Dear Readers, Writers, and Precious Patrons,
Today on All Authors Blog, we're pleased to bring you an interview with Rodger, the hero in author Amber Daulton's newest book, Timeless Beginnings.
Rodger, thank you for stopping by today to chat with us. To start off, tell us about yourself and what makes your story unique?
Well, I’m a CIA agent and I investigated Communist activities in Bolivia for the past two years. I took an undercover job at an oil company—I have a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering—and my supervisor in the States called me home since I sympathized too much with the labor workers. I just wrapped up all the little details to my assignment when I met Leonora Harris. My story is unique because of her. It’s not every day a man finds a runaway bride who claims she’s from the 1700s in the middle of the Salar de Uyuni. It’s 1963, after all. Who in their right mind would believe a cockamamie story like hers?
What are some of the qualities that set you apart from other romance heroes?
Hero? Wow, you’re making me blush. *Red fills his cheeks.* I like to think of myself as a normal guy. I don’t like to show off or toot my own horn, but I do what’s needed when the time is right. Once I set my mind on something, nothing stops me. Unlike some of the heroes in those silly romance books my sister likes to read, I didn’t fall all over myself to make Leonora happy. I interrogated her at every possible opportunity. You see, I didn’t believe Leonora’s story at first. As I got to know her better, I fell head over heels in love with her and realized she truly did time travel.
What would you say is your worst quality?
I’m a stubborn person. Leonora would probably call me frustrating and pigheaded, but she’d say it with a smile on her face so you’d never know she spoke the truth.
Let’s talk about your lady love, Leonora. She’s from a different time period than yours, was it a struggle for her to adapt to her new surroundings?
I don’t think I’d say a struggle. Though scared at first, she calmed down once she realized what happened to her and once she made a friend in me. She adapted pretty well and relished in her new opportunities. I’d never seen a more curious, excited woman as I told her women can chose whether they marry nowadays, at least in my home country. In 1725, her father forced her into an arranged marriage and she grew up believing she had no other option in life than being a wife and mother, or being homeless on the streets. Yes, Leonora misses her family but she’s more than grateful to have come to the present day.
At what point did you realize you were falling in love with Leonora?
I’m not sure. She did a lot of quaint little things that turned my heart inside out and made me fall deeper.
For example, her eyes dazzled when I showed her how to work the commode in my apartment. That’s not very romantic, but her strange reactions to modern conveniences and things I find so common really weighed on my conscience. I kept thinking ‘Is she crazy, or did she really time travel? What the hell am I going to do with her in either case?’
Besides that, she’s just a sweet, lovable person. I’m so happy to have met her.
Aside from the time difference, what other challenges did the two of you face as a couple?
My first-line supervisor expected me back in the States by the end of the month and I couldn’t take Leonora with me. Since she arrived in Bolivia through a time portal, she obviously didn’t have any travel paperwork or proof of her existence. I couldn’t just abandon her—I love the woman—and I broke a few laws to secure her safety and her life at my side. I don’t regret my illegal actions but my nerves nearly snapped a few times in the process.
Let’s talk about Amber Daulton, the author. Do you think she did a good job of telling your story?
Oh yeah, Amber’s the best. She has a way with words and almost drew me to tears once in the story. Almost, key word. You know, if not for Leonora and if not for Amber’s husband, I might’ve pursed her. I’m partial to brunettes. Anyway, next question.
Did you offer your input as she was writing the story?
Yes, a ton of input. Leonora and I sat down with Amber over several weeks and told her what to write. Every time she tried to tweak our story, we complained and gave her headaches. Needless to say, we whipped her butt in gear a few times and she edited until we were happy.
Can readers expect to read more about you and Leonora, or has your story come to an end?
When it comes to words, yes, our story is over but I plan to make a lifetime of memories with Leonora and never look back. Our granddaughter, Jaye, on the other hand, will have to look forward. In case you didn’t know, Timeless Beginnings is the prequel to Timeless Honor. Jaye accidentally travels through the same time portal Leonora did and she arrives in my wife’s old hometown just ten years after Leonora left. And you’ll never believe whom Jaye falls in love with, but that’s another story…
Leonora Harris fled her newly-wedded husband’s home in Georgian England, 1725, and took shelter in a cave during a rainstorm. She woke up in a cold, barren land and a handsome stranger with a mechanical carriage offered her shelter.
Undercover American operative Rodger Ramsey never expected to find a runaway bride in the magnificent Salar de Uyuni. Assigned to Bolivia to investigate Communist activities, he just wrapped up his two-year mission in 1963 and followed his heart to the salt flats one last time.
Sparks flew and attraction sizzled. The lost, stubborn woman kicked his protective instincts into overdrive. Rodger took her home with him, determined to help her before he returned to the States, and Leonora flourished under his guidance. Their hearts intertwined. He wanted her, needed her, but could he truly love a woman who believed she jumped two hundred years in time?
Will they find a way to stay together, despite the obstacles between them, or will Leonora survive in this strange new world alone?
About the Author
Writing is the fruit to happiness.
Amber Daulton lives her life by that one belief even though she normally isn’t so Zen.
As a fan of contemporary, paranormal and historical romance novels alike, she can’t get enough of feisty heroines and alpha heroes. Her mind is a wonderland of adventure, laughter and awesome ways of kicking a guy when he’s down. She probably wouldn’t be too sane without her computer and notebooks. After all, what’s a girl to do when people jabber away in her head and it’s hard to shut them up? Write! Nothing else works.