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:
http://www.amberleighwilliams.blogspot.com/
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/
http://www.freewebs.com/lesmora/apps/blog/
http://freewebs.com/teriwilson/apps/blog/
http://www.freewebs.com/teriwilson/apps/blog/
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!