From contemporary romance author Jennifer Domenico writing as Jaelyn LaStoria comes Lost Within, her first New Adult Time Travel Romance. Lost Within blends her love of history with modern elements readers will love. In the novel, the two main characters find themselves trapped in each other’s lives powered by a mysterious ruby necklace. What happens next is magical, confusing, but ultimately, more than either woman could have anticipated.
Here’s the blurb:
What happens when two women, five hundred years apart, switch places?
As an archaeologist, my life is spent uncovering mysteries from the past. Each year spent digging in the dirt fuels my dream to find something that will change my life.
And then it happens—that life changing event I never imagined could be true. Somehow I ended up five hundred years in the past. Lost Within a world I only read about in history books.
Every moment is spent unraveling this mystery and trying to go home. But there’s a snag. I might just fall for the man I’m supposed to marry. The question now is once I figure out how to get back home, will I want to?
I thought I had rid myself of it. I was certain my unexpected journeys through time were over. I was wrong, and now the unthinkable has happened. Again. This time though, I did not cause it.
I ended up five hundred years in the future. Lost Within a world I don’t recognize. My fate and return home lie in the hands of the woman whose life I now lead, and all I can do is wait.
Every moment is spent confused and longing for home. But there is a problem. Two men valiantly fight for my heart, and I might just fall for one or both of them before this is all over. The question now is once I have the chance to go home, will I want to?
Lost Within - A modern love story with a twist.
Today, author Jaelyn LaStoria gives a revealing interview on how it all went down, and offers a fantastic giveaway.
Q. With fifteen releases in contemporary/erotic romance, why a semi-historical time travel romance?
A. I’ve always been fascinated by history, particularly Italian history, and this idea has been floating around my head for at least two years. I’ve often wondered what it would be like for someone from the past to wake up in the future and experience modern life, so I wrote a book about it.
Q. What can readers expect from Lost Within?
A. It’s not true historical, although half the book takes place in the 16th century. Nor is it science fiction-y at all with the time travel aspect. In some ways, it’s just like any other romance except for that whole traveling through time business. Aven is an archeologist who seeks adventure and loves history. A mysterious discovery flips her world upside down in ways she could never have expected. Lucia is a headstrong young woman living in 16th century Italy, cursed by a time traveling necklace she just can’t shake. When the two women’s lives unexpectedly collide, well, all kinds of stuff happens. I’m also very excited to share that there are four illustrations included that represent pivotal scenes in the book, done by the fabulous Melissa Stevens at The Illustrated Author. I’m giving away a signed paperback too just for this event!
Q. Cool. Let’s talk dream cast. Any ideas of who should play your characters?
A. As a matter of fact, yes, I do.
Lily Collins as Aven Lane and Lucia Di Firenze
I think Lily Collins would play both Aven and Lucia well. She has that historical beauty as well as a modern appeal. While Lucia and Aven are not the same person, they are… well… that would be a spoiler, so I’ll stop there.
Q. Interesting. Since it’s a romance, I assume one or both women have a love interest?
A. (Chuckles) It’s definitely complicated. In the 16th century, Lucia is betrothed to marry a man she doesn’t love and is not able to marry the man she does love. In modern day Las Vegas, Aven is still healing from a broken heart dealt by her first love, while tentatively trying to build a new relationship. In a nutshell, when the women swap lives, they’ve both got their hands full.
Q. Intriguing. So let’s see the guys!
A. The man Lucia is betrothed to is Cosimo. The man trying to win Aven’s broken heart is Marc. I think who would be fantastic as both men is Alejandro Corzo.
Alejandro Corzo as Marc Fiorentino and Cosimo Di Mercato
Q. Yum! Who else will we meet in Lost Within?
A. There are quite a few supporting characters including Aven’s bestie Caitlyn, her ex-BF Oliver, her business partner and friend Daniel, and in Lucia’s world, her sister Magdalena. Here’s the dream cast all together.
Q. Okay, so normally your steam level is on fire. What is the steam level of Lost Within?
A. (Snickers) I’m not known for my restraint on the love scenes, but in Lost Within, while there are a sprinkling of love scenes, they are not overly explicit. I would say if my usual work is level 5, Lost Within is about a 3.
Q. Sounds good. Got any teasers for us?
A. Sure! How about one from Aven’s POV and one from Lucia’s?
Q. Those are great! How can we learn more and grab a copy for ourselves?
A. Here are the Amazon Pre-order and buy links (I will provide both before the post is live).
A. Are you kidding me? I have lots to say! I have quite a few works planned in the NA genre that all have a fantastical slant to them. One is another time travel series as yet to be named, another is about a genie (yeah, I said genie) who falls in love with his finder, and finally, a mermaid romance. I have to say though all are subject to end up in a contemporary/erotic genre depending on how it all turns out. So readers should follow me to stay up to date.