“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Monday, December 5, 2022
Sunday, November 27, 2022
It's never too early to get yourself in the mood for Christmas. Hallmark channels on TV have been showing Christmas shows for a month. If you're ready to settle in with a good book that doesn't take up too much of your time, look for one of my two Christmas Novellas. Both can be read as a stand alone story, but A Kindred Christmas does follow The White Pine Trilogy and is connected to the third book in that series called The Kindred Spirit Bed and Breakfast. If you've already read that book, you might remember some of the characters at the bed and breakfast. Take a little time to slow down from the hustle and bustle of the season with a feel good Christmas story. You'll be glad you did.
Wednesday, November 23, 2022
I'm not quite sure how this day rolled around so fast again, but there's only two more days until Thanksgiving and then the holiday season is in full swing. My wish for all of my American readers is that you have a lovely Thanksgiving with family and friends.
Whenever we break bread together, there is a bonding.that takes place. Rejoice in it and cherish those around you at your table. Give thanks for all of the good things that have come your way in the past year. May you have many blessings in the coming year. God is good.
Thursday, November 3, 2022
New Audible Book Released.
Happy Day! Yesterday's Boys, Book #9 of A Slip in Time was finally released on Audible. It seemed to take forever this time, but here it is. If you've never listened to an audio book but are interested in trying it out, message me for a Promo Code for the US or the UK, which will give you a free trial period, then according to the plan you choose, you will pay a monthly fee.
Saturday, October 29, 2022
Have You Left a Review?
Have you remembered to post a review on Amazon or Goodreads (or both) for Yesterday's Wishes? It could really use your help. Just a few words and a rating is all that's required. It really helps to boost the title to the top of the list so others can find it. Plus, I always appreciate hearing what you have to say about my newest endeavor.
Look for the 12th and final book in A Slip in Time, Yesterday's Memories, sometime in early winter. You're going to love it, I promise.
Monday, October 10, 2022
A Lovely Review
A few days ago, I released book #11 of A Slip in Time. Thanks to all of my loyal readers, it has been a smashing success. In only three days it has reached #1 in New Releases in Time Travel Romance on Amazon, and as of this writing it's # 15 in Time Travel Romances. I love it when my books nestle in and around Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series. Such an honor.
Here is a review by one of my loyal readers. I love the way she writes about my stories without giving anything away. She has such insight. Sometimes she sees things I didn't even know I was writing about! Haha.
Click the link and Enjoy, and don't forget to leave your own review. It helps others to find my books. Thanks so much. I appreciate it.
Thursday, October 6, 2022
Yesterday's Wishes Has Been Released
It's finally ready. I can't wait to hear what you think.
Here's the teaser:
In the summer of 1941, World War II is taking hold and causing havoc around the globe. Each of the Clark boys is affected in a different way. Jay wants to continue his college education and become a doctor. Bob just wants to have fun and meet girls. But events that follow will disrupt both of their lives.
Having been estranged for a few years, the boys soon find they have a common goal which brings them back together. Now closer than ever, they need to work together to get through the devastation of the war and the results to come.
Bob meets an interesting person who can shed light on their past adventures and perhaps aid in the discovery of the treasures that are so needed to transport Jay to the 1890s where he can once again see his beloved Sadie.
In the meantime, Sadie misses Jay terribly, but in her loneliness she grows closer to Wyatt, the handsome owner of the local newspaper. Will she be tempted by other men’s affections? Will she fall in love? How long will she wait for Jay to return? Can the young lovers ever find a way to be together again?
Left alone without Dora, Fran is desperate to return to Luke and her family in the 1800s, also; she is completely unaware of Jay’s struggles. Life in 2036 is nothing like Fran could ever have imagined. This modern era will never be satisfactory or acceptable for her. Since the quilt has failed her, she needs to find another way back in time. How will her time travel plans coincide with Jay’s in the 1940s? Will the two time travelers be able to return to their respective loved ones? Will they ever see their sleepy 1800s Michigan town again?
Read this latest addition to A Slip in Time where anything is possible if you wish hard enough.
Wednesday, September 14, 2022
Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Audible Books Continue
I'm excited to announce that I have come to an agreement with my original narrator, Belinda Lams, at Lams Solutions, to do Yesterday's Boys. There's a lot to the entire process so it will take a while, but you can expect Book number 9 to be on Audible in late fall. I hope to immediately move on to Book 10, Yesterday's Treasures, and perhaps by then Yesterday's Wishes will be completed and we can do that one, too. So hang on, you audio listeners. They're coming your way!
Friday, July 22, 2022
Cover Reveal and Teaser
I'm feeling pretty good today, so I decided to let you in on a little teaser and cover reveal for Yesterday's Wishes. I promise it is not a spoiler. Tell em what you think.
(Wyatt) "Most folks love hoping and praying for something they want to come to them without any effort, so they make a wish. There are all kinds of ways to make wishes. And this will be one more way to add to the fun.”
Sadie frowned, thinking of Jay and what she would love to ask at a wishing well. “What if they ask for something serious, and it never happens?”
“I don’t think they’ll blame the town. Maybe they’ll turn to God instead, and that’s a good thing, isn’t it?”
“Well, I’m not too sure. I’d have to test it out. And how long are you supposed to wait for your wish to come true?”
Now Wyatt laughed heartily. “That’s the beauty of it all. There is no answer to that question. You could wait a lifetime, and when you finally got what you wanted, you would probably say, it must have been because of the day I threw my penny in that well at Twin Lake.”
Thursday, July 7, 2022
I'll bet you're wondering where I went. Well, it's been a very long three weeks, and it's still not over yet. I'm getting around better, but I'm not ready to go out much or sit at my computer for more than fifteen or twenty minutes at a time. I'm so glad I had written over 30,000 words on book #11 before surgery. So there's that. I let my husband read it (which I never do until completion) and he's quite excited by it. I'm ready to dig in again and get it finished, but my body says not yet. So please be patient with me. The next book promises to be awesome. Yesterday's Wishes holds even more surprises for you; some wishes will be granted while others will not.
Monday, June 27, 2022
Cover of the Month
Thank you all for voting. I'm still in the running for the Cover of the Month contest and am close to being in the top three in the final round. There's only three days left BUT even if you already voted, you can vote again in this round.. Here's the link.
Saturday, June 11, 2022
Cover of the Month Contest
I need your help. My latest book cover has been submitted for a Cover of the Month competition. It has made it to the second round, and as of this writing is in tenth place out of 100. Only fifty will be selected to go on to the final round. Will you please help by voting for my cover for Yesterday Treasures? I would really appreciate it. There's only three days left for this round.
Here's the link:
Thank you so much.
Wednesday, May 25, 2022
Wednesday, May 18, 2022
Pop on over to my Facebook page at Author Jane O'Brien and join in the fun. Guess how many years my time travelers have been in and win a $15.00 gift card to Burger King. It's easy. Haven't read all of the books in the series? No Problem. Just pick a number. Hurry. This contest ends on Friday, May 20, 2022 at midnight ET.
Saturday, April 30, 2022
Yes! Yesterday's Treasures has been released. You can now find it in paperback or Kindle. It's also FREE in Kindle Unlimited. Here's a little bit about it, but of course, there's no spoilers. Hope you enjoy it. Head over to my Facebook page to enter a contest. facebook.com/janeobrien.author
You can also follow me there to be alerted to new releases, contests, and giveawasys.
Ten years after two little boys unexpectedly arrived in 1882 for a short time-travel visit, they have changed and grown to near adult status – one a late teen in high school and one a young man in college. They rarely mention what happened to them that day in the treehouse. In fact, it is the major cause for their distancing from one another. Bobby was very young at the time, so he believed it all to be a dream he had about Peter Pan and Never Land, but Johnny knew the truth and spent all of his time and energy making sure his little brother did not remember the events of that day for fear he would tell anyone who listened where they had been. Later, their perception of events caused a split between them, causing their parents to wonder what happened to their boys who were so close when they were younger.
As our story shifts focus to a new decade, Jay, formerly known as Johnny and one of Yesterday’s Boys, is grown to manhood and finds himself enlisted in the Army at the beginning of America’s involvement in World War II. Knowing the dangers Jay may face, the boys finally talk things out and make amends. When Jay confesses to Bob that he used the watch to return to the past, and that everything Bob had thought was only a dream was in reality the truth, the boys realize just how much they need each other. A new bond is formed; it’s strong and one that will never be broken again from that day forward.
Bob makes a promise to himself that he will do everything in his power to help Jay in his mission to get an important message to the year 1892. Can he do it? Will he be able to circumvent all obstacles that get in his way? From the day he makes his promise, he never waivers in his goal, as he seeks out various ways to time travel, so he and Jay will never be hindered again in continuing the Clark family line.
Friday, April 22, 2022
I came across this writing of Carl Sagan's. It struck a chord with me. I especially like the line, "Books Break the Shackles of Time." It seemed fitting for my A Slip in Time series.
BTW, Yesterday's Treasures is ahead of schedule. I might be making an announcement real soon!
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Wednesday, April 13, 2022
I've been a little silent here lately, because we are working so hard to get Yesterday's Treasures just right for you. I have a wonderful group of beta readers who diligently go over every word I write, but it's never enough. I'm sure you've all found a mistake or two along the way. Please forgive me. When it is pointed out, I try to correct it immediately, but it may be too late for those of you who have already purchased one of my books.
Tuesday, March 22, 2022
I did a happy dance yesterday, because I finished Yesterday's Treasures, Book 10 in A Slip in Time. I'll take a day off so I can start with a fresh mind tomorrow, then I'll begin the arduous task of proofreading and editing, before the manuscript is sent off to my beta readers for more critiquing. But with any luck, this book might come to you earlier than I originally thought. Stay tuned. The Boys might need you!
Thursday, March 17, 2022
My Irish Heritage
Happy Saint Patrick's Day! Yes, I am Irish. The photo is of The O'Brien Tartan Plaid. Isn't it beautiful? The O'Briens on my family tree goes back to 1135, but there are many other names listed as well, such as O'Connor, Kennedy, O'Kelly, MacWilliam, MacNamara, and on and on. Although all of these people are on my family tree, my Irish percentage is small, but I still claim it proudly. How Irish are you?
Monday, February 28, 2022
An Irish American Trilogy
It's beginning to feel like spring where I live. We can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel. Today the high will be a whopping 42 degrees, and it looks to go upwards from there throughout the week. People have even spotted robins, flocks of them, which is a sure sign of warmer weather. So to get in the spirit of March, I thought I'd remind you of the first series I wrote, The White Pine Trilogy. It's set in the woods of Michigan and involves two families, one of Irish descent. So what better time to start reading these than as we're heading into the month that holds St. Patrick's Day. Be sure to start with The Tangled Roots of Bent Pine Lodge, a feel good love story you won't forget, with flashbacks to World War II era. Here's the link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00NKLQ4WO
Let me know what you think. and don;t forget to leave a review. It's really appreciated.
Saturday, February 5, 2022
Romance and Love in Ruby and Sal
Looking for a gift for a loved one on Valentine's Day? Think about books, especially one that inspires romance and passion. You can find it all right here in Ruby and Sal, Book #1 of The Unforgettables. Great for both men and women, this series touches base on many historical figures in the West Michigan area, including Al Capone who plays a part in this story. It turns out that guns, mobsters, and prohibition were all a part of Ivy's great-grandmother's life. Find out how it affects her life today in this amazing mystical series.
Here's a small Excerpt:
Three men got out of the car, but it was the man who last exited who immediately drew her attention. He wore a long coat, even though it was warm out, and he, too, wore a black homburg on his head. He had white spats snapped over his shoes and when he turned to look at her, she noticed three deep scars running down his cheek. Having seen posters in the post office for the FBI’s most dangerous criminal list, she was shocked when she realized that the famous Al Capone, also known as Scarface, was standing in front of her. Ruby wanted to run inside, but if she did, she would miss speaking with Salvatore.
Salvatore’s boss said something to him, and as he gestured toward Ruby, he chuckled the way all men did when they looked at her now. Ruby could see Salvatore’s face color, he nodded, and then he walked directly toward her. When he approached the porch, he tipped his hat, and said, “Good afternoon, miss. I’m Salvatore D’Angelo. I believe we met a while back, but I never got your name.”
“I’m – my name is Ruby. Ruby Shaeffer. My Pa owns this place.”
He smiled that flirtatious way he had, with his white teeth and teasing eyes; it seemed to Ruby that the birds were singing just for her. “I see. Well, my boss over there needs to have a meeting with your father, but first he would like to know if he can have some water.”
“Sure, of course. I’ll get a pitcher and bring it right out.” Ruby knew by the heat she felt rising on her face that she was blushing, but she managed to give him a small smile in return. It was then that her father came out of the garage. He quickly walked over and invited Mr. Capone to sit on the porch. Ivy excused herself, and went inside for some cold water. When she returned the men were seated at the table, and as she poured the water, she was aware of Mr. Capone’s eyes following her. He chuckled, and said, “Ya gonna let this one get away, Salvatore? Go on. We don’t need ya here.”
“Yes, sir. I won’t be long.”
“I’m sure you won’t.” The men laughed raucously, and Ruby was surprised and humiliated to see her father join in.
Get your cope of Ruby and Sal here:
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Where Can Jay Be?
Time is getting away from you. Don't waste another minute. Read Yesterday's Boys to discover what happened to the little brothers who found themselves in the wrong place and time.
Look for Book 10, Yesterday's Treasures, coming this spring.