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Monday, September 15, 2014

Time Travel

photo from IMDB

Have you been watching Outlander, the movie series based on Diana Gabaldon’s books? Wow. Is it ever fascinating! I read the books when they first came out. Even though I wasn’t crazy about historical romances, I love a good time travel. In Outlander, Claire is transported from post-World War II to 18th century Scotland. She desperately wants to return to her own time and her husband with whom she’s just been reunited after being separated by the war.

I don’t remember the details of Outlander as much as I do the general feeling of the book. So the movie series is like discovering it anew. Hubs enjoys it, too—more for the Scottish history (did I mention his grandfather came from Scotland?) than the characters. I do remember some things and it’s killing me not to reveal them. LOL I don’t want to spoil it for him.

photo from IMDB
My all-time favorite time travel movie is Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, where Kirk and crew save the whales and their 23rd century world. Fish-out-of-water (no pun intended) stories are always interesting and often comical. Maybe that’s why I enjoyed that movie so much—the humor. Like Jessie in my first book Switched, who sleeps through her favorite movie, I can recite most of the dialogue. If it’s on TV, I’ll watch it. Hubs will go downstairs to his workshop.

Time travel stories always pose the same questions—will she (or he) return to her own time? will she want to? Have you ever wondered what you would do in that situation? Would you want to stay? In many of the time travel books that were popular in the early 1990s, the main character always found her true love. Then either she stayed or he came forward to her time. A book I read through the night (just couldn’t put down) was Jude Deveraux’s A Knight in Shining Armor. Tears and joy. What a gripping story.

If time travel could exist, what time period would you want to travel to? 

If you haven’t discovered Outlander, it’s on Starz on Saturdays at 9pm Eastern Time. If you have On Demand, you can catch up on previous episodes.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Saturday Sampler - Saturday in Serendipity by Margo Hoornstra

A high school reunion changes the lives of old classmates and leads to unexpected futures.

Three Strikes Thursday

Barry Carlson had it all, a successful pro baseball career and the adoration of any woman he wanted. Except one, Amanda Marsh. Twenty years ago in high school, Barry won Amanda’s love only to crush her heart. Forced to retire in his prime, he’s back in their home town of Serendipity, Vermont determined to earn a second chance. Recently divorced, Amanda is happily single until Barry slides back into her life. She isn’t interested in a repeat performance. Turning him down should be easy, if only he wasn’t still the love of her life. Will Barry and Amanda put aside old wounds and new misunderstandings to find their forever love?

The solution was simple. Get out of the car, walk up to the house and ring the bell. Apologize for the intrusion when her father came to the door, and ask to see Amanda.
Only for a couple of minutes. Please.
Then he could fall all over himself telling her how sorry he was.
“Yeah that’s gonna fly.” His whisper filled the emptiness around him, and he dropped his head. “Face it, asshole. You blew it.”
In an odd way, talking to himself, he didn’t feel quite so alone.
He turned his gaze back to stare at Amanda’s window. The shade was still down. Her light was out.
So that was it.
Moving like a rigid, soulless robot, Barry put the car in gear and drove slowly away. Picking up speed as he left Amanda’s subdivision, he floored it once he hit the highway. With the windows down, the warm night air cooled as it roared around him.
He flicked the headlights on high. Their beams lit up the trees, telephone poles and bushes as they whizzed by. Nothing could stop him as long as he kept his foot down hard on the gas pedal. Then something did.
Pulling to one side of the deserted road, he jammed the gear shift into park, jumped out, ran around to the back bumper, bent over.
And puked his guts out onto the warm asphalt.

Two On Tuesday

Blane Weston’s construction company needs the venture capital Matt Durand is more than willing to provide. But with his reputation for hostile business takeovers, she makes it clear she wants no part of what he has to offer. Especially when he shows up at one of her building sites, unannounced and early to negotiate terms. Besides, Blane has other plans for the next few days. Alone and single for far too long, she’s ready to hook up with a former flame at her high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont. Not used to being denied, Matt follows her only to find her destination holds memories and unfinished business for him. How can Blane possibly enjoy a journey back to her past when Matt is determined to dictate her future?

They didn’t talk much after that. She had her head rested against the seat and looked to be sleeping. He would have needed to unclench his jaw in order to speak intelligently.
Her eyes remained closed as they drove along the picturesque shoreline. Further out on the water, two wave runners raced side by side. After one swamped the other, the conqueror made a victory lap around the vanquished. Briefly taking his concentration from the road, he helped himself to glimpses of the beautiful face angled his way. Long lashes brushed cheeks tinted pink by the few hours this morning spent in the sun. Her lips were slightly open as she breathed through her mouth.
A definitely kissable mouth.                   
He exhaled a sharp breath as his attention returned to his driving. Passing through the next green light, hand over hand, he made a right turn onto Quincy Avenue and immediately saw Anderson Memorial Hospital. He cruised by the first driveway entrance before turning into the second. Their change in direction must have roused her. She stirred in the seat and opened her eyes, but said nothing.

One Fateful Friday

His twentieth high school reunion in Serendipity, Vermont leaves hospital CEO Jake Holbrook feeling lonely and alone. So when a special woman from his past tumbles back into his life—and his bed—he’s determined to keep her there. Family practice physician Bethany Thomas knows it’s a bad idea to sleep with her late husband’s best friend—even if he is the only man she ever loved. After years of marriage to the wrong man, she isn’t looking for an entanglement with her future boss. Clashing philosophies on patient care lead to an unknowing betrayal. As the holidays approach, Jake’s job is on the line. Can Bethany and Jake overcome their lack of trust to find their own Christmas miracle?

“Where have you been?” Jake issued the demand as Bethany approached.
“I beg your pardon?”
“Where have you been?”
“That’s what I thought you said. If your question deserved an answer, I’d be happy to give you one.” She reached around him to open the entrance door.
He brought his arm across to hold it shut. “I deserve an answer regardless. But, okay, how about this? What the hell have you been doing with that clinic I put you in charge of?”
At the vehemence within his words, she stopped her attempts to push by him. “Taking care of patients.”
“And what?”
“And what else?”
“There is nothing else. People come in sick, and we help them get well.” She poked a finger into his chest. “The mission of this place, remember? Your words, not mine.”
“There’s more to it than that.”
“Like what, Jake?” She spread her arms wide. “You have this giant healing resource at your disposal.”
“With lights and heat to keep on, which is putting those fiscal responsibilities in their most elemental terms. In addition, there is what amounts to a gigantic mortgage to pay.”
“That’s your job. And I’m trying to do mine, so move out of my way, please. I need to get back to work.”
When he continued to stand before her with his brow still furrowed and arms crossed, she put one hand on each shoulder and stood on tiptoe to meet him eye to eye. “Move, Jake. I have a patient to admit.”
“On the hospital’s dime or theirs?”

Author Bio:
Like many who create stories, I figured someday to write a book. But only when the time was right, which meant after I earned a formal education, launched and sustained a successful and rewarding career, married, then raised a family and became financially independent.

To paraphrase the song lyric, life happened while I was making plans. Proof of the education is in a frame on the wall, the career came and went, the husband is still with me, but the children are grown, and our vast accumulation of wealth never materialized.

Still, life is good, life is busy. Besides writing, I enjoy hiking and walking, especially in the fall, hate to cook and love to read.

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Monday, September 8, 2014


Today I'm over at The Roses of Prose blog talking about my favorite time of the year. Come on over and join the conversation. 


Saturday, September 6, 2014

Saturday Sampler - Road to Serendipity by Jannine Gallant

Road To Serendipity
Three Reunion Stories
Jannine Gallant


Will a twenty year high school reunion inspire old classmates to risk it all for love?

Lonely Road To You

Kate Abbott is perfectly content with the secure life she’s built in Seattle, even if her son thinks she’s in an uninspired rut. Former rock star Tyler North has no intention of shaking up his routine on the Montana ranch where he fled to escape the ravages of fame and fortune. Neither plans to attend their twenty year high school reunion, but fate throws them together, leading them on a journey of discovery. As Kate and Tyler fight unexpected attraction and old insecurities on a road trip full of surprises, can they put aside fear of change and rejection to take a chance on love?

Rough Road Ahead

For Chantal Day success is the name of the game—until her cosmetics company is consumed in a hostile takeover, leaving her broke and homeless. Abandoning Manhattan for the backwoods of the Adirondack Mountains, she discovers her old high school flame is back in Hilltop. Widowed with a daughter to raise, Flynn McKenna isn’t interested in a difficult, sexy woman like Chantal tying his life up in knots. Twenty years before they broke each other's hearts. Neither is looking for a repeat performance. Will Flynn and Chantal heal old wounds to find common ground before a decades old threat finds them?

Winding Road Home

Adam York attends his twenty year high school reunion hoping to see his old running pal, Chloe. Her absence is a disappointment, despite the fact they’d never been more than friends. When Chloe Lane walks off the set of Get Lei’d with her dignity in shreds, the armor around her heart is firmly in place. After a series of disastrous dates spawned by her brush with reality TV, she swears off men…until she runs into Adam on the course of the Lake Tahoe Marathon. Attraction sizzles, threatening their friendship with the promise of something more, but will Chloe risk her heart before it’s too late?

Excerpt: From Winding Road Home

She pumped her fist in the air. “We made it. Let’s sprint to the end.”
He stared at her through glazed eyes. “You’re kidding, right?”
“Come on, Adam. Show me your stuff.”
He sprinted at her side down the home stretch, past the cheering onlookers to the finish line. Someone draped a finisher’s medal around his neck and handed him a bottle of water.
“We did it in just over four hours. Unbelievable.”
All he could think about was collapsing in an exhausted heap on the sand at the edge of the lake and quite possibly never moving again. His race time was the last thing he cared about. “Terrific.”
Chloe laughed, a sound of sheer joy, and threw her arms around his neck. Somehow he found the strength to hug her back. She felt slim and sweaty and delightful in his arms.
“This is why I run. Because it feels so good when it’s over. Wow!”
She danced away, ran down to the beach and pulled off her shoes. Adam followed at a slower pace, focusing on putting one foot in front of the other. By the time he’d removed his shoes, she was already splashing into the lake.
The cold water soothed his burning, aching feet. He walked out further as Chloe dived in, swam a few strokes then came up laughing.
“My God, it’s freezing.”
“Think I don’t know that. You don’t see me jumping in with you.”
She waded toward him, water streaming off her body, hair hanging in wet strings around her face. Her running clothes clung to her, and goose bumps pebbled her arms and legs. She looked amazing. Knee deep in Lake Tahoe, Adam fell hard for Chloe Lane for the second time around.



Write about what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes and snowshoes in the woods around her home.

Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical, or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website at www.JannineGallant.com.