Sam Time by Donna Balon
When her fiancé is away on business, lonely Samantha Hunter despairs and absorbs herself in historical research. Her nighttime dreams being so vivid, Samantha believes she’s traveling to a past century. As she navigates the Victorian era rules of dos and even more don’ts, she charms Ulysses S Grant while struggling to maintain her present-day romance.
Now for An Excerpt:
But this was Samantha’s dream, and she could be bold. She stepped forward until she was several feet from Grant and stopped. “Lieutenant Grant,” she said softly.
He turned around. His light blue eyes were his most striking feature. Chestnut-brown hair, mustache, and beard. Straight nose. Square jaw. Wide-at-the-temples facial bone structure. About five eight in height. Slim beneath the soldier’s coat. This was Ulysses S. Grant. In his early thirties. Good-looking.
He glanced at Samantha and then turned around to tend to his horse.
He’s a married man, and he sees an unknown woman. What are the protocols?
Her dream. Her rules.
Samantha persisted, using what she thought was common phraseology for this era. “Lieutenant Grant, I am Miss Samantha. I hear you are an expert horseman. I would be most pleased in taking lessons under your tutelage.”
His back still facing her, he made no reply.
She thought quickly of a scheme. “My brothers are in town on business. It would be most helpful to our family business, if I could learn how to ride.”
“I am a soldier with duties at the fort.” He speaks.
“I understand, Lieutenant Grant. But surely you have leave.”
While keeping a distance of several feet, she stepped to his side so she could see his profile. “I understand you will not transact with a lady, but I will return with one of my brothers. He will pay you compensation.”
“Others can teach you.”
Now for the Interview:
What is your favorite chapter in the book?
The protagonist meets Grant in 1845 in New York City. I wanted readers to feel as if they spent a day in the city with the characters. I’m pleased with the pace of that chapter and its feel for the passage of time.
What is you most amazing experience?
My husband and I saw the solar eclipse in August 2017. When I saw totality, I cried. I know others who had this reaction. Instead of explaining what was so spectacular, I’m urging everyone to plan to see the next solar eclipse passing through the U.S. on April 8th, 2024.
Ebook or print?
Both. When I travel, I’ll take an ebook because it’s lightweight. I also love the built-in dictionary feature. But I still like print books and buy them especially if they’re cheaper than an ebook.
How did I choose character names?
The novel has two tracks: present and past. Because people typically used biblical names in the 19th century, the names of the main and secondary characters in the present are also biblical names, drawing a parallel between the two time periods.
What was the last book your read?
A Bumpy Road to Marriage by Sarah Chrisman. It’s historical fiction based in the last 19th century and the final book in The Tales of Chetzemoka series.
About the Author:
Author Donna Balon debuts Sam Time, a novel well-researched and professionally edited by quality talent from the publishing industry. Donna resides in Las Vegas, Nevada, with her husband.
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