05 September 2013

Cover Reveal - DREAMLAND (Time Travel Romance)

My first time travel romance was a book called "Timeless Passion" by Constance O'Day Flannery back in 1986.  I was in heaven because I was a lover of history so combining the two things I loved most (history and romance novels) was pure nirvana.  Of course, Ms. O'Day Flannery is considered by many to be the woman who jump started the paranormal & time travel genre, so I feel honored that I was able to buy the first printing of this book at my local Wal-Mart.

And I've always wanted to write a time travel story but had never really thought out the logistics.  And besides, I felt the genre eventually became overused.  So when I had this vision of a rock star who traveled in time, my mind immediately latched onto the mechanism on how to get him to the past.  I wanted something organic and came up with him falling into a coma.

Music is often a theme in my books.  It was the backdrop for my characters in "In a Chord" and it was the profession of Emmarie in "Star Mates".  So I had two songs in mind when I began to develop Dicen's story.  The first was "Scars" by Colton Dixon and the second was "If I Could be Where You Are" by Enya.  "Scars" became Dicen's anthem and the other became his love story.  I've always wanted to write a man who was full of fear and addiction and have love redeem him, so I pictured him as this drugged out asshole who goes too far and almost dies. The coma lets him explore a world quite unlike the one he's used to, and I sent him the Roaring Twenties.  It's a time period not often written about in time travel and I just loved the frenetic energy of then, the whole "Live Like We're Dying" mentality.  The book is entirely from his POV, but I wanted it that way because this is his story, his redemption.

I just got the cover today and I'm not sure how I feel about the girl.  I had in mind a different type of Flapper, so please give me your opinion.  The book is set to release on October 2nd and I hope you enjoy Dicen as much as I enjoyed writing him.

Dicen Burke had it all.  As lead singer in the world famous rock band, Dark Army, the world lay at his feet.  But the path to super stardom warred with a painful past and during a performance the demons haunting him finally descended.  Unable to stop the self destructive path of alcohol and drugs, when he fell, he fell hard.

He wakes up in a world he doesn’t know.  The Twenty-first century rocker is now in the 1920’s, lost and bewildered.  He’s taken in by Juliet Fox, a beautiful woman trying to be a positive influence in her brother’s wild lifestyle among the Hollywood Motion Picture elite. 

Dicen does his best to adapt, and with Juliet by his side, he discovers a world that offers him a clean slate.  But when he’s pulled back to the present, separated by time from the one person that gives him a reason to live, will he find a way to push past his demons as well as find Juliet again?

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