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Dear Readers,

The wait is over!  The Water is Wide is now available on Kindle and in print from amazon!
World-renowned musician Shawn Kleiner vanished in the night among the ruins of a Scottish castle.  While the world searches, one woman, the mother of his child, knows the truth: he is trapped seven hundred years in the past. 
While they struggle to reunite across the centuries, an unseen shadow crosses their path–an evil that will threaten the life of a child prophesied to protect history.  An evil from the past walks today….
For those new to the series, The Water is Wide is Book Three of The Blue Bells Chronicles.  Blue Bells of Scotland started as a stand alone book, the story of an arrogant, self-centered modern musician who finds himself trapped in medieval Scotland, mistaken for the devout and responsible Highland warrior, Niall Campbell, and charged with saving a country during Bruce’s Wars of Independence against England.  When a beta reader asked, “What happens next?” I re-read the ending and realized what I’d written was not as cut and dried as I thought.  It was a great question.  So I wrote what happened next.
The result is a trilogy which grew into what is now expected to be a five part series consisting of
  • Blue Bells of Scotland
  • The Minstrel Boy
  • The Water is Wide
  • Westering Home
  • The Battle is Over.
In the approximately 14 hours since the first announcement of the book’s release, The Water is Wide has gone straight into the top ten in three categories on amazon.  Thank you to my editor, Deb, to Jack who put in a great deal of extra work getting this ready and wrestling with last minute technical difficulties, to the Night Writers who gave me so much great feedback: Genny, Judy, Judd, Janet, Sue, Stephanie, Lyn, and Ross; and to all my readers who have sent me so much positive feedback and encouragement, and waited so patiently.
The Water is Wide:
Above is a link to the trailer for The Water is Wide. 
Below is the video for The Minstrel Boy. 

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

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.

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

Q:  Do your time travelers have to observe certain rules of time travel or do they  get into trouble?

Lisa: Of course they get into trouble! And there are sanctions and restrictions my  time travelers must observe, starting with the classic “grandfather paradox;” if  you traveled back in time and killed your own grandfather, you wouldn’t exist in  the first place to go do the deed. Then there’s the “butterfly principle,” in  which a time traveler goes back to a primordial jungle and accidentally kills a  butterfly, changing all of reality.

 

Both Summer of Love and The Gilded Age begin with stringent “Tenets of  the Grandmother Principle,” supervised by the Luxon Institute for Superluminal  Applications, a far-future bureaucracy. Please go to the books to see what they  are.

Like  many authors before me, I played with these concepts and their ramifications,  adding quantum physics into the mix. Under the Uncertainty Principle, the  observer changes the observed, proven in the famous experiment in which a photon  appears as a wave or a particle depending on how the experimenter sets up her  observational apparatus.

I  wanted to add another favorite trope of science fiction authors—that a sweeping  and seemingly beneficial technology can go terribly wrong. Consider the  automobile, a technology which has given us freedom and mobility unprecedented  in pre-car history, reliable distribution and delivery of goods, and a lot of  enjoyment. Cars have also blighted the landscape, caused us to be dependent on  foreign oil, caused pollution, injury, and death, and alienated people. I  explored the notion that the far-future technology of “tachyportation,” which  could be employed to colonize planets and right historical wrongs, had sweeping  unintended consequences.

Laura: Throughout Blue Bells of Scotland, Shawn and Niall have no idea what they’re dealing  with. Niall, being from 1314, has no concept of Grandfather Concepts or of  changing history. He gets Amy to help him research what happened to his people  at Bannockburn–in her world, the history says they all died–and he doesn’t  care much about changing her present or anyone’s future. He cares only about  saving the people he loves.

Shawn,  for his part, spends his first few days in medieval Scotland in a wilderness  that looks much like parts of present-day Scotland. He is not aware of just how  badly off track his life has gone, and even if he had been, he cares only about  his own pleasure. Once he does understand that he’s not in his own time, his  only motivation is survival and getting back where–make that when–he belongs,  to safety.

 

In The Minstrel Boy, these ideas are delved into a little more, but my  characters are dealing with something unheard of, something nobody else knows  about, and something of which they have very little understanding. There’s no  machine, no control, no bureaucracy, no answers to any of their questions. Their  motivation continues to be mainly survival and setting their own lives  right.

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.