Readers, this River of Time series is a YA series, but I loved, loved. loved reading it. If you haven't read the first three books of the series, you might want to ask for one of them for your free book if you're a winner. Personally, I've been waiting anxiously for this ebook to release.
Welcome, Lisa. God has really been moving in your writing life. What do you see on the horizon?
It’s always new and different. I have two more books to write/edit in my Grand Tour Series (book one, Glamorous Illusions, releases June 1), a couple more novellas in this River of Time Series, and a devotional. And I just agreed to an offer on a new YA dystopian series! You know me…I like to have my fingers in all sorts of honey pots.
Yea! A couple more novellas in this series! Tell us a little about your family.
I was just walking today, watching a young mom struggle to keep two toddlers in a wagon as she pulled them home, and I thought, “Wow, mine are really growing up!” This summer, the kids will turn 17, 14, and 9. And my hubby and I’ll celebrate 20 years of marriage. It’s nice to get to this stage. It’s reassuring. Settled. But with its own challenges, of course.
Has your writing changed your reading habits? If so, how?
It’s hard to turn off my internal editor and just read for pleasure. I miss that.
What are you working on right now?
Book 2 in the Grand Tour Series, and that devotional.
What outside interests do you have?
Travel, hosting, discipleship training.
How do you choose your settings for each book?
I like to choose places that captivate me. Usually places I’ve been. They’re huge for me because they impact plot.
If you could spend an evening with one historical person, who would it be and why?
Winston Churchill. Because he was SO smart and witty and from what I can tell, bombastic. But I’d like to be in a corner, watching. No need for face-to-face conversation. I’d be intimidated!
What is the one thing you wish you had known before you started writing novels?
Keep track of all your character names. 15 books in, you might unknowingly start reusing your favorites—especially with all those secondary characters! Keep a master list!
What new lessons is the Lord teaching you right now?
They’re old lessons that he keeps trying to get across to me (I’m stubborn)—take Sabbath rest. Trust. Obey. Wait on him, instead of rushing ahead.
What are the three best things you can tell other authors to do to be successful?
Be kind to everyone you meet. Keep track of those you meet and build relationships. Work hard—get your rear-end in the chair 5x a week and write at least 1000 words!
Tell us about the featured book.
Bourne is an e-novella that follows Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent, the three core books in the
really want to read the first 3 books first.) It picks up the story right where
Torrent left off, after the epic
battle, so readers can find out what’s happened to all their beloved
characters. (If you haven’t dipped into the River of Time yet, it’s about two
American girls who happen upon a time tunnel and find themselves in medieval
Italy. It’s packed with action, romance and humor—a total “break” read with
of Time Series
Please give us the first page of the book.
WARNING: EDITED, BUT SOME SPOILERS AHEAD…
“M’lady! They approach!” the guard yelled down to us from the walls.
“Thank God,” I muttered, taking my first full breath in what seemed like hours. Ever since the battle had ended the night before, Sienese patrols had circulated in and out of Castello Forelli, to drop off wounded, reprovision, rest, and head out again. As the night wore on, and the Fiorentini withdrew north, the patrols were gone for longer periods of time. But Marcello, Luca, and Lord Greco hadn’t shown up at all.
Leaving me to fear the worst, of course.
“Open the gates!” the wall guard cried.
Three knights went to the massive crossbeam and slid it to one side, then opened the fifteen-foot doors. Twenty of our men on horseback arrived, but my eyes sought only one, my—
Marcello. I sighed in relief and then picked up my skirts and ran to him, waiting for him to wearily dismount and take me under one of his arms. I laughed and reached up on tiptoe to kiss him. “Oh, Marcello. Welcome home.”
“I have to say, I think I’ll grow accustomed to you welcoming me back, each time I have half a mind to chase a Fiorentini back to his side of the border.” He winced as I gave him a full hug, making me pause in concern, but then Rodolfo Greco came around three others, leading his horse…and in an awkward moment, caught the last of Marcello’s comment.
His handsome chin came up, and he stilled as if embarrassed. Not that he had any reason to be embarrassed. It was simply…awkward. The once-Fiorentini now in our castello. Marcello’s brother. My captor-savior. I think we were all confused as to how to proceed, exactly. It’d take some time to figure out.
Luca came over, right next to Lia, both of them grinning. The grizzled Captain Pezzati clasped hands with Luca and the other guys, then gave me a nod of greeting and turned toward the stables. Mom came over, and I glanced in satisfaction at the circle of them, all around me. Together. At last. Everyone here, present and accounted for.
I was relishing the sweet relief, appreciating the feel of having my husband next to me again, when I felt Marcello begin to sink. Crying out, I got a better grip on him from under one of his arms; Rodolfo Greco came under the other. I tried to ignore his sudden proximity—and the resulting weirdness. “Quickly, let’s get him inside,” I said.
We eased Marcello through the Great Hall doors and into a chair, and I knelt before him. Rodolfo took a few respectful steps away. “Marcello!” I said, anxiously scanning his face and body for injury. I noticed, then, his swollen cheek, the cut at his mouth and nose, some bruising. Nothing I hadn’t seen before, after taking on an enemy. But what worried me was the gray color of his skin, the way his eyes were hooded, half-shut. “Marcello, what ails you?”
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Bourne (River of Time 3.1 Novella)
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