"Lady of the Stars has my favorite elements...It is about time travel, has very believable characters, and it has a good story line...(The hero and heroine's) mutual love for one another was a natural development. Then when I was just getting settled in their life -- WHAM! My heart is ripped from my chest and I felt the tears coming on. What a moving scene. I thoroughly enjoyed this first story by Ms. Banche and look forward to her next release. I just know I'll love it as much as I did Lady of the Stars." - Long and Short Reviews (LASR), 4 1/2 books
"The unfolding of this story and the concept of the gazebo as the means to travel through time were intriguing. Linda Banche created main characters that were both intelligent mathematicians and astronomers...I found the story sweet and delightful." - Two Lips Reviews, 4 kisses, Recommended Read
From the Author
A new ebook publisher ran a contest for time travel stories, and they would publish the winner. They also promised a free critique by an editor to everyone who entered. So, I wrote a time travel about a 21st century astronomer heroine who goes back to the Regency to meet the hero. The book contains a twist, to which the book's title refers. Also, the title doesn't refer to the heroine's profession.
I didn't win the contest, but the publisher said they would accept the story if I made some changes. I made the suggested changes, and after two more tries, they took the story.
Lady of the Stars was an EPIC E-Book Competition finalist in Science Fiction Romance in 2010, received 4 stars from RT Book Reviews, and was The Romance Reviews Finalist for Best in Historical Fantasy/Paranormal in 2011.
As the years went on, I thought of things I wanted to add to the story. When I pulled the book from the publisher, I added everything that had simmered in the back of my mind for so long. And, although the original book still read well, I rewrote the entire story--I write better now than I did then. :)
The latest version is 50% longer than the original, with some holes plugged, some Point of View (POV) errors fixed, the telling, especially at the end which was mostly telling, converted to showing and the removal of a lot of "he thought, he heard, he saw".
I hope you enjoy Caroline and Richard's story.