Tenth Book, First Draft

Late last night, early this morning, I finally finished the first draft of my tenth book. This book, Until A Change of Heart, is the fifth (5th) in my Jules Vanderzeit Gilded Age series.

I started writing this book more than a year and a half ago on January, 9, 2018. Before this, I was able to get a book written and published every year. So why did this one take so long? Because somewhere along the way, my writing Muse fell off a cliff and I’ve been dragging her uphill ever since.

Finally, after many starts and mostly stops, I’ve finished the first draft. That means my thousands of fans, (or many dozens, which ever is closer to the truth) can finally look forward to a future release of another Jules Vanderzeit book. What a thrill that must be for all 60,000 (or is it 60) of them. 🙂

Please understand, when my muse fell off that cliff, I let her fall, for a good long time – – – – – – – – plop. I wasn’t overly concerned about pulling her up and out of her pit. Fine! Stay there if it makes you happy. Turns out, it didn’t.

Over and over, Jayson’s story nagged at me, begging to be finished.

Whenever I admitted I had left my muse dangling by her own rope, several (or at least a few) of my closest friends and fans encouraged me to simply finish the book.

Which I have, finally. Well, at least the first draft.

It still needs revisions, editing, formatting, cover art, production, and maybe even a little marketing, (which starts right now) but the story is there.

Ne’er-do-well Jayson Goddard, brother to Kingsley Goddard of Until She Says Yes, has been redeemed, and it wasn’t easy. He went kicking and screaming (or fussing and fighting) the whole way, until finally, bless his heart, he had a change of heart.

Until A Change of Heart – coming soon, or at least sometime in the future.

Thanks, and Enjoy Always, T

An Offer They Can’t Refuse.

Who is Jules Vanderzeit, and why does he appear in all four of my Gided Age romance novels?

Timeless romance from the Gilded Age

He isn’t the hero of any of the stories. He’s more like a villain, the antagonist, and yet, he’s the common factor in the series.

Who would base a series on a villain? Not me! Not really.

As I see it, Jules isn’t a villain so much as he represents an opportunity.

While it may seem as if Jules, the Maestro, shows up at the worse possible moment in my character’s lives, he’s really there to offer them an opportunity to set things right. While it may seem as if he’s the source of all their woes, he’s really an opportunity to make life altering choices.

He’s like the classic case of getting fired from a job you really, really hate but think you really, really need. And then, when you’re at your lowest, this eventually becomes the best thing that ever happened to you. If forces you to jump-start your life for act two.

Being forced out of our comfort zone, even an unpleasant comfort zone, forces us to make choices we would otherwise avoid. And while it often seems more difficult and challenging than we would like, it also provides the opportunity for greater rewards.

Interested in seeking out a new opportunity for yourself? Read one of the Jules Vanderzeit books to see for yourself if he can make you an offer you can’t refuse.

Quotes from Jules Vanderzeit, The Maestro.

The Maestro invites you into his magical, mystical world.

Anyone who knows my Gilded Age romance series knows I’m kind of in love with my Magic Man, Jules Vanderzeit. I call him the Maestro. The following is a selection of quotes from Jules Vanderzeit in the book, Until Their Hearts Desire. Enjoy always, T.

“Why, a better version of me, of course. If all of my past lives have led me to this life, I can only expect my next life will be even better.”  — Regarding reincarnation, when asked whom, or what, he expected to be if he returned in another life.

“Change is not easy unless it’s desired.”

“I expect the heart knows what the heart wants, and trying to force it into a package in which it does not fit will inevitably lead to disaster.”

“There are as many forms of love as there are moments in time. It’s best not to put the key to your happiness in someone else’s pocket.”

“. . . all good times—or, should I say, good lives—must come to an end. Even Jesus died once, horrible and painful affair that it was. God bless his divine soul. But all that aside, I really am concerned we make these days as pleasant as possible. I have some stake in the game, too, you know. I’ve become quite fond of watching you interact with your family. I can honestly say, I’m sorry to see it end. But, as I always say, there will always be another time, except of course for Brother Jesus. That really was his last, so much drama. Although, I suppose it served its purpose. If nothing else, it finally made humanity sit up and take notice.”

Flash Back Friday: The MacNicol Clan Through Time.

The MacNicol Clan Through Time

The first series I wrote was The MacNicol Clan Through Time. Here’s a look back at this series with a summary of the various stories, their heroes and heroines, and how they all fit together.

A Time To Begin, Book 1,  introduces the series with a look at the legend of Herrick and Sophie, an early MacNicol clan chief and the fae princess who healed his heart. Every great love has a great beginning. She’s a princess of the fae. He’s destined to become chief of his clan. How on earth can they ever be together?

A Time to Return, Book 2, jumps forward a couple of generations to bring Teressa, a woman from present-day California, to the medieval world of Rory MacNicol in Scotland on the Isle of Skye.
Magic took her back in time to unite a lair with his lady.
Is magic strong enough to unite Teressa with her own true love?

Next, in Book 3, A Time To Belong, my dear readers get to meet Teressa’s brother, Daniel as another time-traveler makes their mark on the historic clan.  A modern urban cowboy is swept back to 13th century Scotland where he must take control of his destiny and fight for the woman he loves.

And finally, in Book 4, A Time to Forgive, we see Daniel’s daughter, living in modern times, showing how past lives can sometimes come back to haunt us.  It’ll take a special kind of magic, and a whole lot of forgiveness, to bring these ill-fated lovers together again.

While my ‘history’ of the MacNicol clan is in no way intended to be accurate, I did draw from the clan’s rich history when writing these books. The MacNicol clan did once reside on the Isle of Skye in Scotland. Their lands were absorbed by the MacLeods of Lewis through the marriage of a MacNeacail heiress. And there was a history of disputes between the MacNicols and the MacDonalds. But as any imaginative writer would, I took these basic elements and wove them into a fanciful narrative of my own making.

It would be my great pleasure for you to read and enjoy the saga of the MacNicol Clan Through Time. Blessings, and enjoy always, T

The Maestro speaks.

Come, join me in my magical, mystical world.

Anyone who knows my Gilded Age romance series knows I’m kind of in love with my Magic Man, Jules Vanderzeit. I call him the Maestro. The following is a selection of quotes from Jules Vanderzeit from the book, Until We Meet Again.

“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.” As if to press his point, unnecessary as it was, he continued, “If you will recall, it only took a momentary distraction for you to retrieve one of my most prized possessions.”

“You’re going back to Manhattan in 1888 to retrieve a Stradivarius violin. This particular violin was from Antonio Stradivari’s long period, and at the time of its disappearance belonged to a general in the United States army, if you can believe that. Imagine a military general playing a Stradivarius violin. Totally unexpected. It’s reported that the general lent it to a fellow musician and the damn fool left it on a train. Such disrespect for such a valuable instrument deserves to be punished, but fortunately, that’s not my area of concern. I’ll let karma take care of that. My only concern is retrieving the instrument so it can be preserved for all of time.”

“I’ve already determined how this will proceed and how this will end.”

“I always know how things will proceed, and yet the effort must be made, the experience must be allowed to play out. How else can we achieve what we want? I want the violin and you want to be with your daughter. For each of us to get what we want, we must work together. Wouldn’t you agree?”

“History doesn’t know who he is, but I do.”

“Have you ever known me to be wrong?”

“What would you be willing to lose, to have everything you’ve ever wanted?”

“. . . your focus is shifting from where you’ve been to where you are.”

“You may have left my employment, but you’ll always be obligated to me. I am the Maestro of Time. Everyone works for me.”

“This isn’t a punishment; this is an experience, one that you have chosen. Every decision you made was of your own free will. Certain circumstances have been presented—sometimes under my guidance—but every step that brought you here was yours to make. It’s all very simple, perhaps frustratingly so, but you’re here to have an experience, not to be punished. My best advice to you, my only advice, is to choose well. But if mistakes are made, you needn’t worry. You’ll always be allowed to choose again.”

“Stay or go, the choice is yours. One way or another, agreements must be fulfilled,”