PRAISE FOR A STILL POINT IN TIME

 

"College professor Laura Bouvoire, 43-years-old and pregnant by in vitro fertilization, is confused by her feelings for Dante Giovanni, a student 12 years her junior. Dante, the product of an abusive childhood, opposes her choice to have an IVF baby, yet cannot deny his love for Laura. When Laura spies an amethyst brooch at an antique store, she is drawn to the jewelry and spontaneously purchases it. From that point on, Laura is besieged by dreams of a woman connected to the brooch and her lover, a famous poet and artist of the 19th century. Laura begins researching the couple and learns the brooch is a gift the poet gave his wife. Dante, in turn, is having dreams of the couple but narrow-mindedly rejects Laura's theory that she and Dante were the poet and his wife in a past life and are bound by karma. In the past, the couple's relationship ended tragically, and now, Laura's and Dante's love is endangered by a man obsessed with Laura.

Marsha Briscoe has penned a lovely romance here, relaying the tales of two couples, past and present, with strong emotions for one another, yet dealing with their own personal demons which draw them apart. Briscoe peppers the plot with spine-tingling suspense while offering a charming couple readers will empathize with and root for. Character development is excellent, and the story one that will remain with the reader long after the book is finished."

Reviewed by Christy Tillery French for Midwest Book Review (June 1, 2009)


“When her best friend convinces her to attend a Speaker's Forum, Laura Bouvoire little expects a life altering experience. The forum centers on the poetry and art of Dylan Leone Gordon. A slide of a woman stuns Laura. The face seemed familiar, and a brooch worn around the neck captures her attention. But Laura dismisses the incident as she leaves the forum for her doctor's appointment. At age forty-three, Laura intends to undergo in vitro fertilization with sperm from an anonymous donor. An English professor, Laura also looks forward to when she is approved for tenure, which will assure a secure income to support her child. Laura has an extraordinarily promising student in one of her classes. Dante L. Giovanni, thirty and single, attends night school in quest of an engineering degree while working fulltime during the day repairing computers. His mother's death left him and his two siblings with crippling financial debt, and he sees a degree as the solution to his financial woes. Laura's encouragement quickly improves his writing, and Dante soon discovers his silver penned gift. But he resents her suggestions that he forsake his practical goals for a dreamy world of writing. Dante spends his sparse free time in a big brother program to a child that has been victim to child abuse. His devout religious opinions, however, make it difficult to accept Laura's decision to undergo in vitro fertilization. Shortly after meeting Dante, Laura visits a jewelry story where an antique amethyst broach is displayed. Soon she realizes it is the same broach worn the model in the paintings Dylan Leone Gordon. As events unfold, Laura links her present life experiences to a past life experience that bound her through eternity to Dylan, who now is Dante. But Dante's skepticism does not leave room for reincarnation. Worse, someone else knows of their connection and profoundly resents it. His motivations of jealousy and revenge posed a threat to Laura then and continues to endanger her now… A Still Point In Time provides a marvelous read. Author Marsha Briscoe displays a decided gift for fluidly moving between past and present, weaving a tale of emotional complexity and psychological depth. The past and present merge fluidly in a tale of destiny and desire that will delight paranormal romance lovers. Further, these characterizations are absolutely memorable with their age difference and clash of goals. Dante's misgivings about Laura's choice to undergo in vitro fertilization likewise present marvelous conflict. A Still Point In Time comes recommended.

Reviewed by Cindy for MIDWEST BOOK REVIEWS

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“Laura Bouvoire was a successful English professor at the local university. She was almost guaranteed tenure at the end of the term. Laura had worked very hard to get there, and was proud of her accomplishments. Yet she still felt empty and incomplete somehow. She was forty-three-years-old, single and childless, with no immediate prospects on the horizon. So Laura made what she felt was the only decision left to her—she was going to have in-vitro fertilization, or IVF. She longed for a baby of her own, and was determined to have one. But there was still that small piece of her that yearned for something—or someone—more.


Dante Giovanni was all wrong for her. He was twelve years her junior, and he was her student for crying out loud! Yet Laura was drawn to him in a way that she couldn’t explain. And Dante was drawn to Laura despite his determination to keep his distance. What started as only English discussions over coffee quickly turned to a fierce attraction for both of them. When Dante learned that Laura had gone through the IVF procedure, he was thrown into emotional turmoil. He was strongly opposed to anything that wasn’t God’s natural plan. Yet he couldn’t make himself stop thinking about Laura. And when a scorned associate of Laura’s began stalking her, he couldn’t stay away from her either. He wouldn’t let her go. He couldn’t.


As Dante and Laura each began having dreams and visions of people in another century, Laura couldn’t shake the feeling that she and Dante had been reincarnated as past lovers with something to resolve. She became obsessed with discovering all she could about these old lovers—Tes and Dylan Gordon. It was no coincidence to her that Dante and Dylan had the same initials—DLG—or that she and Tes shared several physical similarities. The deeper she delved into the lives of Tes and Dylan, the more certain she became. And when Laura was critically injured in a car accident that was really no accident, Dante came to believe that he really had been connected to Laura before. But this time, he was not going to lose her. He wasn’t sure his soul could survive again.


A STILL POINT IN TIME is a poignant love story, set in two different time periods. Laura and Dante, struggling to find a way to make their love succeed despite all odds against them. And Tes and Dylan, struggling to find their way back to each other through several centuries. Ms. Briscoe found a way to combine these two couples in such a way that I found myself ready to believe in reincarnation by the end of the story! That two souls could continue to find each other time and time again is a comforting thought.


A STILL POINT IN TIME is a story guaranteed to give you “warm fuzzies” for quite a while after reading it! Marsha Briscoe is an author gifted with eloquence—and that’s a rare find. I look forward to more from her!”
Reviewed by Tracy Atencio for NovelSpot © August 2004


A Still Point in Time by Marsha Briscoe
Publisher:  Whiskey Creek Press

http://www.whiskeycreekpress.com
ISBN-Paperback: 1-59374-200-2; ISBN-ebook: 1-59374-199-5
Genre:  Reincarnation Romance, published by Whiskey Creek Press in May 2004


"Laura Ellen Bouvoire teaches at the Cherokee College. She is happy with her job and the way her life is going. She is planning for a baby through in-vitro fertilization and is worried that her time is running out. When she attends a talk about rebirth, she firmly thinks it is nonsense and nothing else. But it triggers a series of dreams where she glimpses the feelings of a woman named TES. Then she meets Dante and the dreams are more frequent. What is this strange relationship between her and Dante? And what do TES and a brooch have to do with them?

Dante Lorenzo Giovanni is studying part-time in Laura's class. He is working as a mechanic and hopes to become a mechanical engineer. He has put a terrible past behind him and all he hopes for is a calm placid life. When he meets Laura, he is intrigued. He is drawn to her and seems to have no control over his feelings. He's not ready to believe that they were lovers in the past-life. Then why can't he deny his feelings for Laura? Why does he feel that he doesn't want to lose her again?

A Still Point in Time is a romance based on the reincarnation concept. Marsha has written a very intriguing and fast-paced book. The deep emotions which the characters face are sensitive and touching. The book is well researched and so interesting that the reader cannot let go of the book until it is read completely. The romance is very sweet and undeniably heart-warming. This book is very much recommended."


Dee Herga, Reviewer, ©ebook Reviews Weekly,
http://www.ebook-reviews.net

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"Laura Bouvoire is a forty three year old English professor, in the process of preparing for an in-vitro pregnancy. She also needs her upcoming tenure application to be approved in order to guarantee her job. But her plans are about to hit a few quirks. When her best friend and colleague, Emily Forley, invites her to a Speaker's Forum, Laura reluctantly attends.

The speaker is discussing the poetry and art of a Dylan Gordon, but it's the portrait of Gordon's model that catches Laura's eye...the resemblance to herself is remarkable. The portrait is just the beginning...

Laura is also covering a course for another professor who suddenly took ill. In this class is one, Dante L. Giovanni, an engineering student. Despite rules against teacher-student relationships, Laura and Dante are drawn to one another in ways they don't understand. Laura begins researching all she can find on Dylan Gordon and begins to make some startling connections. Can her relationship with Dante survive her discoveries?

Marsha Briscoe's tale of reincarnation is fascinating and well written. Laura and Dante are torn between facts and their beliefs. What became of a stolen manuscript, and what further information could it contain? There's also Jake Stark to deal with, a man who refuses to take 'no' for an answer. How does he fit in to the whole scenario?

Ms. Briscoe has you guessing all through the story and you get deeply involved in Dante's anguish and denial of the facts. Can he deal with Laura's 'obsession' to find out what became of Dylan Gordon?

A Still Point In Time isn't your typical paranormal story. Don't miss out on this riveting tale."

~~Brenda Gayle of The Write Life Style

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"Complex and Suspenseful Reincarnation Romance" ©Leslie Tramposch, courtesy PNR (Paranormal Romance Reviews): The Best Reviews [www.pnr.thebestreviews.com/review1290]

"Laura Bouvoire, forty three and single, has too much on her mind to relish attending a Speaker's forum on such nonsense as past life experiences. The college English professor is up for tenure, has inherited an additional class from a critically ill colleague, and most importantly she's waiting for word of her acceptance as a candidate for in-vitro fertilization. She has no interest in the poetry and art of one Dylan L. Gordon or it's portents of recurrent lives. Or so she thought.

Dante L. Giovanni, thirty and single, raised in the school of hard knocks, is determined to obtain an engineering degree in order to invent a safe car that will prevent critical injuries like those that had afflicted his mother. In addition he is holding down a job as a computer repairman, to pay off the bills incurred by his mother before her death. He doesn't have time to write poetry, let alone become involved with his attractive new English professor. When he
does have free time he devotes it to being a big brother to a young boy, a victim of child abuse as Dante himself had been.  At any rate he is appalled by Laura's method of conceiving a child. His strict Catholic faith had gotten him through hard times in the past and still did.

And yet…..

Dante has a unique perspective on the classic works of literature. Laura is fascinated by him. With encouragement from Laura, poetry and prose begins to pour out of him. The more time she spends with him the more she wants to be more than a teacher to him.  However, a relationship would definitely jeopardize her bid for tenure, and it seems like the whole world is watching them. 

Shortly after meeting Dante, Laura discovers an antique brooch at a jewelers that calls to her. She realizes that she's seen one just like it on a model in a painting by Dylan Gordon. Having purchased it, she begins to dream about a pair of lovers from the previous century.  Believing the lovers to be Gordon and his model, Laura becomes obsessed with learning everything about them. She is rapidly becoming convinced that the unlikely attraction between herself and her student, Dante, is a carryover of a previous existence in which their love had a tragic ending. Is it possible that Dante Giovanni had once been Dylan Gordon?

Dante, stunned by new found literary abilities and confused feelings for Laura, is also experiencing dreams of the two lovers. It is just one more thing he just can't cope with. He chalks it up to fatique. He doesn't believe in past lives any more than he can believe in vitro fertilization fits in with God's plan. It's just one more excuse to run away from the commitment he is terrified to make. Can Laura overcome all of Dante’s reservations and convince him that
their love is meant to be?

Ms. Briscoe was quite creative in explaining both of the characters mindsets and emotions, paralleling their past lives, reaching the same point in their relationship through very different means. Dante is a very complex and difficult man, a diamond in the rough, with so many defenses that few women would be willing to breach them.  Laura patiently tears down each wall he throws up to bar their relationship, without appearing desperate. While the two struggle to come to grips with their past and forge a future, the past is catching up with them in the form of a villain who is determined to keep them apart for all eternity. This is definitely a selling point for those who enjoy romantic suspense."

~~Leslie Tramposch
Copyright © for ParaNormal Romance Reviews 

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"HISTORICAL FIGURES ADD TO ROMANCE
A Still Point in Time is a reincarnation romance by Kentucky author Marsha Briscoe. The story is fiction although it is intertwined with the historical figures Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Elizabeth Siddal. Laura is an English professor at a North Carolina university and is immediately drawn to one of her students enrolled in one of her classes.
Any relationship of this nature is strictly against university policy. But the bond between Laura and Dante is too strong to deny. There is also the strange mystery of Laura's recurring dreams about a woman from the past and her relationship with her husband. Laura searches diligently for answers. The possibility of reincarnation is foreign to Laura, but the more she researches and the more dreams she has, the more open to the possibility she becomes. Dante, however, is strongly opposed to any such notions, even though he is also having dreams…
Briscoe weaves an interesting fictional tale around some interesting historical figures."
~~Kay Vest, Reviewer for Kentucky Monthly Magazine

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"There is much information to process…worth the wait…all the different plot lines and characters come together to form a complex whole. Suspense crescendos as more and more of the nineteenth century people and occurrences parallel their modern counterparts…try A Still Point in Time."
~~Jane Bowers of Romance Reviews Today

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"A Still Point in Time… it's a great novel, well done, solid, head and shoulders above the general run. The author has a good, strong structural sense and a fine knowledge of human motivation, as well as a true gift for pacing. …a writing lesson in itself…solid esoterica…"
~~Jacqueline Lichtenberg of Sime~Gen Reviews
http://www.simegen.com/jl/

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"Laura Bouvoire, a 43-year-old English professor, plans to have a baby by in-vitro fertilization (IVF) and counts heavily on gaining tenure at the college in North Carolina where she teaches to help pay for the care of the baby and the procedure. She's not going to wait any longer to have a baby since the doctors are cautioning her that her age may already prevent a pregnancy. Dante Giovanni, a 30-year-old office machine repairman and returning college student, wants a college degree as his ticket to higher paying jobs so he can pay off debts left over from his mother's estate. A devout Catholic, Dante opposes test tube babies in theory, but has to reconsider his views after Laura becomes his teacher.

As Laura and Dante's interactions as teacher/student deepen into friendship, Laura steps carefully since the college casts a wary eye on relationships of any kind between teacher and student. She also deals with recurring dreams of a woman named Tes and a man named
Dylan after purchasing an amethyst brooch. When Laura realizes the man in her dreams was a famous artist of the Pre-Raphaelite movement and a 19th century British poet, she uncovers more information on him and the mysterious Tes, gradually realizing her dreams are Tes's memories. This realization leads Laura to believe Dante is the reincarnation of Dylan, an idea he finds hard to accept, even though he too has started having dreams which he keeps secret from her.

Briscoe weaves an intricate web of historical detail, lost love, and future possibilities as the romance between Laura and Dante blossoms. Their gradual realization of their feelings for each other in this lifetime, and the awakening of the memories from their previous life together, is a graceful unfolding dance. Even as other forces from their past life intrude,
causing friction and despair to almost tear them apart, the lovers struggle to find the strength in each other to accept differences in age and beliefs. A beautifully rendered love story with a hint of mystery and a heavy dose of karmic destiny for paranormal fans to enjoy."

~~Melanie C. Duncan, Reviewer for THE BOOK DRAGON REVIEW http://www.bookdragonreview.com

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"A Still Point in Time is not a time travel, in the true sense of the word, instead this clever author has surprised us with an unusual twist, and the story is an absolutely delightful read. It has good movement making the reader eager to turn pages. I fell in love with the hero, Dante, particularly enjoying the way his image changed from an almost non-descript person into an enlightened, well-spoken, talented man. I liked the way he and Laura were drawn together, and the conjunction of their dreams. There is such depth to the hero...he is vulnerable, yet strong, and I suppose could be admired for the way he keeps his desires in check. Although at first the age difference bothers him, and her IVF pregnancy is almost intolerable to him, he overcomes them. He is gentle and tender as shown by his devotion to Sammy, and his deep love of Laura, yet he is a manly man.


A STILL POINT IN TIME is a beautiful and touching love story of two people deeply in love in another time period and place, who find each other again in the present day. The antique amethyst and pearl brooch Laura finds in a jewelry store plays a major part in this intriguing story, and could be said is largely responsible for bringing them together."

EB Kapsar
Reviewer for Simegen
http://www.simegen.com/

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"...When her best friend convinces her to attend a Speaker’s Forum, Laura Bouvoire little expects a life altering experience. The forum centers on the poetry and art of Dylan Leone Gordon. A slide of a woman stuns Laura. The face seemed familiar, and a brooch worn around the neck captures her attention. But Laura dismisses the incident as she leaves the forum for her doctor’s appointment. At age forty-three, Laura intends to undergo in vitro fertilization with sperm from an anonymous donor. An English professor, Laura also looks forward to when she is approved for tenure, which will assure a secure income to support her child.

Laura has an extraordinarily promising student in one of her classes. Dante L. Giovanni, thirty and single, attends night school in quest of an engineering degree while working fulltime during the day repairing computers. His mother’s death left him and his two siblings with crippling financial debt, and he sees a degree as the solution to his financial woes. Laura’s encouragement quickly improves his writing, and Dante soon discovers his silver penned gift. But he resents her suggestions that he forsake his practical goals for a dreamy world of writing. Dante spends his sparse free time in a big brother program to a child that has been victim to child abuse. His devote religious opinions, however, make it difficult to accept Laura’s decision to undergo in vitro fertilization.

Shortly after meeting Dante, Laura visits a jewelry story where an antique amethyst broach is displayed. Soon she realizes it is the same broach worn by the model in the paintings by Dylan Leone Gordon. As events unfold, Laura links her present life experiences to a past life experience that bound her through eternity to Dylan, who now is Dante. But Dante’s skepticism does not leave room for reincarnation. Worse, someone else knows of their connection and profoundly resents it. His motivations of jealousy and revenge posed a threat to Laura then and continues to endanger her now. ...

A STILL POINT IN TIME provides a marvelous read. Author Marsha Briscoe displays a decided gift for fluidly moving between past and present, weaving a tale of emotional complexity and psychological depth. The past and present merge fluidly in a tale of destiny and desire that will delight paranormal romance lovers. Further, these characterizations are absolutely memorable with their age difference and clash of goals. Dante’s misgivings about Laura’s choice to undergo in vitro fertilization likewise present marvelous conflict. A STILL POINT IN TIME comes recommended."

Cindy Penn editor@wordweaving.com
Senior Editor,
http://wordweaving.com
Amazon top 50 reviewer
eBook Specialist, Midwest Book Reviews

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"A richly detailed and haunting novel with complex characters, Marsha Briscoe's A Still Point In Time is a unique taste of paranormal romance you should not miss. Treat yourself to a mesmerizing and compelling read!"
~~Denise Agnew, Eppie winner and best selling author of Bridge Through The Mist.

"A Still Point in Time is a wonderfully, heartfelt story that I enjoyed reading so very much. Marsha has created characters who are unforgettable.  The story unfolded to be one of the best I’ve ever read.  Filled with past lives, of a love that has a chance this time around, and a bad guy who is out to destroy the love and life itself to stop their reunion, A Still Point in Time is a wonderful story and I recommend it! "~~~Ruth Wells, avid reader and aspiring author


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