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An ancient relic, a medieval crypt, a mad highlander at their throats and time fast running out.  Mystery, suspense, romance...

SOMEWHERE MY LASS

A Suspenseful Scottish Time Travel Romance Novel

Somewhere My Lass

"Ms. Trissel masterfully blended the past and the present in order to create a lovely romance that spans centuries." ~Poinsettia, Long and Short Reviews

 

Neil MacKenzie's well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he's her fiance from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head--or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.

Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he's dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall's brother, she's convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it's too late.

The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?

Excerpt

“You are a beauty.” His words were a hoarse whisper. 

The rise and fall of her chest betrayed a deep inhalation of breath. A flicker of reproach lit her eyes. “I dinna think ye took heed of me at all.” 

Cross Somewhere My LassHe winced at the well-deserved jab. “About before, I’m sorry I left you so suddenly. But there’s no earthly way I could fail to notice you. I’d have to be deaf, dumb, and blind and even then…” 

The tension in her face eased and then the hurt returned. “Oh, aye? How could ye forget all ye knew?"

He remained as he was, threading that wealth of hair through his fingers. Again, the rational part of him argued, “Is it possible you’re imagining you knew me before?” 

She balked, a mutinous glint in her eyes. “Nae.” 

He slid his hand to the finely crafted silver chain at her throat and coaxed the coverlets further down. A slight gasp escaped her lips. He muted any outward response to the thrill running through him. The scooped neckline of her nightgown revealed the tops of white breasts sprinkled with freckles. Above this heart-hammering sight hung the crucifix. “I gave this to you?” he managed to ask without betraying the swell of emotion surging inside him. 

“At our betrothal.”

Novel Notes

As is often the case, the opening of light paranormal romance Somewhere My Lass was inspired by a dream, one that grabbed my attention and made me wonder where in the world do I go from here?  Inquiring minds like mine want to know the rest of the story and so I delved and plotted.  Even lay awake nights trying to recapture that dream.  Ultimately, this suspenseful time travel evolved from years of research into my distant Scottish roots and a long held fascination with the idea of actually being transported to the past, with a proviso that I can return to the present whenever the thrill wears off.   Say, by teatime. My characters are more adventurous than I.

Scottish Highlands pass at GlencoeCertainly, I was influenced by my beloved C S Lewis in his Chronicles of Narnia that I grew up reading.  I’m still looking for Narnia.  Isn’t everyone? Not to mention, movies like Back to the Future and Timeline, but I like to think, and my editor assures me, that I’ve achieved an original take on the oft visited time travel theme.  And no, I’ve not read author Diane Gabledon or other Scottish time travels so cannot be accused of those influences. I read little romance, investing much of my time in research and non-fiction. 

Of course, my love for old castles and the Scottish highlands also lent inspiration to Somewhere My Lass.  Many of the early Scots-Irish settlers to the Shenandoah Valley, my ancestors among them, chose to live here because of the resemblance the valley and mountains bore to Scotland & Ireland.  As near to home as they were likely to find in the New World. 

I’m currently pondering the sequel to Somewhere My Lass,because, and again my editor assures me, there must be one.  I fell in love with the characters and new ones are nudging at my mind.  Writing a story that travels to Bonnie old Scotland is quite a departure for me in that most of my novels take place in early America, but I’m very aware of my heritage and family annals lead us back to ancestors in England, Scotland and Ireland.  We also have a smidgeon of French in the meld.  Being a history buff I’ve read up on and watched programs set in the British Isles, a favorite of mine.

The concept behind my Somewhere series is that the story opens in modern day, so far my homestate of Virginia and I don’t see that changing, and then transports the reader Somewhere else.  Either back to an earlier time in the same house, as in Somewhere My Love, or another place altogether, as in Somewhere My Lass.  Sounds simple enough, right?  But writing these stories isn’t.  I thought I’d never make it through Somewhere My Lass, but am thrilled that I did.   I hope you will be too.

Joshua Wilton House in Harrisonburg, VA
“The Joshua Wilton House…is a superbsmall inn and restaurant” - The Sunday New York Times
“Joshua Wilton House offers guests an oasis of quiet charm and gracious living in the heart of the Shenandoah Valley. In an elegantly restored Victorian home, Joshua Wilton House occupies a corner in the historic “Old Town” district of Harrisonburg, Virginia.”
I love this beautiful old home, part of the inspiration behind Somewhere My Lass.  I used a compilation of Victorian era Virginia homes, some of which I’ve lived in, for the mysterious house in historic Staunton Virginia where the story begins~

 

 

Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars romantic-timetravel-suspense, October 21, 2011 By Robin Landry "Robin Landry, Author of "Wh... (Seatac, WA United States) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE) (TOP 1000 REVIEWER) (REAL NAME) Amazon Verified Purchase(What's this?) This review is from: Somewhere My Lass (Kindle Edition)

Neil and Mora are lovers across time, and they must cross over time to find each other again. Neil, who lives in today's world, comes home to find his housekeeper murdered and a sassy Scottish lass trying to remind him of their life together in 1602.

To further complicate Neil's life, something about this woman speaks to him on a deep level, bringing out feelings in him that Neil is unprepared for. When Neil's best friend, computer nerd Fergus, vows to help Neil in his quest to save himself from his death hundreds of years ago, Neil is prepared to go along for the love of lovely Mora. What more could you want in a romance novel?

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 Austin 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.


4.0 out of 5 stars A Sweet Romance, October 18, 2011

By BookAddict (FL) - See all my reviews
(VINE VOICE)

This review is from: Somewhere My Lass (Kindle Edition)
This is a fun read about soul mates and destiny, with some time travel and paranormal aspects. Beth Trissel handles the historical aspect beautifully. The Irish brogue and mannerisms of the characters had me feeling like I was back in 1600 Ireland. Often I find that 'paranormal romance' is more 'erotic romance', which is fine if that's what you're looking for. But this story is far more of an old-fashioned, sweet romance about two people who were determined to be together even if it meant crossing centuries.

The plot kept me engaged and I enjoyed Trissel's writing style. The only time I found myself disengaging from the story was at the beginning with the murder. I felt that the police would have paid a lot more attention to Mora, questioning her and looking into her past. Aside from that, I loved everything about this one.


From Wendy at: http://mindingspot.blogspot.com/2011/10/somewhere-my-lass-by-beth-trissel.html

Somewhere My Lass is a wonderful historical romance that captured me from the first page. Mora's confusion and how she perceived things with this time had me laughing out loud. I was rooting for Mora and Neil from the beginning and turned the pages frantically once the pieces began to fall into place to see how it all turned out. The author does a magnificent job of character development, world settings and keeping the plot streaming with no hiccups. I was enthralled with this novel; it's magical and I can't wait to read more from this talented storyteller!"


Geeky Girl Reviews

Posted by Chantale on Thursday, March 10, 2011

Neil MacKenzie's well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he's her fiance from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head--or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.

Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he's dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall's brother, she's convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it's too late.

The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?

My Review
I am not usually into paranormal/time-travel stories but this one is one of the very few boks in this genre that I really did enjoy it very much.  It was another book I could not put down. Very well writen and even though you have not read the first book you do not get confused reading this like some other series. I highly recommend this one.

If you want to purchase this book or Somewhere My Love (book #1 in this series) or any other books by Beth Trissel please go to Beth's website for all the info on where you can buy and also you can read little excerpts of her books on her site as well.   http://bethtrissel.com/index.html

I give this a 4 out of 5.

*I have received a free copy of this book for my honest review.*


Reviewer at Bitten by Paranormal Romance
“Neil MacKenzie had quite the shock when he returned home. His beloved house keeper and companion Mrs. Dannon had been murdered and an exquisite red haired beauty lay unconscious at the top of his stairs. A beauty who brings a fierce sense of possessiveness, protectiveness and a sense of ownership to Neil.

Mora Campbell could not believe her eyes. When she awoke with a dreadful headache to find her most beloved Niall, who had been presumed dead, standing over her, her heart nearly stopped. Only her Niall looked, spoke, and dressed quite different. Not only that he didn’t seem to know her. 

This is a heart warming love story. Where the couple strive to regain a future that had been stolen from them, but only have a short period of time for success. The twist to the story was a surprise and was fun to read. Neil and Mora are joined by some very interesting, and funny characters to help them on their journey. Fergus is Neil’s best friend and quite the scene stealer, in my opinion. Love me some Fergus.”~

Rating~4 1/4 Stars


Reviewed by: Silvermage of Night Owl Reviews

Somewhere My Lass was a wonderful time-travel romance. I enjoyed that the time-travel went from the past to 2009 and not the other way. It was interesting to see the heroine Mora a, Scottish young woman, deal with the huge changes of the more present time. It was also funny to. Mora was a feisty woman. Yet she was also a caring Scottish woman and I liked her attitude and how she got to know Neil. Neil was tough yet caring and I liked how he came to care and love Mora and their relationship. Also Fergus Neil's friend was cool and fun with him liking video games and the tech kind of stuff. He was funny yet caring and helpful to Neil and Mora.

The part of the plot with Calum was interesting to. The fighting was exciting. I enjoyed Neil fighting and finally winning against Macdonald. The action scenes were done well as were the romantic scenes. I really enjoyed this book.


Read by joysann

Neal MacKenzie steps into his old family home to find his housekeeper slain. He also finds a beautiful unconscious woman dressed as if she came right out the the highlands of Scotland centuries earlier. Time has twisted and Mora has stepped through it to find the descendent of her affianced Niall, and the two of them work together to stop the murderous Red MacDonald from killing Niall before Neal can even exist.

Somewhere My Lass presents a convoluted time-twisting conundrum which becomes more intriguing as it goes along. I found the romance of it touching, the enigma baffling, and the resolution unexpected. A light, interesting blend of contemporary and historical fiction.



Heat: Sensual
Rating: 4.5 Books
Reviewed by Poinsettia



Somewhere Book 2

Neil MacKenzie's well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he's her fiance from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head--or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.

Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he's dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall's brother, she's convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it's too late.

The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before?

Mora has crossed centuries to find her lost love, Neil, but how can she convince him that they belong together in 1602?

Mora Campbell somehow manages to tumble through a time portal and lands in Virginia in 2009. There she finds a man who goes by the name Neil MacKenzie. Mora is sure that Neil is none other than her lost betrothed Niall. At first Neil doesn’t believe a word Mora says, but sooner rather than later the past catches up to them both in the form of Red MacDonald, who followed Mora through the portal. MacDonald has a long standing feud with the MacKenzies, and he won’t stop until Neil is dead.

Neil soon realizes that everything Mora has said is true and finds himself in a race against time. He must find a way to return Mora to the past before MacDonald finds them. One problem remains. Who will Mora marry; Niall of the past, or Neil of the present? Or are the two men really one and the same, as Mora says? In the short time that Neil has known Mora, he’s fallen in love with her and the thought of her marrying another man is unbearable. Will Neil surrender Mora to Niall, or will fate smile on the lovers and grant them a way to be together?

As a heroine, Mora is simply a delight. Adapting to life in the modern world presents many challenges. I couldn’t help but smile as Mora attempts to make sense of modern technology, fashion, and hygiene practices. Being thrust into modern life could have defeated Mora. A weaker soul would certainly have wilted under the pressure, but Mora possesses a fiery spirit that gives her the strength to face anything, including the dangers presented by Red MacDonald and the passage of time itself.

Neil’s milder personality is the perfect complement to Mora’s hot temperament. He is more than a little skeptical about Mora and her origins when she first arrives. However, once Neil learns the truth, he stands by Mora’s side like a true hero. In order to hold on to his newfound love, he’s going to have to learn to let go of his well-ordered life and take a leap of faith.

Not only is Somewhere My Lass a tale of romance, but it is also a story of friendship. Neil’s best friend, Fergus, is one of the most amusing secondary characters I’ve read in a long time. His bright orange hair and obsession with science fiction and technology made me smile throughout the story. Fergus is a friend in the truest sense of the word. He’s willing to follow Neil into the past to lend a hand, and his belt full of gadgets saves Neil’s life on more than one occasion.

I’m a fan of Ms. Trissel’s historical romances, so I was intrigued at the idea that her latest story would include the element of time travel. Somewhere My Lass, is book two in Ms. Trissel’s Somewhere series, but it is not necessary to read the previous book to enjoy this story. Once I started reading Somewhere My Lass, I found Ms. Trissel had masterfully blended the past and the present in order to create a lovely romance that spans centuries. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a touching tale of love and friendship.


Review from Author Caroline Clemmons:

I love Beth Trissel’s blog. It is always well written and her husband’s photographs are gorgeous. My blog today, however, is about her new release, SOMEWHERE MY LASS from The Wild Rose Press. This is a time travel romance, one of my favorite reads. Once I started reading this romance, I couldn’t stop reading. From the first paragraph, I was hooked! Beth keeps the reader turning the pages to see whether or not Mora and Niel will get back to Scotland, what will happen if they do, will they stay there,.will Niel cease to exist? The pacing keeps the reader involved.

Not only does Beth Trissel have a terrific blog and website, but she is a remarkable author. I enjoyed the first of her Somewhere series, SOMEWHERE MY LOVE. In all honesty, I have to say that SOMEWHERE MY LASS is even more captivating than the first of the series. Beth Trissel writes with vivid language that paints a picture in the reader’s mind. Her characterizations breathe life into all of the characters, and especially the hero and heroine. Anyone who enjoys a good read will love this book.

Let me share the blurb with you:

Neil MacKenzie’s well ordered life turns to chaos when Mora Campbell shows up claiming he’s her fiance from 1602 Scotland. Her avowal that she was chased to the future by clan chieftain, Red MacDonald, is utter nonsense, and Neil must convince her that she is just addled from a blow to her head–or so he believes until the MacDonald himself shows up wanting blood.

Mora knows the Neil of the future is truly her beloved Niall who disappeared from the past. Although her kinsmen believe he’s dead, and she is now destined to marry Niall’s brother, she’s convinced that if she and Neil return to the past, all will be right. The only problem is how to get back to 1602 before it’s too late.

The balance of the present and future are in peril if she marries another, and the Neil of the present will cease to exist. An ancient relic and a few good friends in the future help pave the way back to the past, but will Mora and Neil be too late to save a love that began centuries before

I give this book 5 roses out of 5. Readers  can order SOMEWHERE MY LASS from The Wild Rose Press or Amazon in edownload.  Don’t forget my contest continues. Leave a comment to be entered in Saturday’s drawing for a gift basket from Bath and Body Works along with a few odds and ends to surprise the recipient..

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Five Stars

Beth Trissel has another fan!! I highly enjoyed this book from beginning to end and was held spellbound with each turn of the page. The warm characters not only captured and held my interest but also won my heart and I am looking forward to reading many more of her books and series!
Date Added: 07/12/2010 by Judy Akers


Five Stars

A novel you must not miss. It is wonderfully written full of romance, mystery and adventures that are exciting, unique and will leave you wanting more.

~ by Rhonda Swift 06/29/2010 


A delightful romp through time and 'place' with characters that are guaranteed to touch your heart. Mora..a gutsy 'to to' gal; considering she has been thrust into the 21st century! And Neil...a pragmatic man until he comes face to face with the past. Add to this, the charmingly adorable geek.. *and I do have a weakness for Geeks*.. Fergus. All combined makes for a wonderful story involving murder, mystery, romance and a touch of whimsy. ~Deb Sypeck

****

This is a very fast paced story that keeps you hanging on the edge of your seat wondering what in the world the author is going to come up with next. She takes us on an amazing journey thru time with such descriptions that make you feel like you’re right there. It is so hard to label this story just a romance novel because it is so much more. You have time travel, romance, murder, suspense, and if that's not enough to keep you interested she also throws in a story about true friendship. This is a second in a series but this story totally stands alone. This is the first of Mrs. Trissel's work that I have had the pleasure to read but it certainly won't be the last. If you’re looking for a book whose characters you will remember long after you read the last page then this is the book for you. ~ Brenda Casto

****

SOMEWHERE MY LASS is a tale of soul mates separated by time, renewal, redemption, and timeless love. Throw in mystery, intrigue, and suspense and Beth Trissel has another winner! I not only loved the heroine and hero, but the secondary characters as well--especially Fergus. This book has something for every reader. ~ Carolyn Smith

****

Somewhere My Lass is a wonderful story, with compelling characters, a fiery heroine and a brave and dashing hero. It hooked me from the beginning and I didn't want to put it down. I definitely want more of the Somewhere series. ~ S. B. Banks


Review by author Icy Snow Blackstone

This story opens with a murder and goes uphill in a straight line from there.  Virginia businessman Neil MacKenzie returns home at the end of the day to find his housekeeper dead in the foyer and a beautiful red-haired stranger unconscious on the stairs…and that begins a journey which will end in 17th century Scotland.  The young woman’s name is Mora Campbell and she insists on calling Neil “Niall” with the loveliest Scottish accent he’s ever heard.  He feels he knows her though he swears he’s never seen her before.  As for the way she reacts to everything in his home as well as outside of it—cars, telephones, electric light—that’s merely because of her recent trauma, he decides.

It isn’t long, however, before Neil realizes Mora is something more than a confused young woman. She’s Mora Campbell, visiting the Clan MacKenzie in the year 1602, in preparation to marry the heir, Niall, when they are attacked by the chieftain of the Glengarry MacDonalds, intent on killing all the MacKenzies in a blood feud.  In the confusion, Niall disappears, and is assumed dead, and Mora escapes through a doorway leading to…Neil’s home in the twentieth-first century. As unbelievable as her story is, Neil finds himself compelled to believe it and he becomes determines to assist Mora in not only returning to her own time but in stopping further bloodshed by finding Niall and returning the stolen item which started the feud. 

With the aid of his best friend and Lord of the Rings geek, Fergus, and Fergus’ mother, a New Age follower, Neil learns what he’s already beginning to suspect.  He and Niall are somehow tied together over the span of centuries, and it’s up to him to go back in time with Mora and right the wrong, find Niall, and restore him to Mora.  But does he want to?  He’s fallen in love with the girl from the past and the things Fergus has discovered about his ancestors on the Internet don’t help.  According to Google, Niall died and Mora married his brother Calum and they became Neil’s ancestors.  If Neil saves Niall for Mora to marry, he may be preventing his own existence.

Nevertheless, Neil, with Fergus and Mora in tow, return to the past, to a time when men fought blood feuds with claymores and sometimes brother can be pitted against brother if emotions run high enough, and a man has to make decisions for the good of everyone and not selfishly just for himself.

MY OPINION:  Okay, once again, I’m faced with a genre I don’t like:  time travel.  And once again, I’m reminding everyone of my promise to be fair in spite of that.  So here it is:  I think Somewhere My Lass is the best thing Beth Trissel has written yet!  So there.  Her use of Scottish phrases, descriptions of the ancient clothing and architecture  show a depth of research giving the story that authentic ring.  Neil comes across as a good man doing a thankless task, a hero whose good deed will go unknown to everyone except the woman he loves because if he succeeds History will be changed.  Mora is feisty and beguiling, and Fergus is the most lovable character in the book, a geek, but a resourceful geek, who rises to the occasion with all the technological data and fictional resources he can muster.  He reminds me of Dan Ackroyd’s character in Ghostbusters.

The reason I don’t like time travel is because I’m always left with a sense of futility, poignancy, and sadness.  The futility isn’t present with this tale but there still a bit of poignancy and sadness as far as I’m concerned because I wasn’t wild about the ending—and one could argue that in real life, it would pose more problems than solving them, but this isn’t real life, is it?  I’ll ignore my own prejudices here and prefer to entertain a faint hope it leaves an opening for a continuation.  Nevertheless most readers will be well-satisfied.  So…for an enjoyable romance which sweeps across the centuries to show that love will always find a way (even if it’s not the way one expects), I recommend Somewhere my Lass by Beth Trissel.  A good book, a lovely story with well-conceived characters.  Somewhere my Lass is an award-winning story and deserves all the accolades it has received.


Review: Somewhere My Lass
By Savannah at Books With Bite
Title: Somewhere My Lass
Author: Beth Trissel
Reviewer: Savannah

I love time travel romance! I really do and this book was totally different from what I am used to reading.  Different because I am so used to the guys time traveling and this time it was the woman who time traveled. Whowuddathunkit?  It was refreshing to read a book with a different twist. Mora Campbell was thrust forward in time to search for her long lost love. She meets Neil who she believes to be Niall. Neil thinks that maybe she hit her head too hard and does not believe anything she says. Neil's mind begins to remember things he never even thought of and soon finds out the truth. They are soon thrown into a long fighting battle with the MacDonalds. 

Neil and Mora are perfect together. And boy did I love Mora. She was so hot-tempered, feisty, and funny.  Even after being thrown into the future she is determined to make her lost love Neil remember her. I also loved her humor. I loved how she adjusted well and fast to her current situation.  

Neil of course doesn't remember her, but once he does, he stands strong next to her with everything that he has. I love that Neil is a complete gentleman with Mora. He respects her. This is one quality I love in a man.  

Beth did a fantastic job building up the romance in this book. This book was an easy read. If you want to read a true romance. This book is it. 

I give it 5 BITES!


Five Stars
Somewhere My Lass is a wonderful story! Neil/Naill and Mora's story is beautiful. Thrown in to help with their journey is the wonderful Fergus and his mother Betty. From word one this booked grabbed my attention and I had no choice but to finish in one sitting. I highly recommend this book! Let's hope there can be a sequel for Fergus!
Date Added: 07/01/2010 by LeeAnn Pratt