Welcome to the tour for Among the Pages, a sweet historical romance by Sara R. Turnquist. This one is also a time slip novel, which is absolutely fascinating to read! Learn a little bit more about Sara and her book in this interview and then read an excerpt from the book. Be sure to follow the tour for even more. And then be sure to enter the giveaway at the end!
Do you ever wish you were someone else? Who?
It’s taken me a few years to be happy in my own skin and be content with who I am, but I truly am. I wouldn’t want to be any one else. And it’s not because I think I’m great or that I’m trying to be snarky. I just realize that we’ve all got our own stuff.
What did you do on your last birthday?
I had a big birthday celebration. My friends and I rented a house and had an overnight…yep a grown-up sleepover.
What part of the writing process do you dread?
I’m not huge fan of writing the middle. If I plotted more, it wouldn’t be so. But I want to keep it exciting and not let it drag for the reader. So, I’m always pushing myself and the characters.
Do you ever suffer from writer’s block? If so, what do you do about it?
I do. But it’s more because I am dealing with other issues – fatigue, stress, etc. But I find that actually writing is the best thing. Now I know that might seem counterintuitive. But doing a writing prompt, writing a fresh document in which you let one of your characters rant about something…these and other things allow you to get writing again and get that creative flow going again.
Tell us about your latest release.
It is a clean Historical Romance time slip. This means basically that part of the story is contemporary romance and part is historical romance. The historical piece features a woman involved with the Women’s Suffrage Movement. The two women’s stories are connected (with no time travel) through a diary. The college freshman, Brianne, from the contemporary time period finds the diary that belonged to her great, great aunt. As she reads a passage, we (the reader) are “transported” back to that 1915 day and experience it with Margaret, the young teacher involved in the fight for women’s right to vote. In the course of the story, Margaret’s passionate work inspires and challenges Brianne as she searches for meaning and value. There are romances in both of their lives in the book.
A woman’s choice…is in question.
Brianne is a somewhat naïve college freshman. She becomes disillusioned as her professors and peers challenge many of her long-held beliefs. When she finds a diary that belonged to a distant relative, she hopes it will offer much needed distraction. And she is soon drawn into the story of a passionate woman who seems to whisper from the past.
In 1915’s New York, idealist and primary teacher Margaret struggles with the problems women face at home and in society. She is first timid about speaking her mind, but in time cannot keep her impassioned spirit hidden—not even from the gentleman who teaches in the classroom next door. His concern for her stretches the limits of their friendship, pressing into something more. Caught up in the Women’s Suffrage Movement, she faces down authority figures and others who question her beliefs.
And so, Brianne is whisked along on this journey as Margaret joins the fight for women’s rights, all the while trying to work through her own questions and experiences with modern feminism.
Before long, things spin out of control and she wonders where her newfound relationship fits into everything? Are there any clear answers? Will she land on her feet? Or be forever lost to herself?
Read an excerpt:
HISTORICAL TIME PERIOD (1915) – Margaret and Henry talk on a Sunday after church She narrowed her eyes and bit at her lip to keep her surprise from showing. How did he know this? Surely he didn’t care about the Woman’s Movement. Or did he? Why should he? His precious Abigail was ever the dutiful, demure, docile girl that any man would seek. She wouldn’t be caught within a hundred yards of anything related to women’s rights. He continued, “I also understand that anyone caught attending her speeches on Sunday is in danger of being thrown out of their church. You don’t want that, do you?” “Maybe I do,” she shot back and looked away. His words stung. Perhaps more so because he wasn’t wrong. About any of it. “You don’t mean that.” He craned his neck, trying to catch her eyes. “What if I do?” She jerked her head, turning her features toward him. “Pastor Thompson said some harsh things today. I don’t know if I can continue to submit myself to the authority of a man who preaches in such a way.” “In what way?” His voice was gentle. Try as she might, she could not find anything accusing in his tone. “He made a several assertions without the Scripture to support it. Yet he insisted that the Bible was clear about the subject. I think a man of the cloth ought to be more careful when making such statements about the word of God without the proper foundation.” Henry’s eyes searched hers. The deep brown fell soft upon her eyes and caressed her features with gentleness. How could she stay angry when she was losing herself in such dark warmth? She averted her gaze. What was this? It would not do for her to be thinking about him this way. This was not proper! He was someone else’s beau. “Listen,” he said, moving closer. “I’d regret if anything bad happened to you.” She nodded, focusing on the lines of the sidewalk. “I would have to teach your class and mine.” His voice became thick with sarcasm. Her eyes shot to his and found his lips spreading in a huge grin.
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Sara is a coffee lovin’, word slinging, Historical Romance author whose super power is converting caffeine into novels. She loves those odd little tidbits of history that are stranger than fiction. That’s what inspires her. Well, that and a good love story.
But of all the love stories she knows, hers is her favorite. She lives happily with her own Prince Charming and their gaggle of minions. Three to be exact. They sure know how to distract a writer! But, alas, the stories must be written, even if it must happen in the wee hours of the morning.
Sara is an avid reader and enjoys reading and writing clean Historical Romance when she’s not traveling. Her books range from the Czech lands to the American wild west and from ancient Egypt to the early 1900s. Some of her titles include The Lady Bornekova, Hope in Cripple Creek, The General’s Wife, Trail of Fears, and the Convenient Risk Series.
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