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The Mists of Time Mass Market Paperback – August 31, 2010

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Editorial Reviews



“The heroine’s dual nature is exquisitely executed, and Squires’ lush writing skillfully entwines the dramatic story of an aristocratic smuggler’s resistance to corrupt revolution with the romantic tale of lovers drawn together across time.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“A romance for all romance lovers, the novel eloquently combines time travel, vampirism, and a bygone era into a compelling and original tale…Squires has created on of the most mysterious and appealing vampires since Lestat.”—Romantic Times

One With the DARKNESS

“Superb writing, vivid narrative combined with complex plotting, and intricate characterization make each novel by Ms. Squires an absolute winner. Don’t miss this exciting chapter in this unique and captivating vampire series.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

One With the SHADOWS

“Full of colorful characters, romantic locales and vivid details of 1820s life, [One with the Shadows] has a delicious pace and plenty of thrills, and her vampire mythos is both mannered-almost Victorian-and intriguingly offbeat. Bound to net a wide audience of paranormal fans, this one may even convert devotees of traditional historicals.”—Publishers Weekly (a Best Book of the Year)

One With the Night

“Superb…captivatingWith her usual skill and creativity, Ms. Squires has crafted a novel that is passionate, heartbreaking, suspenseful, and completely riveting.”—Romance Reviews Today

“Few writers combine a sensual romance within a supernatural thriller as well as Susan Squires consistently does. Her latest is a terrific Regency vampire romantic suspense starring two courageous heroes battling one hell of a meanie.”—The Midwest Book Review

“This is an incredibly unusual take on historical vampire stories. Susan Squires delivers an exciting story.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

THE burning

“A terrific tale...the story line is action-packed.”—Midwest Book Review

“Blazingly hot and erotic.”—Romantic Times BOOKreviews

“Marvelously rich, emotionally charged, imaginative, and beautifully written.”—Bookloons

“A fantastic erotic vampire thriller.”—Fresh Fiction


“A darkly compelling vampire romance…the plot keeps the reader turning the pages long into the night.”—Affaire de Coeur

“Bestseller Squires charts a new direction with this exotic, extremely erotic, and darkly dangerous Regency-set paranormal tale. With her ability to create powerful and tormented characters, Squires has developed a novel that is graphic, gripping, and unforgettable.”—Romantic Times (4 ½ starred review)

“Travel through Egypt’s deserts and London’s society with two of the most intriguing characters you will ever read about. You will encounter a dark world that is intense, scary, and sexy, and a love that will brighten it…powerful and passionate…captivating…Squires has a wonderful ability to keep her readers glued to the edge of their seat.”—Romance Junkies

“A vibrant, riveting, and sometimes just plain scary novel that should satisfy anyone—including the man in your life—who enjoys paranormal tales…Squires’ saga is off to an intriguing start.”

All About Romance

“Squires does a fantastic job of taking an old tale of vampirism, and she spins it into a new and fresh tale with characters who intrigue and captivate.”—Fallen Angel Reviews

“An unforgettable, sensual, and erotic novel that take you places you’ve never gone before…will make you believe in the power of true love.”—Romance Reader at Heart

“[The Companion] delivers sensual love scenes, an intriguing plot fraught with danger, adventure, and the unexpected which will leave readers anxiously awaiting the next enthralling tale from this immensely talented author.”—Rendezvous


“Squires has just taken the traditional vampire novel to a whole new level with The Companion. With her riveting and compelling writing, she has woven a tale of love amidst the most desperate of circumstances and created unforgettable characters…fans of the genre will be fascinated… The Companion will capture your interest from the first scene until the last…readers who like a strong historical novel as well as one with a definite bite should add The Companion to their wish list. It will be a keeper for sure!”—aromancereview.com

“Squires has demonstrated a talent that few can surpass. Her descriptions and historical details are flawless. Her characters exceed their potential and the plot keeps you quickly turning the pages. Squires has joined the company of authors whose books are classics. Look for this book to become a classic in its genre too. The Companion is a gem. Obviously, everyone needs it.”—Coffee Time Romance

“A totally absorbing novel…the characters are brilliantly conceived and perfect for the gripping plotline. The author gives the reader a unique twist on what vampires really are, a tortured hero to adore, the only heroine who could possibly be right for him, a truly horrific villain—and a fascinating story that carries the reader through one exciting adventure after another…Squires’ prose grabs you from the beginning and gives you a relentless ride through this complex, beautifully written book.”—New and Used Books

“A riveting story, the first of what I expect to become a fresh, unforgettable new vampire series.”


“A book to be savored, not torn through at breakneck speed…Squires is a talented author and The Companion offers the promise of more beautifully, dark vampire novels to follow.”

The Romance Reader



From the Back Cover

New York Times bestselling author Susan Squires weaves fate, danger, and sensuality into an unforgettable novel about a love that spans the ages. But can this love stand the test of time?


Diana Dearborn knows all about romance, at least in the books she writes. But passion eludes her in real life—until she’s offered the chance to travel back in time to Camelot. The world of King Arthur and Guinevere is nothing like she pictured, neither is the knight she encounters on her return to San Francisco: Gawain, the hero of her current project. He’s complicated, mysterious, and sexier than anything her imagination could conjure. And he’s been waiting for her…


Now, joined together in a desperate race, Diana and Gawain must prevent an ancient, evil force from wreaking mayhem in the all-too-real present. Diana must learn to trust Gawain—even while she encounters secrets about her own past. But even if their mission succeeds, does Diana’s destiny lie with this man from another time—and will their love alter history forever?

“Superb writing, vivid narrative combined with complex plotting, and intricate characterization make each novel by Ms. Squires an absolute winner.”
Romantic Times BOOKreviews


Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks; First Edition edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312943555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312943554
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.9 x 6.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,676,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Squires is a New York Times bestselling author known for breaking the rules of romance writing. Whatever her time period, or subject, some element of the paranormal always creeps in. She has won multiple contests for published novels and reviewer's choice awards. Publisher's Weekly named Body Electric one of the most influential mass market books of 2003 and One with the Shadows, the fifth in her vampire Companion Series, a Best book of 2007. Time for Eternity, the first in the DaVinci time travel series, received a starred review from Publisher's Weekly.

Susan has a Masters in English literature from UCLA and once toiled as an executive for a Fortune 500 company. Now she lives at the beach in Southern California with her husband, Harry, a writer of supernatural thrillers, and three very active Belgian Sheepdogs, who like to help her write by putting their chins on the keyboarddddddddddddddddddddddd.

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Mass Market Paperback
I got into Susan Squires's time travel series after reading 'A Twist in Time.' Her latest, 'The Mists of Time' brings alive familiar characters from the Camelot legend and makes them believable as historical characters. She also seamlessly blends our own twenty-first century and the fifth-century Britain through time travel. Diana Dearborn, an aspiring romantic novelist, receives Leonardo da Vinci's time travel machine from Lucy, our heroine from 'The Mists of Time'. When she uses it and saves a man from the fifth century Britain, she unwittingly changes the course of history that only she and a man who calls himself 'Gawain' can set right. A wonderful romantic adventure with strong hero and heroine whose happily-ever-after is well-deserved.
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San Francisco romance writer Diana Dearborn meets a stranger who gives her an ancient tome. Somehow the old book propels her to Dark Ages Camelot. She returns to the present with no time elapsing, but has brought forward with her severely injured Medraught of Orkney.

Diana feels no desire towards the hunk she brought into his future. Instead she feels an attraction to a stranger who she has noticed in the shadows seemingly stalking her or her guest. His father ordered Gawain to keep Diana safe, but he arrived in San Francisco a few years later than he needed to be there; as he learns her trip in time periled her. To begin correcting the scenario they must return Medraught to the past, but he refuses to go willingly as he loves the modern world.

The Mists of Time is a well written complex time travel Camelot romance that grips the audience from the moment a feral teen Diana is in lock up and never slows down as the readers learn what happened to her. The story line is fast-paced with intriguing paradoxes and a wonderful link between San Francisco and Camelot while the lead pairing and the knight they need to send home seem real though their flaws are reiterated too frequently. Fans will admire Susan Squires as she refreshes the Camelot legend.

Harriet Klausner
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THE MISTS OF TIME by Susan Squires is a time travel romance set in modern day San Francisco and goes back to the days of Camelot.A Davinci Time Travel novel. It is well written with details, depth, adventure, page turner and fast paced. It has adventure,magic, Merlin, romance, intrigue,knights, mystery, time travel, secrets, betrayal, danger,a race to prevent an ancient evil force from wreaking havocand mayham on the presen, .the unexpected and passion. The heroine, Diana is beautiful, a romance writer, doesn't remember her past, complicated, sexy and will travel back in time to Camelot and King Arthur and Guinevere's court.The hero, Gawain, is a knight of old,is Diana's protector, takes him twelve years to find her, and finds her intriguing. Together they must try to save the present by going back to the past,and not meet their past shelves. Diana must face her past, where she will meet her mother and learn of her true birth and who her father really his. They will together face danger, adventure, passion and learn true love. This is a wonderful story of Camelot refreshed, betrayal, trust, magic,facing the past and the future.I would recommend this book if you enjoy time travel, Camelot, magic, Merlin, knights of old. and a love that spans the ages of time you will enjoy this one. This book was received for review and details can be found at St. Martin's Press and My Book Addiction and More.
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I picked up all three books in this series in a used bookstore. The first novel was excellent (Time for Eternity, loved Squires' twist on vampire lore), the second so-so (A Twist in Time), and this one good. I particularly enjoyed the conflict caused by the antagonist, a historical villain who wishes to stay in the modern era. Of course, the hero and heroine need to "send" him back, and this makes for some enjoyable tension. All in all, a nice read. There were references here and there in the blurbs, etc., to a fourth book in this series, but I can't find it. It would also be nice to have the book series number prominently listed on the cover, because the order is not obvious and therefore is confusing.
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I read this book over several weeks, finding it very easy to put down and not very inspiring to pick up again. I found the lead character to be ok but lacking any real likeability or for want of a better word "gumption". She's supposed to be a romance writer, but she lacks that 3D human quality you get from say a Raeanne Thayne or Nora Roberts heroine.

The hero is at times kind of cute and at others (especially when he is meant to be thinking about sex etc) he is just clearly a wooden male character written by a woman. The laughable part is HE is meant to be helping her write more believably about men, and he clearly isn't written well most of the time.

Give thus one a miss, or try thrift stores, that is where I consign all the romances I plan never to pick up again.

I didn't give it one star as the cover is great and it's not the most awful thing I ever read, but it's not as great as some reviews have been saying in my honest opinion.
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