The Twelfth Night Queen Release Day

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The Twelfth Night Queen, my holiday Regency romance from Sweet Cravings Publishing, releases today for $2.99 . Check out the blurb below.

Fontaines always married Westburys, until the Twelfth Night Queen rebelled.  Amelia Fontaine was betrothed to her cousin, Percy Westbury, while she was still in leading strings. When Percy and his family arrive for a long holiday visit, Amelia is dismayed by the prospect of the impending arranged marriage. With his estate in shambles, Percy flaunts his plans to use Fontaine Hall’s wealth to benefit his family’s fortunes. When Percy demands that Amelia end her friendship with her neighbor, Edward Thornton, will she choose to follow tradition or pursue happiness?

Edward Thornton, the Earl of Bridgwater, couldn’t remember a time he didn’t love Amelia. He didn’t believe her grandmother would insist on the arranged marriage, until the entire Westbury clan invites themselves to Fontaine Hall. When Edward discovers Percy’s secret life and his sinister plans for Amelia, he embarks on a campaign to rescue her. Will the Twelfth Night Queen help him save his beloved from her cruel fate?

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Discharge Papers for WWII

After WWII ended in 1945 and most of the soldiers returned to their homes, the hospitals started to close down and the nurses were not needed. Lt. Marie and the other nurses were given the choice of being discharged (actually placed on the inactive list) or signing up for an additional FIVE years. Being the only child, Lt. Marie elected to be discharged  and return home to keep an eye on her mother. (Note: if she stayed for five years, she would have been pulled into the Korean War with several more years committed.) Here’s the discharge orders that sent her home.

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WWII – Caught on Camera #3

In this pic, Lt. Marie was on-duty, retrieving some hydrogen peroxide to clean a wound. Her uniform is a one-piece wrap-around dress that tied on two sides. It’s a light-weight brown and white striped, seer-sucker dress. The cap was made of the same fabric and was worn with brown shoes and hose. Dresses were shorter than worn in the 1930s to save fabric. After the war, the dress length dropped dramatically. Many ladies inserted a contrasting or matching fabric to make the dress longer.

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Ration Books in WWII

Not all products were available during WWII. Items such as cars, tires, appliances, clothing, certain food items (including meat) were reserved for the war effort. Those items that were available in limited amounts were rationed. Ration books were issued to citizens to use when they purchased items. Different stamps in the books were used to purchase specific items, including alcohol. (True Story: Lt. Marie obtained her first ration book when a relative who liked to drink took her to register and obtain her book on her 21st birthday. He immediately relieved her of the alcohol stamps.)

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Supporting the War Effort – Defense Stamp Albums

Supporting the war effort was a national responsibility. War bonds were sold in several denominations. For those who couldn’t afford them, the Defense Stamp Album of 25 cent stamps were issued. The owner could place 25 cents stamps in the book until it was filled. Then, it was treated as a regular bond with a maturity date. They were sometimes given as gifts.

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Life in the Army Stateside in WWII

Lt. Marie had been stationed first in Atlanta at Camp Butner, followed by service Camp Butner in North Carolina, and finally at Walter Reed General Hospital in Washington DC.  At Camp Butner, she worked primarily with soldiers who had been injured and returned home to recover. In the Battle of the Bulge in December, 1944 – January 1945, the Germans caught the Allies in a surprise offensive. With over 19,000 killed and 89,000 injured, it became the most tragic battle of the war.  Some soldiers  had suffered from severe frostbite requiring amputation with  a long treatment and recovery.

Lt. Marie worked received only one day off a month. Night nurses worked 7pm to 7am. Day nurses worked eight hours, from 7am to 7 pm with three hours off during the shift. Although she was usually too tired to socialize, officers were required to join the Officers’ Club. Unfortunately, she doesn’t remember where the card was issued.

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WWII – Caught on Camera #2

This is another clicking camera surprise at Walter Reed. Lt Marie was dressing a wound. A brave, wounded soldier, you ask? No. A young man who fell while skating.

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Leave of Absence

A few months into her career when Lt Marie was stationed at Camp Butner in North Carolina. A “tragedy” arose at home. Her mother who was shy around others demanded that she come home to resolve a problem with a neighbor. Lt. Marie was granted leave  (See the form below.) to resolve the problem.

A neighbor who lived behind her whose house faced another street ran his fence across her yard, taking in about 20% of their property. Unwilling or unable to handle it herself, she relied on Lt. Marie. The neighbor cursed her out when she told him to move the fence. Undaunted, she gave him 24 hours before she called the police. Pretty gutsy for a 22-year-old. Needless to say, the neighbor had the fence moved by the next morning and Lt. Marie had a nice break.

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A Nurses Pay & Allowance Account

When Lt. Marie reported for duty, she left behind a widowed mother with a home but minimal means of support. She was able to claim her mother as a dependent which made her eligible to receive a small monthly allowance of $50. Although Lt. Marie received $150 per month as a second lieutenant, she made a provision for her mother to receive $50 more of her income –giving them each $100 per month.

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A Salute to American Veterans

 

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