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.”

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.

Until Their Hearts Desire

Hello and Welcome.

Great news, my latest book, Until Their Hearts Desire, has successfully launched to great acclaim. Meaning, I can acclaim that it’s launched and the feedback so far had been positive. I’m excited to think it’s out there entertaining my readers.

Until Their Hearts Desire – A Jules Vanderzeit novel.

Tessadori Delafield has come to truly love living in California with her aunt and uncle. When her mother summons her to New York, she goes with great reluctance. She fears her parents have called her back home to see her married to a man of their choosing. The last thing she wants to do is sit idle, waiting and hoping for a man to make time for her.

Jacob Beaumont is the type of man who could easily capture her heart, if only he was around long enough to honestly try. When she discovers the elusive Mr. Beaumont is also keeping secrets, Tessa realizes that’s more than she can accept.

Jacob believes he has found the one woman he can’t live without, but as long as he is contractually bound to Jules Vanderzeit, that’s exactly what he must do. The man known as the Maestro seems intent on keeping Jacob away from Tessa. Jacob’s mother’s life is at stake, and since Jules is holding all the cards, Jacob has no choice but to play by the Maestro’s rules.

There’s no place like home, but for Tessa and Jacob, finding home means following their heart’s desire.

Available at major online booksellers:  AmazonBarnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple.

Book Launch Looking Good

I am approximately one month out from my new book launch for Until Their Hearts Desire, and things are looking good.  The book is formatted and uploaded. Now I’m waiting for my full front and back cover to be completed.  Once that’s done, I’ll be getting my proof copy to ensure the book looks as good as I hope and expect it should and give it the final seal of approval. When that’s all in place, we’ll be good to go.

Waiting for something new and exciting can be hard, so in the mean time, I’m keeping myself busy with a new look to my website and doing some site cleanup – I hope you like it.

Enjoy Always, T