Karen’s Killer Book Bench: Wishing You Were Here by Catherine Chant


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Book Blurb

She’s out of place.

He’s out of time.

In 1956, Joey Tempo was the biggest sensation to hit Memphis since Elvis Presley. Within twelve months he was gone–killed in a transatlantic plane crash.

Half a century later, Callie Reinard is headed for college and her dream career in radio broadcasting. When she discovers Joey’s iconic first album, she’s mysteriously drawn to his tragic story. A profound desire to change his fate invokes a mystical force that sends her back to 1957 to “make things right.”

What Callie doesn’t expect is her meddling to make everything worse…much worse. Joey may be glad to be alive, but not everyone welcomes her presence. Especially not Joey’s glamorous fiancée, who has her own plans for his future.

Every second Callie spends in the past she’s altering much more than Joey’s fate. She’s changing the lives of everyone around her. And she’s growing closer to Joey by the minute.

If Callie can’t find a way back to her own time soon, she may lose more than a college education and the career she’s always wanted. She may lose her heart to a boy she can’t have.



Callie approached the departure area and slowed. Her lack of a plan and a growing sense of what-the-hell-am-I-doing interrupted her frantic actions. What could she accomplish by finding Joey Tempo, anyway? She’d only seen the teen idol in pictures. Would she even recognize him in person? Another few steps and she had her answer. She inhaled sharply.

He’d been standing with his back to her, but now he turned to speak to a man behind him. He held a dark blue suit jacket by the collar and casually flung it over his left shoulder. Her knees threatened to buckle when she saw his face. She rested her shoulder against the wall to keep from crumpling to the floor.

“This has got to be a dream,” she whispered. “Leah’s right. I’ve gone crazy. I’m having a breakdown or something. Hallucinating.” Their argument about dead musicians returned with complete clarity.

But Joey looked so alive. So real. And so completely and utterly adorable. Crisp white shirt, a blue patterned tie loose on his neck, tan pants. Her heart beat so fast her entire body trembled. Trying to steady herself, she glanced around the airport again. Wake up, Callie. Wake up. Wake up before you make a fool out of yourself. She even pinched her arm. But images of 1957 continued to pass before her eyes.

This couldn’t be happening. It wasn’t possible.

But watching Joey move and talk to the people near him, she began to believe the impossible. He looked like every other person in the airport—ordinary. Except he wasn‘t ordinary, as far as Callie had deduced from reading about him, and she could not have dreamed him up in such detail. He paced, stealing frequent glances at his wristwatch. She could actually see the worry lines across his forehead.

He’s anxious to go home. A lump caught in Callie’s throat. But he won’t make it.

Every time he smiled, her heart broke a little more. Why did she have to see this? It had been bad enough to read about it when he was just a picture in a magazine. But now…

Callie’s breath trembled. Standing before her was a living, breathing person. A guy who had no idea he was going to die in a few hours. A boy her age with such phenomenal talent he could make music history.

He was so young, so vibrant… He deserved…

More than he got.

She forced back tears as a sense of purpose rose within her. She could stop this. She could save him. Give him another chance to show the world what he could do. If this was a dream, she’d make sure it had a happy ending.

  cchant_authorphoto  Meet Catherine Chant, Author….   

Catherine Chant is a PRO member of the Romance Writers of America (RWA) and a Golden Heart® finalist. She worked for 15 years as a computing & communication consultant at Boston College before becoming a full-time writer. She currently teaches four online workshops for writers at various RWA chapters throughout the year, including the popular “MS Word for Writers” course she introduced in 2006 and the new “Avoid the Rough: Turning your Story Idea into a Workable Plot” debuting in spring, 2013.

Her short fiction and non-fiction work has appeared in RWA newsletters, CharacterS, SchoolArts, MetroKids, Twilight Times, Apollo’s Lyre and various online sites where she writes instructional articles about computing, gaming and crafts.

Catherine is currently working on a new young adult suspense novel, and Book 2 in the Soul Mates series. You can find out more about Catherine at her website CatherineChant.com, Twitter @Catherine_Chant or Facebook Catherine.Chant.


Links to Catherine Chant’s website, blog, books, etc.

Website: http://www.catherinechant.com

Blog: http://catherinechant.wordpress.com

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/catherine.chant

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/Catherine_Chant

Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/6597567.Catherine_Chant

WISHING YOU WERE HERE by Catherine Chant
Available at Amazon.com

Kindle edition ISBN 978-0-988673-0-6

Print edition ISBN 978-1481121651

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**SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Catherine will give away an autographed Print (U.S. ONLY) or Kindle copy of WISHING YOU WERE HERE  to one lucky reader!!  Comment on either her Monday Interview and/or Wednesday’s Karen’s Killer Book Bench blogs for a chance to win.  Winner will be randomly selected and announced Monday, January 28, 2013.  Thanks, Catherine, for sharing your stories with us!


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