Summary:

WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY KENNEDY WAS SAVED?

On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003 with a new Afterword from the authors.

On November 22, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy’s assassination, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One using JFK’s own Bible. Immediately afterward, the Bible disappeared. It has never been recovered. Today, its value would be beyond price. 

In the year 2000, actress Cady Cuyler is recruited to return to 1963 for this Bible—while also discovering why her father disappeared in the same city, on the same tragic day. Finding frightening links between them will lead Cady to a far more perilous mission: to somehow prevent the President’s murder, with one unlikely ally: an ex-Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald.

Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition brings together an unlikely trio: a gallant president, the young patriot who risks his own life to save him, and the woman who knows their future, who is desperate to save them both. 

History CAN be altered …


Excerpt:


The man in the doorway was yawning, and his bright chestnut hair, flecked with threads of gray, was tousled. He wore half glasses down on his nose and held a thick typewritten report in one hand. His navy silk tie was pulled down, his white shirt was rumpled. His eyes, though bloodshot, focused on us politely.
     
I was face to face with President John F. Kennedy.
     
He looked at us, puzzled, and glanced around the empty hallway.
    
I knew if I didn’t speak that I’d never have another chance, but I couldn’t think of a thing to say. The President looked at us, raised an eyebrow.
     
Quick, Cady, say something. “Mr. President, my name is Cady Cuyler.” Beside me, I felt Lee start at the words. “I’ve come a long way to speak to you. Please, it’s very urgent.”
     
He was still puzzled. “Where’s my Secret Service detail?”
    
I took a deep breath. In for a penny, in for a pound. “They’re out drinking at a nightclub called The Cellar, here in Fort Worth. They left some Fort Worth firemen to guard you. They’ll be pretty hung over in the morning.”
     
Kennedy looked down at me. His eyes were a bit brighter, though it was now close to 2:00 a.m.  He looked over at Lee, who gave him a tense smile, and stood almost at military attention. He looked back at me and asked quietly, “And how do you know this?”
     
It was time. His hand was on the doorknob. Almost imperceptibly, he was inching it shut. 
    
I took a deep breath. “I’ll tell you, but you’re not going to believe me.” I waited; he waited too. But he was listening; I still had a chance.
    
“I’m from the future. I don’t live in Dallas in 1963. I live in New York in the year 2000. I’m here to warn you, sir, and save you if I can. If you don’t listen to me now… you’re going to die in less than 12 hours.”

Oswald had turned to me in alarm. Kennedy’s gray eyes never left my face while I spoke. When I stopped, hoping, praying I had reached him, he glanced down for a moment, then down the hall. All was quiet, the annoying yellow lights still burning overhead. Like casinos in Vegas, it was impossible to know from the artificial light in the hotel whether it was noon or midnight.
     
“You’re right,” the President said in that distinctive accent. “I don’t believe you.” He started to close the door in my face.
     
Before he could, I was talking again, as quickly and persuasively as I could. “Why would I make up a story like that? It makes no sense. Unless it was true!”
     
His gaze was even and noncommittal, but at least he’d stopped closing the door. “Can you prove it?”


About the author:


SUSAN SLOATE is the author of 20 previous books, including the recent bestseller Stealing Fire and Realizing You (with Ron Doades), for which she invented a new genre: the self-help novel. The original 2003 edition of Forward to Camelot became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in three literary competitions and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.

Susan has also written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!, which won the silver medal in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the Skies is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a sportswriter and a screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns and founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC.

After beginning his career as a television news and sports writer-producer, KEVIN FINN moved on to screenwriting and has authored more than a dozen screenplays. He is a freelance script analyst and has worked for the prestigious American Film Institute Writer’s Workshop Program. He now produces promotional trailers, independent film projects including the 2012 documentary SETTING THE STAGE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH THE PIRATES OF PENZANCE, and local content for Princeton Community Television.

His next novel, Banners Over Brooklyn, will be released in 2014.

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**Susan and Kevin will be awarding a $25 Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during this tour and their Virtual Book Tour.

19 comments:

Thank you for hosting.

Interesting twist to an already fascinating story in history. Thanks for sharing:)
Lori

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Thanks for hosting us today - it's good to be here. And Lori, glad you're intrigued - there are lots more twists in the story after that one!

thank you for the chance to win and for hosting :)
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The blurb has me very interest in reading this book! AFischer48@mail.com

Were there any scenes that tripped you up or were hard to get through?

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Sounds like a very interesting book. Thanks for the giveaway chance!

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Oh, this is so cool. After visiting the Book Depository in Texas, I have so many questions and mysteries surrounding this.

This sounds like an interesting read!

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Marcy, Emi, Veronica, Theresa: So glad you are all interested. I think you'll enjoy the read very much and I promise you Forward To Camelot is unlike anything you've ever read before. I hope we can clear up some of those questions and mysteries...and maybe raise a few new questions that will nudge at the back of your mind.

Andra,

Great Question! There were a few scenes that proved really tough or hard to get a handle on, especially when we felt like we weren't being true to our character's voice. I think the most daunting scene is the daring rescue that is a centerpiece of the book; we agonized over that for months, trying to make it realistic and as believable as possible while still staying true to our characters and the historic moment it takes place in. Tough stuff, for sure!

What an awesome plot!! My boyfriend's hobby is JFK and his assassination so I know a LOT about it. I've seen every movie on it, lol. This book is going on our TBR list:)
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Nice excerpt

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Thanks for the giveaway! Love that excerpt!
mestith at gmail dot com

Thank you for your giveaway opportunity!

This is a very interesting concept - a time travel thriller involving JFK. Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway!

fictionaddiction (at) nicoleandscott (dot) com

I'm glad you all like the concept. We're very grateful to everyone who comments and helps us share. Susan and I are always open to comments, questions and suggestions, so please get in touch with us if you like.

I have read FORWARD TO CAMELOT and really enjoyed it. Thank you for writing such an interesting book. Oh how I wish that day had turned our that way. I found your book to be a real page turner and packed full of action.

This is going to be a fantastic read.

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