Friday, November 1, 2013

Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn ~ Goddess Fish Super Book Blast ~ Giveaway

Forward to Camelot
by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn

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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 …


It was a famous photograph, one I’d seen many times. In the center of the photograph was a tall, burly man, with thinning hair slicked back, a large face, big flappy ears, right hand raised piously, facing a small brisk woman with dark hair and glasses. On the man’s right, crowded next to him, seeming crushed by his vitality, was another small dark woman, her face blank with conflicting emotions.
But the man, for all his bulk and heartiness, was not the magnetic force in the photograph. The woman on his left was. Younger than anyone else, with dark glossy hair, in a bulky light suit, her profile regal even in her anguish, blood spattering her clothes, she stood watching sightlessly. Her beauty and grief drew all eyes. Her pain was almost visible on the photo itself.
“This is the swearing in of Lyndon Johnson as president on Air Force One in Dallas, on November 22, 1963. His wife is on his right. Jacqueline Kennedy stands on his left. Sarah Hughes is the judge administering the oath. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated only a couple of hours before.”
“I know the photograph, George.”
“Good for you. Look here.” He pointed carefully at the almost invisible edges of the book under Johnson’s massive hand. “Johnson, of course, needed to be sworn on a Bible.  Here it is, being held by Mrs. Hughes.”
“You want the Bible Johnson took the oath on?”
“I do. That Bible belonged to President Kennedy.”
I looked up in surprise. “It was Kennedy’s Bible? I didn’t know that.”
“It was the only Bible on Air Force One. Kennedy supposedly traveled everywhere with it. When they were scrambling to find a Bible—Johnson insisted on taking the oath before he left Dallas—they remembered Kennedy’s Bible and used that.”
“Well, can’t you buy the Bible from the Kennedy family? Even though I can’t imagine they’d give it up.”
“Well, now, that’s a problem. The Bible disappeared right after this picture was taken.”
I hated to admit it, but that intrigued me. It was getting harder to remember that I’d just lost my job a few hours before. “How could it disappear?”
“Well, the story goes that Sarah Hughes actually had it in her hands when she left Air Force One in Dallas. You have to understand—that day, the whole country was in a state of shock, and people did crazy things without realizing it, half the time. Coming down the ramp, Mrs. Hughes met a man dressed in a suit and tie and sunglasses, a man she believed to be a Secret Service agent. He asked her for the Bible. I don’t think she even realized she still had it in her hand. She gave it to him immediately; she thought he would return it to the Kennedy family.”
He paused. I was riveted. “At least, that’s what she said. But the Bible disappeared that day and was never seen again.” George paused again and gave me a devilish grin. “JFK’s own Bible, used to swear in Lyndon Johnson on Air Force One... what do you think an item like that would be worth?”
I shook my head. I couldn’t imagine.
“Nobody can,” he said softly. “Do you understand now? As a piece of history, part of one of the twentieth-century’s most pivotal events… that Bible would be beyond price. And I intend to have it.”

“You want me to find the Bible?”

“Not exactly. I know where it was on November 22, 1963. Sarah Hughes had it at Love Field.”

“Well, a fat lot of good that’s going to do!” I exclaimed. “Unless you’re somehow going to travel back in time and pick it up—”

“I’m not,” George said reasonably. “You are.”

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

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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  1. Thanks for hosting us today, Crystal - it's great to be here!

    1. You are most welcome Susan. It is my honor to have you both here today :)

  2. Time travel and history. A concept I haven't read before, but sounds interesting.

    1. Hi Theresa, I think you'll be very pleasantly surprised. Forward To Camelot is a thrilling blend of fact and fiction, if I do say so myself, as co-author. Midwest Book Review has a great review if you'd like to know more!


    2. This really does sound like an intriguing story line :)

  3. What kind of research did you guys have to do for this project?

    andralynn7 AT gmail DOT com

    1. Andra,

      We spent nearly four years researching Forward To Camelot--and the research was done in the days before the Internet. Tons of phone calls, interviews, location visits, libraries, research journals, other books and media libraries. I'm a very good researcher but this research was the toughest and most extensive I've ever done.

      The research shows in the writing. Susan and I were dedicated to blending a solid, believable and entertaining story with the facts of the day and era. We wanted readers to feel like they were truly back in the era of the '60's, with flavor and memory sprinkled in. It was a bit challenging to keep the fact and fiction clear during the writing process...but we pulled it off. I'd love to know what you think.

    2. It sounds like some fascinating information was probably learned in your research. Do you have a fun fact you would like to share with us?

  4. Interesting premise, it would be nice to have some of the mysteries cleared up. Thanks for the excerpt!

  5. Nice excerpt

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

  6. I loved Stephen King's 11/22/63 book about time travel and the same era. That was, of course, at heart a love story-starring a librarian, like me. It's a great book.
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  7. Catherine,

    The original edition of Forward To Camelot came out in 2003, years before King's novel did. So we beat him to the punch, and if you ask me which was the superior answer is obvious.

    At it's very core, Forward To Camelot is a journey of self-discovery and realization, as a woman best described as an armchair adventurer learns what she is truly capable of if only she'd believe in herself.

  8. Crystal,

    The first fun fact we learned provided the spark for the entire story: The Bible on which Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President after the assassination was actually JFK's own, personal Bible. It was the only Bible on Air Force One, and JFK reportedly never went anywhere without it. After the swearing in, it vanished, not found until years later. Many great stories (such as RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK) are centered around a treasure hunt, so our story grew out of the simple thought 'what if a woman on the hunt for JFK's missing Bible...'

    A second fact: On the the night before Kennedy's assassination, his Secret Service detail went out drinking at a bar in Fort Worth, leaving the President protected only by local firemen. This was a fact we put to good use in the novel: when Cady has the chance to warn JFK of impending doom, she needs to slip past untrained firefighters instead of highly trained bodyguards. How she does, and who helps her, leads to one of the most surreal scenes in the book.