Monday, June 17, 2013

Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy by USA Today Bestseller Barbara Bretton

Today we have the honor of interviewing USA Today Bestselling author Barbara Bretton.  Please help us in giving Barbara a warm welcome by leaving questions and comments!  We'd love to see a nice Q&A after you've read her interview! 
Thank you, Barbara for stopping by!

Where are you from and from where/who did your love for writing come from?
I was born in New York City (Queens, to be exact) and my love for writing was definitely nurtured by the wonderful libraries we had at our disposal. My parents were both great readers and our apartment was always filled with books. When I was a kid, Friday night was library night. After supper we'd walk the six blocks to the Elmhurst Branch of the Queensborough Public Library system and greedily grab as many books as we could carry to see us through the week. I clearly remember sitting on the floor in the hallway between the adult section and the children's room, immersed in back issues of The Writer Magazine, dreaming of the day I'd see my own name in print.
Can you say that your journey to publication was difficult? If so, what were the hardest moments to get through?

I'm almost embarrassed to tell you how easy it was. Sure, I had my share of rejection slips on my non-fiction and short stories, but I got lucky with my first book. I sent LOVE CHANGES off to Vivian Stephens at Harlequin on the last Thursday in February 1982 and got "The Call" every writer dreams about the following Monday!
How do you overcome i-suck-it is, that little voice in your head that tells you your writing isn’t good enough?

You don't. Or at least I don't. My Internal Censor is a persistent and powerful force who not only criticizes what I'm currently writing but wakes me in the middle of the night to criticize books I wrote ten and fifteen years ago!
What is your dream vacation?

The month of October on the coast of Maine with my husband, our pets, a well-stocked Kindle and lots of knitting projects. I know that may not sound very exciting but to me it's a version of heaven.
Describe your writing style in five words.

Open. Accessible. Emotional. Conversational. Fun.
What movies are you currently excited to see?

The new Star Trek. Any excuse to spend time with Spock.
What are you currently reading?

I'm rereading Robert B. Parker's incredible Spenser series. I never get tired of Spenser and Hawk and Susan and Belson and Quirk and . . . Parker was simply the best of the best.
If you weren’t a writer, what other careers would you pursue?
I'm not sure if there's another career field that would have me. But, despite my lack of anything resembling even one single degree of musical talent, I would love to sing back-up for The Temptations or Gladys Knight. Or maybe be one of the pro dancers on Dancing With The Stars. (I dance worse than I sing.)

If you could create a holiday of your own, what would it be called?
I didn't create it but I adopted Festivus. (Thanks, Frank Costanza.) I'm especially drawn to the Airing of Grievances. (I'm not sure my family ever made it through a more traditional holiday without airing at least one or two of 'em.)

For people who haven’t read your novel, how would you summarize the plot?
A divorced couple find themselves swept back to the 18th century where they join up with a Patriot Spy Ring in a plot against the British and in the process fall back in love.

What are two of your pet-peeves?
Able-bodied drivers who park in handicapped spots. Knots in the middle of a beautiful (and expensive) skein of yarn.

To you, what makes a good story?
Characters. Characters. Characters. Without people I can identify with, the story is doomed.

What usually turns you off about a story?
Bad dialogue. Nothing takes me out of the story world quicker than clumsy, awkward dialogue. Fictional dialogue is real life without the boring parts. When it's right, it sounds like music to the ear. When it's wrong -- ouch!

If you could collaborate with any author, who would you choose, and why?
The late Robert B. Parker because I want to know Hawk's background.

The late Laurie Colwin because she made it all seem so effortless.
What is on your night stand?

Barbara Delinsky's Sweet Salt Air. I love her books.
What is your favorite book?

Good question. I don't think it's possible to narrow it down to just one. But some of my favorites are:
Early Autumn - Robert B. Parker
When the Sacred Gin Mill Closes - Lawrence Block
Wizard of Oz - L. Frank Baum
Family Happiness - Laurie Colwin
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn - Betty Smith

Somewhere in Time
Crosse Harbor Time Travel Trilogy
Book One
Barbara Bretton

Genre: Time Travel/Romance

Publisher: Free Spirit Press

ISBN: 9781301712953

Page count: 300-320
Word count: Approx. 80,000

Book Trailer:

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

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

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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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.