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The Legend of the Bloodstone (Time Walkers) (Volume 1) Paperback – May 4, 2013

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Book 1 of 4 in the Time Walkers Series

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Publishers Weekly
"Time travel and romance converge in this tale of star-crossed love"
-Publishers Weekly Review of 2013 ABNA Quarterfinalist manuscript

ABNA Expert Reviewer
"It had a polished and professional quality other stories have lacked. I also appreciate how authentically the time travel was portrayed. The protagonist coming to grips with her new surroundings had an integrity and realism to it that many such stories lack. Probably owing to the quality prose, everything had a vividness to it."
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"The strongest aspect is the author's creation of a spunky, sympathetic heroine whose abrupt tumble Alice in Wonderland-style into a perplexing (but somehow familiar) world is humorous and intriguing."

-Review of 2013 ABNA excerpt

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"This was beautiful! Time Travel at its best!"
-Khristie, Romance Novels in Color romancenovelsincolor.com

From the Author

This first volume in the Time Walkers series is very dear to my heart. I came up with the idea after running across a story in my family history. As I researched I kept wondering what happened beyond the facts. What was it like to live during that time? Soon an even more intriguing question occurred: would a modern woman be able to survive during such a tumultuous time in history?
So it happened that the idea for this story grew wings. Maggie is a modern day woman with all her flaws and features, sent back to a time when men were carving out the history of America. She has just enough knowledge of the past to know trouble is coming, yet soon she is kicking herself for not paying better attention in history class. Fortunately the hero of the story, Winn, does not kill her on sight, but he has his own set of issues to deal with just like any person in any century.
I hope you enjoy this journey into the past as much as I did writing it, and thank you for giving the Time Walkers series a chance. I am always thrilled to chat with readers, so please drop by my Facebook page to hang out.
Many thanks and happy reading!

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Product Details

  • Series: Time Walkers
  • Paperback: 390 pages
  • Publisher: Blue Dog Press (May 4, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0989305325
  • ISBN-13: 978-0989305327
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (449 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,266,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A. Bell VINE VOICE on October 27, 2013
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Here's the thing. I don't like bodice-ripping (or buckskin-ripping) romances. I tend to read all the steamy scenes as, "she kissed his blah blah blah and blahed his blah blah blah." As such, I'm obviously the wrong audience for this book since the first half of the book has far too much "quivering" (x3), "shaking" (x48), and "shivering" (x14) for my tastes.

So why did I read it? It was chosen as our book of the month for our time travel book club. Since the time travel in the novel takes the main character, Maggie, to colonial America to live among the Powhatans, I was very interested in reading it. However, it was just not my cup of tea.

Had the first half of the book been more like the last half of the book, I think I would have liked it better. In the first half of the book, the focal point is the romance between Maggie and a Powhatan warrior named Winn. However, the Maggie of the first half of the book has quite an explosive personality. She bristles, thrashes, and rages at everything. Of course, she's not used to the rules of conduct of women in a Powhatan village and does not relish being the "slave" and "property" of Winn. I can understand the sentiment, but it's one thing to be dropped into the 1960s and bristle at such social mores and quite another thing to be dropped into the 1622s and expect to be able to behave as an equal to the men around you. Many of the misadventures that Maggie has in the first half of the book are a result of her quick temper. However, there are too many times when she explodes as a result of practically nothing. Maybe some men like that? Anyhow, it makes for an interesting character, but I think her temper is a little too extreme to be realistic. At least I'd like to think so.
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I wanted to enjoy this book - I love time travel romances and I had never read a book with Native America as the destination. I only made it to page 34.

Cut to the chase: it's 1621 and the Native American (and subsequently his siblings) who discover her speaks English. It is explained that he was taught because the white man is not trustworthy, so one needs to be able to communicate in the white man's language. I get that. However, the Native Americans speak PERFECT English. They pronounce Maggie's name as "Ma-gee" yet they never hesitate when speaking, they pronounce every word correctly and never use bad grammar. I find this amazingly hard to believe. The icing on the cake is that Ma-gee speaks modern-day English and they understand her. Contractions and mild slang does not cause the American Indians to ever ask for clarification or for her to repeat what she said.

Also (since this is at the beginning of the book - again, I only made it to p34 - I don't think this is a spoiler), there is a scene where Winn's (the main character opposite Ma-gee) mare is dying from birthing a new foal. Of course, Ma-gee is there to save the day and thus endear her to the tribe. That's fine and I understand why it was written. However, here are Native Americans who have been living off the land and caring for their animals for centuries, and NO ONE in the tribe knows how to help the mare or her foal? The mare is past help so Ma-gee concentrates on the foal. (I'm not a horse-person, so I apologize if "foal" is the incorrect term. "colt"?) The foal is too far from the mare to suckle so Maggie gets Winn's brother to help. They need to get milk from the mare -- and no one but Maggie knows what to do! Really?? She orders for buckskin water carriers and gets the milk into them.
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Wow! Did I mention Wow? Do not go into this book thinking you are just going to be reading a cool paranormal about time travel. It is all of that but so much more. Prepare yourself for a trip to the early 1600's that will bring danger, heartache, deep joy and a love that defies racial hatred.

We begin our journey into the past with Maggie who is firmly grounded in the present or at least in the near present year of 2012. She is grief stricken over the loss of her beloved grandpa who had raised her. Marcus, an old family friend that lives on her grandpa's farm in Virginia while not family is the closest she has to it.

While cleaning out the old barn on the property she comes across some unusual near black stones with a strange deep red blood like vein running through the stones. Her whole existence and life as she knows it changes when she picks up one of the stones with her blood smeared hand from a small cut. As her world fades and pain, confusion, fear and darkness settles in she is transported back to 1621. As she slowly comes to her senses from what she surmises was an exceptionally deep sleep she is confronted with a world that makes no sense. A bear attack, a rescue by an amazingly lean muscled piece of male Indian perfection with blue eyes no less causes Maggie to decides she is still trapped in a dream. A dream that becomes a nightmare as she begins to realize there is no waking up from the situation she has fallen into.

Winn has known of Time Walkers his whole life. His own father is one. Regardless, Winn has sworn to the leader of the Paspahegh people to immediately kill any he should come across. But when one turns out to be a read haired female beauty he ignores his vow and saves her instead.
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