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Fall Break and THE DAY SHE DIED

I’m about to head out on quick little vacation with the family to the Turner Falls area of Oklahoma. It’ll be fun to get away for awhile. Its an amazing time of year with the Royals making the world series for the first time in 29 years, and that event played a small part in my book. I’ve put links up on the right where you can buy my book. There is a link on left where through paypal you can get an autographed copy. And I have a launch party coming up in early November in Oklahoma City, where I hope you can come.2012-06-16 20.13.24

What would author Susan J. Reinhardt change in her life?

Tonight, author Susan J. Reinhardt is featured on my blog. My comments are in italics. Thanks Susan for taking the time to answer these questions.

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  1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

I’d choose the moment when Mary encountered Jesus after His resurrection near the garden tomb. One can only imagine her expression when her grief turned to joy.

  1. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

The Dark Ages. It was a time of great persecution, and the Word of God wasn’t accessible to the general population.

I’ve always been fascinated by the dark ages, especially after the seemingly enlightened period of the Roman empire.

  1. If you could go back in time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

I would have learned more about the publishing industry and avoided some embarrassing mistakes. After my first manuscript was finished (or so I thought), I brought the whole thing to a writers conference and presented it to an editor. Although kind, he sent me packing with instructions to: 1) Learn how to write fiction, and 2) Produce a manuscript of 80-100,000 words. Ouch!

All writers have been there, I believe.

4. When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

I have something in mind, but unfortunately can’t recall the title or author of the book. It was about a guy, who discovers that a certain spot in NY would send him back many years. He meets a lovely young woman and must decide whether he will stay in the past or remain in his own time period.

Hmm, is it SOMEWHERE IN TIME, a movie with Christopher Reeves?

5. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or serious?)

This actually happened to me! As a young person, I considered going away to Bible School. The desire was there, but fear kept me from pursuing that path. I was able to do this twice – the first time as a night student. After two years, I graduated.

Many years later, I had the opportunity to spend a year at another Bible college. During that time, my late husband and I dated and married. It radically changed the course of my life, and I’m so glad I didn’t wimp out. :)

Susan J. Reinhardt Bio

Susan J. Reinhardt’s publishing credits include her novels, The Moses Conspiracy, The Christmas Wish, and The Scent of Fear, as well as devotionals, short articles, and contributions to anthologies. She is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers.

A widow, daughter, stepmom, and active church member, Susan resides in Pennsylvania. When not writing, she enjoys time with family and friends, reading, couponing, gardening, and finding small treasures in antique shops.

Books & Links:

The Moses Conspiracy – What Will The Future Hold? – This is the first book in the trilogy. (See attached book cover.) Link: http://amzn.to/1leYJ2e

The Christmas Wish – A book for all seasons, which gives a peek at a 4-month time period between The Moses Conspiracy and The Scent of Fear. (See attached book cover.) Link: http://amzn.to/1uOqi7F

The Scent of Fear – The second book in the trilogy. Suspense and romance – will they have a chance at love or will circumstances keep them apart? (See attached book cover.)

Link: http://amzn.to/1uOqi7F

Social Media Links

Website:   http://www.susanjreinhardt.com

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/AuthorSusanJReinhardt

Goodreads:   https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7012233.Susan_J_Reinhardt

Pinterest: http://www.pinterest.com/susanjreinhardt

Twitter: @susanjreinhardt

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What would author Erin Taylor Young change in her life?

Tonight, Erin Taylor Young answers a few time travel questions for my website. I’ve known Erin a quite a few years as we’ve attended local writing conferences together and then were original members of the Oklahoma City ACFW chapter. Erin’s first book came out just a few months ago, and you can read about it below.erin taylor young

My comments are in italics.

  1. If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

I’d have to say the crucifixion. It would horrify me, but that’s the point. It’s so easy to minimize, to forget the cost Jesus paid for us.

Definitely not an easy answer, but choice all Christians should consider. Was THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST movie an experience like this? I believe it was for many people.

  1. Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

Any time before air conditioning. I’m a hot weather wimp.

And for some reason, when there was no air conditioning, people wore more clothes.

  1. If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

Oh, do-overs on all the times I was nervous, flustered, or tongue-tied and ended up saying something really dumb to an agent or editor. I’ve always wished I had a super power called Stupid-Impervious, where I’d be incapable of saying or doing anything stupid.

4.  When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

Back to the Future. Such fun movies!

A great series! Which is your favorite. I would go with the third. But Biff building his fortunes with the sports almanac in the second one is really cool, even though he uses his power for evil.

  1. If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

I’d make my Sabbath day far more of a priority much longer ago–spent more time in prayer, soaking in God’s word, and hanging out with Him. I’d be more intentional in living with one foot in heaven. I wish I better understood long ago how creating–writing, drawing, or whatever–is an act God wants to do WITH us. And He is infinite, so we can never run out of creativity.

Great answer, Erin. I definitely need to partner with God more in my writing and in my daily life.  The great thing is it is never to late to start.

About Erin

Erin Taylor Young is a humor writer whose debut book, Surviving Henry: Adventures in Loving a Canine Catastrophe, has been repeatedly accused of making people laugh until they cry. Find out for yourself at www.survivinghenry.com. When she isn’t writing or rescuing the dog from mortal danger, she works in a library where she gets to wander among books. Learn more about Erin at www.erintayloryoung.com where she blogs about writing, God, and her aversion to spiders.

What would author Elizabeth Maddrey change?

Today I am featuring author Elizabeth Maddrey on my website. I’m grateful she took the time to answer my questions about time travel. I love her answer about a time period she would hate to live in. I think she speaks for all of us alive today! Take a look at the bottom of the post to see how you can check out Elizabeth’s books and website.elizabeth madrey

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

The Tower of Babel. I think it’d be fascinating to see everyone suddenly unable to communicate – groups of people who could understand one another clumping together and the mass confusion and chaos that demonstrates just how awesome God is and how He won’t be challenged by our puny efforts. 

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 My answer isn’t a traditional time period you read about in history books, but it’s fairly simple: Pre-Indoor-Plumbing. Honestly, indoor plumbing is such a wonderful thing that we take for granted. It’s lack is pretty  much the #1 reason I don’t enjoy camping (which I otherwise find quite pleasant.)

I don’t think anyone would disagree with Elizabeth. How did people survive without indoor plumbing?

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

I’d spend less time dithering about the practicalities and probabilities of actually being published and just put myself out there. The time I wasted on fear was really quite silly when I had stories in my head to tell.  

I wrestled with the same fear. I think all writers are a little hesitant to share their work at times.

 4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

I love the idea of time travel – I’m a huge Whovian, so Doctor Who definitely tops the list, but I also enjoyed Sliders and the time travel Star Trek episodes.

Am I missing something by not watching Dr. Who?

 5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why?

When I was eight, I got bitten by a goose during a big cookout at my uncle’s house. I’d love to go back and give that goose a good, swift kick in the tail before he got to me. And in case you wondered, goose bites really do hurt – and those suckers get a beakful of flesh and pull until the chunk comes out. I’m still a bit anti-goose, to be honest. 

About Elizabeth:

 Elizabeth Maddrey began writing stories as soon as she could form the letters properly and has never looked back. Though her practical nature and love of math and organization steered her into computer science for college and graduate school, she has always had one or more stories in progress to occupy her free time. When she isn’t writing, Elizabeth is a voracious consumer of books and has mastered the art of reading while undertaking just about any other activity. She loves to write about Christians who struggle through their lives, dealing with sin and receiving God’s grace.

Elizabeth lives in the suburbs of Washington D.C. with her husband and their two incredibly active little boys. She invites you to interact with her at her website www.ElizabethMaddrey.com or on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ElizabethMaddrey

 

What would Agent Terry Burns change in his life?

My first guest on my blog to answer my time travel questions is my former agent Terry Burns. Terry is a great guy who gives his clients the very best.  Helping Christian writers succeed is truly a passion of his. While Terry wasn’t able to sell my novel, through the time as a client with his, I met Suzanne Hartman, and a few years later, she started Castle Gate Press, and remembered my novel. God knew what he was doing.at ACFW

Below are Terry’s answers, and my comments in parenthesis.

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

 That’s an easy one. I’d like to be there when Jesus came out of that tomb, witness first hand the resurrection of my Savior.

(I totally agree. THE EVENT of Jesus. But pick a day in his life, and it would be amazing.)

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 I guess that would have to be the Great Depression, although the way things are going I may have to go through it yet. 

(Not many good things happened in the 1930s, including the dust bowl in my home of Oklahoma.)

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 I would start writing fiction much sooner.

 4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

 Actually it would be a book that I wrote that never got published, “Stone Age Cowboy.” I may bring it out yet.

5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or serious?)

Absolutely no doubt, I would have married my wife Saundra right after high school and taken her off to college with me.

(Terry is a true gentleman!)

6.       Tell me how I can introduce you. Name, website, published books, etc. Blog

 Terry Burns, agent for Hartline Literary Agency, author of over 40 published books. Website and blog at www.terryburns.net

I want to thank Terry for taking the time to answer these questions.

New Blog Series: What would you change in your life?

October is the release month of THE DAY SHE DIED! I’m so excited, and part of promoting my novel is this series of blogs. In my novel, John Michaels gets to relive his life and make new choices and do things differently.  So over the next several weeks I will be posting answers to the questions below from many authors and agents. And to get things kicked off, I thought I would start.20140618_191517_resized

1.       If you could travel back in time to be a witness to any event in history, what event would you choose, and why?

 Every period in history has events I would love to see. How advanced was the Roman empire exactly? What was it like to walk with Jesus? How dark was the dark ages? World War One fascinates me because I’ve seen grainy black and white pictures, but the reality of it was no doubt horrible.  For some reason, my mind goes to wars or battles or assassinations, but that wouldn’t be fun to see in real life.

So I think the choice is easy. The birth of Jesus. My son just turned 13 and we spent a few minutes watching videos of when he was a new born. A screaming crying helpless baby. I imagine Jesus was just like that when he was born.

The birth of Jesus is one of the most reproduced stories in history, but what was it really like. I’d love to know.

 2.       Name one time period in history you would not want to be alive during. Why?

 Hmm, how about during the black plague in Europe, a time when medical thinking was backwards at best. It would be horrible to see so much death and not know why and not know how to prevent it.

 3.       If you could go back and time and do anything different in your writing career or journey, what would you do and why?

 I would definitely get rid of that foolish idea that I can do it all on my own, without the need of critique partners or editors. I think much of that came from my introverted nature. I perhaps thought seeking help was too difficult. But my writing improved so much once I allowed and sought the input of so many willing authors and agents editors.

4.       When you think of time travel, what is your favorite book, movie, or TV show on the subject?

 I’ve blogged about this before. REPLAY by Ken Grimwood is amazing. Written in the 1980s, it tells a story of Jeff Winston, a man who dies but wakes up in 1960s as a teenager. He lives his life with all the knowledge of his previous life, so he knows how history will play out. As the novel goes on, Jeff keeps dying and reliving his life. He keeps trying out different ways in finding happiness. He’s good in one life, a family man in another, a total party animal in another. A great thought provoking novel.

5.       If you had a chance to relive your life and do something different or many things different, what would you do and why? (can be lighthearted or serious?)

 I wish I could have prevented the pain and misery that my brother and his wife suffered when their son Jack was born early and lived only four short years.

I’d totally make tons of different financial decisions. Where was Dave Ramsey when I needed him?

And when you read my novel, you’ll see perhaps some of my own regrets played out in John Michaels’ life. Let’s just say that at my 6’2″ height, I should have been a guard in high school basketball instead of a post player. I always wondered how my high school basketball career would have turned out if I had realized this sooner.

Check back often for many well known best selling authors answering these same questions.

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The first review of THE DAY SHE DIED!!!!

The Day She Died--Front Cover(1)Check out the review from Midwest Book Review. I’m so humbled by their praise, and ready to buy a case of books!!!

D. Donovan

eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Reviews

Now, here’s a genre mystery with a twist: it’s also a time travel story. And if, by this, you’re anticipating a theme similar to Somewhere in Time, think again: it’s not a romance but a mystery plain and simple, and therefore carries with it all the intrigue and suspense applied to a tense thriller; but with the time travel factor adding more than a feel of divergence.

Yes, there’s romance – but there’s also a twenty-year-old unsolved crime and the rare opportunity to go back in time for clues to make things right on many levels.

And this is where The Day She Died gets delightfully complex and unique: as protagonist John comes to unearth these clues of the past, the fine line between dreams and reality begins to fade – and with them, important keys to resolution. New opportunities emerge under new realities and different rules of conduct when John finds himself in his old apartment reliving the worst day of his life: the day when Kim disappeared twenty years ago.

The past is now ‘today’ – yet, John holds memories of this strange old world, and with his encounter comes the unexpected hope that most time travelers harbor: an opportunity to change and correct past errors. But, at what cost?

As readers follow this unusual, winding plot of investigation and hope they become immersed in John’s thought processes as he investigates Kim’s circle further, probing clues he’d originally passed by…

And as his investigation continues, John finds himself mired in a deadly game that moves beyond Kim’s disappearance and is spiced by time travel’s enticing possibilities, which even include a wedding to the girl of his dreams…

Even when he finds what he’s looking for, the story doesn’t end there: the overall mystery still drives events and John feels compelled to see it through to the end – even if what he’s newly regained might once again vanish.

If it sounds like this description is tiptoeing, it’s only because The Day She Died is delightfully sinuous, packed with revelations and the unexpected. Although the time-travel piece may sound confusing, it’s not. Bill Garrison paints a believable, easily-followed story line that will immerse even the most seasoned of mystery readers and time travel enthusiasts, to surprise and delight right up to the end.

And in the mystery and time travel worlds, that’s no mean feat!

Mystery readers tired of predictable plots and singular dimensions will find The Day She Died offers a different tale designed to challenge and delight!

Inspiration for THE DAY SHE DIED

As a novelist, I’ve always been inspired by books I’ve read. I’d read a great book and think “I want to write a book that will evoke these types of feelings in other readers. I want to be able to create a story like that author.”51UULPa99dL

Time travel has always been an interest to me, and it is obvious that society is obsessed with it as well. From movies like SOMEWHERE IN TIME, BACK TO THE FUTURE, and TIME BANDITS, to countless novels and TV shows, the subject of time travel always makes for a fascinating story.

I certainly haven’t read all of the fiction novels on the subject. My reading interests lean more towards mainstream fiction. In this post, I want to tell you about four books I’ve read and really enjoyed. Below this post, you will see reviews of SAVING ALICE by David Lewis and THE TIME LOTTERY series by Nancy Moser. time traveler wife

Two other books I enjoyed were REPLAY by Ken Grimwood, and THE TIME TRAVELER’S WIFE by Audrey Niffenegger. Both are classics in the genre and I recommend them to all fiction fans.