A Thousand Steps

A Thousand Steps
A Thousand Steps by T. Jefferson Parker

Wednesday, June 11, 2014


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Jocelyn Dunkirk is not your typical Victorian lady. She dresses in leather, wears goggles and is not afraid to get a little grease under her fingernails. Gentlemen avoid her like a dirty rivet.

Richard Windsor, the Prince of Wales, travels through time to claim Jocelyn's heart, but if it isn't one challenge, it's another. He determines to be a constant, steady presence in her life, hoping to prove he'd make a worthy husband.

Jocelyn's facing a bucket full of problems. The Prime Minister wants her to assist in ending a coal strike before it cripples the nation while her father attempts to recover from a serious injury. Will Jocelyn's dedication to her country and family ruin the one chance she has at love?

Enjoy an excerpt:

Jocelyn froze, stunned to find herself face-to-face with Richard. She'd hoped he'd come back for her, but not like this. She brushed aside her sudden surge of happiness as she glanced at her father. He struggled to maintain his composure.

"We need to leave," the doctor said.

"Lord Ridgecroft, come." Sir John nudged Jocelyn's father and they began walking toward the exit.

Richard rushed to her side, placing a hand on her elbow. His expression filled with longing -- and concern. "Jocelyn--"

She raised a hand. "I can't--"

"What happened?" Richard's voice shook.

Keira leaned forward. "The ring you left behind exploded."

A deep, pained look crossed his face.

Jocelyn turned away. She had to keep her focus on her father when she could be assured of her father's well being, then she'd deal with Richard's reappearance. They entered a hall that the servants used and headed toward the exit.

Stephanie Burkhart is a 911 dispatcher for LAPD. She was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. After serving 11 years in the US Army she currently calls Castaic, California her home. Stephanie was married in Denmark in 1991 and has two young sons. She adores chocolate, is addicted to coffee and enjoys early morning walks. She's also an assistant den leader for her son's Cub Scout den and is a Boy Scout mom. She writes paranormal, contemporary, and steampunk romance and has two children's books published with 4RV Publishing.


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My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A Lady Never Lies by Stephanie Burkhart is a 2014 Desert Breeze Publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Alice, Grayson, Edmund, Keira and Jocelyn and Richard are all back and they are having just a wee bit of trouble. A reporter has found out about their time tripping activities, Alice is pregnant and has been advised not to travel, and the ring Richard gave Jocelyn has blown up injuring her father badly. This is just in the first few chapters!!

As a refresher, Richard is the Prince of Wales and the keeper of time. Jocelyn is from the Victorian era, but without a mother's influence, her father doted on her. This gives Jocelyn a certain independence other young ladies of her time do not enjoy. However, the downside to that is she is still unmarried and men tend to shy away from her. But, not Richard. Richard wants to marry Jocelyn, but at the moment there are a plethora of problems.
A coal miners strike is threatening to throw the economy into a tailspin and so with her father in critical
condition, Jocelyn has been asked to try and negotiate with the miners. For the sake of her country she agrees, but what about Richard?

Sophia and Jax are on their own time tripping adventure as they deal with Jonas.

Meanwhile, Jack, the nosy reporter gets more than he bargained for when his interest in the time machine gets him a trip back into the past.

As Jocelyn struggles with her duty and Richard struggles with his, they will have to make a choice. In order to be together one will have to make a choice. Remain in their own time or leave it for a life in the past or a life in the future. Which one would you chose?
There was only one question .. I didn't know if Jocelyn would be angry with Richard or if Richard would feel guilty about the ring explosion. I guess there is no finger pointing or blame aimed at anyone, although we know Richard feels terrible. I wondered if that might come between the couple but it doesn't appear to have damaged the relationship.

Stay tuned for more adventures as the gang will have to prevent Jonas from ever meeting Nickola Tesla. The future of electricity could be at stake!

This is a fun series. I love the characters from the past being able to experience the future and this wonderful cast of adventurous characters. Although this is a series and as always it is beneficial to read in order you won't have any trouble picking up the thread and reading this one as a stand alone. This author has a a huge imagination and her stories are always highly entertaining. This series offers adventure and romance within a fantasy/ science fiction type setting and is truly delightful. I can't wait for the next book in the series.
This one gets 4.5 stars.


  1. Thanks so much for having me here today. A Lady Never Lies is currently available as an ebook in all formats today! You can find it on B&N, Amazon, All Romance Ebooks and my publishers site at Desert Breeze Publishing:http://www.desertbreezepublishing.com/the-windsor-diaries-book-three-a-lady-never-lies-epub/

    Question for you and the readers: What's your favorite time traveling TV Show?

    Steph Burkhart - Award Winning Author
    Romance Under The Moonlight

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  2. Stephanie,
    Have you ever seen the old Dark Shadows soap opera? Despite the "camp" the storylines were really good and there was a lot of time travel going on. The only other series I can think of is Quantum Leap. That one was really good.


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