Today I am featuring amazing author Maria Savva. Her book of stories - Far Away in Time is one you don't want to miss!

Our lives are a series of stories, and we are the characters with the starring roles. The memories, regrets, secrets, and struggles that fill these pages are at once unique and relatable. These stories belong to us all.

Eight unforgettable tales reaching out to a place Far Away In Time...

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Maria Savva lives and works in London. She studied Law at Middlesex University and The College of Law. She is a lawyer, although not currently practising law. She writes novels and short stories in different genres, including drama, psychological thriller, and family saga. Many of her books and stories are inspired by her years working as a lawyer, although she has not written a courtroom drama to date. She has published five novels, the most recent of which is Haunted, a crime fiction/psychological thriller. Far Away In Time is her sixth collection of short stories. You can find out more about her work at her official website:


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There are two small excerpts here - Each one will introduce you to the main characters and give you an idea of who they are and where they came from. This is June 4, 1969 and for those of you who know my Sunset Destiny series, you will recognize three of the characters (Ethan, Charlotte and Eleanor). And I am introducing you to Evelyn who will appear as the matriarch in the upcoming books of the Harper's Rock Romance series.  Enjoy and as always remember, THESE EXCERPTS ARE ROUGH DRAFT & UNEDITED!!!!

Ethan Mannon woke with a horrific headache because he had stayed out late partying with his best friends, Charles Collidge and James Younger. His buddies were both getting ready to ship off to basic training, and he was headed as far away as he could get. “Man, what was I thinking?” he mumbled to himself. “I’ve got at least a nine hour day ahead of me just to get to the Lodge.”

Dragging his exhausted butt out of bed, Ethan prepared to face the day. In under two hours he would be off to spend the summer working, and hopefully playing, in gorgeous Alaska. A summer job at the Heart of Alaska Lodge, with access to the beautiful wilderness of Mt. McKinley State Park, was all he wanted. But first, he had to manage to survive long enough to get there in one piece.

As he made his way down the hall and into the washroom to clean up, he could barely see the walls surrounding him. The headache from hell felt like it would plague him the rest of his damn life. Sighing heavily, he undressed and stepped blindly into the shower stall, reaching out to turn the water on. An ice cold sprig of liquid suddenly hit his warm, aching body, making him jump. “Holy fuck, who used up the hot?” he screamed to no one in particular.

Despite the shock, Ethan finished up his freezing shower because in the end it seemed to help his aching head. He actually started to feel a bit human again. Quickly dressing, he headed down the stairs to the kitchen where a full moon greeted him as he entered the room. “Oh damn it Evelyn, put some shorts on will you?”

“Aww, poor baby,” she laughed. “The future doctor is afraid of a half-naked butt.”

“I followed that butt out of the womb and I just can’t keep from running into it everywhere I go,” he replied. “I have no problem with any other girl’s ass, but my twin sisters… yuck!

“Like you’ll ever get any ass,” she smirked. “I’ll be a virgin until marriage by choice.”

“So you got married what… hmmm, three or four years ago?” He knew exactly what his twin and her boyfriend, Cole Harper, did when no one was home.

Evelyn shot him an evil glare from across the room.

“Come on sis, you know I was joking,” Ethan teased. “After all it’s my job to give you grief – younger twin brother and all that.” Sometimes his biggest pleasure in life was teasing his sibling, but when it came right down to it he adored his one and only sister.

“That wasn’t very funny, dude,” she admonished. You know that everyone knows everybody’s business in Harper’s Rock, Wyoming. That’s how I know about your misfire with Kathy two nights ago.”

“Oh shit! She told you? Good Lord, she knows that was embarrassing as hell.” At this rate, it would be all over town before he stepped foot on the plane. Hopefully the memory would die down while he was gone, because being known as ‘quick shot’ for the rest of his life was not something he looked forward to.


The phone rang in Charli Goldstein’s bedroom, waking her from a deep sleep. Sometimes she wished her daddy didn’t spoil her so much. The ring of her own personal phone was shrill and annoying, especially at 5 AM. It’s a good thing she loved her best friend, Eleanor Buchanan, or she would have been angry at the intrusion.

“Do you know what time it is?” Charlotte answered groggily.

“Of course I do, Charli,” Eleanor giggled. “I’m just too excited about your adventure to sleep anymore.”

“Well, I could sleep for another two hours,” she grumbled. Or three, or four if she didn’t have a plane to catch.

“Nope, I’m coming over so we can say goodbye in person. Make sure you’re at the door when I get there so I don’t wake your parents.”

Before Charlotte could say another word, the line went dead. She jumped out of bed, grabbed her robe, and rushed down the winding staircase of the grandiose home she shared with her parents. Eleanor lived half a block away and would be at the door within minutes.

A quiet knock sounded a moment after Charli reached the entry. She pulled the ornate oak door open and ushered her lifelong best friend inside. Both girls heard the squeak of the fifth step from the landing and turned to see the woman of the house, Violet Goldstein, coming down to the first floor.

A bit early, Eleanor dear,” Violet said quietly.

“I’m sorry ma’am,” Eleanor smiled. “I was just too excited.”

“Okay love. You two just keep it quiet. Dad was at the casino until one this morning because of the protests.”

Eleanor kissed her ‘honorary’ mother on the cheek before Charlotte pulled her along to the large, comfortable kitchen. Both girls set about making coffee for the members of the household, before sitting down with cups of their own.

“You go first,” Charli said, reluctant to try the strong brew for the first time. Her parents had given their permission to start drinking coffee when she turned eighteen, but she wasn’t so sure she really wanted to take the leap.

“No way. You try it first. You’re the one who needs to wake up,” Eleanor challenged

Charli sighed. “Fine.” Someone had to do it, might as well be her. She lifted the cup to her lips and took a tentative sip. “Oh God! How can people stand this stuff, it’s gross!”

“My mama always puts milk and sugar in hers,” Eleanor said reaching across the counter to the serving tray they’d filled earlier. “Maybe that will make it taste better.”

Charlotte put some milk and three sugar cubes in her cup before tasting it again. “Not too bad,” she murmured, relieved. “Your turn.” She actually felt a little bit grown-up now. Like spending the summer alone in a strange place wasn’t grown-up enough.

Eleanor prepared her drink the same way her best friend had, and they sat together to enjoy their new discovery.

“I’m going to miss you,” Eleanor whispered. “You’re going to be in Alaska for the whole summer.”

“Hey, you’ll have plenty to do. Harold asked you out for tomorrow night, and I have a feeling he will have replaced me by the time I get home.” The pair had been flirting for years, so something was bound to happen, eventually.

“Never,” Eleanor smiled. “Boyfriends and husbands are nothing compared to best friends. Besides, I’m not sure if I really like Harold.”

“Ah come on Ellie, what’s not to like? He’s gorgeous, he’s funny, he’s kind to kids and animals, and he likes you! You two had better be a couple by the time I get home.”


Hey everyone, I know many of you were wondering what I would be doing after the Sunset Destiny Romances were completed.  Well my next project is called The Heart of Alaska. Actually it's not just my project, I am writing it with my awesome husband TA Ellis.  For those of you who are fans of my previous series, you will know the main characters in this story. Charlotte and Ethan are the Matriarch and Patriarch from the Sunset Destiny series.  This book takes place in June/July/August of 1969.  I bet I know your first question too... Are they hippies?  Nope! They aren't, but their boss is. :)  In this post I will be introducing you to Charlotte and Ethan and then shortly after, I will post the first excerpt from Chapter 1. Enjoy!!!

First impressions can be deceiving. He's not a cowboy and she's not a 'princess'
Summer love just got real!!!

18 years old
Has long chestnut hair and light blue eyes.
5'4" tall.
Pampered but 'real' daughter of a casino executive.
Lives in Boulder City, NV with her mother Violet and her father Harlan.
Has 1 sibling - A sister, Penelope who went through teen pregnancy and marriage and has a daughter named Sunshine.
Not sure what she wants to do in the future, but loves to write and is thinking maybe teaching might just be up her alley.
Headed to Alaska for a summer job to find herself and have some fun away from her family.

MY VISION OF CHARLOTTE - Yeah, I know she's not 18 but hey ;)

18 years old
Has short curly (used to be longish) red hair and deep green eyes.
6'4" tall.
Down to earth son to a widowed librarian - Father is a deceased coal mine executive.
Lives in Harper's Rock, WY with his mother, Olive, and his twin sister, Evelyn.
Has wanted to be a doctor for as long as he could remember. Is so intent on reaching his goal that he doesn't want a relationship until after he meets that goal.
Headed for Alaska for a summer job to get away from his troubled mother.
Headed to UNLV for undergrad solely to get away from his mother. (Family has a history in Vegas)

MY VISION OF ETHAN - Yeah, I know he's not 18 but hey... ;)


Have you ever been overwhelmed with the amount of political rants on social media? Have you ever noticed the disconnect between “Facebook friends” as they belittle one another because their beliefs don’t line up just right? Well, that’s exactly what inspired me to write my new dystopian novella 2103. The story begins with 2103 (Act 1), the first book in the series, and it takes place fifty-three years after a second civil war has torn America apart. It’s the year 2103 and the American Union has declared martial law and has essentially incited a war with its own citizens. Times are rough economically and some people will do anything to get ahead.

This book follows several different characters and captures small glimpses in their lives. Each scene is like an act of a play, and the bigger story is told through multiple view points as society disintegrates. Take the journey into a future that I hope we will never see. America has fallen, but that's only the beginning.

2103 (Act 1)




Drew Avera, Author





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