New Release! Big Sky Love by Cate Dean

Welcome to Hearts Through Time! I am thrilled to be part of a group of such amazing authors.

As the first new release, I am excited to offer you Book 2 of Redemption of the Seven, my second time travel series.

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Big Sky Love features a British noble from the Victorian period, who lands in the Wild West.

This was such a fun book for me to write – I grew up on horses, and I have always loved the freedom of swinging into the saddle and just taking off, with only my horse and the countryside as company.

Redemption of the Seven is about a group of seven men, all condemned by a witch’s curse. They have one last chance to redeem themselves, and each book is their story.

If you haven’t read No Greater Love, which is Book 1 of the series, you can pick up your copy here:

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So – how do I come up with my time travel stories?

I’m glad you asked. 😉

I am a HUGE history buff. We’re talking serious addict here. British history is my main drug, but I love all types of history. I especially love traveling to the places where history happened.

I’m what I call an ‘on the ground’ writer. If I haven’t been somewhere, I don’t like to write about it. That can be a conundrum for time travel, since we can’t go back to the times we write about. Oh, how I wish…

But I can go to the places where they happened – which is how I researched the locations for my first time travel series, Love in Time.

You can grab your free copy of Book 1 here:

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Kane and Elizabeth travel through England’s past, and end up in some interesting times and places. I spent time in all of them, and one of my favorites is Hadrian’s Wall.

I spent a week on Hadrian’s Wall, walking the remains of the forts, soaking in the windswept, evocative surroundings, and learning everything I could from the archaeologists in residence at Vindolanda.

This photo was taken from the foot of the town that sprang up outside Vindolanda, catering to the soldiers. It also would have been where their families stayed, since only soldiers were allowed inside the fort.

Beyond the sycamore tree is the fort, and the excavation site (where the chain link fence is, on the left). I happened to be there while excavation was going on, and talked to one of the archaeologists. He told me that they figure it will take at least 150 years to completely uncover the fort.

150 years. Now that’s dedication. FYI – the fort is under that expanse of green between the chain link fence and the trees. Don’t let the photo fool you – it’s a hill, about as long as the green on the other side of the trees.

To the right, at the top of the hill, is a small museum with artifacts found at the dig site. The most exciting has been the writing tablets, first discovered in the 1970s. They gave a peek at daily life in a Roman fort – and are still being found at the site. There are several amazing examples in the museum, and I was lucky enough to meet the archaeologist who first discovered them.

Yep – he’s still there, digging away, and thrilled to be finding so much history.

Cumbria is stunningly beautiful, with friendly people, and I wanted to stay so much longer.

Ah, the sacrifices I make for research. 😉

So – my research helps create the stories I write. And the more I learn, the more those stories change. History has so many twists and turns, with surprises waiting for those willing to dig below the surface.

I love surprises.

I hope you enjoyed my little journey into the past. Just talking about history makes me want to plan a trip and go back to Hadrian’s Wall. Or a crumbling castle. Or a misty moor, with standing stones that have been there for thousands of years…

Thanks for hanging out with me – I’d love to hear where in time you would want to go. Feel free to leave your destination in the comments. 🙂

Until next time – read on.

cheers,

~Cate Dean

Cate Dean

Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.

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Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.

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