Do you want to find out about Anna Belfrage's latest book? Come on over, sit down with a nice cup of tea, and read on! Not only can you grab yourself a copy, you can also read an excerpt and read about Anna answering the question: why time travel?!
He hoped for a wife. He found a companion through time and beyond.
It is 1715 and for Duncan Melville something fundamental is missing from his life. Despite a flourishing legal practice and several close friends, he is lonely, even more so after the recent death of his father. He needs a wife—a companion through life, someone to hold and be held by. What he wasn’t expecting was to be torn away from everything he knew and find said woman in 2016…
Erin Barnes has a lot of stuff going on in her life. She doesn’t need the additional twist of a stranger in weird outdated clothes, but when he risks his life to save hers, she feels obligated to return the favour. Besides, whoever Duncan may be, she can’t exactly deny the immediate attraction.
The complications in Erin’s life explode. Events are set in motion and to Erin’s horror she and Duncan are thrown back to 1715. Not only does Erin have to cope with a different and intimidating world, soon enough she and Duncan are embroiled in a dangerous quest for Duncan’s uncle, a quest that may very well cost them their lives as they travel through a Scotland poised on the brink of rebellion.
Will they find Duncan’s uncle in time? And is the door to the future permanently closed, or will Erin find a way back?
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Why Time Travel?
First of all, thank you Beatrice for inviting me to visit your blog to talk about my latest release, The Whirlpools of Time. This my latest book baby is a time travel romance featuring Duncan Melville who somehow ends up in 2016 (a major feat, given he’s born in 1686) where he saves a certain Erin Barnes from being abducted and then, due to sequence of events, ends up back in 1715—with Erin. Let’s just say she has moments when she’s less than thrilled…
Many years ago, I was pitching one of my first books to an agent. He complimented my writing, expressed that he found the historical setting vividly depicted but couldn’t at all understand why I’d added a time travel ingredient.
“What’s the point?” he asked, looking genuinely confused.
The world is full of people who just don’t get the allure of a time travel ingredient in a novel. They wrinkle their nose and express they much prefer a “real” historical novel, one set firmly in the past. Fortunately, there are just as many who love a good time travel novel. For them, the time traveller is something akin to a guide into the past, a person from our time who reacts like we would do had we been thrown into a world without running water, electricity or chocolate. (Because seriously: a life without chocolate? Pass me the hara-kiri sword!)
I love reading good time travel. I shiver all over when a writer manages to suspend disbelief and entice me into taking the plunge backwards with their characters. Just as much as I enjoy reading it, I like writing it: to write time travel allows me to get very up and close with the past, be it the lice in the bedding, the total lack of tomatoes and toilets. More importantly, I am submerged in a world where people had substantially different values than ours. This is where having a time traveller as your MC becomes very useful: if you’re born and bred in a period, you don’t react to values and behaviours as they’re the norm. But for the modern person who ends up in the 18th century, there are numerous challenges when it comes to values, be it the inferior status of women or the self-evident truth that God exists (and is Anglican). In The Whirlpools of Time, our modern-day protagonist has to navigate a society fundamentally different from the one she is familiar with. To further complicate things, Erin is of mixed heritage. How that works out for her? Well, you’ll have to read the book!
Had Anna been allowed to choose, she’d have become a time-traveller. As this was impossible, she became a financial professional with two absorbing interests: history and writing. Anna has authored the acclaimed time travelling series The Graham Saga, set in 17th century Scotland and Maryland, as well as the equally acclaimed medieval series The King’s Greatest Enemy which is set in 14th century England.
Anna has also published The Wanderer, a fast-paced contemporary romantic suspense trilogy with paranormal and time-slip ingredients. Her September 2020 release, His Castilian Hawk, has her returning to medieval times. Set against the complications of Edward I’s invasion of Wales, His Castilian Hawk is a story of loyalty, integrity—and love. Her most recent release, The Whirlpools of Time, is a time travel romance set against the backdrop of brewing rebellion in the Scottish highlands.
All of Anna’s books have been awarded the IndieBRAG Medallion, she has several Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choices, and one of her books won the HNS Indie Award in 2015. She is also the proud recipient of various Reader’s Favorite medals as well as having won various Gold, Silver and Bronze Coffee Pot Book Club awards.