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SPECIAL GUEST ~ Nancy Scanlon author of An Enchanted Spring ~ Giveaway

26 May

Thank you for joining me on the blog today! Please help me welcome Nancy Scanlon 🙂 Nancy is talking time travel in romance and also sharing her latest release An Enchanted Spring. 

From the blurb and excerpt this sounds like a great read. And, don’t forget to enter her awesome giveaway. The link is at the end of the post. GOOD LUCK!

Take it away Nancy …

Romance Through Time: Time Travel in Romance

 

Time travel romances can take you anywhere, any time, and in any direction. So many people long for experiences, but the reality is, we can’t possibly experience everything in this life. That’s where books come in – and that’s especially where time travel shines! Of course we know that times were rough in earlier periods, but as time-travel romance readers, we get to experience the best of what the era had to offer, while looking at it all through the rosy glasses of hindsight. As an author, I can take the best of a culture, spin the most heroic qualities of the time into a hero (or heroine!), and make an ideal out of it. As a reader, I can relate a part of myself to a character and get that happily-ever-after, in the most perfect setting, in a time where the good always outweighs the bad.

In time travel romances, when an everyday woman (or man!) is thrust into such an unexpected and unfamiliar situation, the reaction to her new surroundings doesn’t necessarily define her for the rest of the story. How she reacts to subsequent challenges, such as convincing a medieval hero that she can do more than sew in a tower or challenging the norm of the ton that marriage is the only option for women, taps into a collective curiosity. What’s the potential of this heroine? How clever can she be? How far can she be pushed before she pushes back? As the story progresses, the question of how the two characters manage to grow together, when their minds and cultures are so far apart on every level, is eventually resolved after many hurdles.

When two souls are meant to be together, in a romance novel, there is nothing the Universe can throw at them that prevents them from being together. Distance, financial status, disapproving parents, societal standards…all these challenges are surmountable if both parties are willing to give up something in their lives. But different eras? How does one decide that love is greater than indoor plumbing, glass windows, even medicine? Most romances are loved for the simple reason that readers are usually guaranteed a happily ever after – and time travels are no exception. After twisting through trials and times not their own, both main characters must adapt their ways of thinking and behaving for true love to work. Seeing the characters change into a better version of themselves is emotionally satisfying – and it’s fun to see how traditions and history is blended (or, in some cases, bent) to the story. In a time travel romance, “The End” is just the beginning, because when you’re willing to trade everything you have for the chance to be with the other half of your soul, then you know that true love has conquered all – including time itself.

 

Enter to Win a Print Copy of AN ENCHANTED SPRING

 

AN ENCHANTED SPRING
Mists of Fate #2
Nancy Scanlon
Releasing May 24th, 2016
Diversion
Nancy Scanlon continues the
timebending saga she began with The Winter Laird, pulling heroes and villains
alike through the portals of time to help save their futures and find their
truest loves.
A time travel accident has left
Aidan MacWilliam, younger brother of a medieval Irish laird, trapped in the
future. Though he’s become a successful entrepreneur in the twenty-first
century, Aidan still can’t banish thoughts of the world he left behind. In
search of distraction, he heads to New York to scout a PR person for his
cousin’s matchmaking firm, Celtic Connections.
Emmaline Perkins might be the
perfect candidate. A PR expert and closet medievalist, Emma has always put work
before her social life. When a breathtakingly handsome man who looks like he
stepped straight out of the Middle Ages proposes business, she struggles to
keep her professional and personal lives separate.
Then Emma’s ex-fiancé resurfaces,
threatening Emma’s livelihood, her home, and ultimately her safety. Aidan jumps
to protect her and not just because she’s good for business. He feels a primal
need to defend the alluring young woman. But the question is not where she’ll
be safe, but when.

EXCERPT

He stopped directly in front of her, his body inches from hers, and slowly leaned in. Emma’s breath hitched, and her body went on full alert, her senses hyperaware of him. His clean scent filled her nose, and his nearness made her knees turn to jelly. When her eyes locked on his clean-shaven face, it took every fiber of her being not to rise up on her toes and run her tongue along his jawline.

His eyes met hers, and she saw it—raw hunger. As he raised his hand slowly, she parted her lips, hoping for a second taste of Aidan MacWilliam.

The sound of something rustling above her head forced her to look up.

Aidan brought a bag of coffee down to the counter and trapped her between his arms.

She couldn’t move. She didn’t want to move.

They stood like that for a long moment before he shook his head a little, as if questioning his sanity, before he placed his hand on her jaw, tugged it open, and melded his firm lips to hers. Her eyes fluttered closed of their own accord, and she was suddenly enveloped in his arms, his hand stroking her neck. He cradled her head and flicked his tongue to hers. She wrapped her arms around his shoulders and brought them up to his neck, as he kissed her gently, carefully, as though she would break.

She sighed softly and leaned into him, and he growled into her mouth. Aidan kept one hand in her hair, his fingers gentle, and pressed his other hand into the small of her back, bringing her body flush with his. He deepened the kiss, devouring her in the best of ways. Emma felt cherished, branded, and hot all over.

She pressed into him harder, and he slid his hand up her spine, sending chills throughout her overheated body. She ran her fingers through his hair, surprised at its softness. He drew her attention away from wandering thoughts, though, when, without breaking the kiss, he grasped her waist and lifted her onto the counter. He angled her head and kissed her as though his life depended on it.

She lost all coherent thought.

His hands were on her back, her shoulders, her hair, her legs. She dragged her hands up his abs, feeling the ridges of muscles and flesh; she wanted to tear his shirt off and kiss him everywhere, all at once.

“Ahem.”

Dimly, she registered that someone was standing on the other side of the island, and she tried to disengage from Aidan.

“Kitchen’s closed,” Aidan said, his voice rough. He rested his forehead against Emma’s.

“Let me know when it’s open, all right? I need some coffee before I start working,” Colin replied, the grin in his voice unmistakable. A few seconds later, a door opened and closed.

They looked at each other for a moment, breathing hard, and didn’t say anything. Aidan flicked his gaze to her lips, and kissed her hard and deep before pulling away. “I won’t apologize for that.”

More confused than ever, she glared at him. “I don’t know whether to slap you or…or…”

His green gaze locked on her for another moment, and he let out a sudden chuckle. “Christ, Emma, what you reduce me to. Kissing you in my cousin’s kitchen.”

“That felt more like ravishing,” she snapped before she could stop herself. She slid off the counter.

He brought his body against hers once more, and she cursed herself for freezing in place. He leaned down, his mouth on her ear, and ran his tongue along it. “Then you’ve never been properly ravished,” he whispered.

 
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Born and raised near Boston, Massachusetts, Nancy Scanlon wrote
her first romance novel at age 16, when she realized that fictional boyfriends
were much easier to figure out than real ones. In the time since, she managed
to earn a degree in English, obtain a graduate certificate in creative writing
from the University of Cambridge, and marry the man of her dreams (but she
still holds tight to her fictional boyfriends).
 
Currently,
she resides in Puerto Rico with her husband, two children, and two dogs. When
not writing, Nancy spends her time reading, reviewing and blogging about
romance novels, watching too much HGTV, and taking care of her family.

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Posted by on May 26, 2016 in Blitz/Bonanza Spotlights

 

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One response to “SPECIAL GUEST ~ Nancy Scanlon author of An Enchanted Spring ~ Giveaway

  1. redreviewsit

    May 26, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Thank you for hosting AN ENCHANTED SPRING today!

    Crystal, Tasty Book Tours

     

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