Welcome guest host Susan A. Royal, author of Not Long Ago, a story of time travel adventure and romance.
Susan is a favorite guest here at Paranormal Romantic Suspense. Her stories shine and she always has a little something extra for our readers.
Be sure to read to the end to find out what gift Susan has for you today!
I’ll never forget my childhood visits to the Bookmobile every summer. An unassuming trailer dispatched every other week from the large central library in downtown San Antonio, it rested in the parking lot of the shopping center near our home. During summer months, its presence beckoned me with as much anticipation as a picnic or day at the pool, because it represented adventure, escape and fantasy.
While my mother did her weekly grocery shopping, my sisters and I spent the morning at the bookmobile, deciding which books we’d carry home. I remember floor to ceiling shelves lining either side of the trailer and open doors at each end. We checked out books at a miniscule table at the front, where the attendant sat, you guessed it, reading a book.
In early summer, I stood at the bookshelves, the breeze from the open doors stirring the hair on the back of my neck. I picked up book after book, poring over their illustrations, reading dust jackets, author notes and sometimes a chapter or two into the book. By August, it was a good idea to visit as early as possible, or I’d be forced to endure the sweat trickling down the small of my back and the humidity. Those days, I picked books at random and left as quickly as possible, in search of a cooler spot to read.
Whenever I found a book to lose myself in, I traveled far away from that little trailer in the parking lot on that hot summer day. I made new friends and learned new things. I left Texas for somewhere far north where I rode a sled down an icy hill or made a snowman, or I sailed to a tropical island where I ate pineapple and slept in a hammock. I visited the past, to ride on a wagon train and hunt buffalo with the Indians in the old west or travel on the crusades with gallant knights in the middle ages. Or I visited some magical place I never dreamed existed.
Those days are long gone, but I’ve never lost the feeling I get when I pick up a book and begin a new journey.
Not Long Ago
By Susan A. Royal
Cover Artist: Suzannah Safi
Erin has met the man of her dreams, but as usual there are complications. It’s one of those long distance relationships, and Griffin is a little behind the times– somewhere around 600 years.
Erin and her employer, March, are transported to a time where chivalry and religion exist alongside brutality and superstition. Something’s not quite right at the castle, and Erin and March feel sure mysterious Lady Isobeil is involved. But Erin must cope with crop circles, ghosts, a kidnapping and death before the truth of her journey is revealed.
Forced to pose as March’s nephew, Erin finds employment as handsome Sir Griffin’s squire. She’s immediately attracted to him and grows to admire his courage, quiet nobility and devotion to duty. Yet, she must deny her feelings. Her world is centuries away, and she wants to go home. But, Erin can’t stop thinking about her knight in shining armor.
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About the Author:
Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes with a ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son whenever he plays guitar. She’s married, with three children and four grandchildren.
She comes from a family rich with characters, both past and present. She spent her childhood listening to her grandmother’s stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father shared stories of growing up in San Antonio during the depression, and through her mother’s eyes she experienced how it felt to be a teenager during WWII.
Yesterday, the first piece she ever submitted, won author Cody James Wolfe’s Flash Fiction Newsletter Contest and that started it all. Her entry, Lost Souls, won 2nd place in the 2009 short story contest of the Northeast Texas Writers’ Organization and My Father’s House won 3rd place in the 2010 competition. Not Long Ago is a time travel adventure/romance, available through MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. She is currently working on a sequel, because the Erin and Griffin’s story wasn’t finished. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance, due out May, 2013.