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Saturday, October 29, 2011

Ghosts, Time Travel, Fantasy & Romance eBook Giveaway

“Know that love is truly timeless.” Author  Mary M. Ricksen
***For a chance  to win the eBook of one of these featured selections, leave me a comment.
The idea behind my ‘Somewhere series’ is that the story opens in an old home, so far Virginia, and then transports the reader back in time either in the same old house or another place entirely, such as the Scottish Highlands.   As is the case in Somewhere My Lass and the sequel I’m at work on via a portal in time.   All of which is inspired by my fascination with the past. The unifying characteristic of the series is the paranormal/time travel element, but the stories themselves aren’t necessarily tied together.
I came up with the idea about 4-5 years ago while watching one of my favorite British mysteries, Midsomer Murders.  I enjoy the historic setting of these modern day mysteries, but especially when the story flashes back to an even earlier time in an old manor house or church to get to the root of the mystery.  So I thought, why not incorporate that with my love of romance and history.
“Man … can go up against gravitation in a balloon, and why should he not hope that ultimately he may be able to stop or accelerate his drift along the Time-Dimension, or even turn about and travel the other way.”~ H.G. WELLS, The Time Machine
“Once confined to fantasy and science fiction, time travel is now simply an engineering problem.” ~ MICHIO KAKUWired Magazine, Aug. 2003
Star-crossed lovers have a rare chance to reclaim the love cruelly denied them in the past, but can they grasp this brief window in time before it is too late? Newly arrived at Foxleigh, the gracious old Wentworth home in Virginia, British born Julia Morrow is excited at the prospect of a summer working as a guide in the stately house and herb garden. She quickly discovers the historic plantation holds far more. She becomes obsessed with the portrait of handsome Cole Wentworth, killed in a quarrel over the lovely English lady, Julia Maury, two hundred years ago. 
Then she meets his double, William, the only remaining Wentworth heir. Somehow, Julia must persuade Will that their fates are entwined with those of Cole Wentworth and Julia Maury, and that the man who killed his ancestor has returned to enact the deadly cycle again, or she will lose him twice. The blade is about to fall.~
Neil MacKenzie’s well-ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he’s her fiancé from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head–or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.
Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he’s dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall’s brother, she’s convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it’s too late.
The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?~
SOMEWHERE THE BELLS RING: (Release Date 11-09)
Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative’s ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn’t so bad.
To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope–until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.
As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe–in Bailey and the ghost–before the Christmas bells ring?
**My books are available at The Wild Rose PressAmazonBarnes &Noble and other online booksellers


Sherry Gloag said...

Enjoyed your blog, as ever, beth. Fancy seeing pic of John Nettles and his side-kick here. Yes they did some off-beat programmes in that series. Did you know they have started up again with his 'cousin now as the lead 'copper'?

Winona said...

You've done it again, Beth! Great post. Since we "met" I've felt a kinship to you that I can't explain. Perhaps we were friends in a former life. I do believe at some levels, when I kick logic out of my brain, that we can travel through time. I believe we do have past, incomplete our unsatisfied lives.

I'm currently reading "Enemy of the King." Just finished "Into the Lion's Heart" and plan to begin the Somewhere series next. Readers unfamiliar with Beth's word pictures will find she brings history to life in most remarkable ways. And, she's an expert on herbs, plants, and herbal medical treatments for this life and the life past.

Cate Masters said...

Love how your idea came about, Beth. Great post, as always.

Beth Trissel said...

Sherry, no, I didn't realize they were bringing in the cousin to kick up that show. Awesome.

Winona,wow. I'm deeply touched. I understand about feeling that sense of kinship. And thanks so much for the high praise.

Cate, thanks much to you too. Isn't it interesting where our ideas can spring from?

Jean P said...

Oh gosh, I use to watch Midsommers Murders, they haven't had them on for years now, I miss them *L* The blurbs from the books sound really good.

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Na said...

I haven't seen an episode of Midsomer Murders but for some reason they remind of Sherlock. That's a good thing :) I like the variety of books you have out Beth, a little bit of everything.

Mary Marvella said...

Beth, this post rocks and you do, too.

Beth Trissel said...

Thanks to all for your very kind comments. My winners are Jean and Na.