Thursday, April 5, 2012

Time-travel author Katy Walters

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 Today, I want to welcome my very good friend Katy Walters. She's a British lady who has been a sweetheart about hping me with some facts I needed to know in order to write my Vicarage Bench Series that's set in Bury. Isn't it strange how in today's world of internet relationships that you can meet someone you've never seen, yet feel so close to that person. To know that they'd help you out as much as they could because that's how you feel also. When I hear people talk about how the computer has disconnected folks from each other, I have to smile. My experience is completely the opposite.




I have based the novel in the Regency period, as it is a time in history that is fascinating to so many. It is the beginning of women’s emancipation, of exciting scientific discovery, forward thinking in the arts, and the formation of the modern novel with Jane Austen.  It is also a time o f romance, discovery and adventure.







 I do like my heroes to be passionate, sensitive and yet strong of character, part of the group of women fighting for equality. In addition, the Regency is also a period where Mesmerism was popular; a subject that would later lead to hypnosis, spiritualism and parapsychology; the latter subjects fascinate so may. I have an active interest in parapsychology and base my writing around that. I have tried to write a straight romance but the supernatural always creeps in.
I also draw on my work as a psychotherapist, where for many years I treated people for neurosis, phobias and obsessive behaviour. Some therapists, who studied Transpersonal Psychology, use past lives ( reincarnation) as it is so often a symbol covering deeply buried trauma. Once a person uncovers the past life true or not their particular neurosis or phobia usually clears. This subject has also fascinated people from time immemorial in its classic form of reincarnation. Again, there are overtones on past lives in Return to Rhonan.
I do hope the readers enjoy the book and if they have any queries regarding these fascinating subjects they can contact me on my blog or website.


 


A tempestuous love story of two couples that stretches across the centuries, from the Scottish Clearances of 1810 to the present day.
Muriall Mondell and Lord Duncan heir to the Earl of Rhonan’s vast estates in the Scottish Highlands are lovers. Yet their love is damned as Muriall is the penniless ward of the aging Earl; to reveal their love would incur the Earl’s wrath, disinheritance, and the scorn of society. They plan to start a new life on Duncan’s huge estates in Jamaica, bequeathed to him by his grandfather. Merciless Landlords begin clearing their vast estates ready for sheep grazing, seizing the land from the tenant farmers, their cottages burned down over their heads, starvation and death follows. Muriall and Duncan know they have no choice, but to remain and fight for the lives of the victims.
In the present day, a young Canadian, Dr Jessica Marshall, owner of a chain of hotels stretching across Canada, visits Rhonan Manor Hotel. She meets the present Earl of Rhonan, the brooding Lord Douglas Mavebury, recognizing him as the man in her recurring dreams.
Deeply attracted to each other, their love is threatened by demonic forces haunting Rhonan Manor. To save the Manor, they know they must unravel the disappearance of the doomed lovers of 1810, little realizing Jessica’s life is in dire peril.

EXCERPT  CHAPTER ONE

                                             RHONAN MANOR – 1810
                                            NORTH-WEST HIGHLANDS 

The young woman leapt up through the surface of the lake, a nymph among water lilies, her hair, scarlet threads, weaving over white skin. As she turned to him, the sun splashed light into her green eyes. With an impish smile, she called out, ‘Come in Duncan, I dare you.’

He rose to her taunts shucking off slim fitting pantaloons.  His strong strokes brought him swiftly to her.  Instantly, she dived down disappearing among the reeds, feet kicking, her white chemise billowing.   Pushing away the green fronds snaking around his arms and legs, he grasped the girl’s ankle, pulling her to him.  Bubbles escaped from her lips, as she turned, lithe as an eel, her legs clinging to him, kissing his chest, his mouth. Then, rising like an arrow in flight, she shot up into the light sparkling through pale green water.

Reaching the shallows, he hefted her up into his arms carrying her to the grassy bank.  Teasingly, she bit his ear, pulling at his black hair, wet and glossy on his shoulders as, he lay her down gently on the blanket, throwing himself beside her.  Stroking away the scarlet strands from her face he said, ‘Such beauty and all mine.’ Nuzzling her throat, he found her lips, her tongue.  Responding she pushed into his body, curves flowing into angles.   
   
Pulling away, Muriall lifted herself onto her elbow, playing with his hair.  He was gorgeous, looking more rake than gentleman.  However, she knew he was faithful to her.  She fell in love with him when she was all of two years old, a foundling brought into the household. 



For this Happy Easter Eggstravaganza Giveaway Hop, I will be happy to present the lucky winner with a $10 Amazon Gift certificate. All you need to do is leave a comment with your e-mail address.


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***I've just re-published my very first novella called "She's Me" with a new cover and under my own name, and it desperately needs reviews. So if anyone is willing to read the story and do an honest review, please just leave me a message in your comment, and I'll be ecstatic to send you a copy.  (see more info about this story on The Vicarage Bench page. )
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