Saturday, October 10, 2009

Please welcome author J.A. Saare


Hello, Jaime, I love your work and am happy to have you here. Thanks for doing the interview.

Hey Laura!
Thank you for having me on your blog today to talk about my newest novella. I always enjoy chatting with you. *smile* You asked for a little mini bio, but honestly, I’m not sure what to say. Nothing ruins the illustrious illusion of grandeur faster than the truth. But I suppose there’s no help for it. The simple answer is that I’m a mom to four. I have a husband that rocks my socks. And I write when I can find the time. I know, I know. Exciting, right?
Now, to something that is vastly more interesting, Soft As Moonlight, an erotic paranormal romance, with werewolves, vampires, and a bit of magic! I wanted to write something that bordered on urban fantasy, while forcing myself to write in a third person narrative. It was an amazing experience, and really helped me get inside the minds of the characters.
I’ve included two excerpts for you today, naughty and nice. I hope you enjoy them!
Blurb:
Lycae Wolfe Trevlian returns to New Orleans after a lengthy self imposed absence with one goal–to appease the vampyren harboring a grudge against his kin so he can leave as soon as possible. Bitter memories linger in the Big Easy, memories best left in the past. Fortunately, the agreement with the vampyren is simple–destroy the creature killing off their brethren, and the death of their Master is forgiven.
Dhampir Arden Moran has waited two decades to avenge the murder of her friend by destroying the vampyren King Lucius Mercoix, and years of dedication and patience are about to pay off. She tracks down the human slave to the King, intending to uncover where Lucius rests. There is just one enormous problem she wasn't prepared for–the breathtakingly gorgeous Lycae sent to intercept her.
One touch is all it takes for Wolfe to ascertain that Arden is his mate, and he vows to kill anyone or anything that attempts to harm the beautiful half-human, half-vampire female. When the vampyren hire assassins to finish the job he didn't complete, he is forced to face and overcome the devastating scars of a past betrayal in order to become an Alpha Lycae strong enough to protect his mate - as well as the pack that needs him.
Excerpt #1:
Wolfe turned and watched the battle unfold. One of the vampyren moved close and the female seized the opportunity, lurching into him and then whipping behind his back. Her hand latched onto his jaw, and she forced his head up and back. The dagger severed the tissue and muscle easily. She released the body, dropped the head, and crouching down and breathing shallow, went back to work.
The two remaining vampyren went for guns in their jackets, but she interrupted them with gunfire of her own, sliding the daggers into the sheaths on her legs and retrieving the guns tucked against her ribs in the same smooth motion. She stood tall to unleash hell’s fury into thick heads and spongy torso’s.
Bullets whizzed past her and she ducked behind an alley for cover, reappearing in seconds with fresh clips and more gunfire.
“What the hell is she?” he whispered, awestruck and fascinated.
Taylor removed a handkerchief from his pocket, padded his nose, and spoke scathingly through the thin material. “She’s an outcast, unwanted by either race that bore her.”
Wolfe’s jaw clenched and he stared at the vampyren slave through narrowed eyes. “She moves like a vampire and fights like the Thymeria.”
“That’s probably because she was a member of the human faction. But that was years ago. As for being vampire—”
Wolfe stopped listening as he was forced to intercept the oncoming female in question. The remaining vampyren were down and squirming weakly atop the blocked concrete, and she was homed in on one person he didn’t particularly care for himself —Taylor.
Damn it. Subduing an unwilling female wasn’t how he envisioned his first night back in New Orleans. He had wanted to relax with decent food and even better music. Not engage in a scuffle with a tiny girl that just put the beat down on four vampyren.
Should be thanking her for the community fucking service.
“Get the hell out of here,” he snarled at Taylor and stepped forward.
If she was intimidated by his much larger size, it didn’t show. She never slowed in her trek, releasing the clip in her sidearm with a flick of her thumb and sending it dancing along the asphalt. Her free hand wound behind her back in the same motion and returned with a new, fully loaded clip. She swiftly slammed the cartridge into the gun and locked it in place with her palm.
She was forced to peer up as she moved forward, and he finally got a glimpse of her eyes. The irises were a deep hued blue, as dark and vast as the clearest midnight sky. And the threat glimmering inside those devastating, beautiful orbs was exacting.
“Out of my way, Lycae.”
Her soft voice was like brandished velvet against his spine, causing his skin to ripple and the hair on his arms to rise in recognition. The bones in his body seemed to thrum, along with something else that had lain dormant his entire life. He shook his head hard and faced the furious female with the voice of a siren, the face of an angel, and the body of a goddess.
“I can’t do that.”
“Of course you can,” she purred, lifted the gun, and cocked the hammer for added effect.
Christ, but she’s ballsy.
Mindful of the shiny obsidian sidearm, he reminded her softly, “Bullets don’t work on us, cher.”
“Sure they do.” Her voice was husky and slightly accented, as lullingly sweet as the honeysuckle radiating from her skin. “If they’re made of silver.”
He stepped forward and was rewarded with a bitch of a sting in his chest, followed immediately by another. The excruciating burn that accompanied the sharp bite scoring the skin inside his chest and rending tissue was devastating. He withheld the grimace that would reveal the pain she wrought, meeting her level stare and grinding his teeth together.
“I missed the heart intentionally, Lycae.” She peered around him for a moment and returned those glorious blue eyes to his face, gun level and at the ready. “I won’t a second time.”


Thanks again for having me, Laura. You rock!


Soft As Moonlight is available today at Amira Press (http://www.amirapress.com/).

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Please welcome author Skhye Moncrief

Hello, Skhye, and thank you for agreeing to do the interview. First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?

Hi, Laura. Thank you for inviting me over. My Time Guardian series is about two sects from the future who intermarry in order to travel through time and safeguard history--one sect sports kilts, the other Druid robes. I'm kind of geeky scientific in that I'm formally educated in geology and bioarchaeology. So, I had to set up a series that allowed me to write about when and wherever I felt like writing. So, my series spans the time from the first monolith's erection to whenever the future may land a tale. My available titles include a medieval Irish setting, a medieval Cumberland setting, a futuristic on earth, a futuristic offworld, and many set in present day Scotland. I should add that often the characters begin in one time period, travel to another, but end up in a third--and I'm told I handle the transitions well. The series is based on what appears to be Celtic legend but often brings in gods from other mythologies. What else would an evil anthropologist do? My King Arthur is a time-traveling shape-shifting dragon...

What are your favorite time destinations and why? My anthropological specialization in bioarchaeology should answer this question: I live in the past. :) I like everything from early hominids forward. And since I have this strange fascination with natural and cultural ecology, I like all settings including speculation of the future. So, let's just say the sky's the limit with my scrawlings. :)

Where is your work available? My titles are at http://thewildrosepress.com as well as http://amazon.com, http://borders.com, and http://bn.com.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction? Karen M. Moning was someone whose work fascinated me when I first began writing. But I really did live in the past long before writing romance, i.e. reading historical romances and works like The Clan of the Cave Bear. Add in my fascination with Star Trek since it first aired when I was a young child and my formal education, and, voila, writing time travel romance just seemed natural.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story? In my series, the Orders use runes, astro-folklore, post-Modern alchemy, and sacred marriage while hoping the fairies kick in the rest of what's needed to travel across time and space. The male members have a time-travel key, i.e. fairy-forged sword. Yes, it's a very complicated system, mechanically. But I try to reveal a different aspect of time travel in each tale.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources? Since I am known as the geeky blogger who blogs about reference books, let's just say I use books I've collected from geology & anthropology courses, as well as researching to crack the great mystery of numerology/astrology/Tarot/etc (to understand how people in the past thought). Literature courses are my friend. And I am always on the hunt for another great bargain at library sales, thrift stores, used-book stores, and bargain bins. Half.com is a godsend...

Everyone is invited to stop by http://blog.skhyemoncrief.com to sift through my back log of Reference Book posts. And where would I be if the History Channel didn't air The History of Concrete? Okay, I admit I know who invented it... But it's a great documentary, nonetheless.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? Thank you, Laura! And remember Ghandi's words: "Be the change you want to see in the world." I believe that's my motto when writing. ;) ~Skhye

Again, thank you so much for your input. Good luck with your writing!
-laura h.
"Arthur is a masterpiece..." 4 hearts for He of the Fiery Sword's King Arthur ~Diane Mason; The Romance Studio

“The Spell of the Killing Moon offers the best of spine-tingling suspense. The setting is perfect... Moncrief’s ability to wield magic and emotion are without compare. Her words twist together emotions and visuals until you experience this tale as if the trap were set for you. Some lines blend a kind of poetic magic: “Moonlight wove a special kind of magic, a spell so vacillating that a person never knew if reality were anything other than a dream.” Darkness and premonitions and deadly intent fill these pages... a unique blend of mystic Medieval Gothic and romance…and a true blood-curdling thriller. 5 books" ~Snapdragon, LASR

"Intense, original, suspenseful, and dramatic... an unpredictable topsy-turvy romance... the suspense builds with every page in SACRIFICIAL HEARTS. In a world where symbols mean everything, magic is the way..." ~Snapdragon; LASR

HE OF THE FIERY SWORD available at www.thewildrosepress.com
www.timeguardians.com
www.skhyemoncrief.com
"Be the change you want to see in the world." ~Ghandi

Sunday, July 26, 2009

One lovely blog



Hello, I was very happy to be recognized for the "One Lovely Blog" award by my friend and fellow author, Jaime Saare, author of terrific paranormal stories. She writes entertaining tales that I love to read. Thanks, Jaime!


For my chosen three: Kimberly Eve at http://kimberlyeve.blogspot.com/ writes a very interesting blog about the Tudors. I love stopping by and reading her latest information.


Jaime Saare writes a witty, entertaining blog that I truly enjoy checking out on a regular basis. Her insights are fun to read. http://jasaare.blogspot.com/


My friend, Linda LaRoque, writer of wonderul time-travel fiction and tales set in Texas, has a blog that covers various topics. It's a cool blog. http://lindalaroqueauthor.blogspot.com/


Copy the award image above and choose three blogs you enjoy! Write a blog post to let everyone know who they are and why you enjoy them. Then let the lucky bloggers know you've chosen their blogs as "One Lovely Blogs".

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Please welcome author Susan Macatee


First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work?

Hi, first I’d like to say thanks so much for having me, Laura! I’m Susan Macatee. I’ve been dabbling in writing since I was in grade school, but got serious about it after the last of my three boys started school. It wasn’t until I decided to write romance and joined Romance Writers of America that I started having any success with my submissions, though. After having my first romance, a short stand-alone vampire story, released as an e-book last year from The Wild Rose Press, I’ve signed five new contracts with TWRP; two for full-length novels, two for short stories that will be part of two different historical anthologies and one stand-alone novella-length vampire story. All of these stories are set during the American Civil War.

I’m also working on two new full-length romances. One’s science fiction romance, the other post-Civil War.

What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?

Erin’s Rebel, the book of my heart, is my first foray into time travel. It’s set during the American Civil War. My heroine, a modern day reporter, is thrust by way of a car accident and a Victorian brooch containing a lock of the hero’s hair into a Confederate army camp during the Civil War.

Here’s the blurb: Philadelphia newspaper reporter, Erin Branigan, is engaged to marry an up-and-coming lawyer, but dreams of a man from the past, a Civil War captain, change her plans and start her on a journey beyond time. After a car accident, Erin wakes to find herself living in the 1860s in a Confederate army camp.

Captain Will Montgomery, the man of her dreams, is now a flesh and blood Rebel soldier who sets her soul aflame. But the Irish beauty holds a secret he needs to unravel before he can place his trust in her.

Can she correct a mistake made long ago that caused his death and denied her the love she was meant to have? Or is she doomed to live out her life with nothing but regret?

The only other story I have in that genre right now is a short story to be featured in the upcoming TWRP American Civil War anthology, Northern Roses and Southern Belles. My story, Angel of My Dreams, is the story of a modern-day Civil War reenactor, who becomes entranced with a woman he keeps seeing at events attending fallen men on the battlefield. The woman turns out to be the ghost of a Civil War nurse. This is more of a reincarnation tale, as the hero goes to a therapist, has himself hypnotically regressed and learns he’s lived before as a Civil War soldier. The story weaves itself back and forth through time, so although not your traditional time travel, it does have many elements of that genre.

What are your favorite time destinations and why?

The American Civil War is my favorite destination. I love the pageantry and heroism of men and women who fought and sacrificed for what they believed in. I’ve spent the past ten years or so as a Civil War civilian reenactor, and since I love reading time travel romances, I was really disappointed to find so few TT romances set in that time period.

Where is your work available?

I write for The Wild Rose Press. http://thewildrosepress.com/ Currently, I only have one short story available for purchase, a Civil War set vampire story, called Eternity Waits. All my other releases will come out this year, starting with Erin’s Rebel, my Civil War time travel, on July 17th.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?

I’d have to say about five years ago, when I first immersed myself in romance fiction. I’d been writing for years, but didn’t seem to be getting anywhere. I’d heard romance was a big market and decided to investigate. Although I loved reading the historicals, I found myself intrigued by time travels. They became my favorites.

One of the first time travels I remember having read is Susan Grant’s Once a Pirate. I also read medieval-set stories by several different authors. One of them was Victoria Alexander, I don’t recall all of the others, but I did read Helen A. Rosburg’s The Circle of a Promise. I’ve also read Scottish highland time travels as well as Native American ones, just can’t recall all the titles or authors. I even read one set during the Civil War that started with a woman psychiatrist who traveled back through time on a train ride. The latest TT’s I’ve read and loved are Judi Lynne’s Yankee Angel, Bess McBride’s A Train through Time, Dawn Thompson’s The Falcon’s Bride and the latest by her, published after her death, The Bride of Time.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?

Developing the time travel mechanism was the hardest part, for me, of doing a time travel. I just couldn’t seem to find any believable way to get my heroine back in time to meet the hero. Since Erin’s Rebel was my first romance, I entered it in as many unpublished contests as I could afford, but the judges kept telling me my time travel device just wasn’t believable. I almost gave up on this story, but while taking an online workshop with the late Dawn Thompson on story openings, Dawn suggested a car crash, so I went with that.

But I still needed something to tie the whole time travel theme together. I’d read a few great time travels where the hero or heroine goes back into their reincarnated body and I decided that would work here. So, my heroine goes back into the body of a woman who she thought to be her grandmother’s great-aunt, but was actually the heroine in a past life. And the object that ties everything together is a Victorian brooch containing a lock of the hero’s hair. It was common during this time period for people to preserve and carry a lock of a loved one’s hair, either as a remembrance of one who’d died, or as a way of keeping a piece of someone far away close. Victorians were notorious for their sentimentality.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?

Since I set my stories during the Civil War, I’ve used what I learned as a reenactor to give my readers a feel for the time period. What they wore, ate, what they did for fun, and any other little details of everyday life my characters should know, or my time traveler has to learn. For major events, like dates of battles and other historical facts, I use reference books and the internet.
Here's the blurb for Erin's Rebel:
Erin's RebelTime Travel RomanceThe Wild Rose PressPhiladelphia newspaper reporter, Erin Branigan, is engaged to marry an up-and-coming lawyer, but dreams of a man from the past, a Civil War captain, change her plans and start her on a journey beyond time. After a car accident, Erin wakes to find herself living in the 1860s in a Confederate army camp.Captain Will Montgomery, the man of her dreams, is now a flesh and blood Rebel soldier who sets her soul aflame. But the Irish beauty holds a secret he needs to unravel before he can place his trust in her.Can she correct a mistake made long ago that caused his death and denied her the love she was meant to have? Or is she doomed to live out her life with nothing but regret?

Is there anything you’d like to add?

I’d like to invite readers of your blog to visit my website to learn more about me and all my upcoming stories, as well as a sneak peak at my latest work in progress.

You can find me here: http://susanmacatee.com/

Or at my blog: http://susanmacatee.blogspot.com/

And I’m also a regular contributor at http://slipintosomethingvictorian.wordpress.com/ where readers can learn all about the Victorian era.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

please welcome author Mary Ricksen


Hello, Mary, and welcome. Thanks for the interview. :)


First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
Hi Lara, thanks for having me on your site. A little about me. Hmmm. I am an animal lover. Right now we have two German Sherpherds. One is a young female named, BoBo,and she just went into heat.


The older one up until now has only been annoyed with her. Jealous of each other, their petty bickering was starting to get annoying. But now, they are in love.


It' quite interesting to see them interact and how lovesick my poor old boy, Junior, is. the mind says yes, yes, yes, but the body says no. He is just to arthritic to get up there. The grooming, nibbling and loving is quite different. Hormones are amazing aren't they.


I am in the process of working on my second book, so I have not been able to do the blogging I usually do. Burned Into Time, is a sequal to my first book, Tripping Through Time, and it continues with the story of time traveling to the late 1800's to the beautiful state of Vermont. Why did I pick Vermont. Well it has all the mistique and presence I needed for my stories. There is so much to work with. The imagery is so easy with such a beautiful place to use for a backdrop. And I love the place. I will admit the research is hard to do from where I live, but I am managing.


I am married it seems like forever to my husband of 33 years, would I change him. Sure if I could, it's not for want of trying. If only I could get him to clean up after himself. Ha! I always tell people he is like my left let. I would hate to lose it. And he makes me laugh! Right now we live in hot, hot, hot, Florida. I am aiming for the mountains of North Carolina eventually.


When I retired I decided to pursue my writing career. It has been the best move of my life and I wouldn't give up meeting all the wonderful people I have met for anything. Authors are some of the best folks in the world!

What are your favorite time destinations and why?
I like the late 1800's there was so much development at that time. My first book took place on the Lake Champlain islands, my second book will take place mainly in Stowe Vermont, and my third will be in Florida.

Where is your work available?
You can buy it at any of the usual on line places, like Amazon, and Barnes and Noble.com.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?


I think I have read every time travel romance novel in print today. I started with the time-travel romance about ten years ago. I love them all. Linda Lael Miller, Flora Speer, Becky Weyrith, Kate Lyon, the list of my favorite time travel authors is quite extensive. Now I am starting to read some ebook time travels by my own publisher.


For a time I read every western romance, then every Indian, then it was sci-fi and fantasy. Ever read Peers Anthony he's very different.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
So far it's only been by putting on a magic Celtic ring that my heroines have traveled into the past. I am really a newbie, and have only published one book.
I hope that my publisher likes my second one too.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
Reseach has been hard for me. My local library is not much help when I try to get loaned books. The main West Palm Beach library is totally unorganized and useless as far as my
experience goes. I actually am from Vermont so some of it is easy. I do a lot of on line looking. But the information is spotty and hard to come by. I am working on that though.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
I am inclined to think that when you want to accomplish something, like publishing a book, you have to devote yourself entirely and never quit. Some of the best writers in the world have been rejected at one time of another. If you give up, that's the end of it. I so wanted to accomplish this, I've dreamed about it since I was a kid. I am grateful for the help I have had from fellow authors. They are so supportive and understanding. Maybe someday I can be as helpful to someone just like they were to me.

Thanks Lara and I wish you the very best. Mary

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Please welcome author Bess McBride


I'm happy to welcome author Bess McBride to my blog. Thanks, Bess, for the interview.
First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What
time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
What are your favorite time destinations and why?

I love the late Victorian/early Georgian era here in the United States. I
suppose it comes from watching the beautiful Jane Seymour in her fabulous
hats on the shores of a beautiful Lake Huron in "Somewhere in Time." If I could make
readers feel the way I felt (and still do) about that movie... Sigh. I'd
feel like I'd done my job...entertaining.

Where is your work available?

All of my books are published with The Wild Rose Press at
http://thewildrosepress.com and are available at the website and all major
online bookstores such as Barnes and Noble, Amazon, etc.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan,
and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?

I read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in high school a long,
long time ago and loved the concept. Later, I fell in love with the movie
"Somewhere in Time." Then I found "A Knight in Shining Armor" by Jude
Devereaux, and I was hooked. It's still one of my favorite books. And I've
just finally read the fabulous Diana Gabaldon and Lynn Kurland. I've been a
fan of time travel as long as I can remember. I loved "The Time Machine"
and "Planet of the Apes" though I'm not as much a fan of travel to the
future as I am of travel to the past.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to
story?


I've only written one time travel so far, A Train Through Time, though my
first novel, Love of My Heart, certainly involved some elements of past and
present in an old Victorian house. Those houses hold so much fascination
for me, and I wonder about the building, the pride of ownership, the lives
of the people who lived in them. My mechanism of "travel" in A Train
Through Time was through dreams, although it's not really clear until the
end whether my heroine was dreaming or actually traveling through time. I
have several other time travels in the works where the hero is brought
forward through time, and I do not use dreams in those, but neither do I use
some "mechanism" such as a talisman or amulet. I like to think that "love"
is a strong enough bond to help people travel through time.


What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your
sources?


I use the Internet for the most part, often scanning old photos of the
houses, cities, people and clothing of the era if photos are available. I
did pop into a university library for some research on train photos for "A
Train Through Time." There are so many great historical sites available on
the Internet created by very generous people who've done a lot of research
themselves.


Is there anything else you'd like to add?

Thanks for giving me a chance to talk about time travels, Lara. I love them
and can't get enough!

Thanks for being here. :)

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

winner of my blog contest

Congratulations to Jennette Green for winning a copy of my novel, For the Love of a Queen. I hope you like it, Jennette. :)
Thanks everyone, for dropping by and commenting. Have a wonderful week. -laura

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Stop and Smell the Roses Blog Bouquet

Hello, and welcome to my blog, Travel the Ages. Thanks for stopping by! Here are some interesting and perhaps not widely known facts about the English language that i have come across over the years:
The dot over the letter "i" is called a tittle.
The vocabulary of English is the largest of any language.
Shakespeare gave us about 2,000 words.
Pneumonoultramicroscopicsilicovolcanoconiosis is the longest English word. It’s a lung disease.
The longest non-medical word in the English language is FLOCCINAUCINIHILIPILIFICATION, which means “the act of estimating as worthless”.
What are the two words in English that have the five vowels in order? Abstemious and facetious.
The word “set” has the most definitions of any word in English.
English has the most synonyms.
“Go” is the shortest sentence.
The ampersand (&) used to be a letter of the English alphabet—the 27th letter historically.
The average educated person knows 20,000 words and uses about 2,000 in a week.
“E” is the most used letter and “Q” the least.
Before the advent of printing in the 15th century, punctuation was not in use.
Of the nearly ½ million words in general use in the English language (the other half are scientific and technical) about 200,000 would be understood by Shakespeare. Of the many thousands of words added since then, it is estimated that half of them were added in the past fifty years or so.
Noah Webster spent thirty-six years writing his dictionary.
-Well, I was wondering if anyone heard some good and interesting or strange facts about the English language that they could share here. Thanks! –Laura Hogg


There will be a drawing for a free ecopy of my Faery Rose novel: For the Love of a Queen. I will draw a winner from those who leave a comment. Check back to see if you've won.
Group of participating blogs:
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http://www.authorsstudio.blogspot.com/
http://www.bettyhanawa.blogspot.com/
http://www.christineclemetson.blogspot.com/
http://www.findagreatromance.blogspot.com/
http://www.freewebs.com/lesmora/apps/blog/
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http://www.grgiall.blogspot.com/
http://www.hywelalyn.blogspot.com/
http://www.jennfrancesca.blogspot.com/
http://www.joycemoore.blogspot.com/
http://www.lianalaverentz.blogspot.com/
http://www.lindahopelee.blogspot.com/
http://www.lje1.wordpress.com/
http://www.noveltrails.blogspot.com/
http://www.plotsandthoughts.blogspot.com/
http://www.tanyahanson.blogspot.com/
http://www.tinagayle.blogspot.com/

http://www.willtravelforromance.blogspot.com/

I hope you have a wonderful summer. Sincerely, Laura Hogg

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Please welcome author Linda LaRoque




I'm happy to have a friend, and fellow author here today. Please welcome Linda LaRoque.



First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?


I'M A NATIVE TEXAN AND HAVE LIVED OUTSIDE THE STATE FOR ONLY SHORT PERIODS OF TIME. MY FATHER WAS IN THE AIR FORCE AND FOR TWO YEARS WE LIVED IN NEWFOUNDLAND. WHEN MY HUSBAND RETURNED FROM VIET NAM IN 1968, WE LIVED IN ABERDEEN, MD FOR NINE MONTHS. I SPENT 30 YEARS TEACHING PUBLIC SCHOOL, STARTED WRITING IN 1992, AND RETIRED IN 2001. IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL BEING ABLE TO WRITE FULL TIME.
MY FIRST TWO NOVELS WERE WESTERN CONTEMPORARIES. A TIME TRAVEL IDEA POPPED INTO MY HEAD AND MY HEART WILL FIND YOURS WAS BORN. I HAD SO MUCH FUN WRITING IT I DECIDED TO WRITE ANOTHER AND THEN TWO TIME TRAVEL SHORT STORIES. AT PRESENT, I'M WORKING ON A TIME TRAVEL SET IN THE 1930S AND A FUTURISTIC STORY.

What are your favorite time destinations and why?


I PREFER THE NINETEENTH CENTURY OLD WEST AND EARLY TWENTIETH CENTURY MIDDLE AMERICA BECAUSE SO MUCH HAPPENED IN THESE TIME PERIODS AND AREAS THAT INTERESTS ME. THERE IS SO MUCH HISTORY TO CHOSE FROM. I IMAGINE I'LL VENTURE INTO OTHER TIME PERIODS BEFORE TOO LONG.



Where is your work available?


IT'S AVAILABLE AT WWW.CHAMPAGNEBOOKS.COM/, WWW.THEWILDROSEPRESS.COM/, WWW.AMAZON.COM/, AND WWW.BARNESANDNOBLE.COM/.



What got you interested in the genre?


CONSTANCE O'DAY FLANNERY'S, A TIME FOR LOVE, WAS THE FIRST TIME TRAVEL THAT I REMEMBER READING. IT WAS SO MUCH FUN, YET POIGNANT.




For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction? I GUESS I REALLY BECAME A FAN WHEN I READ DIANA GABALDON'S OUTLANDER SERIES.



What mechanisms do you use for time-travel?


I LIKE TO USE EARTH'S NATURAL PHENOMENON IF POSSIBLE COMBINED WITH OTHER ELEMENTS.




Do they vary from story to story? SOMEWHAT.



What type of research do you do for the genre?


AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ON THE TIME PERIOD--SPEECH, MANNERISMS, CLOTHING, TRAVEL, ETC. AND THE TIME TRAVEL MECHANISMS I PLAN TO USE.




Where do you find your sources? MOSTLY ON THE INTERNET PLUS I'VE BOUGHT SEVERAL BOOKS THAT ARE USEFUL SOURCES.



Is there anything else you'd like to add?


I'D LIKE TO SHARE THE COVER OF MY HEART WILL FIND YOURS, THE FIRST TIME TRAVEL IN THE TURQUOISE LEGACY. IT'S OUT NOW WITH THE WILD ROSE PRESS AND IS AVAILABLE IN BOTH EBOOK AND
PRINT FORMATS. THE SECOND BOOK OF THE LEGACY, FLAMES ON THE SKY WILL BE
OUT OCTOBER 23, 2009. BLURBS AND EXCERPTS CAN BE FOUND ON MY WEBSITE AT
http://www.lindalaroque.com/.



THANK YOU FOR HAVING ME ON YOUR BLOG TODAY, LAURA.


Thank you, Linda!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Please welcome author Catherine Bybee

Thank you, Lara for having me here today.

First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?

My name is Catherine Bybee, and I consider myself a Paranormal Romance Writer. My first love in romance is time travel. On December 4th of this year my full length time travel romance Binding Vows will be released in e-book and paper back by The Wild Rose Press. This is the first book in a trilogy I’ve labeled the MacCoinnich Trilogy.
Here is a quick blurb:

Duncan MacCoinnich’s task… Travel to the twenty-first century Renaissance Fair, deflower the Druid virgins, and go home. Only his job is not so easily accomplished with the virgin in question, Tara McAllister. Time is running out. The evil is closing in on them both.Tara finds Duncan irresistible after what was supposed to be a mock Hand-fasting binds them.When Duncan whisks her to his home in Scotland, she could accept that. But, can she forgive him for taking away her modern life, when she finds herself in the sixteenth century?

Kilt Worthy is a short erotic coming out this summer, which has a time travel twist at the end.

I’m currently working on edits to the second book in the MacCoinnich trilogy and have started writing the third.


What are your favorite time destinations and why?

I’d have to say Scotland because that is what I’ve written and what I really enjoy reading. There is something primal about the history there and mystic at the same time.


Where is your work available?
Right now? In my laptop, and in my editors computers. I will be available at www.thewildrosepress.com as soon as my books are released.


What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?
I’ve read romance since my teens. In all reality, I’ve not read that many time travel romances. There simply aren’t enough authors writing them these days. A few names off the top of my head are, Allie MacKay, Veronica Wolff, Tess Mallory, Karen Marie Moaning and Brenda Joyce. The truth is, once you start writing and publishing books, the time for reading is limited.


What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
In my MacCoinnich books, the family is entrusted with ancient sacred stones allowing the family to travel in time. I prefer a tangible reason for my characters to travel in time. I personally don’t care for any type of ‘dream’ time travel. I’m always afraid my characters are going to wake up and find themselves alone.


What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
All of my research is on line. I have several sights I’ve used over the last couple of years, but none more than the other. I Google continually when I’m writing. I have a couple of die-hard history buffs I talk to when I’m unsure of something.


Is there anything else you’d like to add?

One of the things I love in time travel books is the use of humor. The modern woman thrust into the sixteenth century would certainly have a lot of funny moments.

Here is a little taste of Binding Vows.

“Where are you going, Tara?" "Out!" "I can see that, but where?" She stopped and turned. "Far away from you."He almost collided with her. Before he could react, she was storming off again, as he shouted, "A lady is not safe out here by herself." She stopped. This time he didn't stop in time and fell into her. Hands at her sides, her chest thrust up next to his she gritted between her teeth. "A lady isn't safe around you either." "Now, Tara." He tried pleading with her. "Oh, don't you even ‘now, Tara' me." She stepped to the side and started off, in a different direction. Stalking in circles. He let her walk for several minutes before attempting to speak to her again. "I would be happy to escort you on a walk. But, we need to get you more properly dressed." He knew the effect watching her walk in tight jeans was having on him, he could only imagine what his men must have thought when she stormed the courtyard. "You're a bastard, you know that MacCoinnich?" He wanted to counter what she said, but cautioned himself against it. "Still, we need you in more fitting clothes. If someone were to come along, questions would be raised which would be most difficult to answer." "You should have thought of that before you brought me here." She waved a hand in his general direction. "Right now, I don't give a crap what questions you might have to answer." "I told you how necessary it is for secrecy." He turned to the Keep and noticed some of the men watching, curious about what would happen. He needed to put a stop to this and soon. "Bite me." A completely inappropriate image of him doing exactly that popped into his head. A slow lazy smile inched over his lips. Unfortunately, for him, Tara read his thoughts. She didn't find them nearly as entertaining as he did. "You ass..." She raised her hand to slap his face. He caught her hand before it made contact. "I've had enough of this."
You can find Catherine at her website or blog
www.catherinebybee.webs.com
http://catherinebybee.blogspot.com/

~Catherine Bybee~

KILT WORTHY Coming Soon ~ The Wilder Rose Press
SOUL MATE Coming Fall 2009 ~ Red Rose Publishing
BINDING VOWS Coming 12/04/09 ~ The Wild Rose Press
Thanks, Catherine! It was lovely to have you here. -Laura

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Please welcome author Beth Trissel


Hello, i'm very happy to have author Beth Trissel as a guest today! She's a wonderful writer, and I hope you'll check out her work. Now to Beth...


First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work?
Thanks. I am Beth Trissel, a Wild Rose Press author of historical and light paranormal romance and 2008 Golden Heart ® Finalist.

What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
My first release, Somewhere My Love, is a murder mystery/ghost story romance with flashbacks to early nineteenth century Virginia; winner of the 2008 Preditors&Editors Readers Poll for Best Romance Novel. I am at work on a second book that’s a Scottish Time Travel.

What are your favorite time destinations and why? In Somewhere My Love the story flashes back to early nineteenth century America. I would also like to do a colonial American time travel, possibly Civil War, and obviously Scotland.

Where is your work available? Somewhere My Love is available at The Wild Rose Press and all major online booksellers in both digital download and print.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction? I have always been intrigued by the idea of time travel. My inherent love of history drew me to the past. I don’t have a favorite time travel author, but the Wild Rose Press has some good ones.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
In Somewhere My Love I use vivid dreams/memories to transport the characters back in time but in my next book it will be an actual vehicle for going from here to there. I don’t literally mean a vehicle like the Delorean in Back to the Future, but a wormhole in time, that sort of thing. The device in the movie Time Travel was kewl; a little over my head to grasp let alone use in one of my own books. Not that I’d copy theirs, but I’m not going to come up with something that sci-fi. I’m more inclined to light paranormal/fantasy.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
I research all the time when writing a new book and use both online resources as well as books, films, documentaries, whatever I can find.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? I’m also led by dreams.

Again, thank you so much for your input. Good luck with your writing!
Thanks for having me!

Thank you, Beth!

Sunday, May 31, 2009

Sandy Lender and Choices Meant for Gods, the first book of her Choices trilogy, published by Archebooks.




Hello, I'd like to welcome author Sandy Lender. Sandy's virtual book tour will run June 1- July 3 (with the exception of June 8-10). At the end of each week one commenter will be randomly drawn from the blogs to win an autographed, hard cover, first edition copy of Choices Meant for Gods.




Fantasy Work in Medieval Times
By Fantasy Author Sandy Lender
http://www.todaythedragonwins.blogspot.com/
The purpose of my current online book tour is to talk about my first fantasy novel, CHOICES MEANT FOR GODS, but I’m pleased with the opportunity to talk about time travel as well today. I go a little further back in time than Elizabethan England and Shakespeare or even Chaucer or Boccaccio when I sit down to “travel.” Don’t get me wrong, the Middle Ages are wonderful to fantasize about (despite the fact I wouldn’t have lived past my teen years given my propensity for weird diseases), but I love the Anglo-Saxon stuff. Give me a husky old Angle or Saxon fighting alongside his ring-giver, stabbing a traitor who dared flee the battle with a plainly-forged sword, and I’ll give you a romantic story about it. Oh, yes, there’s romance galore in those Old English themes of exile and loyalty. Have you ever read an Old English poem called THE WANDERER? God, it rips your heart out!



So there it is. I love Old English poetry and Anglo-Saxon angst. Down with William the Conqueror! Nasty old bastard that he was. He he he.



And that’s the stuff I incorporate in my fantasy novels. I’ve worked bits and pieces of Old English words and imagery into the world of Onweald*, where the majority of the action/adventure of CHOICES MEANT FOR GODS and its sequels takes place. And when I had too much back story and “created legends” to cram into the 418 pages of the first fantasy novel, I put together a chapbook of short stories and deleted scenes called WHAT CHOICES WE MADE to supplement the series. For every word I typed, I got to immerse myself in another time—a time when wind howled through stones in drafty castles and burly men sat around long-planked tables in mead halls guessing at riddles and boasting of great deeds done in battle. It’s good fodder for the imagination, I tell you.



Now, not all of that makes for good fantasy literature these days. You’ve got to be careful how much mead-drinking and deed-boasting your heroes and heroines do or your readers are going to get annoyed with them. But, my oh my, who doesn’t like the coziness of a mead-hall table under candle-lit chandeliers in a dining room warmed by a huge stone fireplace? Set a wizard guardian next to an unlikely heroine at that table. Set a hot and handsome hero at the head of the table who’s just wishing to the gods of this other-world society that the guardian would leave… You start to get the picture, right?



I’ve heard it said that each time we pick up a book we’re transported to another time. I love that thought. I’d like to think that it extends to the author. Each time he or she sat down with the characters, he or she was transported to another time. She got to visit another time in space, another place where reality paused for a little while and she saw a glimpse of what could be created in a fantasy realm.



Thanks for taking time out of your travels to check in here today!
“Some days, I just want the dragon to win.”
* Onweald is the Old English word for “power.”



Blurb: Choices Meant for Gods
Not even the gods noticed when Chariss was born with the mark of The Protector. Now she and her wizard guardian seek shelter from a mad sorcerer in a household not just full of secrets and false hope, but watched by the god who will unwittingly reveal her role in an impending war.

When an orphan sets aside a lifetime of running and fear to accept the responsibilities of guarding an arrogant deity, can she face the trials in the prophecies she uncovers? Will Nigel Taiman of her latest refuge dare to use his dragon heritage to bind her to his estate or to help her in her duty?

This is a romantic scene as Nigel Taiman and Amanda Chariss ride from the estate at Arcana to Arcana City. Her wizard guardian has already clued her in to the fact that Nigel wants to court her, and she's upset over it. The scene mentions the bear-like ryfel creature that nearly killed Nigel in the training arena...Nigel frowned at her. Spurring his horse slightly, he reached out to take hold of Shadow’s bridle. Bringing them both to a stop, he turned in the saddle to face her.

“Hey!” she objected.

“Indeed. Have I done something to anger you?”

Her cheeks reddened with embarrassment.

“’Manda?”

“You’re staring at me.”

“By the gods, Woman. All right, I’ll look at your horse. ’Manda,” he said to Shadow, “what have I done that’s made you angry?”

“I’m not angry.”

“You’re not a liar,” he spoke to Chariss again.

“All right, so I’m a little angry. It will pass.”

“And you don’t want to tell me what it is?”

She couldn’t blame her reticence today on worry over Drake. She also couldn’t blame her health because she’d completely recovered from her telabyrinth poisoning. With Hrazon and The Master attending the summer festival, she couldn’t blame some sort of timidity at being ‘alone’ in the city. No, she had to take a deep breath and be honest with him. Considering the number of suitors she’d sent packing in the past few years, this should have been an easy thing to do again. It wasn’t. She sighed, closing her eyes as if she could make the scene disappear.

“Do you agree that you’re my friend?” she finally asked.

He watched her open her eyes then, realizing where the conversation must be going.

“Yes.” It was said with exasperation.

“And that I’m your friend?”

“Yes.”

“And does that please you?”

He sighed, but didn’t get a chance to answer.

“You see, Nigel, it pleases me. I appreciate your kindness, and I would be disappointed if we hadn’t built such a…such a…”

“Friendship?” he retorted.

“Such a rapport.”

He rolled his eyes. “A fancier word with even less affection.”

“My stay at Arcana is much more pleasant because I have this relationship with you. But someone has tried to convince me that your…your…”

“Feelings?”

“Well…your…”

“Intentions?”

“Well…your opinion of our relationship might be somewhat different from mine.”

“’Manda, just say what you’re thinking. You won’t hurt my feelings.”

She looked miserable then. “I don’t want to say what I’m thinking.”

“Good!”

“No, that’s not good. Hrazon thinks you’re…Hrazon believes you spend time with me because…” She paused, searching for the words.

“Because I’m in love with you?”

She nearly fell backward. “Just blurt it out!”

He chuckled slightly. “This is uncomfortable, isn’t it? I’m sorry to embarrass you. This conversation would be better in a darkened corner of Arcana’s parlor. ’Manda, I’m not going to lie to you. Hrazon has every reason to believe I’m after his ward because I am. It’s no secret to anyone I enjoy your company. What, where are you…You’re the only woman I know who can scoot that far away on a saddle without falling off.”

“I don’t think you should say those things.”

“Aye,” he sighed, watching her fidget with Shadow’s reins. But he made a decision to press the matter. “I’m going to say them and get them out in the open. Then we can decide if you’re to die of embarrassment, or slap me across the face.”

She couldn’t help smiling, even though her heart beat as if it would burst through her bodice from the tension she felt.

“I enjoy being with you because you’re my perfect match,” he said. “Have you noticed that we agree on almost everything? And the few things we don’t agree on are intriguing to argue because you make them intriguing. There’s no one at that entire estate, The Master and every intelligent student combined, who can hold my attention as you do. None of them compare.

“I’m attracted to everything about you, including your compassion. Even now, when you’re on the verge of falling off a horse with embarrassment, your concern is for my feelings, not your own. Godric, who doesn’t deserve to wash your feet, who finds every excuse to correct you, gets your respect because you remind yourself that he’s your benefactor. Do you know what strength of character that shows? Do you know how it endears you to me to know you bite your tongue after his arrogant remarks to save my mother’s feelings?”

She merely nodded, her eyes cast down.

“And do you know how it endears you to me to know you would fight to the death for little Kaylin?”

She nodded again.

“And do you know how it endears you to me to know you instinctively threw yourself into healing spells to save my life?”

“You shouldn’t assume that means—”

“I remember sliding toward death that night, life spilling out of me, and poison seeping into me from that thing’s claws. But do you know what I remember most distinctly? I remember you commanding me not to bleed to death…and I remember your hands afterward. Once I was healed, once Master Rothahn became preoccupied with the dead ryfel, you crawled over to me and put your hands on me again, as if you had to be sure He’d done a good enough job of healing me. But you would’ve done it for any member of my family. I daresay you would’ve done it for any student in the school. And it’s because you care about others, and you want the best for everyone around you. And you’re the most beautiful woman I’ve ever seen.”

The last comment caught her off guard. It didn’t seem to fit with the logical argument he tried to make.

“I fail to see how these things tell you you’re in love. Kaylin enjoys my company. Mia enjoys arguing with me. I saved Sorne’s life once. Does this mean they’re in love with me?”

“If love could be explained that easily, it wouldn’t be real.”

“But what makes you think it’s real now? If you can’t explain your feelings, how do you know you’re not misled?”

“How does the rose know to bloom in spring?”

“Oh, now that talk I’ve heard before. I didn’t believe it then, and I don’t think you should let yourself believe it now.”

“’Manda, I’m telling you the truth and I’m telling you what I know. If I’ve made you angry by falling in love with you, you’re just going to have to deal with it. Because you’re not currently interested in me, you have to give me time to change your mind.”

They were silent then; he waited for some sign that she wasn’t going to cast him aside, she waited for her heart to stop beating so loudly in her ears. As far as she was concerned, she was often a foolish girl, but her intentions at the beginning of this conversation were foolish beyond compare. She realized—with alarm—that the blood rushing through her veins, the lightheadedness, the excitement at getting to spend an afternoon with him, were all signs she had chosen to ignore.

She swallowed hard against the fear in her throat, and, with as much calm as she could muster, said: “What gives you the idea that I’m not interested in you?”






Friday, May 29, 2009

A warm welcome to author L.A. Mitchell

Thanks for the interview, Laura! You bring up some great points and useful information concerning the genre.
First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
Sure. I write paranormal romance with a heavy emphasis on the time travel aspect of the sub-genre. When my novels spill over the boundaries of the romance genre, I call them Time Thrillers. I'm a huge fan of the romance authors who've tackled time travel before me (Jude Devereaux, Johanna Lindsey, Lynn Kurland) where swords and medallions and tripping over an oak root will catapult characters into another time, but I approach stories from a time-manipulation viewpoint. Scientists have only recently discovered that our universe is comprised of a mind-blowing forty-two orders of magnitude that have opened up plausible theories about parallel universes and the way we mark our passage in space and time. Advancements in brain research suggest that the enormous under-utilized portion of our brain could hide secrets to the manipulation of our environment. My stories explore those gray areas of possibility and how they intersect with the one thing science will never be able to manufacture: love.
Until Midnight, my 2007 and 2009 RWA Golden Heart award-nominated novel, is a time-thriller in which a soldier-turned-assassin has twenty-four hours to destroy a time travel serum, rescue the scientist who created it and discover the truth about the past before his reality dissolves into yesterday.
The story's reverse narrative structure allows the reader to experience the hero's disconnect from his world on his quest to find the moment the deadly chain of events began. Each day the hero travels backward in time, he falls more in love with the heroine, but to her, he's a stranger. It's a strong emotional barrier that presented a unique challenge.
I just completed The Night Caller, a time travel romance in which a detective takes refuge in a Victorian house his grandfather left him, a self-imposed exile to atone for fourteen hostages who died during a negotiation gone wrong. Under threat of an eminent domain takeover and mounting agoraphobia on the heels of his mother's mental illness, he receives a mysterious call from a woman through the dusty shell of an antique crank phone. Her time is 1881; her fate is death at the hands of a railroad photographer-turned serial killer. His struggle is an outward and inward journey to change the past.
What are your favorite time destinations and why?
In history, I gravitate to 18th century American history because I've taught it, researched it and it's the time frame I'm most comfortable with. That said, any time frame the story dictates, I'm more than happy to jump into research. That includes scientist's projections of our future technology.
Where is your work available?
My short story, "The Lost Highway", is available in the Love, Texas Style anthology published by The Wild Rose Press. Amazon and Fictionwise both carry it, too. The story is the glimpse of a man at a crossroads in his life who meets a beautiful woman on a desolate Texas highway. Her pristine 1959 Thunderbird, her matronly dress and her optimism conspire to place her firmly out of touch with reality. In a race against the clock to reconnect with an old love, he discovers the captivating stranger has driven straight out of her own time and into the abandoned shell of his heart.
What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?
I've loved time travel stories since Madeline L'Engel's A Wrinkle in Time. In high school, my best friend and I must have watched Somewhere in Time at least a dozen times. Later, when the idea for Until Midnight came after watching an X-files rerun, it seemed a natural fit and all my ideas seem to channel that direction. I like Richard Heinlein's classic sci-fi exploration of time travel all the way to contemporary works like Audrey Niffenigger's The Time Traveler's Wife, Mike Resnick's "Travels With My Cats", and Seldon Edwards's The Little Book.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
They definitely vary. Time travel holds infinite possibilities, so no two of my stories ever explore the same aspect of it. In the sequel for Until Midnight, the heroine experiences the memories of others first-hand, a virtual sort of time travel. I use physical manifestations like wormholes and portals and also incorporate the human mind as a vehicle for time manipulation.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
Scientific texts are notoriously dry, but even physicists like Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking were able to make hard-to-understand concepts accessible. My favorite recent find is Michio Kaku, whose Physics of the Impossible is a national bestseller. That book alone has given me more story ideas than I could ever explore in a lifetime. Its phenomenal success speaks to our fundamental desire to understand our world, especially in uncertain times. I love Scientific American and other science journals, too.
Thank you so much for having me.
Okay, those who leave a comment over the next week will be entered in a drawing for a free print copy of Love, Texas Style.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Please Welcome author Clover Autrey


Welcome, Clover! I love all the various responses and insights I'm getting from different authors of time travel fiction. Here's another interesting one!


Lara, thanks for having me here today.

First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing? My name’s Clover Autrey (no relation to Gene unfortunately, though I am from Texas), and yes, this is my real name, not a pen name. I wrote my first book (a whopper) about 20 years ago and am just recently starting to see some success. For me, it was a long time coming. I love reading books with things magical, whether it’s fairies, jedi’s, or traveling through time. I write mainly fantasy romance, but a Time Travel and its magic definitely had to show up in there. My Time Travel is called The Sweetheart Tree, titled for the signposts that my little band of confederate soldiers carved into trees to alert each other.


What are your favorite time destinations and why? I’ve always been drawn to the Viking and Highlander eras, mainly because those strong very alpha heroes are so much fun to see perplexed by a modernized woman.

Where is your work available? You can purchase The Sweetheart Tree through my publisher at the Wild Rose Press. http://www.thewildrosepress.com/clover-autrey-m-201.html?zenid=2b9a51d869e904842bbcdf317f66c2f0

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction? I’ve always loved the idea of Traveling through Time way back from watching The Land of the Lost (this is embarrassing, but gotta love those Sleestaks) and then to find it in the romance genre with Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander books and Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander. But my all time favorite Time Travel has to be Glenna McReynold’s Prince of Time. I love her idea of traveling time through magical worms.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story? The thing many Time Travels have in common is that the character who goes back in time always seems to have some scrap of information that is pertinent for their survival. For instance Hank Morgan in The Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court knew exactly when a solar eclipse would take place. C’mon! What random people just happen to know things like that? I certainly wouldn’t or any exact dates of past events or battles. I would be monumentally clueless, so I thought it would be fun to send a heroine back in time who didn’t know much about the Civil War at all. Then I took it a step further and did give her one piece of information, but made that one of those little tidbits that history got completely wrong. So not only doesn’t she know anything historically accurate, but she’s also working off of false information and basically has to survive on wits alone.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources? Before I wrote the first sentence, I scoured the Internet for anything about the Civil War, what materials their uniforms were made from, what supplies they kept in their haversacks, their rations, the weapons issued, significant battles. Everything and anything I could find that pertained to both sides. Several Civil War Reenactment groups proved to be a wonderful resource. I also discovered that they used a type of early grenade and knew I had to put that in my story. A lot of the time certain ideas can surface like that while doing research.

Is there anything else you’d like to add? The Sweetheart Tree just received its first Five Angel review from Fallen Angels Reviews.
“I really fell in love with this story. The Sweetheart Tree is swimming with romance and passion. When Bree met Caleb, I was completely consumed with their story. I love the part about the keys and her horseless carriage. I could feel the intensity when they were being fired upon. To just imagine something like this possibly happening became quite visual in this story. The romance and love between Bree and Caleb is wonderfully entwined. The story is truly captivating beyond words. There were times my heart leaped with joy and parted with sadness. Clover Autrey composes an enjoyable, satisfying read that I will not forget. I felt as if I was transported through time right along with Bree.”

Thank you again for having me here. Lara. It’s been a pleasure.
Again, thank you so much for your input. Good luck with your writing!
Clover Autrey
http://www.eaglekinseyrie.com/

Saturday, May 16, 2009


I'd like to welcome a writer from our mutual publisher, a wonderful pub--The Wild Rose Press. K. Celeste Bryan has written an intriguing book with exciting characters. Well, I'll let her do the talking!


First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?

Kat Bryan: Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog today. And thank you for asking about my current time-travel novel, Where the Rain Is Made. Released through The Wild Rose Press, you can take a quick peek at the cover here: http://tinyurl.com/b62s58. The design and colors really capture the essence of the novel.

About the book:

Held captive by a decadent-looking savage, Francesca DuVall spends every waking moment planning an escape for her brother, Marsh. She never counted on falling in love with the man whose gunmetal tinted eyes cause her to tremble with unbridled passion.

Ethan Gray, the man, is a curator at a famous museum . . . most of the time. At other times, he’s Meko, a savage warrior hurtled into the past to help his beloved people, the Cheyenne.

Though their worlds are decades apart, Meko, can’t resist the dark-haired, green-eyed beauty he kidnaps during a raid. A brutal, savage leader of the Dog Soldiers, he has many battles to fight to save his people, but none he wants to win more than the one that will capture Cesca’s heart forever.

From the windswept plains of Colorado and the harsh life of a Dog Soldier to the placid life of a curator, their love was fueled by passion and kindled by destiny.


What are your favorite time destinations and why?

Kat:

I’m a historical writer in my heart, so I always gravitate into the past. I’m particularly fond of “Old West” and “Native American” history, thus, Where the Rain Is Made. Many have asked how the title came about, so here’s the scoop. The Native Americans didn’t have a name for heaven, but rather many referred to it as the place where the rain is made. My particular interest about the Cheyenne Dog Soldiers came about through my youngest son several years ago. For some odd reason he became fascinated with them. He must have read a snippet somewhere or, perhaps, watched a documentary on TV. Soon we were off to the library checking out every book available on their customs, their beliefs and tragic life. It wasn’t long before I also took a keen interest in what is still today labeled one of the “fiercest” bands of fighters on the Plains. I thought it only right I pen a story about their existence and sad ending.

Where is your work available?

Kat:

Under K. Celeste Bryan I write for The Wild Rose Press and New Concepts Publishing (erotic historical). Under another name I write for numerous publishers including Noble Romance, the Dark Roast Press, PHAZE Publishing and Ravenous Romance. Whew! I’m tired just thinking about that. Where The Rain Is Made has been so well-received in the market, and several reviewers have asked me to write a sequel. I hope to do that one day.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?

Kat:

The first time travel I read (like many peeps) was Jude Devereaux’s Knight In Shining Armor. The book really piqued my interest in the genre. Kudos to this great author. And I’ve read several novels by Lynn Kurland. I try not to read either time-travel or shape shifters while I’m writing in the genre, but attempt to come up with my own rendition of time-travel.

Where The Rain Is Made has several elements combined to make it a great read: time-travel, shape shifters, mysticism, and of course, Native American hunks. What more could one ask for?

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?

Again, I try to envision different scenarios for time-travel--that is modes of transporting. The same for morphing into creatures. What my vision is may not be another’s vision. I only hope to make it believable and possible, so the reader isn’t pulled out of the story by something really over-the-top.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?

Kat:

Horrendous research went into WTRIM about Cheyenne customs, beliefs and way of life. I delved even deeper into the life of a dog soldier. In some respects, today they would be considered “suicidal maniacs” I suppose, but I never saw them as such. Before you could become a Dog Soldier, there were many trials along the way, but one thing they all had in common was the traditional dog rope. During battle, they would stake themselves to the ground, the stake pounded in; the rope attached to their body. They vowed to fight to the death. No retreat, no surrender became their personal motto. And sadly, many of them died this way.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Kat:

Yes, I love guests and visitors. Please drop by my Author Home and enter my contest to win free books. I give them away every month. I also have a blog, Kat’s Kwips and Rants, with many featured guest authors who write in a wide range across the spectrum.

Thank you again so very much for having me. I enjoyed your questions.

Visit me here at my web site: http://kcelestebryan.blogspot.com/
And here at my blog: http://katskwipsandrants.blogspot.com/

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“Where The Rain Is Made is a great book! I highly recommend reading it! Plus the author is a wonderful person in general and responds graciously to all her emails! 4 Stars, Goodreads
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I can't say enough about Where The Rain Is Made. You are one heck of a writer! I loved it from page one to the last page. Please tell me there is going to be a sequel. Please say yes. I can't wait for more. You have for a fan for life. Five Stars from Goodreads reader.

Happy reading, Kat Bryan

Thanks, Kat, for the interview! I'm a Coloradan, and I agree that it's a great setting for historical stories. -Laura Hogg

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Welcome to P.L. Parker


I'm honored to feature a wonderful writer, P.L. (Patsy) Parker today at my blog. Thank you, Patsy.


First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work?

My Pen Name is P.L. Parker, which is actually my maiden name. My mother is a great country western fan, ergo, Patsy Lynn (named after Patsy Cline and Loretta Lynn). I chose P.L. Parker to honor my parents who have been so supportive of me over the years and still are.

I love the paranormal genre and especially time travel. My novels, Fiona, Riley's Journey, Heart of the Sorcerer (due for release in August), and Aimee's Locket (in the edit stages) are all time travel and deal with totally different time periods.

Fiona takes place about 4,000 years ago, and developed after I watched the Discovery Channel regarding the Urumchi Mummies found in the Taklamakan Desert of northern China. One of the mummies in particular was a blonde young woman suspected to be a sacrificial victim. I felt like she needed a happier ending and the more I thought about it, the more I knew I had to write the story.

Riley's Journey takes the reader back 40,000 years to the Ice Age. Prehistoric times have always fascinated me and sending a modern heroine back that far and into the arms of the hero really caught my attention. After receiving so many requests, I am currently working on a sequel to Riley's Journey.

Heart of the Sorcerer is a short story, also time travel, and the time the heroine, Annalisa, is sent back to is the late 1700's. She is mesmerized by a portrait over the mantle. He calls to her in dreams, demanding she return.

Aimee's Locket takes place in 1847 and the start of the Oregon Trail. Aimee lands in St. Louis, alone and afraid. She struggles to return to Seattle, her home in the present, and the only way she can get there is with the emigrants. Her ticket on the train is the wagon scout, Jake Marshall.

I have just finished a vampire story, Absolution, which I am cleaning up and then will start the rounds of submitting. Sort of a reverse time travel, but I feel good about it.

What are your favorite time destinations and why?

I can't say I have a favorite time destination. I think all have their interesting points. I would like to visit, but not get stuck in any one of them. There are certainly times I wouldn't want to go back to. I would hate to end up a Christian during the Roman Empire, or accused as a witch during the Dark Ages, but would love a quick look see.

Where is your work available?

All my books are published through The Wild Rose Press, http://www.thewildrosepress.com/. Fiona and Riley's Journey are available through most online book stores, http://www.amazon.com/, Fictionwise, Barnes & Noble, Borders, etc.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?

When I was young, I saw the first The Time Machine movie starring Yvette Mimieux and Rod Taylor. I believe it came out in 1960 so I would have been 9 at the time. It left a lasting impression on me – the idea of time travel. I still think that version of The Time Machine is the best one they ever did and I think it was what drew me to time travel.

As to favorite time travel author, like everything, I don't have a favorite. I read on average two books per week, mostly paranormal, but that could include time travel, vampire stories, shape shifters – whatever catches my attention.


What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?

Fiona is based on a car wreck and deals with genetic memories. Riley's Journey is a good old time travel machine the heroine gets sent through, thinking she was going on an extended research project. Heart of the Sorcerer, the mechanism is the sorcerer, of course, and his portal, the portrait over the mantle. Aimee's Locket is just what the title says – the locket is the key.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?

I research everything. Sometimes I get caught up so much in research, I forget to write. I love the internet but I also usually find two or three good books that deal with the time period I am writing about and I pick up interesting bits and pieces through them. I had a little bit of a buzz when I was writing Aimee's Locket. One of the characters in the story is a 7 year old, red-headed, freckle-faced boy that for some reason I named "Charlie Tuttle." I was doing research, after I had written about Charlie, and came across a manifest for one of the wagon trains and one of the emigrant names listed was "Charles Tuttle." I had a little bit of weirdness about that.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

I began writing in 2006. I was 54 at the time and older than most beginning authors, but life has a funny way of twisting and turning. I finally feel like I am who I was supposed to be, it just took me some time to get here.

Thanks, Lara, for including me.

Patsy
P.L. Parker
www.plparker.com

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Introducing aspiring time-travel writer Lorie Langdon

Hello, Lorie, and welcome! It's so nice to meet other authors who love the time-travel genre as much as I do. So, let's begin...
First, could you introduce yourself and talk about your work? What time-travel fiction have you written or are in the process of writing?
I’m Lorie Langdon an unpublished author working on a series of time travel novels. The first in the Time for Every Purpose series is called A Time to Hope.
I have always been fascinated by the concept of time-travel and I have been in love with romance novels since I was a young girl. My story, A Time to Hope, combines these two elements within the dramatic setting of the maritime American Revolution.
My heroine, Julia Lucas, is a 21st century woman trapped in an abusive marriage to a powerful international arms dealer. Held captive aboard her husband’s yacht and forced to participate in illegal weapons deals, Julia is contemplating ending her life when providence intervenes transporting her over 200 years into the past to the year 1781.
Julia awakens aboard an American Privateer ship, The Fleetwood, finding herself at the mercy of their mysterious captain, who based on her skimpy attire, assumes she is a prostitute. Damaged and spiritually broken, Julia must make peace with her horrific past before she can move foreword and accept that she has been given a miraculous second chance at life. And that her new future is inevitably intertwined with the arrestingly magnetic Captain.
Privateer Captain Nicholas Tanner is a man bent on revenge and driven to win the fight against the British at any cost. Haunted by a recurring nightmare of a beautiful girl who is trying to drown him, Nicholas’ characteristic stoicism is shattered when the crew of The Fleetwood rescues an unconscious Julia from the sea. Realizing she is the woman from his nightmares, Nicholas determines to be rid of her at the first opportunity. But by the time they reach port, he is too beguiled to let Julia go; it is only when she is captured by his enemies, however, that he understands she has become everything to him.
As Nicholas and Julia finally accept they are meant to be together, fate again intervenes ripping Julia away from her love and back into present day where she must face her husband and confront her worst fears. Determined to no longer be the victim, Julia must find the faith and inner strength she needs to fight for her newfound freedom and find her way back through the past to Nicholas, her true destiny.

What are your favorite time destinations and why?
I’m currently writing about the Revolutionary War period, which I really enjoy but would like to branch out to other historical time periods, as well as, the future.

Where is your work available?
I am currently working towards the goal of publishing my work.

What got you interested in the genre? For how long have you been a fan, and who are your favorite authors of time-travel fiction?
From the time that I saw the Back to the Future movies when I was a child, I was hooked on the concept of time travel. But my love truly took root when I read Outlander by Diana Gabaldon. I also enjoy Lynn Kurland’s time travel novels. I love the concept of a modern-day hero or heroine being thrown into a world that is familiar and yet foreign to them at the same time. It creates infinite possibilities for conflict between the time traveler and those they develop relationships with in their new time period.

What mechanisms do you use for time-travel? Do they vary from story to story?
My theory of time travel is unique in the fact that it is not controlled or created by man, but is a mechanism of divine providence, for the purpose of rescuing those without hope, the irrevocably lost. The Time for Every Purpose series is about three such individuals, who through divine intervention are given a chance at a new destiny.

What type of research do you do for the genre? Where do you find your sources?
My research is a combination of using the Internet and various books on the colonial period, 18th century ships and the Privateer’s role during the American Revolution.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?
“He changes the times and the seasons.” --Daniel 2:21
Okay, Lorie, thanks again, and keep in touch. Let us know when you get that book deal! -Laura Hogg

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Favorite time-travel writers

Hello, I write time-travels because the idea of crossing time fascinates me. I've read many time-travel books by excellent authors such as:
Jack Finney, J. Suzanne Frank, Constance O'Day Flannery, Linda LaRoque, and others. What I want to know is, who are your favorite time-travel authors?