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.
~ Bewitching BT
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—”
1. If you were to describe your book in only one word, what would it be?
2. What would you say inspired you to write it?
During an unhappy time in my life, I found myself imagining—What if I could escape into another woman’s life? What if that woman lived in a more appealing century? And what if she were trying to escape from something unpleasant in her life, some danger into which I would unwittingly step? Those musings gave rise to Victoria, chief protagonist in MOONSEED, my time-travel romance trilogy. Into the Mist is the third and final book in the series.
3. What was the source of inspiration for your antagonist?
I’ve written a couple of antagonists into the story. Their inspiration, I’m sorry to tell you, came from my real life experiences, although I am confident my sources would not recognize themselves in these characters!
4. Have you ever been hit by the infamous “writer’s block”? What did you do to escape it?
I only experience The Block when I’m writing non-fiction. When I’m writing fiction, my mind is never absolutely blank. I put my fingers on the keys and start typing. It really doesn’t matter what comes out at first. Words crowd in, and I start setting them down. Eventually I get to the right words, and the work progresses. I can always edit later.
5. Your all time favorite book?
That’s tough because I have different favorites at different times in my life. When I was a teen, I devoured gothic novels. Mistress of Mellyn by Victoria Holt was a particular favorite. Then I discovered Daphne du Maurier, and Rebecca and House on the Strand topped the chart. Favorites today are Dean Koontz’s Watchers, The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins, and Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley series.
6. What made you pick that one above all others?
I love deep, complicated plots and characters. Koontz can be too dark and weird for me, but his optimism and belief in goodness come through even through a twisted tale. The Hunger Games is a joy to read—pure story and well written. Patricia Highsmith expertly and unflinchingly exposes the dark underbelly of the human psyche that we all share to some degree.
7. Would you say becoming an author has changed you? In what way?
I’ve been a writer all my life, but becoming an author meant that a respected publishing house liked my work well enough to invest time, money, and effort to release and market my book. Growing up I always believed that my older sister was the writer in the family, and I never took my own writing seriously. Being published gave me confidence and, in a way, permission to invest myself in the business of writing.
8. How do you deal with bad reviews or acid criticism? What would you advise other authors to that effect?
I’d like to tell you that bad reviews don’t bother me, but of course they do. We write to be read and understood by others. Sometimes a bad review gives me valuable information about how to improve my writing, but often it’s someone letting off steam that really has little to do with me or my work. My advice? Read reviews with a grain of salt. If you’re vulnerable, don’t read one- or two-star reviews unless they are from a reviewer you trust.
9. Is this title part of a series? Without giving us spoilers, of course, what can we expect from the next e-books/books in the series?
Yes, this title is the third and final book in the Moonseed series. The first two books, Bridge to the Past and Borrowed Promises, begin the story of two women from two different centuries who awaken in each other’s lives and face problems not of their own making. Each finds love in her “borrowed” life as well as purpose that she didn’t have before. In this third book, Into the Mist, both women approach the end of their year of exchange and must face the possibility of being returned to their own times and losing their new loves and newly forged identities.
10. What do you have stored for us in the future? What are you working on/planning on next, aside this title/series?
I am working on a new novel, again set in California’s beautiful Sonoma wine country. A young woman grieving a failed marriage and her mother’s recent death, learns that she has a birth twin and decides to invite this stranger into her life. I’m also working on a non-fiction book of 365 daily devotionals on forgiveness, based upon my weekly blog devotionals. You can find these at judithingram.com.
1. If you could wish for any one thing, and it would immediately come true, what would you wish for?
A beach house at Bodega Bay, CA, on the Pacific coast.
2. If you were stranded on an isolated island, what’s the one book you’d absolutely wish to have with you?
The Bible, preferably the New Living Translation.
3. Name your favorite fruit.
4. Coffee or tea?
Coffee, black and bold.
5. Favorite season?
Probably fall, although spring is a close second. By the end of summer I’m always ready for crisp, clean autumn weather.
6. Were you a boyscout/girlscout?
Yes, I was a Brownie and then a Girl Scout. In fact, my first visit to the Sonoma coast was with our Girl Scout troop.
7. Favorite food for breakfast?
Oatmeal, with rolled oats, not steel cut! Add mashed banana and cinnamon, and I’m in heaven!
8. Latest book you’ve bought and read?
The Hypnotist’s Love Story by Liane Moriarty. It’s a great read. The author describes a character with borderline personality disorder in chilling detail and dead-on accuracy.
9. Do you collect things like stamps, or key chains, or shoes?
No. I can’t stand clutter.
10. Favorite color, you know you want to tell us!
Ocean blue. So serene and restful.
11. Drama or comedy?
12. Cats or dogs?
Cats, definitely! In fact, I suspect my DNA has a feline allele or two.
13. Dinner by candlelight or a night out clubbing?
Dinner by candlelight, with soft music that allows conversation. I love exchanging ideas.
1. Your top secret, uber guilty pleasure is…
Black-and-tan ice cream sundae from Fenton’s Creamery.
2. If you could choose to be someone else for just one day, it would be…
Author Daphne du Maurier. I would love to feel her genius flow through my fingers and onto manuscript pages.
3. Your oldest memory is…
My four-year-old birthday party. I remember black gift wrap with white kittens on it.
4. If a character from any book could become real and you could spend a day with them, it would be… from the book…
Miss Jane Marple from any of Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple books. She is so smart and straightforward.
5. You’d immediately fall for someone who…
Could look deeply into my eyes and see me for who I really am.
6. The one thing you could/can never get over is…
Telling me lies.
7. If you could have any one superpower, it would be…
To cure disease or pain wherever I see it.
8. The one thing that always brightens your day is…
My husband’s smile.
About the Author & Links:
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.