Genre: paranormal romance
Publisher: Vinspire Publishing, LLC
Date of Publication: July 30, 2015
Number of pages:
Word Count: 91,500
Cover Artist: Elaina Lee/
For the Muse Designs
For the past six months, time-traveler Victoria Ashton has been living life as Katherine Kamarov on a ranch in rural California, circa 1890. A contrast to Katherine’s brash personality, shy and gentle Victoria has won the hearts of Katherine’s family and particularly her cousin Michael. Despite her deepening love for Michael, she has rejected his offer of marriage and sent him away, knowing that she must return to her own time on the night of the new spring moon.
In this third and final book of the series, sinister forces threaten Victoria’s new family, her property, and even her life, testing her for courage and ingenuity. A confident new self emerges, and when Michael unexpectedly walks back into her life, she questions whether she must remain a victim of fate or can find a way to determine her own future.
Meanwhile, Katherine has been living a parallel year of exchange in Victoria’s modern-day life, married to the handsome but remote Ryan Ashton. Hardened by her past, Katherine nevertheless falls for Ryan and, like Victoria, begins to search for a way to defy fate and keep the life she has come to cherish.
As the night of the new spring moon approaches, both women must search their hearts to discover how to hold onto what matters most, even if they should be forced back through the barrier of time.
He didn’t hear her slide the door open and step out behind him. Her arms circled his waist, and the faint scent of ginger spice shot twin arrows of joy and pain through his body. Wordlessly, he turned and brought his mouth down on hers. Enveloped in the soft twilight hush, they shared a kiss that was deep and long and achingly sweet. When they pulled reluctantly apart, Ryan let his eyes linger over her, already naming the vision being etched in his memory. This is how my love looked in twilight.
She was wearing her white robe, and her blond hair curled softly, just brushing her shoulders. It’s gotten longer, Ryan thought. He suddenly wanted her to cut it again, as if keeping her hair short would somehow help her to keep her claim on this body—on this life—and prevent Vicki from coming back.
Tori moved to the rail and stared out over the city deepening into dusk. “It’s started, Ryan,” she said quietly.
He moved to stand beside her. “What’s started?”
She turned and leaned an elbow on the rail, holding him with a steady gaze. “What we’ve dreaded. I dreamed about the bridge.” She lifted a shoulder. “It’s only a week away. I should have expected it.” She drew in a breath that trembled. “She was already there, standing on the bridge. Waiting for me.”
At his look, she put out her hand and covered his. “Don’t hate her, Ryan. She didn’t ask for this to happen any more than I did.” She smiled faintly. “I would have, though, if I’d known you would be here. I wouldn’t have missed this time with you for anything. No matter what happens, I’ll carry you in my heart until the day I die.”
Ryan couldn’t speak. He couldn’t move, couldn’t breathe. He could do nothing but stare at her in mute despair.
She turned her back on the glittering city and leaned both elbows on the rail, staring through the glass doors into their living room. The soft light of the table lamps was growing imperceptibly brighter as the dusk surrendered to night.
“Do you ever wonder, Ryan, what Victoria will be like when she comes back?”
“She’s not coming back.” His voice cracked.
“She’s had a whole year, Ryan, just like me. A lot can happen in a year. She may surprise you.”
“She won’t get the chance.” His jaw tightened. “I’m not letting you go, Tori. I can’t. Vicki doesn’t belong here anymore. This is your home, with Christina and me.” He covered the crack in his voice with harshness. “How can you stand there and calmly talk about Vicki coming back while you just up and vanish from our lives? Like it’s already decided, like it’s so easy for you—”
Character Name: Victoria Reeves-Ashton
I grew up rich and privileged in modern San Francisco, heiress to the retail business my grandmother built up and continued to rule with an iron fist. She ruled her family the same way, and at twenty-two I married Ryan Ashton, mostly to escape my grandmother’s control and the confusing hurt of my mother’s indifference toward me. This whole MOONSEED trilogy came about when I realized the mistake I’d made in marrying someone I didn’t love. Ryan was the most gorgeous man I’d ever met, but I felt as trapped with him as I had living in my grandmother’s house. When I made that wish on an old coin from Fort Ross, I never dreamed my wish would come true, that I would physically become someone else. Within the week I was transported back through time, into the very body of Katherine Kamarov and life on a ranch in rural California circa 1900.
Describe yourself. What is your worst and best quality?
That’s a great question because my answer changed through my experience in the novel. I grew up thinking that my best quality was my physical beauty, but after living as Katherine I began to see that physical beauty had been my worst feature because it made me a hypocrite, allowing me to hide behind a façade of confidence and poise when I was actually scared to death of being myself. It wasn’t until I escaped Victoria’s physical body that I began to discover who Victoria really was.
What is the one thing you wish other people knew about you?
I’ve always wanted people to see through the looks and the money and to value me for who I am. Ironically, becoming Katherine was the key to allowing my real self to emerge and take control.
What is your biggest secret, something no one knows about?
My biggest secret was something so hidden and shameful that I didn’t even know about it until the MOONSEED story began. In Book 1, Bridge to the Past, I recover a memory of childhood molestation that explains my mother’s strained relationship with me and the fearful nightmares that had always haunted me.
What are you most afraid of?
I’m most afraid of losing the people I love. Katherine’s wise Native American nurse, Dora, says that we must learn to love with an open hand. I’m still trying to figure out how to do that.
What do you want more than anything?
I want to live unafraid and to love without reservation.
What is your relationship status?
Technically, I’m still married to Ryan, but my heart belongs to Michael.
How would you describe your sense of fashion?
I’ve always had a good eye for clothing, accessories, and makeup, which served me well as the fashion icon for my grandmother’s stores. In Katherine’s world fashions are simpler, and the unrelieved black of mourning irked me until I pushed convention a little and added some color to my face and ensemble, perhaps raising some eyebrows but also attracting Michael’s attention.
How much of a rebel are you?
All my life I was docile and compliant, qualities that attracted Ryan. In becoming Katherine, however, my rebellious nature surfaced and really came to the fore in Book 3, Into the Mist.
What do you consider to be your greatest achievement?
Looking back, I think thriving in Katherine’s world has been my greatest achievement. The adventure uncovered resilience and resourcefulness in me that I had never suspected.
What is your idea of happiness?
I love nurturing people and gardens. My idea of happiness is spending quality time with both.
What is your current state of mind?
Well, if you’re asking my state of mind at the end of Book 3, Into the Mist, I’m not going to tell you! I don’t want to give anything away before you read for yourself what happens.
What is your most treasured possession?
I deeply treasure my old coin from Fort Ross. The fact that it once belonged to Katherine, that it linked us together across time, makes it priceless to me.
What is your most marked characteristic?
After living as Katherine, I’ve ruled out physical traits as significant and focused more on my inner qualities. I think my strongest quality—the one I like the best—is my desire to nurture and encourage growth, both in my rose garden at Summerwood and in the people I love, especially Robbie and Michael.
What is it that you most dislike?
I abhor cruelty, any kind of cruelty, to animals or humans.
Which living person do you most despise?
I could answer that, but I don’t want to give away the story. You’ll find the answer to that question in Book 3, Into the Mist.
What is your greatest regret?
I regret that I’ve lived so much of my life in fear. I know I’ve missed opportunities to grow and enjoy life, but I’m grateful that I’ve still plenty more adventures ahead of me.
What is the quality you most like in a man?
Tenderness and a willingness to be vulnerable. (I know that counts as two, but they are linked in my mind.) These qualities were missing in Ryan, but they are what I love best about Michael.
What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I admire the strength and boldness to do what’s right. The challenge for me was to overcome my characteristic fearfulness so that I could act courageously when it was needed.
Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
I’ve always been partial to Rhett Butler. He’s such a man’s man, cynical and practical, but so soft and vulnerable when it comes to Scarlett.
Which living person do you most admire?
I admire several authors I could name because they risk exposing their hearts to create life for their characters.
If you could change one thing about yourself what would it be?
As Katherine, I would like to be taller.
What is your motto?
The past isn’t always behind you.
Judith Ingram weaves together her love of romance and mystery as well as her training as a counselor to create stories and characters for her novels. She is also the author of a Christian guide to forgiving and posts weekly devotionals on the role of forgiveness in healing relationships. She lives with her husband in the San Francisco East Bay and makes frequent trips to beautiful Sonoma County, where many of her fiction characters reside. She confesses a love for chocolate, cheesecake, romantic suspense novels, movies that require three hankies, and all things feline.
Website, blog and free weekly devotional: http://JudithIngram.com