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Inflight Reading: Begun By Time by Morgan O’Neill

Flight Attendants are a hard working bunch, but at some point during a five hour plus flight, passengers have had their fill of peanuts. Despite an endless supply of magazines, nothing beats a good novel. My favorite genre of course is hands down, romance. Not surprising since I write about sex demons, but I digress. When I’m not fantasizing about immortals (shameless paranormal addict) I love history. I love history so much that I archaeology was my field of study in college. My point is that I love finding myself a great historical, a sweeping epic. Many authors have found themselves a great niche in the genre of historical, especially relating to time travel, Diana Gabaldon and her Outlander series the most notable.

I’m here to tell you about Morgan O’Neill, the author you’re about to get addicted to. Get ready for a string of thrilling, sweeping epic tales. Begun By Time takes you to England and Morgan O’Neill makes sure you’ll never want to leave.

About the Book

In 1945, a man disappeared into thin air…

In the final days of World War II, Catherine Hastings meets the man she wants to marry. Flight surgeon Jonathan Brandon isn’t just handsome-he’s everything Catherine could hope for in her betrothed. But her dream of a happily ever after is shattered when Jonnie disappears shortly before their wedding…leaving Catherine bereft, broken-hearted, and with a lifetime of unanswered questions.

Arthur Howard is smitten with the lovely Catherine the moment he sees her. He’s certain he’s found the woman he wants to marry. Yet behind Catherine’s sparkling green eyes is a haunted look-the look of a woman who has known loss. But can he love a woman who still grieves the loss of her fiancé? Now Arthur wants answers about the man Catherine intended to marry.

But the truth about Jonnie’s disappearance is far stranger than fiction…

What reviewers are saying

“There are quite a few times in this story that I felt myself wanting to cry for Catherine, for me it was a very emotional story.”

From war-torn England, suffering under the onslaught of German bombers, to Elizabethan England, only a writer as talented as Morgan O’Neill (Deborah O’Neill Cordess/Cary Morgan Frates) could maintain a series as engrossing as their current Elizabethan time travel series.”

“I most highly recommend BEGUN BY TIME if only for the superlative writing and the nearly perfect historical accuracy.”

Now that you’re intrigued, check out this excerpt to get hooked…


Excerpt from Begun by Time, the Prequel to The Thornless Rose

In this scene, Catherine Hastings and Jonathan Brandon are out to celebrate a monumental day…

The next evening, deliriously exhausted, Catherine and Jonnie walked toward the Underground station to take the train to Piccadilly Circus. They wanted to be part of the official celebration of Victory in Europe Day, or as it was starting to be called, VE Day.

They’d gotten home just after midnight the night before and stayed up chatting with her parents until well past two. Catherine managed to sleep until ten, but, as her mother always said, “It’s the hours before midnight that count for sleep.” Although she’d meant it as a warning against high living, today Catherine believed every word. Her legs felt like noodles, and her brain seemed terribly unfocused. Plus, she wasn’t sure if her poor utility suit would ever be dry again.

“I’m as drained as I can be, but we shall remember these days forever, Jonnie.” Catherine looked up at him and grinned. “I’m so glad we’ve the good luck to share them together.”

Jonnie laughed. “And I shall never fully comprehend my good fortune in finding you.”

They arrived at Piccadilly Station. When they got to street level, they were swept into a huge crowd, everyone streaming toward the square. Jonnie held her hand and apologized to strangers as they pushed their way toward the center.

People danced, sang, and rejoiced as Jonnie stopped near a lamppost, then climbed it and pulled Catherine up beside him. With barely a toehold on its base, Catherine clung to Jonnie for support.

Suddenly, a huge roar lifted from the crowd, and they turned to see why. There, on a balcony overlooking the square, was the man of the hour and everyone’s hero—Winston Churchill. He raised his hand and waved to the crowd.

“Oh, Jonnie, there he is!” She pointed.

“Catherine!” Jonnie shouted to get her attention.

She could barely hear Jonnie over the din, but the intensity of his gaze abruptly claimed her full attention.

“Catherine, I love you! Will you marry me?”

The noise, the war news, the whole world fell away in that moment. She gazed at this man she loved, then tilted back her head and laughed for joy. “Well, of course I will! What took you so long?”

He laughed, too, and pulled her close. Their position on the pole was awkward and tenuous, but he managed to give her a quick kiss. As they clung to the pole and each other, they watched Churchill speak to the multitude, thrilled to be witnesses to history.

8 May 1945. VE Day.

And her engagement day!

Catherine glanced up at Jonnie, overcome with joy.


About the Author

Two authors writing as one, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O’Neill Cordes specialize in recreating pivotal moments in history, epic adventure, and romance—with a time travel twist.

Begun By Time is a prequel to The Thornless Rose, a must-add to your reading list!

About the Book:

No one ever knew what really happened to Dr. Jonathan Brandon back in 1945. He simply disappeared from a London pub, leaving behind an unsolved mystery and his fiancée—Anne Howard’s grandmother. Seventy years later, Anne herself is haunted by the strange tale, along with inexplicable hallucinations straight out of Elizabethan England. Including a scarred, handsome man whose deep blue eyes seem to touch her very soul….

Anne wonders if there isn’t something more to the story. Is it even possible that Jonathan disappeared into England’s dark past? And why does Anne keep hearing him whisper her name? Because now she too feels the inexorable pull of the past, not to mention an undeniable attraction for a man she doesn’t even know.

It’s just a matter of time before Anne will step back into history, and face a destiny―and a love―beyond imagining…

Excited about this release? So am I! Order your copy here!

Entangled http://www.entangledpublishing.com/begun-by-time/





XOXO  Jaye