Thursday, August 6, 2015


Hello, Everyone!

I have invited back to my blog my dear friends, Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O'Neill Cordes, who write as Morgan O'Neill. 

They have dropped in to share a few more tidbits about the hero of The Thornless Rose, an Elizabethan Time Travel Novel, Jonathan Brandon.

I personally love this reviewer's description of Jonathan: 

"Jonathan Brandon is a yummy cross of Cary Grant/Ronald Coleman/Viggo Mortensen/Tom Hiddleston, just gorgeous and dashing and sexy and brave, and a little mischievous too. What a man!" -- FLW

The Thornless Rose will be ONLY 99 cents ~ August 3-16 from Entangled/Macmillan.

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Deborah and Cary, my blog space is all yours. I can't wait to be hear more about this intriguing hero. 

Cary Morgan Frates and Deborah O'Neill Cordes ...

Writing teams sometimes bump heads and hearts—after all, we're two different people—but when it came to Jonathan Brandon we were both on the same page. We wholeheartedly agree with this reviewer's take on our good doctor:

"I loved this hero, Brandon. He was down to earth, simple, yet strong when needed, and I found that so appealing."—Amazon reviewer Book Addict.

We gave you some hints about Jonathan in a previous post on Nancy's blog:

We got such a great response with readers wanting to know more, we decided another peek behind the curtain is in order.

1. Before Jonathan time traveled, he was a fan of the cinema. He was often told he resembled the film star Cary Grant, which pleased him because Grant was his favorite actor. He especially liked "My Favorite Wife," "Destination Tokyo," and "The Philadelphia Story." He saw "None but the Lonely Heart" just prior to time traveling from 1945 back to 1559. Will Jonathan find the same kind of enjoyment by going to the Elizabethan theater? The answer is we don't know for sure, because it hasn't been written yet. :)

2. Having been born in London in 1911, Jonathan remembers the wonders of ice cream desserts prior to the rationing and deprivations of World War I and World War II. He found an alternative in Spotted Dick, a British dessert made from shredded suet, brown sugar, treacle custard, and currents. As Americans we will make no further comment about Brandon's choice, except to say that Deb loves the name and the wonderful flavor of it (Tasted it in London! Scrumptious!), and Cary has yet to indulge. P.S. Cary says suet—gak! If she gets the chance she'll give it a try because the name is just too good to ignore. ;)

3. Begun by Time, our prequel to The Thornless Rose, tells the story of Jonathan and his fiancée Catherine Hastings before he vanishes into the past. It also lets the reader know what happens to Catherine afterward, including how she meets Arthur Howard. During WWII, when Jonathan is a RAF flight surgeon at a base in southern England, Arthur accompanies King George VI as he visits with the wounded soldiers there. Completely unaware, Jonathan and Arthur are in the same room for several minutes as the king greets the troops. Little do they know they will both play pivotal roles in Catherine's life. We are planning to work this scene into our sequel Ever Crave the Rose. In the meantime, readers can learn more about Jonathan, Catherine, Arthur, and our other characters in our Elizabethan time travel series, The Thornless Rose and Begun by Time.

Thanks Nancy for hosting us on your blog. Happy reading to one and all! 

~ Deborah and Cary

It is always a pleasure to have you here. AND left me with more questions! LOL! I can't wait to dig into the rest of this amazing series. Now for the good stuff: 

Where to find their books!

The Thornless Rose

Begun by TimeThe Prequel to The Thornless Rose


In 1945, a man disappeared into thin air...

In the final days of World War II, Catherine Hastings meets the man she wants to marry. Flight surgeon Jonathan Brandon isn't just handsome—he's everything Catherine could hope for in her betrothed. But her dream of a happily ever after is shattered when Jonnie disappears shortly before their wedding...leaving Catherine bereft, broken-hearted, and with a lifetime of unanswered questions.

Arthur Howard is smitten with the lovely Catherine the moment he sees her. He's certain he's found the woman he wants to marry. Yet behind Catherine's sparkling green eyes is a haunted look—the look of a woman who has known loss. But can he love a woman who still grieves the loss of her fiancĂ©? Now Arthur wants answers about the man Catherine intended to marry.
But the truth about Jonnie's disappearance is far stranger than fiction...

If you would like to keep in touch with Deborah and Cary, here is where you can find them.

As always, if you have any questions for my guest authors or myself, please don't be shy. Ask us anything! I hope you have a great weekend. Until I see you again, please be kind to one another.

Hugs to all,

Nancy C. Weeks


  1. Nancy, thank you so much for hosting us on your blog. I love doing the "behind the curtain" posts with you! It was such a pleasure being here, and I hope your readers enjoyed it, too.

  2. Thank you so much for hosting us, Nancy. I love your blog! I hope your readers enjoy our little peek behind Jonathan's curtain. Happy reading!!

  3. Deborah and Cary! It is such a treat to have you back. Please don't be strangers. AND...I'm sure my readers will love a little peek behind Jonathan's curtain as much as I did.

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  5. Have to admit I loved another peek behind the scenes at the life of the gorgeous Jonathon Brandon. Spotted Dick is still a terrible name for a dessert, though! Great post ladies and am just loving this series

  6. Joanna, thank you for stopping by! No one knows how the name Spotted Dick came into use. Here's an interesting article of the possible origin: