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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

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Caving into You! My New Time Travel Romance Set in the Old West!

It's here! My new time travel romance Caving into You is available now on Amazon and Nook, and will be coming soon to Kobo and iTunes.

Caving into You is Book One of my new Love in the Old West series, which is inspired by my recent stay in Southeastern Arizona--land of legends, gunfights, Apache wars, Cavalry soldiers and rich silver mines! I was compelled to set a time travel romance series set in Arizona, and Caving into You is the first book in the series. Ya know! Will Travel for Romance--just like my blog!

Here's a bit about the book: Hilly Creighton’s life is tame, without excitement, without romance—not good news for a romance writer. Yet one fateful day on a side trip to Tombstone, Arizona, she finds an abandoned cave on a hill, and sets in motion a series of journeys through time for both herself and a man who doesn’t understand why he has been brought forward from the year 1881.

Clint Woodrow, mining his claim in search of the silver he knows is there, finds himself lost in modern-day Tombstone, Arizona, and the woman whose voice brought him forward in time is nowhere to be found. What is a stranded miner/cowboy/farmer to do in today’s world? Join the gunfight show at the O.K. Corral, that’s what!

How these two lost souls get together is anyone’s guess! How they stay together against all odds is in the hands of the fates—or in the power of the cave.

Look for Book Two of the Love in the Old West series in late spring. 

Thanks all. Do feel free to contact me via my email listed on my website, Facebook, Twitter or here at the blog. Here are a few new pictures of Southeastern Arizona for your viewing pleasure!

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Questions, Sunsets, Moonrises and Wind

The wind is howling today, my dears, just howling. Some screaming and shrieking as well. Both by the wind and by me as I worry about certain parts of my RV. For those of you in the RV know, my slide awning has taken a battering today. Wind gusts of up to 36 miles per hour, which is pretty exciting and fun when I'm outside, but quite an uproar inside the tin can/RV.

I received a question today, and I've had the question asked before--is Annie of the Moonlight Wishes in Time series getting her own book, and when is it coming out. Although Annie's story was next on my list of books to write/finish after my December release of Finding You in Time, as many of you know, I bought my RV and came down to Arizona to keep the RV warm. ;-)

I don't know what happened to me, I've actually lived in Arizona before albeit north where it's flatter and hotter, but this area of Southeastern Arizona just grabbed me by my pens and pencils and forced me to write about it. It's so historical, so evocative, so...mystical with it's stunning landscape of mountains, valleys, canyons and caves, as well as the legends of gunfighters, mining, Apaches and the cavalry, that I had to write a book about it. Make that a series.

Caving into You, Book One of the Love in the Old West series is due to be released within a week, fingers crossed regarding the administrative details. While I'm here, I just have to do the second book in the series. I've already started, and I plan to see that one released late April/early May.

Then, then, then...I'll finish Annie's story. I hope you all understand and wish both series well. An author has just got to follow her muse once in a while...especially if that muse has grabbed her by her pens and pencils.

Hiking in the wind today on Ft Huachuca in Arizona:

What do you think? Did I climb up the hill? You can't see it, but the wind was wild up there.

Looking down on Ft Huachuca, Sierra Vista and the Whestone Mountains

Ft Huachuca and Sierra Vista in the distance

A lovely little pond on Ft Huachuca

A great blue heron at the pond

Sunset on the Huachuca Mountains

The moon rises at sunset

A mesquite tree holds the moon floating in pink clouds

A restful place at twilight to relax