Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I'm at the Launch Party for Carolyn Poling Schriber's Beyond All Price

I'm at Carolyn Poling Schriber's launch party which begins early today and continues through Friday. I will be a featured guest this afternoon and evening. You'll find my post on the front page during those hours. I'll be standing by for questions and comments submitted via e-mail.

See Carolyn's site for the complete list of workshops and interviews over the three-day event. For those of us who are writers, it's an interesting approach to a virtual launch party, one that could compliment or replace the virtual tour (aka blog book tour). I hope you'll drop by to check out Carolyn's approach and the interesting articles and interviews she has scheduled.

So what's this all about? Carolyn is launching her Civil War novel, Beyond All Price:

"Nellie Chase joined the 100th Pennsylvania Regiment, known as "The Roundheads,” to escape an abusive husband—a gambler, a liar, a forger, a drunkard, and a thief. Too young and inexperienced to qualify as a nurse, she remained an unpaid volunteer. She later served at the Battle of Fredericksburg, worked as a ward nurse at Mercer Hospital in Philadelphia, and then became the head matron in charge of the 600-bed Hospital #3 in occupied Nashville. Her kindness and gentle touch encouraged her patients to call her 'The Florence Nightingale of the West.' The zealous regimental chaplain of the Roundheads, however, remained suspicious of her background and motives. His efforts to drive her out of the regiment by mocking her and spreading rumors of illicit behavior pursued her throughout the war and beyond.

"Others who worked with her knew that Nellie was always willing to sacrifice her life for a good cause. It was a trait that made her courageous but sometimes foolhardy. She suffered injuries in the course of her duties, fell victim to the same diseases that plagued the soldiers, and lingered perilously close to death on more than one occasion. Nellie sought one challenge after another, never satisfied that she had given enough of herself to atone for a murky past. She could not rest until she faced one final struggle with an enemy even more dangerous than war."

Hope to see you at the party. And don't forget, my guest blogger tomorrow will be Marian Allen, author of Eel's Reverence.


Clarissa Draper said...

Wow, what a fascinating book and cover! I'll try to be there.

Jan Morrison said...

I just checked it out and got caught watching that insanely good cat cartoon! I'm going to hang out in the literary workshop space. What a brilliant idea this all is!Jan Morrison

Margot Kinberg said...

Patricia - Thanks for letting us know all these details. It sounds great, and I hope you have a wonderful time!

Patricia Stoltey said...

The cat cartoon is priceless. What a great start to a fun online event. Start here:

Jean Henry Mead said...

Great site! I look forward to reading Beyond All Price.

Terry Odell said...

Hi, Pat - I'm there too! I'm in hte "Interview Room" from 2 - 10 PM central time. It's a great site, isn't it. I'm amazed at everything she's got going on.

Hope to see some of your regulars over there.

Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

That sounds unique! I'll check it out.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

Seems Wonderful Patricia,
Take care.

Sheila Deeth said...

Heading over there. Sounds interesting.

Jemi Fraser said...

Love the cover - sounds so interesting too :)