At the outbreak of the Civil War, Amanda Graham’s husband dies a hero’s death. Left with no source of income, she smuggles medical supplies for Lieutenant Colonel William Jackson and the Confederacy. Although a rogue, Wil is a man of courage and fiercely loyal to Amanda. Lieutenant Samuel Prescott, a soldier of honor and former comrade before the war, fights for the Union. As opposing forces move into Virginia, Sam clashes with Wil on more than the battlefield, when both men fall in love with Amanda. Torn by grief and loyalty, Amanda struggles with the harsh reality that her way of life has been altered forever by the growing storm…
Targeted Age Group: adult
Award winning author Kim Murphy has always had a love for history, ghosts, and time travel. After moving to Virginia over twenty years ago, she passed a Civil War battlefield that had a cannon and a foundation of an inn. Thankfully, the women and children in the inn made it to safety during a raging battle, but the scene sparked Kim’s interest on how the common person survived the horrors of the war. Her Promise & Honor series is the result.
When she finished her Civil War trilogy, she turned to something a little different by writing a Civil War ghost story. Whispers from the Grave and its sequel, Whispers Through Time, began as a high school English class short story. Though the story has gone through a few incarnations prior to publication, two main characters remain in the final version.
From her research for her fiction, Kim learned that historians incorrectly assumed rape was rare during the Civil War. Seven years of researching and writing went into her only nonfiction title to date, I Had Rather Die: Rape in the Civil War. The title was taken from a rape survivor’s testimony during a court-martial case.
Requiring a break from writing about the Civil War, Kim developed her current Dreaming series, after discovering that Virginia, not Salem was the first to have witch trials on the North American continent. While researching the 17th century, she was finally able to put her degree to good use, since much of what’s known about the era comes from the anthropological records. She is currently working on the third book in The Dreaming series, Circle in Time.
When she’s not researching, attending author events, or writing, she can be found hiking with her Belgian sheepdogs, Saber and Phoebe. Although Saber is quite different from the Belgian in Whispers from the Grave, he was named after the dog in the book.
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