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Bringing the Past to Life, Daring Time and Thursdays Giveaway
Wednesday, April 8th, 2009

Well, we’ve had a great week so far, spending some time with talented and fun authors. Today, I thought I’d tell you a bit about Daring Time, my erotic romance time travel that comes out on May 5; not so much with blurbs and excerpts, but with photos of the still hauntingly elegant avenue where Daring Time takes place, the six blocks that once housed the wealthiest and most august citizens of Chicago–Prairie Avenue, brief descriptions of Ryan and Hope and blurbs from early reviewers Lea and Shannon. Leave me a comment and you’ll qualify to win either a Beth Kery Paradise Rules T-shirt (my steamy erotic contemporary that comes out in October, 2009) or a free download of Flirting in Traffic.

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They called it the sunny street of the sifted few.

This house on the corner of eighteenth and Prairie Avenue is the mansion which I loosely based Ryan’s and Hope’s residence. He lives there in the present; she in 1906. Here are some of Ryan’s thoughts when he first enters the house he unexpectedly inherited:

Sunlight spilled from a row of four exquisite stained glass windows, casting a landscape of rosy light and trellis-like shadows onto the mahogany floors. For a brief moment, Ryan Daire perfectly envisioned what it must have been like: the crystal chandeliers alight with newly installed electricity, a fire leaping in the marble encased fireplace, the ladies in their gowns and jewels, the men in their evening attire, the rich, acrid smell of fine cigars, the tinkling sound of champagne glasses being removed from a tray.

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That’s me standing in front of the Kimball mansion (the same one on the corner above.) I got to tour it when I was writing Daring Time. Amazing.

Beth Kery set a high standard with her excellent previous novel, Wicked Burn; with Daring Time, she’s proven she’s no one-hit wonder. If this is a taste of Kery to come, we’re in for a real treat. It’s a powerful, explosive novel of intensely erotic sexual hunger, cleverly constructed time travel, and two wonderfully developed and very real characters.
The city of Chicago in the 1900s came alive for me ““ I’ve never been, but I could feel and taste it even though Kery doesn’t overburden her prose with long descriptions. There’s a slightly gothic flavour to the story, especially the scenes within the mansion, as if the house is a character in and of itself.

Shannon

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Me in front of one of the few remaining Prairie Avenue Mansions. This one is the house of Marshall Field’s son. Every time I visit Prairie Avenue, I can almost see my heroine Hope marching down the street…off to save the world.

Hope walked along briskly, as at home amidst the young, brash city as she was in the elegant silences of Prairie Avenue. Chicago was a city of industry, a town that knew where it was headed. As a young woman of determination and purpose, Hope innately understood and appreciated her place in the sprawling miasma of bustling humanity.

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This is the house I’ve used as a loose basis for a sequel I’m proposing for Daring Time called Making Time. It doesn’t look as imposing as Ryan’s and Hope’s house from the outside, but I got to tour it and was completely stunned by its beauty. Perfectly, meticulously restored.

Daring Time, Ms. Kery’s wonderful erotic fantasy, time travel novel to be published in May 5, 2009, was a thoroughly enjoyable “escapist” read, however it was also an enriching experience. I learned about Chicago’s history, some famous people that lived in the Prairie Avenue District, and with each of Ms. Kery’s books my comfort level with BDSM themed stories is increasing. “Love’s not Time’s fool”, and this exquisite story, while a fantasy, proves that short beautiful line of poetry true.
–Lea

20 comments to “Bringing the Past to Life, Daring Time and Thursdays Giveaway”

  1. cecile
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      · April 8th, 2009 at 7:47 pm · Link

    I love the pictures… I am such a sucker for old building!! Thanks for the cool contests you have here!!! History is something people do not stop to take notice of until it is to late!!!

    Love hugz and smiles
    Cecile



  2. Blanche
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      · April 8th, 2009 at 7:55 pm · Link

    Beth the pictures are wonderful, I love old buildings like that!!

    This has been a fun week with amazing contests and it has been great getting to know different authors, can’t wait for all the fun yet to come!! Thanks! 🙂



  3. Lea
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      · April 8th, 2009 at 8:09 pm · Link

    Beth:

    Thank you so much for quoting my review of “Daring Time”, which was a very special read for me.

    Thank you also for sharing the wonderful pictures of the Prairie Avenue mansions and district. While “Daring Time”, certainly brought it to life for me actually seeing the photos will enhance the visual when I read your wonderful book again.

    Warm Regards
    L 😀



  4. beth kery
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      · April 8th, 2009 at 9:00 pm · Link

    Cecile and Blanche-I’m glad you’re enjoying the contest so much. Did anyone notice that Larissa Ione is joining us on the last day of the contest? Cool huh. Prairie Avenue is truly amazing, even though so many of these grand mansions were razed. Such a pity.

    Lea–It was my pleasure to put up your review blurb, are you kidding? I was so thrilled by your very thoughtful and thorough review of Daring Time. I linked it to your name, along with the wonderful Closetwriter blog, so hopefully people will check it out. 😀 😀 😀



  5. Roberta Harwell
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      · April 8th, 2009 at 9:07 pm · Link

    Love to see beautiful old houses in such good condition. They are awe inspiring. Have a great day.



  6. Lynda
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      · April 8th, 2009 at 11:38 pm · Link

    I just love matching history with actual places and items. It adds another dimension. Love these pictures! Knowing the pictures have a tie in to the book adds another dimension there as well!



  7. Jane
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 12:01 am · Link

    Cool pics. Have any of these houses been declared as historical sites?



  8. Stacy ~
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 4:27 am · Link

    Now I am more anxious than ever to read the book! I love seeing the real-life inspiration for a book, and knowing this is not far from me makes me want to visit these places. How fun.



  9. blodeuedd
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 4:34 am · Link

    Lovely photos 😀
    And I am like the rest here, cos I love old buildings. They have so much more history, not to mention look better



  10. Cindy W
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 5:43 am · Link

    Love the pics!!!

    After reading Lea’s review, I am just dying to read this!



  11. Danielle D
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 7:25 am · Link

    I’ve lived in Chicago my entire life and never took a drive down Prairie Ave in Chicago. Beautiful pictures.



  12. beth kery
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 7:43 am · Link

    Roberta–Thanks! The mansions are amazing, and the remaining ones, for the most part, are in good condition.

    Lynda–yeah, here’s one example where I didn’t think a few visuals would take away from the power of imagination while reading the book. 😉

    Jane–the whole district was declared historical by the National Preservation Society in the late 1960’s. Unfortunately, before that the area was the victim of non-zoning and industrialization. To see photos of them razing these gems for factories breaks your heart. There are only about 13 of the original Prairie Avenue mansions left, but they have made moves to put up townhomes in the orignal style. They’ve put a museum in the Glessner mansion and a park. It’s great what they’ve done, but my heroine’s sadness when she sees it upon coming to the twenty-first century is shared by me.

    Cindy–did you read Lea’s whole review? The link is on her name. It’s really an amazing one. She took so much time with it.

    Bloduedd–I grew up in a house built in the late eighteen hundreds, and all the nooks, crannies and secret rooms were awesome. lol. Where you’re at, they have much older homes that are literally steeped in history. Very cool.

    Danielle and Stacy–if you guys are ever up for a Prairie Aveneue tour, let me know. It really fires the imagination, even with so little of it left.



  13. Robin Snodgrass
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 7:52 am · Link

    Beth,
    Thank you for sharing these wonderful photos and bringing DARING TIME even more to life in my mind. Like you, I can just picture Hope striding down the street on her way to do something worthwhile, such as meeting young women at the train station to save them from a life on the streets.
    SEQUEL? Wonderful!!!
    I can’t wait to see the published version of DT and the idea of a sequel makes me SQUEE!
    Thanks for sharing!



  14. Val Pearson
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 7:54 am · Link

    Wow, those photos are amazing. Did you say they were houses? If they are I am living in the wrong place! lol, they look absolutely beautiful!



  15. Jody F.
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 10:45 am · Link

    I love these old buildings. The architecture of them is beautiful. Thanks for posting them!



  16. Cathy M
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 12:18 pm · Link

    Instead of tearing it down, it is so nice to see that someone had the time and money to restore an older home to its former beauty. A wonderful bit of history that we get to enjoy and can inspire your stories.



  17. Cheryl M
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 12:34 pm · Link

    Great pictures. Nice to see some of the scenery the characters see!



  18. MarthaE
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 1:21 pm · Link

    Hi Beth! The pictures are great! I love old houses and buildings. That is neat that you have shared some of the setting that the reader would “see.” Thanks for sharing and a chance to win. Daring Time sounds like a good read! Best wishes on the release



  19. Stacy ~
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 1:33 pm · Link

    I was Googling it – is it near Whiting/East Chicago? I’m thinking I’d love to take a road trip one day…..



  20. Beth Kery
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      · April 9th, 2009 at 1:44 pm · Link

    Stacy–I’m not sure about Whiting. If you keep going south on Michigan Ave.–past the Balboa Park and past the Museum Campus–you go left and get to Prairie Avenue around 17th St. or so. It’s not that far from the Museums and Soldier Field.
    They give walking tours a couple days a week. 🙂

    Martha–it was my pleasure! Thanks

    Cathy–it is nice, although many of the ‘survivors’ have been rented out by organizations, but at least it keeps the building and history intact.

    Val and Jodi–Thanks, ladies. Fun to share.

    Robin–I wish you could come and walk Prairie Avenue with me:)







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