Monday, July 23, 2012

Timeless Sojourn Virtual Book Tour - Guest Post and Giveaway with Jamie Salisbury

The Inspiration for Timeless Sojourn

When I first started out writing Timeless Sojourn it was more a personal mission. A lot of what I wrote was threaded in and around events in my own life. The further into it I wrote the more I realized I wasn’t alone. There had to be thousands of other women just like me, women of a certain age who were starting over at a time in their life when they should be relaxing and enjoying life.
That was the basis for the core of Timeless Sojourn. Around that I began to weave in a story of how the main female character, Anne started over and learned once again how to make her own life decisions and how to believe in herself again. Add to that a handsome, cocky, self assured somewhat younger man, Geoffrey to the mix, and the story started to broaden.
I based the story out of Seattle because it was somewhere I was familiar with. I wanted to take Anne away from the place where all the hurt and heartache in her life stared her in the face. I felt most people, especially women would either do one of two things if faced with such a dilemma: they’d either go back to their roots and somewhere they were familiar and comfortable with, or they’d boldly head out for parts unknown. A new adventure.  Anne had too much emotional baggage to get over with first. So Seattle it was.
What I hope is that readers will walk away from Timeless Sojourn with the belief that they can start over and achieve their dreams no matter what period of time they are in their life. It’s never too late.

 Timeless Sojourn 
  By: Jamie Salisbury
Recently divorced at a time when most women are enjoying their children being grown, Anne Harrison finds her life in chaos. At the urging of her forever-friend Kat, Anne moves back to Seattle, her childhood home, to get back her former confidence and make a fresh start. 

Confident, creative, and a successful businessman, Geoffrey Quinn has depths not immediately apparent to those who come into contact with that cocky, devilishly handsome exterior.  

The last thing either is looking for is a relationship. Anne finds Geoff highly irritating (and young!) at best, while Geoffrey finds her magnetic and wise. To his amusement, she futilely attempts to dismiss him each time they cross paths, and sparks fly.

Watch as this seemingly unsuitable, disparate duo lights a fiery, compelling attraction neither sees coming. But who will get burned?

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Excerpt : 

Kat and I are just finishing up the dinner dishes and getting ready to sit and solve the problems of the world when the phone rings. Kat answers. “Of course, she’s right here. We just finished cleaning the kitchen.”

Geoffrey she mouths to me, handing me the phone.

“Hey, how are you? I asked.

“Great, thanks. I was wondering if you’d like to come over for dinner Friday night. I grill a mean steak.”

“That sounds great, Geoffrey. Can I bring anything, oh, and what time?” I smile at the thought of that killer body slaving over a grill.

“How about if I pick you up at seven, and bring something for dessert, if you don’t mind.”

“That sounds great. I’ll see you Friday.”

I hang up the phone and Kat is standing there with a huge grin on her face.

“You’re going to have dinner at Geoffrey Quinn’s?” she cackles. “You do know he’s falling hook, line and sinker, don’t you? He never invites women to his place.”

“Enough already, Kat! Geoff is young enough to be my son. We simply enjoy each other’s company.” I replied, hoping to shut her up.

“Oh no, Anne, he’s taken with you and you are quite smitten with him, although you’d be the last to admit it. Don’t play the age game crap with me because I know better.” She’s still smiling like a match maker as I turn away, my face warm from blushing.

Author Bio:
Jamie Salisbury cannot imagine a time when she did not write. A skill that has served her well throughout her professional career. Public relations in and around the entertainment industry, photography, editing, and special event planning all elevated her passion for writing.  

An avid reader of histories, biographies, and romance, it's only natural that part of the products of her pen are historical romances featuring characters so authentic they spring forth from the page and shake the reader's hand. Many of her teen years were spent in Chile, but she and her family were forced out of the country when the political climate demanded it.

Taking the plunge to take her writing professional came as a result of a series of foot surgeries that left her with a lot of time on her hands. Unable to walk great distances at the time, she started writing as a way to pass the time. Her experiences of how dramatically her life had changed at first. Then the new world of e-publishing inspired her to digitally publish her first novel, Perpetual Love, rather than relegate it to the dreaded drawer. She couldn't be happier with her decision to grab the publishing industry by the shoulders and force it to pay attention to all she has to offer.

Two more novels have followed: Blood Lust and Tudor Rose, with more to follow soon.

Jamie now lives outside of Atlanta, but the love for travel has never abandoned her. Adventure, exploration, and intrigue permeate her prose to the core.

In those few moments of the day when she's not writing or thinking about writing, she finds knitting a way to relax and unwind. Other interests include photography, equestrianism, reading, and of course traveling.

Jamie hopes her writing will entertain, enlighten, and inspire others to pick up the pen and pursue their own dreams. She loves to be contacted by readers, writers, and history buffs. 

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lavendersbluegreen said...

Any book that takes place in Seattle is automatically a draw for me... but this actually looks really interesting, the theme is solid, and many women have to start over / fresh. It looks good. Are you from Seattle or do you live in the PNW now? What made you choose the Puget Sound to set your novel in?

Cassie Hoffman said...

As a author do you ever get writers block and what do you do to bypass it? I'm trying to write and it's a bit hard at the moment. I have so many things going throughout my head. I'll start writing and think, "no, this isn't good,'' and I will just stop. What would be your advise for someone like me, who is trying to write.

Cassie Hoffman

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

Thank you for hosting Jamie today.

Jamie Salisbury said...

Thanks for having me today Lindsey! I'll be checking in from time to time today to answer any comments.
Have a great Monday everyone!

Jamie Salisbury said...

Good Morning Lavender,
I was raised in a Seattle suburb for most all my life (sans a few when my family lived overseas). I came back for about six months 4 years ago.
The fact that I was familiar with the area was a big reason I chose the area. Plus it is such a peaceful place where one could get over something as life changing as what my heroine Anne went through.
Thanks for your comments and hope you get a chance to read my book.

Jamie Salisbury said...

Hi Cassie,
Oh yes, I get writers block!! It happens to every writer, so don't feel bad.
What I do is keep more than one project going at the same time. That way if I get a block I put that one aside and move on to something new. The other thing to try is to get out and about. Go somewhere; shopping, for a drive. This can help and give your muses something to chew on.
Right now? I have four separate projects in various stages - so if I find myself struggling or at a total shutdown I move on.
Good luck! You'll find what works for you!

Karen H in NC said...

Just an observation: Wouldn't it be difficult for a woman in Anne's situation to return to her hometown where people who knew her could begin asking questions about her life since she left and what brought her back? I should think that would be hard to handle.

In any event, it sounds like a tremendous story and one I can't wait to read.

Knowing that you write in different genres and time periods, do you ever have difficulty keeping your research facts straight? What plotting/planning organizational tools do you use?

kareninnc at gmail dot com

Anonymous said...

It sounds like you had a really positive first e-pub experience with PERPETUAL LOVE. What advice would you give to someone considering that situation?


Ingeborg said...

I'm looking forward to reading Anne's story.

Jamie Salisbury said...

Hi Karen -
As in a lot of cases when one goes back to where they grew up to live a lot of the people you knew back then are no longer there - they too have moved on. And I would think Anne could choose what to let those who are still left as to what her life as been like. Yes I would be difficult. It would take courage.
As to your other subject - I keep separate notebooks for each story I'm working on - no matter what phase of development from research to finished project. That way I can keep thing separated and hopefully organized.
I hope you enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed writing it.

Jamie Salisbury said...

Anonymous - My first, Perpetual Love has been quite positive, but not without it's ups and downs. The cover you see now is not the original cover. It was once I changed the cover that I began to see more positive feedback - so you see a good cover can help a book.
As far as what advice I'd give? Go for it - follow your dream. That's what I did! Write, keep writing.
Good luck!

Jamie Salisbury said...

Ingeborg -
Hope you enjoy it and would love to hear what you think of it.

Jane said...

How much of You do you put in your stories if any?

Jamie Salisbury said...

Good Afternoon Jane -
There is always something of me intertwined into my stories. In Timeless Sojourn there is a lot more of myself in it than the others.

Kerry said...

This sounds like a great read and I will certainly read it!

GL and best wishes

Jane said...

thank you for replying :-)
Best of LUCK!

Natalie said...

Ahh man, I'm late xD
Hello :P
Jimmy Thomas being on the cover drew me into this book, but the reason I got it and read it is because the book is believable. I know it could happen to anyone...I know it has happened and when you read this book, you feel like you're experiencing everything.
It had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, shouting and laughing and doing who knows what else (luckily I was on my own) you really do get into it and that, and because it's beautifully written, is the reason I've read it more than once.

Mina said...

I simply love the fact that you chose an older woman as lead female character, with all her baggage of experience/failed marriage. It makes it easier to relate to and more endearing.

Jamie Salisbury said...

Thanks Mina -
Anne is dear to my heart. There aren't enough books around with a heroine of her age.
Look for more the first of next year in a sequel.

marybelle said...

I know there will be a lot I can identify with in TIMELESS SOJOURN.


Jamie Salisbury said...

That is wonderful! That was one of my goals when I wrote it - that women in particular would identify with it.
Thank you!

bn100 said...

Very nice excerpt and post. Thanks for sharing about the inspiration.


Rebecca Hipworth said...

I look forward to reading this book. :)