I’m always delighted to hang out with author Roseanna White so I’m excited to have her on the blog today to talk about her new dual timeline (WW1 and WW2) historical romance, Yesterday’s Tides!
Roseanna M. White is a bestselling, Christy Award–winning author who has long claimed that words are the air she breathes. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two kids, editing, designing book covers, and pretending her house will clean itself. You can learn more about her and her stories at roseannamwhite.com.
YESTERDAY’S TIDES by Roseanna M. White
GENRE: Inspirational Dual Timeline Historical Romance
PUBLISHER: Bethany House
RELEASE DATE: January 24, 2023
In two world wars, intelligence and counterintelligence, prejudice, and self-sacrifice collide across two generations
In 1942, Evie Farrow is used to life on Ocracoke Island, where every day is the same–until the German U-boats haunting their waters begin to wreak havoc. And when special agent Sterling Bertrand is washed ashore at Evie’s inn, her life is turned upside down. While Sterling’s injuries keep him inn-bound for weeks, making him even more anxious about the SS officer he’s tracking, he becomes increasingly intrigued by Evie, who seems to be hiding secrets of her own.
Decades earlier, in 1914, Englishman Remington Culbreth arrives at the Ocracoke Inn for the summer, never expecting to fall in love with Louisa Adair, the innkeeper’s daughter. But when war breaks out in Europe, their relationship is put in jeopardy and may not survive what lies ahead for them.
As the ripples from the Great War rock Evie and Sterling’s lives in World War II, it seems yesterday’s tides may sweep them all into danger again today.
Hi Roseanna! Welcome back to the blog!
Carrie: Ok I have to say that answer surprises me, considering you host tea parties LOL
Carrie: i wish i could do audiobooks!
Roseanna: Ocean to visit, mountains to live
Carrie: ooo i like that compromise!
Carrie: I love print for owning … but ebooks are easier for me to read lately.
Q: Around here I like to say that reading is my superpower. If YOU had a superpower, what would it be?
Roseanna: Well, I seem to amaze people by the amount of stuff I get done, so let’s call me The Prioritizer! 😉
Q: Which books are “on your nightstand”?
Roseanna: Abaddon’s Gate by James S. A. Corey, Bring Her Home by Hannah Currie, All the Lost Places by Amanda Dykes, and my current nonfiction reads are Introduction to the Devout Life by Francis de Sales and Signs of Life by Scott Hahn.
Carrie: i haven’t read the others but All the Lost Places is amazing!
Q: If I sneaked a peek in your purse right now (which I would never do, I promise!), what would it tell me about you?
Roseanna: Well, the glucose tabs would tell you I have a diabetic in the family (my son, Type 1). The Roseanna-branded notepad and pen would tell you I love purple and swag and never know when inspiration for something will strike. The random pack of “emergency” Chick-fil-A mayo . . . tells you I’m a weirdo? LOL. And the general state of disarray will tell you way more about my personality than I really want you to know!
Q: Did you have the whole plot outlined before you started writing Yesterday’s Tides, or did you let the characters dictate what came next?
Roseanna: In this particular case, I had the entire thing outlined, scene by scene, before I started writing. For the WW1 storyline, I was using the general love story from a book I wrote as a contemporary many many moons ago, so I knew the general progression [of] their lives. I knew it would be a challenge to weave the WW2 storyline in a way that built the tension across both threads, so I wanted to make sure I had everything well planned in advance! There were obviously some tweaks and changes as I went, but in general, that outline kept me happily on track.
Carrie: I love that you were able to repurpose that romance for the WW1 storyline!
Q: Some authors like to hide little things in their stories. Is there anything you have hidden in Yesterday’s Tides?
Roseanna: Ooo, yes, yes, yes! This one is FULL of Easter eggs for readers of my other series! I actually combine the story worlds not only of all my English series (which were already loosely joined), but also of the Culper Ring series world as well! I absolutely loved showing readers how all my stories work together in my head. =D
Carrie: ooo yay!!!!!
Q: What do you most want readers to take away from Yesterday’s Tides?
Roseanna: I think the ultimate theme of this story comes down to this: What you do matters. What you choose matters. The decisions you make don’t just impact you—they impact your family, their family, friends, communities, and whole countries. Choices ripple out for generations, and yesterday’s tides keep impacting the currents of today and tomorrow. I think far too often we don’t try to look beyond ourselves or our little bubble . . . but we need to. Because whether we’re looking or not, we’re affecting everything, just like everyone else is.
Carrie: amen ♥
Thank you so much for taking time to talk with me! 🙂 Before we say goodbye for today, tell us what‘s coming up next for you.
Roseanna: So many things! LOL. My next historical romance series, The Imposters, begins in August with A Beautiful Disguise. It’s centered around two aristocratic siblings who use their unlikely training in circus pageantry to run an investigative firm, so that they can keep their estate from bankruptcy after their father wasted the family’s wealth. So fun!
In June, Teacups and Tiaras, my first book in Guideposts’ new Secrets from Grandma’s Attic will release, and then in September I have At His Feet: Mary Magdalene’s Story in the Extraordinary Women of the Bible biblical fiction series.
Lots of fun from me this year!
Carrie: We’ll just call you ‘The Prioritizer’! 😉
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What about you? What makes you want to read Yesterday’s Tides by Roseanna M. White?