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From Now On by Susan A. Royal Book Tour, Interview, and Giveaway

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Title: From Now On
Series:  It’s About Time Series #2
Author:  Susan A. Royal
Published:  May 23rd, 2014
Publisher:   MuseItUp
Word Count:  approx. 90,000
Genre:  Time Travel Adventure Romance
Content Warning:  Mild Sexual Content
Synopsis:
Erin and Griffin’s happy reunion is short-lived when Isobeil sends him on a mission to mysterious Manx Island soon after their arrival in his world. Griffin asks for Erin’s hand in marriage and promises they’ll marry when he returns, but he doesn’t come back in the allotted time. Erin discovers Isobeil isn’t at all concerned he is missing. In fact she plans to use Griffin’s absence to send Erin back to her own time.
Erin’s old friend, Arvo, helps her sneak out of the castle. Together with his squire they travel to Griffin’s childhood home, seeking help from Griffin’s trusted friend, Sir Edevane. Erin and Griffin’s sister, Kat, share a touching moment before she is summoned by Griffin’s mother, Lady Gwyneth. After an uneasy confrontation, Gwyneth wishes Erin and Edevane Godspeed, sending them on their way. At a tavern along the way, they meet Rhylie and Sage, orphaned sisters who ask to travel with them to Swansea.
After they arrive in the port city, they make arrangements with Captain Akin for passage to Manx Island. Once they set sail, Erin discovers unexpected passengers. Against her mother’s wishes, Kat has followed them. Also aboard are Rhylie and Sage, on their way home to Manx Island.
They find Griffin’s horse, Bayard, running loose on the beach. Captain Akin tells them the vines tangled in his bridle grow only in Ballaugh Curragh, which is on the other side of the island, so they head in that direction.
When Erin and Bayard get lost in a strange mist, she stumbles upon a herd of pigs, led by a little man called Figg. He takes Erin back to camp. On the way, he admits he’s recently seen Griffin and Bayard in the company of strangers. And Griffin was being held against his will. Figg offers Erin his help.
At a small village on their way, they discover the strangers passed through days before. They are caught in a freak snowstorm and take shelter for the night in the ruins of an old church, where Erin glimpses a ghost keeping watch at a grave. That night she dreams of the woman and learns why she haunts the graveyard.
Armed mercenaries capture Erin and the others and take them to a hidden camp where Erin is shocked to discover her brother Aidan is the man in charge. He is under orders to level Ballaugh Curragh if necessary to keep H.G. Hammond, a power hungry murderer, from activating a device to set up his own empire in this time. She is even more determined to find Griffin while there’s still time. Rhylie and Sage help them escape and lead them to their childhood home outside Kirk Michael, where Rhylie tells the story of their father and mother and how they met.
Aidan catches up with them, and when his men disobey his orders, Aidan sends them back to their own time. Erin talks her brother into joining them. He shocked to discover Rhylie and Sage are his daughters. He realizes he’s got to find some other way to deal with Hammond. It’s one thing to sacrifice his life, but another thing altogether when it involves his family.
Iain is killed when a small group goes to scout out Hammond’s camp. They decide to strike immediately or lose the advantage of surprise. Once they arrive, Aidan sets off an explosion to confuse Hammond’s men and goes in to disarm the device. While he’s doing that, Erin finds Griffin alive, but trapped in the cellar of a building. She manages to save him before it caves in completely. Aidan is able to disable the device and fails to catch Hammond who escapes, but not before Akin can follow him to whatever world he is going.
Everyone returns to Lady Gwyneth’s manor. Erin and Griffin are reunited at last and their marriage takes place. Aidan manages to arrive in time to walk his sister down the aisle. After the ceremony Erin is stunned when Aidan approaches with two of the guests and asks Erin if she recognizes Dad and Mom.
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Excerpt:
I am a stranger in this world, even though I’ve traveled this way before.
Fate and not design brought me the first time. It hurled me into a distant future, with no idea how or why, taking me from an existence dependent upon modern technology to a place where people fear such things and those who use them. While searching for my way home from this harsh and sometimes violent world, my admiration for its inhabitants who valued honor and duty above all else grew into admiration and respect. I found myself drawn to one in particular, a man who saved me more than once. Only I never expected to fall in love with him.
Torn between my feelings and a longing for home, I returned to my time with only vague memories of my experience. My life went back to normal, but part of me sensed the loss of something more precious than anything I’d regained. Until one day, I saw him again.
This time I’ve come by choice, and it is where I’m going to stay.
Fate willing.

 

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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 complete with a female ghost who has been known to harmonize with her son when he plays guitar.
Susan is married and the mother of six (she counts her children’s spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared 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 told her about growing up in San Antonio in the depression, and she experienced being a teenager during WWII through her mother’s eyes.
Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. Her latest book is From Now On, a time travel adventure/romance. It’s the stand-alone sequel to Not Long Ago in her It’s About Time series. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. Odin’s Spear, one of her short stories is featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon.
 
 

Susan, Keep Calm and Answer These Twenty-Five Questions

  1. Do you consider yourself a logophile? If so, have you always been? Absolutely! I didn’t know what it was until I looked it up, but I’ve been since the first time I picked up a Ray Bradbury book and discovered how he could paint pictures with the right words.
  2. What is your favorite color? It depends on the day, the hour and my mood at any given moment. I am partial to dark, rich colors like Teal, Navy, Black and Red in the winter. I like lime, coral, and turquoise in the summer. No pale washed-out colors for this girl.
  3. Where were you born? Where did you grow up? I was born in El Paso Texas and lived there until I was about 2 ½ years old. All I remember about the place is sand, sand and more sand. I grew up on the southeast side of San Antonio, Texas. In those days, it was still close enough to small town living that most people didn’t even bother to lock their doors. I went to school with Germans, Czechs, Poles, Hispanics and African Americans, many of whom spoke English as a second language.
  4. What is your favorite football team? My husband keeps me in the loop on all the latest, but the only time I paid much attention to football was when my sons played. They didn’t just played, they played to win…from the beginning of the game to the bitter end. I enjoyed it when I wasn’t tied up in knots worrying they might get hurt.
  5. Who is your favorite author? Again, there are several. Ray Bradbury was an early favorite, followed by Poul Anderson, Madeleine L’Engle.  Mary Stewart’s Merlin series made me fall in love with the middle ages, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series made me want to time travel, Susanna Kearsley’s books made me believe in reincarnation, and Maggie Stiefvater mademe remember what it’s like to be young,
  6. What is your favorite book? To be honest, I don’t have one that stands out above all the rest, but if I did, I can assure you it would be about time travel to a medieval society, filled with action, adventure and OF COURSE, romance.
  7. What do you do when you are not writing? Oh my, I have so many irons in the fire, it’s a wonder I don’t burn the house down. The love of music has always drawn our family together. My husband plays guitar and piano, one son plays guitar and my granddaughter plays guitar, drums and keyboard. I am their audience. I paint with acrylics, sew just about anything, repurpose found items into key chains, wind chimes, shelves and anything neat I can come  up with. We live in a 100 year old farmhouse that is always in a state of remodel. We have five grandchildren. My husband and I love to go to the movies. I read. I love to shop at thrift stores and Good Will.
  8. Do you have a day job as well? I’ve been a secretary in education for 25 years.
  9. Do you have any advice for aspiring authors? Join a critique group. Continue to write, continue to learn, continue to submit and never, ever give up.
  10. Is being a writer a curse or a gift? Sometimes both. Like any talent, it will go to waste unless you work at it.
  11. Where do you write? In a little corner of my laundry room, where I have my pegboard filled with research, writing tips and photos, my good luck charms (a little troll from friends who live on the Isle of Man and a dragon that belonged to my cousin) and my book covers to remind me  how far I’ve come.
  12. Do you prefer silence or some noise while you write? Usually the television is on in the background or I like listening to soundtracks.
  13. What do you typically drink while writing? Hot tea, coffee, iced tea or Pepsi, depending on the time of year
  14. What challenges have you had in regards to your writing life? Finding the time and energy to promote. You can’t be successful if you don’t get your stuff out there.
  15. When did you first start and when did you finish your book? When I got serious about writing sometime in 2008, I started Not Long Ago and began posting chapters on Critique Circle, an online writing group. I finished it about a year later and began submitting, editing, improving until it was picked up by MuseItUp in 2010. I’ve been fortunate to be able to publish one book a year since then.
  16. If your book is made into a movie, which actors/actresses do you envision playing the parts? Clive Owen would make a great Sir Griffin. Tall, grey eyes, dark curly hair. Nice smile. Not sure about Erin.
  17. What does your protagonist think of you? Would he/she want to hang out with you? She’d definitely like my sarcasm. Since we’re both stubborn and have quick tempers, we’d argue a lot. It would be like a mother-daughter relationship, I think.
  18. How do you market your book? What avenues work best? Since my novels are ebooks, I’ve had great luck with blog swaps and blog tours.
  19. What has been the toughest criticism so far? I’m hardest on myself. Sometimes I wonder why anyone would like my books, so I’m always surprised and pleased when they get my story and/or my characters.
  20. What has been the best compliment? Someone telling me they can’t put the book down.
  21. Is anything in your book based on real life experiences or purely all imagination? Each character has a composite personality loosely based on people I know or observe.
  22. How did you come up with the title? I wanted it to have something to do with time…
  23. Will there be a sequel? This is the second in the series, and yes. Definitely. In the next book, Erin and Griffin will be visiting the caves in Wales.
  24. What project are you working on now? I’m finishing up a young adult fantasy with mystery, Xander and the Missing Princess.
  25. What question did I leave out that you’d like to answer? Why do you write about time travel? Because I like the idea of visiting some other time and being up close and personal with what happens then and there.

Please fill in the blank: Keep Calm and never give up.

 

 
Giveaway Details:
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
  • One winner will receive an ecopy of Not Long Ago and From Now On, the first two books in the It’s About Time series.
Giveaway is International.

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7 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for having me, Kristy. The interview questions were lots of fun.

  2. Susan A. Royal says:

    Thanks so much for having me, Kristy. I loved the questions!!

  3. Edmund Wells says:

    I loved the first novel, From Now On, and I’ve already got my copy of From Now On. As good as the romance is (so my female friends tell me, lol), I’m a fan of the action and adventure, which is always a lot of fun. I’m really looking forward to it!

    Congratulations on an excellent series, Susan!

    • Thanks, Edmund! I tried really hard to keep a balance of both, so everyone would be happy. And I got a lot of help from male writer friends who kept me from going overboard in the romance department. 😉

  4. Congrats to Susan!

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