Monday, January 18, 2016

Patriot Heart by Diane Kalas ends January 25th



Please welcome Diane Kalas to my blog this week. Diane is giving away an e-copy of her book to one lucky winner. Be sure to leave a comment along with your email. And let me know if you are a feedburner follower for an extra entry!

Why I wrote PATRIOT HEART: back in 1990-91, a US military operation called Desert Storm took place in the Middle East. Not long afterward, the veterans involved returned home with invisible scars that later became known as PTSD, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. The heartbreaking stories about the men and women who couldn’t keep jobs or relationships soon became a regular feature on the nightly news. The shocking numbers of veteran suicides have increased over the years.

I write historical fiction and wanted to know how Civil War veterans who suffered with the same symptoms of PTSD were treated. Nineteenth century doctors diagnosed those afflicted with the condition as Soldier’s Fatigue. They offered bed rest in a soldier’s convalescent home, or recommended a discharge and a train ticket home. Often the soldier had a note pinned to his uniform, giving his name and destination, because he was incapable of communicating. Let the veteran’s family deal with the troubled man. If the family couldn’t handle their loved one, suffering acute mania, for instance, then the Government Hospital for the Insane in Washington, D.C. (St. Elizabeth’s) was the destination. Two cemeteries on the grounds of St. Elizabeths hold hundreds of Civil War soldier’s remains today. 



As my story idea came together, I especially wanted to write my hero, Dan Goodman, as a strong Christian and show how he dealt with the horrors of Andersonville Prison for Union soldiers. Perhaps a 21st century veteran’s spouse, mother, sister, or girlfriend will read Patriot Heart and see there is hope for their loved one. Hope for the future in God, the Father, and salvation through Jesus Christ, His son.




                                   DUTY COURAGE INTEGRITY

May 1865. All Dan Goodman wants is to marry an uncomplicated girl and have a family, but the war interfered and he became a POW who now believes he’s losing his mind and unfit for marriage. He dreams of Oregon to put the memories behind him. The problem is he owes a debt of gratitude to the beautiful songstress. In addition, Clara Barton wants him to be a witness for the prosecution in the first trial for war crimes in American history.



                            INDEPENDENT ENTERPRISING FEISTY

Letty Talbot is a world-weary steamboat songstress, and wants a new direction after sudden loss. Letty decides to run a supply depot for emigrants going out West, and talks Dan into a partnership where he builds the prairie schooners. Letty won’t admit she wants to keep Dan from leaving. Even though they butt heads a lot, no man ever interested Letty as this one did.

                                          TRUST LOVE PEACE

If Letty marries Dan she losses her depot, because married women have no property rights. Letty must learn to trust God with her future. Dan must forgive fellow Union inmates who killed for selfish reasons, and face the commandant of Andersonville Prison in a court of law. Allowing his Oregon dream to fade, he can then embrace the future God planned for him.



ABOUT DIANE KALAS

Diane collects antique books written by men and women who lived through the American Civil War, and/or who pioneered out West. With a degree in interior design, she enjoys touring historical sites, especially Federal era homes with period furniture. Diane is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. Published writers Pamela Griffin and Gina Welborn have been critique partners and mentors. Diane’s biggest challenge is writing Inspirational Historical Romance. Her biggest distraction is her fascination with historical research.


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18 comments:

  1. This sounds wonderful. I love stories set in the time of the Civil War. Thanks for the giveaway! I follow this blog.
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  2. This sounds like a great story, thank you for the chance to win a copy.

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  3. Sounds very interesting, taking what we might think of as a modern day issue and taking it back in time.
    I follow the blog!

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  4. Sounds very interesting, taking what we might think of as a modern day issue and taking it back in time.
    I follow the blog!

    Pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  5. I'd like to be in the drawing. This is such an epic condition.Thanks for bringing it to life in a civil war setting. I had a great uncle who never got over shell shock in ww1, but I recall him as a kind man who played cards with me. It still breaks my heart.

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  6. Your book sounds interesting, Diane. It's sad to think of so many soldiers who fought for their country and were later relegated to a mental institution.

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  7. Sounds like a good book. This is a new author to me and that always puts a smile on my face.
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  8. Thank you, Debbie, for hosting me on your lovely blog. I appreciate the time and attention you give to other Christian writers. God bless as you write for Him.

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  9. Research for Patriot Heart was a labor of love and at times depressing. Today, every time I see an interview about wounded warriors, I want to hand them a Bible and sit beside them to talk about what's going on in their lives. We're blessed to have men and women who serve in our military. May God bless America with peace in 2016.

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  10. The Civil War era is one of my favorite times to read about. Thanks for sharing this interview and giveaway.
    Debbie, I do follow you by Feedburner.
    Connie
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  11. I enjoyed your post, Diane. I love books dealing with difficult subjects and would love to read "Patriot Heart" - thanks for the giveaway opportunity!!

    I am a Feedburner Follower.
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  12. Enjoyed your interview Diane. Please don't include me in the drawing since I have already had a chance to read Patriot Heart and give someone else the chance to read it.

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  13. This sounds like an intriguing story, Diane. Having worked with many PTSD veterans as a psych nurse at a VA hospital for several years, this book definitely piques my interest!

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  14. Thank you, Patti, for your comments. I would've enjoyed talking with you when I was doing my research. You could write a book on the subject of PTSD yourself!

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  15. Very interesting! I remember studying about PTSD when I was in college about 30 years ago. There was so little understanding at that time. I am so glad that there is much more knowledge now, but I wish there was more we could do for those who are suffering!
    Thanks for the giveaway - I'm sure I would love this book. I am a follower as well.
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    1. Thank you Betti, for your comments. I knew very little about PTSD, before doing my research. Fascinating and so sad.

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  16. I love Civil War fiction. This should be interesting. jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

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