Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Today's Special - - Karyn Gerrard

We always enjoy welcoming debut authors to The Romance Dish but it's even more thrilling when that author is one of our long-time posters!  Karyn Gerrard has been with us from the beginning so we take extra pleasure in celebrating Timeless Heart, her debut time-travel erotica novella from Evernight Publishers.  Karyn is here today to blog about time travel in movies and is generously giving a copy of Timeless Heart to a randomly chosen commenter from today's blog.  Please give Karyn a very warm welcome!


I have always love the time travel concept in either books, television or movies. There are so many variables and directions you can go story wise with Time Travel. It is fantasy all the way, you have to suspend your disbelief and go with it. Scientists will say on paper the concept of time travel is feasible, but in reality? No.

But think of the possibilities! I asked at a few other blog visits if a stunning hunk of Regency virile masculinity asked you to go back to 1821, would you go? Most said 'no way'. They couldn't give up the creature comforts, or the more important things, like a flush toilet. Some said they would if they could travel back and forth.

So when crunch time comes in this fantasy, and it always does, what is the time traveler to do? Stay in the time he is in? Or if he can, go back to the time period he is from? The hero in my novella, "TIMELESS HEART" has this same conundrum. The heroine is also faced with a decision, does she go with the hero, or beg him to stay?

So that got me thinking about some of my favorite time travel movies, I will only touch on a few.

Time After Time was released in 1979, with Malcolm McDowell and David Warner. Malcolm plays H.G. Wells himself, and the plot cleverly works in 'Jack the Ripper' (as played by one of my favorite underrated Brit actors, Warner) Jack steals the time machine and lands in 1979 San Francisco and continues with his killings. H.G. Wells is hot on his heels, and enlists a spunky banker (Mary Steenburgen) to assist him.
Like any good Time Travel, this has suspense, drama, adventure, and yes, romance. Does Amy the bank teller go back to Victorian England with H.G Wells? I won't give it away.

Another favorite is the three-hankie weeper, 'Somewhere In Time'. I just have to hear the lush music score from John Barry and I choke up.

It was panned by critics when it was released in 1980. This is an unabashed love story first, with Fantasy and drama thrown in. There is no time machine used here, Richard Collier (The late Christopher Reeve) travels through time using hypnosis. When he meets actress Elsie McKenna (Jane Seymor) A heartbreaking romance unfolds, one of the most achingly moving love stories put to screen.  The film's message, that love is such a powerful force it can punch a hole through time, resonates.  The ending here? Get the Kleenex.

I love the 'Back To the Future' Movies. (1985-1990) The three of them are so different, the first was light-hearted fun, the second, much darker, and the third, I really like. The 'Old West' back drop works, it can incorporate the adventure and suspense aspect, and also throw in a romance. The love story between Doc Brown and the school marm, Clara was sweet and touching. The ending ties the three films together and it was entertaining and fun.

Just a snippet of a few of my favorites. Do you have any favorite time travel movies, or books, or television shows? Or if you like, answer that question above, about the Regency hunk asking you to go with him to 1821, can you do it? (go with the fantasy here, you're young, unattached!) Or is flush toilets, running water and penicillin just too hard to give up?

One lucky commenter will win a PDF copy of my ebook novella TIMELESS HEART from Evernight Publishing.

www.karyngerrard,com AUTHOR SITE

Buy Timeless Heart♥ HERE Evernight Publishing


  1. Hey, is there a chook in this joint? ;-)

    Hi Dishies! Hi Karyn! Karyn, you mentioned a couple of my fave movies including the gorgeous SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Oh, man, does it make me cry like a hose!

    Congratulations on the release of TIMELESS HEART! Hope you're selling bucketloads!!!!

  2. Whoo Hoo Karyn
    I have bought a copy of your book and am soo looking forward to reading it YAY.
    I love Back To The Future and Kate and Leopold I do love Hugh Jackman LOL.

    Congrats on the release Karyn
    Anna no chook LOL

    Have Fun

  3. Congratulations Karyn!! So excited for you! I loved Somewhere in time! My hubby loves The Time Machine.

  4. No chook, Anna but some deliciously sexy waiters who take very good care of the Dishes and our guests! ;-)

    I'm with you on SOMEWHERE IN TIME. Buckets of tears!

  5. Helen, KATE AND LEOPOLD is such a sweet movie. I just saw it on TV a couple weeks ago. Of course, for me, anything starring Hugh Jackman is going to be good! :)

  6. Hi TJ! Another vote for SOMEWHERE IN TIME! Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Good morning, Karyn! And congratulations on your debut! We are so happy for you. It sounds like a wonderful story. :)

    Like Helen, I loved the Back to the Future movies as well as Kate and Leopold. I've never seen Somewhere in Time, but if I ever do, I'll know to have tissues handy!

  8. I really enjoyed Kate and Leopold and The Time Traveler's Wife. I know the latter is also a book and I have heard it is really great as well.

  9. I have to say that Somewhere in Time has to be the TOP favorite of mine and probably one of the most romantic movies ever made. Sigh....

    Connie Fischer

  10. Congratulations and best wishes on your debut, Karyn!

    I like Kate and Leopold too, but my favorite time travel movies are Peggy Sue Got Married and The Lake House.

  11. Congrats on your debut novella, Karyn!

    SOMEWHERE IN TIME was good, but I wouldn't say it's a fave of mine. BACK TO THE FUTURE movies were fun, weren't they? I'd like to see a movie made where a woman goes back to WWII era. Not sure why, but I think it would be good.

    I did read a western romance a long time ago (can't remember the title or author), but the rancher hero came from the 1880s to the present and had a blast driving a 4wd truck and was fascinated by the technology. It was a fun read.

  12. Congratulations on your new release! I enjoyed Somewhere in Time but my favorite time travel movies are the "Back to the Future" movies - especially the first two - which I thought were very funny. I would have to agree with the majority of women who said that they would not be able to give up their modern conveniences to travel back in time- yes to keeping flush toilets. I also don't think I could go back to a time or place where women had to "obey" men....lol...

  13. Congrats on the release...this story intrigues me...one of those storylines you do not read alot about

    but hey a hot guy ask me to come along with him to leave my dreary life behind I am there!!!!

  14. I loved Somewhere in Time, have to say Kate and Leopold is up there too.

    Peggy Sue got Married has one of my favourite poetry quotes from W.B.Yeats.

    Which reminds me of another touching love story over time and reincarnation - A twilight zone episode called Her Pilgrim Soul. It makes me cry just to think of it. If you haven't seen it - go out and get it! It's worth it.

  15. Hey Karyn!

    Interesting post...Jude Deveraux's "Knight in Shining Armor" would be my all time fave time travel book (with Diane Gabaldon's "Outlander" series very close second) and "Kate and Leopold" is one movie I try never to miss when it's on but my all time fave movie would be the original "The Time Machine" with Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux.

    Now, if I was unattached and my hero showed up from another time, I would never have to even think twice at not going back with him. I don't care even if he's from the stone ages!!! I'll let him drag me by my hair, as long as he loves me! LOL!!

    Your book sounds intriguing and I would be happy like a pig in s@it to win a copy :-))

  16. I like the Back to the Future movies and the Outlander series. Of course I just can't pick one favourite!

  17. Hi Karyn! (waving enthusiastically)

    We're so glad to have you with us today! I am so looking forward to reading your book. Time travels rank very high on my list of romance favorites!

  18. I have always loved Somewhere in Time! Christopher Reeve was just gorgeous.

    I think I'm too much of a spoiled woman to go back to a less technologically advanced time. I like my modern conveniences too much. I might change my mind if he is irresistable. LOL

    Congratulations and good luck with Timeless Heart!

  19. Deb said, I did read a western romance a long time ago (can't remember the title or author), but the rancher hero came from the 1880s to the present and had a blast driving a 4wd truck and was fascinated by the technology. It was a fun read.

    I read a Harlequin Christmas story a few years back with a similar storyline only the hero was a gunslinger. I really enjoyed it!

  20. Maria, I never tire of watching the "Back to the Future" movies. They're classics.

  21. Karyn said, LOL! You get the golden dish award! *is there one?

    I'm kind of partial to the idea of a Golden Waiter award. ;-)

  22. Let's see, hunky man touches his grandfather's WW II medals and is immediately transported back in time, into the middle of a battle! He meets a young French girl who is part of the Resistance...

    *runs off to write*

    That's one I'd definitely buy! :)

  23. Kiri and Chele, thanks for stopping by today!

  24. Melanie, I just snorted my drink all over my keyboard while reading your last sentence. lol!

  25. Stacie, I'm with you. I'd have a devil of a time giving up my modern conveniences.

  26. I love the Back to the Future movies. I have watched them numerous times throughout the years.

    I am really looking forward to reading this book. Congrats on your release.

  27. Karyn, I'm envisioning him as more like Michelangelo's David, only gold. I'd be happy to have him service...um...I mean...serve me anytime! *g*

  28. Hey there Karyn!!! Congrats to your debut!!!! I know you must be so excited!

    Personally, I love time travel books. Something about love spanning hundreds of years just makes my heart sing.

    I did giggle a bit when you mentioned BACK TO THE FUTURE. We have all three movies and the kids are just getting to where they enjoy each one of them too.

    KATE AND LEOPOLD is a great classic. And THE TIME TRAVELER'S WIFE was really good too!

  29. I am so very late to say a big hello to you, Karyn! *waving madly*

    I've been off the computer all day catching up on reading books for review. Never enough hours in the day. :-)

    Oh, SOMEWHERE IN TIME is one of my all time favorite five hanky movies. I cry like a baby every time. *sigh*

  30. I don't think I've ever cried during "Somewhere in Time" although that may be due to my age when I first watched it (young enough to be totally unmoved by the romance though old enough to appreciate the time travel).

  31. Karyn, thanks so much for visiting with us today. We wish you all the best with your debut and what will hopefully be a very long and successful career!

  32. Of the movies you listed, I have only seen the BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY. I am not a big fan of the second one, but it is an important part of the set.

    I love time travel, but haven't seen many movies that deal with it. I think BACK TO THE FUTURE, TIME MACHINE, KATE AND LEOPOLD, and PEGGY SUE GOT MARRIED are the only ones. I'll have to get SOMEWHERE IN TIME and LAKE HOUSE, they sounds perfect. I'll have to look into the H. G. Wells and Jack the Ripper movie. It sounds familiar, but I don't think I've read it.

    If I had to, I could go back in time. I discovered that one can do without electricity much more easily than water and plumbing. I've had to live without both at times. Did it for 3 years. The advantage we all have, is we would be bringing our knowledge back with us. I think most of us would be able to improve living conditions to make life easier for ourselves and those we cared for. The medical advances would be what I missed the most.

    Best of luck with your book's release.

  33. Thanks Pat,

    I agree the second BTTF is way dark in it's tone, that alternative future was intense!

    I do recommend Time after Time, it's a little dated, but is still good drama, good acting as well. Interesting premise, HG Wells battling Jack the Ripper.

    Love what you said about traveling to the past, I think we could all adapt if we had to, that is the great thing about humans~ Thanks!

  34. Actually Carol - Her Pilgrim Soul is in the newer TZ series, not the black and white one.

    It's Actually Season 1 Episode 12.