Jessabel is a writer that has been experiencing one bad event after another, until she wins a writing contest after drinking her sorrows the night before. Along with her sister, she takes her free trip to Scotland and end up in 1501 Scotland. Not the exact trip she had planned.
She has no idea how to get home, stop her sister from falling in love or save their heads from a blood-thirsty ancestor. Jessabel also has to contend with a jealous housemaid, intent on drowning her as a witch.
Overview: Millie Canvers just quit her job, squatting in an abandoned house and gave her last bit of food to a girl worse off than she is. The only thing she has going for her is a strange pull to an old castle and the original family’s ancestors wanting to help her. An old man gives her a crazy mission, to cross time and save his family from ruin. Knowing that he is probably crazy, she listens and goes for it. Making the jump she lands in the 1300’s with no clue how to complete her mission, with out falling for the enemy.
Review: Pretty good. The girl is down on her luck and you feel so sorry for her, but admire her fight to survive after everything she has been through. It’s a short and sweet story.
Camp NanoWriMo is coming up and I am preparing…as much as I can. I have decided to work on “An Author’s Romance” AKA “The Right Time to Write History.” So I went to the campsite and put in my information, but I am unable to post my cover because it is bigger than a megabyte. 😦 And I love this cover!
I recently went to Fiverr and had two cover drawn up as I have never had a professional create one for me and honestly I was drawing a blank on the cover design myself. So I picked two of my works in progress and sent them to a designer and she came back with these.
TPaV- An artist with minor psychic abilities, is used to being beaten and manipulated by men. After a night out with friends, she thinks she has found the one, but he is just lonely after ditching his psychotic twin sister, for a murder free life. She comes to her senses, a little to late and leaves him to find herself.
AAR- After a night of drinking, an Author submits a short story to a writing competition. Winning a trip for two, she packs up her sister and heads to Scotland the home of the ancestors. Once on family property the two take a tumble through time to 1501 and land in the middle of a feud. Meets a Laird, escapes death and finds a family she never thought she could have.
Overview: Claire Randall and her husband Frank, have survived World War II and are taking a second honeymoon in Scotland to become reacquainted before returning to normal lives. All goes well as she follows him around town, researching his family tree and she learns about the local herbs. Early one morning, they sneak to the top of a hill covered in standing stones (similar to Stonehenge) and witness a witch ritual. Curious afterword, the two investigate the rocks after the witches leave and Claire finds a rare blue flower. They hurry back home, after coming close to being found by a forgetful witch, and Claire can’t get the flower out of her head. She decides to go back for it and falls through the center of the middle stone. When she does, she is transported back in time to 1743. Struggling to realize what happened, she wondered around and is attacked by the English army, rescued and captured by a man from the clan MacKenzie. In need of a nurse, thanks to the war and impromptu herbal lessens, Claire helped a man named Jaime recover from a bullet wound as they returned home. As things seem to normalize, chaos always seems to be right around the corner. She is thought to be a spy, kidnapped again, forced to marry Jaime (whom she later falls in love with), punished for being kidnapped, breaks into prison, attacked by wolves, almost drowned, cursed and helps her new sister-in-law give birth.
Opinion: Pretty good. First I will admit to have only watched the first five or six episodes of the TV show, so I do have to take the comparisons into account as far as I can. The first section or so seemed a bit…lacking compared to the show. Book Claire is very adamant about not liking Frank’s ancestral digging; as well as viewed botany as more of a new hobby. TV Claire, seems more interested in his work and more knowledgeable of botany than Book Claire. Book Claire also tends to be more whiny about getting home to her own time. Yes it is understandable that she wants to get back home, but she really needed to take a chill pill about it. Compared to the rest of the book, it seemed almost out of character for her to pout so much.
As the book goes on, the characters become stronger and more human-esque. For the most part it was good, but there is still a small part that felt like it was too much. Too many side characters or too much action to make it a 5 star book in my eyes. Still very much worth the read.
The book itself was good, a few typos and strange phrasing but good.
The month of writing hell is done! No I did not complete my novel, but powered through 28,455 words and believe that to be a pretty respectable number…Ok it’s lousy, but I’m proud of getting that much done in one month. It could of been a lot worse. I have a lot more to do on the book, I’m going to put it on the back burner for awhile. I’m burnt out on #TPAV (To Paint a Vampire) for right now, and if I hear the word vampire again for at least it will be way too soon.
Until then I’m going to work on my other projects. So many to choose from. Saving Santa, is a holiday romance that came to mind.
There is also the third installment to my Legend Series, Shattered, but that involves the “v-word” so I don’t think so.
Plus the elusive historical novel, The Price of War.
Then the three that I don’t have mock covers for: Haunted House (WT) obviously a ghost story, Dream Walker about a dream jumper, and The Right Place to Write Time (WT) time-traveling story I started recently.
Overview: Bri is a kindergarten teacher and daughter of an archaeologist in 2013. Blair is the daughter of Laird MacChristy set to wed the Laird Conal in 1645. Bri and Blair are identical in looks, but stark opposites in demeanor and characteristics. While on a dig in Scotland with her mom, Bri stumbles upon a portrait of herself with an inscription underneath. Blair, upset at her upcoming wedding, also stumbles upon the same portrait and reads the words allowed, at the same time as Blair hundreds of years in the future. The incantation causes them to switch places. With the aid of Bri’s mom, Blair learns about the unknown massacre and believes that is the reason the witch of Clan Conal made the spell, so she could learn of the attack and go back to stop it. Bri, slowly remembers why her mom was working on the ruins and the attack comes back to her. She explains everything to her new (accidental side effect) husband and they prepare for battle. Over time both girls fall in love with their new times and do not want to leave. The battle ensues, but the Conals change history.
Opinion: It was good. A real page turner, but something about the beginning seemed…clumsy. The writing got better as you go along, and the beginning does lure you to keep going it just seems a little lacking. Great other than that.
Overview: Sorcha is a young girl mistreated by her attention-seeking mother. Dragged to a party, she seeks refuge in the kitchen where she meets a man named Johnny who just rescued a box of kittens. Discovers a murder plot and is sent into another dimension.
Opinion: It has potential, but seems unfinished. I would say it is only a third of the way completed, as Sorcha is just starting her time-travel, let alone being able to fall in love and warn Johnny of the murder plot against him. I understand it is a novella and part of a series but I would rather have the whole story in one book than end it how it did. There is not enough given in this one to keep me interested, especially if knowing the second book is probably going to end the same way.
Overview: The time traveler invites a group of men over to his house to discuss his theory of time being the fourth dimension and ability to traverse through time. Everyone is a bit skeptical, but listen to his speech. The time traveler even built a small working prototype and shows his guests how his larger machine will work. They were still on the fence about it, some believing the disappearing model to be a magician’s trick. A week later, the same group goes back to the time traveler’s house for dinner, but he is not there. Under orders to begin dinner if he is not back by eight, they begin to eat without him. He returns twenty or so minutes after, bathes and comes down to gobble up a hearty meat dinner. Then they proceed to the library, where the time traveler tells where he spent a week in the future in the matter of one day.
Opinion: It is good, and so much different from the movies. To compare the two would be horrible, simply because the movies took free reign and veered FAR from the story line. Humans look similar to China dolls and the bad humans resemble our ancestral primate relatives than humans. It could be a bit slow at times, but it kept a good pace once problems began to arise.