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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Scent of the Past Book Tour



About the Book

Title: Scent of the Past
Author: Erin Marie Bernardo
Genre: Historical Fiction
Scent of the Past by Erin Marie Bernardo
A secret diary. A forgotten past. Another time.
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When people think of time travel, they think of the clichéd manufactured kind. Of giant electronic machines with flashing lights and buttons calibrated to shoot you into the past with one press. But it doesn’t work that way. You need a reason, a connection, and—most important—a link. But you can’t choose when and why you go. That would be too easy, and we’d all be snapping our fingers in hopes of seeing lost treasures of yesteryear. It must choose you.
Close cousins Addison and Elissa live in present day New York City and lead somewhat ordinary lives. When uncertain circumstances surrounding a set of antique perfume bottles sends them back to eighteenth-century France, they must uncover the truth behind their travel.
Disaster strikes when Addison finds herself in a nearly identical situation to a mishap she experienced in the present—the witnessing of a murder and release of a secret. Only this time the truth could destroy the entire French monarchy. With Addison’s head on the line, the young women search for answers before Addison suffers her unlucky fate twice. It is only when they discover the haunting connections to life in the present, that they understand why they both were sent, and why a repeating past…may not always be such a bad thing.


Excerpt:

Just before seven, as the invitation requested, Léopold knocked on Addison’s door. She answered, showing little enthusiasm. For all she knew this could possibly be her death march. Elissa had told her not to show fear. She must act like her same exuberant self, otherwise she would give herself away even before dinner. She promised herself she would escalate her energy level once she met with the king. Léopold didn’t know her well enough to notice the difference in her attitude.   
    They walked across the grounds and through the palace. Léopold said nothing. He was simply her escort. Addison looked up at his face. He didn’t look cruel. In fact, he had a very kind-looking face. But she understood that it was his job to obey the king of France, and all guards took their oath seriously. Léopold was only following orders.
    “We are here,” he said, opening a door for her. “Enjoy your evening with His Majesty.” He bowed and slowly closed her in. She was in the dining room. It was an expansive chamber normally set up with a long table to host dozens of people. Tonight, however, the space looked relatively empty. The arrangement for her meal was more private. A small circular table and two chairs. It would be a very intimate dinner.
    Addison thought back on the choices she had made in life. Since coming to Versailles, she had wanted nothing more than time alone with the king. Now she had it and didn’t want it. She felt sick to her stomach. Why had she been so stupid? Why did it matter whether or not she could say she had been with the elite? Kings, company executives, men of high society. None of those relationships had ever brought her happiness. Madame  Zarina was right about so many things, and what she wouldn’t give for a little more of that protection the old gypsy had wished on her.
    If she was to die tonight, at least she had learned her lesson. The thought of dying made her sad. She wasn’t ready to die. She wanted to go back to New York, to follow her heart this time around and pursue fashion design, find a nice young man, and start over fresh. She wasn’t going to carry anymore past baggage into her new life. All she needed was a second chance.


Author Bio

Erin Marie Bernardo is an American writer of historical fiction. She has a degree in Communication Studies from the University of Minnesota, and is the author of the time-travel novel, Scent of the Past. A lover of historic places, Erin’s novels connect the past with the present.
Erin is currently at work on her second novel, Blackbird’s Bounty, set in the bayou of Louisiana – and is actively seeking a home for her children’s collection, Beautiful and Extraordinary Barnyard Stories, based on true events from on her farm.
Erin lives in Tennessee, but has roots in both Minnesota and Washington State. She is married with two young children.
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