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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Allure of Time Travel

Time travel – what is the attraction and what are we truly looking for?  There is something so compelling about traveling back in time and finding that hunk we only dream about. The Highland warrior.  The Viking conqueror. But in reality, would the hunk be as hunky as we dreamed? I for one don’t think so. Nice teeth, good breath and personal cleanliness are attributes I find sexy and exciting. In the great scheme of life, dental hygiene only came into being lately.  Not that ancient cultures didn’t practice some form of dental hygiene, but the methods they used weren’t all that successful. Some ancients rubbed ashes or pumice mixed with scented oils or herbs on their teeth. 

Soap too is historically a recent invention, as early as 2800 BC in ancient Mesopotamia.  In many instances in the past, bathing wasn’t considered healthy or practiced.  The Greeks oiled their bodies with performed oil and then scraped it off with a strigil. (How effective could that be?)  Romans did have their community baths. Ancient Egyptians shaved their heads to prevent lice and then wore wigs.  On top of the wig, they'd set a cone of wax filled with perfume.  As the wax slowly melted over the day, they'd always be surrounded by fresh scent!  (I think I’ve come into contact with these guys.)

Ancient man wouldn’t be on my date list, especially if I was a modern woman thrust into the past!  Let me add a few lesser known facts.  Historically, hankies were rarely used by the common folk and even the wealthy usually only had a few. What did one do?  Nose picking was quite common – and I gag just to imagine!  Chamber pots were commonly used in some polite societies even to the extent of their use during dinner and near the table.  A toilet or guardroom, if there was one, was generally disgusting and smelly.

So why do I write time travel?  Because time travel still compels!  And so does the dream of the uncivilized male just waiting to toss his mate over his shoulder and disappear into the sunset! 




Fiona Blurb:


Time shifts in ever changing motion. But can love survive the ravages of time?

Set against the backdrop of Ancient China, Fiona finds herself transported to a time of barbarian warriors and marauding nomads from the northern steppes. She discovers a new way of life in the arms of the handsome warrior Kellach, a man of noble stature among the Celtic settlements ringing the great Taklamakan. Desperate to return to the present while struggling against her mounting feelings, she finally accepts her fate, exulting in the rapture and delights to be found as Kellach’s mate.

High Priestess Voadicia wants Lord Kellach for her own—and only the outsider Fiona stands in her way. 


Riley's Journey Blurb:


The research project was only supposed to be for an "extended period." No one said anything about forever! So Riley's journey begins. Unknowingly sent back 40,000 years to be the mate of a man she had never before met, Riley struggles to understand and adjust. Her journey will take her into a world fraught with dangers - a world made more treacherous by savage beasts, primitive Neanderthals, and the incursion of the aggressive Cro-Magnon man. Surviving alone for five years in this vast wilderness, Nathan, along with his enormous dog, Demon, carve out a life in the perilous environment. Though thrown together by forces beyond their control, love grows between Riley and Nathan - but will they survive?


8 comments:

  1. I love writing time travel. The reaction to a "new" world and convincing other characters of the time traveler's sanity is always fun.

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  2. Hi Patsy, I twitted your post. About hygiene, women in Ancient Egypt and particularly Queen Cleopatra were known to soak into baths filled with goat milk and honey, and perfumed with rose water.

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  3. Thanks Ladies. It was an interesting post to research.

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  4. Research can be fun or boring, depending on what you're researching. Sounds like you found some very fun and also scary facts to sprinkle into your books.

    Morgan Mandel
    http://morganmandel.blogspot.com

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  5. You had me laughing. I LOVE historicals and time travel books but I would SOOOOOOOO not want to be there!

    The hero places the heroine on wolf skins and makes love to her. I would be sneezing and coughing and itching so much the scene would NOT work.

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  6. LOL - so would I Mary! I actually love the historical research. So many great little tidbits to add into the story!

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  7. P.L.--you just burst our romantic bubble. But of course, you're right. Even the pioneers rarely bathed. It was so much trouble! Wouldn't you love to smell a CroMagnon man? Ewww.
    Much luck with your story! (I will FB and Tweet.

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  8. Thanks Celia. But that is the mystique of romance, no matter what, we can dream!

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