Friday, August 29, 2014

Escaping Into Story

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I've often heard that the best ideas for a story come from real life. That was certainly my experience in writing my time travel romance trilogy, Moonseed. My heroine first came to me when I was on holiday in beautiful California wine country and going through a particularly painful time in my life.

Victoria materialized in my imagination already fully formed. The first thoughts she shared with me told of her longing to escape her meaningless life and to find love and purpose and belonging. Intrigued, I began to follow her into a story that troubled me, challenged me, and ultimately gratified me as she found answers and solutions to problems that we both shared.

Of course, I had the fun of providing her with all the elements that personally satisfy me most in a story: romantic intrigue with a hero worthy of her, mysteries to be solved, and truths about life to be discovered. I got to visit old San Francisco at the turn of the century and to live the slower paced life of rural California that has always appealed to me.

I believe we read to discover ourselves in a character's reflection or to learn something new and interesting about how life works. Although it's true that we can't travel through time to escape our troubles, we can follow a character into her story, adopting her reality and caring about how things turn out for her, and in that imaginary escape discover real relief and pleasure and satisfaction for ourselves.

Borrowed Promises

On the night of the new spring moon, a near-fatal accident propelled Victoria Reeves-Ashton over a century back in time to awaken in the body of Katherine Kamarov.

Now, after three months of pretending to be Katherine and laboring to repair relationships damaged by Katherine's brash and selfish personality, quiet and gentle Victoria finds that her heart is putting down roots in Katherine's world, in her family relationships, and especially in a deepening friendship with Katherine's winsome cousin Michael.

Hidden letters reveal the story of other moonseed, time travelers like herself, and Victoria realizes that she and Katherine will likely be returned to their own times the following spring. Tension mounts when a rich and handsome suitor applies to marry her, and Victoria must choose whether to accept him for Katherine's sake or to follow her own heart.

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Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She also writes Christian nonfiction books and enjoys speaking to groups on a variety of inspirational topics. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to California's beautiful Sonoma County, where most of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, and all things feline.

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If you could change places with someone for one year, would you prefer to live in the future or the past, or would you stay in the present time, and why?  Comment for a chance to win a bundled set of paperbacks: Book One and Book Two of the MOONSEED trilogy: Bridge to the Past and Borrowed Promises.

Book Excerpt:
    I couldn't allow Michael to guess where my heart was taking me—because of Raymond.

    Although many things were unclear to me, one fact seemed certain—Katherine must marry Raymond Delacroix and have at least one child with him. If I gave in to my new feelings for Michael, and if I were cruel enough to let him see them, then I risked both hurting him and ruining Katherine's chances with Raymond when she came back to her own time.

    And Katherine would come back. I was convinced of it, all my desperate wishes to the contrary. She would marry Raymond, give birth to Elise, and secure a future that would eventually lead to her daughter painting a picture of Katherine and me at the bridge over Two Trees Creek. By the same token, I would return to life as a lingerie model and a cold marriage with Ryan Ashton. Ryan.

   "What?" Michael's voice made me jump and turn my head.


   "You said 'Ryan' again."

   "I did?"

   Michael had removed his glasses, and he blinked at me from only a foot away. God, he has beautiful eyes, I thought. Soft gray-green depths that held me breathless, fighting a slow, aching pull to be in his arms.

   "He's…nobody," I said.

   Michael was studying me, his eyes so solemn and searching that I couldn't look away. He didn't speak, but in that moment my heart yearned toward him, and he saw it. His expression changed. His gaze moved slowly from my eyes to my mouth.

   I turned my face away and shut my eyes over a sudden sting of tears.

    "Kat?" he said softly.

    His voice held a new, cautious note of intimacy. A moment later his thumb brushed my wet cheek, and the tenderness of his touch wrenched a low cry from me. I pushed his hand away and struggled to sit upright.

    "Don't touch me!" Pain made my voice sharp. "You can't touch me, Michael!"
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  1. If I could change places with someone for one year, I would prefer to live the past. I would change places with an amazing author wich she was (still is) - Kathleen E. Woodiwiss. I admire her, she has writen such a beautiful stories. To be able to see them in her head and put in on a paper... and give us readers a chance to read breathtaking stories (like all you authors do).... So I would love to be her :) that way I could see what was like to be her and to see what was going on in her head. Thank you for the chance. (irma DOT jurejevcic AT amis DOT net)

    1. What a wonderful tribute to Ms. Woodiwiss. I, too, would love to get inside my favorite authors' heads and see what's cooking!

  2. Honestly, I would not want to change places with any one at any time. However, if I had to I would want to stay in the present time. The past seemed too hard to survive and the future is too scary. For either of these times, I am thinking a couple of hundred years difference so I would want to stay in the present because I am a wuss. joanne.boykoATyahooDOTcom

    1. Sounds like you're right where you need to be! Nice that we can time travel with fiction characters and never leave our favorite chair.

  3. I'd love to spend a year in the past, specifically in an era of which I've always been drawn, which is the court of Henry 111V. I've been drawn inextricably to that era since I was very young- before I knew I have familial connections to the Boleyn's and the Seymores.

    1. I suspect a romantic spirit... Nice to find out you're related to royalty, as long as you can keep your head! :)

  4. Future; would be fun

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. You sound like an adventurer! You and Katherine might have a lot in common...

  5. I'd love to spend a year in the past learning about my Dad's time in the army - not a subject he talked about.

    jtcgc at yahoo dot com

    1. Details are important. I hope life will present you with another way to learn what you need to about your Dad.

  6. This sounds wonderful! Time travel is so much fun to read about. I would like to go to the past...maybe in the place of a lady in the Ton in Regency London.

    brookeb811 at gmail dot com

    1. Yeah, and I'd rather be the lady than the scullery maid! That's a fascinating time period. Love the gowns! :)

  7. I'm not one to look forward to much, I try to enjoy the day I have.... so the future doesn't interest me. If I was going to check out the past I'd want to be a flapper girl :)

    1. You are wise to enjoy the present, and I agree--flapper would be fun!

  8. I would be more comfortable in the present time, but I don't think I would enjoy the experience at all.


    1. I think Victoria would agree with you. She resisted the experience at first. Then a few things changed her mind, like meeting Michael...

  9. I would like to go back in time and be a Prima Ballerina like Anna Pavlova.

    1. Now that's a worthy image. I would love to imagine living a life of such artistic grace and beauty.

  10. Thanks, Maureen, for hosting this two-day blog spot and book bundle giveaway! And thanks to all who visited and left comments. I love reading your thoughts! Hope to see you all again. --Judith


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