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And now, on to time travel talks!

 

We’ve  asked authors Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika to talk with us about  their time travel books.

 

Laura  Vosika is the author of Blue Bells of Scotland, on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, lauded as a book in the vein of Diana  Gabaldon’s Outlander series, and earning many five-star reviews. Nan Hawthorne,  author of historical fiction, called Blue Bells of Scotland one of her  favorite books of the year. The praise was echoed by Robert Mattos of Book and  Movie Reviews, adding that it is a must-have for the book shelves of any serious  reader. The Minstrel Boy, Book Two in The Blue Bells Chronicles is  also out. Visit Laura on the web at www.bluebellstrilogy.com or www.facebook.com/laura.vosika.author.

Lisa  Mason is the author of Summer of Love, A Time Travel, on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle. Summer of Love was a Philip K. Dick Award Finalist and San Francisco Chronicle  Recommended Book. Locus Magazine said, “Remarkable. . .the intellect on display  within these psychedelically packaged pages is clear-sighted, witty, and  wise.”The  Gilded Age was a New York Times Notable Book and New York Public Library Recommended Book.  The New York Times Book Review called The Gilded Age, “A winning mixture of intelligence  and passion.”Visit Lisa on the web at Lisa Mason’s Official Website or Lisa Mason’s  Blog.

Q:  What drew you as an author to time travel?

Laura: I’ve long been drawn to time travel, most likely as a result of a very active  childhood imagination and a few really good children’s novels that involved time  travel. In the Keep of Time was one, by Margaret J. Anderson, and Time  for Andrew: A Ghost Story by Mary Downing Hahn was another. In the  first, four children go into a deserted Scottish keep and come out into the dead  of night in medieval Scotland. In the second, two boys who look alike, but have  very different personalities, switch places in time, Andrew Tyler coming to1990  and Drew, his great nephew, going back to live Andrew’s life in 1910. I  consciously drew from In the Keep of Time in my own novel, but it also  has some strong elements of Time for Andrew, in the concept of two very  different men trading places and lives.

 

Lisa: Like Laura, I’ve always been fascinated with time travel. From H.G. Wells’s The Time Machine (1895), Jack Finney’s Time and Again (1970),  Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series (begun in 1991), Connie Willis’s  multiple award-winning The Domesday Book (1992), and on to Audrey  Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife (2004), the concept of time travel  has offered authors a rich and complex source of inspiration and readers with a  century’s worth of reading pleasure.

 

Laura: I loved The Time Traveler’s Wife, too. What I liked about it in  particular is the way it focused on character and personality, on facing life’s  problems, with time travel being central, and yet incidental, to the deeper  story. This is something I try to do in my own writing. And of course, I also  enjoyed Diana Gabaldon’s books and the look at historical  Scotland.

 

Lisa: I  enjoy historical fiction but the problem is, as an author, you have to stay  within the mindset of the period. It’s vital you do that to maintain veracity.  With time travel, though, you get to have it both ways, immersing the story in  the era as well as providing a modern perspective, often a critical  one.

 

Laura: These  differing mind sets are one of the things that I think make time travel so  fascinating–the exploration of how the time we live in impacts our thinking,  more so than I think most of us in the modern time would like to  admit.

 

Lisa: Absolutely.  A reflection on how our own time shapes us and our thoughts in profound ways is  so important in keeping an open mind and exercising your own judgment about the  issues of the day. With Summer of Love, I wanted to carve out my  own territory in time travel by positing that my time traveler, Chiron Cat’s Eye  in Draco, comes from the far future on a mission to save Susan Bell, a teenage  runaway in 1967 San Francisco. In The Gilded Age, Zhu Wong comes from a  far future two decades later than Chiron’s and returns to a more distant past,  1895, to save a Chinese slave girl. Against all her better judgment, she falls  in love with a scoundrel, Daniel J. Watkins. Need I add that neither time  traveler is very happy about the era he or she has been compelled to travel to  and none of the locals think much of the time traveler.  Trouble!

 

Laura: That’s  half the fun, isn’t it! Get your characters up a tree…in the wrong  century…and then throw rocks at them. Neither Shawn, the modern-day musician  who ends up in medieval Scotland, nor Niall, the medieval warrior who spends a  couple of weeks in the present day, is very impressed with the others’  era.

 

Thanks to Lisa Mason and Laura Vosika for a lively and  thought-provoking discussion. If you, the reader, wish to join the discussion or  have any questions or comments for our authors, feel free to contact them. And  please buy their books!

 

Summer  of Love, A Time Travel,  on Nook and Kindle,  and The Gilded Age, A Time Travel, on Nook and on Kindle, by Lisa Mason.

Blue  Bells of Scotland,  on Kindle, Nook, itunes, and at Smashwords, and The Minstrel Boy, Book Two  in The Blue Bells Chronicles by Laura  Vosika.

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I am very pleased to announce that today The Minstrel Boy, Book Two of The Blue Bells Chronicles, was released today on Kindle!

 

The Blue Bells Chronicles begins with Blue Bells of Scotland and now continues with The Minstrel Boy.

 

Shawn Kleiner has it all: money, fame, a skyrocketing career as an international musical phenomenon, his beautiful girlfriend Amy, and all the women he wants–until the night Amy has enough and leaves him  stranded in a Scottish castle tower.

 

He wakes up to find himself mistaken for Niall Campbell, medieval Highland warrior.  Soon after, he is sent shimmying down a wind-torn castle wall into a dangerous cross country trek with Niall’s tempting, but knife-wielding fiancee.  They are pursued by those who want Niall dead.

 

Thrown forward in time, Niall learns history’s horrifying account of his own death, and of the Scots’ slaughter at Bannockburn.  Undaunted, he navigates the roiled waters of Shawn’s life–pregnant girlfriend, amorous fans, enemies, and gambling debts–seeking a way to leap back across time to save his people, especially his beloved Allene.  His growing fondness for Shawn’s life brings him face to face with his own weakness and teaches him the true meaning of faith.

 

He wakes up to find himself mistaken for Niall Campbell, medieval Highland warrior.  Soon after, he is sent shimmying down a wind-torn castle wall into a dangerous cross country trek with Niall’s tempting, but knife-wielding fiancee.  They are pursued by English soldiers and a Scottish traitor who want Niall dead.

 

Thrown forward in time, Niall learns history’s horrifying account of his own death, and of the Scots’ slaughter at Bannockburn. Undaunted, he navigates the roiled waters of Shawn’s life– pregnant girlfriend, amorous fans, enemies, and gambling debts–seeking a way to leap back across time to save his people, especially his beloved Allene. His growing fondness for Shawn’s life brings him face to face with his own weakness and teaches him the true meaning of faith.

 

The story continues with The Minstrel Boy, as Amy resigns her post with the orchestra to stay behind in Scotland seeking answers in historical records.  What she finds is a man larger than life, a man who recovers miraculously from multiple injuries, walks through walls, and appears in two places at once.

 

What is the truth about Niall?  Did he die on the gallows built for him by the thieving MacDougalls?  Why did Shawn carve Iona on the rock in Hugh’s camp?  And why is the cop assigned to the mysterious events at Glenmirril still so interested in Amy long after the case has been closed?  Continue the mysteries and adventures in medieval and modern Scotland with The Minstrel Boy.

 

Available now on Kindle.  Coming soon in print!