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Cover timerunsawaywithher1lTime Runs Away with Her

Christine Potter
Time Travel Romantic Suspense, 74k

Evernight Teen Publishing

 

It’s not easy being Bean. Bean Donohue lives for her guitar, but her mom threw her out of the house during a snowstorm for singing. No way she’s going to get permission to go see The Grateful Dead at the Fillmore East.

 

Zak, her almost-boyfriend, will get drafted if he doesn’t get into art school, pot makes Bean paranoid, and her best friend can’t stop talking about sex. 1970’s not for wimps—but neither was 1885…or 1945. So why does Bean keep sliding backwards in time?

 

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Excerpt:

Although it was cooler than it had been upstairs, the night was still close, and the heat had made Bean slow and sleepy. I could wring out my hair like a dishrag, and it would dribble on the floor. The party swirled around her: ladies in rustling dresses of blue and yellow, gentlemen in evening jackets laughing together.

At the other end of the room was a cut crystal bowl, full of what looked like iced tea. Bean felt like she could dive into it. Standing in a circle around the punch bowl were a few more men in evening jackets.

How can you even think of wearing a jacket in this weather? She wandered over to the punch, which smelled wickedly alcoholic, like the bottle of rum Juuulia bought to make eggnog every Christmas. If she picked up one of the tiny glass cups next to the bowl and ladled punch into it, would it seem to those men in their stifling evening wear as if the glass were filling itself? That was kind of amusing, actually, but probably not a great idea. Besides, the stuff smelled like it would make you more thirsty, not less.

Maple leaves outside rustled again in the breeze, and the breeze offered no relief. She thought about Zak, and wondered if she’d be too miserable and sweaty to hug him right then, if he were with her. Which, of course, he was not. She thought about her room at home, her all-year Christmas lights, her guitar. She closed her eyes and tried to will herself back.

Nothing happened.

Outside, in the garden, Edwina laughed again. What a wonderful laugh she had! It sounded like it came straight from her belly, like she wasn’t afraid of being un-ladylike. Was she the one who had been crying on Bean’s last trip to this time and place? It certainly seemed like the same evening: the party, the Japanese lanterns, the night’s humid breeze…

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Time Runs Away With Her: The Soundtrack!

 

 

I meant Time Runs Away With Her to be a time travel story and a romance…but it’s another kind of love story, too.   The year is 1970. Bean Donohue, the book’s sixteen-year-old heroine, wants to be a folk-rock musician.  She’s got a crush on music as big as the one she’s got on super-cute aspiring artist Zak Grant. She even slows her Simon and Garfunkel LP’s down from 33 rpm to 16 rpm to try and learn every note Paul Simon plays.  That would be one tough guitar lesson! Simon was an amazing player from his earliest recordings, and Bean, a soprano, would have to transpose the songs, too.  She manages “April Come She Will” pretty well.  She can play “The Boxer,” too.

Bean’s best friend Suzanne plays banjo, and they duet at the local jam sessions in Stormkill, their little Hudson River town.  At the beginning of the book, they’re trying to learn Country Joe and The Fish’s “I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die Rag”.  It’s a Vietnam war protest song most famously performed at Woodstock.  Country Joe and The Fish started the song by leading the crowd in “The Fish Cheer”:

Gimme an ‘F’!

            Gimme an…

I don’t think I need to explain that the next letter was not “I”.  Or that no firetrucks were harmed in the performance of that tune—although it was one of the reasons the Woodstock live album carried a warning to broadcasters about language.

Bean and Suzanne are gentle souls who have had to practice the convincing use of the word “shit”.  They’ve gotten pretty good as saying it by the book’s opening, but they still have to consider the proper inflection of the word.  Needless to say, they don’t attempt the Fish Cheer.  But they do spend a lot of time in the book trying to get their cover of “Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die” to sound gritty enough. It keeps sounding like a merry little polka until peanut-butter-cup-swiping Janis Joplin fan Samantha Thorne joins the band.

Sam likes The Holy Modal Rounders, too, especially their version of “Hesitation Blues”.  She loans Bean the Rounders’ first album so that Bean can learn the chords

—and then uses the lyrics to tease her about Zak.  Sam also turns Bean on to the Fairport Convention version of “Who Knows Where The Time Goes.”  Bean, like most folks in the States in 1970, would have known only Judy Collins’ cover of the song—but the tune’s author, Sandy Denny, sings it straight from her heart on Fairport’s Unhalfbricking album.  And hearing that gives Bean courage.

Bean, Sam, and Suzanne also learn and perform “Come Together” by the Youngbloods.

There’s an awful lot of Grateful Dead music in Time Runs Away With Her, too. Bean, Zak, Suzanne, and Sam see The Dead at the Fillmore East on the night before Valentine’s Day, and Bean falls in love with the band.  But Zak has prepped her for the show by spending lots of time with her and Aoxomoxoa and Live Dead. Bean loves the harpsichord-like accompaniment of “Mountains of the Moon.” She’s also into “Dark Star.”

Zak likes Frank Zappa, too, especially the Hot Rats album.  Bean’s favorite is the instrumental “Peaches En Regalia” from that record.  And Bean and Zak both love John Lennon’s “Instant Karma” and Dr. John’s “I Walk on Guilded Splinters”.

Bean’s impossible single mom Julia—pronounced Juuuulia, like Julia Child—is a classical pianist who works as an executive secretary.  She has her favorites, too, but they are not rock and roll!  Bean has fallen asleep to her playing Felix Mendelssohn’s “Venetian Boat Song” her whole life.  Juuulia likes to listen to Bach’s Toccata in Dm (Dorian)—NOT the better-known “Toccata and Fugue in Dm”, which she thinks is overplayed.  Juuulia was an organ student in college.

It’s not classical music, and no spoilers here, but there’s also some business with Juuulia and Judy Garland’s “Over The Rainbow.”  And in Bean’s time travels, she comes across some 19th century chamber music and a young woman who might sound just a little bit like Felix Mendelssohn’s sister Fanny.

So the soundtrack to this book’s all over the place.  But when you’re Bean Donohue, you might find yourself in 1970—or the late 1940’s—or the end of the 19th century. It’s always good to have some traveling music.

 

A Playlist For Time Runs Away With Her 

 

  1. April Come She Will—Simon and Garfunkel—Sounds of Silence https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYD-DIggB2k
  2. The Boxer—Simon and Garfunkel—Bridge Over Troubled Waters https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3LFML_pxlY
  3. I-Feel-Like-I’m-Fixing-To-Die Rag—Country Joe and the Fish—Country Joe and the Fish https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-7Y0ekr-3So
  4. Hesitation Blues—The Holy Modal Rounders—The Holy Modal Rounders https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzZ2q0NUEZQ
  5. Who Knows Where The Time Goes?—Fairport Convention—Unhalfbricking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n2xODjbfYw8
  6. Mountains of the Moon—The Grateful Dead–Aoxomoxoa https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-MiOKj84cOk
  7. The Grateful Dead Live at the Fillmore East, Feb. 14th, 1970 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gmPhb-tWgBg
  8. Peaches En Regalia—Frank Zappa—Hot Rats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RGQxI0G6mKk
  9. Instant Karma!—John Lennon—Live in NY City https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zekIGdWdOp0
  10. I Walk On Guilded Splinters—Dr. John—Gris Gris https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWvdO3l4_P8
  11. Get Together—The Youngbloods—single https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=53XyCbIJGKY
  12. Bach Toccata & Fugue in Dorian Dm—Peter Hurford—Great Organ Works https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_esEWNcIkJk
  13. Over The Rainbow—Judy Garland—From The Wizard of Oz https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U016JWYUDdQ
  14. Nocturne in G minor—Fanny Mendelssohn—played by Heather Schmidt https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ti1eZ2B63Ro
  15. Venetian Boat Song—Felix Mendelssohn—played by Pablo Cintron

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TBIOSL9sdR0

 

Author Bio:Author Christine Potter

Christine Potter lives in a small town not far from the setting of Time Runs Away With Her, near the mighty Hudson River, in a very old (1740) house with two ghosts.  According to a local ghost investigator, the ghosts are harmless, “just very old spirits who don’t want to leave.” She doesn’t want them to.

Christine’s house contains two pipe organs (her husband is a choir director/organist), two spoiled tom cats, and too many books.  She’s also a poet, and the author of two collections of verse, Zero Degrees at First Light, and Sheltering in Place.  Christine taught English and Creative Writing for years in the Clarkstown Schools.  She DJ’s free form rock and roll weekly on Area24radio.com, and plays guitar, dulcimer, and tower chimes.

Website: http://chrispygal.weebly.com/

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Reid's Deliverance 4REID’S DELIVERANCE, The Song #2

Nina Crespo

Release Date: 15 March 2016

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Fantasy/Paranormal (contains erotic elements)


Tag: Can their bond withstand the test of time?

Blurb: Lauren isn’t looking for love when she spends a scintillating night with Reid, the sexy keyboardist of Thane’s Redemption. While their passion may be off the charts, her trust issues–and Reid’s secret life as a time-traveling covert agent–makes any chance for a relationship impossible.

When operatives involved in a mysterious project begin dying, Reid defies orders and travels alone into the future to find the cause. But when things go dangerously awry, it takes all of his strength to get himself back to safety–and directly onto Lauren’s doorstep. While neither of them remembers their night of passion, their intense connection leads Lauren to help him. But as Reid’s memories reignite, will he be forced to sacrifice everything to finish his mission–including the woman he loves?

Pre-order and backlist links: Amazon * Barnes & Noble * iBooks * Kensington

Nina-Crespo-Facebook-300About the Author: Nina Crespo lives in Florida where she indulges in her favorite passions — the beach, a good glass of wine, date night with her own real-life hero and dancing.

Her lifelong addiction to romance began in her teens while on a “borrowing spree” in her older sister’s bedroom where she discovered her first romance novel.

Curiosity about people and places, including what’s beyond the stars, fuels her writer’s imagination. Let Nina’s sensual contemporary stories and steamy paranormal tales feed your own addiction for love, romance, and happily ever after.

Find Nina here: Website * Twitter * Facebook * Goodreads

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Excerpt:

Reid’s Deliverance, The Song #2

Chapter 1

The lead singer of Thane’s Redemption jumped on stage. He grabbed the mic and blended his rich baritone with the edgy rock beat.

Waves of sound filled The Song, and the packed audience of mostly women cheered.

Up-tempo guitar riffs and pounding drums brought them to their feet.

Lauren Blake danced. Audible sweetness and the dark-haired keyboardist intoxicated her.

Muscles flexed underneath the clean-cut hottie’s navy button-down shirt. The rock and thrust of his jean-clad hips inspired fantasies of holding on for a sinful ride. As he played a rapidly building chord, he scanned the crowd. His gaze lingered where she jammed with Ari and Celine.

Her heart rate ticked up.

Silly, he’s not staring at you. Interacting with the crowd was part of the gig.

The band launched into a cover of a popular song.

Lauren plopped down in the curved, faux leather chair at the table.

Celine sang the lyrics along with the band. Dark hair skimmed her shoulders as she shimmied to the beat. Finally, she was enjoying life.

As Lauren fanned her face, she winked at Ari.

Plum-colored lip tint complimented her friend’s light brown complexion along with her smile. “Mission accomplished.”

Celine had given them hell about going out tonight. Still, they’d zipped her into a killer red dress and dragged her from the apartment. Her having a good time now made up for the massive attitude. Not to mention, she’d snagged Thane. The tall lead singer had a silky-looking mane most women would die for; a muscular build, and, from what she’d heard, mesmerizing golden eyes. He was the sexiest guy in the band. Well, one of the sexiest.

Thane sat down on a stool center stage with an acoustic guitar. He dedicated the next song to Celine.

The sensual rumba-styled melody captivated most of the women in the audience. The rest shot eye-daggers in their direction. Lauren flipped her hair and gave the haters pointed looks. Please. They needed to get over it. Celine more than deserved the attention.

Lauren immersed herself in the lyrics. They were an invitation for one night of passion. The chords hummed through her veins. Images drifted in of the keyboardist wrapping her in his arms. His caresses floating over her. His wicked, tantalizing kisses weakening her knees.

Prickles gathered along her spine.

He looked her direction.

Her face grew hot, and she squeezed her thighs together, quelling the ache. It was dumb to entertain the illusion, especially with her good-man indicator on the fritz. Hadn’t she learned her lesson after consistently picking out so many duds? Her handy hell-no list did ferret out the worst. Mama’s boys and cable sports junkies. In-between-jobs types who wanted to use her as their personal ATM. Commitment-phobes who didn’t “do” relationships. Courtesy of the last loser, double hell-no to self-centered pricks. No amount of talented cock could make up for pure asshole. And, of course, no heroes committed to protecting the world—military, police, not even those cute firemen at the local station. Nothing against dedication, but the sacrifices they made for their jobs ruined relationships.

The ballad ended to thunderous applause.

At the end of the show, a server dropped an envelope next to Celine. She opened it and pulled out three blue tickets.

Ari’s brown eyes widened. Lights from the stage shimmered in her metallic top as she wiggled in her seat. “We’re going to the after-party!”

“It’s late. I need to go home.” Celine shot up from her chair and rushed out.

Bright fluorescents flickered, erasing the muted glow of bar neon. The Song transformed into gray walls, dark floors, and steel. The lingering crowd skirted past round, red tables littered with used glasses and crumpled napkins.

“Shit.” Ari swept dark bangs into her short cut. “I thought we’d made a breakthrough. You know what this means—we have to convince her to go to the party and hook up with Thane.”

“Nope.” Lauren finished the last of her tangy-sweet mangotini. “You heard her snap my head off earlier when I suggested she talk to that guy at the bar. I’m done with matchmaking. It’s your turn.”

Ari sighed and grabbed her purse. “Wish me luck.”

Lauren stood and picked up her green clutch. No need to hurry. She had the keys. Hopefully, World War III would end before she got to the car.

**Want more of REID’S DELIVERANCE, The Song Book 2? Pre-order is now available. Read the rest of Chapter 1 on Nina’s website www.ninacrespo.com. Start the series with THANE’S REDEMPTION, The Song Book 1, on sale for a limited time. Pick up your copies today!

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Time Shifters

 

Title: Time Shifters

Author: Myra Nour

Series: Standalone

Genre: Paranormal Romance w/ Time Travel Elements

Publisher: Self-Published

Release Date: May 1 2015

Edition/Synopsis: eBook

Blurb/Synopsis:

Briana has heard his voice for years in dreams. Calling to her. She hears that same voice in the handsome stranger she meets on vacation. Captivating and so familiar. When he unexpectedly transforms into a werewolf, Briana flees in horror. She knows him … he is the wolfman who haunts her dreams. More than anything else, it is her lustful response to the beast that terrifies her.

When Raynor finally meets his mate, he is confused by her reaction and even more so by her response when he shifts. She doesn’t recognize him. In an attempt to escape, Briana jumps through the time portal of his people, landing her in Medieval England. Raynor must rescue her, which requires bonding with Briana as her mate. But first he must teach Briana that she is a shifter, then convince her not to be repelled by her other self, an ancient, powerful shifter. A snakewoman.

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“Look what we have here, visitors.”

Just the voices she wanted, needed to hear.

“Why would you do this?” Raynor’s voice was filled with anger.

The vampire they assumed was William of Haworth, stepped forward. “We told you already this is our play room…if we’d known you wished to participate in our games, we would have waited for you.”

Briana sneered at his attempt at wit, and then gently laid Robert’s body on the table next to the girl.

William’s eyes flicked to her and he commented. “Can you believe that boy thought there was treasure hidden in these ruins?”

Raynor growled, and she knew his inner pain when he recalled his carefree remark to Robert concerning buried treasure. He shifted; it seemed to only take a few seconds, and she wondered if it was his anger and guilt fueling the swift change. The leader started toward him and the others appeared distracted by the two opponents.

Briana let her pain and anger swell inside until a lance of agony shot through her; she rode the process, welcomed it. She knew when the shift was complete, because she received that “distancing” effect when the snakewoman took over her senses, and the vampires hissed and backed up, except for the leader who grappled with Raynor.

Ripping the now ill-fitting clothes from her, Briana/snakewoman advanced on the three vampires, moving with whipcord speed to slam the door shut when the redhead female edged toward the exit. The vampire screamed and scuttled backward, bumping into the blonde woman.

The other male chose the less dangerous adversary and attacked Raynor from the back. She had no time to worry about her lover, besides he was strong; she had two disgusting creatures to dispose of.

The flame haired vampire turned tail and cowered behind the chair holding the youth. Briana’s piercing gaze caught the other; her prey’s eyes were terrified, but defiant. The vamp jumped, intending to wrap her arms about the snakewoman’s throat, but Briana stretched upward and the woman’s hands flailed uselessly against her lower body.

Unexpectedly, the vampire drew her lips back and sank her fangs into Briana’s tail. The creature sucked mightily and by her expression, thought she’d gotten into an advantageous position. Snakewoman bent over, towering above the kneeling vampire. The shifter sensed her presence and glanced up, withdrawing her teeth in sudden fear. Briana crouched over her like a tigress, her long fangs exposed to their full lethal length.

With a loud hiss, she grabbed the vampire’s shoulders and hauled her upward, extending to her impressive seven foot height, balanced on her tail. The woman paled to an icy white shade, her lovely blue eyes widening in horror at the fearful creature holding her in its iron-hard grasp.

 

review

As most know, I don’t read PNR but I decided to give this one a chance.  It had a different kind of shapeshifter that I don’t think I’ve ever read before.  Plus, I LOVE time travel stories, too.  This one had both things that I was looking for in the story.

I will have to admit that the very beginning of the book almost made me put it down for good.  Its something that I thought wasn’t allowed but once I got passed it the book started to deliver for me.  What was interesting about the story was Briana.  I loved her from the start.  Look, if I was having her kind of dreams and then see her mate as a shifter first?  I’d be freaked out, too.

Briana and Raynor were a great couple.  The complimented each other.  And another thing that was interesting were “what” they are as shifters.  I didn’t think they those types would get a long but they did.  They made it work and fought for it.  Of course, being in a Medieval England will do that to you.  😉

The time travel element was my favorite part of the story.  I like the aspect of not knowing what is acceptable in the culture and then having to deal with it.  Makes for some humourous parts and then add to the mating ritual.  Briana didn’t totally freak out when she found out that she was a powerful shifter.  In the end, she owed it and used it to her advantage.  Bring the vamps.  LOL!

Raynor was a sweet, sexy shifter.  He was patient but at the same time befuddled with Briana.  But I will say at times, his patience wore thin on me.  I think I expected the big bad hero and in a way he wasn’t with Briana in the beginning.  Again, it wasn’t until they got to Medieval England did the book really moved along.

Oh and I would be remiss to talk about the action, danger and the world that Ms. Nour created.  Bravo!  I hate when reading a PNR and I get the same old, same old.  I was excited by the twists and plot turns that this book took.  🙂

If you are looking for her erotic book, its not here.  Its a more toned down version but there is still plenty of steam here.  She doesn’t disappoint here either.  I read the original version years ago, so it was a complete joy to re-read the book again.

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Author InformationMyra Nour

Myra has published 14 books with Ellora’s Cave & New Concepts Publishing. She enjoys writing romances with paranormal, fantasy & S/F elements, creating believable characters, and is known for her vivid imagination. Recently she has been writing horror; one short story was published by Undead Press in the House of Terror anthology.

Since 2012 she started Book & Trailer Showcase with her husband Simon. She is CEO of the company and BTS Book Reviews Magazine. Her EC novels have been released to her this year with the goal of turning them into Indie books.

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