THE PLACE OF VOICES

TimeDrifter Series
by Lauren Lynch
Christian, Historical Fantasy


Sometimes it takes a journey through time to learn the true meaning of sacrifice.

Anna is devastated by a fire that left her orphaned, dependent on an uncle she never knew existed and far from the only home she has ever known. Brendan struggles with a life limited by crippling illness and a family torn by the loss of his mother. Tzutz Nik faces an arranged marriage to the prince of a ruthless dynasty in order to unite their fractured kingdoms. 

A mysterious invitation gives them each an opportunity to escape their struggles for a while and view their lives from a new perspective. Deep in a remote jungle, amid long-forgotten ancient ruins, they discover the true meaning of sacrifice. In the shadows, a relentless evil presence lurks, threatening to lead them astray. Will they triumph over their adversary or be trapped in his web of lies?

"In the footsteps of The Chronicles of Narnia, this story is rich in symbols of Christianity and allusions to faith and temptation!"~Amazon reviewer

"The emotional journey the three protagonists undergo is at once heartbreaking and encouraging."~Amazon reviewer

"The descriptions make the characters come alive and it is easy to travel on each of their journeys right along with them!"~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Createspace 

CIR: What would you compare this book to?
LYNCH: The Place of Voices has Christian allegory similar to C. S. Lewis's The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, with time travel aspects akin to Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet. The Mayan history and characters are factual with fictionalized details. I enjoy blending fantasy with reality.

CIR: With facts blending with reality, what was your writing process like?
LYNCH: I spent several months researching the location and characters, immersing myself in the details. I visited the Tikal ruins in Guatemala, and allowed the scenery to steep in my mind. Once I have a strong mental image of the story's backdrop, I pull out a pad and brainstorm. I form a very rough outline, adding more details here and there as I’m inspired. Once the story grips me, details even come at night and I keep a pad near my bed to jot down notes. I start with a beginning and end in mind — and a rough idea of how I get from start to finish, but the middle develops as I write. For me, immersion is key.

CIR: Is there any content that might upset some readers?
LYNCH: While there is a death in the book sensitive readers might find heartrending, there is no graphic violence or gore. The book is appropriate for readers 12 and older. 

CIR: Is there more coming?
LYNCH: The Place of Voices is the first book in the TimeDrifter series. Book two, The Veil of Smoke, is set in Pompeii and will be released in late 2014. Book three, The Tower of Refuge will follow in 2015.


Learn more about Lauren Lynch and her writing at laurenlynch.com

LOVE AND THE LIBRARY

by Linda Banche
Regency Romance Novellas

Book 1: A Similar Taste in Books 

Pride and Prejudice has always brought lovers together, even in the Regency.

Justin has a deep, dark secret—he likes that most despised form of literature, the novel. His favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice, and, especially, Miss Elizabeth Bennet. Intelligent, lively, fiercely loyal Miss Elizabeth. How he would love to meet a lady like her.

Clara's favorite novel is Pride and Prejudice and Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy. Intelligent, steadfast and willing to admit when he is wrong. Can a man as splendid as he exist? And can she find him?

One day in the library, they both check out copies of their favorite book. When Justin bumps into Clara, the magic of their similar taste in books just might make their wishes come true.

"This is a little gem of a read. The story is well researched and transports you to London in 1818."~Amazon reviewer

"Anyone looking for an upbeat, sweet Regency courtship tale will find this story just the thing. The Pride and Prejudice quotes are icing on the cake!"~Amazon reviewer

"A delightful novella. It was exactly what I was looking for a late afternoon read."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Smashwords


Book 2: A Mutual Interest in Numbers

Lightning doesn't strike in the same place twice. Does it?

Regency gentleman Mr. Laurence Coffey doesn't care for libraries and novels. His interests run to steam engines and mathematics. But his friend found the lady of his dreams at the library over a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Laurence yearns for a lady of his own, one of wit and cleverness as well as beauty. And while he doesn't expect his friend's luck, visiting the library can't hurt.

Miss Ellen Palmer uses her skill with mathematics to help her inventor father and brother build steam engines, but, unfortunately, many men frown on bluestockings. She loves the library and its mathematics books as well as its novels, especially her favorite, Pride and Prejudice. How she would like to find her own Mr. Darcy. Perhaps someday, somewhere, she can discover a man who wants an intelligent woman.

At the library, they both reach for a copy of Pride and Prejudice at the same time. Can their mutual interest in numbers—and this particular novel—make their dreams come true?

"The perfect little confection that makes your day. It was a fast fun read."~Amazon reviewer

"Linda Banche has an individual and humorous way with a story and her Regencies, though fairly short, are well written and lively."~Amazon reviewer

"A book to read without stopping. Each chapter a smile and a sigh."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Smashwords 


Book 3: A Distinct Flair for Words

Every woman should have her own Mr. Darcy—unless she prefers Mr. Bingley.

Something strange goes on in that library.

Not one, but two of Mr. Frank Wynne’s friends found the ladies of their dreams at the library over a copy of Pride and Prejudice. Magic? Divine providence? Hardly. Coincidence or luck? Perhaps. And to prove or disprove the possibilities, he’ll go to the library and read Pride and Prejudice. Day after day after day. To his surprise, the book is funny, and he does like that Bingley chap. His lady doesn’t appear, though. Of course not. But still…

Miss Felicity White adores Pride and Prejudice. But while most ladies swoon over Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley is the man after her own heart. Happy, good-natured, cheerful, outgoing Mr. Bingley. She loves him so much, she even rewrote Pride and Prejudice from his perspective. Now, if she can only find a gentleman like him…

When Felicity and Frank run into each other, the enchantment of Pride and Prejudice and the library just might strike again.

"This is a super story, full of deft touches and humour."~Amazon reviewer

Available on Amazon and Smashwords

CIR: What gave you the idea for this series?
BANCHE: I wanted to try out indie publishing, and A Similar Taste in Books was the result. Since I write comedy and Regency, the story is a Regency romance with comedy. I must have had Pride and Prejudice on the brain because that book is the catalyst for my hero’s and heroine’s meeting. I also love libraries, so I have them meet over the book in the library. Since this book became a series, I have all my heroes and heroines meet at the library. And I put a duck in each book because I like ducks. Quack.

CIR: What makes your books unique?
BANCHE: My books go against type. Most Regencies are Cinderella stories full of balls, fancy clothes and lots of jewels, where the poor heroine meets with the wealthy man who falls madly in love with her. In this series, the hero and heroine meet in a library. In A Similar Taste in Books, the hero is a poor man who likes novels, which many men at the time despised. My heroine is interested in finance, no empty-headed female whose only thought is finding a rich husband. Book 2 has two mathematicians finding love at the library, and in book 3, the heroine has written a Pride and Prejudice fan fiction book, which the hero helps her publish. Matches made in heaven, or in this case, the library.

CIR: Is there more coming?
BANCHE: There is one more gentleman in my quartet. His story comes next.

Learn more about Linda Banche and her writing at lindabanche.com

THE MOUNTAINS, RIVERS AND THE PLAINS

by Robert Frederick Jackson, Jr.
Christian, Dystopia

As statist power grows in the halls of government, Southern, Gulf, and many Western states begin to govern themselves. Unfortunately, some reside within reach of a government that is aware of their discontent and wants to crush it. 

Duane Jefferson's blog and cafe songs mark him and his best friend Shane Amundsen, a girl who is part Osage Indian as trouble in the government's eyes. The two students of frontier history know archaic defensive skills unique to the era which they will need to protect themselves and a Christian theology professor from dangerous, shadowy agents. 

All three need the services of David Davis, the forestry expert who is highly skilled in covert operations.  In fact he trained almost every law enforcement chief in the South and West in outdoor search and combat skills. 


CIR: What makes your book unique?  
JACKSON: I attempt a slice-of-life, existential realism so as to seem even "plain" or "simple"rather than the complicated plots and character motivations in modern movies and television dramas. My main characters usually have some basic, archaic defensive skill unusual for someone like them. While including action and drama that readers have praised, they also rely more on narrative than many contemporary novels. This is an attempt to mirror older fiction styles of bygone eras and the story telling tradition of my Appalachia.

CIR: You have four main characters in this novel.  Can you tell us about them? 
JACKSON: My main characters tend to be unassuming, honest, Christian and brave; but not unbelievably heroic or pure; just people who are average, good people, without selfish motivations. They rise above the norms of society only in their courage, good intent, and preparation (training, self-education, and such).  Each tends to have a unique attribute. In this novel there are Duane and Shane's expert skills with archaic weapons and their unusual knowledge of outdoor survival and the old frontier ways.

CIR: What was the writing process like for your book? 
JACKSON: For the same goal mentioned previously of existential realism, I do three things: 1. base characters on real people that I know; 2. avoid letting one main character dominate the story; and 3. let my mind wonder rather than starting with a plot outline at the beginning. The third allows me to get into predicaments with my character friends and feel as if I'm in the story and it's happening to me. It is also the way of the mountain story tellers of old times. With respect to real life character inspirations, all of my small, ethnic heroines are based on my Filipina wife and our daughter.

Learn more about Robert Frederick Jackson Jr. and his writing at Literary Leaves.