Saturday, December 3, 2016

The Mists of Time by Susan Squires

Paranormal Romance
Date Published: Originally August 31, 2010, New release Nov. 21st
Divided by Centuries
Diana Dearborn knows all about romance, at least in the books she writes. But passion eludes her in real life—until she’s offered the chance to travel back in time to Camelot. The world of King Arthur and Guinevere is nothing like she pictured, and neither is the knight she encounters upon her return to San Francisco: Gawain, the hero of her current project. He’s complicated, mysterious, and sexier than anything her imagination could conjure. And he’s been waiting for her…

Entwined by Desire
Now, joined together in a desperate race, Diana and Gawain must prevent an ancient, evil force from wreaking mayhem in the all-too-real present. Diana must learn to trust Gawain, even while she encounters secrets about her own past. But even if their mission succeeds, does Diana’s destiny lie with this man from another time—and will their love alter history forever?
Susan Squires grew up among the giant redwoods of California. She thought she was being practical by changing her major in college from theater to English literature. Immersed in a PhD. Program, she slowly realized that none of her graduating friends had work. So she dropped out after receiving a Master’s degree to take an paying job in the business world.

As an executive in a Fortune 500 company, she returned to her love of writing while continuing to hold her day-job, much to the amusement of her fellow executives. Her novel Danegeld, had already been purchased by Dorchester by the time she accepted a Golden Heart for Best Unpublished Paranormal Manuscript from Romance Writers of America.

It was the first of an eclectic group of historical and contemporary paranormal stories known for their intensity. Body Electric was named by Publishers Weekly one of the ten most influential paperbacks of 2002, for blending romance and science-fiction. Book List compared No More Lies to the works of Robin Cook and Michael Crichton, but it was also a Rita finalist for Best Published Paranormal Romance by Romance Writers of America.

Susan’s Companion Series for St. Martin’s Press continued to garner attention with admiring reviews and several visits to the New York Times Bestseller List. Publishers Weekly named One with the Shadows a Best Book of the Year, and several of the series received starred reviews. Her books have won the many regional contests for published works of paranormal romantic fiction.

Susan no longer has to use tales of romance and adventure to escape budgets and projects. She finally left her day job, and researches and writes her books at the beach in Southern California, supported by three Belgian Sheepdogs and a wonderful husband named Harry who writes occult mysteries as H.R. Knight.

6 Reasons Why Writing Time Travel is Fun

1. You get to research another time period—very thoroughly. If you are setting a book in a different time period you must do careful research. Time Travel readers want to know what it would really be like to live there.

2. You get to tweak history. I set myself a rule that I would always make events come out looking like they do in the history books. But HOW and WHY events happen can change. Or events can look the same, but really be very different. It’s like a puzzle! In Mists of Time, the characters actually do change history, at least for a little while. It was fun to figure out what the impact would have been.

3. Your main character becomes a “fish out of water,” faced with new situations and new dangers. How will your character adapt? Will they find new strengths and talents? What talents from their own time will help them in their present situation?

4. You automatically have a really big barrier to forming relationships if you are writing a romance. The hero and heroine come from different backgrounds, different cultural norms, and to get together one of them is going to have to give up everything they’ve known and loved from their own time.

5. There’s something very elemental and satisfying about imagining yourself in another time. Kids do it from a very young age.

6. You are joining a long tradition of some very fun books in many genres, not only Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series, but Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine and Robert Heinlein’s The Door Into Summer, to name but a few.

What’s your favorite time travel book? Come on, you know you have one.


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Emily H said...

Thank you for posting

Tory Richards said...

My pleasure Emily!

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