February 20, 2014

Top 10 with Author Jessica Tornese

Amazon bestselling author and voted Solstice Publishing’s 2012 Author of the Year! She has two novels in the Linked series; check out Destroyed Through Time next!
Jessica Tornese’s debut novel, Linked Through Time, was inspired by her home town Baudette, MN. She graduated from high school there and continued her education at Minnesota State University – Moorhead where she earned a degree in education. She spent several years coaching in the Junior Olympic volleyball program in Minnesota as well as the junior varsity team for Lake of the Woods High School in 2010.
 Her favorite hobbies include reading, scrapbooking, playing volleyball, and extreme outdoor sports like caving, ziplining, and white water rafting. Jessica is also active in her church and has run several Vacation Bible School programs and Sunday school programs. She enjoys working with kids of all ages!
She hopes to finish her Linked trilogy soon, and continue writing. Recently, she self-published her first juvenile fiction book for kids online. (see M&M Twins)
Jessica is married and has three children. Her family recently relocated to a small town in south Florida.

1. fav song/singer? I have to say I have a wide variety of fave music. I love Andrea Bocelli, Taylor Swift, Christina Aguilera, and a lot of the indie music out there right now.

2. fav season? Love Fall! Campfires and S’mores are the best.

3. worst vacation? Probably somewhere cold. Even though I am from MN, I am a girl who needs heat! I’ll take a book on the beach any day!

4. guilty pleasure? Chocolate. I eat a little every day! Or sometimes…a lot.

5. fav book and/or author? I am obsessed with the Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon. I also love Jodi Picoult and Francine Rivers.

6. one item you cannot live without? Books! I love to read!

7. hobby? I like to play volleyball, go camping, anything outdoorsy. I love spending time with my three kids.

8. fav movie/actor/actress? I love Jennifer Garner, Connie Britton, and Rachel McAdams. I loved the entire cast of FRIENDS, and I love the Friday Night Lights tv series.

9. fav food? Pasta and Pizza— I am one huge carb fest!

10. who would you like to meet? (dead or alive?) I think if I had the chance, I would want to see my grandparents again- they died before I was old enough to really understand and appreciate them. My books kind of honor my grandparent’s hard life on the farm- I admire my ancestors and am thankful for what they went through to give me the advantageous life I have today.

Fifteen year old Kate Christenson is pretty sure she’s about to experience the worst possible summer at her grandparent’s farm in rural Baudette, Minnesota. Without cable, cell phones, or computers, Kate is headed for total isolation and six tedious weeks of boredom. Until the storm.
            A freak lightning accident has Kate waking up in 1960. But she is not herself. She is the aunt she never met, but has eerily resembled her entire life. Thrust into living a dirt poor, rural farm life, Kate struggles to make sense of her situation- a boyfriend with a dark side, a “townie” who steals her heart, and the knowledge that 1960 is the very summer her aunt drowns in the local river.
            Even with every precaution, Kate cannot stop fate, and an unexpected twist adds to her dilemma. To her horror, Kate finds out firsthand her aunt’s death was not an accident or a suicide, but something much, much worse.

“There never was a body, you know.”
Such is the bizarre statement from Gran only weeks after Kate has returned from an accidental time traveling incident, surviving certain death…twice. Capturing Sarah’s killer seemed to be the reason for Kate’s disappearance, but Gran believes otherwise.
Learning of Kate’s power to time travel loosens memories and desires Gran has long since buried. Gran is set on finding Sarah, who she believes never died the night Dave Slater threw her in the river, but instead, went back in time through the Rapid River portal. With rudimentary research and analysis, Gran thinks she has unlocked the secrets to controlling the time traveling link that she and Kate share with their ancestors and she plans to use Kate to bring Sarah back.
            When Kate agrees, she is shocked to find out that in the more aggressive form of time travel, she doesn’t become Sarah, but trades places with her, sending Kate to Baudette, Minnesota in the year of 1910, and Sarah ahead to the year 2000.
Baudette’s catastrophic 1910 fire and typhoid epidemic are the least of Kate’s worries once she discovers what has happened. Her chances of a return trip are thwarted with the struggle just to survive, and Sarah, reliving her lost childhood in the ease of current day life, decides to never return to the past, leaving Kate to suffer the life she has left behind.
            Gran is torn- get rid of the daughter she has dreamed of finding for four decades, or rescue the precious granddaughter who risked everything for her selfish dream? And to what lengths will Sarah go to destroy any chances of Kate coming back? Will Sarah succeed in severing the link?

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