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Somewhere with Guest Author Beth Trissel

I’m delighted to welcome romance author Beth Trissel to my blog as she discusses her delicious new release! ~ S.G. Rogers

ornament29Sultry summer greetings and thanks so much for having me on your lovely blog to share my new release and Somewhere in Time series.

SOMEWHERE IN THE HIGHLANDSSomewhere My Lass Time Travel Romance 2013After untold hours of scheming, dreaming, writing and revising, time travel romance Somewhere in the Highlands is finally launched. Yes, there will be another story in this continuing saga. I don’t know when, but plotting is underway. Somewhere in the Highlands is book three in the series, following Somewhere My Love, and is the actual sequel to Somewhere My Lass. Somewhere the Bells Ring is a hauntingly beautiful Christmas romance.

The Somewhere in Time Series; where the past meets the present.
The idea behind my Somewhere in Time series is that the story opens in an old home, so far Virginia homes (I’m a Virginian with deep roots), and then transports the reader back in time either in the same wonderful old house, or another place entirely suchRetro Keyhole as the Scottish Highlands. As is the case in Somewhere My Lass and Somewhere in the Highlands. Both stories convey the characters to and from 17th century Scotland via a portal in time, all of which is inspired by my fascination with the past. The unifying characteristic of the series is the paranormal/time travel element, but the stories themselves aren’t necessarily tied together, though some are, and will be. It’s the encompassing theme that matters. Doors play a big role in this series. Behind every door lies a secret, an intriguing puzzle to be solved, so these romances are also suspenseful mysteries.

Somewhere in the Highlands: Will the brilliant geek Fergus and lovely but devious Beezus thwart a power mad time traveler wielding a supernatural relic before he kills Fergus’s Highland ancestor?

The answer to that query isn’t as simple as you might think. Somewhere in the Highlands as a fast-paced Sci-Fi Fantasy Time Travel Romance. At this point, the story is available exclusively at Amazon in kindle. If someone is eager to review it and doesn’t have access to kindle please contact me and I will provide you with a .pdf copy.

Blurb: The MacDonalds are coming! When Elizabeth MacDonald (a.k.a Beezus Mac) thrusts a sealed gold box at Angus Fergus amid panicked requests for him to hide the stolen artifact, she has no idea the ancient cloth it contains bestows unearthly powers. Red MacDonald knows and he’s hell-bent on traveling 400 years into the future to claim the charmed relic, even kill for it. Protecting Beezus from his old nemesis is only one of Fergus’s problems.

Before they can stop him, Morley MacDonald, descendant of Red MacDonald, snatches the prize and leaps through the time portal to head the MacDonald clan and kill Fergus’s MacKenzie ancestor. If he succeeds, Fergus will cease to exist. Danger grows in the feud between the MacDonalds and the MacKenzies as the pair, along with an ingenious friend and high tech inventions, returns to 1604 Scotland to face these brawny Highlanders and reunite with kin. Will Fergus overcome his mistrust of Beezus and fan the growing spark between them before they battle Morley? If he waits, it may be too late.~

So far, the series has done quite well. Several titles have won awards and all have received stellar reviews (2008 Winner Preditor’s & Editor’s Readers Poll for Best Romance Novel, LASR Book of the Week, a Night Owl Top Pick…) The less than stellar reviews I must brush off, and onward ho. All authors know what I mean. ~ Beth Trissel

Amazon Link for Somewhere in the Highlands

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Sources of Inspiration In My Writing – Guest Post by Beth Trissel

Inspiration comes from many sources and takes many forms.  The first muse that comes to mind is the importance dreams have had on my work.  The initial book resulting from this source of inspiration was historical romance novel Red Bird’s Song.  Another dream evolved into my recent holiday release, vintage American Christmas ghost story romance Somewhere the Bells Ring.  That one took place in the beautiful Virginia homeplace where my father grew up and I often visited over the years, a gracious Georgian style brick home, circa 1816, and the old home the house in Somewhere the Bells Ring is based on.

I vividly saw a young woman, a guest there during the Christmas holidays, and the mysterious gentleman she encountered.  His profound sadness made a deep impression on me, as did the gentleman himself, and the young lady who reached out to him.  That dream nagged at me every Christmas for the past ten years until I finally wrote their story.

Life experiences, of course, supply a wealth of fodder for my stories.  As has research into family genealogy,  particularly early American, and even farther back.  I come from well-documented English/Scots-Irish folk with a smidgen of French in the meld, a Norman knight who sailed with William the Conqueror.  One family line goes directly back to Geoffrey Chaucer.  And there’s a puritan line with involvement in the Salem Witch Trials—my apologies to Susannah Martin’s descendants—but that’s another story.

Sometimes watching a television program or imaginative film will inspire me in the most unexpected ways.  I came up with the concept for my ‘Somewhere’ series years ago while watching one of my favorite British mysteries, Midsomer Murders.  I enjoy the historic setting of these modern day mysteries, but especially when the story flashes back to an even earlier time in an old manor house or church to get to the root of the mystery.  So I thought, why not incorporate that with my love of romance and history.

The idea behind this series is that the story opens in an old home, so far Virginia, and then transports the reader back in time either in the same old house or another place entirely, such as the Scottish Highlands.  As is the case in Somewhere My Lass and the sequel I’m at work on, via a portal in time.  All of which is inspired by my fascination with the past. The unifying characteristic of the stories is the paranormal/time travel element, but the books themselves aren’t necessarily tied together.

I also collect people whom I meet in real life or the dreamworld and sooner or later they take shape as characters.  As one author said, ‘Be careful or you’ll wind up in my stories.’

~ Beth Trissel

Blurb: Caught with pot in her dorm room, Bailey Randolph is exiled to a relative’s ancestral home in Virginia to straighten herself out. Banishment to Maple Hill is dismal, until a ghost appears requesting her help. Bailey is frightened but intrigued. Then her girlhood crush, Eric Burke, arrives and suddenly Maple Hill isn’t so bad.

To Eric, wounded in Vietnam, his military career shattered, this homecoming feels no less like exile. But when he finds Bailey at Maple Hill, her fairy-like beauty gives him reason to hope–until she tells him about the ghost haunting the house. Then he wonders if her one experiment with pot has made her crazy.

As Bailey and Eric draw closer, he agrees to help her find a long-forgotten Christmas gift the ghost wants. But will the magic of Christmas be enough to make Eric believe–in Bailey and the ghost–before the Christmas bells ring?~

***Somewhere the Bells Ring is available in various eBook formats at The Wild Rose Press, Amazon Kindle, Barnes & Noble’s Nookbook, and other online booksellers.