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.”

Coming soon . . .11,1,17

I’m loving these days. The nights are growing longer, and autumn is in the air, and yet the days are still sunny and warm here in the San Francisco Bay area as we enjoy our final days of summer.

I’m also working on the release of my next Jules Vanderzeit novel, Until You Love Me. It’s scheduled for release on November, 1, 2017 – 11,1,17. Seems like a lucky number to me. Stay tuned for more exciting news as I get ready to revel the fab cover and tell you more about this exciting new addition to my timeless romances set in the gilded age of New York. Until then, enjoy always, T

A Time To Forgive; Book 4

Welcome to the first day of Autumn, the Fall Equinox. A day that balances the light and dark with the day and night. It’s also the day I’m announcing the release of the fourth and final book of the MacNicol Clan Through Time series, A Time To Forgive. All four  books are now available and you can read them one after another. What a great way to relax with a good book as our nights grow longer, and our days grow colder. Snuggle up.

You got to meet Daniel in Book Three, A Time to Belong, and now you’ll meet his 13th century daughter, Breanna, as she’s swept forward in time and must deal with the fast paced technologies of modern times when she follows her father to the 21st century to escape the ravages of the dreaded MacDonald clan. As luck, or fate, would have it, Alex MacDonald shows up at her door asking for help with his horses, but how can any self-respecting MacNicol ever trust a member of the hated MacDonald clan? The answer may surprise them both.

Sometimes the road to forgiveness is away over yonder . . .

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00064]Alex MacDonald will use charm, hard work, or whatever else it takes to get his skittish Clydesdales working again so he can prove to his cantankerous father that he has what it takes to run the family business. When he goes in search of the best horse whisperer available, he finds Breanna Ellers, the sweetest little Scottish lass this side of Inverness. There’s only one problem; for reasons unknown to Alex, she hates the MacDonalds. Alex isn’t above telling a little white lie to hide his last name, not if it means healing his horses and saving the family business.

Breanna Ellers of the MacNicol clan may be a bit old-fashioned, but her psychic ability to connect to animals makes her one of the best horse trainers in Northern California. She’s reluctant to leave Over-Yonder, the family ranch, but the challenge of working with Alex and his Clydesdales proves too tempting to ignore. When she discovers that Alex is a MacDonald, it’s nearly a deal breaker. She hates the MacDonalds and what they did to the MacNicol clan back on the Isle of Skye. It doesn’t matter that the battle took place over eight hundred years ago; to a woman born in 1308 it’s still recent history.

It’ll take a special kind of magic, and a whole lot of forgiveness, to bring these two ill-fated lovers together—again.

Available at major online booksellers:  Amazon, Apple, Barns & Noble, Kobo

Enjoy Always, T

 

Memories of another life.

When I was nine years old, my family moved to Tacoma, Washington from Heron, South Dakota. It was a big move from life on a rural farm to living in a big city. Unable to go too far from our country roots, we lived near the edge of Tacoma, across the street from a wide-open field full of tall trees. A new and beautiful frontier.

Shortly after we moved to this new shiny, but scary place, I had a vivid memory of a previous life. Not a dream, but a full-fledged, cellular memory. I saw how I was dressed—in a plain long skirt with a scarf on my head—and could see people I knew and loved. The memory took me to a church where many of the women and children in my village had run to take refuge because our village was under attack.

A man in battle gear with some armor and a sword, broke into the church and confronted us. I was standing with a woman that I knew was my aunt near the confessional so it must have been a catholic church. The soldier asked if we believed in God, and of course, we said yes. I remember thinking it was the truth. This attacking warrior then pierced me with his sword and I died. Or I should say, my body died. Even as I young girl, I was very much aware that I was still alive. I instantly understood I had been alive before and I was alive again (living in human form).

After reliving that memory, I knew I could never be afraid of death, or grieve too deeply when others died, because I had a visceral knowledge that I/we have lived before and we can expect to live again, and between all this human drama, our spirit, including our personalities, continues to live on.

So it seems kind of appropriate to me that many of my stories include an element of reincarnation. Please, check them out and Enjoy always, T