Good morning, Lynda! Don't you just love the hint of Autumn in the air?

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Please make her welcome.

Deja Vu or Alternate Reality?

A few years ago, I was putting groceries in the trunk of my car when a man called out, "Hi, how are you? Wow, I haven't seen you around in a long time!"

He was a nice enough fellow, not bad looking, definitely friendly, but he hadn't seen me around...ever. This has happened to me before. I have one of 'those faces' I guess so I just smiled and asked, "Who do you think I am?"

For a moment he looked puzzled. You could almost see the wheels turning in his brain. It was at that point that he realized his mistake and apologized, adding that I looked exactly like the woman he obviously thought I was. I assured him no harm was done. He ducked into the store, leaving me thinking about what had just happened.

I'm no beauty and my looks won't stop a clock. I'm maybe a teensy bit above plain. I'm sure there are many auburn haired women with blue eyes who are just a teensy bit above plain so it's easy to understand a momentary mistake. But this fellow had the light of recognition in his eyes and if he was speaking to someone he'd known for a long time.

Hours later, my writer's mind kicked into gear. What if...he'd stepped out of another time line? In that one, he knew me. I was a close acquaintance. Or maybe a friend. In this time line, I was a stranger, a person he knew nothing about. In his original time line, I could have been a doctor or nurse or teacher. In this one, I could be a thief, a scammer or, worse, a politician! And that made me wonder what could cause a different time line where I could be something totally different from what I am.

My favorite theory is that alternate time lines occur from yes-no type decisions. But that would give rise to an infinite number of time lines for each individual or being from the moment they got out of bed every morning. The universe is infinite but that's too much for my very finite mind to comprehend. I realized then that the Yes-No decisions had to be significant decisions, not ones based on what pair of shoes I'd wear or what kind of cereal I'd put in my breakfast bowl. True, these things might be important to me but in the sweep of the universe, I'm really pretty insignificant.

So maybe the Yes-No decisions have to be significant decisions for a large group of people. These would be decisions that would have the most effect on the most people. For example...Imagine the American Revolution failing. We'd still be part of Great Britain. Or imagine the Mongols sweeping Europe and maintaining dominion over the entire continent. Or imagine what would happen to our world if alien intelligence had arrived, not today, but several hundred years ago. What kind of world would any of these create?

My choice of breakfast cereal or whether I'd wear a blue shirt or purple shirt with my jeans kind of pales in comparison to that. (For the record, I'd probably go with my favorite color, the purple.)

Being a Science Fantasy Romance author, I naturally gravitated toward the arrival of alien intelligence for an instigating event for my novel, Altered Destiny. Well, sort of. In the alternate time line, the Qui'arel arrived, safely, at about the same time as the Jacobite Rebellion. But in this time line, they didn't arrive until our current time and they didn't arrive safely. The ship in our time had a malfunction (which is why it was so late) and slammed into our moon.

The resulting explosion catapults our heroine, Liane Gautier-MacGregor, newly divorced and disappointed with her life, right into a world filled with castle-dominated communities called Reaches, dragons wandering around the North American continent, humans in subjugation to aliens who look like Elves...and straight into the arms of her ex-husband.

But is he? He looks exactly like Devyn Alistair MacGregor...except for the kilt and the eyeglasses, things her ex wouldn't be caught dead wearing. Neither would her ex have a slight brogue. Or act like a decent and honorable man. No, her ex would do none of those things.

Understandably, Liane is confused and puzzled and downright terrified of what's happened to her. She can't live in a world where humans can be enslaved on the whim of the alien overlords. The more she learns about this new world, the more she wants to go home. And the more she learns about this new Devyn James MacGregor, the more she realizes he's worthy of her respect...and love. Can she find a way home or will she accept an Altered Destiny?

So, yes, Altered Destiny came about because of an accidental encounter in a parking lot and a face that looks like many others. It's a kind of strange way to get an idea but it worked and I love the story ;-) Hopefully, you will too.

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By Lynda K. Scott Mundania Press

Science Fantasy Romance

Eric d'Ebrur is out of time. He must fine the legendary Heartstone and fulfill the ancient Gar'Ja bond he shares with the Stonebearer. But when he finds her, he discovers that love can be more dangerous than the Gawan threat. Eric can defeat the mind-controlling Gawan but will it cost him the woman he loves?

After terrifying episodes of hypersensitivity, Keriam Norton thinks she's losing her mind. When handsome shapeshifter Eric d'Ebrur saves her from the monstrous Gawan, she's sure of it. But insane or not, she'll find the Heartstone and, if she's lucky, a love to last a lifetime.

Available in print and ebook format

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About Lynda: In her family of Kentucky 'ridge runners', oral tales were a tradition that even the children participated in. She spent many nights with her brother, cousins and friends telling tall tales to excite the imagination. Now she creates award winning science fantasy romance filled with despair, hope, love and courage.

Thanks for having me! If you are a member of or join my newsgroup before Oct 1, you'll automatically be entered into a drawing for a beaded crystal heart pendant. (Sorry, you must be a resident of the USA to win the pendant but a non-USA winner will receive an alternate prize to be determined at the time of the drawing.) Contest Rules are available at

Come join us tomorrow for an except from Altered Destiny and a cover that is absolutely eye candy!


  1. Mary Marvella // September 22, 2011 at 8:38 AM  

    Good morning, Lynda. Yawn.

  2. Hildie McQueen // September 22, 2011 at 9:26 AM  

    I love how everyday occurrences aren't ordinary in a writer's mind. Great pos Lynda!

  3. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 9:49 AM  

    Good morning everyone! Sorry I'm late, I lost my ISP last night and just got it back.

    Hi Mary! Thanks for having me today!

    Hi Hildie, yes, writers have really odd minds LOL Thanks for stopping by!

  4. Beth Trissel // September 22, 2011 at 10:52 AM  

    Welcome to the Fuzzies, Lynda! What an amazing imagination you have and what a fascinating book. BTW, some people do believe space aliens live among us, and have for some time. Anyway, your concept is mind boggling and really makes me think.

  5. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 10:55 AM  

    Hi Beth! Of course space aliens live among us...just ask my alien kitten, Wookie ;-)

  6. Jacqueline Seewald // September 22, 2011 at 12:15 PM  

    Hi, Lynda,

    To my mind it's much harder to write sci-fi romance. You're obviously a very creative individual.

  7. Nightingale // September 22, 2011 at 1:36 PM  

    I like to entertain the idea of alternate timelines or even dimensions. I just contracted a book about twins from another diemnsion. You spun quite an interesting tale from that chance meeting in the parking lot.

  8. Kari Thomas // September 22, 2011 at 2:08 PM  

    LOVE your imaginative ideas, Lynda! This new book sounds great!

    Wishing you lots of Sales!

    hugs, Kari Thomas,

  9. Victoria // September 22, 2011 at 3:15 PM  

    Hi Lynda,
    Don't enter me. I'm just stopping by to say Hi and support you :).

  10. Anonymous // September 22, 2011 at 5:14 PM  

    Hi Lynda, it's fun to read how your inspiration developed after an unusual incident, and the 'what if' mul

  11. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 5:44 PM  

    Hi Jacqueline! I don't know if it's harder than any other genre. We all have 'rules' we have to adhere to as we write. But, imo, SciFi Romance, or as I call what I write - Science Fantasy Romance, is a lot of fun to write ;-)

  12. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 5:48 PM  

    Hi Nightingale! Good luck on your book! Alternate realities or dimensions are terrific imagination inspirers. Not that mine needs a lot of imagination, lol. I look down at the captcha thingie (the code you have to put in before your comment will be accepted) and can see characters, alien planets, conflicts...I am kind of weird ;-)

  13. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 5:49 PM  

    Hi Kari and Victoria! Thanks for stopping by!

  14. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 5:50 PM  

    Hi Anonymous! Thanks for stopping by!

  15. Mona Risk // September 22, 2011 at 5:57 PM  

    Anonymous is Mona Risk. Yahoo threw me out before I finished my comment. Glad to have you here Lynda.

  16. Lynda K. Scott // September 22, 2011 at 6:08 PM  

    Hi Mona! Blogger can be...funny sometimes ;-) Thanks for having me, it's been great!

  17. Josie // September 25, 2011 at 3:04 PM  

    Hi Lynda,
    I'm finally getting to our blog a little late this week, Lynda, in wishing you a belated welcome.