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
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.


“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?”


“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…”




“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.”


“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.
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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.

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

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: 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?


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?


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?


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?


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?


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.

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And here at my blog:

4.5 Stars from Manic Readers Where The Rain Is Made by K. Celeste Bryan “I predict it to be a best-seller one day.”
Outstanding Read and Five Stars from Cheryl -of Cheryl's Book Nook for Where The Rain Is Made
“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
4 Spurs for Where The Rain is Made - Love Western Romances
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, Fiona and Riley's Journey are available through most online book stores,, 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.

P.L. Parker

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

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