Dayna Leigh Cheser
All Things That Matter Press
August 17, 2012
Amazon / B&N
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Janelle’s Time is the story of the great love between a New Hampshire farmer’s daughter and the younger son of an English Duke.
From her father’s death to the birth of twin daughters, Janelle makes it difficult for Richard to keep her safe.
Unaware of Janelle’s maternal-line powers, the couple time-travel to 14th century England, where they meet Richard’s ancestors – and discover some startling truths about his aristocratic family.
Logan Conor, the Scots Duke of Muileach, crashes Richard and Janelle’s wedding, bent on revenge, but finds his own true love instead.
On their wedding trip, a madman attempts to kidnap Janelle – twice.
Later, Richard unknowingly betrays Janelle who strands him in England. Richard finally arrives home, but fate separates them again – and he misses the birth of his son. Will they ever make a life together?
Filled with unexpected twists and turns, their love story spans two continents, and hundreds of years. But, can their love survive their very different backgrounds and the endless obstacles life throws at them?
About The Author:
Writing ‘runs in the family.’ My mother is a multi-published non-fiction author, and my two brothers make a living writing, one as a newspaperman, the other as a copywriter. My sister edits her church newsletter.
My father was a school teacher/reading specialist (later an elementary school principal) when I was little. During story-time one night when I was about four years old, I stopped him and asked how he said the same thing every time he read that story to me. That night, he started teaching me to read. It began a life-long love affair between books and me – for that, I am grateful.
In junior high, I wrote short stories to entertain classmates. In high school, one English assignment was to write my autobiography. In the teacher-specified chapter entitled ‘Future Plans,’ being a published writer topped the list.
After a college professor told me I ‘couldn’t write my way out of a paper bag,’ I stopped writing for many years. Then, in the late 1970s, I wrote an article for “World Radio News” (San Diego, CA) about our amateur radio club providing communications for a March of Dimes Walkathon. The ‘WRN’ editor used my article word-for-word.
In early 2002, between jobs and wanting to write, I sought a third-shift position and used the ‘free time’ to write what became ‘Janelle’s Time.’ When it was complete, I shelved it. In 2009, the WIP came off the shelf. By August 2011, it was ready – at last – for submission.
In 2009, I started a Twitter account, @Writers_Cafe. I feel as if I’ve earned a degree in ‘book publishing’ since then! You can learn so much from over 14,000 followers.
I penned an article about @RileyCarney, a Colorado teen, and very prolific YA fantasy author, who heads her own non-profit literacy project. Never officially published, countless people have seen it, thanks to Twitter retweets and some carefully chosen email inboxes.
On New Year’s Day, 2010, I went ‘live’ with my blog. It has evolved into a combination of chronicling my writing journey and hopefully helpful posts on publishing industry topics.
In the fall of 2011, I added ‘DIY Interviews’ to my blog (see the left column of my blog for details on doing your own interview). Several authors have submitted ‘interviews’ to date.
Janelle’s Time is Book 1 of my TIME Series. Book 2, ‘Moria’s Time’ was my NaNoWriMo project for 2011. I reached 51,000 words on November 26! Now, I have to finish that book, and three more in the series: ‘Adelle’s Time,’ ‘Logan’s Time,’ and ‘Clarissa’s Time.’
Moving into 2012, I’m very excited about the release of ‘Janelle’s Time.’ It’s the culmination of a life-long dream – and is only the beginning of my retirement career. I’m working on “Moria’s Time,” book 2 of the Time Series.
My husband, Pete, and I have been married over forty-three years – no children. We lived in Massachusetts for thirteen years, and then moved to New Hampshire for eleven years. In 1992, we moved to Florida.
Ms. Cheser has created a wonderfully epic start to a new series and one that I will look forward to reading in it’s entirety. Janelle’s Time starts off with a bit of tragedy, but quickly moves forward and is layered with mysteriousness, happiness and intrigue. This story sweeps the reader of their feet and keeps them hooked until the end. It’s rich in it’s historical detail and the characters are complex and real-to-life. I loved each page turn as it each turn brought something new to the table.
Janelle LeDuc is a young lady who has recently lost her father to a tragic tree-felling accident. Left alone on the farm with the family help, she nearly suffers from deep depression, despite the fact that she’s now a wealthy young woman. When she sets out to visit her father’s grave, she’s rescued there by a neighbor, Englishman Richard Grayson. Little did she know that life is about to change completely for her.
Despite “knowing” of Ms. LeDuc for 3 years, Richard Grayson has finally gotten the chance to show his interest in her after helping her home. Time spent together takes on a new meaning for him, especially when a twist of fate takes them on a time-traveling adventure to his homeland and his childhood home……500 years before he knew it. When he realizes that the beautiful Janelle is key to this time-travel, his already fond feelings for her, grow to a blossoming love.
But, after they marry, the fates aren’t so nice to them, as mysterious things happen, and their marriage is at risk. Can their love for each other over come all time and happenings? Can their passionate love be enough to withhold all else?
Reading their story, and learning about their history was a wonderful time for me. Though I wish the ending was a little different! It’s got me wanting the next book right now, not later . All in all, this is a 4 Book worthy story and one that I am happy to have read. With amazingly created secondary characters and a time-traveling plot line that will expand beautifully into the next books, Ms. Cheser has gained a life-long fan in me. I can’t wait for book 2, Moria’s story, to learn about the Grayson’s children and more of the awesome characters!
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