Monday, 21 July 2014

Blog Tour Excerpt & Giveaway - Plantation Nation by Mercedes King


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Plantation Nation
by Mercedes King
Genre: Historical Fiction
Date Published: May 27, 2014

Book Description:
Sixteen year old Emma Cartwright runs away from her family’s South Carolina rice plantation after a slave is beaten to death. Determined to join the fight against slavery, Emma enlists in the Union Army disguised as a young man. Nothing could prepare her for the sacrifices needed—and for falling in love for the first time.


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Excerpt from Plantation Nation

Washington, D.C.
May, 1861
Overdressed in Quinn’s old, ill-fitting clothes ¾ and with linen strips squeezed around her breasts ¾ Emma stepped off a train that arrived in the capital city on a sunny afternoon and never felt more awkward. Every time someone’s gaze rested on her, she feared her disguise was a failure. Eye contact made her queasy, so she did her best to keep her head down as she headed into the city’s busy streets. But the horde of people bustling around Emma increased her nervousness and made her question her hasty decision.
Before Emma had left the plantation, she had taken a handsome amount of money from the family money chest. Knox would be furious, she knew, but Emma viewed the sum as a partial inheritance rather than a stolen booty. She had also agreed with Stuart that she should be the one to inform her mother and grandfather about what she had done. She did, in a letter she mailed from a train depot in South Carolina. However, she decided to leave out key points, including her intention to assume a new identity and join the Yankees. She kept it simple and said she had to run away since Sylvia was gone and Vaughn did not suit her.
Now, armed with a satchel full of items from home, she weaved through the streets of Washington searching for the recruiting office. Fellow passers-by had misdirected her, so she gave up on civilians and found a gentleman dressed in a navy-blue coat with brass buttons and a hat that appeared to sag above the forehead. A Union soldier.
“Pardon me, sir,” Emma said with her new voice. “Could you please direct me to the recruiting headquarters?”
The man looked her over. “Little on the spry side, ain’t ’cha, son?”
“No, sir.” Emma straightened herself, though she felt terribly self-conscious in Quinn’s trousers. “I’m old enough to contribute to the cause.”
“Meybe, but if I’s you, son, I’d stick to helpin’ out your ma at home.”
“Ain’t got no home.” The realization of the truth in her words made her eyes watery. She quickly rubbed away the evidence of her emotions and wanted to curse herself for seeming weak and vulnerable in front of the first person she had spoken to. How would she convince a camp full of soldiers that she was a man if simple facts from her life brought tears?
But the man flashed a half-grin. “Head north about a quarter of a mile. You’ll see a sign pointin’ you to the office.”
Emma thanked him and went on her way with the man’s well wishes.

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Before entering the recruiting office, Emma girded herself for a lot of lying. Several men passed in and out of the building before Emma made up her mind to go in. Could she sign away her life to the volunteer army? Could she live among Yankees? What would be the cost if she were found out?
Emma shook her head and chided her thoughts. She refused to listen to cowardly notions. Instead, she thought of Stuart, who didn’t have the option of being there. With a deep breath, she righted herself and took her place inside at the end of the line. A stench of body odor greeted her and did nothing to settle her quivering stomach and trembling legs.



About the Author
Mercedes King is an Ohio native and founding member of Sisters in Crime Columbus, Ohio (affectionately dubbed SiCCO). With a degree in Criminology from Capital University and a passion for writing, she crafted O! Jackie, a novel focusing on the private life of Jackie Kennedy. She has also written The Kennedy Chronicles, a series of short stories featuring JFK and Jackie before they were married and before 'Camelot'. Mercedes writes in a variety of genres, including historical and mystery / suspense. In fact, she's working on creating a new genre, 'modern historical'.

Her newest release, Plantation Nation, follows the journey of Emma Cartwright, a 16 year old Southern girl who disguises herself as a young man and joins the Union Army.

Visit her sites, OJackiebook.com or Mercedesking.com . Contact her at Mercedes 'at' ojackiebook 'dot' com. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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25 comments:

  1. The lady in the cover is beautiful.

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  2. Thanks for being part of the tour, Alecia! Loving your site.

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  3. Everything, it's very original and I would enjoy reading it! Thank you for the giveaway :)

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  4. I really like this Mulan vibe I get :D

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    1. Thanks, Magda! I loved Mulan. Such a great story. I also loved Tootsie and Yentl....hmm...sensing a theme here. Victor / Victoria is another gem (and James Garner! oh, he was so great!!)

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  5. Thanks, Kristia! I really loved this story. Mai, I agree, the 'cover girl' is almost too beautiful...and some people have said she looks like Jennifer Lawrence--maybe a bit of help for a YA novel, huh? :)

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  6. I think it sounds amazing and I can't wait to read about her experiences in the army as she disguises herself as a boy

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    1. Thanks, Jolene! Looking forward to your review later on. :)

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  7. The cover is very nice and the blurb sounds interesting. I guess what intrigues me about this book is the protagonist's character. I love a strong female lead :)

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  8. The cover lady is wonderful!

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  9. The book sounds amazing I love stories about strong women!!

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  10. I really love the principles of this girl and why she is in the fight! I live in SC ( but am born and bred a Yankee) so this book does intrigue me.

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  11. The excerpt is great, I want to read it because the fact she has to act as a man, is crazy, the fight against slavery and it just sounds great. I like the cover too. thank you for the great giveaway

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  12. I love the premise of this book. You read about this type of thing all the time, or movies are made, but I haven't seen it in the Civil War setting before. Sounds exciting!

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  13. I like the Civil War aspect and her serving as a woman.

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  14. I like the Civil War period. Sounds interesanting!

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  15. Awesome! It's great to know that a woman can slip into a mans role and succeed! Bravo!

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  16. great cover, can't imagine running away to join a war - regnod(at)yahoo(d0t)com

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  17. I love historical fiction

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  18. At 16 and disguised as a boy- would be an exciting read I am certain!

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  19. The Civil War is one of my favorite parts of American History. I love learning the back stories and seeing how each family was affected by the War. This book would be a very interesting and enjoyable read.

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  20. I am curious about the girl on the cover.

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