Thursday, February 6, 2014

Why time travel?

Posted by: Angela Campbell

Today I'm hosting special guest and one of Here Be Magic's founding members, Barbara Longley, whose new release is True To The Highlander. Take it away, Barbara...


Why time travel?

For starters, I’ve always been fascinated by the concept. I really wish we had time travel available to us. Imagine what that would mean in terms of vacation plans. Imagine a center where you could purchase period money, clothes, ID—everything you’d need to visit the past for a month or two. Perhaps the future too, but I have a hard time envisioning how that would work. Like, how would you know what the currency of the day would be? Or current fashions. It would be dangerous to travel into the future unprepared, but I’m sure some intrepid hero would do so.

Just think of things you might’ve done differently in your life. If you could travel back, change a decision here, an action there, would you? I would. I’d love a few do-overs.

TRUE TO THE HIGHLANDER is the story about a young woman who is gifted with some special abilities because she has a drop of faerie blood running through her veins. She’s sent back in time to save a life. There’s a catch, of course. She has no idea whose life she is to save, and that leads her into more than one perilous situation. She thinks she has it all figured out, but trust me—she doesn’t.

The historical backdrop is accurate, other than my use of kilts in the fifteenth century. Historians say kilts were not “popular” until the eighteenth century. In my research, I read that Scotts wore kilts much earlier, but generally while engaged in manual labor. I have taken liberties with the whole “kilt” issue, because kilts are iconic when it comes to Scotts.

Oh, whatever. I love a man with a brogue and a kilt, and it’s my story!

Native American violinist Alethia Goodsky had plans for her future, and they didn’t include time travel, hocus-pocus good luck charms, or heroic deeds. And she certainly never intended to lose her heart to a fifteenth century Scottish warrior or an orphaned boy unable to hear her music. 
A life hangs in the balance, and only Alethia can tip the scale. This is all the supernatural being posing as a Renaissance festival fortuneteller reveals before transporting Alethia back in time to the Highlands of Scotland. Alethia must unravel the mystery before it’s too late if she’s to return home. She throws herself into the task only to have her efforts thwarted by her overbearing, self-appointed protector—Malcolm of clan MacKintosh. 
It is 1423AD, the year before Scotland’s King James is ransomed from the British to take his rightful place upon the throne. The Highland clans are at each other’s throats, and all of Scotland suffers under the ruthless reign of their regent, the duke of Albany. Treachery and intrigue rule the day, and all Malcolm wants is peace. Finding a gently bred woman alone on MacKintosh land can only mean more trouble. When the exotic foreigner reveals her strange tale, Malcolm believes she was placed in his path to warn him of coming danger. He cannot allow the willful beauty to put herself in harm’s way for his sake. Malcolm is determined to keep Alethia safe and by his side—if only she’d let him. 
Surrounded by enemies, with the mystery still unsolved, passion grows between Malcolm and Alethia until her heart is torn. Should she follow the dictates of reason and find a way home, leaving Malcolm and the young boy she’s adopted behind, or should she listen to her heart and remain true to the Highlander?

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