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. :)