05 October 2013

Moria's Time VBT

Janelle Grayson is distraught over a troubling vision. Old Agnes MacKendall has seen her infant daughter, Moria, as a young woman, years in the future, traveling afar to a perilous place, fraught with danger.

Janelle and her husband, Richard, are both concerned about the vision. They decide to do all they can to prepare their precious little girl for what likely lies ahead for her. It’s a future charged with risk the likes of which, for the unprepared and ordinary person, could spell certain doom.

So begins Moria’s Time—Book 2 of the TIME Series.

At six-years old, Moria starts to learn about her heritage. Like her mother, Moria is a MacKendall. The women of this Scots clan have unusual powers including, among many other skills, natural medicine—which Janelle soon discovers is Moria’s special and strongest gift. Richard agrees with Janelle that she should train Moria, focusing on, and nurturing, her rare strengths in preparing for her future. By the time she’s a teen, Moria is a talented natural healer.

At fourteen, Moria meets Elizabeth Blackwell who befriends and mentors Moria, guiding her through the long and arduous journey to her goal of becoming a doctor. 

Later, while visiting family in England, Moria meets Florence Nightingale—who will figure significantly in her life in the future. The family also meets Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Later, Miss Nightingale summons Moria to London, where she works at a charity hospital and meets Dr. Simon Hensley.

Moria becomes one of the first 38 nurses bound for Scutari, Turkey with Miss Nightingale. Dr. Hensley, in love with Moria, follows her, much to her chagrin, but she’s skittish—about men, relationships, anything and anyone that might distract her from the challenge of being a woman daring to want a career in the male-dominated field of medicine—and, so … she rebuffs him.

At home for a visit, Moria is overjoyed to reconnect with her twin sister, Adelle, and meets her beau, Walter. He and Adelle convince Moria that Dr. Hensley isn’t the enemy. He may well be the one to protect her from the men she fears. Back in Turkey, Moria and Dr. Hensley work things out.

Simon and Moria return to London after the war. At Devonwood, the Grayson family estate, Moria’s Grandmother convinces Moria can marry Simon and not endanger her future. Simon proposes; Moria accepts. The twins plan a double wedding.

After the wedding, Simon and Moria visit medical schools for interviews. Moria is turned away from school after school, simply because she’s woman. Finally, a school in Pennsylvania accepts Moria who graduates at the top of her class.

Does Moria have the right to impose what her needs on Simon? How long will Simon put his life on hold while she pursues hers? Do they really want to open a practice? As doctors, is a practice all that’s available to them? There are so many questions, and too few answers.

Warning: This title is intended for readers over the age of 18 as it contains adult sexual situations and/or adult language, and may be considered offensive to some readers.

Richard, savoring a moment before bed to think, recalls an earlier discussion with Angus about Janelle.
He's worried that Janelle will defy his wishes and travel into the future, looking for Moria, to protect her. His wife has always had a mind of her own.
(Richard) He played over in his mind the brief conversation he’d had with Angus while Maura and Janelle were doing the dishes.
Is something is worrying you, Richard?” Angus had asked.
Are my emotions that transparent?”
Angus chuckled. “I’ve known Janelle for a longltime.”
Richard nodded. “Aye. I am worried. While we were still in England, she was ready to go charging into the future, looking for Moria. I made her promise she wouldn’t do it. I had to make her promise … several times … using different criteria each time to cover every angle.”
Angus laughed. “That’s Janelle. She is a bit headstrong and she does find herself into all sorts of situations. Do you think she’ll go off on her own?”
I hope not. But, she’s determined to protect Moria at all costs, even if it means putting herself in danger in the process.”
She’s a mother, Richard.”
And I’m a father, but I wouldn’t go off on this wild goose chase.”
Don’t worry. She’ll see getting obsessive is pointless.”
Richard, looking out over the moonlit lake, sighed.
Well, Janelle, I certainly hope you see this obsession is just that—pointless.’
Richard let his mind wander, which meant it went straight to the baby in the next room. He had to get inside her head.
What are you up to, my little one? Where are you going and what will you do there? Is helping others so important to you?’
He sighed again.
In the moonlight, the image a young woman drifted in the space outside the window. He searched for the details of her face, but the image wasn’t clear. An older woman, perhaps ten to fifteen years older, drifted into the scene. Her dark hair parted in the middle and pulled back into a bun, she was slender with a long neck, but very plain. She was speaking and the younger woman was listening.
As he watched, the image faded and then was gone. Richard put his hand on the windowpane, willing the scene to return. ‘Was it you, Moria? Were you the young woman? Who was the older woman? Will she influence your life, and how?’
When the vision didn’t return, Richard rose and eased into bed, gathering Janelle into his arms where she snuggled close in her sleep. He drifted off and dreamed of the scene outside the window over and over again.

Bad-Boy Theo
The book may be ‘Moria’s Time,’ but Moria is a twin. It’s difficult to separate twins, so Moria shares her book with her sister, until they reach their early twenties and start to live separate lives, away from home.
Adelle, Moria’s sister, suffered as a child because so much attention was heaped onto Moria as a result of the vision. In the vision, Moria, as a young woman, years in the future, will travel far from home to a dangerous place. But, Adelle has needs, too. Not getting them met, she turns into something of a monster – self-centered, self-absorbed, and attention-starved. Janelle, her mother, remarks that while she loves Adelle, as she does all her children, but she doesn’t like her very much.
Although Adelle won’t admit it, she loves and admires her sister. When Moria set lofty goals for herself, Adelle eventually followed suit. Her goal became to live in England, and find a duke to marry. Her uncle is the Duke of Devonwood so, to her it’s perfectly acceptable to want to marry a duke. Can you say ‘troubled child’?
Everyone knows Adelle, the daughter of an American farmer, has little chance of even meeting a duke, much less marrying one, but she is persistent, never losing sight of the fact that being a duchess means money and power. But, what about love?
When the entire family (American and English branches of the Grayson family, some thirty people) go to London in 1853, part of the plan is the family will host a ball. At the ball, Adelle meets Theo, the heir-apparent to his father’s ducal title. Confident she’s found ‘her duke;’ she knows she’s shown her critics how wrong they were.
The couple spends a lot of time together over the next two months. Then, suddenly, Theo stops coming around. After a week without a word from him, Adelle calls on Theo at his father’s estate, finding him there with another woman, the very regal and aloof Lady Marina, recently returned from her annual visit with her grandmother in Italy.
Angry, Theo returns Adelle home, making it clear she’s never to come to his house again. Clearly, there’d never been a relationship; Theo had been using her to pass time.
While Adelle visits Theo’s home, Damian Gerard, Adelle’s brother, finds an announcement in a London newspaper about Theo’s upcoming nuptials with Lady Marina.
The family rallies around Adelle. While what he did wasn’t illegal, it was wrong on several levels. They have to do something to Theo in return to teach him a lesson, but hadn’t come up with a suitable plan when a message arrives from Buckingham Palace, from Queen Victoria herself. She’s heard by way of her network of spies of what Theo did and is appalled at his treatment of Adelle. Queen Victoria took swift action – conscripting Theo into the Royal Navy and sending him off to Australia. The Grayson family backs down.
In the meantime, Adelle returns to New Hampshire to recover from this blow. At home, Adelle decides to ‘get away from it all’ and live at an orphanage where she’d volunteered while in school. In the year she lives there, she grows up, but holds onto her goal of finding a duke.
In the next book of the series, Adelle’s Time, after her sabbatical, she’s recovered her equilibrium. Now, she’s ready to take on London again, this time with a fool-proof plan. The question becomes, is London ready for Adelle?
In the meantime, Theo jumps ship, escapes his Royal Navy servitude, and returns to London with misguided revenge against the unsuspecting Grayson’s on his mind. Someone will die.


 My mother, a non-fiction author, two brothers—one as a newspaper editor, the other, a copywriter—and a sister, a church newsletter editor, prove that clearly, writing ‘runs in my family’.  Much of what I’ve written over the years was never published – much of it never shared with anyone. 

My father, a school teacher/reading specialist, started teaching me to read after story-time one night when I was four years old.  I’d stopped him mid-story to ask how he was able to say the same thing every time he read that story to me.  My lessons started that night, beginning a life-long love affair with books—and for that, I am grateful.

The short stories I wrote in junior high school entertained my peers – and the occasional teacher who intercepted them in their travels.  At the high school level, one English class assignment was to write an autobiography.  In the teacher-specified chapter entitled ‘Future Plans’, being a published writer topped the list.  I can’t remember not wanting to write.

After a college professor told me I ‘couldn’t write my way out of a paper bag,’ I stopped writing for years.  It was not until the late 1970s, when I wrote an article for the now-defunct World Radio News (San Diego, CA), that my writing gene was reactivated.  The article was about our amateur radio club providing communications for a March of Dimes Walk-a-thon.  Seven of the twenty pictures my husband submitted with my article were used.

In early 2002, between jobs and wanting to write seriously, I obtained a third-shift position as a gated-community security officer and used the ‘free time’ to write what became Janelle’s Time.  When the draft was complete, it went on the shelf.  At that time, the industry was shifting from the Post Office to the internet – a very confusing time!  In 2009, when I started my Twitter page, @Writers_Cafe, the WIP came off the shelf.  What I’ve learned from my (now) 19,000 followers is prodigious – I feel like I’ve earned a degree!  By August 2011, it was ready—at last—for submission.

@RileyCarney, a Colorado teen, and prolific YA fantasy author, who heads her own non-profit literacy project moved me to write an article about her.  Never officially published, countless people have seen the article, thanks to Twitter retweets and some carefully chosen email inboxes.

On New Year’s Day, 2010, my shiny new blog, A Place for Writers, went ‘live.’  It evolved into a combination chronicle of my writing journey and helpful posts on publishing industry topics.

In the fall of 2011, I added ‘DIY Interviews’ to my blog (see the ‘DIY Interviews’ tab of my website for details on doing an interview).  Not a primary task in the overall scheme of things, over fifty authors have submitted interviews to date.

Janelle’s Time is book one of my ‘TIME Series’ and was published in July of 2012. Book two, Moria’s Time, was my winning NaNoWriMo project for 2011.  It’s now complete and will be released in August 2013.  There are three more books in the series: Adelle’s Time (my winning 2012 NaNo project), Logan’s Time, and Clarissa’s Time (my 2013 NaNo project for 2013).

In September of 2012, I switched from my blog A Place for Writers, and went to a full website: www.DaynaLCheser.com.  With thirty+ pages, my new blog, ‘Posts by Dayna,’ is there now, along with ‘DIY Interviews,’ and extensive information about the ‘TIME Series.’ 

My husband, Pete, and I have been married for forty-five years—no children—and have lived in Southwest Florida for over twenty years, originally hailing from New England.

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1 comment:

  1. Hi Crystal's Many Reviews,
    I'd like to thank you very much for hosting Moria's Time and me on your blog. As a blogger myself, I can certainly appreciate the time and effort involved in doing this sort of work.
    Thanks again,
    Dayna Leigh Cheser