Friday, August 24, 2012

When Shadows Fall - Tina Pinson


Tina Pinson resides in Mesa, Arizona with her husband of thirty plus years, Danny. They are blessed to have three sons, and five grandchildren. Tina started writing in elementary school. Her love of writing has caused her to seek creative outlets be it writing poetry, songs, or stories. Her WWII story Trail of the Sandpiper won third place in the Genesis in 2003.  When Shadows Fall Book 1 in the Shadows Series is available through Desert Breeze Publishers. Shadowed Dreams, and To Catch a Shadow the next two installments of the Shadow Series about the civil war and the Oregon Trail, will be available, November 2012 and June 2013. 
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When Shadows Fall

As the Civil War rages, Rebekah fights to keep her world intact. But loss and sorrow has seeped into her heart and mind. She sets her sights on Oregon, praying this new Eden will allow her a place of peace and a place to put her life, and that of her son's, back together again. She travels to Independence, Missouri ready to take the train west, but is denied the opportunity to join the train because she is woman alone. Matthew battles his way through one fight after another, all the while thinking of Rebekah. The woman who holds his heart. He longs to help her west, but fears his biggest battle lies ahead of him. Will Rebekah open up her heart to him and allow him to be the one to hold her when the shadows Fall?

Excerpt:

Chapter One
   July 22, 1862 Washington, D.C.
   Stay open. Rebekah held her eyes wide, but after a ten-day wagon trip with her friends, Harland and Martha Graves, with little rest, her mind couldn't keep them propped -- even amidst the commotion. She hoped the White House staff would call her before they found her strung out between two chairs.
   A child darted past, brushing Rebekah's skirt, catching her attention. Her head lifted on a rubbery neck as her gaze trailed the boy around the room in a dizzying manner. He trotted around, weaving through the chairs and ducked beneath one.
   It seemed everyone wanted to see the president. How many of the women had come for the same reason as she? She eyed the door and thought about leaving so as not to burden him. Where else could she go?
   Stifling a yawn, she got up to walk. Straightening her gray skirt and her bonnet, she went to look out the window.
   Paved streets and traffic-laden thoroughfares -- how different from home. She envisioned the Washington she knew as a child, remembering little. The landmarks were hazy. New buildings filled the skyline, and so many people lined the walks. Had there been so many when she was young?
   They all seemed to be at the White House today -- in the East Room, waiting for an audience with the president.
   She removed her bonnet and fanned herself. Were summers here always so hot? Her clothes soaked up the heat and held it. Only an idiot wore wool in the dead of summer. Idiot. Leaning against the wall, she studied the scenery outside, the opulence inside. Despite her best effort, her eyelids grew heavy.
   She went in search of a chair.
   "Miss. Miss." The sound buzzed in her head, followed by a firm shake. She came to, blinking to focus and found the steward over her. He straightened. "It's time."
   She gave her grainy eyes a thorough rub.
 "The president will see you."
She covered another yawn, licked her teeth and lips, ran her knuckles along her eyes, and took the steward's hand. He pulled her from the chair.
   Snatching her bonnet, she pressed it on her head, fighting to get it over her loose, rebellious chignon. Forfeiting, she flopped the bonnet on the chair and concentrated on her hair. Once satisfied with the way it lay, she bent to retrieve her bag. A shock of blond curls escaped, tumbled into her face. She battled to right it in a dignified manner and realized she had an audience. At the far end of the room, a man with a full beard and hat low on his head, watched with interest.
   She matched his stare.
A broad grin lit his face.
Their eyes locked. He looked almost familiar. Too familiar. But he couldn't be. And she didn't have time to find out why. After a couple of faltering steps, craning her head to study him, she followed the steward.
                                                                               ***** 
   "Mr. President." Rebekah extended her hand. "Thank you for allowing me a moment." 
   "Don't be so formal, child. Abraham will do." He scooped a calico cat from the horsehair swivel chair and motioned for her to sit. He pulled the chair from behind his postmasters' desk, gently pushing the gray Tom cat sprawled there to the floor, and sat beside her. "How is my favorite goddaughter?" 
   "I could be better," she spoke candidly. The Tom wound itself through the president's legs in a figure eight before it lay at his feet. The calico draped over the desk and languished there, lazy and content. Rebekah held a yawn and turned her attention to the president. "I hate to be bothersome, but... if anyone can help, it's you." 
   "It'd be my distinct pleasure." The edges of Abraham's lips turned upward. "Your father helped me on many occasions. I consider him a dear friend and you, young lady, are just as dear." Long fingers reached out and brushed her cheek. "Tell me of your situation?" 
   Rueful, Rebekah told how her husband, Robert Montgomery, joined the Confederacy to fight McClellan in the Virginian Hills." 
   Her fingers battled as she talked. She fought the tears clogging her throat. "He returned safely home for a short respite, then he left again." The tears moved up her throat, she coughed and looked away. The cat on the desk, lifted his tail and made lazy circles in the air before dropping it to the wood again. Rebekah took a faltering breath. "He fought at Manassas in the summer of 1861. The Rebs were victorious, and yet, Robert never returned home." 
   She faced the president. 
   "I've searched for him this last year. When I learned he was being held in a filthy Yankee... I'm sorry," she excused herself before continuing, "a Yankee prison -- an asylum for the insane, I came to get him out." 
   "I rode here with another family who is searching for their son." She paused. "I don't know why Robert wasn't exchanged. He's ailing, but they won't let me in to care for him. I'd bribe the guards, but I have no money." Why he went to war, she didn't know, either. Nor did she fully understand the reason why he joined the south instead of the north. 
   "I'll do what I can," Abraham promised. 
   "I'd love to meet your son." 
   "I'd like that. He's about as old as..." Thinking of the son Abraham had lost earlier that year, she stopped abruptly. Willy, wasn't it? She'd sent a card, and received a lovely response. How did Abraham feel these few months later? His heart must ache. Hers did when she thought of her own loss.


When Shadows Fall is available for purchase at:

Tina Pinson is giving away a copy of When Shadows Fall. To be entered in the giveaway, leave a comment along with your e-mail address. You can enter the book giveaway twice--once on each Spotlight post for Tina. Please note: The giveaway is for U.S. addresses only.

Remember to read wherever you wander, 
The Wandering Writer,

21 comments:

Patsy said...

I haven't read any books by Tina and would love to read "When Shadows Fall".

plhouston(at)bellsouth(dot)net

cjajsmommy said...

This is not the genre I usually read but the excerpt enticed me. Please enter me to win a copy. djragno (at) hotmail (dot) com

Anonymous said...

I need new books to read and new authors to chase :) I am hoping to win this book. Elizabeth
neadnitromom(at)aol.com

Naomi Musch said...

Great opening excerpt, Tina. Really sets the tone. I'm sure it'll be a great read!

Tina Pinson said...

Hello Patsy,

As an author I would love for everyone to read my books and of course like them. I wished everyone could win.

Thank you for stopping by and leaving your name.

blessings

Tina

Tina Pinson said...

cjajsmommy,

love the different sign on tags people use. they make curious. I like to read other genres, so I'm glad you're considering it, but I know there are so many books out there, and it's nice to stick with the authors you know and enjoy. Glad you're considering my book.

thanks

blessings

Tina

Tina Pinson said...

Elizabeth,
Welcome and thanks for commenting. You can chase this author all over. I don't run very fast. :-) I have a couple books out there, In the Manor of the Ghost, and Touched By Mercy. Two more release in November and January. I would love for you to read my stories.

blessings

Tina

Tina Pinson said...

Hello, Naomi,

wonderful to see your lovely name here. I like the read, I tear up on certain spots every time, but then I'm a touch prejudice.

Thank you for coming by

blessings

Tina

Rev. Kim Justice said...

Would love to be included int he drawing for this book. Awesome post. Thanks for giving us a sample of a Author that I have not read any thing yet. I love to find new books.

Blessings,
Rev. Kim
Breath of Life
breathoflifebookreviews@yahoo.com

Tina Pinson said...

Hello, Rev. Kim,

thank you for coming by. Appreciate your kind words and glad you liked the short excerpt.

Without readers there would be no need to write, so I'm glad you found me.

blessings

Tina

Nancee said...

I've heard some wonderful things about When Shadows Fall, and I'd love an opportunity to win a copy. Thanks for offering this giveaway!
Nancee
quiltcat26[at]sbcglobal[dot]net

Tina Pinson said...

Nancee,

how lovely for you stop by. I'm glad you heard good things about the book.

You are in the drawing.

blessings

Tina

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the chance to win and read one of your books Tina. Will have to check you out on your website.
Maxie ( mac262@me.com )

lgm52 said...

I've not read this author but this book sounds great! Would love to read it.
lgm52@hotmail.com

Tina Pinson said...

Maxie,

thanks for visiting and please do stop in a take a look around at my site. I have snippets from other stories there as well.


blessings

tina

Tina Pinson said...

lgm52,

Would love for you to read the book too... your name has been added.

thanks for stopping by.

Blessings


Tina

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the opportunity to enter your book giveaway for "When Shadows Fall".
Janet
von1janet@gmail.com

Tina Pinson said...

Janet, hello and you are most welcome for the chance to win. Appreciate your stopping in and entering

blessings

tina

Lane Hill House said...

Please add me for this book drawing. Kathleen ~ Missouri
lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

Teela said...

Thank you for the chance to win WHEN SHADOWS FALL. teelayoung@hotmail.com http://coffee24tea.blogspot.com

HomePlace Gatherings said...

Love the wagon train stories!
Hoping I win.

Doreen Brannan
priviesandprims at yahoo dot com

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