Monday, May 20, 2013

*Author Interview & Tour Wide Giveaway* Secrets in Time by Alison Stuart *Goddess Fish Tours*

Secrets in Time
by Alison Stuart


Can love endure across time?

When a seventeenth-century cavalier hurls himself over her garden wall, Doctor Jessica Shepherd is more angry than surprised. Although she ís no stranger to military re-enactors, there ís something different about Nathaniel Preston. If he ís to be believed, something…or someone…has sent him forward in time from the midst of a civil war to the quiet English countryside of the twentieth century.

With time working against them, Nathaniel has to convince Jessica why fate brought them together before he ís forced to return to his own era and certain death in battle.

Can the strength of love overcome all obstacles, even time itself?

Why don't you tell us a little about yourself.... Something that we cannot Google about you, lol!
Firstly I write under a pen name - In my other life I am a “corporate governance professional” and a former lawyer and I like to keep the two sides of me separate.

I am a Capricorn with a deep distrust of water. I like to admire the sea from the safety of terra firma.  I am terrified of yachts and scuba diving (although I will snorkel). I am also terrified of heights… I love cats…

Tell us a little about your book?

It’s a short, very romantic, historical time travel with a dashing seventeenth century cavalier and a thoroughly modern doctor.

How much emotion does it take from you to write?

Huge…I have sobbed my way through many, many scenes across the books I have written. That’s a good thing, right?

What is your favorite part of SECRETS IN TIME?

I love the end because it is written in Nat’s (the hero) first person voice and it is especially poignant but I can’t say any more because that would be a spoiler.

I do love the scene when he first arrives in Jess’ kitchen and language fails!

You can only pick 3 words for your main characters..what would they be? *to describe your main characters*

NAT:  dashing, honourable, sexy
JESS: caring, efficient, lonely

Which was the easiest character to write and the hardest ~ and why??

Actually they all flowed very smoothly. They had their story to tell and it just flowed on to the paper. One of the easiest books I’ve ever written from that point of view.

What are you currently working on?

As Janet Evanovich once said…I hit menopause so I turned to crime.  I am loving playing with a “cosy” detective story set in Singapore in the early 1900s.

Do you have anything due to release soon?

At the time of writing, I have two books currently on submission. All I can do is keep my fingers crossed. There will be something out around October but it’s a secret project and I can’t say anything more about it at the moment.

What's one thing that you enjoy about writing?

Creating these amazing worlds and characters and then being totally mean to them…

Since we're cover hussies....what was your first impression of your cover?

Isn’t it a stunning cover? I have to confess to blinking rapidly when I first saw it as I suppose I had my own vision of the characters, but now I just love it.

What do you prefer ebooks or paperbacks?

I have to admit to being an ebook convert these days. It certainly saves on shelf space. Just occasionally I come across a “keeper” and I will buy that as a paperback. There is something about the touch of a real book.

Is there a genre you would like to write but are a little apprehensive to try?

Mystery! It is such a different way to write but I’ve eased into it with a couple of stories and I think I am getting there. If I’m honest I probably read more mystery these days then I do romance. The fun is to combine the two!

Okay.... personal time!!!! Oh yeah, I go there... Hahah...

If you thought you were safe... Nah... Forgot it... Not a chance! We will start off slow and easy, I promise!

What is on your night stand/dresser?

Apart from the obvious light/clock/tissues…I have two torches, a set of ipod earphones, ear plugs, glasses case, a kindle and a jar of pawpaw ointment (well…you did ask!)

What are you listening to you right now?

Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s coming back on the stage this year and I can’t wait to see it. I saw the first production in 1973!

What are you reading right now?

I am flitting between:
·      The Josephine B Trilogy by Sandra Gulland
·      Devil’s Food by Kerry Greenwood
·      A Dissection of Murder by Felicity Young
·      Ice Cold by Tess Gerritsen
(That’s 3 mysteries…I AM turning to crime!)

What is your favorite season? Holiday?

Autumn is my favourite season (we’re just going into it here in Australia) and Christmas is my favourite holiday. I love having all my family around me.

And what has been your best b-day present ever??

When my husband took me to the top of Mt.Stanley in Hong Kong at sunset and produced a bottle of French champagne and two glasses.

Hard and Quick Time! Don't think... Just answer! Okay, before we go this route, I will get us a refill on our drinks... I will be right back...

You know you do... Quickie time... Think fast

Are you a quickie kind girl? Err….do you mean the flavouring that goes in milk ;-) ?
Dark or Milk Chocolate? Dark (no contest)
Whipped or Melted? Melted
Straight up or with a twist - sex? Errr
What's ur fave drink - in a glass or on him? Gin and Tonic
Spank or Flogger? Errr
Junk or Health Food? Health
Ties or Chains? Errr…oh what the hell… ties
Leather or Lace? Leather
Soft or Hard... Bed, where was your mind? Soft
Control or Be Controlled? Control
Hot Wax or Whip Cream? Whip cream
Vampire or Werewolf? I’ve read about werewolves…
Twitter and/or Facebook? Facebook
Pinterest or not? If only I had the time…

“If you could lend me your horse, I would be grateful. It is a long ride home. You have my word that I will return it anon.”

“My horse? I don’t own a horse. Look, Nathaniel, you’ve lost a bit of blood, if you like I can give you a ride home.”

“But you said you had no horse?”

“In the car.” I could not help the exasperation that crept into my voice. His continuing delusion had really begun to concern me. “Nathaniel, look at me. What year do you think this is?”

“The year of our lord 1645.”

“1645?” I stared at him. “Nathaniel, it is 1995.”

He narrowed his eyes. “No, you jest.” He sank onto the kitchen chair, his eyes glassy.

“I do not jest. Now stay there. I’m going to ring my brother. Perhaps he can talk some sense into you.”

Keeping a wary eye on my visitor, I reached for the phone and carried it into the living room while I waited for Alan to pick up.

“Hey, Jess.” Alan greeted me cheerfully.

“Alan, are you busy?”

“I’m correcting papers, nothing I can’t put off. Is this important?”

“I have a man in my kitchen who thinks he is living in 1645,” I whispered.

“Sounds like a case for the psychs, not me.”

“Please come over, Alan. There is something about him...sorry I can’t explain--”

“Is he threatening you?” Alan’s tone was alarmed.

“No, not at all. He’s just a little...confused.”


 Bio and Links:

Alison Stuart is an award winning Australian writer of historicals with heart.  Whether duelling with dashing cavaliers or waywards ghosts, her books provide a reader with a meaty plot and characters who have to strive against adversity, always with the promise of happiness together. Alison is a lapsed lawyer who has worked in the military and fire service, which may explain a predisposition to soldier heroes.  She lives with her own personal hero and two needy cats and likes nothing more than a stiff gin and tonic and a walk along the sea front of her home town.  She loves to hear from her readers and can be found at her website, facebook, twitter and Goodreads.

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Alison will be awarding ecopies of her two previously published books THE KING’S MAN and the award winning BY THE SWORD, which are set in the same period as this story, to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

I encourage you to follow the tour and comment; the more you comment, the better your chances of winning. The tour dates can be found here:

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  1. If the two previous books are as good as this one sounds, I hope I win.

  2. Thanks Jane! One of them won the 2008 ep pie award for historical romance so if you like your historicals with romance I hope you in too :-)

  3. Thanks Jane! One of them won the 2008 ep pie award for historical romance so if you like your historicals with romance I hope you in too :-)

  4. I would love to read this book. It sounds so good. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  5. Thanks for stopping by, Victoria. Hope you enjoy Secrets in Time :-)

  6. I enjoyed this book.


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