Until You Love Me.

Exciting days are here again. It’s time for another Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age novel.

November 1st is just around the corner, and with it comes the release of Until You Love Me, the third book in my Jules Vanderzeit series.

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When the story begins, it’s November 11, 1893 during the gilded age of Manhattan. The holidays are fast approaching and Rebecca Wheland Jaffary has no desire to spend them surrounded by people she doesn’t love, or worse, whom she believes don’t love her. James Jaffary, her husband of four months, wants nothing to do with her, or so she thinks, and as far as she’s concerned, the feeling is mutual.

Frustrated, but not defeated, Rebecca schemes to return to her father’s house on Fifth Avenue, but he refuses her sanctuary. Desperate to come up with an alternate plan, she takes off for her father’s summer cottage on Long Island. However, once she arrives, nothing goes as planned, and suddenly, with a single misstep, everything she had thought important no longer matters.

Look for Until You Love Me – on sale November 1 – at major online booksellers.

Enjoy always, T

Wizards, and Maestros, and Faeries, oh my.

If you read my romance novels, you’ll see each one has the element of a magical, mystical presence.

In the MacNicol Clan Through Time series it’s a faerie, in Dreaming In Moonlight it’s a wizard, and in my gilded age Until series it’s a man I call the Maestro. For me, the presence of these magical characters represent the presence of the magical and mystical connections that often pass through our lives, and just as often, go unnoticed.

Some call it consequence, some call it fate or destiny, and some call it miracles.

It’s the experience of meeting the right person at the right time, or finding the right book that speaks to your heart, or finding the one true friend that supports you through what seems to be the darkest moment of your life.

In MacNicol Clan Through Time series, a powerful faerie, Mozell, has a habit of sending my characters through time to either meet their soulmate, or to confront their past . . . as in a past life, perhaps.

In Dreaming In Moonlight, the wizard Tazire, grants the demands of a warrior prince only for the prince to discover that what he thought would be the blessing of a lifetime turns out to be an unexpected curse. (Never fear, there’s always a way to right a wrong.)

And in my gilded age Until series set in New York, Jules Vanderzeit, the Maestro, sends people whipping through time, supposedly to be his time couriers. What’s far more interesting are the encounters they make along the way. Sometimes they meet their soulmate, and sometimes they get to confront unresolved issues from a past life. All very exciting, and sometimes, fun.

If you’re into modern spirituality or ancient metaphysical magic, hopefully these story lines will appeal to you. For me they represent the great possibilities of living lives after lives, confronting your karma, and best of all, finding or reconnecting with your soulmate. These are romance stories, after all, and you can pretty much count on a happily ever after . . . at least for now.

My greatest delight is when my readers want to discuss the meaning behind these characters, and search for greater insight into the journey for my hero and heroine. And sometimes, my readers just like to enjoy the story, without digging deeper. To each their own. For me, writing these stories provides me with an opportunity to explore the possibilities of reincarnation, reuniting with our soulmate, meeting our destiny, and best of all, asking the question; what if.

Regardless of how you may view my stories, my greatest hope is that they will entertain, enlighten, and uplift your heart and soul.

Enjoy Always.

Who exactly is Jules Vanderzeit?

And what does he have to do with timeless romance?

Jules Vanderzeit is my magic man.

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My historical romance novels set in the gilded age of New York all have Jules Vanderzeit appearing, not as the hero or heroine, but as a sort of mysterious character who shows up to makes life difficult for my H & H, and then somehow, helps them find their own Happily Ever After. I’ve been asked if he’s a wizard, or an angel, or maybe fate, or something else. I’ll go with the ‘something else’ and all of the above . . . for now.

When I first met Jules in Until We Meet Again, the first of my gilded age romances, I fell in love with him right away. While he has a way of pushing people’s buttons, and making them wish they had never met him, he really has a heart of gold, sincerely good intentions, and a devilish sense of humor . . . once you get to know the guy. As the Maestro, he has the ability to send people flipping through time with the flick of his wrist, although usually he has them do something as simple as walk through a door, a door that leads from here to there. And while they often complain about his unexplainable tactics, they still find themselves compelled to take the path he offers.

After all, life is an adventure, let the experience begin.

As a bit of an introduction, for anyone who may not yet be familiar with him, here’s the opening scene from Until We Meet Again when the heroine, Victoria Winters, is forced to deal with this man of mystery.

She couldn’t be more than a few minutes late for their appointment, and yet the Maestro made a show of pulling out his pocket watch the moment Victoria Winters stepped into his office.  Time—and his precious collection of musical artifacts—were the only things Jules Vanderzeit cared about. People were only useful in their ability to function as couriers to retrieve the latest object of his obsession.

“How nice to see you again, Miss Winters. I was beginning to wonder if you would keep our appointment.” The Maestro quickly dispensed with any pretense of pleasant greetings and dove directly into chastising her.

Victoria rolled her eyes with a shake of her head. “Please, Jules, try not to exaggerate. I was only momentarily delayed. I was with my daughter.” She took a seat in one of the low, plush-leather chairs across from Jules, as he sat perched behind his oversized cherry wood desk. Regrettably, it created the perturbing effect that he was looking down on her.

“If you truly valued time, Miss Winters, you wouldn’t be so prone to wasting yours or mine. Someday you may find that a moment of time is all that separates you from that which you desire most.”