It Started With a Whisper by Ruth A. Casie & Giveaway of Knight of Runes!

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Update: The winner for this Giveaway is Emily T! You will be contacted privately by the author, and thanks to everyone for participating!

It started when my friend Denise whispered, “I’m going to write a romance novel.” Story snippets of dashing men and valiant women have always raced through my mind only to fade when the phone rang, the traffic light changed, or the kids got loud. I thought I was a real Walter Mitty. But Denise’s whisper made me stop and think. Could I write a book, I mean really, write a story and get it published?

How many times had I enjoyed reading a story so much that when it was over I would ‘write’ the epilog. I wasn’t willing to say good-bye just yet. Just one more … well, just more. My friend’s whisper raced around my head for days. My romantic daydreams have plots and my characters have their goals, motivations, and conflicts. Dare I commit my story to paper? I didn’t decide to write. I needed to write, a compulsion that turned into liberation. How empowering for my stories to come alive, to give my characters breath, and watch the words fill page after page. But that’s only part of my adventure. The genre surprised my family but oh how well it fit.

For me the lure of time travel has led to many wonderful stories filled with adventure and romance. My early favorites included Rip Van Winkle, A Connecticut in King Arthur’s Court, The Time Machine, Outlander and Knight in Shining Armor and, as I read more, I’ve added others to the list. What is it about time travel that readers find it so compelling? Time travel stories provide a unique writing devise where characters can reunite with someone they’ve lost, they can fix a past mistake, or they can look into the future. I was interested in looking at the past. Contemporary really didn’t interest me but the past was a treasure trove to me. It’s no wonder my debut story, Knight of Runes, is a historical time travel.

In my time travel story, the conflict centers around the very different attitudes of a woman’s place in society, the disenfranchised woman of the 17th century juxtaposed against the liberated woman of the 21st century. How she faces the attitudes and how she and the people she meets learn to deal with each other are a big part of the story as well as adventure and romance.

What genre do you like to read? What are your favorite stories? Wait let me get a little closer. Whisper it in my ear …

Win a free copy of Knight of Runes (epub or pdf format) by leaving a comment with your email address.   One person will be randomly selected on November 26.

About Knight of Runes

It’s the 21st century and time travel is still a Wellsian fantasy but not for Rebeka Tyler. While on an impromptu tour of Avebury, she takes a misstep at the standing stones, and finds herself in the right place but tossed back into the 17th century. When Lord Arik, a druid knight, finds Rebeka wandering his lands without protection, he swears to keep her safe. But Rebeka can take care of herself. When Arik sees her clash with a group of attackers using a strange fighting style he is intrigued.

Rebeka is desparate to return to her time. She poses as a scholar sent by the king to help find out what’s killing Arik’s land to get access to the library. But as she decodes the ancient runes that are the key to solving his mystery and sending her home, she finds herself drawn to the charismatic and powerful Arik.

As Arik and Rebeka fall in love, someone in Arik’s household schemes to keep them apart and a dark druid with a grudge prepares his revenge. To defeat him, Arik and Rebeka must combine their skills. Soon Rebeka will have to decide whether to return to the future or trust Arik with the secret of her time travel and her heart.

Knight of Runes releases on November 14, 2011 through Carina Press.

Ruth’s Bio

For twenty-five years she’s been writing for corporate America. Encouraged by her family and friends this ballroom dancing, Sudoku playing, aspiring gourmet cook has given way to her inner muse. She’s let her creative juices flow and started writing a series of historical time travel romance stories. She hopes you read her stories and that become your favorite adventures.

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12 thoughts on “It Started With a Whisper by Ruth A. Casie & Giveaway of Knight of Runes!

    Yadira A. said:
    November 21, 2011 at 2:32 am

    My favorite genre to read is paranormal romance… heavy on the paranormal and heavy on the romance:) I will admit that it all started for me with Twilight and since then I’ve discovered some really great authors (psst… Rosalie included!).

      Ruth A. Casie said:
      November 21, 2011 at 8:31 pm

      Hi Yadira –

      I agree with you, I like paranormal stories too but not necessarily vampire and werewolf. Reality is real enough. Possibilities have always intrigued me.

      Good luck – and thanks for leaving a comment.

      … Ruth

    Viki S. said:
    November 21, 2011 at 4:39 am

    I love paranormal romance. It’s mostly all I read. Kelley Armstrong’s BITTEN got me. Thank you for the post. This sounds like a great read.


      Ruth A. Casie said:
      November 21, 2011 at 8:33 pm

      Hi Viki –

      I like mixing eras with time travel and seeing how the hero and heroine react. I’m glad you liked the post.

      … Ruth

    Emily T said:
    November 21, 2011 at 8:18 am

    I love any kind of romance, I’ve read Historical romances from Vikings to american westerns. I love paranormal romances to contemporary… As long as a book holds my interest I’ll read it, and I admit there have been books I’ve read the back cover and thought “This isn’t for me.” Then I eventually pick it up and read it anyway, and I’ve fallen in love with them… I just love to read =D

    I’d love to read Knight of Runes
    Emily T

      Ruth A. Casie said:
      November 21, 2011 at 8:35 pm

      Hi Emily –

      It’s nice to meet an avid reader. I have to admit, I keep gravitating to historicals. I really don’t care for contemporary.

      Good luck with the contest. Perhaps you’ll be reading Knight of Runes.

      … Ruth

    Ute H said:
    November 21, 2011 at 11:14 am

    I read nearly everything (OK no biographies), put a little fantasy or paranormal in it, don’t forget about the romance and you got me hooked 🙂

    I started reading SciFi as a teen (I don’t count the different children series of the seventies in) and slowly turned to fantasy, first sword and socery than more paranormal. The romance part sneaked in over time 😉

    I’ve reread Doulas Adams Hitchhikers “triologie” a few times, as well as the Lord of the Rings (normally ever two years 😉 ). Every now and the there’s a thriller or a crime book that peeks my interest.

    So give me something to read and I’m happy


      Ruth A. Casie said:
      November 21, 2011 at 8:41 pm

      Hi Ute –

      You really seem to enjoy reading too. I enjoy writing because now my characters can do what I want them to although I must tell you, sometimes they have a mind of their own!

      Thanks for stopping by.

      … Ruth

    Patsy Hagen said:
    November 21, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    I love to read paranormal, time-travel, shape-shifter, werewolves. ghosts, mystery….I love to read! I even like to read some bios. I just like to read.
    Patsy H.

      Ruth A. Casie said:
      November 21, 2011 at 8:43 pm

      HI Patsy –

      You mentioned a variety of genres. I think that’s great. I started out reading a variety too but just seem to have narrowed it to historicals, fantasy, and time travel.

      Thanks for sharing,

      … Ruth

    Renee B said:
    November 21, 2011 at 5:42 pm

    I love to read paranormal romances. The hotter, the better. I also like Sci-Fi Futuristic and Time Travel. This sounds like my kind of book and I would love to win it. :}

    Thank you for sharing a little bit about it and for the chance to win it.

    reneebennett35 at yahoo dot com

      Ruth A. Casie said:
      November 21, 2011 at 8:47 pm

      Hi Renee –

      I love David Eddings and his Sword of Shanara series. Little by little I started reading romances and got hooked. When I traveled for work I would take 6 to 10 books with me.

      Thanks for stopping and leaving a comment.

      … Ruth

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