Saturday, October 6, 2012

#Sweet Saturday Samples: The Whisper of Time is here!

Hi Saturday Samplers!
My time-travel romance novella, The Whisper of Time, is now available for e-book. It's set in Vermont, land of maple trees, cows and green hills. In fall, as the leaves put on a crimson and gold display,  the smell of cider perfumes the air.

Here's a recipe for Hot spiced cider from

1/2 gallon apple cider
12 cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
1 c. orange juice
1/2 c. lemon juice
Heat apple cider. Add all ingredients. Allow the mixture to simmer for half hour or more. Serve this in mugs on a chilly night.Makes 12 servings.

And here's a little bit of The Whisper of Time: when heroine Gwynn first finds out about hero Slate. Kick back, take a sip of cider and enjoy!

“I don’t know the first thing about goats,” I said to Vera.
“Why, sure you do. You’re an animal doctor.” Vera put a reassuring arm around my shoulder. “Besides, you won’t have to go it alone. Slate will be here to help you out.”
“Slate?” I couldn’t be sure what or who Slate was. A blank chalk board came to mind.
“Slate Peck.” Vera pointed to a small cabin at the far end of the meadow. “He’s a goatherd.”
“A goatherd?” I didn’t know goatherds existed in Vermont. Or in this century, for that matter. I might have been fuzzy on details, but the name Peck did ring a bell. “Jebidiah Peck,” I puzzled aloud. “He owned the farm?”
“Slate is Jeb’s grandson. Jeb willed a parcel of land to Slate, so you’re neighbors! He’s been running the place all by his lonesome, bless his soul. Of course, goats don’t pay the bills like they used to, so Slate also manages the Agway down to East Rupert.” Vera nodded as though the Agway job were a life achievement. “And he knows more about goats than anyone else around, so you go ahead and ask him about anything.”
“He lives over there?” I wasn’t convinced I wanted a strange man living so close by the isolated farmhouse, even if he was a goat expert.

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  1. Ah :-) so much ging on behind the scenes in this sample. Nice.

  2. Great dialogue. I love the way you included little bits of the Vermont way of speaking -- "all by his lonesome" and "down to East Rupert." It's easy to differentiate between speakers. Thanks for the spiced cider recipe too. Sounds yummy.

    1. Thanks Sandy. I grew up in the northeast, so those speech patterns seem natural. The cider's a terrific way to warm up on cool fall evenings.

  3. The recipe sounds as nice as the excerpt. Thanks.

  4. Nice excerpt! I'm curious to see if Slate is scary or yummy.