23 August 2012

Blog Hop: Janelle's Time

Welcome, welcome, welcome! Today, I'm hosting a blog stop for Janelle's Time by Dayna Leigh Cheser. This is an excerpt to follow the previous excerpts you've read. Enjoy!


Janelle’s Time is the story of the great love between a New Hampshire farmer’s daughter and the younger son of an English Duke.

From her father’s death to the birth of twin daughters, Janelle makes it difficult for Richard to keep her safe.

Unaware of Janelle’s maternal-line powers, the couple time-travel to 14th century England, where they meet Richard’s ancestors - and discover some startling truths about his aristocratic family.

Logan Conor, the Scots Duke of Muileach, crashes Richard and Janelle’s wedding, bent on revenge, but finds his own true love instead.

On their wedding trip, a madman attempts to kidnap Janelle - twice.

Later, Richard unknowingly betrays Janelle who strands him in England. Richard finally arrives home, but fate separates them again – and he misses the birth of his son. Will they ever make a life together?

Filled with unexpected twists and turns, their love story spans two continents, and hundreds of years. But, can their love survive their very different backgrounds and the endless obstacles life throws at them?


(Richard’s) thoughts were running wild. This isn’t possible. It’s a trick or a dream. Yes, that’s it, we’re still in the meadow, and we’ve fallen asleep. What else could it be?
Was he dreaming? If he was, it was a remarkably realistic dream. Richard closed his eyes and shook his head violently, willing the scene before him away, but all the time, knowing it wasn’t going anywhere. Try as he might to convince himself it was a dream he knew it wasn’t.
When he opened his eyes, the medieval castle was still there. He sighed, accepting this new reality.
“I know this is difficult to believe but, in addition to what the boy said, which is rather compelling, that castle closely resembles descriptions I’ve read about the early Devonwood. In addition, some low hills to the south could be the ones near Englewood, my sister’s estate.” He pointed in the general direction, beyond the keep.
“Also, we’ve been traveling down a shallow valley since coming back onto the road. There’s a valley northwest of Melton Mowbray known as Vale of Belvoir. Devonwood is there … on a hill … overlooking a river.” He pointed first to the castle, then to where a flowing stream gurgled in the trees to the west of the road. “That stream is in the right place for the Scalford River, which runs through Devonwood.” 
Earlier that day, while on a ride, Richard and Janelle became acquainted. Janelle learned of Richard’s passion for history; he loved searching for and studying old things.
As they headed back to the LeDuc Farm, a noise that spooked their horses waylaid them.  
Now, they found themselves in a strange place, and they were looking at an inhabited medieval castle, complete with guards and weapons.

Richard denied the possibility, not believing in time travel, but the facts remain, the castle before them resembled what he knew of Devonwood’s past. The local terrain further convinced him of the possibility.
Then, with sudden acceptance, he’s telling Janelle he believes this is his Devonwood and offering proof of that decision. 

He wants to go inside, to see the castle as it was then, and to meet the people – his ancestors – who lived there.

Janelle isn’t so sure, but decides they need to seek safe shelter for the night.
Will they be safe? Will these people hold them against their will – or worse? The option is they’ll have to spend the night in the open, with no protection from the cold or from the dangers of the forest.

They go inside.

About The Author:
Writing ‘runs in the family.’ My mother is a multi-published non-fiction author, and my two brothers make a living writing, one as a newspaperman, the other as a copywriter. My sister edits her church newsletter.

My father was a school teacher/reading specialist (later an elementary school principal) when I was little. During story-time one night when I was about four years old, I stopped him and asked how he said the same thing every time he read that story to me. That night, he started teaching me to read. It began a life-long love affair between books and me – for that, I am grateful.

In junior high, I wrote short stories to entertain classmates. In high school, one English assignment was to write my autobiography. In the teacher-specified chapter entitled ‘Future Plans,’ being a published writer topped the list.

After a college professor told me I ‘couldn’t write my way out of a paper bag,’ I stopped writing for many years. Then, in the late 1970s, I wrote an article for “World Radio News” (San Diego, CA) about our amateur radio club providing communications for a March of Dimes Walkathon. The ‘WRN’ editor used my article word-for-word.

In early 2002, between jobs and wanting to write, I sought a third-shift position and used the ‘free time’ to write what became ‘Janelle’s Time.’ When it was complete, I shelved it. In 2009, the WIP came off the shelf. By August 2011, it was ready – at last - for submission.

In 2009, I started a Twitter account, @Writers_Cafe. I feel as if I’ve earned a degree in ‘book publishing’ since then! You can learn so much from over 14,000 followers. 

I penned an article about @RileyCarney, a Colorado teen, and very prolific YA fantasy author, who heads her own non-profit literacy project. Never officially published, countless people have seen it, thanks to Twitter retweets and some carefully chosen email inboxes.

On New Year’s Day, 2010, I went ‘live’ with my blog. It has evolved into a combination of chronicling my writing journey and hopefully helpful posts on publishing industry topics.

In the fall of 2011, I added ‘DIY Interviews’ to my blog (see the left column of my blog for details on doing your own interview). Several authors have submitted ‘interviews’ to date.

Janelle’s Time is Book 1 of my TIME Series. Book 2, ‘Moria’s Time’ was my NaNoWriMo project for 2011. I reached 51,000 words on November 26! Now, I have to finish that book, and three more in the series: ‘Adelle’s Time,’ ‘Logan’s Time,’ and ‘Clarissa’s Time.’

Moving into 2012, I’m very excited about the release of ‘Janelle’s Time.’ It’s the culmination of a life-long dream – and is only the beginning of my retirement career. I’m working on “Moria’s Time,” book 2 of the Time Series.
My husband, Pete, and I have been married over forty-three years – no children. We lived in Massachusetts for thirteen years, and then moved to New Hampshire for eleven years. In 1992, we moved to Florida.

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Author Dayna Leigh Cheser

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