Thursday 18 April 2019

Check out this wonderful excerpt from Gwendolyn Womack fabulous new book — The Time Collector #TheTimeCollector #GwendolynWomack #HFVBTBlogTours @Gwen_Womack @hfvbt

Historical Fiction Virtual Blog Tours Presents…

The Time Collector
By Gwendolyn Womack

Travel through time with the touch of a hand.

Roan West was born with an extraordinary gift: he can perceive the past of any object he touches. A highly skilled pyschometrist, he uses his talents to find and sell valuable antiques, but his quiet life in New Orleans is about to change. Stuart, a fellow pyschometrist and Roan’s close friend, has used his own abilities to unearth several out-of-place-artifacts or “ooparts”—like a ring that once belonged to the seventeenth-century mathematician and philosopher René Descartes, but was found buried in prehistoric bedrock.
The relics challenge recorded history, but soon after the discovery, Stuart disappears, making him one of several psychometrists who have recently died or vanished without a trace. When Roan comes across a viral video of a young woman who has discovered a priceless pocket watch just by “sensing” it, he knows he has to warn her—but will Melicent Tilpin listen? And can Roan find Stuart before it’s too late?
The quest for answers will lead Roan and Melicent around the world—before it brings them closer to each other and a startling truth—in the latest romantic thriller from Gwendolyn Womack, the bestselling, PRISM Award-winning author of The Memory Painter and The Fortune Teller.
Praise for The Time Collector
“A wonderfully intriguing tale, filled with the mystery of objects that tell a story. The Time Collector’s fast pace and fascinating premise will delight history and romance lovers.”
Yangsze Choo, New York Times bestselling author of The Ghost Bride
“A compelling exploration of time, history, and our primal need to connect with the past, The Time Collector is also a rollicking adventure through ancient mysteries and the moving story of two stunningly drawn characters, chasing the answer to the question of what it means to be human.”
Charlie Lovett, New York Times bestselling author of The Bookman’s Tale and The Lost Book of the Grail.


The next email was from Holly with the promised link. He clicked on it to find recent footage from an Antiques Roadshow convention in Los Angeles.

The subject header read: “Psychometrist finds million-dollar pocket watch with the power of her hands!”

Roan leaned forward, now engaged. He launched the video to watch an attractive blond woman standing next to an appraiser while a tall teenage boy hovered behind her. The pair had a California beach vibe about them. The teenager was in board shorts and flip-flops and had a thick braided cuff around his wrist. All that was missing was his surfboard.

The appraiser shook the woman’s hand. “What’s your name?”

“Melicent Tilpin,” she said, her eyes avoiding the camera.

“Welcome, Melicent,” he said. “So what have you brought us today?”

The woman held out a gold pocket watch.

“Well now—” When the appraiser took it, he stopped talking. Seconds passed until he said, “Good heavens.”

He opened up the dial and peered at her over the rim of his examining glasses. “Where on earth did you get this?”

“At a flea market,” she said, crossing her arms, looking nervous.

“A flea market? How extraordinary.” The appraiser leaned down to study it closer. “What we have here is an original pocket watch by Abraham-Louis Breguet from 1790. You can see his engraved signature here on the dial. Do you know who he is?”

The woman hesitated and then shook her head no.

Roan could tell she was lying.

The appraiser chuckled. “Only the best watchmaker of all time. This is one of his first, classic ‘Grande Complication’ pocket watches with a tourbillon, his most precise timepiece. These watches took years to assemble.” The appraiser was talking with his hands in excitement. “Very few are in circulation. Most are in museums. The Breguet company usually buys them back when they enter the market. The last one sold for one point five million dollars.”

The woman was too stunned to stay anything, then she put her hand to her heart.

“And you say you found this at a flea market?” the man pressed.

“Yes,” she whispered. Her eyes welled with tears. Her hands were shaking as she covered her mouth. Her brother put his arm around her.

Roan watched the video, riveted.

“How did you find this at a flea market?”

“Someone was selling a collection of old watches, and I put my hands over them. This one felt special and I knew—” She hesitated. “I feel things with my hands sometimes.”

The appraiser didn’t know what to make of that. “You’re saying you felt this watch was special with your hands?”

She nodded, her expression clearly showing she knew it sounded implausible. “Sometimes I pick up stuff and I can sense things, their history.”

“Well, that is something,” the man said, trying to make things more exciting for the cameras. “You definitely found a winner! Like winning the lottery, I’d say.” He handed the watch back to her. “This might be the biggest discovery we’ve ever had on this show. You’re the one making history.”

Melicent looked at the camera, as if remembering the crew was recording her.

The image froze.

Roan stared at her face, seeing the secrets in her eyes. She had just admitted she was a psychometrist to the world. It didn’t seem like the appraiser understood.

Roan replayed the video three more times, each time his amazement mounting. He had found someone else like him.


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Gwendolyn Womack

Originally from Houston, Texas, GWENDOLYN WOMACK studied theatre at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks and holds an MFA in Directing Theatre, Video, and Cinema from California Institute of the Arts. She is the USA Today bestselling author of The Fortune Teller and the RWA Prism Award-winning reincarnation thriller, The Memory Painter. She resides in Los Angeles with her family.
For more information please visit Gwendolyn Womack’s website. You can also connect with her on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Goodreads.


  1. This story sounds very intriguing, Gwendolyn, it's going on my TBR pile!

  2. Thank you so much for hosting The Time Collector Blog Tour! We appreciate the support!

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