I have the honour of welcoming Jennifer Macaire to the blog today, as part of the blog tour for her book, A Remedy in Time. Many thanks to Jennifer for taking the time to talk to me, and to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
To save the future, she must turn to the past . . .
San Francisco, Year 3377. A deadly virus has taken the world by storm. Scientists are desperately working to develop a vaccine. And Robin Johnson – genius, high-functioning, and perhaps a little bit single-minded – is delighted. Because, to cure the disease, she’s given the chance to travel back in time.
But when Robin arrives at the last Ice Age hoping to stop the virus at its source, she finds more there than she bargained for. And just as her own chilly exterior is beginning to thaw, she realises it’s not only sabre-toothed tigers that are in danger of extinction . . .
In our family, the women have the reputation of being witches. It started with my great-grandmother, who used to put curses on things. She cursed a reservoir and it dried up. Because witchcraft is seen as something bad, we don’t talk about it much. But it has always been present in my life. I have no particular talents, I can’t fly on a broomstick, I can’t heal with my hands. I can’t see anything in the crystal ball my sister gave me for my wedding. But I can cast the cards, and about once a month I’ll sit down with the tarot deck my father gave me on my 14th birthday, and I’ll read the cards. It’s just for fun, although sometimes (often), I’ll ask questions about things that worry me – will my son pass his exam? Will my daughter like her new school? Will my husband’s heart valve operation go well? And the cards tell me, in their own way. Or perhaps it’s just my mind reading patterns and finding the answers. However, for months now, things have been strange with the cards. I keep getting the same ones.
I always ask the cards a vague question – a sort of “How are things in the world?” and of course, I’m thinking about Covid-19, right? And this is what I’ve been getting: We were woefully unprepared (the 7 of wands) and the worst is right over our heads (the 10 of swords), but when it all dies down, there will much rejoicing (the 3 of cups) and it will include people from all over the world (the 5 of wands). However, in order to get there, we we have to overcome individualism (6 of wands reversed) and work together. There will be a lot of deception and fake news (the 7 of swords). There were also the 9 and 10 of pentacles – two cards representing wealth – but the ten of pentacles was reversed, which represents the dark side of wealth, financial failure or loss. There are many, many people who will lose money. But there will be those who profit from the situation. It is going to be very important to share the wealth in the years that come, so that there is not a total collapse of government. The main card for this reading was the Hanged Man, which is the card of ultimate surrender, of being suspended in time, and of martyrdom and sacrifice to the greater good. The hanged man also represents a search for wisdom – and in this case I think we can say it’s representing not only the scientists searching for a cure, but the people working tirelessly in health care as well.
Anyhow, all that is just cards on a table. I’m far too imaginative for my own good, which is how I came to be sending one of my hapless (though certainly not helpless!) characters into the far past to collect samples from sabretooth tigers in order to help stop a pandemic! I wrote the story long before Covid-19 hit, so it wasn’t at all inspired by that. It’s just a coincidence – like the cards getting mixed up and dealt – and seeing patterns in things that may or may not be there! If you like action and adventure, romance, and a dash of danger, please do check out “A Remedy in Time”, I hope you enjoy it!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Macaire lives in France with her husband, three children, & various dogs & horses. She loves chocolate, biking, & reading. She grew up in upstate New York, Samoa, and the Virgin Islands. She graduated from St. Peter and Paul high school in St. Thomas and moved to NYC where she modeled for five years for Elite. She went to France and met her husband at the polo club. All that is true. But she mostly likes to make up stories.
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