A powerful gust of wind sparked Marissa from her trance, and she broke into a terrified run for the farmhouse. The stars were fading in the evening sky and it almost seemed as though the sun were rising back out of the west. Impossible! Ghostlike figures continued to eddy on the wind around her, and another gust threatened to steal the very breath from her lungs. An intense flash of light lit the sky, and the blanket of stars shattered into a thousand glittering orbs of spectral light.
Marissa felt a scream building inside, but an even more horrifying sensation of paralysis swept over her, blocking it in her throat. She was unable to move, cry, or scream. In desperation, she fought to tear herself from the hellish chaos of the weird half-night, half-day she found herself in. An intense light flooded the world around her, and the ghostly wraiths bent and twisted. The sights, sounds, and smells of the night merged in a stunning collage of sensation and color. The wraithlike figures grew even more distorted, altering her perception of everything around her. The earth, the grass, even the farmhouse changed before her very eyes. Then all at once, she felt solid ground under her feet, and she could move again, running toward the house…in terror.
For many readers—myself included—romantic fiction is the ultimate reading escape. Tales of love and devotion complete with a happy ending provide the perfect way to decompress after a long day at work or to simply take a break from everyday life. This excerpt, from my debut novel Without Regret My Love, depicts a modern day ER nurse swept back to the civil war’s Confederate south. Time travel stories give us an extra element of escape because who among us hasn’t wished to see the past, future or even longed for a fresh start?
So what inspired me to write this particular time travel? This particular story came about as a combination of my career as a registered nurse and interest in history. While researching medicine in the American Civil War for a presentation I was horrified by the common beliefs and practices of the time. But it got me to thinking… How would someone with today’s knowledge of medicine respond in an 1863 field hospital? The idea evolved into a sweeping romance, giving me the opportunity to experience my ultimate time travel fantasy through the eyes of my heroine.
Jilted by her fiancé, Marissa is done with men until fate steps in and she finds that Craig Langston may be more man than she can resist.
Marissa is a high energy independent career woman of the 21st century who finds herself on a collision course with destiny when she is thrown 144 years into the past. Confederate Officer Dr. Craig Langston is an enticing man that any woman would long to fall in love with, and now Marissa is torn between rampant desire, for the man ignites her very soul, and a longing to return home.
Can she find it within herself to embrace a new life in the arms of her Confederate officer or will more sinister forces intervene before she can discover what may be the greatest love of all time?
Now it’s your turn. If provided the opportunity when and where would you time travel?
The old west? Regency England? Medieval Scotland?
The sky is the limit… Or, since we’re speaking of time travel, perhaps beyond.
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