I love time travel and this book had me hooked from the start. Here's the back cover---
When Sherry's best friend Lorena takes her on a virtual reality adventure to 1969 London, neither of them expect a trip back in time.
But when Sherry bumps into the handsome stranger she’d kissed on a London train in the summer of ‘69, she knows it couldn't be anything else. And this time she doesn't want to run.
Lorena’s heart is still linked to her husband, who died four years ago. She returns to the present to find a letter from David urging her to time travel to a past she doesn’t remember.
Meeting Dave in 1969 Los Angeles is everything she never imagined. But how can she stay when the price might be the life of her daughter?
Time and Forever Secrets....
I really did kiss a stranger on a subway. The description in Time and Forever is a true account of that kiss. He was incredibly handsome and it felt like love at first sight and it terrified me. When he asked for my phone number I said something like, “This was a perfect moment. We should keep it that way.” I always wondered what would have happened if I’d exchanged phone numbers with him.
Love this! It makes the moment in your book even more special:)
Time and Forever used to be called Second Chances. Debby Gilbert wrote me and said that Soul Mate Publishing had accepted three novels named Second Chances and I needed to change the title. I held a contest on my Facebook author page. I checked each suggestion on Amazon to see how many books had that title. Time and Forever won.
I think Time and Forever is the perfect title for this book--it gives it more of a time travel feel. Changing a title is sooooo hard to do! I found myself in the same situation for my first book. Initially I didn't want to change the title, but I'm glad I did.
I wrote the first draft Second Chances in one month:
November, 2009 during NaNoWriMo. The first draft was 52,000 words. Word count is important during NaNo. It’s the carrot on the stick. The MS went through at least twelve revisions during the next four years. I lost about 3,000 words in cut scenes and gained 11,000 more in new scenes.
Congratulation on a successful NaNoWriMo!!! I know two authors that received contracts for their NaNoWriMo efforts!! For aspiring and seasoned writers, NaNoWriMo is a great way to jump start excitement and incentive to write.... AND it's going on right now! Click on the picture to check it out!
After I’d revised Second Chances twice, I won a critique from Kelley Armstrong, author of the fabulous Women of the Otherworld series. She gave me some very trenchant advice. The best thing she told me was that I needed a better and more believable way to time travel. Kelley wrote, ‘The alternative would be to make it allegedly virtual reality. That's more believable, but would require a fair bit of research on your part.’ My brain perked up. I once worked for a firm that made virtual reality rides. I did lots of research on time travel. The rule is you get to make up your own rules for time travel. But they have to be consistent.
GREAT advice from Kelley! Time travel is tricky. To be able to make up our own rules as authors makes the extra effort in time and research worth it! Everyone has their on spin on time travel..
"Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads." Dr. Emmett Brown, Back to the Future
The audio book for Time and Forever was a happy accident. One of my son Chris’ musical improv partners. Stephanie Bentley, read the book and fell in love with the characters. She asked me if she could narrate it for Audible. Stephanie (besides being an awesome musical improviser) is a professional narrator on Audible.
(One of my more embarrassing moments was listening to the preview copy of the audio book with a friend and her two teen age sons. We listened as we worked on a jigsaw puzzle. They were laughing in all the right places and then I realized a bedroom scene was coming up and there were two teenage boys listening. I offered to turn off the sound and all three of them said no. I kept my eyes glued to the jigsaw puzzle, but I know my cheeks were fire red.)
Thanks you for sharing your secrets today! Here is a little note from Susan---
Time and Forever is available as an eBook and AudioBook. (if you like audio books, please leave a comment with a way to contact you. I would love to get some reviews for the audio book. I think the narrator, Stephanie Bentley, did a fabulous job.)
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Anne, thank you so much for having me.
You’re welcome! I will be on Susan’s Blogspot on December 30th talking about my “firsts”.