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Saturday, February 12, 2011

Spies in Petticoats and Double Agents - Angel in My Arms - Not Your Mom's Civil War Book

Angel in My Arms is the story of Amanda Emerson, a Union spy undercover in Richmond, and Union officer Steve Dunham, the man she enlists in the daring rescue of a double agent from a Confederate prison and imminent execution. As the danger surrounding them thickens, every moment he’s with her jeopardizes their lives, but they discover a passion that’s worth the risk.

Steve Dunham is built like a Viking, has a twinkle in his eye, and he’s got guts. Best of all, he’s the kind of man who’s had his share of women, but when he falls, he falls hard and forever. A seasoned Union operative, he faces danger on a daily basis, but when the woman he loves is threatened, he’ll stop at nothing to keep her safe.

Amanda Emerson is a sable-haired beauty who joined up with a nest of Union spies living in Richmond. She’s skilled at deception, but when she falls for the handsome spy she’s drawn into their latest scheme, there’s no way to hide her feelings. Amanda’s gutsy and tender, a woman who doesn’t even realize how beautiful she is. She doesn’t want to fall for Steve – their love puts both in danger – but some tides are too hard to fight.

Here’s an Excerpt:

Amanda closed her eyes and savored his possession. How could anything feel as good as his lips against hers? With his arms wrapped tight
around her, she felt as though nothing could penetrate the tender shield of his embrace.
Wanting him was wrong. He was little more than a stranger. A man she’d teamed with for a mission. He was supposed to be nothing more.
But he’d filled her heart.
His handsome face captivated her all the more for its tiny imperfections. A small scar on his chin. The small bump at the bridge of his nose that told the tale of a long-ago break. Another scar, much more recent, on his jaw that looked to be the result of a man’s ring connecting with his flesh and bone.
He was a warrior. Her warrior. Fierce. Tender. Courageous. Protective.
“You’re so beautiful, Mandy.” His lips trailed the column of her throat.
She nestled against his broad chest. He smelled like bay rum and pine and leather. She’d never realized how tantalizing the scents could be. Mingled with his natural essence, the blend of aromas touched something deep and primal within her. She couldn’t resist the scent. Or him.
He took her hands in his. A sly smile curved his mouth as he studied her. “Such sweet temptation. The question is where to begin.”
She’d wasn’t an innocent, but she’d never experienced the heat of a man’s gaze drinking her in as though she were a fine wine to be savored. When Steve looked at her, she felt wanted.
Ridiculous. He couldn’t possibly love her.
But he hungered for her touch. That would have to be enough. After all, she didn’t love him.
Keep telling yourself that, Mandy.
She couldn’t love a man she barely knew.
Even if she longed for his scent. For his touch. For the moment when he’d claim her.
Even if she prayed he’d come to his senses and leave her before the rebels captured him and dragged him away to prison. Or a noose. 

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joder said...

I LOVE Civil War genre stories. So romantic amongst the trauma of war. I'll definitely add this to my wishlist.

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Kasey said...

I really like your excerpt. It pulled me right in. I’ve never read a Civil War romance but it sounds interesting. I’ll check out your info.

Cindy L said...

I added Angel in my Arms to my wish list! Thank you for sharing!


Jane said...

It's been a while since I read a Civil War romance.

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Linda Swift said...

Wonder excerpt. And a very enticing plot. I'm sure you are aware that this is the first of the four year celebration of the C.S. Sesquicentennial. I have a C.W. book coming out in July. Our timeing was great, wasn't it? I wish you success with your book.

Linda Swift said...

oops, I'm embarrassed. That's WONDERFUL excerpt. And I do know how to spell timing. Too many words today, too rushed. Sorry.

Virginia C said...

I am a Southerner from VA who loves historical romance--Civil War stories can be especially touching and compelling. Great excerpt! This year is the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of The Civil War. Not a happy anniversary, but one we should not forget!

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Jean P said...

Really enjoyed the excerpt, adding this to my wishlist.

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Judy said...

Thanks for sharing the wonderful excerpt. This book looks like a great read!!


Kammie said...

Enjoyed the excerpt very much! kammie2u at ameritech dot net

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks for your kind words! The story is really quite an adventurous love story, and it's nothing like the Civil War romances that were big twenty years ago...those were great stories, but Amanda doesn't know how to swoon :)

Maria Zannini said...

This one is really drawing me in. I especially like the part--not your mom's Civil War book.

That tells me a lot. :grin:

Victoria Gray said...

Thanks, Maria!

Melissa Blue said...

Sounds like MUST READ!!!