Sunday, April 23, 2017

#BookReview - Not Long Ago by Susan A. Royal

Title:  Not Long Ago (It's About Time - Book 1}
Author:  Susan A Royal
Genre:  Time Travel, Romance
Release Date:  June 22, 2012

About the Book:

While doing research for a novel set in the Middle Ages, Erin and her employer, March, are transported to a time where chivalry and religion exist alongside brutality and superstition. Things are not quite right at the castle, and Erin and March feel sure mysterious Lady Isobeil is involved. Erin must cope with crop circles, ghosts, a kidnapping and death before the truth of her journey is revealed.

Forced to pose as March’s nephew, Erin finds employment as handsome Sir Griffin’s squire. She’s immediately attracted to him and grows to admire his courage, quiet nobility and devotion to duty. Yet, she must deny her feelings. Her world is centuries away, and she wants to go home. Despite that, Erin can’t stop thinking about her knight in shining armour.

Buy Links: Amazon 
My Review:

"Not Long Ago" was an interesting tale that reminded me of a mix between "A Yankee in King Arthur's Court" and "Yentl".

When Erin gets a temporary job with an eccentric author working on a Medieval novel, she and Marsh are somehow transported into a land of jousting and castles and one hot Knight by the name of Sir Griffin.  Trying to hide her identity, Erin becomes Aaron and somehow manages to acquire the position of Squire to the handsome knight.  This threw me off for a bit because I thought it was much more difficult to become a squire, but the reader can overlook that bit of info because the story was so dang intriguing.  Once I stated reading this, I read it straight through, not putting it down at all.

This was a fun read, and hit on a lot of those romantic tingles I love in a romance novel.  There were some interesting twists and turns that I didn't expect.

I got a bit caught up in the lack of editing with missing words and a couple of misspelled words, but the author created an interesting plot with great characters.  Hopefully a bit more editing can be done before this goes to print.

*Disclosure:  A complimentary copy was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.  All thoughts, opinions and ratings are my own.

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About the Author:

Born in west Texas and raised in south Texas, Susan makes her home in a 100-year-old farmhouse in a small east Texas town that comes with a ghost who harmonizes with her son when he plays guitar. 

Susan is married and the mother of six (she counts her children's spouses as her own) and five grandchildren who are all unique and very special. Her family is rich with characters, both past and present. Her grandmother shared stories of living on a farm in Oklahoma Territory with three sisters and three brothers and working as a telephone operator in the early 20th century. Her father told her about growing up in San Antonio in the depression, and through her mother's eyes she experienced being a teenager during WWII. 

Susan loves to take her readers through all kinds of adventures with liberal doses of romance. Her latest book is From Now On, a time travel adventure/romance. It's the stand-alone sequel to Not Long Ago in her It's About Time series. In My Own Shadow is a Fantasy adventure/romance. Look for her books at MuseItUp/Amazon/B&N. Odin's Spear, one of her short stories is featured in a Quests, Curses, and Vengeance anthology, Martinus Publishing, available on Amazon. Look for her next book, Xander's Tangled Web, a fantasy due out in late 2015.


Anonymous said...

Thank you so much! From the beginning it's been my intention to write the kind of story with characters that can take my readers by the hand and make them feel like they've been on an adventure. In addition, they deserve the best book I can give them. Without typos and errors. I'm working toward that goal. It takes a lot of effort to get it all work together. But it's worth it.

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