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TBT Feature Novel: Patriot Heart

Hey, Reader Friends!!

Thanks for joining me for Throwback Thursday! Today’s TBT Feature Novel, Patriot Heart, takes us back to 2015 and beyond since it’s a historical romance. 🙂 Have you read it?

About the Book


From the back cover: 
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.

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.
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.”

Links: Amazon, Goodreads

Guest Post

Why I wrote the JOURNEY HOME SERIES: 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 or Soldier’s Heart. 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. Elizabeth hold hundreds of Civil War soldier’s remains today.
As my story ideas came together, I especially wanted to write my heroes as strong Christians and show how they 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, FAITHFUL HEART, AND HOPEFUL 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.

About the Author


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’s biggest challenge is writing Inspirational Historical Romance. Her biggest distraction is her fascination with historical research. Published writers Pamela Griffin, Gina Welborn, and Kathleen Maher have been critique partners and mentors. Diane is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

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Ms. Kalas is giving away an eBook OR paperback copy of Patriot Heart (U.S. only). Leave a comment by 6/28/17 11:59pm EDT for a chance to win. I will use a random generator to pick a winner on 6/29/17 (be sure to come back and check if you won). To enter leave a blog comment. 

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18 thoughts on “TBT Feature Novel: Patriot Heart”

  1. Thank you, Toni, for inviting me on your lovely blog. I am giving away either a free paperback copy or E-book copy of PATRIOT HEART to someone leaving a comment for a drawing.


    1. Hi Christina: Thank you for commenting. Your heart will go out to the hero; he’s strong but vulnerable. Blessings on your day.


    1. Hi Kailey: I am hooked on research and really got into the subject of American Civil War POWs and what happened to them after the war. Thank you for commenting.


  2. I am impressed with the idea of the story – we need to know and remember these things. Thank you for writing the story.


    1. Hi Janice. The research for Patriot Heart was tough to read. My story is uplifting, though, and with a cast of interesting people. Thank you for commenting.


    1. Hi Charlene: This is the fun part of writing; meeting new people. Thank you for stopping by and reading Why I wrote Patriot Heart.


  3. You had me at, “Dan Goodman wants to marry an uncomplicated girl.” I said to myself, “Self, good luck with that!” Intriguing story.


  4. Hi Chrissy: So funny you should mention that remark from Dan. The interaction between the hero and heroine in Patriot Heart was a pleasure for me to write. Thank you for leaving a comment.


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