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A Guest Post by Linda Lauren

Hello Dear Followers,

Last month I featured author Linda Lauren’s new book “Hostage in Time” and invited her as a guest blogger on my blog whenever she was available. She recently sent me this via e-mail after my review of her book. Enjoy!

My Experience Writing Hostage in Time

By Linda Lauren

I want to thank Daniela Forte for her positive review of my paranormal time gravel romance, Hostage in Time, and for the invitation to share my thoughts on the novel with her readers as a guest on her blog.

Hostage in Time  was a labor of love for me as I have always enjoyed reading a good time travel and wanted to write one myself.  I can define 1979 to 1989 by the amount of time travel novels I had read. They were being released fast and furiously and I was only too happy to lose myself in their pages.  Aside from obvious choice of H.G. Wells , some of the great time travel romance authors include Constance O’Day Flannery, Richard Matheson and Jack Finney, all highly respected authors on the NY Times Bestsellers list.  Some of you might recall the more mainstream work of Matheson who’s novel Bid Time Return was made into the popular film Somewhere in Time; Finney is known for his incredibly detailed work in Time And Again; and O’Day-Flannery has a string of some very wonderful novels like Second Chances.

As a psychic medium I have my own beliefs regarding the possibility of time travel. I have personally had two episodes of time travel and one astral travel experiment that adds credence to my belief that traveling thru time is possible. I had always fantasized about writing a story that incorporated my love of Historic Preservation and history, with the concept of time travel.

From 1989 to 1999 I wrote and completed ten paranormal time travel romance novels, placed each in its own manuscript box and put them in my office closet to await further action.  Hostage in Time was the last one I finished.  My mother passed away that year, and my practice got busier and before I knew it another decade had gone by. (Poor Amanda and Jonathan!)  It wasn’t until this past year that I found some time to update the manuscript for publication.

When I picked Hostage in Time up again it was with a wisdom I hadn’t had when I first penned all that romance and mayhem! The fact that I now had the benefit of the technology of today to move my story forward, allowed me to further enhance it to an exciting new level.  I fell in love with the characters and the story all over again, wishing that I could be a guest at the fictional Serenity, enjoying the company of the Brisbanes.

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 Also, just to let you all know dear followers, Books From My Closet is still hosting a giveaway for “The Heroine’s Bookshelf” by Erin Blakemore. Please feel free to tell me who your favorite literary heroine is and the book could be yours! Until next time ~ Daniela 


NanoWrimo 11

Hello Dear Followers,

So many of you may have seen my Facebook page post about joining NanoWrimo (National Novel Writing Month). It’s only day three and I am enjoying it so far. This is my first year doing it. Yesterday I created a plot or at least I have begun to develop a story line and characters. I don’t know if I am moving too fast or too slow or giving enough detail. I don’t know any of this.

Mid-way through my writing last night, I began to tear a bit which made proud because it seemed like I am making progress, I said to myself, “If I am seeing these two characters for who they are, then so will someone else.” Of course, I then realized my topic requires some research which I am not quite sure how to go about or what to do.

I am really enjoying it so far and remain steadfast in achieving the goal of 50,000 words in 30 days. Oh yeah, that is the goal we all have to achieve. A little nuts, especially if you have a job and a life to attend to as well. But I am determined to get it done. Somehow.

Of course, like many writers, I begin to doubt my capabilities as a writer and the ability to find my true “voice.”

Oh well, I just thought I’d share this with you, I won’t reveal anything about the “novel” yet. Until next time

Playwright and Novelist Thornton Wilder

Hello Dear Followers,

Thornton Wilder

I realized  last week that this book may be done sooner than I expected, as I mentioned on Facebook, I believe.  The book/play is only 112 pages long. After page 112, the rest of the book talks about playwright Thornton Wilder. I thought I’d write a post about who he was as well, if you didn’t know already.

I have to admit I am not too familiar with him, I’ve heard his name several times, passed his name in the bookstore, but never really gave it much thought. I did however, know of “Our Town.” I’ve wanted to read it for a long time. For some reason the play always resonated with me I always felt a deep connection to the story.

Mr. Wilder was born in Madison, Wisconsin in 1897,  just a few years before the turn of a century, a time filled  with many changes, cities were,  if not already becoming industrialized and some of world’s biggest inventions were on the brink of discovery. What a time to be alive and born!  With “Our Town” Mr. Wilder understands the American Dream, he encapsulates small town beliefs in a time when the world moved a little slower and everyone appreciates the little things in life.

According to the Mr. Wilder’s Web site,, Mr. Wilder continues to be read and performed around the world. “Our Town” is performed at least once each day somewhere in this country , with his other major dramas and shorter plays not far behind.In 2008, “Our Town” and “The Bridge of San Luis Rey” were selected as a joint choice for the NEA’s “Big Read” Program.

Mr. Wilder is an accomplished novelist and playwright and in reading “Our Town” so far, I see how he is able to capture the simplicity of life in a small town.

In 1928, he won a Pulitzer Prize for “The Bridge of San Luis Bay,” the second of his seven novels and he received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for “Our Town” in 1938 and “The Skin of Our Teeth” in 1943.

Mr. Wilder’s hit “The Matchmaker” was adapted as the musical “Hello, Dolly!” His work remains widely read and familiar around the world. His screenplay for Alfred Hitchcock’s psycho-thriller “Shadow of a Doubt in 1943 remains a classic psycho-thriller.

On April 17, 1997, the centenary of his birth, the US Postal Service unveiled the Thornton Wilder 32-cent stamp in Hamden, Connecticut, his official address after 1930 and where he died on December 7, 1975.

My Name Is Memory

Just a quick post – I finished “My Name Is Memory” by Ann Brashares. It was good read. It left a deep impression on me. I am hoping she turns it into a series. The story is definitely not finished!

Book 3 – “Middlesex”

I just finished Book 3 in “Middlesex” nearing the end with Book 4, I don’t have much to say at this point, I decided I will wait until the end to give my final view of this book. But I have to admit, I am itching for a new book.

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