Sweet Saturday Sample From Time Travel Romance Somewhere My Lass #3

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Excerpt: Mora Campbell focused her giddy senses on the gentleman kneeling by her side. He stared at her as if she were a silkie or some other fantastic creature. Even with her head aching like the beating of a Hielan drum, the appeal of her rescuer wasn’t lost on her. My, but he’s a handsome one. Eyes colored like a brooding sky. The strength in his face bespoke the bearing of a great chieftain. His demeanor marked him as a leader. Surely he was a commanding laird.

As her vision cleared, she looked more closely. There was a dearly familiar quality about him, though she couldn’t fathom why. Searching the haze fogging her mind, she strained to remember.

Her thoughts swirled around the beloved image of a man. Niall. He looked like Niall. And he had the same masculine allure and deeply sensual air. Why was his thick brown hair clipped so short? It should fall down around his well-muscled shoulders. Outlanders might wear their hair shorn in sech a manner, but he didn’t seem to be foreign. Unless…

Her eyes dropped lower. What did he mean by wearing the clothes of an Englisher, if that’s what they were? They looked to be some sort of trews or breeches, she guessed, and a jacket right enough, but not in any fashion she’d ever seen before. The narrow striped scarf he wore at his neck was most peculiar. What purpose did it serve? And the cane he held in blood-stained fingers had the oddest face. Frightening even. If he were an Englisher, he had style all his own.

He laid the cane down, his intent gray eyes searching hers. “Who struck you?”

The force of his gaze held her. “The MacDonald, the divil.”

Her apparent champion narrowed his gaze. Lifting one hand, he lightly touched the tender lump on her forehead. His scent wafted around her—masculine and clean, like fresh wind on a braw day. She breathed it in, savoring his essence.

“You’ll need a Cat Scan, and the police will be here any moment.”

She had no notion what service this cat he spoke of might render her or what these police were, but she liked the gentle feel of his fingers and the way tufts of hair curled at his strong neck like tendrils of ivy on a stone wall. She wanted to smooth his hair with her fingers…stroke the line of his neck.

“Who are you? Why are you here?”

His query disrupted her musing in a low tone pleasing to her ears. Though his voice lacked any recognizable accent, she’d swear she knew it in her very being.~

“Beth Trissel has a way with her characters that brings them to life in your mind’s eye as fully realized people, who you want to win their battles, and find ever-lasting love. Her plot is complicated and unpredictable, and her eye for the detail of ancient Scotland is wonderful. Romantic fiction has been enriched by adding the time travel aspect to it, breathing new life into a genre that stretches back to the Jane Austen and the Bronte sisters.
The kind of book you can get lost in. Well-written and exciting, Trissel hits a home run with her time-crossed lovers.” ~Amazon Reviewer Robin Landry

Somewhere My Lass is available in various eBook formats from my publisher The Wild Rose Press, Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online booksellers.

About BethTrissel

Married to my high school sweetheart, I live on a farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia surrounded by my children, grandbabies, and assorted animals. An avid gardener, my love of herbs and heirloom plants figures into my work. The rich history of Virginia, the Native Americans and the people who journeyed here from far beyond her borders are at the heart of my inspiration. In addition to American settings, I also write historical and time travel romances set in the British Isles. And nonfiction about gardening and country life.
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18 Responses to Sweet Saturday Sample From Time Travel Romance Somewhere My Lass #3

  1. Love your champions, Beth! Wonderful sample.

  2. Sherry Gloag says:

    You portray her confusion so well and offer enticing hints at their different worlds. 🙂

  3. Her perceptions are well written and pulled me in. Can’t wait to read more 🙂

  4. Wow! You definitely left me hungry for more. Beautifully written!

  5. mirriamsmyth says:

    Wow, beautifully written, Beth! Can’t wait to get to know them better 🙂

  6. Winona Cross says:

    Well Beth. I know I want to be you. I think you should have a writer’s workshop in your Shenandoah Valley. Kind of a retreat/workshop. I downloaded all of the “Somewhere” books to my Kindle this morning. At this point I think I have all of your works of art. Were you my friend when I lived in Scotland centuries ago with my MacGregor ancestors?

    • bethtrissel says:

      Thanks so much, Winona. A writer’s workshop in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley would be wonderful. Maybe so, in regards to old Scotland. My family is English, Scots, and Scots-Irish.

  7. Terrific scene. I like the way you’ve included just enough dialect to show Mora’s time and place, while including the CAT scan reference to show the hero in the here and now. I’m looking forward to more.

  8. I feel so sorry for her, waking up in a totally foreign world. And he sounds like a great hero. I know he’ll save the day!

  9. ldowns2966 says:

    I can understand the MacDonald striking at a Campbell after what they to in Glencoe.

    • bethtrissel says:

      Actually, the feud in this story is between the MacDonalds and the MacKenzies. “In 1602, the feud between the Mackenzies and the Glengarry Macdonalds, regarding their lands in Wester Ross, was renewed with great violence. Ultimately, after much bloodshed on both sides, an agreement was entered into, by which Glengarry renounced in favour of Mackenzie the castle of Strone, with the lands of Lochalsh, Lochcarron, and others, so long the subject of dispute between them. A crown charter of these lands was granted to Kenneth Mackenzie in 1607. The territories of the clan Kenzie at this time were very extensive.”
      So I used this clash as the basis for Somewhere My Lass, and again in the sequel I’m at work on now.

  10. Gunnar says:

    Oh, cleverly done, Beth.

  11. jennajaxon says:

    I love the way the clues are left to let you know they’re from two different times. He already sounds like an excellent hero. Well done!

  12. Terrific sample. Past and present are interwoven really well. I love all these pictures on your site.

  13. bethtrissel says:

    Thanks all for your enthusiastic comments. I got knocked offline most of yesterday and last night by the snow here in Virginia, and so didn’t see them until today.

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