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Friday, April 25, 2014

A Home in Your Heart: New Time Travel Romance by Bess McBride

I'm so pleased to announce the release of my newest time travel romance, A Home in Your Heart! Sometimes, I have to slog through a book, fighting for every word and line, and sometimes the book just flows. This one flowed! Inspired by my four-month stay on historic Fort Huachuca in southeastern Arizona, A Home in Your Heart is my tribute to the legends of the Cavalry, Apaches and the romantic notion of traveling in time to find the one you love.

Here's a bit about the book:

Harriet (Harry) Ferguson is engaged to be married...unhappily so. All she truly wants is a forever home, something she has never had. On a visit to her fiance’s mother in Southeastern Arizona, she stops by a museum on historic Fort Huachuca, an Army post dating to the late 1800s, where the wax figure of a handsome Cavalry soldier captures her imagination—so much so that she can’t resist touching the figure. 

Lieutenant Daniel Thorn’s duties at Fort Huachuca involve chasing renegade Apaches and Mexican bandits. One night while on a mission to rescue stolen horses, Daniel’s duties are expanded to include the rescue of a young woman who mysteriously falls into his desert campsite. Given that Miss Ferguson does not appear to understand where she is or what has happened to her, Daniel suspects amnesia, and takes her to the fort surgeon.

But Harry doesn’t have amnesia. She remembers fully well where she was when she must have traveled in time. And she remembers Daniel, her wax figure somehow come to life.

Can a modern-day woman like Harry find a forever home in the late 1800s? Can Daniel, a nineteenth-century Cavalry soldier, finally come to believe that Harry has lost not her memory, but her heart? That she has traveled 130 years into the past for him? 

I hope you enjoy reading this book as much as I enjoyed writing it! 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Time Travel Romances: Does Era Really Matter? Location?

Does era really matter to lovers of time travel romances? I can only speak from my experience. I love time travel romances. Although I read A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court in high school and enjoyed it, the first time travel romance I remember falling in love with is the movie Somewhere in Time (1980). In that case, I loved the movie much more than the book. I think it's because I'm a visual person. :-)

I loved Jane Seymour's dresses, her hairstyles, the elegance of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, the evocative atmosphere of the movie set primarily in 1912, the concept of traveling through time to find the one you love.

I loved Barbara Streisand's On a Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970). Admittedly, that is based on memories of past lives (reincarnation) under hypnosis, but it feels a whole lot like time travel. I loved it! Loved the costumes, loved her hair, loved the idea of falling in love with a man from a different era.

My favorite time travel romance book is A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Devereaux where a knight from the 15th century comes forward in time, falls in love with a modern-day gal, and he and his gal travel back in time to medieval England.

There are many more time travel romance books I have enjoyed, and I won't list them here. I will say that "Highlander" time travel romances are quite popularhttp://www.amazon.com/Home-Your-Heart-Love-West-ebook/dp/B00JSVFI5O. My question was: Do readers who claim to LOVE time travel romances love all time travel romances or are they particular about a specific era? Do they in fact LOVE the historical era more than the actual time traveling aspect of the romance?

The historical portion of Somewhere in Time is set in America's early twentieth century, what the British called the Edwardian era and the Americans called the less romantic Progressive era. The historical portion of A Knight in Shining Armor is set in medieval England. The historical portion of On A Clear Day You Can See Forever is all over the place! I love it!

I have set time travel romances in various eras and countries depending on my muse at the time. My most popular to date has been a Georgian/Regency era time travel romance set in England, Moonlight Wishes in Time. Almost as popular has been my Train Through Time series set in the 1900s in America. Other than my writing style, there is little in common between the two, especially era and location.

I have a new series I have been working on as I follow my muse, a time travel romance series to the American Old West called Love in the Old West. My latest release, A Home in Your Heart, is set in Arizona Territory, 1884, sort of a Dances with Wolves meets Somewhere in Time.

Hopefully, readers who LOVE time travel romances will love a time travel romance to the American Old West. But so far, it looks like lovers of time travel romances have very specific eras they are attached to. In my case, that would be England's Georgian/Regency era and America's early twentieth century.

Or could it be that location is the most important factor?

A Home in Your Heart

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Music To Write By (Or How I Am Writing My Cavalry Time Travel Romance With The Help of John Barry)

Music to write by. Music for inspiration. Let's face it. Writing can be a dry business. Sure, there are moments of exhilaration when the scene is flying, especially if it's an action scene. There are moments of grief when your loving couple are hateful to each other, or when one half dies (though that would need to be resolved at the end of a happily ever after romance, which is what I write). But, there are moments of disconnection in writing (at least for me), when I'm writing the words, but not feeling it, if ya know what I mean.
I know one or two authors who write with playlists. I suspect there are thousands more, it just hasn't come up in conversation. Those authors use the music to either soothe or inspire them.
In my case, although I don't always remember to do it when I'm struggling with a scene, music inspires me. The right music, of course. In most case, it will be a movie soundtrack because I love the orchestral music without words.
John Barry is one of my favorites! Love him! I wish he would play music for me all day and night.
While working on a scene in my current work--a time travel romance set in the Arizona territories of 1884 and featuring a Cavalry officer--I realized I needed something, something to inspire me beyond the beauty of the landscape of Southeastern Arizona where I am writing as we speak.
The most famous movie I could think of featuring a Cavalry officer was Dances with Wolves, soundtrack by John Barry, with the ever handsome Kevin Costner playing the officer. I know there are other movies, but ya gotta admit, Dances with Wolves is ATMOSPHERIC--made so not only by the cinematography but by the exquisite soundtrack by John Barry.
And so, the music from Dances with Wolves filled my writing space, and will continue until I end the book.
I mean, really...how dry would a movie be without music?
I wrote A Train Through Time to the soundtrack from Somewhere in Time (what??? John Barry again?) Yes!
I wrote Moonlight Wishes in Time predominantly to the soundtrack of Pride and Prejudice by Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Emma by Rachel Portman, and The Holidays by Hans Zimmer (another all-time favorite composer of mine). :-)

Coming soon to an e-reader near you: A Home in Your Heart, Book Two of the Love in the Old West series.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

I Love Time Travel Romances!

There, I said it! I love time travel romances, and that's why I write them. Now, don't get me wrong. If my time travel romances didn't sell reasonably well (dare I say, occasionally very well?), then I'd probably lose steam on writing them, and would move onto whatever else sells. Because after all, writing is a business. It is for me, and is for many other authors. That I happen to FINALLY be in a business that I love and can see myself doing for the rest of my life is a thrill!

But I digress. Back to time travel romances. For me, the beauty of time travel romances is that I get my historical romance (unless the time traveler comes forward in time to the present for the majority of the book), but I also get to relate to it a bit better in that my hero or heroine is from my time, and they get to travel to the past with all the quirks of the present--quirks that I can relate to.

The time travelers' "advanced" knowledge often fails to help them when they need "historical" knowledge. They need to know how to survive in the past, using skills most of us have never learned given our modern conveniences. They need to know how to pass for a contemporary character, or else they will surely be thrown into a mental asylum or burned at the stake...depending on the era they traveled to. And ultimately they need to figure out how to get back to their own time, or whether they enjoy living in the past so much that they wish to stay (always supposing the time travel is not a revolving door, which takes away from the angst of the thing, in my humble opinion).

Within time travel romances, there are a myriad of historical periods. Some interest me, some do not. I am finding that with readers as well. But ultimately, if a writer wrote a book that I liked, then I'm likely to read another time travel romance by that author no matter what era the hero or heroine end up in. After all, it's about the time travel and the romance for me, not whether she wears a corset or a stay, or he wears cowboy boots or Hessians.

Somewhere in Time, set in about 1912, is my favorite movie ever! I didn't like the book, but I loved the movie. Now imagine Somewhere in Time set in Victorian England or medieval Scotland or the American West in the late nineteenth century. Yes, they all work for me! I don't care where those two end up as long as they end up together...preferably in this life.

That said, I love time travel romances!

My latest time travel romance, Caving into You!
My latest time travel romance, Caving into You
What the Cavalry officer hero in my next time travel romance, tentatively titled A Home in Your Heart, looks like.
Thank you, Kevin!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Caving into You: A Celebration of Southeastern Arizona, Land of Legends and Sunsets

Caving into You, my recent historical time travel release, is set in Tombstone, Arizona, in 1881, and is
a celebration of my time in southeastern Arizona. 
Can two lovers from different centuries find a way to live together? Do they choose the past or the future, or is there a place in between?
Hilly Creighton never expected to find a man when she peered into a cave near Tombstone, Arizona. Clint Woodrow had no idea how he was pulled forward in time from 1881, and he has been trying to get back home ever since.
He doesn’t realize that the cave is the answer—the cave and Hilly. As the fates throw Hilly and Clint back to Tombstone’s wild and untamed early days, Hilly fights to survive, and Clint struggles to protect her against the harshness of life in the desert.
I'm currently working on Book Two of the Love in the Old West series, a time travel romance series that is near and dear to my heart as I share with you my newfound love of southeastern Arizona with you--a land of legends notable for rowdy gunslingers, warrior Apaches, brave Cavalry soldiers, mines boasting mother lodes of silver and copper, and sunsets that take one's breath away. 

My inspiration!

Bess McBride