Traveller Inceptio by @RobShackleford Delves Into #History Via the Transporter! #bookreview


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Title: Traveller Inceptio

Author: Rob Shackleford

Genre: Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, Action

 

Book Blurb:

If you were sent a thousand years into the past, would you survive?

 

With the accidental development of the Transporter, university researchers determine that the device sends any subject one thousand years into the past.

 

Or is it to a possible past?

 

The enigmatic Transporter soon becomes known as a Time Machine, but with limitations.

 

An audacious research project is devised to use the Transporter to investigate Medieval Saxon England, when a crack international team of Special Services soldiers undergo intensive training for their role as historical researchers.

 

The special researchers, called Travellers, are to be sent into what is a very dangerous period in England’s turbulent past.

 

From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers soon learn that they need more than combat skills and modern technology to survive the trails of early 11th Century life.

 

My Review:

Imagine you’re one of a group of university researchers who, while trying to create technology for a security business, built a time machine instead. Would you be prepared if you transported back in time to 11th century Saxon England? Meet the Travellers, a group of modern-day elite soldiers, scientists, historians, and researchers, who use the Transporter (time machine) to go back in time. What will they discover? Will they be prepared for what’s to come and what will happen to history if they use modern technology to defeat the Vikings?

 

I have to be honest, it took a long time for me to figure out what was going on in this book. In alternating chapters, we get the research team and a mysterious man named Michael lost in the forest. Was Michael in the past or the present? What was his relationship to the research team? Honestly, it didn’t make sense to me until much later.

 

The action scenes were full of adrenaline and suspense. Well written and described, they were the catalyst to keeping the plot moving. The science fiction, while intriguing in theory, came across as unbelievable at times. I really had to suspend my belief in order to stay inside the story. The characters were lush, well-developed beings, each with his/her own voice. The time travel and the historical sub-plots were well-conceived, well-researched and were the highlight of the book.

 

If you like science fiction, time travel historical fiction with plenty of action and a killer ending, you’ll love this book.

 

 

Favorite Character/Quote: Tatae. She’s the most intriguing character and I felt an instant connection with her. Strong, beautiful, complex is only a few of her characteristics and yet, I find myself unable to describe why I love her so much. I guess her aura, her sense of right and wrong are what makes her unique.

 

My Rating:  4 stars

 

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Author Biography:

An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and management roles in too many places.

With degrees in the Arts and Business, he is mad keen on travel, Scuba diving, Family History, martial arts, astronomy, and playing Djembe and Congas.

Rob is father of two and lives on the Gold Coast.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Shackleford-631222523675665/

Twitter

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Pinterest

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Linked In

https://www.linkedin.com/in/robshackleford/

Google +

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Reviewed by: Mrs. N

 

Meet @RobShackleford and his New Release, Traveller Inceptio #books #SFF #amreading


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As many of you know, I love reading historical fiction. The reason? I love learning about history through the eyes of people who experienced it.  History comes alive, if well-researched and well-written. I first met Rob Shackleford a few months ago and was instantly intrigued. I convinced him to sit down with me for an honest interview. I’d ask some pretty tough questions and he’d have to answer them. It’s my great pleasure to introduce Rob Shackleford to the POTL Blog. Please give him a warm welcome. Take it away, Rob:

 

What is your writing process?

Perhaps the most important part of my process is research. My story involves detailed descriptions of the English Saxon world of around 11th Century. It also involves the Special Forces troops who are sent there. This has meant intensive research into both areas, ie History and the military. When it came to the 11th Century Saxon community, I had to learn what they ate, what were their attitudes to religion, what their homes were like, how they dressed, even their attitudes towards sex. Everything had to be researched to make the story stand up to any sort of scrutiny, especially scholarly scrutiny. Only then can the story be told with any degree of reliability.

 

Once the research was completed in the areas I targeted, the story could unfold. Many times I discovered I was writing the narrative in a direction I didn’t realise it would take. That then required more research. In my attempt to make the story as realistic as possible, the story involved some surprising developments, that is, it was surprising to me.

 

Once the story was told, I went back to rewrite, to improve grammar, description, and then develop speaking parts, which allowed for more character development and fine tuning of the events in the story.

 

Just as your books inspire authors, what authors have inspired you?

I have always enjoyed the mind-broadening aspects of great science fiction works, so some of the classic authors such as H. G. Wells, Arthur Clarke, Robert Heinlein and Frank Herbert are just a few of the many who allowed me to submerge into bold new worlds and ideas. I have grown to better appreciate the difference between great storytelling from authors such as Stephen king, to true wordsmiths who paint a portrait with their breathtaking language, one who comes to mind is Yann Martel for the Life of Pi.

 

Other inspirations are found in islands of Robert Louis Stevenson, the humour of Mark Train, the insight of George Orwell, the razor-sharp social commentary of Jack Kerouac, to name but a few authors who changed the world.

 

I would be remiss not to mention J. K. Rolling and her epic Harry Potter tales, a legend in market adaptation and commercial success.

 

While I feebly aspire to develop my own creative writing skills, I opt to be a story teller, hopefully a great one. One day, I hope the two will merge.

 

What writing advice do you have for other aspiring authors?

Being an author is a tough gig. It takes time and lots of dedication. Most of all it takes belief in yourself, which can be the most challenging task of all. Think of it as a professional sportsperson. Sometimes one is discovered and shoots to the top of the charts, but most of the time any success is through the good, old fashioned hard slog. Even then, luck, or shall I say good fortune, is a part of being discovered.

 

Like most of the arts today, such as the music industry, or art, the process is so much tougher, so much longer. The days of million-dollar first book contracts are long gone.

 

With today’s technology we are so very fortunate to see the emergence of great authors, whether they are best sellers or not. The biggest challenge is to get your work out there, make it shine, and then do the marketing and get exposure. But don’t despair. Write your novel or your poetry. Give birth to your dream, and then learn and go through the process that the world requires of you. Even if you bring delight and inspiration to only one other, it will be worth it.

 

Are you a plotter or a pantster?

It seems I am a bit of both. I have the book’s broad structure in my head and then I develop the characters and chapters one step at a time. I need the broad structure so as to not ramble, but sometimes the story heads in a direction that surprises me. I don’t think it’s ghost writing. At least I hope it isn’t. It’s just describing the responses of humans placed in challenging situations.

 

What are you working on now? What is your next project?

Traveller Inceptio – which means “Beginning” in Latin, as spoken by the clergy in 11th Century England, lends itself to a sequel.

 

I have almost completed the first draft for Traveller Probo, which means ‘to inquire or prove’. All I can suggest is that the success of the English Traveller missions receives intense international attention and envy, causing nations to compete to engage in their own missions to send their own Travellers 1000 years into the past. It’s like a space-race, only a lot cheaper and easier.

 

But is this a wise course of action?  Who can say?

 

Traveller Probo examines the social and political consequences of the English Saxon mission, and how more missions are planned to send more Special Forces historical researchers to the world of 1000 years ago.

 

 

What is the biggest fib you’ve ever told?

Once when working for the media they wanted someone who had driven racing cars to participate in a media race event. Though I was never any kind of media star, I fibbed and said I had the experience and was given the gig. On race-day, I couldn’t even change the gears, but once I was shown I did quite well, as none of the other media participants dared drive fast. I did bounce off the walls a few times and won the race, though the car owner wasn’t pleased as there were bold, new scratches down the side of his nicely painted yellow race-car.

 

It was, I must say, a worthwhile fib.

 

Or

 

Didn’t hurt a bit – after having my teeth ground without anesthetic for caps by a dentist in India. I aged 5 years and dropped 2 kilos from sweat.

 

Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

Crystallized Ginger, and Licorice (the British type). If you bring that stuff around, don’t expect me to share.

 

What literary character is most like you?

As a kid I was a bit like Tom Sawyer in that I managed to get things … done. When I was about 8 years old I recall being picked on by a kid, so I enlisted the abilities of a big, not too bright kid I barely knew to go into battle for me. They both got into trouble for fighting on the parade ground just as school parade was about to start. I was never picked on again.
My Teacher saw what had happened and, without me knowing, had a chat to my parents. Years later they told me about it. My dad thought it was the funniest thing ever.

 

If you were an animal, what would you be and why?

A cat owned by my partner. She spoils that creature rotten. All I would have to do is avoid being gelded at the vet.

 

What’s on your bucket list (things to do before you die)?

Here’s a few: See a tornado, Scuba dive with sharks – me in a shark cage that is, climb a live volcano, hike a glacier.

 

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Title: Traveller Inceptio

Author: Rob Shackleford

Genre: Science Fiction, Historical, Action

Publisher: Book Baby – E Publishing only.

 

Book Blurb:

If you were sent a thousand years into the past, would you survive?

 

With the accidental development of the Transporter, university researchers determine that the device sends any subject one thousand years into the past.

 

Or is it to a possible past?

 

The enigmatic Transporter soon becomes known as a Time Machine, but with limitations.

 

An audacious research project is devised to use the Transporter to investigate Medieval Saxon England, when a crack international team of Special Services soldiers undergo intensive training for their role as historical researchers.

 

The special researchers, called Travellers, are to be sent into what is a very dangerous period in England’s turbulent past.

 

From the beaches of Australia to the forests of Saxon England, Traveller – Inceptio reveals how Travellers soon learn that they need more than combat skills and modern technology to survive the trails of early 11th Century life.

 

 

Excerpt:

Michael makes a chance meeting upon a lonely monk in the depths of the English forest.

The monk stood before Michael and wept in an open-mouthed cry that looked unlike grief or fear but looked more like … joy? He didn’t appear to be as afraid for his life as one would have thought when confronted by an armed man in the depths of the forest.

 

To make matters even more disconcerting, he moved forward until his face was but a hand’s breadth away from Michael. There was an impression of rotten teeth and bad breath, an almost a physical assault from which he immediately recoiled. Many of the monk’s teeth were missing. Obviously, he rarely shaved as his face was covered with stubble that could have been blonde or grey, so the man’s age was almost impossible to determine. Thick, grey hairs and pocked blackheads decorated the end of his bulbous nose as pale grey eyes gazed adoringly up at the newcomer. As the monk wept, Michael froze uncomfortably.

 

Without warning, the monk moved as if to give Michael a hug and it was all he could do to fend the smaller man off with raised hands. Thankfully the small man stopped at the last moment. There was no desire for any close contact with the damp wool that stank heavily. Quickly Michael scanned his surrounds as he realised this monk would be a perfect distraction for brigands, for he was completely immobilised by the man’s emotional reaction. As he watched aghast, the sobbing monk sank slowly to his knees while his tearful eyes never left Michael’s face. Tears poured down his weathered, whiskered cheeks and soon the childlike weeping began to distress. Michael had seen weeping in many places; weeping of mothers for sons, of fathers for children, but nothing quite as mysterious as this. He crouched in front of the monk and reached to touch the man’s grubby hands, his other hand still on his short-sword, just in case.

 

As he reached out, his hand was grasped and held by the monk’s hard, heavily veined hands with swollen arthritic knuckles, hands obviously aggravated by a life of hard physical labour. Before he could react, the monk kissed his hand passionately. He felt the bristly face and a damp slobber of snot and his initial reaction to pull away. He uncomfortably patted the monk’s shoulder and made soothing noises before he retrieved his hand and stood as he encouraged the other to rise. More kisses were threatened, so he hurriedly addressed the monk in Latin, supposing he could speak the lingua franca of clergy throughout Christendom. “Peace be unto you brother,” he said as he gave his slobbered hand a tactful wipe on the seat of his breaches.

 

“And to you” was the automatic sobbed response. There was an accent and the words were understood though, at first, difficult to decipher.

 

“What is your name?” asked Michael.

 

“My name?” the monk asked in a daze as if stunned at such a question. “Oeric, Lord, Brother Oeric,” he replied quietly as he briefly averted his eyes.

 

“Oeric. Greetings Brother Oeric my name is ..” and he paused. He knew it was best to provide his name in a format best suited to the local language. “My name is Michael.” He pronounced it ‘Meekal’ to give the pronunciation that he assumed would suit.

 

At the name, Brother Oeric wailed loudly and again placed his trembling, worn hands over his face. Before Michael could react, the man again fell to his knees and bent to place his face on the leaf litter. Michael again scanned the surrounding forest uncomfortably.

 

Indeed, they were alone.

 

He knelt and awkwardly patted the prostrate Brother Oeric on the shoulder. “Oeric, Brother Oeric, is something wrong? Why do you weep? Come now, stand and tell me, what is the matter?”

 

After a titanic struggle, Brother Oeric managed to retain some control. Rising to his knees he wiped his freely running nose and eyes on the cloth that hung over his chest, a simple square of wool with a head hole that was his scapula, designed to protect his long brown tunic. Michael noted the silver line of snot and decided that if another hug was attempted, that was good enough reason to keep the monk at arm’s-length. Brother Oeric wore a simple, one-piece robe of rough, raw, dark-brown wool that enabled him to blend effectively with the forest. Attached to his scapula was a cowl or large hood to offer protection from snow or rain in a fashion similar to the hood Michael wore on his own cloak. Michael watched the small man clutch his shaking hands together in a moment of muttered prayer before he looked up again. “Lord I give thanks that you are here”, he said with eyes that were again downcast. He paused and gazed adoringly at Michael, a look that was supposed to be a quick glance but which ended in a stare akin to wonder.

 

 

 

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Author Biography:

An English-born Australian, Rob Shackleford has lived in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, with a varied career that has included Customs Officer, Scuba Instructor, College Teacher and management roles in too many places.

With degrees in the Arts and Business, he is mad keen on travel, Scuba diving, Family History, martial arts, astronomy, and playing Djembe and Congas.

Rob is father of two and lives on the Gold Coast.

 

Social Media Links:

Facebook

https://www.facebook.com/Rob-Shackleford-631222523675665/

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Pinterest

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Linked In

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Google +

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Friday Book Round-Up and @NNP_W_Light Give Thanks + a #FREE Book #FridayReads #KindleDeal


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Title: Thirsty for Water: A Short Story

Author: N. N. Light

Genre: Young Adult, Time Travel, Short Story

 

Book Blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

 

Get this book free October 7 – October 10 in celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving!

 

Buy Links:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q?

 

Here’s what readers have to say about it:

“I loved it. I had no idea just how short short would be when I started it, but what a lovely tale to teach & inspire! I feel strongly a connection being made always holds the best potential to calm, comfort & nourish, to move & inspire hope, to insight change or instill lessons. And for me, I feel any kind of travel…time travel, dimension travel (I’m a big fan of the Twilight Zone!), or even a story with a “real” trip involved always helps to create that connection somehow. It was THAT quick…& true…once Juliet felt a connection to Noko…it was a done deal! So beautiful. The story simple…& short…yet so powerful.” ~ Tia Shurina

 

“Noko’s plight is very real. I am glad to see this kind of story that can be used in the classroom to share a very real problem.” ~ Becky Villareal

 

“A short but highly emotive story that makes me wish this sort of thing could really happen to snap many of us out of our comfortable complacency.
When you really think about it, it’s always the smallest person, or in this case, village, that gets left out.” ~ Chris Graham (otherwise known as Chris the Story Reading Ape)

 

This is an inspiring story of giving to others unselfishly. A high school girl, Juliet, while in her school classroom has a vision. Her teacher is talking about a young boy and the severe problems in his village. During this vision Juliet meets this young boy, Noko, who takes her to his village to show Juliet how he lives. Juliet is so shocked by what she sees that she announces in class that she will donate to the boy’s cause to bring water to his village. The other students join in because of her enthusiasm.

A lovely tale that touches the heart and brings tears to the eyes! I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review. I thoroughly enjoyed this short story.” ~ Janice Spina

 

A Note from N. N. Light:

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for reading our stories and supporting us. We’re so grateful and our hearts are overflowing with gratitude.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!!!

 

Friday Book Round Up

 

Inevitable Ascension by @VK_McAllister is Original and Brilliant! #bookreview #steampunk


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Title: Inevitable Ascension

Author: V. K. McAllister

Genre: Steampunk, Time-Travel, Fantasy

 

Book Blurb:

The innocent never waver from doing what’s right, even if it means drowning the world in fire.

 

Violina had been burned and betrayed by mankind ever since she had sprung into existence. They named her a heretic and condemned her to a pit to live and die in agony. Though she sat stranded, starved and bloodied, she would not submit. Violina, the girl who had been mocked and hunted for rejecting the warped ideals of artificial authority, would lay down her own law.

 

Inevitable Ascension — A rapid-fire action/adventure novel packed with wit, humor and a host of twists that will literally make your brain explode! Actually, not literally. Otherwise that would be really gross.

 

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My Review:

This is my first book by this husband-wife writing team and I am supremely impressed. Not only do they write in one voice but they’ve created a fantastic futuristic world filled with vibrant characters and non-stop action.

 

While steampunk is not my favorite genre, McAllister gives it a new twist. The more I read Inevitable Ascension, the more I was immersed in Violina’s universe. Who knew blending steampunk and time-travel would be a roller-coaster ride for the reader?

 

Beyond the obvious storyline, there’s an underlying morality thread to this book that I found intriguing. Spiritual themes are woven throughout the plot and yet, as a reader, you aren’t aware of it at first. Inevitable Ascension makes you think about things, especially how interconnected the past, present and future really are.

 

If you’re a steampunk fan, you’re in for a rare treat with this book. If you’re a fan of escaping in a good book (and who isn’t?), you won’t regret buying this one. I highly recommend it and I hope V. K. McAllister will hurry up and write more books.

 

Favorite Character:

Violina. She’s one of the strongest main characters I have ever had the pleasure to read and gets bonus points from me for being female. She’s a futuristic badass who when the chips are down and she’s almost to the brink of despair, pulls herself up by her bootstraps and finds a way to get herself out of whatever situation she’s in. She’s braver than I would be in her shoes and I know she will be a role model for women around the world.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Can we not catch a break?!” sputtered Lux. “Another psycho wants us dead!” The number of people now on the list was getting absurd.

 

My Rating:  5 stars

 

Buy it now:

Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Inevitable-Ascension-V-K-McAllister-ebook/dp/B015AS2FTA

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Author Biography:

We’re a husband/wife duo with a unique approach to writing. We work simultaneously and in secret before combining what we come up with, resulting in dramatic and unexpected twists! Crazy? Yes, yes it is, but it’s surprisingly fun and effective.

 

Social Media Links:

Website http://www.inevitableascension.com/

Facebook www.facebook.com/inevitableascension

Twitter https://twitter.com/VK_McAllister

 

Reviewed by: Mrs. N

Price Slashed on Thirsty for Water by @NNP_W_Light #timetravel #books #99cents


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Last weekend, we offered Thirsty for Water FREE and it was a great success! So many downloads, we couldn’t keep up with it. So, we’ve slashed the price of our super short story to 99 cents! Mr. N says I’m crazy and will probably raise the price back up to its regular price of $2.99 at any moment. So hurry and get your copy now:

https://www.amazon.com/Thirsty-Water-Short-N-Light-ebook/dp/B00O98EL3Q

If you’re a member of Kindle Unlimited, it’s FREE for you!

Here’s the blurb:

Juliet can’t wait to graduate from high school and finally move on with her life. Five more days and she’s free. She gazes out the window while her history teacher, Mrs. Johnson, drones on about war, famine and lack of water in Africa.

A gong rings, startling Juliet out of her daydream. She looks around to see if it was one of her classmates pulling a prank when a little boy carrying a spear appears. Is he a ghost or something more? He pleads for her help and before she can argue, she is transported to a small village in Africa. History comes alive like never before and Juliet must decide how she can help Noko and his village before it’s too late.

Thirsty for Water tells the story of Africa and the need for water in an approachable way for children of all ages. A great learning tool for teachers, parents and libraries.

Here’s an exclusive excerpt:

Juliet lifted her head and saw a little boy with a spear in his hand standing on Mrs. Johnson’s desk.  Her eyes widened as he began to speak.

“Don’t you find my country’s plight troublesome?” He spoke perfect English and he looked no more than eight years old.  His dark skin and hair contrasted with his white tunic.  He had four painted red lines across his cheeks and his spearhead glinted as he aimed it at her.

She looked around but no one seemed to notice the boy.  She turned back to him and shook her head.  “This can’t be real. I must be dreaming this. Wake up, Juliet.”

The boy sighed and climbed down from the desk.  He walked towards her.  “I am real, as real as you, Juliet.”

“How do you know my name?” She gasped and tried to pinch her arm.

“I know all about you.  My name is Noko.” He paused and reached out to touch her arm. “Why are you hurting yourself like that?”

His hand felt cool on her arm and she stopped. If he was a ghost, I wouldn’t be able to feel him.  This must be real… but how?  She reached up and touched his thumb with her index finger.  His skin was dry yet very real.

 

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If you’ve read Thirsty for Water, please take a moment and write a quick review. It doesn’t have to be long, just one sentence.

Click here to leave a review:

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Thank you, as always, for the amazing support!

MRS N

 

Happy Holidays from Romance Author @RuthACasie #holidaycard #MFRWAuthor #Romance


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Happy Holidays!

Thank you, beloved readers, for all your support this year.

May this holiday season fill your heart with love and everything you desire.

Ruth A. Casie

Mirror of Love by @SamnaGhani #bookreview #timetravel #romance


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Title: Mirror of Love

Author: Samna Ghani

Genre: Time Travel Romance, Historical Romance

Book Blurb:

Emma Miller is an intelligent woman who believes in thinking with her head instead of her heart. A total cynic, she does not believe in fairy-tale endings nor is she one to swoon or pine for some man. Her decision to visit Salar de Uyuni pretty much changes her entire perspective – about love, life and the truly important things in life.

Ashton Colyns is just like Emma. Cynical. Sarcastic. Witty. No idealistic notions for him either. But with his dry sense of humor and his irresistible charm, he manages to penetrate through Emma’s no-nonsense persona.

Amidst the excitement and adventure and through the complicated mess with Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn, will Ashton and Emma finally realize they were meant to be together?

My Review:

Mirror of Love is the first book I’ve read by Samna Ghani and I was hooked from the first page.

Emma has always wanted to visit Salar de Uyuni in South America and right before her wedding seemed like the perfect opportunity. Her fiancé reluctantly agrees to let her go and off she travels (along with her three best friends) to this historical monument.

A chance meeting with a stranger (and a magic mirror) transports Emma through time and into the arms of Lord Ashton. Ashton is somewhat of an enigma to Emma yet she can’t stop thinking about him.

Lord Ashton likes Emma immediately and romance soon blossoms between them. When Lord Ashton asks Emma to help him with a delicate situation, she’s hesitant to help him. His charm wins her over and soon she is introduced to Henry Tudor and Anne Boleyn. Can she help Lord Ashton without losing her heart?

I loved this sweet romance and the only thing I would improve upon was that it was longer. It’s a short novella (only 58 pages). I read it in one sitting and the author weaves a gem. Complete with historical characters, beautiful setting and a simple plot, Samna Ghani makes me wish for my own magic mirror.

If you love time travel romance with dashes of historical places and people, pick up this short story. You’ll swoon, just like me.

I can’t wait to read more by this author!

Favorite Character:

Emma. Being thrust into Tudor England is difficult enough but Emma is quick on her feet and lovable as a heroine. She’s quick-witted, down-to-earth and has a propensity to get into trouble. “Off with her head.” laughs I loved everything about her from her logical viewpoint on modern-day love to the way she realizes what’s right in front of her.

Favorite Quote:

“There was something different about him today. He seemed more intense, more focused on her, making it difficult for her to concentrate.”

My Rating: 4.5 stars

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Author Biography:

Samna Ghani is a romance novelist and works as the Regional Editor at Healthmanagement.org. She is the Co-Founder and an active member of the Mississauga Writers Group, Canada and is the editor of the group’s quarterly e-zine MWG Writes on Q. Her romance novels include All Aboard, ‘Tis But a Dream, One of Those Days, Protest of Love and Mirror of Love. You can connect with Samna on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Amazon Google Plus and visit her blog http://samnaghani.blogspot.ca/

 

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Echo by Lorena Glass #bookreview #timetravel #romance


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Title: Echo

Author: Lorena Glass

Genre: Romance, Time-Travel Romance

Book Blurb:

Echo is the first book of a trilogy that is the epic love story of two cursed lovers that fate, time, and death are constantly conspiring to keep apart; while they are determined to defy all three to be together. Whenever one dies, the other time travels to the lost lover’s next (or last) incarnation. The story spans over a millennium; to several different times, places, and lives of two extraordinary lovers whose devotion to each other defies all barriers and all odds—and an extraordinary love that will never, ever die.

My Review:

Can love overcome all?

Karissa and Ian are two cursed lovers and the universe is yanking them apart whenever possible. Whenever one dies, the other travels through time to be with the other. Destined to love for a short time before death claims one, the one question that kept ringing in my head as I read the book:

Is it better to have love and lost than to never have loved at all?

After reading this extremely long book, my answer is no. I understand what the author is trying to do but in my opinion, she missed the mark. This is not a tragic love story like Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet or even like The Time Traveler’s Wife (although there were many similarities to it), but over four-hundred pages of historical places and characters who seemed stiff.

What I liked was the historical places and setting. The author does a nice job of descriptive narration and if I closed my eyes, I could see what Karissa and/or Ian witnessed.

What I didn’t like was the characters, plot, length of the book and dialogue. The characters were stiff and weren’t likeable. Karissa was annoying, Ian was an idiot and the secondary characters didn’t come alive for me.

The plot was non-existent. What’s the point of the story? The romance and love is too quick and for those who hate insta-love, stay away from this book. The plot doesn’t flow well and there isn’t much keeping my interest. Echo could’ve used a content editor, which brings me to my next point.

500 pages? Are you kidding me? I know the author has a trilogy in mind but to a reader like myself, there is a clear ending to Echo and it’s halfway through the book. The author should’ve ended Echo at the end of Part One and started book two at Part Two.

The dialogue, like the characters, are way too formal and stiff. Have I mentioned how cardboard-stiff the characters are?

The ending was the worst part, for me, as it was a total cliff-hanger. I read and re-read the last page five times, hoping I missed something. Nope. It just ended and I know that the author is writing books two and three but cliff-hanger endings are a pet peeve of mine. This one gets the prize for having the worst ending I’ve read in a long time.

Now, it could be that you’ll like this book. This is just my opinion as a book reviewer. I will not be reading the other upcoming books in this series.

My Rating: 2 stars

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Author Biography:

I was born Lori Michelle Gasser in Nashville, TN, where I’ve lived most of my life.  I was born on December 21—the first day of winter and the last day of Sagittarius—in the year of our Lord 1972.  I’ve always had a passion—even an outright obsession—with books, both in the reading and the writing of them.  I am now a 42-year-old bachelorette Aspie (nickname for someone with Asperger’s syndrome) who lives with my two cats.

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#BookReview ~ Knight of Rapture by @RuthACasie #TimeTravel #Romance #MFRWAuthor


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Title: Knight of Rapture

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Time Travel Romance, Historical Fantasy, Medieval

Book Blurb:

He crossed the centuries to find her…

For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed…

Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.

But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.

My Review:

Lord Arik is one determined man. After defeating Bran and the Dark Magicks, Arik plans on never letting his beloved Rebeka go. He lets down his guard and relishes being married to Rebeka. Big mistake. Bran has more tricks up his sleeve.

Rebeka is ripped out of Arik’s arms and travels through the portal to the twenty-first century. Rebeka is thrust into her time while Arik is back in the 17th century.  Tortured and separated, both work night and day trying to figure out how to be together again.

Arik uses dark magick and is able to come across to the 21st century. But when he arrives, he discovers Bran has taken Rebeka’s memories away. She has no memory of him or their love.

Can his love for her break the spell or will she be lost forever?

I’m a huge fan of time-travel romance and throw in druids, magick plus history, you’ve got one of the best books I’ve read since Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor.  I loved the story-telling ability of the author. Her words painted vivid imagery and truthfully, I was under her spell. The plot was complex, as was the characters, while the sub-plots kept me turning the pages. There was plenty of suspense and obstacles Arik and Rebeka have to deal with but the end-result was so satisfying.

What really made this book shine was the historical accuracy and the druid mythology she wove throughout the book. It was so real to me, I had to ask her where she got her druid information. She confided in me that there isn’t a lot of written history of the druids as they were primarily an oral society. The spells and mythology, she told me, she came up with on her own. Incredible!

I loved the couple, Arik and Rebeka, and the way they interacted with one another. Together, they’re stronger and cannot be defeated. It’s only when they’re apart and alone, that dark magicks can grab a foothold.

There are plenty of swoon-worthy moments and I highly recommend this book (and this author), especially to historical romance readers. I can’t wait to read other books by this author!

Favorite Character:

Arik. While I do love Rebeka, it’s Arik’s unconditional love that won my heart. Imagine for a moment, after doing whatever it took to be with your beloved and then she doesn’t remember you or the love you shared. It was heartbreaking to read but it made my heart swell because that’s true love. I also loved him as he got used to the 21st century. He’s everything a woman wants in a husband and he’s my vote for Book Boyfriend of the Year.

 

Favorite Quote:

“Sometimes I feel I don’t belong here. It’s a strange but strong feeling.” Her voice was a low whisper. His heart thundered. Did she remember?

 

My Rating: 5 stars

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Ruth A. Casie writes contemporary and historical fantasy romance for Carina Press, Harlequin and Timeless Scribes Publishing. Formerly from Brooklyn, New York, she lives in New Jersey with her very supportive husband Paul. When not writing you can find Ruth reading, cooking, doing Sudoku, or counted cross-stitch. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren.  They all thrive on spending time together.  It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world. She loves to hear from readers, so drop her a line at Ruth@RuthACasie.com OR visit her on Facebook:http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie or on Twitter: @RuthACasie. If you’d like to receive her occasional newsletter, please sign up at http://www.RuthACasie.com. For more information about Ruth’s books, please visit http://www.RuthACasie.com.

 

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For All Time by Caroline B. Cooney #bookreview #YA #TimeTravel


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Title: For All Time

Author: Caroline B. Cooney

Genre: Young Adult, Time-Travel

Book Blurb:

Annie Lockwood is testing Time. She’s traveled through it before, but always at Time’s bidding. Now she is asking Time to take her to the year 1899, when Strat is in Cairo. But Time doesn’t like to be tested. In what feels like a cruel joke, Annie is transported to ancient Egypt, thousands of years before Strat was born — to a world far removed from the one she knows. Meanwhile, in 1899, Strat is photographing the same pyramids that Annie walks among. But while Strat eagerly awaits Annie’s arrival, another visitor arrives: his father, Hiram Stratton, Sr., has come to Egypt to collect his son.

Powerless, Annie and Strat both look to Time. Can its force, which brought them together once, help them find each other again?

My Review:

Annie Lockwood is a time traveler and she’s yearning for her beloved, Strat. The only problem: Strat’s in Egypt 100 years in the past (1899). She pleads with Time to send her back to Egypt so they can be together. Life is never that easy, as Annie soon learns, and Time transports her to Ancient Egypt. Will she and Strat ever be together?

In a brilliant conclusion to Caroline B. Cooney’s time-travel series, For All Time is a gem. While this is book four in the series, it can be read as a stand alone novel. It’s fast-paced plot will appeal to any reader, young and old, and there are many intriguing characters. The descriptive narration (especially in Ancient Egypt) was so vivid I got sand in my hair. * smiles *

Whether you enjoy young adult and/or historical novels, you’ll love this book! I have to go back and read the rest of the series.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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A Man and a Woman… Echo by Lorena Glass #timetravel #historicalromance #bookpromo


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Title: Echo

Author: Lorena Glass

Genre: slipstream historical romance

Blurb:

A man and a woman…

They are two blended souls; one being split in two. Bound by a love that is not of this world.

A cruel curse…

Forbidden from being together in the afterlife, they suffer the same edict on Earth if they ever meet: one of them will always meet a tragic, untimely end.

Defiant ones…

They have a secret weapon. When one dies, the other goes ahead (or back) in time to their departed lover’s next (or previous) incarnation, thus defying whoever (or whatever) is determined to keep them apart.

An endless circle…

This cycle of death and reunion spans over a thousand years; love and devotion that transcends all barriers, the inevitable grief and suffering, and the question of whether or not they should break the chain of pain and loss—and whether or not they have the courage—by separating forever.

It is a love story like no other, and an adventure story that transports the reader all through time; from the Dark Ages to present day…and beyond.

Excerpt:

Karissa absently pushed her dampened auburn hair out of her face and began to walk across the wet sand, crossing her arms over the soaking brown cloak she was wearing, and heading toward whatever was beyond the coast of this land.  So far it was no different than any beach she’d ever seen.

She’d walked perhaps twenty minutes when she smelled smoke.  She walked another two minutes and heard voices.  Her hand went into her cloak pocket.  She’d known how imprudent it would be to bring anything from the twenty-first century with her, but she had brought two things for protection, imprudent or not.  After all, this was a primitive time, and she was a woman alone.  She’d also had to bring two other things, which she could never let anyone see.

Taking about a half a dozen more careful steps, she came upon a little camp.  A man and woman were sitting in what looked like a large tent, made clearly of sticks and animal skins.  The woman was sitting in the tent, and the man was piling wood on the sand, feeding the small fire he had going.

Karissa stood there looking at them for a long while, trying to muster up the courage to speak to them.  She wasn’t usually shy by nature, but she was a stranger here, in more ways than one.  The man was completely absorbed in building his fire.  The woman—his wife?—had her eyes closed.  Her lips were moving.  As Karissa stood trying to figure out if the woman was talking in her sleep or just plain schizo, the woman’s eyes suddenly opened and saw her.

At first, the woman looked so alarmed, Karissa was sure she’d shriek.  But she didn’t.  She merely muttered something to the man, and he looked up and saw Karissa, too.  Slowly, he got to his feet.  Karissa s hand was still in her cloak pocket.  She gripped one of the objects in there tightly, though she still felt far removed from the whole thing.  Even as she watched them watching her, the numbness remained.  But the man didn’t move toward her.  He just stared at her.  So did his wife.  Karissa knew how strange she looked in her plain but neat and clean clothes.  She had, after all, no idea how she should dress for this trip.  So they stared at her.  She stared at them.  They stared back at her.  It became pretty damn irritating, so Karissa decided she’d better say something.  She didn’t know what time or place this was, but it was safe to assume they didn’t speak English. At least, not the English she knew.  But Karissa hadn’t come on this trip completely unprepared.

She spoke in Latin:   “Salve.  Quis est is locus?”

To her dismay, both their brows furrowed.  Universal body language for:  I don’t understand.

Karissa’s frustration increased.  I don’t fucking believe this.  Everybody spoke Latin in the past!  Unless this is the stone age.  Or the ice age!

The woman said something, addressing Karissa.  The man threw his woman a look, evidently commanding her to be quiet, but the woman ignored him.  Karissa listened intently.  What the woman said was basically unintelligible, but a couple of her words were Latin, or Latin-based.  And Karissa wasn’t entirely sure—she was no linguist—but some of the woman’s words sounded vaguely French.

Latin words mixed with French words?

Something familiar…?

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Author Biography:

I was born Lori Michelle Gasser in Nashville, TN, where I’ve lived most of my life.  I was born on December 21—the first day of winter and the last day of Sagittarius—in the year of our Lord 1972.  I’ve always had a passion—even an outright obsession—with books, both in the reading and the writing of them.  I am now a 42-year-old bachelorette Aspie (nickname for someone with Asperger’s syndrome) who lives with my two cats.

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I’d Like to Introduce You To… @RuthACasie #AuthorInterview #MFRWAuthor #romance


If you love books you can immerse yourself into and do a bit of time travel, you’re in for a treat. Ruth A. Casie is my special guest today. I first met Ruth a few months ago and she is one of the nicest authors you could meet. Her books range from Time Travel to Fantasy with Romance woven between pulse-pounding action. She agreed to sit down with me for an interview in between her very busy schedule. See, kindness is her middle name. So, grab a cup of your favorite beverage and get to know Ruth A. Casie. Take it away, Ruth: 

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1)  Can you tell us how you got the writing bug?  What makes being a romance author so appealing to you?

Thank you so much for inviting me to your blog.

Before I retired I was an international product manager for a large US bank. One of my responsibilities was conducting client product seminars. I know I will be dating myself here but this was in the days before webinars. I traveled overseas conducted the seminar and afterwards met with clients to close deals. To optimize on my airfare, my trips were a minimum of two weeks. I usually traveled alone and met with my bank’s in-country officer at their location.

I read on the long plane rides and found dinner much more tolerable if I read a book. I dined alone. I would stuff my suitcase with 6-8 romance novels. They were quick reads and I would give them away when I finished them. That’s how I got hooked on romance stories.

Fast forward to 2009. A good friend told me she was going to write a romance novel and I volunteered to brainstorm, beta read, do anything to help her. Once we started I realized I had my own story to write. So we decided we would each write our books and try to sell them together. She had several other priorities. She was busy with training for the NY marathon and looking at colleges with her daughter. So while she put her writing on hold I continued to write and in four months I had 104 thousand words and my first book completed.

2) What is your favorite romance genre to read and why?

I love historicals—medieval and renaissance. Some women are turned on by a uniform. I love knights in kilts and armor. I enjoy the conflict between strong men and empowered women and how they must work together to reach their goal and their happily ever after.

3)  Why do you feel romance books are important?  Do you have any tips for aspiring authors? What do you think of e-books for new and established authors?

After food, shelter and safety, love and belonging are a basic human need. I think the curiosity of how others fulfill that need resonate with us. I enjoy the emotional ride. I root for the hero and heroine and boo the villain. For me, romance books with a happily ever after make me feel good and I am not alone. Many readers feel the same way.

As for tips for aspiring writers, write a love story that moves you and it will resonate with your readers.

My traditionally published books were published by Carina Press and are ebooks. I have to admit that I thought long and hard before signing with Carina Press because it would be an ebook. I’ve never regretted my decision. eBook royalties are larger and the time to market is much shorter. I think ebooks work for both new and established authors. For the established author, ebooks coming to market quicker keep their inventory churning which is what an author needs to do.

4) How do you find time to write?  Do you have a writing ritual?  How much do you usually write a day?

It’s just my husband and me. Our three children are all grown and on their own. I wrote my first book while I was working full time and president of a moderate size not-for-profit. I found time at night and on weekends.

I retired a year ago June and now I have made writing my job. I sit down at my desk after my morning routine, breakfast and the gym. 😉   I take a break around lunchtime and run errands or visit with friends. I write some more before my husband comes home from work.

I’ve gotten in the habit of writing after dinner but now that I am retired I am making an effort to not write at night but spend more time with my live in knight in shining armor. Weekends depend on our plans and on my deadlines. My knight is very understanding.

I usually write/edit about 1,500 words a day. It really depends on how diligent I’ve been with my character study. For me that’s the secret. The better I know my characters the better (and faster) I can write. I can put them into situations and know how they will react.

5) What makes your hero special and sexy?

Strong. Silent. Command and control. Dedicated. Protective. Loving. Magnificent eyes. Wide shoulders. Trim waist. Six pack abs. Soft touch. Adventurous. The usual stuff heroes are made of. But my hero must partner with the heroine to succeed. That takes a different kind of man, one with all of the above and who has an inner strength and is willing share with an equal partner. That’s what makes him sexy to me. For me there is magic in that relationship.

6)  Can you tell us more about the heroine and hero in your current story?  Did you base the modern day heroine, Rebeka at bit on yourself?

Knight of Rapture is the sequel to Knight of Runes.

Rebeka Tyler never thought herself a warrior, renowned authority on medieval and renaissance studies, yes, a martial arts amateur, absolutely, a warrior, definitely not, but one miss-step at the standing stones sends her on an adventure of a lifetime. Faced with the loss of her parents and family connectedness, she matures into a competitive, ‘take control’ woman. Not wanting to face the pain of additional losses, she trusts no one with her heart that is until she meets Lord Arik. She learns that only through trust and love will she find her way.

Did I base Rebeka on me? That’s an interesting question. In some ways yes, but only the good parts. I left my foibles out of the story. I will tell you that she has taught me a lot about myself. Sometimes I hear her words coming out of my mouth.

Lord Arik, the true druid knight, has the total trust of his King and people as he fights to protect them against Bran, the dark druid knight.  Many have demanded much from Arik. He is steadfast and trustworthy and will never give up. He willingly puts his own wants and desires on hold believing his duty to his people comes first and only he can protect them. He has never met a woman as strong as he is until he met Rebeka. Once he gives his heart to her… well, it’s a forever love.

7)  Some publishers refrain from certain genres/time periods, have you had this difficulty writing your books?

When I was looking for a publisher I was told that no one was buying time travel or historicals. It’s strange that the very editors that told me that two years ago are the same ones who have put out a call for them. Go figure!

8) What new and exciting books do you have planned for the horizon?

I’m a fan of stories that combine romance and adventure with a touch of humor, particularly stories where the heroine has trust issues but must rely on working with her hero in order to succeed and ultimately find true love.

My new novel, Einstein’s Theorem (working title), is a contemporary romance. When an elite technology security officer, whose job is to eliminate time travelers, falls in love with a time traveling art appraiser he must choose between his duty and his one chance for a timeless love.

Other questions:

  • Do you write naked?

No, I’d scare myself.

  • Have you ever been in trouble with the law?

I was stopped for speeding on my way to my critique partners. When the officer asked me to explain why I was speeding I told him I was talking out loud and lost track of the speedometer. He asked what I was talking about. I told him the plot problem I was having with my story. We talked for about ten minutes and he asked me for my website address. His wife reads romance.

  • Do you drink? Smoke? What’s your vice?

My husband is ten years younger than me. (Back of hand to head) What I do for my craft. 😉

  • When was the last time you found yourself in a situation that was hard to get out of and what did you do?

See the answer to number 2 above.

  • Where is one place you want to visit that you haven’t been before?

This is a toss-up, Scotland and Russia. I’ve been to both on very quick business trips and would LOVE to investigate them. Scotland because my heart is with the highlanders (yes those big hunky guys in kilts) and Russia because it’s my heritage.

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Knight of Rapture by Ruth A. Casie

He crossed the centuries to find her…

For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed…

Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.

But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.

Genre: Historical, Paranormal Time Travel, Fantasy, Romance

Excerpt:

She took another step and past the stone marker.

The air chilled and the sky turned an array of colors. Everything around her began to swirl. She realized her mistake too late. The portal, she was in the portal.

Arik. Close to him now, she reached for him but her hand passed through the form. She examined her hand turning it over then spotted the shadow of the man.

An illusion?

The shadow turned towards her. She watched as the wind washed over his face and it changed. “Bran,” she whispered in disbelief. Her head swiveled while she searched for something, anything to grab on to. The portal had one use and she had no intention of leaving.

Get out, her brain shouted.

His lips twisted into a cynical sneer. He tilted his head in jaunty satisfaction, snapped his fingers and vanished.

“No,” she yelled. “Arik,” she closed her eyes and screamed in her head trying to mind touch him while the wind tore at her.

“Beka,” he boomed.

Her eyes snapped open. She shielded them from the dust and debris and stared at Arik on the other side of the opening. He stood at the high plateau, miles away. His hands were braced on the opening’s edges, which were nothing more than solid streams of whirling wind. He struggled to keep the portal from closing.

“Come.” His voice didn’t allow for any argument.

The wind whipped at her, pushed her back. She tried again. “I can’t. The wind. Keeps. Pushing. Me. Away.” She shoved her staff in front of her and anchored it in the ground. Against the gusting wind, pulled herself towards him.

“A little more, Beka.” He gripped the edge of the portal with one hand and stretched the other out to her. She shoved her hand towards him as far as she could. The tips of their fingers brushed. In a burst of effort he Hecaught the top of her hand, a precarious hold. With a tight grasp she wrapped her fingers around his thumb.

Safe, she wasn’t far now.

She concentrated on his face. The corners of his mouth turned up as he pulled her towards safety. The wind grew stronger buffeting around them then changed its path.

Before she could brace herself for the new direction, the gust blasted them. Without a firm grip, her hand began to slip. She pushed through the building panic. His smile slipped. The expression on his face turned to determination. Again her hand slipped until he held her by her fingertips.

He held them fast—crushing them but that didn’t matter. He had to hold on to her. Every muscle strained. Inch by inch he brought her closer to him. She tried to help him the best way she could. Anchored to the edge of the portal, Arik encouraged her on. But his alternatives were limited. The closer she got to him, the stronger the gale blew. Just a little closer, that’s all she needed for Arik to grab her and get her out of the portal.

The wind exploded from another direction.

The blasting gale pushed her staff away from the opening, across the dirt, cutting an ugly scar in the ground and dragging her away with her staff.

Away from Arik.

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Book: Knight of Rapture

Author: Ruth A. Casie

Genre: Historical Fantasy, Time Travel, Medieval

Book Blurb:

He crossed the centuries to find her…

For months Lord Arik has been trying to find the right combination of runes to create the precise spell to rescue his wife, Rebeka, but the druid knight will soon discover that reaching her four hundred years in the future is only the beginning of his quest. He arrives in the 21st century to find her memory of him erased, his legacy on the brink of destruction, and traces of dark magick at every turn.

A threat has followed…

Bran, the dark druid, is more determined than ever to get his revenge. His evil has spread across the centuries. Arik will lose all. Time is his weapon, and he’s made sure his plan leaves no one dear to Arik, in past or present, safe from the destruction.

But their enemy has overlooked the strongest magick of all…

Professor Rebeka Tyler is dealing with more than just a faulty memory. Ownership of Fayne Manor, her home, has been called into question. Convenient accidents begin happening putting those she cares for in the line of fire. And then there’s the unexpected arrival of a strange man dressed like he belonged in a medieval fair—a man who somehow is always around when needed, and always on her mind. She doesn’t know who to trust. But one thing is certain. Her family line and manor have survived for over eleven centuries. She won’t let them fall, not on her watch… in any century.

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She took another step and past the stone marker.

The air chilled and the sky turned an array of colors. Everything around her began to swirl. She realized her mistake too late. The portal, she was in the portal.

Arik. Close to him now, she reached for him but her hand passed through the form. She examined her hand turning it over then spotted the shadow of the man.

An illusion?

The shadow turned towards her. She watched as the wind washed over his face and it changed. “Bran,” she whispered in disbelief. Her head swiveled while she searched for something, anything to grab on to. The portal had one use and she had no intention of leaving.

Get out, her brain shouted.

His lips twisted into a cynical sneer. He tilted his head in jaunty satisfaction, snapped his fingers and vanished.

“No,” she yelled. “Arik,” she closed her eyes and screamed in her head trying to mind touch him while the wind tore at her.

“Beka,” he boomed.

Her eyes snapped open. She shielded them from the dust and debris and stared at Arik on the other side of the opening. He stood at the high plateau, miles away. His hands were braced on the opening’s edges, which were nothing more than solid streams of whirling wind. He struggled to keep the portal from closing.

“Come.” His voice didn’t allow for any argument.

The wind whipped at her, pushed her back. She tried again. “I can’t. The wind. Keeps. Pushing. Me. Away.” She shoved her staff in front of her and anchored it in the ground. Against the gusting wind, pulled herself towards him.

“A little more, Beka.” He gripped the edge of the portal with one hand and stretched the other out to her. She shoved her hand towards him as far as she could. The tips of their fingers brushed. In a burst of effort he caught the top of her hand, a precarious hold. With a tight grasp she wrapped her fingers around his thumb.

Safe, she wasn’t far now.

She concentrated on his face. The corners of his mouth turned up as he pulled her towards safety. The wind grew stronger buffeting around them then changed its path.

Before she could brace herself for the new direction, the gust blasted them. Without a firm grip, her hand began to slip. She pushed through the building panic. His smile slipped. The expression on his face turned to determination. Again her hand slipped until he held her by her fingertips.

He held them fast—crushing them but that didn’t matter. He had to hold on to her. Every muscle strained. Inch by inch he brought her closer to him. She tried to help him the best way she could. Anchored to the edge of the portal, Arik encouraged her on. But his alternatives were limited. The closer she got to him, the stronger the gale blew. Just a little closer, that’s all she needed for Arik to grab her and get her out of the portal.

The wind exploded from another direction.

The blasting gale pushed her staff away from the opening, across the dirt, cutting an ugly scar in the ground and dragging her away with her staff.

Away from Arik.

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Ruth A. Casie writes contemporary and historical fantasy romance for Carina Press, Harlequin and Timeless Scribes Publishing. Formerly from Brooklyn, New York, she lives in New Jersey with her very supportive husband Paul. When not writing you can find Ruth reading, cooking, doing Sudoku, or counted cross-stitch. Ruth and Paul have three grown children and two grandchildren.  They all thrive on spending time together.  It’s certainly a lively dinner table and they wouldn’t change it for the world. She loves to hear from readers, so drop her a line at Ruth@RuthACasie.com OR visit her on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/RuthACasie or on Twitter: @RuthACasie. If you’d like to receive her occasional newsletter, please sign up at http://www.RuthACasie.com. For more information about Ruth’s books, please visit http://www.RuthACasie.com.

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Book Spotlight: Not Bound by Time by @VictoriaPittsC #Romance #TimeTravel #AmReading


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Book Title – Not Bound by Time

Author Name – Victoria Pitts Caine

Genre – Romance Time Travel, Historical, Time Travel Scottish

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Time cannot imprison love nor hold it in place. At Balmoral, a two-hundred-year-old estate in old Northampton, love calls and only the heart can answer.

When five-year-old Albert Farraday first sets foot on the grounds of Balmoral, he senses its magic. After he returns from the Korean War and is employed as the caretaker, Camille, the mysterious new wife of the owner of the estate, leads Albert to believe there is indeed a force drawing the love-worn to Balmoral.

After Camille’s widowed niece visits the mansion, then disappears, he is certain his own sister Lydia traveled to meet her love and didn’t go mad as his mother had suggested.

Over the years Balmoral welcomes broken hearted travelers who find their way to the portal and into the arms of love, and Albert comes to the understanding he is not only the custodian of Balmoral but the keeper of its secrets.

 

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The sun began to drift through the sky toward the horizon and soon the afternoon with her sisters had come to an end. Catronia took the baby inside, and Andrina wanted Aiolios to help with her wedding dress.  Lezlie remained alone in the courtyard with her final cup of tea, not more than one hundred yards from the stable. Sitting back, her eye on the opening in the castle wall, waiting for the first sight of the men. Once they arrived, she’d make her way to the portal.

She must have dozed off as she was shaken from her sleep by the shouts of the returning men. The evening sky flamed red and Lezlie saw smoke in the distance, most likely from a battle with the English. The sun burned a vibrant orange as it slipped from sight through the black smoke.

Lezlie rose and drew her shawl around her. Clan Lochlainn was returning from Stonehaven, and she could hurry to the portal before she was missed. Just one last chance to tell Albert goodbye, and she’d be back before Gavyn came looking for her. The crest and banners of the Lochlainn clan carried by the jubilant men on horseback cleared the arch.

Lezlie dashed to the stable and ran toward the portal. Drawn into the current, spinning in time and space, she heard one final statement from the smithy who tended the stable. “Where is Gavyn Lochlainn? His horse came back without him, and it is covered in blood.”

 

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Author Biography – Victoria Pitts Caine is a native Californian. Her varied interests include genealogy and exotic gemstone collecting both of which she’s incorporated into her novels. While her genre is inspirational, she has branched out into other areas such as her current release, Not Bound by Time and a YA mystery/suspense.

The author has received recognition from: Enduring Romance Top 10 Picks for 2008, William Saroyan Writing Conference, Byline Magazine, Writer’s Journal Magazine, HI Families Magazine and The Southern California Genealogical Society. Her first novel, Alvarado Gold, was published in 2007. To complete the trilogy which began with Alvarado Gold, Cairo was published in 2013 and The Tempering Agent in 2014.

She is the mother of two daughters. Victoria and her husband enjoy travel, church service and emergency radio communications.

 

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