Sunday, February 5, 2012

Timeless is Released in Paperback and Traveling back to Loch Maree

Timeless has been released in paperback.  I'm so thrilled! I know the book's been out for a few weeks in ebook format, but I just love holding the real book in my hand. The cover is a little different from the ebook. But just as dramatic.  Check it out.


When I first started doing research for the book nearly four years ago, my dream was to REALLY see the area I'd chosen to set my story. Traveling to Scotland had been a dream for me for a long time. I suppose being a Marine Corps brat and transferring every two and a half years had bitten me with the travel bug.  I've blogged about the Loch Maree area before. Here's a recap:
 
Loch Maree is the highlands. It resides in Wester Ross in the Northwestern upper regions of Scotland. It’s known as the Jewel of the Highlands because it’s so untouched.



I was unprepared for the raw beauty and power of the place.


Scotland was carved out by huge glaciers that covered the entire continent hundreds of thousands of years ago. That fact never seemed so evident until I saw the Loch Maree area.





This is Mount Slioch. It stands 3219 feet high and dominates its surroundings. It’s very popular with
climbers.





Loch Maree has a maximum depth of 375 feet and an average depth of 125 and is nearly 13 miles long. It is the 4th largest loch in Scotland.


The loch has around 30 islands, Isle Maree being the most important. It is on that island that a small chapel was built in 766 AD. by St. Maol Rubha. He came to spread Christianity and to try and wean the Druids away from their practices of sacrificing bulls.

It seems he was not completely successful. The last sacrifice was in the 17th century.



The island is said to have a well on it that will cure mental illness and has oak and holly trees that were at one time important to the ancient Druids who worshiped there. There are also graves of a Viking prince and princess.



A wishing tree with coins hammered into it was there when Queen Victoria visited in 1877.



Loch Maree even has it’s own monster called the Muc-sheilch (Pronounced Mook Helluch) .Perhaps a kind of selkie. I kept my eye out for it every time I stopped to take a picture but it must be as camera shy as I am.


Queen Victoria stayed at the Loch Maree Hotel in 1877. She stayed six days and there is a plaque that commemorates her visit outside the building. It seems strange to see motorcycles parked outside it, knowing that.



The area is a favorite camping site. Hiking, climbing, and fishing seems to be the favorite pastime for anyone who visits. The light seemed to change every few minutes as you can tell from my pictures.  And the area is known to have unexpected, sometimes violent storms blow through, a fact that I have used to my advantage in my story.



I guess you can tell why I wanted to set my story here. 
  Teresa Reasor

29 comments:

Brandie said...

Beautiful pics!

jean harrington said...

Teresa, the blog is a stunner--both the commentary and, of course, the photographs. yes, I can understand why you wanted to set a book there! Looking forward to reading it. If it's anything like your current WIP, it will be a rollercoaster. Best of luck, Jean

Miss Skunk said...

It is my dream to go to Scotland. I'm hoping to get healthy enough to go in 2013.

How does the air smell?

Roxy Boroughs said...

Wow. Those photos are gorgeous.

Gerri Bowen said...

Beautiful photos, Teresa. I can almost picture myself there.

Teresa Reasor said...

Thanks ladies for stopping by and commenting on the blog and the pictures.

As to Miss Skunk' question: The light in Scotland is unbelievable. You can't take a bad picture. There is always cloud cover making the lighting perfect. And the air is clean and fresh. The only places they have lots of cars of course is in the cities. Like Edinburgh, so they don't experience the smog and stuff we do.
And everyone travels by bus because in the city there's no place to park, unless you park in a car park and ride in on the bus.
Scotland is mostly country side and there's always beautiful scenery to enjoy.
You'll love the trip. I'd move there if I could.
Teresa R.

Paisley Kirkpatrick said...

Your photos are so wonderful, Teresa, that I could feel the wind and hear the lapping water. What a grand place to visit and place your story. Thanks for making me homesick today. Some day I have to go back to Scotland and see if I can find my heart.

Teresa Reasor said...

Paisley:
So glad you enjoyed the photos. Loch Maree was awesome and the drive up was unbelievable.

Teresa

Teresa Reasor said...

Miss Skunk:
I hope you get healthy enough to go anywhere you want to go.
Teresa

Judy said...

Ahhhhh Scotland. What a beautiful country touched by God and kept pristine. Beautiful. Your book has to be wonderful

Vonda Sinclair said...

Wonderful pics and info, Teresa!!!! I've been by Loch Maree once but didn't get to stop. I'd love to visit that special island!

Teresa Reasor said...

Judy:
Thanks so much for stopping by and commenting.
Loch Maree was absolutely beautiful.
Teresa

Teresa Reasor said...

Vonda:
I wish we could have stayed longer in Loch Maree. I didn't get to go to the island. But I will next time.
Teresa

Tara MacQueen said...

Amazing pics! Saw your post on Ff&P loop. I love Scotland - been there 2x. Once to the Hebrides Isle Uist where my family is from. If you're ever in Nova Scotia let me know.

Amy said...

Just beautiful, Teresa. No wonder Timeless is so vivid and descriptive! You really experienced the magic of that place!

Teresa Reasor said...

Tara:
If I ever get to Nova Scotia I will let you know.
I'll get to go back one day. And Timeless won't be the last book I write set in Scotland. I can already feel another story coming on.
Teresa

Teresa Reasor said...

Amy:
As always friend, thanks for the congrats and for stopping by the blog. Maybe next time you can go to Scotland and Ireland with me!! Wouldn't that be something?

Teresa

momofemmett said...

Beautiful pictures, and wonder narrative. You got me hooked to want to read your book!
Jan
http://jancarolromancenovels.weebly.com

Alexa said...

Great news on the hard copy of the book! The pics are awesome. I haven't been to that part of Scotland...yet.

Margaret Mallory said...

I love the photos and the lore about the island in the loch!

Margaret

Teresa Reasor said...

JAN:
Thanks so much for dropping by the blog. And I promise the book has as much setting in it as the pictures.
I hope you enjoy it.
Teresa

Teresa Reasor said...

Alexa and Margaret:
So glad you could join me. The area is spectacular. And when I found out about all the unusual lore that surrounded the place...the rest was history.
Thanks for stopping by.
Teresa R.

Susan Macatee said...

I love that cover, Teresa! And the photos are beyond gorgeous!

Teresa Reasor said...

Susan:
Thanks so much for commenting. And yes I love the cover. The trip was wonderful.
Teresa

Sondra said...

Teresa, I've been to Scotland several times, but almost feel I got more out of your photos and commentary than I did actually being there! They are that good. Congratulations on Timeless. I love the cover.

Sondra said...

Teresa, I've been to Scotland several times, but almost feel I got more out of your photos and commentary than I did actually being there! They are that good. Congratulations on Timeless. I love the cover.

Teresa Reasor said...

Sondra:
I'm so glad you got so much out of the blog. Go back through the past posts. I've tried to talk about the history of each place we traveled to and post the best pictures. You'd probably enjoy the other posts.

Thanks for stopping by.
Teresa R.

misskittyinthecity said...

Thank you for the beautiful photos! It left me even more inspired to go to Scotland. I am glad your titles are coming to paperback and I can't wait for your next SEAL Team book.

Teresa Reasor said...

I'm shooting for May or June for the next SEAL team book. It will be titled Breaking Through.

Thanks for visiting my blog!!
Teresa R.