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Genre: Paranormal Romance
with time travel and mystery elements
Publisher: Soul Mate Publishing
Date of Publication: March 28th, 2018
Number of pages: 196
Word Count: 56,000
Cover Artist: Rae Monet
Tagline: Abby Parker has a modern life. Too bad someone in the 19th century needs it.
Abby Parker planned out her whole life: complete her final year of high school, go to college, get a job, move away from her insane family, stay best friends with Jessica.
But, that was before she broke into the nearby tourist attraction and unwittingly answered a call from a centuries-old spirit who dragged her into the 19th century.
Now she must solve a Victorian mystery without getting herself killed, or worse, spend a lifetime trapped in the past, leaving behind everyone she loves and altering their lives forever.
When she meets gorgeous Benjamin, the future looks a lot like wreckage.
Read an Excerpt:
I waited for him to make the next move, to tell me how inappropriate, how forward that was of me. As I struggled to think of how best to offer an explanation, he turned to me. Gently but deliberately, he moved his hand up my arm, stopping at the nape of my neck beneath the ribbon of the bonnet.
The moment he leaned in, I closed my eyes. His lips, soft and full, touched mine with the modest pressure of an indecisive act. A warm energy coursed through my body, but the strangest thing was that everything felt unbelievably familiar, like it had all been rehearsed before that moment. I held onto this profound feeling, not wanting it to leave, until Ben removed his lips from mine.
Even with the whistled melodies from a pair of cardinals outside the church's entrance, the following silence felt awkward. It persisted, and I assumed Ben was already regretting kissing me.
I brought up a hand and covered his mouth. "It's okay."
We walked down the hill without saying another word. A lot of activity was happening on Main Street: coaches lined the front of the Royal Hotel as travelers zipped in and out of the main entrance; horse carts delivered goods in dashes of haste; store merchants hurried beyond their open doors; street sellers sold goods out of baskets; helpers swept the boardwalk; ladies could be seen purchasing last minute necessities behind the windows of each shop.
Ben accompanied me up the stairs of Town Hall's entrance and stopped on the landing before we reached the front door. I peered through the window. Martha arranged long-stemmed flowers in a vase on a table at the side of the ballroom. A young man placed a candelabra on a table and then another on top of a piano. Ben had already started back to the street when I turned. He waved. I waved back. Still a chance he'll change his mind.
The gloves were easier to remove now that one was missing its button. I placed them, and the button, on the ledge of the window and took off the ring.
Jess was still sitting on my bed when the haze cleared, but her tapping fingers had moved from her chin, which now rested on her knuckles. It was obvious it had taken longer for me to return this time. It made sense to me right then that the ring held within it a finite amount of energy with which to transport me to the past and back home, like a battery depleting its energy with each use. And, I had no idea how to recharge it.
Meet the Author:
Nancy Thorne is an award-winning author of fiction inspired by the romance and courage of youth.
Born and raised in a suburb of Toronto, she fostered a passion for creating stories in grade school but hid it much too well. Five years ago she decided to pursue her lifelong dream of telling them.
When she's not writing books or reading, you can find her going on road trips or cooking untested recipes for brave family members and friends.
Nancy lives outside of Toronto with her husband, two sons, and an energetic fox-red Labrador.
She loves to hear from her readers, even just to say hi. Find her online at www.nancythorne.com
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Thanks for saying so, Becky! I immediately loved the red and gold together when I first had the chance to see it.Delete
I enjoyed the excerpt the book sounds really good.ReplyDelete
Thank you ShirleyAnn! Sooo appreciate it! ... Nancy ThorneDelete
What writers have inspired you?ReplyDelete
What a great question, Becky! Thanks! Quite a few writers have inspired me. For her short stories, I love Alice Munro. I also think Jennifer Egan is a wonderful writer in the 21st century, and I enjoy Cassandra Clare. But, I also have been inspired by authors from the past - for instance, Charles Dickens and Anton Chekhov.Delete
Do you prefer e-books or print books?ReplyDelete
Hi Becky, I personally prefer print books. Just my preference. Feeling a book in my hand and the scent from books is appealing to me.Delete
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?ReplyDelete
In grade school a writer is what I thought I was! But I whispered this instead of shouting it out to anyone who would listen.Delete
How long does it usually take you to write a book?ReplyDelete
Hi Becky, it took me three years to write Victorian Town. Much of this time was because I researched the 19th century for a looooong time!Delete
What was your favorite childhood book?ReplyDelete
Hi Becky, My favorite childhood book was a children's book at all, but I read it when I was still in grade school. Ernest Hemingway's The Old Man and the Sea touched me emotionally, even as a kid, so I have to say that that book was my favorite.Delete
What authors do you like to read?ReplyDelete
Do you aim for a set amount of words/pages per day?ReplyDelete
Hi Becky, yes, I know a lot of writers set a word count to reach every day, but I don't. Sometimes I only write for two hours or so, but other days it might turn out to be four hours. It depends if I'm in what I call "the zone" or not. Sometimes the words come flying out of my brain, and other times it's a bit of a struggle.Delete
What book(s) are you currently reading?ReplyDelete
Hi Becky, right now I'm reading, City of Bones by Cassandra Clare.Delete
How did the cover come about? (I love it!)ReplyDelete
Thanks, Becky. The cover was created by Rae Monet, and she is an artist with Soul Mate Publishing, the company that has published Victorian Town. I love the bright colors the artist chose!Delete
What do you think of "trailers" for books?ReplyDelete
Good question! I'm not sure about book trailers because I really don't have much experience with them. I wonder what readers think? Do you like seeing book trailers? Would love to hear!Delete
Yes I like book trailers. I love seeing the characters.Delete
That makes total sense. You like to see the characters before you read the book. And isn't it true that when you read a book first, the character in a movie can look entirely different than you imagined?Delete
What advice would you give to aspiring writers?ReplyDelete
Hey again, Becky. I would tell inspiring writers to keep writing, get feedback and read to get an idea of how different authors write. There are also books on writing out there like Stephen King's "On Writing". Every writer goes through a learning phase and it takes time to improve.Delete
Just noticed I used the word inspiring rather than aspiring. Interesting. But if you are an aspiring writer, you want to be inspired for sure.Delete
Thanks for answering my questions Nancy. I love finding out about authors.ReplyDelete
Who is the greatest influence in your writing career?ReplyDelete
Your questions are wonderful, Becky! There isn't a single person who influences my writing career. I would say that the experiences of my youth and the people who were in it influence me greatly, though. That's why I believe I love to write YA.Delete
Do you have a favorite series or characters in the book(s) you have written?ReplyDelete
What advice do you have for writers?ReplyDelete