Friday, June 10, 2011

Bandita Buddy Karyn's Timeless Romance!

by Anna Campbell

Oh, I do so love it when a Bandita Buddy makes good!

So when I heard that regular visitor to the lair, Karyn Gerrard, had published a novella, I thought it would be wonderful to turn the spotlight on her here at the Romance Bandits.

Karyn's fun and sexy debut, TIMELESS HEART, is available as an e-book now. Here's the blurb:

Sandra Cranston, an elementary teacher on leave, discovers an abandoned carriage deep in the woods. Inside is a man, Jerrod Ross, who fuels all of her wicked Regency dreams and fantasies.

Ross has been torn from the only world he has ever known—1821 Cornwall, England. How will he adjust to the future and his growing desire for the lovely lady who found him? More importantly, how will he ever return to his time?


"You're awake, are you alright? I probably should have taken you straight to the hospital, but you didn’t have any ID,” the young woman began to explain.

"Where is your pot?" he snapped gruffly, effectively cutting her off in mid-sentence.

"Pot? What do you mean..."

"To piss in! A chamber pot! Surely you have such a contrivance!" he thundered.

"What is your name, sir?" the woman asked in a cool tone.

How officious she sounded. He supposed it was all he deserved, as he was treating her like some servant. Jerrod lay back down. He was in discomfort. "My name is Jerrod Ross, Squire from Pendern Hall. And who might you be, madam?"

"I? I am Sandra Cranston, Mistress of the walk-up second story flat,” she replied coldly.

© Timeless Heart by Karyn Gerrard

You can find out more about Karyn and her writing on her website:

By the way, every time I see that cover, I can't help thinking they used Russian baritone Dmitri Hvorostovsky as the model. Here's a pic!

Karyn, welcome to the Bandits and huge congratulations on the release of your debut romance TIMELESS HEART. Can you tell us about this story?

Anna, thanks for having me. I am thrilled to be here in the lair! Romance Bandits is the very first romance blog I ever visited when I first started reading the genre. For someone who is a voracious reader, can you believe that I only began to read romance over three years ago? I certainly embraced it, and have devoured hundreds of romance books in that time.

As for TIMELESS HEART, believe it or not, its origins came from a dream.

Anna, I know we have talked of this before, in fact, on a recent blog you had a picture up of Poldark. I saw BBC's POLDARK (based on the books of Winston Graham) for the first time years ago on Canadian television (we are talking decades here, people!).

British actor Robin Ellis who played Ross Poldark was my first serious teenage crush.

I mean SERIOUS. I dreamed of this guy every night.

But it was one particular hot, naughty and wicked dream that stuck with me all these years. As wicked and naughty as a naive and innocent teenager can have!

I dreamed Ross travelled back in time, I found him, and whisked him to my home, or more specifically, my bedroom! *snort* When I decided to try my hand at erotica, this dream popped into my head. I just went with it. My hero from 1821, Jerrod Ross, is a nod to Winston Graham's hero. He is from Cornwall, but that is pretty much where the similarity ends. But Ross Poldark was always in the back of my mind as I wrote this! (and my wicked dream!)

One of the things I loved about this story is the Nova Scotia setting which you don’t see in a lot of romances. What made you choose this setting?

I am originally from there! Nova Scotia is the oldest, settled province of Canada, steeped in Celtic/Gaelic history. (Nova Scotia means 'New Scotland' ) It is called 'Canada's Ocean Playground' as it is almost completely surrounded by water. From the jagged western shore, to the big city arts and cultural life of Halifax, to the Highlands of Cape Breton, it reeks of romance. A perfect setting. I have resolved to use Nova Scotia and the other Maritime provinces as the setting for any more novellas I may attempt.

It is no accident that some well known romance writers come from there (not that I include myself with this stellar list) Like Deborah Hale, Julianne Maclean, and Donna Alward just to name a few. I plan to move back there as soon as my school teacher hubby can retire! I guess you can tell I love it. Not many books have been set in Nova Scotia, though NS author Pamela Callow set her MIRA bio-medical thriller DAMAGED (2010) in Halifax. Must check that out.

And it is also a case of 'write about what you know' I am very familiar with the areas I wrote about, felt like coming home.

The story is a really hot read while still giving plenty of attention to the characters’ emotional arcs. Was this a hard balance to achieve?

This was my first attempt at an erotica, I surprised myself how easily I could write these scenes! I remember a teacher telling me 'write about what you know' (it stuck with me)*snort* But I didn't want it to be the sole focus of my novella, the emotional journey for characters is so important to me, in my romance reading and writing.

What good is one hot sex scene after another, if there is no underlying desire, love and emotion behind it? Of course, that is just my opinion, the way I like to write. I like to think my story is a romance first, with some really hot love scenes in it!

So to answer your question, surprisingly, no, it wasn't a hard balance for me. Thank God!

I love time travel romance! Why does this particular genre appeal to you?

I always loved the concept, crossing chasms of time, to find that one person you can connect with on an emotional and physical level. It has a real fairy tale aspect to it, you can get lost in the fantasy.

It also has a built-in conflict, does the time traveller stay, or go back to his own time? Does the other person stay, or go with him? What a decision! Love, sacrifice, surrender, passion, time travel has it all! Also, depending on the era you set your story in, adventure can be a big part, that appeals to me as well.

I just finished Karen Marie Moning's series about Highlander time travelling laddies, and I was sorely tempted to turn Jerrod into a Highlander warrior from 1267 who maybe landed in the highlands of Cape Breton, I do love my hunky kilt wearing boyos. But, ultimately, I went with a hunk of Regency Squire.

I loved writing his reactions to something like a flush toilet! Seeing how someone reacts to the strange world around them also appeals to me! You can run the gambit of emotions in a time travel, you can throw in comedy, drama, adventure, suspense, anything at all.

Here in the lair, we love call stories. Will you please share yours?

It happened all so fast, my head is still spinning! This was my first submission to e-publishers, I sent TIMELESS HEART out to four of them early one Saturday morning . My hands were literally shaking. Response times for these e-publishers were 2-16 weeks. So I sat back and figured the rejections would start rolling in within 2-3 weeks. That night, I was reading (as always!) and took a quick break to check my email on my Ipod touch. There was an email from Evernight Publishing. My heart sank to the floor. Rejection already? Man, it must suck! I took a deep breath and opened it, it was a contract offer. I dropped the Ipod. Total shock.

I know luck is a big factor in getting published anywhere, so I was very lucky that Evernight decided to take a chance on me.

Did any writers influence you on your writing journey?

I got my butter dish out, Anna, so be prepared to be buttered up! LOL! You, for one. I absolutely adore the intimate and sensuous way in which you write.

Also your heroes are to die for. Memorable on so many levels. I strived for that in TIMELESS HEART. I can't tell you how many times I said to myself when writing a scene, 'What would Anna do?' You really were an inspiration!

Hmm, SOOO glad I asked that question, LOL! Wow, definitely feeling buttered up! THANK YOU!

One of the very first romance writers I read was Mary Balogh. I love how she immerses the reader into her world so deeply. Also the historicals of Lisa Kleypas. She also has a talent for creating a world and fascinating characters and sexy heroes. Another romance writer I have taken to and have been influenced by is Elizabeth Hoyt, for the same reasons mentioned above. I do tend to focus on the heroes in stories when reading, and in my own writing.

Love those dark, tortured, sexy heroes!

Also, I know we have discussed this before, but I was greatly influenced by Taylor Caldwell, not really a romance writer, but romance was interwoven in her lush, rich dramas. I think people have forgotten about her the last couple of decades. They made TV mini-series out of her books back in the 1970's, CAPTAINS AND THE KINGS comes to mind. Her book CEREMONY OF THE INNOCENT made a big impact on me as a teenager. After reading that, I wanted to write. I will never be Taylor Caldwell, but thanks to her and everyone I mentioned, I am writing. And I got published. Wow.

Oh, yes, I remember loving those Taylor Caldwell books too. Loved DEAR AND GLORIOUS PHYSICIAN. What’s next for Karyn Gerrard?

Anna, like I said, this happened all so fast, I am not sure where to turn next! I do have three full manuscripts finished, a Victorian, a historical-paranormal, and a contemporary. (I like to spread it around,*snort*) So I have lots of editing ahead. Also just finished an erotica/paranormal novella and now working on its sequel.

Maybe some Saturday morning very soon, I will try and control my trembling hands, and submit something again.

Karyn, I hope so. I really enjoyed TIMELESS HEART. I look forward to reading what comes next!

I have a question for everyone, if a 6'2" hunk of magnificent Regency gorgeousness held out his masculine hand and said, 'Come with me', with that deep come-to-bed voice, would you go back to the past with him? Why or why not? And what do you think you would miss the most if you did go back to 1821? Or instead, tell me of a movie, book or TV show about time travel that you loved! I have a PDF copy of TIMELESS HEART from Evernight Publishing up for grabs to one lucky commenter!

Let the party begin! I brought my Irish Houseboys Liam and Lorcan and a case of Bailey's, so let's have fun!


Helen said...

Is he coming to my place

Have Fun

Lolarific said...

Depends on if I'm still married in this set up or not. If not, then probably, lol. I absolutely LOVE Melissa Mayhue's Daughter of the Glen series where there's lot of time traveling....and kilted men.

Helen said...

Whoo Hoo Karyn way to go I love the sound of this book.
Congrats on the release.
I haven't read many time travels over the many years I have read romance so I will be looking into getting this one for my e reader.

As for your question it is a hard one I would love to go back in time to the Regency period especially with a gorgeous hunk with a sexy bedroom voice, but honestly I think I would miss my family and electricity and my bathroom soo much, but for a short stay a couple weeks would be great LOL. As for a movie with time travel my favourite would have to be Kate and Leopold (and of course Hugh Jackman).
Karyn submit those other stories you have I am sure they will be great.

As for the GR it is freezing here in Sydney today I have had the heater on since lunch time and that is very rare for me so cold great reading and eating Tim Tam weather.

Thanks Anna for inviting Karyn along today as guest.

Have Fun

Donna MacMeans said...

Karyn - Congratulations on the novella! It sounds wonderful!

I love time travels and am anxious to see more of them hit the shelves. For books - Outlander by Diana Gabaldon is my all-time favorite. (Did you see that a musical is underway for Outlander?). Movies - Kate and Leopold. Who wouldn't love Hugh Jackman in tight breechs and a frock coat?

I even have a time travel in my "one of these days I'm going to finish this" stack. Love that whole fish-out-of-water feel.

Virginia said...

Congrats on your new release! As for going back in time forever I am not sure, maybe for a short time. I don't think I am ready to give up my modern things right now, but I guess if you really love the guy it might would be worth it to give up our modern things.

Anna Campbell said...

Yay, Helen. It's been a while, hasn't it? He must want to check out the long weekend down here.

Anna Campbell said...

I haven't read MM, Lola. I'll have to try her. I must say I'm a big fan of KMM's time travelling Highlanders!

Anna Campbell said...

Helen, it's cold up here too. Not as bad as yesterday, though!

Anna Campbell said...

Donna, a musical of Outlander? Wow!

Anna Campbell said...

Virginia, he'd have to be pretty spesh, wouldn't he?

Linda said...

Gosh No. With my kind of luck His Gorgeousness just wants a serf for his even-more-gorgeous wife!

Not with a stranger anyway. Wouldn't think twice if we were in love & the relationship had developed to a point to making a decision on commitment.

Probably miss flush toilets most.

Anna Campbell said...

Linda, gotta say I'm with you on flush toilets. And hot showers!

Lolarific said...

Anna you should really read her books! I'm hooked on them something fierce!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Lola, thanks for the recommendation. I'll definitely pick them up! You had me at kilted men, frankly!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Anna, thanks so much for having me! Just dropping in quickly before I catch some Zzzzz with the sandman!

That picture of Dimitri is uncanny!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hey Lolarific,

If I was younger and my life was a clean slate, I would no doubt go as well!

I never heard of the 'daughter of the Glen Series.' Kilts? Time Travel? Fantastic!

Karyn Gerrard said...


Congrats on snatching that rooster~

And thank YOU for the congrats~I love your idea of the short stay. I could go for that, spend a couple of hot weeks in the Regency era with the gorgeous hunk, then come home to all the conveniences I couldn't live without.
Kate and Leopold is so romantic, and Hugh Jackman is an absolute bonus! Cheers~

Karyn Gerrard said...

And I am falling asleep on my keyboard, be back in the morning with my Earl Grey Tea!


Anna Campbell said...

Karyn, I really think he was the model for that cover. Go to the website and check out the other shots - the resemblance really is amazing! He has an amazing voice, by the way. I'd travel through time to have him singing sweet nothings in my shell-like ear.

Marie said...

I would love to go back in time, as long as I could come and go as needed.Lynn Kurland has done a great job of intertwining the past and present and the hows and whys of time travel, so it makes total sense to me it IS possible.

Christina Phillips said...

Hi Karyn! Huge congrats on the release of TIMELESS HEART. It sounds wonderful, I love a time travel romance :-) I also loved Poldark and fell in love with the name Demelza!!

As for a fave time travel movie, I do love the romance in Terminator. The way Kyle travels back in time to save Sarah *happy sigh*

(and I agree, Anna is a fabulous inspiration!!)

shadow_kohler said...

congrats on the release. this book sounds awesome! if i could go back in time with a gorgeous guy, would i? if i could come back later. yes! lol if i left i would miss my family and plumbing. and i have to agree with some of the commentor here. Kate and Leopold is an awesome movie. one of my favorites. thanks!

Anna Campbell said...

Marie, it's ages since I've read Lynn Kurland. I'll have to pick her up again. So many good books!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, thanks, Christina! Ooh, love the Terminator. Loved the romance in it - wasn't so crazy on the later films. They seemed to be special effects gone wild without the heart of the first one. Yeah, I know, shoot me! Actually my fave time travel movie is Somewhere in Time. Cry my eyes out every time I watch that.

Anna Campbell said...

Kate and Leopold is fun, isn't it, Shadow? Must say Hugh made a luscious duke!

hrdwrkdmom aka Dianna said...

I would go but would have to take my son with me. He would not be a happy camper since his world revolves around electronics and I would of course miss my morning does of Banditas and Dishes. Perhaps just a couple of weeks and we would all be fine.

Beth Andrews said...

Congrats on the novella, Karyn! I love time travel as it has such a strong external conflict built right in *g* Timeless Heart looks fabulous!!

I'm very much a modern day woman and have no desire to go back in time. At least, not if I had to stay in the past. I'd be up for a quick visit, though :-)

BJ said...

Hmmmm I totally love this question!!!
And as I'm sitting here stuck in a hotel missing EVERYTHING back home...LOL
I would so go with him....and the only thing that comes to mind I would have to say would be plumbing and even that at the moment I'd question...because this hotel's plumbing could use some updating from the 1930's...LOL

sheila said...

Hi Anna and Karyn-

I never liked time travel until Karen's Highlanders, my fav is The Dark Highlander, now I devour them...the books I mean!

If a hunk showed up of course I'd go with him, I'm not shy!!!


May said...

I think I would. :) But I would miss modern bath...toilets...etc. Oh and Air conditioning too!

Btw, congrats on your book and it's nice to see books in a Canadian setting. :) (I am from Canada too... but from Toronto and not Nova Scotia... I did love Halifax when I visited the East Coast though....)

KJ Howe said...

Karyn, congrats on your success!!! Thanks for hosting, Anna!!

I would have to say no to traveling back to the past for the hunk...I love the world as it is today, and there are plenty of modern-day hunks up for grabs!

gamistress66 said...

Way to go Karyn! Only have a few minutes but wanted to stop & raise a glass in congrats on the release :)

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks so much Donna!

I have heard about Outlander from so many people, I must check it out. And A musical, fantastic!

Another vote for Kate and Leopold! No one fills out those tight breeches better than Hugh Jackman.

Donna so glad I am not alone with that "One of these days I'm going to finish this" piles.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thank you Virginia!

Again, it would be a tough choice, I am all for a short term visit or going back and forth. Modern conveniences are hard to do without! The hero would have to all kinds of special for me to loosen the grip on my Ipod TOuch!

Karyn Gerrard said...


LOL! Oh wouldn't that be a kick in the slats, Regency hunk wants a maid!

A total stranger? No, I agree, but if it was one of those 'once in a lifetime' loves, wow, tough choice!

Flush toilets, Oh yeah. Can't imagine tossing it out the window as they did!

Deb said...

KARYN!!! CONGRATULATIONS, my friend!! (Jumping with excitement!) I'm not into erotica stories, but I know that you have handled/balanced it well, so look forward to getting ahold of your novella to read.

(If not married) I might go back with a hunky time-traveling hero, but I would convince to come back to the future with me. Who can live without curling irons and hair products and all the other wonderful, modern conveniences of life?! Snort, not me!

Congrats again, Karyn!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Anna, I went to Dimitri's site, Lord, the man is all kinds of gorgeous. I wonder if he moonlights as a cover model, because he certainly looks like the guy on my cover!

I so agree, he can croon in my equally shell shaped ear anytime! A baritone, must seek him out!

Gannon Carr said...

Hey, Karyn! I'm so happy for you, and I can't wait to read your debut. :-)

Oh, I would be tempted to go back in time, but I would most definitely miss indoor plumbing and AC the most. Call me shallow. *g*

I love KMM's time travels---those MacKeltars are yummy---and it goes without saying that Jamie and Claire from Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series are at the top of my list. Donna, are they really making a musical??? Not sure how I feel about that.

Jude Deveraux's A KNIGHT IN SHINING ARMOR is another TT that I just adore. *sigh*

Karyn Gerrard said...

Marie, I think this would be everyone's choice, come and go at will. The ideal solution!

I did some research on Time Travel, and on paper, very feasible. Maybe someday it will become a reality.
Lynn Kurland, I went to her website, thanks for mentioning her! More books for me to check out~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi Christina, thank you so much!

So great to hear from you! Any chance you may do a time travel back to ancient Rome? *nudge*

Oh, Poldark. I was so in love with this guy, still am, really. I have it on DVD, watch all the time. I love the name Demelza too!

Oh, one of my favorite movies, Terminator. It had it all, Sci-Fi, action, suspense...and romance. *sigh* Michael Biehn!

Isn't Anna great? She is still covered in butter~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thank you Shadow Kohler!

Another vote for a return trip! It would be the ideal situation, wouldn't it? Also plumbing is right up there with family, it would be for me as well.
Imagine having to carry buckets of heated water to a tub. Of course, if said Regency hunk is waiting in that tub...A hunk that looked Hugh Jackman~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi Dianna!

Another vote for a return trip! It would be hard to give up everything that is so much a part of our lives! No, your son would NOT be happy! LOL!

Anna Sugden said...

Congrats, Karyn! Delighted to see another of our BB's being successful!
And so glad you could come and celebrate your release here in the Lair! We're so proud of you!

Hmm ... as a Brit, I'd have to say no to the Regency hunk. As lovely as that period sounds, the balls, the dresses, the country houses, I'm definitely in favour of the mod cons and modern women's roles!

Perhaps if he was from the WW2 era, I might think about it *g*.

I do like the idea of time travel, though. I find it fascinating. Big Dr Who fan *g*.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks so much Beth!

You explain exactly why I love Time Travel, the conflict is built right in!
To be honest, I think I would go stir crazy in 1821. Do embroidery? I can't even thread a needle! Play the piano forte? No chance. So that leaves reading and drinking tea. Not bad, THAT I can do! The nights would be fun though...

Another vote for a quick visit~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi BJ!

YAY! Someone who will go with the virile Regency hottie hunk! He is very grateful!

Yes, plumbing. Having a chamber pot shoved under my bed is just too gross for words. LOL at the hotel plumbing! Pull chain toilets are so quaint~hope yours isn't THAT old!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi Sheila,

Oh I love Moning's Highlander books! I think my fav is 'Kiss of the Highlander', brought tears to my eyes. Dark Highlander is a close second, Dageus, the twin of Drustan from 'Kiss'. *sigh* I think it's time to read those again!

And high five! Sheila would go with Regency stud!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi May!

Oh good point, air conditioning! I can't imagine melting in hot weather with all those corsets and stays and layers.

Halifax is beautiful, I can't say enough about it! So glad you enjoyed your visit there. I have been to just about every corner of Canada, but haven't been to Toronto, must rectify that! Thank you so much for the congrats~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi KJ!

Thanks so much about the release, I am still in shock!

Awww, poor rebuffed, buff Regency hunk! But, you make a good point, plenty of hunks in the here and now!

I should mention the hunk wearing nothing but a towel in my interview was my inspiration for my hero Jerrod. *sigh*

Karyn Gerrard said...


Thanks so much! Come back later, Irish houseboys are chilling the Bailey's as we speak~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Oh Deb,

Cheers and thank you so much! I would like to think I balanced it well, to me it is a romance first, with some smokin' hot love scenes! I really hope you enjoy and get lost in the fantasy of it~

Good plan! Convince him to come back with you, just make sure he brings those skin tight breeches with him!
Oh curling iron, you hit it. I could NOT live without that. And heating an iron stick in the fire to curl my hair does not appeal!

Thanks again Deb!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thank you so much Gannon!

I can't wait to visit with the Dishies on June 21st!

Yes, AC, right up there with the flush toilet and curling iron for things I would abhor to part with!
Oh yes, KMM, and another vote for Outlander. Must put on my wish list.

Jude Deveraux, Oh good, another TT to add to my list, thanks Gannon!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi Anna!

Oh what wonderful kind words, thank you so much! Really all you ladies are an inspiration! *group hug*

Good points Anna, also the medical thing would get me, got a cold? here's a leech!
Now that would make a great story, WW II hunk! just modern enough, but also firmly in a past era! Hmmm. *rubs chins*

Oh Dr Who! On my to be watched list, I just finished with all 9 seasons of BBC Spooks! Matthew MacFadyen, Rupert Penry-Jones, Richard crush on Brit hunks continues, even after all these years!

Minna said...

I would go back in the past only if I could be absolutely sure I can come back whenever I want. I like things like modern health care and electricity way too much to leave them behind completely.

Minna said...

Favorite time travel
movie: Back to the Future films
book: Time and Again by Nora Roberts and Miranda's Viking by Maggie Shayne (although this one is more "Sleeping Hunk" type of story than time travel)
TV show: Life on Mars

beadlizard said...

The book sounds wonderful! If I were young and hadn't met my husband, I'd go, definitely. I lived for seven years on an 1897 homestead in Montana so I can tell you that flush toilets are nice but not necessary(!). However, I would miss hot showers something fierce. It's been 15 years and I still thank God for plumbers every morning when I take a shower. Modern laundry facilities are truly sublime, especially in a climate where the local water source freezes for a few months each winter (in my case, a creek -- we didn't even have a well). Zippers and elastic are wonderful conveniences, and dentists are worth their weight in gold. I had a friend who used to smuggle American toothpaste to Russia in the 1970's... The modern age has a lot of comforts! That said, I miss silence. Living without electricity, let alone piston engines, is blessedly quite.

Pat Cochran said...

My favorite time travel film is
Somewhere In Time, starring Jane
Seymour and the late Christopher

As for the "do or don't" traveling through time question, I would probably say "Not." I'm too tied
to my modern conveniences to leave
them behind!

Pat Cochran said...

Got so busy thinking of all that
I wouldn't want to leave behind
that I forgot to include many
"Congratulations" to "Buddy"
Karyn for her novella! So happy
for you, Karyn, and I look forward
to reading "Timeless Heart."

jo robertson said...

Whooo hooo, Karyn!! Welcome to the Lair. Your debut book sounds delicious. Can we find it on Amazon as a download?

Congrats, Helen, glad the rooster's going back across the ocean.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Minna, that is certainly the popular choice, back to the past, if only there is a return ticket.

great choices for the books and movies, I LOVED BBC's Life on Mars! I am a Gene Hunt girl~
Thanks for commenting!

Karyn Gerrard said...


Thanks so much! Wow, 1897 homestead, for seven years? My hat goes off to you, I wouldn't have lasted seven minutes! Gunny you mention Zippers, there is a scene in Timeless Heart where Jerrod has some issues with a zipper, *snort*

Loucinda McGary aka Aunty Cindy said...

Welcome to the "other side" of the Lair, Karyn! And HUGE CONGRATS on your first release!

I love time-travels. My all time fave is Outlander, of course. It even inspired me to try writing a time-travel way back when. :-P But would I like to time travel? Not for more than a few days. I like my modern conveniences (running water and electricity) too much, not to mention modern hygiene. Just thinking about all those unwashed bodies and hair, and unbrushed teeth gives me a serious case of EWWWW!


Gayl said...

Karyn, I have pretty much gushed everywhere about how thrilled I was for you but I have to say that each time I read one of your interviews I learn something new about you!

Again congratulations and please click that submit button soon! I can't wait to read more.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Oh Pat,

You mentioned a movie that has me in shreds whenever I watch it, the music alone brings tears to my eyes. Great choice, of course, I am a sucker and cry copious amount of tears at any romance, even in books~

It would be hard to give up everything for a slab of Regency beefcake, if push came to shove, not sure I could do it!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Pat, thanks so much for the kind words I really appreciate it! I have been blown away from all the support I have received for my ebook. I truly hope you get some enjoyment out of it, thanks again!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Hi Jo, thanks so much!

Just click on the cover art and it takes you right to Amazon!
Thanks for having me here at the lair, how cool is this?

Karyn Gerrard said...

Aunty Cindy!

Awww, thanks so much for the congrats!

Outlander again! Must add to my wish list ASAP~
Yes, I agree, hygiene big draw back, who wants a regency hunk with fuzzy teeth? And who smells of horse. But think of the fun you could have showing him all about washing *snort*

Karyn Gerrard said...


And I have certainly appreciated all your gushing support, thank you my friend. Hey, you learned something new about me, how cool is that?

And who knows, I may hit that submit button soon, thanks for coming by Gayl! Come again, great bunch of ladies here~

PJ said...

Congratulations, Karyn! I'm so excited for you and can't wait to curl up with your story. It sounds delicious!

I'm a huge fan of time travel and have been for years. Love KMM's highlanders.

Some other favs:

Janet Chapman's highlanders who travel from medieval Scotland to modern-day Maine.

Veronica Wolff's highlanders with their heroines who travel back to 17th century Scotland from modern-day America. My favorite is Warrior of the Highlands.

Deveraux's A Knight in Shining Armor, even though I'm still unhappy with the ending after all these years.

PJ said...

Oops! Hit enter too soon. Sandra Hill writes some of my favorite time-travel books. Lots of adventure, emotion, plenty of steam and guaranteed to make you laugh.

Susan Sey said...

Oooh, I love me some handsome squires but I don't know if I'd love him more than penicillin or indoor plumbing. :-) Tough call, right there. Maybe I'd go if I could take a big ol' supply of drugs with me?

Congrats on the release, Karyn! Sounds like a great read!

Anna Campbell said...

Dianna, laughing at your son looking for a video game in Regency England!

Anna Campbell said...

Beth, I think fish out of water stories are wonderful and time travel is MAJORLY fish out of water!

Anna Campbell said...

Oh, no, to the hotel's plumbing, BJ! Actually I'd miss modern dentristy and medicine and a few other things too. But, yeah, plumbing would definitely make my list of things I'd miss!

Anna Campbell said...

Sheila, the Dark Higlander? Swoon! Sigh!

Anna Campbell said...

May, I thought it was really fun to read a Canadian setting too. Should be more of it!

Anna Campbell said...

KJ, I think I'd do my best to convince the hunk to stay. Then I get the plumbing AND the plumber!

Anna Campbell said...

Gamistress, I raise a glass in your general direction in return! Hic! I was so thrilled for Karyn when she told me she had a book out!

Anna Campbell said...

Deb, this was kinda really romantic erotica, if you know what I mean. Wink, wink. So lots of emotional punch along with the hot stuff! Give it a go!

Anna Campbell said...

Karyn, I'm a bit of a baritone junkie and he's a real humdinger both in the voice and looks department. When you see him live, that wonderfully rich voice basically covers you in chocolate. And then you want him to lick it off, while he whispers sweet Russian nothings.

Hmm, need to go and get a fan!

Anna Campbell said...

By the way, Dmitri used to be a pop star before he turned to opera. You can kinda see why, can't you?

Anna Campbell said...

Gannon, how could I forget a Knight in Shining Armour? Such a gorgeous story!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, butter AND chocolate? I'm starting to sound like a Swiss roll!

Anna Campbell said...

Goodness, VA, I'm picturing your big love scene as "Did the earth move for you or are we in the middle of an air raid?" Snicker!

Anna Campbell said...

Minna, it would be great fun to pop in just to check it out and know that you could get back to the future when you needed to!

Anna Campbell said...

Minna, loved Miranda's Viking!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks so much PJ!

Hope you enjoying curling up with it!
I just won a Veronica Wolffe, Can't wait to read that! Oh, Janet Chapman *furiously adds to my list*
I read Sandra Hill, Viking, right? It was delicious fun! Thanks for the list PJ!

Anna Campbell said...

Beadlizard, how fascinating about you living away from modcons. What an amazing experience. Actually you're right about the constant hum of noise in modern life. I remember when I first visited Venice, it's so quiet at night after the crowds have gone. It's because there are no cars. You basically are never out of the reach of that hum of traffic noise. I realised how I just blocked it off consciously, although obviously subconsciously I was still aware of it.

Anna Campbell said...

Pat, isn't Somewhere in Time the biz? I just love it!!!!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks so much Susan!

That would be a great idea, take a truck full of drugs and Toiler paper! Still probably wouldn't be enough.

Karyn Gerrard said...

Anna, I can see Dimitri being a rock star, he has that vibe, that aura. And to turn to opera, how sexy is that?
Did you see him live? And now I have to go get a fan myself, licking chocolate off a Russian baritone hunk *THUD*

Anna Campbell said...

Jo, if you click on the cover in the blog, it will take you right to TIMELESS HEART's Amazon page!

Anna Campbell said...

Karyn, I've heard great things about Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes too. Must check them out!

Anna Campbell said...

AC, isn't it wonderful when one of our regulars hits the high life? Great stuff!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Gayl, it's wonderful you're so happy for Karyn. There was cheering in the lair when we heard too!

Anna Campbell said...

PJ, I actually found the ending of AKISA really poignant. Didn't JD write a new version where they ended up together?

Anna Campbell said...

The squire or penicillin? There's something very you in that question, Susan!

Anna Campbell said...

He came to Sydney a couple of times when I lived there and I salivated...uh, attended the concerts. He's got a very sexy way with Rachmaninov! Snicker! And the voice is full of all these rich harmonics that just don't come over on a recording, lovely as the recordings are. It really is like being surrounding by something strong and thick and delicious. OK, where's that fan?

PJ said...

PJ, I actually found the ending of AKISA really poignant. Didn't JD write a new version where they ended up together

Anna, I read it back when it was first published and found it so poignant that I sobbed my heart out for two hours after turning the final page. (rolls eyes) I understood the ending and even accepted the ending but it still wasn't the ending I wanted! lol!

I know she re-released it with some revisions but I haven't read that version so I don't know how it ends.

Sheree said...

Travel back in time to a period WITHOUT indoor plumbing and basic sanitation? Where, thanks to the hot hottie, I may just die in childbirth? Hm.... how hot is he again? And can I return to modern day?

Nancy said...

Helen, congrats on the bird!

Karyn, welcome to the other side of the blog, and congratulations on your new release! It sounds terrific.

The Regency hunk you describe would be difficult to resist. Like Lolarific, I'd have to factor in marital status. If I'm married when this happens, then I would, with some regret, refuse.

If not--why not?

I think I'd miss hot running water the most. And antibiotics. :-)

Karyn Gerrard said...


LOL! Oh I forgot the possibly dying in childbirth thing! Big risk. The hottie is the guy in the towel, is he worth it? hmmm. Thanks for commenting!

Karyn Gerrard said...


Thanks so much! It feels a little surreal, but it has been quite a ride~

Yes, in this fantasy, we are all unattached! LOL!
Oh yes, As I mentioned before, dragging buckets of water heated on the fire...nope. Cheers~

Karyn Gerrard said...

Thanks so much Anna and all the great ladies at Romance Bandits for having me today in the lair!

Loads of fun!

Maria said...

No, I'll stay in the time period that I'm in right couldn't live without my clothes washer, dishwasher, refrigerator and women's rights in the past were not good. I would of course ask him to stay in my time period with me:)

MsHellion said...

Would this voice sound like Alan Rickman's? Because I'm insane about Alan Rickman's voice. I swear whenever he speaks, I subliminally hear the message: "Take off your clothes and lie on the bed."

If Regency man sounded like that, I'd probably go back. *LOL*

But typically speaking: No. I would not. I don't mind reading about it, but I would never want to live there. It'd be too much like camping: no running water, no toilets, no deoderant, no effective contraceptives, no good doctors, no Pepsi, no convenience food chocolate bars. OMG, no erotica or romance novels! These people were PHILISTINES!

NO, I could not live there. No matter how great the sex was.

Debra Key Newhouse said...

Oh he would definitely have to come to me. I like air conditioning and heat!! But I would let him be Lord of my Manor anytime :-)

I just rushed over to and bought the book. I'm in for a fun night!

Karyn Gerrard said...


they way women were treated back then was shameful, big detriment! I would want Regency hunk to be rich, and have a ton of servants, so I could do nothing but drink tea and read. And warm his bed *snort*

Thanks for commenting!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Ms. Hellion, heck yeah, he can sound like Alan Rickman! That man could read me the phone book and I would be enthralled! LOL at what you hear when he speaks!

Hmmm, great sex or no pepsi or chocolate, really, that is one tough decision. Guess the hunk loses!

Thanks for commenting!

Karyn Gerrard said...

Debra, thank you!!! Oh I really hope you enjoy it! Wearing nothing but a towel, he could be Lord of my Manor as well! Giving up AC seems to be a sticky point as well. (no pun intended!)It would be tough!

Thanks so much again!

Anna Campbell said...

PJ, it would be interesting to know just how the new version played out, wouldn't it? I still remember Nicholas with the video player! Gorgeous!

Anna Campbell said...

Yeah, Sheree, the hottie sounds, well, kinda hot until you think about everything else involved in going back to the Regency, doesn't he? Then I must say my feet get cold!

Anna Campbell said...

Nancy, like that you brought the moral dimension in!

Anna Campbell said...

Maria, I agree with you about women's rights. A lot of my plots hinge on the awful way women were treated under the law in the Regency.

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, Helly, I didn't think about the contraception but you're RIGHT!!!! Ewww!

Anna Campbell said...

Ooh, Debra, you are in for a fun night!

Anna Campbell said...

Hey, guys, thanks for a great day of blogging. Karyn, I feel we've launched you in style. Thanks for being such a great guest - and for being such a long-term supporter of the Bandits. We wish you all the best with your debut!

Don't forget to check back to see who won the copy of TIMELESS HEART!

Christina Phillips said...

Karyn, funnily enough back in 2003 I wrote an outline for a TT back to ancient Rome. Never came to anything but obviously the idea buried into my brain and marinated there for a while!!

Anna, I just looked up Somewhere in Time on wiki - I don't remember ever watching it which is odd because i love movies like that!