Historical

Time Will Tell By Sandy Loyd

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Hi, all! I’m so pleased to be back at RomCon. Thanks for hosting me again. For those who don’t know me, my name is Sandy Loyd and I’m a romance writer. As a Sales Manager for a jewelry manufacturer in my previous profession, I’ve worked and lived in some of the most fabulous places in the US, including Northern California and South Florida. Every place I’ve visited or lived over the years has given me memories on which to draw from for the stories I create. I now call the blue grass state of Kentucky home, where I write full time.

Today, I’d like to talk about my latest romance, Time Will Tell, and my inspiration for writing it.

When friends ask me what I love best about living in Kentucky, the list is long. The people are warm and welcoming. The weather isn’t too bad. Louisville is big enough to provide a cosmopolitan feel without the downside of larger cities like congestion and traffic. But what I love most about living here is having a thoroughbred racetrack right in my back yard. Not just any racetrack, mind you, but Churchill Downs, home to the Kentucky Derby, a horserace that’s run every first Saturday in May and is the beginning leg of the triple crown of thoroughbred horse racing.

Back when I was a newcomer to Louisville, Churchill Down’s beginning interested me, so I researched it never realizing how difficult the early 1870s were in US history. Citizens were still recovering from the War between the States as well as a recession. In my opinion, the country needed a reason to celebrate and Louisville gave it to them in the form of the Kentucky Derby. It’s been a big party from that first race when an estimated 10,000 people watched fifteen horses compete for the win that has only grown in size and popularity. 2012 was a record breaking year for the Derby when nineteen thoroughbreds raced for a crowd of over 165,000. It’s been touted as being the most exciting two minutes in sports and anyone who has watched those fast majestic animals race can surely understand why.

As a writer, I became more intrigued. I decided it would be a fun topic to write a story about. My main goal was to show that time through today’s eyes, so the reader can appreciate the vision a few men had for their city and that of the racetrack they built. Time Will Tell gives the reader a glimpse of what went on in the summer of 1874, when visionaries put their dreams into motion.

I still find the entire history of horse racing fascinating. If you’ve ever watched thoroughbreds race and experienced the thrill that comes when you’ve picked a winner, you’ll easily understand my motives. In my mind nothing was better than writing a timeless love story based on such excitement.

Below is a short blurb for Time Will Tell

Romance and adventure...and a trip to where an American tradition began…

Libby Edwards, a gifted horsewoman, unwittingly wishes herself back in time to Louisville, Kentucky just before Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby become a reality. During Libby’s journey in the past, she stumbles upon her destiny. Unfortunately, he’s in the wrong century. In 1874, there’s no electricity, no internet, no modern medicine, no antibiotics—no Starbucks! And even worse than that, women have no rights. Libby has no desire to stay.

Widower, Colin Thorpe, a renaissance man of his time, has big dreams. He is a horse breeder who names his thoroughbreds after Mythological Gods because he has a reverence for past cultures and an appreciation for the unexplainable.

Libby and Colin can’t resist falling in love with each other. After all, Colin accepts Libby for who she is and she understands Colin’s dreams better than his deceased wife ever did. Yet he grasps early on that Libby doesn’t belong in 1874. And because his wife never adapted to the move from Virginia to Kentucky, becoming bitter and unhappy in the process, he won’t take the chance of the same thing happening to Libby. Can these two lovers find a way to be together despite their challenges?

How about you? Is there a historical event you feel strongly about, something that you’d like to research and write about? If you don’t write, is there some time in history you’d like to relive through a book? I’d love to read your comments so feel free to share. If you do, you’ll be entered for a drawing to win an e-copy of Time Will Tell.