Friday, January 22, 2010

A Step in Time

by Anna Sugden

Over Christmas, I had a fun idea for a book and have been enjoying myself with lots of plotting and research - got to do something while waiting for The Call! LOL The books is called Past Imperfect and I hope to have some details and hopefully an excerpt on my website shortly.

The reason I'm telling you about this, is that the concept is a little unusual for me as it involves time travel. I've always been partial to light 'woo woo' in the books I read - ghosts, witches etc. and I've been intrigued by the idea of time travel ever since Michael J Fox climbed into that delicious DeLorean (okay, so I love the car!), but I'd never really thought about including that interest in my writing.

Then, I realised that in may ways romances become a kind of time machine transporting us back or forward in time through the talents of the authors' story-telling.

I remember my first time travel romance(s) - it was a pair of Silhouette Special Editions by Linda Lael Miller called "Here and Then" and "There and Now". There were also some Nora Roberts Intimate Moments called "Time Was" and "Times Change". And a Rebecca York Intrigue - part of her 43 Light Street series - "Prince of Time". Though it's not exactly time travel, PC Cast's Goddess of Spring involves travel to Hades (and her delicious hero!)

More recently, I started Sandra Hill's hilarious series of Viking/SEAL time travels (Wow - some of her covers are hot!) with The Last Viking. And I read a pair of Teresa Medeiros' books called "Breath of Magic" and "Touch of Enchantment", which combined time travel and a little witchy magic.

I'm sure I've read many others - all of which I enjoyed - though I can't, for the life of me, remember the titles.

How about you - do you enjoy reading time travel books? Do you prefer a character going backwards in time or coming forward to the present? Which are your favourite time travel romances?

113 comments:

mariska said...

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Anna Campbell said...

Mariska, AGAIN? You'll have to start charging the rooster rent at this rate!

Anna, I love time travel romance. I think that fish out of water plot is so powerful, whether it's the city girl in the country or the country girl in the city or the 21st century girl in 16th century Scotland. Some of my favorite time travels are the early Karen Marie Monings. Oh, man, can she write a delicious hero. Both in and out of his kilt!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, guys, it's the last day of the Bandita invasion of the Romance Dish today! Swing by to read some brilliant vignettes - seriously, Suzanne, Vrai Anna and Tawny did a magnificent job with the staircase, and there's one of mine there too. Play the game and tell us what comes next. Prizes! http://www.theromancedish.com/

Donna MacMeans said...

Anna - I LOVE time travels and I'm so delighted to hear you're trying your hand at one.

A time travel helped me discover the romance genre - OUTLANDER. Arguments over whether it is or is not a romance nonwithstanding, it introduced me to the genre and I've been in love ever since.

And who can forget Jude Devereaux's KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR. Another classic. (sigh)

Darn it - now I want to hurry up and finish this WIP so I can finish that time travel I started ages ago.

Helen said...

Mariska he must really love it at your place have fun with him

Anna
I don't think I have ever read a time travel romance although I have heard lots of good things about them I really need to read some.
I think I would like either going back or going forward in time and I would buy your book Anna

Have Fun
Helen

I just know my must have list is going to grow after this post LOL.

Emmanuelle said...

I'm with you Donna. Outlander was my very first Romance and it literally Rocked My World. So I'm definitely partial to the heroine going back in time and finding herself a tough and loyal hero ;-)

Anna Sugden said...

Good morning all from a very rainy Cambridge.

Congrats, or is that commiserations Mariska on the pesky bird!

Anna Sugden said...

That's interesting, Anna, because I realised, after your comment, that I enjoy fish out of water plots - three of my books are fish out of water plots! Four, if you include the current one. Who'd a thunk it?

Ah yes, I seem to remember a Karen Marie Morning ... but, I try to avoid the Scottish books, as you know ;)

Anna Sugden said...

I keep meaning to read Outlander, Donna and it keeps slipping my mind. Will have to put it on my to buy list.

Ah yes, Jude Devereux - fab!

I must say I'm enjoying my current work in progress, especially planning how they travel back in time.

Anna Sugden said...

Helen, I think you're missing out! There are some fabulous time travels for you to catch up on.

Oh I just remembered Marianne Mancusi's first books - A Connecticut Fashionista in King Arthur's Court, A Hoboken Hipster in Sherwood Forest and What, No Roses. Such fun.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Emmanuelle - as we've discussed before, I think reading those stories is a lot more fun than the experience would be - no modern plumbing etc! I think going back in time to find a true hero is a classic romance theme that never loses its appeal.

Anna Sugden said...

Oh Helen - you're such a sweetie! One of the things I look forward to when I think of my first sale is being able to sign books for friends like you.

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I really like time travels, I like a modern hero or heroine going back in time. I want to see one where the main character doesn't go back to a wealthy existence but a poor one. "What do you mean there isn't a bath?" That would be fun.

Tawny said...

Anna!! I love the title of your story. Like you, I'm always happy to take a little woo-woo with my stories, and time travel is no different.

I have the Nora books you mentioned on my keeper shelf, along with the Jude Devereaux that Donna mentioned.

Gannon Carr said...

Anna, I adore time travels! It doesn't really matter to me whether the hero or heroine travels forward or backward.

I'm with Fo, love Karen Marie Moning's time travels. Her highlanders are smoking hot!!

Outlander will always be one of my favorites. Despite the ongoing debate, I feel it is most definitely a romance.

Jude Deveraux's, A Knight In Shining Armor--another classic and with a very sigh-worthy hero!

Anna Sugden said...

Dianna - you are cruel! Though, no bath isn't as bad as no toilet! Or no running water.

Anna Sugden said...

Thanks Tawny - my twin in shoes and light woo-woo!

Funnily enough, I had this title for another story, but it suited this one so much better. Then again, we know all-too-well that we never get to keep our titles LOL.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Gannon - having so much fun with you all over on the Romance Dish this week!

Two more votes for KMM, Outlander and Jude Devereux!

Gannon Carr said...

Anna, it's been so much fun this week having all of you "invade" TRD!

Susan Sey said...

Mariska! You're hooked!

Gannon Carr said...

Mariska, at this rate you'll be able to claim the GR as a dependent on your income tax return. :)

Susan Sey said...

Hey, Anna! Great topic!

I'm typically not much for time travel. I'm so fussy, I find I'm always finding reasons to pick apart the suspension of disbelief it involves. The poor author hits one wrong note & it's all over for me.

That said, however, I just (finally) read Diana Gabaldon's Outlander & fell utterly in love. And this is in spite of my inner critic constantly whining, "Why is she so desperate to get back to her own time? She wasn't happy & her husband was nothing special? What's the emergency?"

I tend to like heroines going back in time as it allows for a lush historical setting, some unapologetically alpha males & some spunky heroine with modern sensibilities.

Rebekah E. said...

I love time travel books, they are my favorite. I love when they go back time. That tends to be my favorite. I love lynn kurland books. She rights the best time travel romance books.

Kirsten said...

HI Anna!

I can't name a lot of time travel books I've loved (other than Outlander), but I do enjoy the concept of an independent, twentieth-century woman falling for an alpha seventeenth-century guy. It heightens the whole alpha thing in a very fun way, but also raises some real challenges if you're going to make it make sense.

My hat is off to you -- I don't think I could do it -- but a well-done time travel is truly a work of art!!

Cheers!

MsHellion said...

I love both. Of the paranormal trends--I'm definitely of the light woo woo variety--and time travel is my favorite. (Though I did love Jill Barnett's witches...hilarious.)

I have to find the Linda Lael Miller books. I missed them the first time around...and they look awesome!!

Lynn Kurland did some awesome time travel ones. A lot of hers have ghosts and time travel--Stardust of Yesterday was one of my favorites, but I also like the one where the heroine went back in time with peanut butter cups. *LOL*

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Hi Anna,

I have to admit, I am only starting to get into reading time-travels, which is amazing as I love it as a concept in a movie!

"Time After Time" saw the movie when I was a teen, HG Wells, comes to 1979 chasing Jack the Ripper, romance in it too!
"Somewhere In Time" with Christopher Reeve, the music alone, that lush romantic score by John Barry, makes me tear up every time I hear it.

Oh mercy, you asked about books, didn't you? The movie buff in me couldn't resist.

I guess my choice, I prefer when the man from the past comes forward, he is so far out of his element, making him vulnerable and sexy.

I have a Sandra Hill in my TBR pile!! LOL!

Lori said...

Great topic! I do like time travels. And I love the Linda Lael Miller ones you mentioned :) Amy J Fetzer wrote one back in the day called Dangerous Waters that I loved.

Margay said...

Recently, I read Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict (which travels back in time) and Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict (the heroine travels forward in time), and they were both really good books. But, generally, I prefer stories where the heroine/hero travels back in time. History is more romantic than the present.
Margay

Gannon Carr said...

I have to find the Linda Lael Miller books. I missed them the first time around...and they look awesome!!

I have both KNIGHTS and PIRATES. They are great reads--lots of fun!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Oh yes, I read Knights By Linda Lael Miller, loved it, she has one called Pirates?? Oh my!

Kirsten said...

I'm a time travel addict. I mentioned it here once before and a very nice lady, sorry don't recall your name, suggested that I try to find some Constance O'Day Flannery. I found her: heaven on earth, read it & loved it!! Thank you so much for the tip (name of lovely lady here)!!!, I'm on a hunt for more of her work now.
I also love Gwyn Cready and are looking forward to her: flirting with forever.

Nancy said...

Mariksa--again? *g* You're on a bird roll!

Anna, I miss time travel romances. For me, the subgenre began to suffer when it resorted to travel devices that only worked for the hero or heroine with no explanation as to why they didn't work for the hundreds of other people who had touched them. But if people address that question, I'm happy.

Going forward or going back doesn't make a lot of difference to me. They're both fish out of water stories and fun on different levels.

Lynn Kurland dealt well with the bigger ramifications of taking someone out of his or her time period, I thought.

Looking forward to yours!

Nancy said...

Simon Green had a series running some years ago with time cops--they went back to specific eras to straighten out problems that had arisen in the timeline.

Then there's the classic Trek episode, The City on the Edge of Forever, one of my all-time favorites. And the one where they accidentally went back to the 1960s and the Enterprise was spotted by the Air Force.

Gannon Carr said...

Kirsten, I have some old Constance O'Day Flannery books. She does write a great time travel!

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Nancy, I LOVE that Star Trek episode!(City on The Edge of Forever) And it works, because romance is the key ingredient to it. That pained look on Kirk's face at the end when he said "Let's get the hell out of here" And 'hell' was rarely said in 1960's TV!

Ok, more movies...I did enjoy "Timeline".

There are some great suggestions for books here, adding them to my list!

Dianna Love said...

Anna - I'm a big fan of time travel. I think it's the most classic "fish out of water" story line. Hope you get that one finished soon so when you get the call you'll have that one ready, too.

Cybercliper said...

I love time travel romance and one of my favorites is Karen Marie Moning's highlanders - ((sigh)) - my heart flutters just thinking about Drustan MacKeltar.

Julia Smith said...

Karyn Gerrard - We were apparently separated at birth when it comes to time travel films/shows:

City on the Edge of Forever
Somewhere in Time (oh, the music)
Time After Time
Back to the Future
Timeline

Love them all. A HUGE favorite is Kate & Leopold - one of my favorite romantic films ever.

And Outlander - add me to the list of devotees.

Great post, Anna.

Karyn Gerrard AKA~Drew said...

Julia, we may well have been separated at birth, I grew up outside Halifax, Nova Scotia! *waving madly* (now live in central Canada)Can you fedex me some fresh clams and chips? LOL!!

Kate and Leopold, I forgot that one, again, the man coming forward in time, I love that.

I must check out Outlander, sounds wonderful!

jo robertson said...

Great post, Anna. I do enjoy a good time travel and Back to the Future is one of my favorite movies. The whole concept of time paradoxes is interesting, I think.

I can't think of specific titles, but I love the scenario of a hero traveling toward the future and being baffled by today's modern woman.

Janga said...

I'm with Hellion and Nancy on Lynn Kurland. She's the first one I think of when someone mentions TT. I especially like her MacLeod books; The Very Thought of You is my favorite. I love Teresa Medeiros' Breath of Magic and Touch of Enchantment too. I was happy to see the recent reissues because my often read copies were falling to pieces.

I don't think anyone has mentioned Barbara Bretton's American TT. I think there are three in the series. Bretton's one of those writers that I follow into whatever subgenre she writes.

And I love Kasey Michaels' Maggie Kelly mysteries. Does St. Just emerging from the pages of Maggie's Regency novel into 21st century NYC count as time travel?

Beth said...

Anna, I can't wait to hear more about your new premise! I do enjoy time travel stories - like Fo, it's the whole fish out of water plot *g*

Deb said...

I sometimes like time travel stories. I think I like the idea of the heroines going back in time because they get to meet all these sexy, warrior hunks that sometimes wear kilts. *ooh*

I did read one TT wear a cowboy came to the present from 1880s Wyoming and I remember thinking, "He has it easy; no real adjustment, drives a fast truck now instead of driving cattle, etc.

I also remember reading a Nora Roberts TT duo about two brothers (last name Hornblower?) and they came from the future to our present...But, don't remember much about the stories.

Give me a TT with a warrior or a Viking any day.

catslady said...

Julie Kurkland - A rain in summer (or something like that lol) was my first time travel and I truly loved it. I have 6 of the Outlander books before finding out it isn't over so I keep waiting. At this rate I may never get to it lol. I prefer going back since I'm a big historical reader.

PJ said...

Anna, I'm a HUGE fan of time travel! A Knight in Shining Armor was my first and I was hooked. I have favorites going forward and going to the past.

Sandra Hill is one of my autobuy authors and I absolutely adore her time travels. I started several years ago with her Viking series then moved on to the the Seals. Her non-time travels are fab too. As a side note: Sandra will be visiting us at The Romance Dish tomorrow and there are three copies of her new book, VIKING IN LOVE plus a Viking Barbie to give away.

Karen Marie Moning is another fav as well as Linda Lael Miller, Teresa Medeiros Lynn Kurland and Janet Chapman. A relatively new author, Veronica Wolff, has published three wonderful time travels that take modern women back in time to medieval Scotland. Love her books!

Anna, I'm looking forward to hearing more about your new story idea!

Anna Sugden said...

Another vote for Outlander, Suasn - and thank you for telling me why you like a heroine going back in time. I think you hit the nail on the head!

Anna Sugden said...

I haven't tried Lynn Kurland, Rebekah - will have to check her out.

I'm so glad there are plenty of time travel fans out there!

Anna Sugden said...

I don't know that I can pull it off, Kirsten, but I'm having fun trying.

All I'll say for now is that my book, if I can make it work, is a very different kind of time travel story *g*.

Anna Sugden said...

Love witches and funny witch stories - so will check out Jill Barnett's witches! Thanks, MsHellion!

The LLM's are lovely - they're two of the first SSE's I ever read and got me hooked (along with Nora, of course!)

Anna Sugden said...

It's okay, Karyn/Drew - I'm a movie buff too, so I'm happy to include those!

Ah, now you raise an interesting point - do we love heroines who go back in time and heroes who come forward in time?

Anna Sugden said...

Oh yes, Lori - I'm remember Amy's book! Well done. See, I knew all you well-read BB's would be able to help me out.

Anna Sugden said...

Another great point, Margay. History is certainly more romantic - at least in our minds! I wonder if the reality of the past would be quite so romantic *g*

Minna said...

I love time travel books! Mostly my favorites are the ones where the hero or heroine travels to present day. Or sleeps for few centuries, like the hero in Miranda's Viking by Maggie Shayne. I like "Time Was" and "Times Change" by Nora Roberts, too. And lately I've been reading some books by Tess Mallory.

Back to the Future Tribute -- Back In Time
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c8Rngy90Q14

Back To The Future Music Video - The Power Of Love
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-NMph943tsw

Anna Sugden said...

Thanks other Kirsten - Constance O'Day Flannery is added to the list! Oooh and Gwen Cready. Looks like the Amazon pigeon will be hauling a heavy load for me!

Anna Sugden said...

I shall have to check out Simon Green, Nancy, or maybe I shouldn't until I've finished - so there can be no charge of story pinching *g*.

Ah yes, another great Trek episode. I'm still gutted I never got a Tribble when hey were selling them at the ocnventions.

Anna Sugden said...

Dianna - you're such a sweetie! Wouldn't that be awesome?! I've been using Break Into Fiction to help me with some of the trickier elements of this new story!

PJ said...

Anna, I read a good (short) time travel in December. It's THE COWBOY FROM CHRISTMAS PAST by Tina Leonard (Harlequin American Romance #1282)

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

GREAT POST, VA! And GO YOU on writing a time-travel with a unique twist. Hurry up and get it written! I can't wait to read it.

Donna, you and I have the same experience! I accidentally read "Outlander" lo these many years ago, and it totally blew me away! Once I finished it, I ran out and read every time travel romance I could get my hands on, and when I couldn't find any more, I started writing my own! That tottering effort was my first attempt at writing romance and after that I was 'hooked.' :-)

Leisure/Lovespell used to have an entire line of time travels back in the mid-90s. I read most all of them, but titles escape me at the moment...

AC

Anna Sugden said...

How funny, Julia - I hated Kate and Leopold! I thought Hugh Jackman was so badly cast and was awful (though I'm a huge HJ fan)... maybe I need to see it again.

Anna Sugden said...

You raise a good point, Jo about a loving a hero who is baffled by a modern woman - maybe thats the key to why it's the men who come forward.

Anna Sugden said...

Barbara Bretton's time travels - love BB - will have to check her out - thanks, Janga!

Good question about Kasey Michael's St Just series. I really like her contemps so I'll give her a vote!

Anna Sugden said...

Thanks, Beth - you may well be hearing a bit more of the new book shortly LOL ;)

Anna Sugden said...

Good point, Drew about the cowboy having it easy today! LOL.

The Nora books featuring the Hornblowers are the ones I mentioned in my post.

If you like those Vikings, then you must check out Sandra Hill!

Anna Sugden said...

Another interesting point, catslady - do historical readers prefer going back in time and contemp readers prefer coming forward? As a contemp fan, I'd have to say no, but I wonder if that's because I've got more into historicals thanks to our fabulous Bandita authors.

Nancy said...

Anna, what I hated about Kate and Leopold was Meg Ryan's hair. Who thought that was a good idea?!

Nancy said...

Helen, that's the danger of reading blogs--MORE books to buy!

Anna Sugden said...

I adore Sandra Hill too, PJ. Got into her by chance as her book (Pink Jinx) was the only romance on sale in an airport bookstore - have got all her other books now!

Thanks, PJ - all I'll say for now is think "Cold Case meets Back to the Future".

Nancy said...

Ms.Hellion, I also love Stardust of Yesterday. Didn't that win double RITAs?

Anna Sugden said...

Glad you're a fan too, Minna - what do you like about heroine's coming forwards?

Nancy said...

Karyn/Drew, I loved Time After Time, too--a fabulous movie!

And I don't think City on the Edge of Forever would have been as moving if Kirk had been able to save Edith Keeler. I do prefer HEA, but I was okay with not getting it that time ('cause let's face it--Kirk is never going HEA).

Anna Sugden said...

I love Tina Leonard, PJ - so will check that one out too.

Nancy said...

Anna wrote: do historical readers prefer going back in time and contemp readers prefer coming forward?

What about people like me, who also like going forward FROM HERE? *g*

Anna Sugden said...

Yes ma'am, AC! Will get working double quick *g*. Thanks for the vote of confidence! I'm at that stage we talked about with Mary Buckham of hoping I can do the idea justice.

Nancy said...

Anna, the Green books are out print, I think, so you may have to look for them.

Maybe it was Simon Hawk, now that I think about it. I'll go look and report back.

You can still get tribbles at SF conventions. Do you want me to keep my eye out for one? My prize thing like that was one of my last gifts from my mom--the Bottle City of Kandor (and it lights up, too!)

Anna Sugden said...

Good point Nancy about going forward into the future. I hope we'll see more of those storeis too, now that they're broadening the horizons.

I'd like to see more varied time periods too. One of the things I loved about Marianne Mancusi's What, No Roses? Was that it was set in the time of the St Valentine's Day Massacre. I'd love to see more 20's and 30's, WW2 and even 40's romances. They're appearing in Inspirationals, so maybe there is a chance yet.

Pissenlit said...

Um, yes and no. It depends on the book. Some temporal paradoxes drive me nuts and I just can't get myself to overlook them enough to enjoy the story. Actually, because of that, I don't think I've read that many time travel books.

I think the only time travel romance I've ever read is The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I've watched some time travel romance movies though. Most recently, I caught Kate & Leopold on tv. Hellooooo Hugh Jackman! I'm just a tad better at overlooking temporal paradoxes and anachronisms in movies than in books. :D

Deb said...

Oops, where, not wear...

Anna, I didn't even think about the Nora Roberts cover in your post being one of the Hornblower stories. Weird that I remember it and you posted it.

I have not read Sandra Hill, but have heard many good things about her books, so am anxious to read about a Viking hunk. (Is his name Sven?) LOL

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, Donna, I adored a Knight in Shining Armour. I love a book that makes me laugh and cry - and I so fell in love with the hero of that one!

Hey, Anna, how cool that I made you think of your work differently. I've ALWAYS thought your books were fish out of water books, right from when you told me about the Texas rancher who inherited the sheep farm in Yorkshire.

Anna Campbell said...

Drew, you mentioned two of my favorite movies. I love Time after Time and Somewhere in Time is just extraordinary - and this from someone who never really took to Jane Seymour. He's so marvellous in that film, though, isn't he?

Nancy, is that the Star Trek where they go back to the early 1900s and Kirk falls in love with Joan Collins? I remember that one!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, nice to see some fans of KMM's Highlanders! Dageus was pretty darn hot too!

And reading through the comments, I see that IS the Star Trek ep I was talking about. Actually it's quite sad!

Nancy said...

Anna, I think my 1920s students have a bloodthirsty streak. They always want more about Capone and the St. Valentine's Day massacre. Yuck. I'm happy to touch on it and move quickly along.

The 1920s are such a schizoid period, with urban American partying hearty while the farms began sliding toward the Great Depression, that I think the decade abounds with story potential. Alas that the market disagrees.

Nancy said...

Anna C., yes that's the episode, and yes, it's really very sad. That and The Trouble with Tribbles are my favorites. I also like Journey to Babel, with Spock's parents.

Helen said...

I have been looking through my keeper shelf and I have read a couple of time travels that I loved by Margo Maguire A Warriors Taking and Temptation Of The Warrior both have heros who tavel back to the regency period trying to save their clans.
Great books

Have Fun
Helen

And yes my must have list is growing LOL

Louisa Cornell said...

Mariska, My Goodness, you and the GR are getting close!

I'm not a big fan of time travel books, I prefer all of my stories to take place in the past! But I have read some that were really, really good.

Gwyn Cready's Seducing Mr. Darcy is just a blast! Funny, sexy and sweet.

I did love the film version of Time After Time - wasn't that the Jack the Ripper / H.G. Wells story? Really good!

And of course the Christopher Reeve film Somewhere in Time was just amazing.

Oh, and how about Kate and Leopold with my sweetie, Hugh Jackman! LOVE that one!

Nancy said...

Pissenlit, I just decided not to examine Star Trek critically when it came out this summer. I had a niggling feeling about the plot but ignored it. Time travel paradoxes give me a headache.

Minna said...

what do you like about heroine's coming forwards?
I like them, but I haven't seen too many of those. Well, only one that comes to mind was part of Blaze miniseries. I can't remember the title, but one of the books was called "Highland Fling".

chey said...

Hi Anna,
I like time travel romances. My favourites are contemporary characters going back in time, or historical characters coming to current times.

Anna Campbell said...

Nancy, the other things I love about the 20s are the clothes and the design of things like cars and furniture. It's the heyday of the Art Deco period which was just so stylish. And all that Egyptian stuff from King T's tomb being found as well. I love the music. And I love that it's a decade where women really started to come onto the public stage in a big way. Female aviators and racing car drivers and film stars and writers and... You know, just keep the list going. I'm sad we don't see more romances set then too.

gigi said...

I love a time travel book. The idea of a heroine going back in time to find loves thrills me. But at the same time the challenge of living with out modern day plumbing and toothpaste send fear through my body.
Then the flip side the hero coming from a long ago time period trying to hide him or fit him into modern time is just hilarious.

I have a well read copy of Jude Devereaux's A Knight in Shinng Armor time travel just doesn't get much better that that.

PJ said...

I just thought of another author whose time travels I love. Sandy Blair! A Highlander for Christmas is a excellent example of a medieval highlander brought forward in time and the confusion (and humor) that comes with the trip.

Virginia said...

I love reading time travel romance! Sandy Blair's A Highlander for Christmas is an awesome read! Years ago I used to read a lot of Constance O'Day Flannery's books in the late 90's her books were awesome. A lot of her's were time travels.

Suzanne Welsh said...

Hey Anna! Sorry to be late to the part...oh wait, if I was in a time travel book, I could just go back and be early, huh?

Actually, I've loved time travel books since discovering Constance O'Day Flannery's books in the mid 80's. I believe, and I could be wrong, she predated Diane Gabaldon's OUTLANDER, which I read, too! Something about going back in time or forward in time as a fish out of water sort of story is fabulous!

Suzanne Welsh said...

Nancy said:critically when it came out this summer. I had a niggling feeling about the plot but ignored it. Time travel paradoxes give me a headache. ...

Yes, so, just better to enjoy the ride, isn't it?

Suzanne Welsh said...

Anna, I'm so glad you've taken the time to expand your area of writing interest. As I tell my published friends, I have the advantage of writing what interests me right now, and that let's me explore all kinds of romances!

Nancy said...

Anna C., 1920s clothes are pretty cool. With Chanel setting the style, I guess they had to be!

Nancy said...

Suz, yes, it's better to enjoy the ride. Which is easier to do when there's plenty of boom--external and character-oriented--to hold my attention.

mariska said...

Gosh, i'm so stuck to answer this question. right, coz i'm so new with romance world. and sadly only a few romance authors that i read so far.

When someone mentioned about Kate and Leopold. that's good : ) coz i love the movie too !

Mitzi H. said...

I'm also a big fan of Outlander Series.

But one of the first erotic novels I ever read was an TT Historical titled Awaken My Love by Robin Schone....Loved it!!!...And everything else she has written (though that is the only TT novel I'm aware of).

I also read a novel that I like alot and remember the plot but not the title...It was by Bertrice Small and the woman TT back to roman times....Great Book!!!

Anna Sugden said...

Hi all - sorry I couldn't get back online last night I think the weather messed with the internet connection *uggh*.

Anna Sugden said...

Interesting Pissenlit, as that's one I can't quite bring myself to read, despite rave reviews.

I know what you mean about temporal paradoxes - tricky. I've had to be very clear from the start as to the rules in my book!

Anna Sugden said...

Definitely recommend Sandra Hill, Deb - both her contemps (The Cajun and Jinx series - with the awesome Tante Lulu) and her Viking/SEAL Time travels. I haven't tried her straight Viking series, but that's next.

I love her characters and her sense of humour!

Anna Sugden said...

Interesting, Anna - perhaps because I've always been a fish out of water too!

Anna Sugden said...

Haven't heard of Margo Maguire - will have to check her out, Helen.

Anna Sugden said...

Ah Louisa - I can see we'll have to do some tempting to get you over to the Contemp side *g*.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Chey - good to see you - glad you're a time travel fan too.

Anna Sugden said...

I'm with you Anna on why I like the 20's - actually WW1 and onwards - as it's such a fascinating period, especially for women. Plus there is so much culturally that was changing.

I think WW2 was such a romantic period too - oh, I know there was the horrid side of a terrible war, and I don't dismiss that - but, there was a romance in how people were, behaved and lived.

Anna Sugden said...

I'm with you, Gigi - I'm a little too wedded to my modern comforts *g*. Though I have survived in some pretty primitive places, these days I'm all for comfort and convenience.

Lots of votes for Jude's Knight!

Anna Sugden said...

Duh! Of course, PJ - I knew there was one I'd seen recently - how could I have forgotten the fabulous Sandy Blair? Maybe because the Amazon pigeon hasn't brought it yet = I swear that bird holes up somewhere and reads the best books!

Anna Sugden said...

Thanks, Suz - you're my inspiration! If you can try different things with such gusto and confidence, I'm prepared to give it a try too!

Anna Sugden said...

No worries, Mariska - perahps we've enticed you to try some new authors and a new type of romance!

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Mitzi - now you've got me thinking - I'll have to chase that Bertrice Small book down.

Dina said...

I love both forms of time travel, but I think going back in time is more fun, since I'm not been there.

Anna Sugden said...

That's almost like travelling to another country, isn't it, Dina?!