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Sunday, June 24, 2012

Cooking with author Jocelyn Green!

Welcome to my blog, Jocelyn Green, a fellow Moody (River North) author!

Jocelyn stopped by to tell us about her novel and about her favorite foods.

She says: My tastes tend to change according to the season. When it’s cool or cold out, I could usually go for Mexican food (the real stuff, not Taco Bell). I love the warm, vibrant flavors! I was a nanny in Mexico one summer and fell in love with authentic Mexican food then.

But lately, my favorite thing to make is homemade granola, which I mix in with vanilla Greek yogurt and blueberries or bananas. It makes a great breakfast or snack (or lunch!). I make a week’s worth of granola at a time and keep it in a cookie jar on the counter. It’s so easy to mix it up—it’s my go-to snack when I’m writing!

Thank you, Jocelyn. I love both authentic Mexican food and granola. Now let's read about your novel, Wedded to War.

It's April 1861, and the Union Army's Medical Department is a disaster, completely unprepared for the magnitude of war. A small group of New York City women, including 28-year-old Charlotte Waverly, decide to do something about it, and end up changing the course of the war, despite criticism, ridicule and social ostracism. Charlotte leaves a life of privilege, wealth-and confining expectations-to be one of the first female nurses for the Union Army. She quickly discovers that she's fighting more than just the Rebellion by working in the hospitals. Corruption, harassment, and opposition from Northern doctors threaten to push her out of her new role. At the same time, her sweetheart disapproves of her shocking strength and independence, forcing her to make an impossible decision: Will she choose love and marriage, or duty to a cause that seems to be losing? An Irish immigrant named Ruby O'Flannery, who turns to the unthinkable in the face of starvation, holds the secret that will unlock the door to Charlotte's future. But will the rich and poor confide in each other in time?

Wedded to War is a work of fiction, but the story is inspired by the true life of Civil War nurse Georgeanna Woolsey. Woolsey's letters and journals, written over 150 years ago, offer a thorough look of what pioneering nurses endured.

Wedded to War can be ordered from Amazon now.

Special Deals! Wedded to War ebook version will be FREE June 24-28! After that it will be $1.99 from July 1-7, then it will be $2.99 from July 8-14.


Jocelyn Green said...

Thanks for having me today, Alice! For some reason, the Kindle version is not free on Amazon yet today, but people can get the Wedded to War ebook for free at both and

Now I'm off to make this week's batch of granola!

Alice J. Wisler said...

Yum! Send me some granola! I have fond memories of homemade granola from my childhood in Japan.