Publication date: March 4th 2022
Genres: Adult, Romance, Time-Travel
She thinks he’s crazy, he thinks she’s a witch.
Of course, they fall in love.
Shannon Kellogg is a spoiled heiress. She’s shallow and self-centered, but after her third divorce, she vows to become a better person. Practicing kindness and empathy is her prescription for self-improvement.
As if on cue, a young man with a strange accent, dressed as a colonial cosplayer appears in her yard during a thunderstorm. He’s lost and confused, and something about him tugs at her heart. She sees an opportunity on her path to change, and decides to help him.
It turns out to be more of a challenge than she anticipated. Azariah Scott was unwillingly tossed through time and the only way to help him is to send him back to 1750. She doesn’t know how to honor her commitment to him; despite his belief she’s a witch, she doesn’t believe in magic.
As they work together to find a gateway to the past, love blossoms, and Shannon comes to regret her promise.
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He cried out, and jerked away from her outstretched hand, falling to the floor, cracking his head on the corner of the island. He went still.
“Well, damn,” she muttered, closing the door.
A puddle had formed where he’d been standing. Much to her relief, a glance down confirmed water, not blood, covered the floor. Barefoot, she stepped gingerly on the well-polished tiles.
Shannon squatted next to him, picking up his wrist and checking for a pulse. His eyes were closed, but his lips were moving. Unable to hear what he was saying, she leaned in, her nose crinkling with distaste as she got closer. Such a heavy costume in the hot weather required far more deodorant. Holding her breath, she put her ear near his mouth.
“I am cursed…”
Straightening, she pursed her lips. The whole situation was bizarre enough to be intriguing. She was curious about this strange man. What was his story? An actual interest in another was a bit foreign to her. A sign, no doubt, she was already becoming a better person.
Okay, but what did she do now? If she called the police, first, they would send someone to her house. It might be the same hot officer who had come a couple of months ago, and after assuring her no bobcat lurked in her backyard, had left a few hours later with more than a grateful “thank you.”
He’d come back once or twice, to play Criminal & Lady Cop, but she’d soon tired of him. Officer CuffMe was the last person she wanted to see when she had an unknown young man passed out in her kitchen. Awkward and uncomfortable at best, of questionable legality at worst.
Second, it would be straight to the psych ward if the police got involved. Probably the right call, but if he were whisked away, she’d never learn his story. Making up her mind, she strode decisively to the liquor cabinet. Bryce had kept an extensive, and expensive bar.
“Brandy, brandy, brandy,” she chanted as she skimmed the labels. She smiled as she wrapped her fingers around the neck of a bottle. She’d read enough romances with bare-chested sea captains on the cover to know when the heroine fainted dead away, the thing to revive her was a bit of eau-de-vie. Singing a Spanish song about brandy she opened her crystal cupboard.
The lines never said anything like, “He poured four ounces of cognac into an eight ounce snifter and lifted it to her trembling lips.” It couldn’t be much. The unfortunate lass was usually “spluttering and gagging at the first taste of the amber fluid.”
Settling next to the stranger on the floor, she assumed the Lotus position. He had stopped mumbling, but was still quite pale. She set the glass down, then shifted to her best approximation of “cradling his head in her lap,” and wondered how the mechanics of this worked.
She decided to check his pockets before reviving him. If she found his license, the mystery would be solved. His apparel was odd, she wasn’t sure where to look. A pat down revealed a muscular body but no phone or wallet in the expected places. There was a slight bulge over his chest. In the small pouch she pulled out, she found some old coins, and some paper which might be foreign currency, though she didn’t recognize it. There was also a large, intricate antique key. None of this was helpful. She slid the purse back into the concealed pocket.
Putting a hand on the back of his head, Shannon, surprised by the weight, carefully lifted it and angled him, as best she could, into a drinking posture. Then, she brought the glass to his mouth—
a very sensuous mouth—
and poured the tiniest bit of alcohol over his lips. She laughed when he actually spluttered.
His head jerked, and his eyes flew open. Shannon drew back her hand, brandy splashing over the rim. She dropped his head, which unfortunately did not land back in her lap, but thumped heavily to the floor. A grimace of pain crossed his face, and she felt a tinge of guilt.
He fixed her with a baleful stare.
“What do you want of me?” he asked.
Rowena Tisdale was born and raised in Michigan, sort of all over the state. As an adult, she moved south to Texas, and after living there for a bit, headed east, eventually returning home to her beloved “Mitten State.” She now resides nearby her favorite city, Detroit, with her son and a pair of feline companions.
A reader of romance from an early age, she remains an avid fan of the genre. Over the years, she began to wonder why the feisty heroines she’s always loved haven’t aged with her. Her stories are about older women, because she knows romance is not solely the purview of youth. Whether a single mother in her 30s, a crone who makes goddesses smile, or a spoiled socialite in her 40s, Rowena writes female characters who have the beauty and confidence of experience. She writes across genres, romance, chick-lit, and women’s fiction, but all her novels are love stories.
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Angelica Dimeo says
this book sounds good
Marisela Zuniga says
The cover looks nice, this sounds like a great read
Darlene Owen says
I love the cover.
Marcy Meyer says
I like the cover. It looks great. Sounds like a really interesting story.
Maria Malaveci says
I absolutely love the cover! Sounds so good!
Rita Wray says
Sounds like a book I will enjoy.
Time Lies by author Rowena Tisdale sounds like a book with an interesting premise.
Cathy French says
This sounds like a really good read. I don’t know if I would want to return to 1750 after seeing all the comforts of our current time lol
Julie Bickham says
I look forward to reading this!
wendy hutton says
love the cover, this sounds like a great book
Deborah D says
How long was the writing process?
Ellen Stafford says
Sounds great, thanks for sharing!
Cali W. says
Great excerpt and giveaway.
Dianne Casey says
Sounds like a great read. Looking forward to reading the book.
Patricia B. says
I really enjoy time travel books. I am pleased to see there is a sense of humor in the humor. It makes any book, even those with serious topics, more enjoyable. Especially when things are dire, it is used to break the tension in real life and in fiction.
Latifa Morrisette says
Sounds like a good read
What a fascinating book! Great cover and except. I’d love to read more.
Deb Pelletier says
The book sounds interesting.
Linda Kish says
I love the cover and the story sounds interesting.
Sarah L says
Looks like an interesting book.
Thanks for the contest.
Victoria alexander says
Thanks for sharing the excerpt!
cindy merrill says
Not all that far fetched. I once heard of a lady who volunteered at an Historical themed farm ( set in the 1880’s): She had a hard time adjusting to modern life.
This sounds like one that will keep me reading and interested and I love the cover too.
Antoinette M says
Beautiful cover. I like the excerpt.
I love time travel romance~ I used to read it all the time when I was younger!
Sounds like a good read.
I like the fact that this time it is a male brought forward in time, rather than a female sent back!
Christy R. says
The cover and the book title are clever. Best of luck with the publication.
David Hollingsworth says
Sounds like a really great story.
paige chandler says
I wish I could time travel. Good work.
Ann Fantom says
This sounds like an interesting book and I also like the cover.
Abigail Gibson says
Sounds like a great book!!!!
Debbi Wellenstein says
I enjoyed the excerpt. Thanks for the giveaway!
Tammi Laney says
I hit the send button before i could correct my instagram account name.It is babygirl021973 Looks like a good book.Thank you.
sheila ressel says
Sounds amazing! Looking forward to reading this.
Anita Corrow says
Great excerpt. Thank you
Cynthia C says
The excerpt is interesting. Thank you for sharing it.
Amy Green says
Hopefully, this ‘TIME’ lies on your nightstand, ready to read! Kick off Daylight Savings season with this irresistible story!
Judy Gregory says
I like the cover.
Great cover! & sounds really good!