Monday, May 16, 2016

Straight Browsing From the Library: Second Chances by Nancy Pennick

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Kate is ready to start a new life in a great city. Determined to follow her dream, she left college to write a book. Arriving in New York City, she vows to live in the present, not the past. Easy for most to say, except she has a secret. Kate is a time traveler. She met the love of her life back in 1927. But he’s here now. No looking back. No going back.


Kate Roberts woke in a cold sweat. Sunlight peeked through the shades, announcing a new day. Her hand flew to her head. “What a dream!” She shuddered as she slipped out of bed. “Or was it?”

Her legs wobbled and her heart skipped a beat. Clearly, her body hadn’t recovered from the nightmare. “Bathroom.” She pointed her hand in its direction. “Cold water.”

She splashed her face and glanced in the mirror. Blue eyes stared back at her. She ran her hand through her light brown hair, less hair than a month ago. Kate cut her long locks into a modern style just above her shoulders, swept to one side. She felt the look made her appear more mature. As a twenty-year-old in New York City, she needed all the help she could get.

Her phone rang in the other room. Kate rushed to the nightstand by her bed and answered. “Mom?”

“Hi, sweetie. I’m sorry to call already. You just left yesterday. But I wanted to see how you’re doing. Are you all settled in?”

“I’m fine and settled in. Freddie’s a wonderful host.”

“I’m sure he is.”

Kate waited for her to continue. “Mom? That’s all you have to say?”

“Yes, I’m sorry. Except that I really like Freddie and know he will help you with your career.”

“So you finally approve? It’s not a silly dream anymore?”

“Approve of you dropping out of college after a year? No. Becoming a writer? Yes, with more schooling. But you’re an adult. You can do as you wish.”

“But in your mind, I’m still your little girl.” Kate adjusted the phone against her ear.

“Just like any mother would think. And you’re my only child. I can’t help it.”

“I start interviewing Freddie today.”

“Whoa! Way to change the subject.” Her mom laughed. “Federico Martin has had a long, productive life. I’m sure he will have many interesting stories to tell.”

“Then you understand why I chose to live here for the next few months. Easy access.”

“Kate.” Her mom’s voice lowered. “Be careful. Don’t accidentally slip up. No one can ever know how you two really met. You’re out in the world now, not living in a small town in Ohio. Things can happen.”


After a great career in teaching, Nancy found a second calling as a writer. She loves to travel, garden and have a good cup of tea nearby. She is the author of the young adult series, Waiting for Dusk. Those characters inspired her New Adult series, Second Chances.




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  1. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  2. I enjoyed reading the excerpt. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

    1. With so many books out there, thanks for thinking of mine!

  3. Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

    1. Great question, Mai. Yes, I do! I had just gotten back from a trip out west, including a stop at the Grand Canyon. I learned a lot about the area, including Harvey Girls. I couldn't stop thinking about a girl traveling back in time to that era. That's when I wrote my first book, Waiting for Dusk.

  4. sounds like a good read, thanks for sharing

  5. Hi DanieX, Thanks for the comment!

  6. Great post, I loved the excerpt! Thanks for sharing :)

  7. I liked the excerpt, thank you.

  8. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  9. I enjoyed the excerpt, sounds like a great read. Entering under the name of Virginia

  10. Oh it sounds like such a great read! I love the time travel romances!!!

    1. Hi Laura,
      I love writing time travel romances! Lol! I also love to write realistic stories with a little fantasy thrown in which is what the Waiting for Dusk books are all about.

  11. The book sounds very intriguing, looking forward to reading it!

    1. Hi Nikolina,
      Thanks for considering my book with so many to choose from!

    2. Hi Nikolina,
      Thanks for considering my book with so many to choose from!