but I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland! The history is amazing, and so is the scenery.

If you could meet any person alive or dead who would that be and why? (excluding the Lord)

Nellie Bly. Born in 1864, she grew up to be a ground-breaking reporter, which was remarkable for a young women in those days. She launched a new kind of investigative journalism and wrote an expos√© on the conditions inside an insane asylum, among other stories. She also traveled around the world without a chaperone in a record-breaking 72 days. Again, since I was trained as a journalist, Nellie’s story fascinates me.

What is the hardest part in writing a story?

The planning of it. All the details and characters have to interact just so, in the right timing, especially when working with historical events and figures. Once I have the outline, the writing part is easier.


What kinds of emotions go through you when you are writing such a strong and heart wrenching scene?

I feel so much empathy for my characters, that if they are terrified, I am almost shaking and literally feel sick to my stomach. If a character is grieving, I cry too. If a character is desperate and hopeless, I feel all of that. But then, when there is hope and joy, it’s even better for having walked through the valleys.


When writing, what is the part of the story you enjoy writing the most?

The epilogue. I just love showing that the characters really did make it, even beyond that happy ending at the close of the last true chapter. It’s a relief, especially after I put them all through so much hardships during the Civil War.

What is a typical working day for you? Where and when do you write? Do you set goals?

I try to write 1500-2000 words a day when I’m on a deadline. I usually do this at my desktop computer in my office, close to all my research materials. But sometimes I just grab a pen and a legal pad and head for my favorite chair. For some reason that gets me thinking from a different angle.


If you could have written any piece of literature in history, be it books, speech, poetry, what piece would you want to say Written By Authors Name here

Without hesitation: Les Miserables! I just adore that work. It’s so timeless, it applies to everyone in every generation. Victor Hugo really got at the human condition from so many angles. It’s an unparalleled masterpiece. 




Prologue
Outside Savannah, Georgia
Thursday, March 3, 1859
It is madness.
Rain hissing to the earth in torrents behind her, Sophie Kent shivered and craned her neck toward the platform, half expecting lightning to strike the Ten Broeck Race Course any moment. It was the second day of the auction selling more than 420 slaves, and the second day of boiling, weeping storms. Gripping her pencil and papers beneath the folds of her wrap, Sophie trained her eyes and ears to the drama around her.
Humiliation tightened her throat as she watched a woman on the stage made to jump, bend, twist, and turn. Her smooth complexion was the color of tea with milk and honey, a bright contrast to the cocoa and coffee bean shades of the others. Her almond-shaped eyes were cast downward as a man tugged off her shawl and head rag before pinching her arm and pulling her lips apart to display her teeth. Modesty told Sophie to avert her gaze from the indignity, but she resisted. For years, she’d been blind to the horrors of slavery. This time, she would not look away. Neither will I stay silent. Not any longer.
The man spun the woman around and made some remark into her ear; she let him expose her back to the audience. “No scars from the disciplining lash—no trace of rebellion in her spirit,” he said. The woman covered herself once more.
As the bidding began from within the two hundred buyers in attendance, Sophie withdrew her auction catalogue from her wrap, her pencil poised to take notes. Humidity curled the pages, and the list of souls for sale drooped in her gloved hand.
116—Rina, 18; rice, prime woman.
117—Lena, 1.
118—Pompey, 31; rice—lame in one foot.
256—Daphne, 32; house servant.
257—Judy, aged; rice hand.
342—Cassander, 35; cotton hand—has fits.
Murmuring voices pricked Sophie’s ears. “Well, Smith, I saw you inspecting this chattel yesterday. Going to buy her?”
“I think not. No. 256 looks healthy enough, and can do a heap of work. But it’s been years since she had any children, she told me. Done breeding, I reckon.”
Heat scorched Sophie’s cheeks as she furiously recorded the exchange in the margin of her catalogue. Do they not hear themselves? Do they not understand these are people not livestock?
In front of her, rough-looking young men with knives in their belts and tobacco in their cheeks spoke of managing refractory slaves. Joining them were white-haired gentlemen with silk cloths at their necks. These advocates of severe whipping and branding were silenced by a booming voice: “I’m a driver, myself, and I’ve had some experience, and I ought to know. You can manage ordinary slaves by lickin’’em, and givin’’em a taste of the hot iron once in a while when they’re extra ugly; but if a brute really sets himself up against me, I can’t never have any patience with him. I just get my pistol and shoot him right down, and that’s the best way.”
Sophie looked up to see more than one man nod in agreement.
“Sold!” The gavel struck, and Daphne, chattel no. 256, twisted her bright yellow head scarf back into place over her hair. Her face settled into tense lines as a family of four replaced her on the platform.
Thunder snarled, and wind wailed through the pines surrounding the race course. The crowd shifted closer to the platform, away from the spitting rain. All except for Sophie, who remained rooted in place.
“Pardon me, Miss.” A man in gold-rimmed spectacles tipped his broad-brimmed hat to her. “Tedious doings, eh?”
“I can think of another word for it,” she muttered without looking up from her catalogue, waiting for him to pass.
He didn’t. “Sophie?”
She turned in time to see lightning’s flash brighten his twinkling brown eyes. “I thought you were in—” New York.
But the sharpness of his gaze penetrated her surprise. Harrison Caldwell was here for the same reason she was, which was why he wore spectacles he didn’t need, and a mustache too full to be his own
“Shhhhh,” he said beneath his breath. “You can do this. Write it.” He bent, kissed her hand, and whispered, “Four years to go,” then stood tall and stepped away from her, his eyes focused on the platform.
Heart hammering, Sophie clenched her papers, careless of the ink and lead smearing her gloves. Aware that he would disappear into the crowd any moment, she stared at his broad back while she could. Memories kindled until her face burned.
A hand squeezed her shoulder, and she nearly jumped out of her kid leather boots.
“Daddy!” Sophie gasped. “You startled me.”
“Our business is finished here.” Head and shoulders above Sophie, Preston Kent’s silver-striped suit gleamed with the light of the storm, as if he were Zeus himself.
“Do you mean—”
“We’ve secured a new maid for your mother. Rachel’s been doing her best since Matilda died, but she’s no maidservant. I don’t blame her, of course, a housekeeper isn’t trained to wait on the personal needs of a mistress the way your mother has been accustomed. We simply must have a proper replacement. A marvel I was able to get this chattel no. 256—calls herself Daphne—alone, with most slaves being sold in families.”
“Has she none, then?”
“Not anymore.” Mr. Kent puffed on his cigar, the wind stripping the sweet blue-grey smoke from his lips. “No. 257—apparently, her aged mother—died of consumption in the sheds just after the catalogues were printed. Fortuitous, yes?” She looked away. “Not for Daphne,” she murmured. “Not for her mother.”
“It’s good business. For instance, why buy two horses—especially when one of them is infirm—for a one-horse carriage?”
 “ ‘No. 257’? Her name was Judy, Daddy, and she most certainly was n-not a h-horse!”
Preston’s gaze pounced around them, until landing on Harrison, who had never strayed far from Sophie, and watched her still. Lips forged into an iron smile, Mr. Kent caught his daughter's wrist and cut his voice low as he led her away from the crowd. “You’re making a scene. Don’t embarrass me.” His blue eyes slanted into glittering slits. “Is this what I can expect from you from now on? Blatant, public defiance?”
“I’m capable of walking without you dragging me.” Sophie pulled away from him, but he only twisted harder. “You’re treating me like a child. I’m nineteen years old, Da—”
“So was—” He dropped the thought like hot coal, but Sophie could read the unspoken. So was Susan.
“I’m nothing like her.” Sophie was Daddy’s little girl from the first.
Mr. Kent jerked her farther from any listening ears, wrenching her wrist harder, until her catalogue dropped from her weakened clutch. As her father scooped it up, the draft of the story she’d been working on last night peeked from between the pages. She reached for it, but he turned her notes toward the watery light of the rain-drenched sky.
“What’s this now?” He squinted at her script as ash dripped from his waiting cigar. “A story? You were writing a story about the auction?”  “A newspaper article about the largest slave auction in history. I—I want to be a writer. Like you were, before you became editor.”
The lines around his eyes softened as looked down at her. “I still write, you know. But to be published—that is not a ladylike enterprise. There’s a reason all the writers for the Richmond Enquirer are men.”
“Not all.” The words slipped from her lips like oil through her fingers. “Daddy.” Her smile trembled as she gathered courage. “I have a surprise for you. Those columns you’ve been printing these last several months from a writer who goes by the name John Thornton . . .”
“Yes? With his anti-secession views it’s no wonder he uses a pseudonym. Still, his arguments are sound and well-stated. What is it? You don’t mean to say you want to write by a pseudonym, too?”
Sophie shook her head. “I’ve already done it.” For a moment, she wondered if he’d heard her. “I’m John Thornton. You’ve already been printing me. Don’t you see? You’ve already decided my words are as good as any man’s.”
Mr. Kent looked through her draft again. Winced. “What is the meaning of this?” He jabbed his finger at her words, a storm gathering in his eyes.
“I—I told you. I want to be a writer, like you.”
But he was already stalking from beneath the shelter of the Grand Stand and into the driving rain. Sophie followed him, shoulders hunched, her boots sinking in mud.
“No.” His voice matched the rolling thunder as he threw his cigar down and ground it beneath his heel. “Not like me. Like Harriet Beecher Stowe.”
Sophie’s spine straightened at the name of her secret heroine. With a single book, the woman had influenced millions. Uncle Tom’s Cabin infuriated her father. “She wasn’t wrong.”
“And I suppose I am?”
Raw, wet wind swirled in the silence between them, knifing through Sophie’s wrap as though it were made of lace.
“I never should have sent you to that boarding school in Philadelphia.”
“Mother’s old school—”
He held up his hand to stop her, as if he couldn’t bear to be reminded that Eleanor Kent, the woman he’d married after his first wife died, was born and raised in Philadelphia and not in his native, beloved Virginia. “Yes, your mother. I blame myself for bowing to her demand that she nurse and raise you herself. You should have had a mammy from infancy, like every other child in the civilized South. You should have learned from the cradle that white people command the lives of colored. These are the proper roles for our races, Sophia Virginia! It is madness to suppose otherwise.”
He paused for breath, and  looked at her as though searching for the daughter he wanted to see. If he only knew their Richmond home had served as a stop along the Underground Railroad right beneath his nose. . .“Just how many abolitionist rallies did you attend for you to write such fanatical nonsense about a simple slave auction?”
 She set her jaw and lifted her chin as the voices of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, and the Grimke sisters washed over her.
“It ends now.” Mr. Kent shredded her article draft, as well as the auction catalogue in which she had taken notes. “The writing must stop.”
Oh no, don’t!” Sophie lunged for the remnants, her bonnet slipping off her head and bouncing against her back. Rain sprayed her face as mud puddles swallowed the crumpled remains of her story.
 “Have I lost you, too?” Mr. Kent's face twisted. “After I’ve given you everything a father could possibly lavish on his child—you would turn your back on me now?” He lurched one step toward her, then grimaced, his fist to his chest.
“A disagreement is not a personal betrayal.” Blonde ringlets, teased free by the wind, clung to her face and neck.
“It is to me. This time.” Blanching, he dropped to his knees in the spongy earth.
“Not your heart!” Not again! Wrapping her arms around his shoulders, Sophie knelt in the mud beside him. “I never wanted to hurt you!”
“Some things have been too painful—for me to speak of—” He collapsed onto his heels and leaned into her for support. Terror seized her breath.
Her father's eyes closed. “But you need to know this.”
Still mute with fear, Sophie nodded, barely noticing the water dripping down the back of her neck, or the cold seeping into her from the ground up as she leaned in close to hear him.
“My parents didn’t just die years ago as I told you . . . After I moved to Richmond to be a reporter, they—and my younger sisters—were killed in their beds. By slaves. Sophie’s stomach roiled.
Nat Turner’s Rebellion. Did you learn about that—in Philadelphia? The slave said he’d been called—by God—to murder white people. So he—and dozens of other slaves—killed sixty good citizens in Southampton County. My—entire—family. I was twenty-two—when I lost them all. When you choose—to crusade for the slave—you reject me.”
“No, Daddy, I—”
His groan stopped her. “You’re all I have left.”
Sophie wanted to deny it, to say he had Mother still. But he didn’t, not really, and they both knew it.
“The one thing I want—and the one thing it seems I cannot have—is family. Truly,” her father whispered. “You are breaking my heart.” His lips pulled back as he clutched at his lapels once more.
“Let me go for a doctor.”
“Say it first. Say you’ll not betray me.”
All the speeches she’d rehearsed retreated behind her fear for her father. She’d planned on telling him she would always love him, but she was a grown woman now with a fine education, and that her conscience demanded she follow her own convictions. She was going to be strong.
Instead, she leaned over and planted a kiss on her father’s clammy brow. “I’ll always be your girl.”

More about Jocelyn:

Award-winning author Jocelyn Green inspires faith and courage in her readers through both fiction and nonfiction. A former military wife herself, she authored Faith Deployed: Daily Encouragement for Military Wives and co-authored The 5 Love Languages Military Edition with Dr. Gary Chapman. Her novels, inspired by real heroines on America’s home front, are marked by their historical integrity and gritty inspiration. The books in the Heroines Behind the Lines Civil War series have been honored with gold and silver medals from the Military Writers Society of America. Wedded to War was a Christy Award finalist in two categories. Her latest release is Spy of Richmond.

Jocelyn graduated from Taylor University in Upland, Indiana, with a B.A. in English, concentration in writing. She is an active member of the Christian Authors Network, the Advanced Writers and Speakers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and the Military Writers Society of America.

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 www.jocelyngreen.com.


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101 comments:

  1. Such an interesting interview, Jocelyn and Debbie - thank you!!

    I love the excerpt from "Spy of Richmond" - exciting and emotional!! I appreciate your work with the military, Jocelyn - I have numerous family members in the military, both present and retired, in different branches and service in numerous wars.

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    1. Thanks for sharing the post, bonton! My husband served in the Air Force and my son spent 7 years in the Navy. My father was Navy reserves and I have uncles, nephews, niece, and even my eight times great-grandfather fought in the Revolutionary war.

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    2. I'm so glad you enjoyed the prologue! Thanks for commenting, and thank you to all your family members in the service or serving on the home front!

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  2. P.S. I am a feedburner follower, Debbie.

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  3. Jocelyn,I love your prologue. I've always thought fondly of Richmond in the 19th century, so I'm really looking forward to reading this book. I remember visiting Richmond on a school trip, when I was in 7th grade. I always like to read stories set there. Thank you for the opportunity to win a copy of Spy of Richmond. (I'm a feedburner follower)
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    1. Hey Kay, isn't it amazing how some of those childhood field trips left lasting impressions! I have a couple that really impacted me too! Thanks for coming by and good luck!

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    2. Hi Kay, Richmond must have been a lovely city in the 19th century, at least prior to 1861. I visited twice during my research for this series, and would love go back for more!

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  4. Jocelyn, I can't wait to read your books. They sound so good. The Civil War is one of my favorite time periods!!!

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    1. Kate, if the Civil War is one of your favorite eras, then yes, you will enjoy the Heroines Behind the Lines series! It has been a joy for me to write the stories of women who contributed during the war. Good luck in the contest!

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  5. Debbie, good morning drinking tea here and just chilling. Before I forget I have to mention I Follow your blog with feedburner . Jocelyn Green , it's a pleasure to meet you ! I am sure you hear it all the time, but, I absolutely love your books ! The anticipation is great for me from the time they are announced til the time they are released ! Historical and Civil War is my absolute favorite to read . What I love about your books is the rich detail and the reseatch time you so obviously put into your work ! I am sad this series has ended but I do understand that it is time to move on. I look forward to reading many more of your books as they come along. Best of luck in your continued writing journey ! Deanne Cnnamongirl(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Hi Deanne, thank you so much for the encouraging words! The release of Spy of Richmond has been really bittersweet for me, too. I'm praying about which stories God would have me write next. Feel free to pray about that for me too when you think of it! :)

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    2. Hey Deanne! I'm drinking my tea this morning as my grandkids climb on me and I try to write. LOL. I'm late getting to these but really appreciate you coming by!

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  6. Good morning Jocelyn and Debbie. I have always loved history but it was in the seventh grade that I became fascinated with the Civil War era. I read Gone With The Wind for the first time and I was hooked! I am about 20 miles from Washington, KY and the slave sale that is thought to have inspired Harriet Beecher Stowe to write Uncle Tom's Cabin and my hometown is believed to have tunnels used in the Underground Railroad. So, you can imagine my eagerness to read Spy of Richmond. Thank you for this great interview and
    blessings to you both. Debbie, I follow your blog.
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    1. Good morning Connie! Wow, that is so neat that you live so close to such amazing history. I hope you get a chance to read Spy of Richmond soon!

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    2. Thanks for following, Connie! I LOVE GWTW!! My absolute favorite! My crit partner actually is the one that got me interested in the CW even though I loved GWTW. And then we met Jocelyn on a CW loop and wow am I glad we did. She's an awesome writer!

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  7. Lovely interview! I love knowing the workings behind the scenes for a writer. I cannot wait to read this one! The excerpt sounds intriguing.
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    1. Hi Susan, I'm glad you enjoyed the interview! Didn't Debbie Lynne do a great job with the questions? It's my pleasure to be on the blog with you all today. Best wishes in the drawing!

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  8. Thanks for the interview ladies!

    I love a good epilogue, always fun to know how the author saw the characters continuing on...

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    1. Hi Patty, I feel the same way about epilogues. I especially love them when I'm sad to see a good book end--it's almost like an encore. :)

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  9. What a great and informative interview. Really enjoyed meeting Jocelyn Green. Her book sounds truly interesting and I would love a copy. Thanks for the chance to get one.

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    1. Hi Robin, it's a pleasure to be here and meet so many of Debbie Lynne's friends! Hope you get a chance to read Spy of Richmond soon!

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  10. Thank you for doing this giveaway! I have the other books in this series and would be happy to win a copy of this newest book.

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    1. Hi Wendy! Always nice to see your name pop up on these blog posts! Good luck completing your Heroines Behind the Lines set! :)

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    2. Hey Wendy! I still have this picture in my head from one of her other stories where the hero comes around a bend in the road to see the heroine with her legs in the air as she tries to get out of an overturned carriage. LOL

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  11. I enjoyed today's post.. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read this book.
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    1. Deanna, thanks so much for entering the give-away. Best of luck!

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  12. I love it that Jocelyn writes based on real historical events. Congratulations on your new release!

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    1. Hi Amber, yes, the historical events are the best part! :) I'm glad you love that, too. Thanks for stopping by and entering the drawing!

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    2. Hey Amber! Thanks for coming by. I love that part of Jocelyn's writing to. It really brings it to life!

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  13. LOVE LOVE THIS INTERVIEW! And I totally agree with you on many things Jocelyn, but especially being Anne of Green Gables!!!! While I would never have wanted to be an orphan, the rest of her life is awesome. Gilbert alone is awesome! LOL! Now I have the sudden urge to watch all the movies again! :D Megan Follows and Jonathan Crombie did such a fantastic job in bring these characters to life!

    Hugs, Amada (pronounced a.m.a.th.a)
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    1. I remember watching Anne of Green Gables with my daughter and her friends. We loved those movies. Makes me want to go back and watch them again too! LOL

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    2. They are SO good! I still love when Gilbert tugs Anne's braids! LOL! It's still one of my favorite scenes! That and when she's in the boat playing the lily maid! :D It is also one of those series where the movies continue to get better or be just as good as the first!

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  14. Amada, I am totally in the mood to watch the entire series with Follows and Crombie all over again too! What a great idea. I've been fighting a cold and I think I could win if I could just sit on the couch and watch Anne of Green Gables... :)

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    1. Adding a cup of green, white, or lemon balm tea may help your cold. I hope you do win and that Anne's antics and Gil's love sickness helps! ;)

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  15. Love Civil War stories! jarning67(at)hotmail.com

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    1. Then you're definitely in the right place! ;) Good luck!

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  16. Hi Jocelyn. I have never forgotten the weeks of wars that you had about all of the different wars. It was so interesting. I have your Wedded to War and thought sure I had won the second one but if I did I never got it, so guess just tho't I did. I would sure love to win this one. My oldest brother fought in WW ll along with cousins and maybe an uncle. Also lots of close family friends. two friends, brothers, never made it home. They had two other brothers who did. My sister married one. Later another sister married a WW ll vet too. Also at least one of my great grandfathers fought in one of the wars. We had many family members in younger generations who served in the services, including a niece who made a career of it. And, my two younger brothers too, one making a career of it also. Debbie, thanks for having Jocelyn here. Maxie . mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Hi Maxie, yes, that was quite a Veteran's Week extravaganza, wasn't it? I love hearing about the military service members and spouses in your family. What a legacy!

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    2. Hey Maxie! Thanks for coming by and sharing. Good luck!

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  17. "The real hero of Spy of Richmond was a character I had developed for a subplot in a previous novel."

    Love this! And... Bella returning. I really like how you carry a former character forward, intertwining the story theme.

    I shared this interview post on my Facebook newspage and on Twitter https://twitter.com/LaneHillHouse/status/580512362270187520

    I am a feedburner follower of the Sword and Spirit and receive e-mail notifications of your posts. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. Hi Kathleen! I'm so glad you enjoy seeing the characters come back! Reader feedback really helped with this. The more I heard from people who loved Bella or Ruby, for example, the more I wondered if I could bring them back. It was fun even for me to see how it worked out!

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  18. I enjoyed the interview and prologue. I'd love to read this!
    I am a follower and email subscriber.
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  19. I've read all of the Heroines Behind the Lines books except this last one. Since they were so fantastic, I'm really looking forward to reading Spy of Richmond. Thanks for the interview with Jocelyn; it's always fun to learn more about authors of the books I love to read.
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    1. Hi Pam! You've been such a supportive reader from the beginning of this series! I hope you enjoy Spy--I think it might be my favorite one of the series!

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  20. Hi Debbie Lynne & Jocelyn! Holy wowza I've got some serious goosebumps! I've had my eyes on the Heroines Behind the Lines series since I first heard about it and have gotten my local public library to order each book. They haven't gotten Spy of Richmond in yet and am waiting for it so I can read the entire series one right after the other! ;) Btw, I love all of the book cover pics, especially Spy - the cover model looks alot like Rose McIver, one of my favorite actresses!
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    1. That's a smart idea to wait and read all four books one right after the other! I think you'll really enjoy that strategy, since several characters carry over into other books in the series. Here's hoping you can get started reading soon!

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  22. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. I am going to ask for the whole series for Christmas.

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    1. What a fabulous idea! Hope you get it!

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    2. Hey BJM! Love the idea! Maybe you'll win 'Spy' and not have to ask for that one! Good luck!

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  23. Very excited about this series!

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  24. Hi Jocelyn! You know I'm always excited for a chance to win one of your books. Love your Heroines Behind the Lines series and can't wait to read Spy of Richmond!

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    1. Thank you Cheryl! I appreciate all your support throughout this series!

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    2. Hey Cheryl. Jocelyn has a real God given talent to tell CW stories and bring them to life!

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  25. I tweeted! Jocelyn is such a lovely writer! Thanks for the post, DL!

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  26. This is great! I'd love to win this book. I have read the first two and currently reading the third book. These books have been my favorite reads in quite sometime.

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    1. Aw, Jeana, that is great to hear. I'm so glad you've been enjoying the series!

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  27. Hi Jocelyn! This is Amy's sister writing from Haiti. I am really looking forward to reading Spy of Richmond when I get home in May. (I'm not going to read the prologue yet because then it will be even harder to wait!) I just told my director about your series yesterday and he may check it out, too. Have a wonderful Easter season!

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    1. Joelle! Yes, I always get excited when I see your name pop up because I remember you're Amy's sister. :) That's a lot of self-control to not read the prologue! ;) Thanks for spreading the word about the series!

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    2. JOELLE!!!! Thanks for coming by! Wow when I read Haiti I about jumped off the couch! Our pastor grew up in Haiti as his parents were missionaries there. And so our church takes about 4 trips a year down there. Right now my daughter who is a PA, my daughter-in-law who is a nurse and my son are there with our church doing a medical mission trip while the others to VBS and some construction after VBS up in Chota, Seguin, and Bedoranj. Already heard that 37 people have come to the Lord. The medical team has seen over 450 people in 2 days! Thanks so much for coming by!!! Exciting to hear from someone in Haiti!!

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    3. That is so cool, Debbie! I am in the southern part of the country, just west of Port-au-Prince, for a couple months. This is my third trip, and thankfully God keeps bringing me back for more! It sounds like God is using your kids's team in incredible ways! Blessings on the rest of their time in Haiti!

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    4. Thank you, Joelle! They fly into Port-au-Prince but then head up the mountains. So remote up there. My daughter sent me a text last night saying her hand my DIL both sobbed after seeing a toddler that was lethargic. She said the toddler had the worst heart murmur she's ever heard. She said she'd be in a children's hospital in ICU if she were here in the states. Can I ask what you do on your trips to Haiti? This mission trip was for 10 days.

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  28. So glad to see the final book...yet sad,too! Can't wait to finish off my collection with this one! I just discovered you last year..so glad I did! Ewe_r_merritt(at) yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Thank for coming by! I always have mixed feelings when the end of a series comes that I love, too. Good luck!

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    2. Ah yes, there is something bittersweet about a completed collection on the shelf, isn't there? Well, wait a few years and you might forget enough of it to enjoy reading them all over again. LOL Oh, and I'll try to write some more for you to read, too! :)

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  29. Such a fascinating interview! I would love to win this book as I'm captivated by your writing, Ms. Green, and the Prologue has me thoroughly hooked now! Thank you for this opportunity and I really do hope I win the drawing.

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  30. I can just picture a cat waking Jocelyn up! I have two that think 4 am is an acceptable time to get up and then they sleep all day while I'm at work! I can't wait to read this! Thank you for this opportunity! katie07edgar(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh no, 4 am as a regular wake-up call? That's awful, Katie! Well, our cats have settled into a fairly normal waking-sleeping routine. I make sure my kids wear them out with the laser light during the day to help promote nocturnal sleeping habits. LOL In any case, thanks for stopping by, I hope you get to read Spy soon too!

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    2. LOL! wow!!! 4 a.m. I'd rig something up to keep them awake!

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  31. This was a fascinating interview. I love the insights that you give into how you write and your development of characters. Thanks for the opportunity to win a copy of your book.

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    1. Hi Debbie, thank you so much for being with us! I'm delighted you enjoyed the interview. Best wishes in the drawing!

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    2. Hey Debbie, Thanks for stopping in. Jocelyn was fun to interview! Glad you enjoyed it. Wishing you the best in the drawing!

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  32. Have read all the others in this series - can't wait for this one too :) carriemschmidt(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks Carrie for reading this series! I hope you enjoy seeing some familiar characters join Sophie Kent in Spy of Richmond! Dr. Lansing, Harrison Caldwell, Bella and Abraham, and Susan Kent all come back!

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    2. Hey Carrie! Thanks for coming by. I love it when a new book in a series comes out that I love! And Jocelyn certainly fits that bill!

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  33. What a wonderful interview! I have loved Jocelyn's other books -- Widow of Gettysburg totally changed the way I viewed the Civil War. I can't wait to see who the hero is in the Spy of Richmond! Please include my name in the drawing. Susan.stitch(at)sbcglobal.net

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    1. HI Susan! Thanks for signing up for feedburner! Jocelyn really puts you right there in the middle of the time period, doesn't she? Throwing your name into the hat!

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  34. I signed up to be a feedburner follower!

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  35. I enjoyed this interview. I've loved the books in this series and am sad to see it come to an end. Please include me in the drawing.

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    1. I know what you mean, Brittany! Thanks for coming by and entering!

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  37. Congratulations Bonnie (Bonton)! You won Spy of Richmond.

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