Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | By: The Write Way Cafe

Spotlight on Morgan O'Neill

The Write Way Café Spotlight:  Morgan O'Neill

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. They are the award-winning authors of the medieval Italian time travel duo, The Other Side of Heaven, and its sequel, Time Enough for Love, and the forthcoming Elizabethan time travel series, which will debut with The Thornless Rose, from Entangled Publishing, LLC, in November, 2014. They are also the authors of the Roman time travel series, which will be re-released in 2015.   http://www.morganoneill.com/

The Italian Series

The Other Side of Heaven, Book One of the Italian Time Travel Series
Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn seeks to learn her family’s history and hopes to restore the bond that once existed between her Italian forebearers and those who live in America. While visiting her ancestral Italian town, Gwen is caught in a violent earthquake and inexplicably thrust through time. At first refusing to believe what has happened, she nevertheless uses her wits to survive, donning a monk’s cowl to hide her identity as a woman. Ripped apart from all she has ever known, Gwen finds herself in the midst of brutal territorial battles in an era she once blithely called “The Dark Ages.” When the golden Italian summer of 951 emerges from the strife and gloom, Gwen joins forces with a cadre of gallant men, allies in the struggle against the evil nobles, Willa of Tuscany and Count Berengar, kidnappers of Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide. Along with Father Warinus and Lord Alberto Uzzo, Gwen seeks to rescue Adelaide and restore her kingdom. In the midst of this great adventure, Gwen falls in love with the complex and passionate Alberto, to whom she reveals her identity as a woman. But can Alberto learn to love her strong and independent nature and help Gwen in her quest to discover her rightful place in time?

Time Enough for Love, Book Two of the Italian Time Travel Series
Through dark magic, Californian Gwendolyn Godwyn has been swept back in time to medieval Italy. There, she finds herself in the midst of a war between Italy’s rightful queen, Adelaide, and those who have kidnapped her and seek to usurp her crown. Risking her life, Gwen elects to play a pivotal role in the planned rescue. In the midst of the chaos, she is drawn to the queen’s champion, Lord Alberto Uzzo, who battles not only their military foes, but also his personal demons. Tested to the limit when he discovers Gwen’s true identity as a time traveler, Alberto nevertheless fights through his doubt and the whirl of superstition that surrounds this intriguing and strong-willed woman. Time is of the essence as the lovers seek to overcome the evil forces rallying against the queen they’ve vowed to save. Will Gwen and Alberto be able to overcome the groundswell of danger to find time enough for love?

Review Quotes:
“What an amazing adventure... These two books will have a very treasured place on my bookshelf.” ~ Review by Hitherandthee of Night Owl Reviews. Both novels were given Top Picks, 4.5 stars for The Other Side of Heaven, 5 stars for Time Enough for Love.

“Alberto and Gwen's relationship was one of the most touching and heartfelt romances, that I've read in a long time.” ~ Review by Angela Searles, Satin Sheets Romance Reviews.

Morgan O'Neill would love to hear what you think about the new series!


Terri Herman-Ponce said...

Sounds like a fascinating series -- and what's not to love about Italy of yore? Wishing you much luck with the new books!

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Dear Lynn and HiDee, Thank you so much for spotlighting our medieval Italian time travel duo. It's been a long journey to get to this point, with years of research and writing. And we're thrilled with our new covers, which evoke the historical castles pivotal to our story. The dark one represents the fortress on Lake Garda of Lord Berengar, who kidnapped Queen Adelaide of Italy and held her prisoner there. The light one calls to mind the castle-keep of white stone, where our hero, Alberto of Canossa, lived.

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Thank you for your kind words, Terri!

HiDee said...

I love the covers on both books, and I'm intrigued by the idea of traveling back to medieval times. Best of luck with your new series. Thanks for being with us today!

Becky Lower said...

Love the new covers! These books are among my favorite Morgan O'Neill ones.

Elizabeth Meyette said...

You can't go wrong with a Morgan O'Neill book! Wishing you all best with your Italian duo, Deborah and Cary!

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Thanks for stopping by, Becky. I think Alberto looks mighty sexy! :)

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Elizabeth, thanks for the lovely wishes. <3

Joanna Lloyd said...

Just finished Book Two and am missing the brooding, rugged Alberto and the fearless she-monk, Gwendolyn! Wonderful series...not to be missed.

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Thanks so much, Joanna. I love Gwen and Alberto, too. I think you did a great job describing them!

RT Wolfe said...

Such lovely authors. I wish the very best for you!
-R.T. Wolfe

Deborah O'Neill Cordes said...

Thank you for your wonderful support, R.T.