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

Flash Back Friday – The MacNicol Clan Through Time

MacNicolBooksFor the last four weeks I’ve been posting excerpts from the books in my first series, The MacNicol Clan Through Time. Looking back at this series, here’s a summary of the various stories, their heroes and heroines, and how they all fit together.

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?

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 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, 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

Flash Back Friday – A Time To Forgive

Using the WayBack Machine, let’s revisit one of my previously released books. Here’s a short excerpt from Book 4 of the MacNicol Clan Through Time series – A Time To Forgive.

Flash Back FridayBree stopped to observe her visitor. The rider had already dismounted from his bike and was removing his helmet, a sleek black orb with a tinted face plate that when worn would obscure his features.

Still standing in the shadow of the doorway, she watched as he set the helmet on the seat of his bike and ran his fingers through his dark auburn hair, releasing his disheveled curls from the dreaded curse of helmet hair. His profile revealed a strong, nearly straight nose, bold cheekbones, and a well-formed jaw.

Bree watched a moment longer as the man unzipped his black leather jacket and tucked his shirt into his faded black jeans. The tight fit of his dark tee shirt revealed the type of rock hard muscles that came from long hours of hard work. He was one nice-looking man.

After she finished checking out the man, she checked out his bike, a sleek black-and-gray Ducati Multistrada. The model looked to be a few years old, but the Italian motorcycle was in mint condition. He obviously took good care of his toys. His Ducati was one nice-looking bike.

She judged her visitor to be in his late twenties, maybe six or seven years older than her. When he started to walk toward the front of the ranch house, Bree stepped out into the bright sunlight and shouted, “Can I help you?”

The man turned with a startled jerk. Squinting, he reached a hand up to shield his eyes from the glare of the sun. “Sorry, I didn’t see you standing there.”

“Looking for someone?”

“Yeah, Breanna Ellers. Know where I can find her?”

Bree walked forward to greet him. “I’m Breanna Ellers.”

The man fished a card from his back pocket and looked it over, then looked back at her. “You’re Breanna Ellers, the animal trainer?”

“Yeah, that’s me,” she confirmed. He was holding one of the business cards her cousin Jack had designed for her and insisted on handing out to everyone he met. Jack also had a habit of leaving them at every pet and feed store in the area, which meant this guy could be anyone.

The MacNicol Clan Through Time, Book 4

A Time To Forgive, The MacNicol Clan Through Time, Book 4

Flash Back Friday – A Time to Return

Using the WayBack Machine, let’s revisit one of my previously released books. Here’s a short excerpt from Book 2 of the MacNicol Clan Through Time series – A Time To Return.

Flash Back FridayTeressa stood near the front of the coffee shop counter, admiring her new scarf while she waited for the waitress to brew a fresh pot of coffee. She was running her fingers through the colorful fringe when she heard a group of men enter the shop. From the looks of them in their rubberized boots and heavy all-weather work jackets, she guessed them to be local fishermen. When they got closer, their collective odor confirmed it. She waved her hand in front of her nose.

One of the fishermen, the tallest of the bunch, was busy trying to get the counter girl’s attention, calling to her by name. “Hey, Zoey, make ’em hot and black, like always,” he shouted.

Not wanting to lose her place at the front of the line, Teressa took a step toward the serving counter. Apparently, the fisherman wanted to defy the laws of physics and attempted to occupy the same space as her, causing them to collide as they each stepped forward.

Teressa stared up at the man, who was easily over six feet tall. “Excuse me!” she said.

The large brute stared back at her, as if she were an apparition.

“Excuse me, I was in line here,” she tried again, moving to step around him. Unlike the others, he smelled of salt water and ocean breezes.

“What?” he asked, blinking.

“Where I come from, people are polite enough to say ‘excuse me’ when they’re rude enough to cut in line.” She stood her ground even though she had to tilt her head a bit to look him in the eye.

“Excuse me, miss. I didn’t see you standing there.” Spreading his arms wide, he bowed and stepped aside. He was still staring at her, but now he had a grin spreading from ear to ear.

“I’m glad you think this is funny.” Teressa was trying not to crack a smile, but his grin was devilishly infectious. She dropped her arms to her side, relaxing her stance. He continued to hold her gaze with his dark green eyes. They were kind, and he had a ready smile. Maybe she had judged him too harshly.

“I see ye’ve picked up a wee bit of our local color,” he said with a deep Scottish brogue.

It was her turn to stare blankly.

He reached out, touching the fringe of her newly purchased scarf. “A right fine choice.”

“Here, Robert. Take your coffee and move out of the way.” Zoey set a tall steaming cup of coffee on the counter.

“We’ve got a table over here,” one of his buddies called out to him.

He picked up his coffee and raised the cup to her in a parting salute. “Have a nice day, lass.” Still grinning, he turned away to join his friends.

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“Love, ‘tis the strongest magic of them all.” – Rory MacNicol

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Flash Back Friday – A Time To Begin

Using the WayBack Machine, let’s revisit one of my previously released books. Here’s a short excerpt from Book 1 of the MacNicol Clan Through Time series – A Time To Begin.

Flash Back FridayEnjoy . . . always.

Sophie liked nothing better than a good story, especially ones with happy endings, but enough was enough. . . . Adam loved to capture everyone’s attention with tales of his earthly adventures, but Sophie was tired of his never-ending boasting.

Pooh on Adam and his stupid, boring stories. So what if he had ventured out into the earthly realm and mingled with humans? Why should she or the rest of the fae kingdom care? Pooh on her sister Danu, the queen of the fae, for being so delightfully entertained by his ramblings. Even pooh on her sister Sindi for laughing at his tales and encouraging him to tell more. But mostly, pooh on her for not having her own stories to tell. Nothing exciting ever happened to her.

It was annoying to think she had lounged away another day listening to gossip and tall tales from Adam. Still, annoying as he was, Sophie was also intrigued by Adam’s stories. What was it about the earthly realm that made it so appealing? Maybe she should take a look for herself. Focusing her mind, she gazed through the veil shielding the world of the fae from that of the humans’ to see what she could find. The scene that appeared before her was a rough and rugged seashore with gentle rolling waves. Unfortunately, the splendid landscape was scarred by a lone man lying face down on the beach. Darn. It was so like a human to muddy up a perfectly good view of their earth, and yet, offensive as his presence was, she found she couldn’t look away.

The MacNicol Clan Through Time, Book 1

A Time To Begin, The MacNicol Clan Through Time, Book 1