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Grosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy Button 300 x 225 A guest blog from author Barbara Bretton

“Where do you get your ideas?”

That has to be the #1 question asked of writers.

The #1 answer, however, can vary.

Sometimes we shrug our shoulders and say, “I don’t know.”

Sometimes we offer up a sheepish smile and mumble, “Everywhere.”

Neither answer tells you what you want to know but that’s the problem with the truth. Ideas are everywhere and they’re as elusive as Mr. Right. (Or even Mr. Almost Right.) Bits and pieces of overheard conversations, a newspaper article, the whisper of a song floating from an open car window on a sunny day. One or all of those things could trigger that mysterious thing called inspiration and set the writing process in motion.

But that’s not how my Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy came about. I know exactly when and where and how the idea first flashed across my mind.

balloon2When we first moved across the Hudson River from New York to bucolic central New Jersey years ago, the first thing we noticed was the fact that every evening after supper, a flotilla of hot-air balloons drifted gently over our neighborhood. Now I’m a native New Yorker, born and bred, and I’d pretty much thought I’d seen it all but there was nothing in my experience that matched the wonder and romance of watching those incredibly beautiful (and amazingly fragile) balloons sail across the sky, occasionally punctuating the birdsong with the sound of their propane tanks fueling the fire that keeps them aloft.

We grew accustomed to seeing spotters tearing down country roads, trying to guess exactly where the balloon would come down. Sometimes we even joined them in the race to outpace the quickly-dropping vehicle.

My parents made the migration to New Jersey a few years after we did and settled happily into a townhouse about a half-mile from where we lived. They’d enjoyed watching the hot-air balloons sail over our house but nothing prepared them for the day one came sailing toward their porch!

“We were just about to eat supper,” my mother told me later on, “and suddenly your father yelled ‘We’re going to die!’ and went running down the stairs to the front door. I thought he’d lost his mind until I looked out the sliding doors and saw the gondola of a giant hot-air balloon dangling in front of my eyes!”

She ran downstairs after my father, just in time to see the gondola come to a bouncing landing on top of her neighbor’s car while the absolutely gigantic striped balloon began to rapidly deflate.

Within minutes the parking lot was filled with neighbors. They helped the pilot and passengers out of the basket and watched, fascinated, as the spotters arrived to finish deflating the balloon and gather it up for its next adventure.

My parents gained a great story to pass on at the next family gathering but their writer-daughter (me!) gained a whole lot more.

A beautiful crimson hot-air balloon. The history-rich central New Jersey countryside. A woman who earns her living working with the threads of the past. A man who has everything this world can offer but the woman he’d loved and lost. Now take those two lovers and spin them back two centuries. Add a Revolutionary War hero. Mix in a Patriot spy ring and some real danger and I couldn’t get to my computer fast enough.

Grosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy Banner 450 x 169When I wrote SOMEWHERE IN TIME I had no idea that it would be the first book in a trilogy. To my delight, readers enjoyed Emilie and Zane’s reignited romance and fell head-over-heels in love with the Patriot hero, Andrew McVie and demanded that he be given a story of his own. My publisher came to me with a deal for two more books and I was off and running. Andrew McVie went forward in time in TOMORROW AND ALWAYS and found Shannon Whitney the love of his life. The two of them — and their wayward psychic librarian friend Dakota Wylie — go back to Revolutionary War New Jersey in DESTINY’S CHILD, where Dakota meets her match in Patrick Devlin, the most hated man in town. Of course, nothing is exactly as it seems and Patrick–well, why should I ruin the story? I hope you’ll read it and fall in love with Patrick yourself.

All three books are available in digital form right now. In fact, SOMEWHERE IN TIME is free for the taking at most e-retail outlets.

Even better news: SOMEWHERE IN TIME will also be available in audiobook format by July 4th with the other titles following a few weeks later. If you want to be notified when they’re available, drop me a note through my website with “audio” in the subject header and I’ll do the rest.

Thanks so much for stopping by and a big thank-you to Sarah for giving me this space to share my story.

Somewhere in Time

  • Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy: Book One
  • Genre: Time Travel/Romance
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press
  • ISBN: 9781301712953
  • ASIN: B008ELA6VK
  • Page count: 300-320
  • Word count: Approx. 80,000
  • Book Trailer: http://youtu.be/tI8lHp9aSD4

Book Description:

Historian Emilie Crosse dreamed of a love that would last forever

Who knew she’d have to sail across two centuries to find it?

When her ex-husband Zane Grey Rutledge showed up at her door with a Revolutionary War uniform that was part of his grandmother’s estate, neither one suspected that their lives were about to change in ways they couldn’t possibly imagine.

Swept back in time to 1776 where a nation is struggling to be born, Emilie finds herself torn between two men: Zane, her ex who still holds the key to her heart, and Andrew McVie, the Patriot hero of her long-ago dreams . . . .

Reviewers Choice Award – Best Historical Time Travel

Romantic Times

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Tomorrow and Always

  • Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy: Book Two
  • Barbara Bretton
  • Genre: Time Travel/Romance
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press
  • ISBN: 9781301018895
  • ASIN: B008ELGJ0M
  • Page count: 300-320
  • Word count: Approx. 80,000

Book Description:

Timeless Lovers . . .

Different Worlds

Shannon Whitney didn’t believe she had a future until Andrew McVie crash-lands his time-traveling hot-air balloon in her backyard one summer afternoon and changes her life forever.

He is a Revolutionary War patriot

She is an independent modern woman

Their paths should never have crossed but apparently fate has other plans.

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Destiny’s Child

  • Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy: Book Three
  • Barbara Bretton
  • Genre: Time Travel/Romance
  • Publisher: Free Spirit Press
  • ISBN: 9781301054299
  • ASIN: B008ELGLGY
  • Page count: 300-320
  • Word count: Approx. 80,000

Book Description:

It’s not every day a woman goes traveling through time

Dakota Wylie is a wisecracking, unemployed, overweight psychic librarian from Princeton

Patrick Devane is an angry, hard-headed spy with a six-year-old daughter who hears voices

The only thing they have in common is New Jersey

But when Dakota leaps from the basket of a hot air balloon to help his crying child, little does she know that she’s leaping into history . . . and love.

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Praise for the Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy

“SOMEWHERE IN TIME sweeps readers away into a marvelous world where love is timeless and dreams come true. Combine this ingenious plot . . . with humor and sensuality and you have a great read.” –Romantic Times

SOMEWHERE IN TIME – Reviewers Choice Winner – Best Historical Time Travel

TOMORROW & ALWAYS – “Bretton is a monumental talent who targets her audience with intelligence and inspiration.” –Affaire de Coeur

“[TOMORROW & ALWAYS] is an entertaining story.” –Booklist

DESTINY’S CHILD – “Wonderful wit, a feisty heroine, a gifted child, and great glimpses of friends from the past combine to make magic!” – Romantic Times

Praise for USA Today Bestselling Author Barbara Bretton

“A monumental talent.” –Affaire de Coeur

“Very few romance writers create characters as well-developed as Bretton’s. Her books pull you in and don’t let you leave until the last word is read.” –Booklist (starred review)

“One of today’s best women’s fiction authors.” –The Romance Reader

“Barbara Bretton is a master at touching readers’ hearts.” –Romance Reviews Today

Barbara Bretton: About the Author

Barbara Bretton is the USA Today bestselling, award-winning author of more than 40 books. She currently has over ten million copies in print around the world. Her works have been translated into twelve languages in over twenty countries.

Barbara has been featured in articles in The New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Romantic Times, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Herald News, Home News, Somerset Gazette, among others, and has been interviewed by Independent Network News Television, appeared on the Susan Stamberg Show on NPR, and been featured in an interview with Charles Osgood of WCBS, among others.

Her awards include both Reviewer’s Choice and Career Achievement Awards from Romantic Times; Gold and Silver certificates from Affaire de Coeur; the RWA Region 1 Golden Leaf; and several sales awards from Bookrak. Ms. Bretton was included in a recent edition of Contemporary Authors.

Barbara loves to spend as much time as possible in Maine with her husband, walking the rocky beaches and dreaming up plots for upcoming books.