Enlightenment

If you start each day with a smile in your heart, grateful for the life you live – – – you just might be enlightened.

Each day is full of possibilities.

Flash Back Friday – Hello.

Until We Meet Again

Victoria Winters doesn’t regret her affair at Woodstock, or that she returned from the past pregnant with a daughter who would never know her father. Maggie is the light of her life and her only desire is for the two of them to live happily ever after, but she’s deeply indebted to the Maestro, a mysterious man who saved her life in exchange for becoming his time-traveling courier.  To pay down her obligation, Victoria must travel to Manhattan in 1888 to retrieve a lost Stradivarius violin.

The Maestro has tracked the missing violin to Robert  Stevenson, a successful investment banker living the good life in the gilded age of Manhattan. When Victoria shows up at his front door seeking the job of governess for his daughter, it’s obvious she’s the perfect candidate for the job, even though he suspects there’s much more to Miss Winters than she’s willing to tell.

If Victoria can find the violin in three short weeks, she’ll earn years off her contract with the Maestro. If she fails, she risks losing her daughter, and possibly her life. Before her assignment is over, she’ll be forced to choose. What is she willing to lose to have everything she ever wanted?

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.”