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.”

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

 

Why I write spiritual romance.

the-heart-of-the-pages-1312057When I started writing romance stories, it wasn’t with the idea that I would become rich and famous. It was to write the kinds of books I wanted to read, aka, books without violence.

I had read too many stories where the hero and heroine’s romantic conflict was centered on someone being killed, or their life was at stake, or someone was threatened their life, or the life of a loved one, or some terrible crime was about to happen, like blackmail, rape, or thief, and well, I’m sure you get the idea. It seemed to me it should be possible to tell a good love story that didn’t need any of that to make it interesting. It seems to me that we have enough other crap and conflict to deal with in real life, I didn’t want to use a violent crime to give the hero and heroine a desire to be together.

Maybe I was wrong, but it worked for me, so that’s what I set out to do, write romance without violence.

I also like the idea of weaving in spiritual elements into my stories. In my book – A Time To Return – I explore the idea of lives after lives and reincarnation. It’s based on the idea that we’ve all been here before and I expect we’ll be here again.

I was once asked, since I believe in reincarnation, what do I expect to be in my next life. My immediate answer was a better version of ME. I believe all my past lives have led me to this one, and I can only hope my next life will be even better. Onward and upward, that’s what I always say. It’s what I prefer to believe.

Enjoy always, T

OMG, what a busy summer this is. I’ve been working behind the scenes to get four, yes 4, books ready to release. Three of them are actually re-releases of my first three books, but they’ve been re-edited and cleaned up, and have pretty, shiny new covers for their re-release. They’ve even been given new titles, and a series name to go with their make-over. Pretty exciting stuff.

To kick off these exciting second editions, I have written a new novella to add to the beginning of the group, called appropriately enough, A Time To Begin, Book One of the MacNicol Clan Through Time series. These are my time-travel Scottish historical books that got me started writing, and are kinda my love babies. I’m excited to see them get a second chance to spread joy and entertainment out into the world of romance readers.

The series is now called the MacNicol Clan Through Time, and the books to be re-released are as follows:

Return In Time will become A Time To Return

Somewhere To Belong will become A Time To Belong

Away Over-Yonder will become A Time To Forgive

The original publisher of these books, sadly, went out of business. But when one door closes, another one opens, and I have this grand opportunity to publish these sweet stories again under Kingsburg Press. Who doesn’t love a second chance type of romance, and for these sweet babies, this is their second chance to be read and loved by you.

When Daily Word connects to daily life.

Today, as I was returning from a weekend zydeco music festival in San Diego called Gator By The Bay, I was thinking about how it’s been a little over ten years since I started writing romance stories. When I began, I had no idea where my writing would take me, but here I am, ten years later and still writing, and still loving it.
When I got home and looked at my email for the Daily Word from Unity, here is what I found:
New Chapter
Each day holds the potential for a new chapter in my life.
Monday, May 15, 2017

My life is like a book—an ever-unfolding story, presenting new adventures and possibilities at each turn of the page. Events and activities continue along, building upon the narrative of my life.

I am the author of each chapter, writing my story according to the choices I make. When I want to change the direction of my path, I make choices that open the way to new adventures.

YES, I am the author of my life, and more than a few romance stories.  Always learning, always exploring, and most importantly, always enjoying the story as it unfolds.

Enjoy always, T