Lisa Belcastro | Shenandoah Crossings
November 14, 2013
Running away from home seemed like the best solution. I was nine years old, and
I wanted a pony. I wanted a pony more than anything. I asked, begged, and
pleaded. My parents said no. At nine, I didn’t consider whether or not we could
afford the pony, where the pony would live or who would take care of the pony. I
just wanted the pony. So I ran away . . . across the highway to the nearest
stable about half a mile as the crow flies.
I stood along a pasture fence and gazed longingly at the horses in the field.
Eventually, a kind woman walked over and asked if I liked horses. I poured my
heart out. She suggested that she might be looking for someone to help muck
stalls in exchange for riding lessons, but anyone she hired had to bring her
parents to the barn to give their permission.
Needless to say, I ran back home, apologized to my parents and told them about
the job at the barn. The following weekend, my dad took me down and I began a
long career of cleaning out horse stalls. I’m older now, somewhat wiser, and
when I feel like running away, I lace up my running shoes and sweat out my
struggles. My feet always find their way back home.
As I started to write the second book in the Winds of Change trilogy, I
wondered what I would do if I was twenty-five and everything felt wrong in my
life. What if the man I loved wanted nothing to do with me? What if I couldn’t
work in the career I wanted because, even though it was the twenty-first
century, I wasn’t a man? What if my best friend was living her
happily-ever-after . . . in another century and I was one of five people who
knew the portal that could take me back in time?
I knew right away that I would want to jump into the time machine and seek a
new adventure, but the logical side of my brain asked about the safety features
and return guarantee. These days, I am a mother and a wife, and I can’t help but
consider the practical issues. If I was single, though, I might be a whole lot
Tess Roberts is anything but practical. She is all about adventure and finding
an end to the ache of loneliness she feels in heart. Running away seems like the
only choice to Tess, which she does in Shenandoah Crossings. Tess
sneaks aboard the schooner Shenandoah and escapes to 1776. Unlike my brief
adventure to the horse farm, Tess ends up in a heap of trouble. In the midst of
the American Revolution, Tess finds love, but before she can truly love another
she must confront her fears, her lack of faith, and the ultimate truth that she
longs to go home to her family.
If you could run away to a different time and place, would you do it? What
would you hope to find?
Spunky Tess Roberts is more than ready for a grand adventure-and a lasting
love-of her own. And the Shenandoah might be her last chance. Tisbury,
Massachusetts, Martha's Vineyard: Tess Roberts may live on Martha's Vineyard,
vacation spot for movie stars and presidents, but the Island feels anything but
idyllic. Tess has had it with lousy dates, lying, cheating men, and the rules
that forbid her from working on her family's centuries-old schooner, Shenandoah.
Lucky for Tess, she knows a secret-the Shenandoah has magical powers. Her best
friend, Rebecca O'Neill, once stayed in Cabin 8 and discovered a time portal
that transported her to 1775. A month after Rebecca's "disappearance," Tess's
father, brother, and Shenandoah's annoying first mate, Hawk, plan to shut down
the time travel for good by dismantling the cabin. But what if Rebecca might
someday need to come home? What if Tess isn't ready to say good-bye forever?
Sneaking onto the ship late at night, Tess slips into Cabin 8 and drifts off to
sleep. She wakes anchored off the New England coast amidst the American
Revolution in 1776. The British frigate HMS Greyhound has seized Shenandoah and
taken the crew, cargo, and all onboard hostage. To make matters worse, Hawk is
relentlessly tracking her, determined to bring her back to the twenty-first
century against her will. Sparks begin to fly, from more than cannonballs and
A Vineyard Romance: Romance, history, adventure. Get swept into the exciting
Winds of Change series. Book 2. Don't miss Book 1: Shenandoah Nights.
36 comments posted.
Re: Lisa Belcastro | Shenandoah Crossings
I love good books and great authors. Thank you for what you do.
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(Melanie Backus 12:22pm November 14, 2013)
I can't wait to read this book...it sounds just like something I'd love! Thanks
(Bonnie Capuano 7:39am November 14, 2013)
I don't think I would ever run away to another place or time, but it would be really fun to live in a different time period .
(Pam Howell 8:32am November 14, 2013)
I CANT WAIT TO READ THIS SOUNDS GOOD
(Denise Smith 8:35am November 14, 2013)
Wow, this sound like a great read. And we share a love of horses and girlhood history of mucking out stables. Have a good Christmas!
(Clare O'Beara 8:54am November 14, 2013)
Your book sounds wonderful. When I was younger I thought about going back in time - especially to wagon train/pioneer days in the US. Nowadays... I'm not sure I'd be brave enough to go back in time. Thanks for the chance to win. Best of luck with this and all you do.
(Nancy Reynolds 9:30am November 14, 2013)
What a wonderful post. Sometimes I do contemplate running
back to the '50's. Thanks for this great feature.
(Sharon Berger 10:06am November 14, 2013)
Sometimes I think it would be great to go back in time. This sounds like a great read. Thanks for the chance to enter.
(Gayle Pace 10:56am November 14, 2013)
Sounds like an enjoyable book.
(Gloria Muniz 11:06am November 14, 2013)
I'm happy to live in the present, but I enjoy reading about a person who did travel and live in the past. I can just imagine the confusion of lifestyles.
(Anna Speed 11:48am November 14, 2013)
If I could escape, for just a bit, I would love to go back to the late 1800's, early 1900's. The reason I picked that time is because it's when my Grandmother came to this Country as a young girl, and started her life over. I'd love to make friends with her, and watch all 13 of her children grow up as well, which of course, includes my Dad. That's not saying I'd stay that long, but just to spend some time with my Grandmother and Grandfather again would be so wonderful, because I miss her a lot. Your book has such a great story line, that I can't wait to read it!! I don't know where you came up with the idea, but I'm so glad you wrote the book!! It's going to make for great reading this time of year!!
(Peggy Roberson 12:02pm November 14, 2013)
Always looking for new authors to read, looking forward to reading your works
(Lisa Avila 12:29pm November 14, 2013)
This sounds like a good read.
(Tina Lechuga 1:09pm November 14, 2013)
Sounds like something I could lose myself in!
(Michelle Schafer 1:30pm November 14, 2013)
I would love to run away to the Regency period, England
(Margaret Branca 1:40pm November 14, 2013)
I like the cover and most especially the name since I live in what's called the Shenandoah Valley and we have a resort called Shenandoah Crossing....
(Carolyn Rhodes 1:45pm November 14, 2013)
I have never read one of your books. Hope I win one then I can read it.
(Judy Ferguson 2:45pm November 14, 2013)
I love reading about the past. This book sounds like one I'm going to really enjoy!
(Vennie Martinisi 2:50pm November 14, 2013)
I love to read and always carry a book with me. Thank you for your contest!!
(Carol Oddy 3:27pm November 14, 2013)
(Brandy Dorsch 4:08pm November 14, 2013)
I really like time travel books, especially the ones that
entice me to dream about me being the accidental time
traveler. I flip medieval Scotland (Highlands), colonial
America, pre-civil war South (Georgia or Louisiana) and time
when Asia is first being explored by Europe.
(Wasanaa Smith 4:10pm November 14, 2013)
I love to read just about anything. I read at least a book a day! Thanks for offering this contest. I am hoping that I win!!! :)
(Kellie Barnett 4:37pm November 14, 2013)
The story sounds very interesting. Have not yet read one of your books but would live to win one.
(Lin Berda 5:33pm November 14, 2013)
Hello, Sounds like a book to read.
(Sarah Nicholas 6:14pm November 14, 2013)
Who hasn't thought about running away and being chased by a handsome man determined to bring the woman he loves back...to reality? Your book appears to have a great storyline, one where you could lose yourself if only for a short time.
(C Culp 6:24pm November 14, 2013)
I like time travel romance stories and horses, so I'd love to read your book which sounds great! I also tried to run away when I was five years old (it's a long story...I was mad at my mom that day and packed up all my books and toys into my suitcase)! I've never thought of running away since, but have thoughts of escaping to a beautiful island with blue water and a white sandy beach!
(Linda Luinstra 7:05pm November 14, 2013)
I love medieval stories and would love to time travel back to that period, but only in a book. I like bathing and smelling good too much to actually want to live there. LOL
This book sounds fabulous!
(Marcy Shuler 7:19pm November 14, 2013)
I would love to run away to Regency England. Time travel books have
always intrigued me. Your book sounds like one that I would really enjoy!
The plot sounds so unique and interesting, and the cover is beautiful!
Thanks for the chance to win!!
(Linda Brennan 8:11pm November 14, 2013)
Thank you for the opportunity!
(Malinda Chaney 8:41pm November 14, 2013)
I wouldn't run away to another time. I like my stuff to much. Washer, dryers, heating and cooling are great too.
(Laura Gullickson 11:36pm November 14, 2013)
It would be Ancient Greece or Egypt. It would be my place of escape until I'm ready to come home.
(Kai Wong 12:03pm November 15, 2013)
I would love to run away to a Caribbean island and live on the beach. I don't really care about the time as long as there is indoor plumbing-lol.. It would be nice to get away from everything and relax on the beach.
(Denise Boyd 5:26am November 15, 2013)
I love time-travel books. Looking forward to reading yours,
(Carol Woodruff 4:19pm November 15, 2013)
I like Historical Fiction, so would probably pick the
Victorian or Regency time. My siblings tried to run away when
small and mom caught up with them as they were going to cross
the tracks with the railroad lights flashing and a train was
(Alyson Widen 8:49pm November 15, 2013)
If I ran to another place or time I would hope to be finding
(Mary Preston 6:30am November 16, 2013)
Peggy Robertson, you have won the free books!
Please visit my FB page: www.facebook.com/belcastrolisa
and private message me your mailing address.
Thanks to everyone who stopped by!!
(Lisa Belcastro 11:34am November 20, 2013)
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