Romance Reviews

The Romance Reviews

Crimson Romance

Crimson Romance
For the best in romance, from sweet to naughty!

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Special Guest: Louann Carroll

Today on the blog, I had the opportunity interview Louann Carroll, one of very favorite authors!

So, without further ado... Here's Louann!

Don’t give away any secrets, but what’s A Shadow of Time about?

If you like the paranormal, and creepy haunted houses with a dark romantic twist, venture into the estate called, Shadow Ley. 

Imagine a blip in time, a dimension if you will, that doesn’t make it to fruition. Within this shadow, people sense something isn’t right. They know it because their world isn’t as bright as they would like and their dreams contain other worlds and possibly, other dimensions.

Consumed by a childhood filled with terror and pain, Kellyn O’Brien strives to create the perfect family. Then, disaster strikes. Her husband is dead. Three weeks later, she discovers her son is heir to Shadow Ley, a nineteenth century estate located in the Sierra Nevada foothills. 

Still reeling from Michael's death, Kellyn moves to Shadow Ley. Soon after her arrival, the ordinary becomes the extraordinary: broken drinking glasses repair themselves, stair rails that were once old are now new, and suddenly the estate of Shadow Ley is not what it seems. 

She turns to the local historian and hears the tale of Shenahobet, the portal guardian, and the Hutto-pah, a tribe of Native Americans related to the Maya. She meets John, a doctor, who experiences visions of other times and places. Her dreams turn into nightmares with windows into past lives, hints of multidimensionality, and the promise of life beyond death. 

Legends abound and so Shadow Ley, the home Kellyn had hoped would bring peace to herself and her children, becomes mired first in doubt, then in terror, and finally in love eternal.

What inspired you to write A Shadow of Time?

Theoretical physics fascinates me. The possibility of multiple dimensions and the consequence of interaction between varying planes can spur any writer on. I mean you can have one soul that populates various dimensions. Some souls might be mad, others, kind and loving. How they interact makes one heck of a story. 

How did you come up with the title?

When studying theoretical physics I was fascinated with the idea of a dimension being somewhat like a person. Maybe some dimensions come into being too soon and they die early because the souls that populate them aren’t ready to take them farther. I came to call these dimensions, shadows. So there you have it, A Shadow of Time. 

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

With so much horror and sorrow in our world today, you might try being more aware of your surroundings. Try to examine the coincidences that come into your life, but more than anything else, remember magic exists. Use it to brighten your life and the lives of others around you. 

If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything about A Shadow of Time?

Not a thing. My editor, Lynn, found the gem within the stone. 

Do you have plans for a new book? Is A Shadow of Time part of a series?

Shadow is a stand-alone book. My other novel, Gemini Rising is book one of a three part series.

How long does it take you to write A Shadow of Time?

One year—start to finish.

What do you think makes a good story?

Mystery with a dash of passion, a cup of romance, a hint of horror, and a happy ending. 

What do you do when you are not writing?

I play on Facebook, Twitter, and my website to promote my books. If I’m just kickin’ it, I’m outside swimming, boating, or hiking. Sometimes I clean the house. 

Do you have a day job as well?

I do, but my employer likes me to keep my private and professional life separate. 

What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Two hours networking, four hours writing, and jamming life in between. 

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

I write by the seat of my pants. I wish I could do an outline and know exactly where I’m going, but my brain doesn’t work that way. 

What does your family think of your writing?

They don’t. They don’t even ask when my next book is due out. They are more concerned about the frozen chocolate chip cookies I should have available in the freezer. Either that or we’re arguing politics. 

What books have most influenced your life most?

My writing life? 

The Stand, by Stephen King, Earth Abides, by George Stewart, and Atlas Shrugged, by Ayn Rand.

I love the mystery of The Stand, the eeriness of Earth Abides, and the romance of Atlas Shrugged. 

If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Judi McCoy—romance writer. She passed away this year and I will be forever in her debt. 

What book are you reading now? 

I just finished the ARC for Fallen Masters by John Edward. The novel is due out this September. I really enjoyed it. 

We'll all miss Judi, she was a rare gem, willing to do whatever she could to help aspiring authors, old and young alike. 

Do you work with an outline, or just write?

Eh, I just write. Makes for harried nerves, but that’s how my brain works. When I do get the germ of an idea, I write it down on yellow legal paper. 

How do you market your work? What avenues have you found to work best for your genre?

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and I’ve done a ton of blog hops. You have to work hard at getting reviews. People just don’t like to leave them. Being a reviewer myself, I understand why, but writers need reviewers, just like they need readers. It’s a symbiotic relationship. 

Do you prefer ebooks, paperbacks, or hardcover?

Paperbacks. I have a Kindle, but I can’t take it into the bathtub. 

Is there a particular movie that you preferred over the book version?

Maybe the Hunger Games. King definitely doesn’t translate well into movies. 

Fun Questions:

What’s your favorite gadget?

My android phone. Love the thing. I think it’s smoother than the iPhone. 

If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?

Princess Lea. I always wanted to be a princess. I was accidently born into the wrong family. *grin* 

If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?

Kathryn Kelly. She’s my MC in Gemini Rising. She starts out being almost neurotic, but as she grows, she finds love, strength, and a purpose for living. She’s smart, but doesn’t really understand just how intelligent she is. She, like most people, grows into herself. 

If Hollywood made a movie about your life, whom would you like to see play the lead role as you?

Linda Hamilton. She starred in the Terminator. She’s tough, strong, and can take on the bad guys like nobody else.

If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?

If I could have just one superpower, it would be to bring love into the hearts of others. Love is the strongest emotion in the universe. If used correctly, that emotion alone will solve humankind’s problems. 

If you won $20 million in the lottery, what would you do with the money?

I would start a charitable trust that will help people with Crohn’s disease and Hepatitis C to get the medicines they need. I have Crohn’s and my medication costs over two grand a month. My brother has Hep C and his medications are well over one thousand. Millions of people need assistance, and while we have insurance, there are many who don’t. 

If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?

Bleu cheese. I haven’t had it in years due to my condition, but if I remember correctly, I loved it. 

If you were a car, what kind would you be?

Candy apple red nineteen sixty-six Corvette. *shudders* 

White wine or red?

White. NEVER red. 

Coffee or tea?


Vanilla or chocolate ice cream?

Always chocolate. 

Dogs or cats?

Dogs. I have two, Chelsea who is seventeen and Gus who is going on fourteen. 

Sleep in or get up early?

Sleep in. Saturday mornings are my favorite. My husband brings me coffee. 

Dark or milk chocolate?


Rocks or flowers?

Rocks. I collect them. My best find is a forty-five million year-old fossil of brain coral I dug out of a dry Nevada lakebed. Then, there’s my dinosaur egg. That is way cool. 

Night or day?

Twilight. We take the boat out on the lake and swim. There’s nothing better. 

Favorite color?


Crayons or markers?

Crayons. I still color with the grandkids. 

Pens or pencils?

Pencils with a sharp point. Just love ‘em. 

Thanks Louann for a fun interview!! Can't wait for you to come back again!

Please visit my website at and readers can always reach me at 

Thank you! 

Remember to visit Louann sometime! Friend her on Facebook and Follow her on Twitter!

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Destiny's Past by Patricia C. Lee

Publisher: Crescent Moon Press
Pages: 280

 (Released: June 7, 2011)

From the Cover:

No-nonsense medical examiner, Kelly Richards, relies on the familiar comforts of science and scalpels to get her through the day. So when a not-so-dead guy who claims he's from the past lands on her autopsy table, she considers calling the men in white coats to escort him to a padded room. But Jarek's old-world ways and hot gaze trick her heart into falling for him—a mistake she swore she'd never make again.

When Jarek, Prince of Leisos, discovers someone he trusts has been slowly poisoning him, he travels to the future in search of a cure. Driven by vengeance, he enlists the help of an impudent scientist to return him to his time. Caught between his growing desire for Kelly and the need to expose his would-be assassin before he strikes again, Jarek must either forfeit his ticket home or lose the only woman he's ever loved.

When Kelly Richards gets the shock of her life, a moving supposed to be corpse lands on her autopsy table, she does the only thing she can think of... she wonders who's crazier, her or the guy who's supposed to be dead? And why isn't he? Next, before she has time to think, she's covering for him when the police show up. Has she lost all of her senses? But, there something about this man who says he's stepped out of the long ago past, and maybe he's part of her future, as yet untold.

Jarek only knows he's being sent to the future, to find the cure for the poison ravishing his body. How far he must travel or where he'll be, he has no idea. He does know that someone he's trusted wants to see him dead, and in his place on the throne. He begs this doctor from the future to help save his life, so he can return to have his vengeance, but he wasn't counting on falling for the doctor or helping her pick up the fractured pieces of her life. He become her protector, her redemption, her lover.

Destiny's Past by Patricia C. Lee is a bit of sci-fi paranormal romance all wrapped up in a story of loss, redemption, and someone willing to sacrifice it all for the person he loves. That's what happens in Destiny's Past. Kelly has left her previous employment to come and hide out, hoping she's been lost and unable to be found. With the loss of her sister, she seems to lost her way, and until Jarek falls into her life, she isn't sure there's a way back. But, with him, she starts to feel like a real life might be possible again. The only problem is, Jarek isn't from now, he claims to be from the past, and her logical brain has trouble getting around this fantasy he's created, until one day, she finds herself considering the possibility. She realizes that, somehow, he's gotten under her skin and he's there to stay.

Destiny's Past, at least to me, is part science fiction/time travel fantasy read, with an excellent romance to tie up all the loose ends. Jarek is an alpha male who has stepped out the past in need of a doctor's help, and not just any doctor, but Kelly Richards who's life needs saving almost as much as his. She saves his life, but in the process, he helps her put back the pieces of her own. Patricia Lee writes a moving story of loss and redemption, of love found and almost lost again. Jarek saves Kelly, but almost at the loss of his only way home. Destiny's Past blends Jarek's world and his ability to move through time with Kelly's sensible and logical real world life. Paranormal romance lovers and fans of time traveling romance might like to give this one a try, it's definitely worthy of a read.

4.5 fairy kisses out of 5 for this reader

I received this ebook from the author, Patricia C. Lee, for review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Copyright © 2008-2011 Tink's Place All Rights Reserved. Proudly powered by Blogger

  © Blogger template Starry by 2008 Modified by Lea

Back to TOP