RI Authors Showcase – Meet Tom Rankin

Welcome to the Rhode Island Authors Showcase! Each day in November, this blog will feature a different Rhode Island author. Read the post and leave a comment and you are eligible to win this day’s giveaway!

Leave a comment every day this month for over 30 chances to win either our Grand Prize (a $200 Amazon gift card), our Bonus Prize (a $100 Amazon gift card), or a Cheer-Up Prize (amount to be determined), just in time for holiday shopping!

A winner will be randomly selected one week after the publication of the blog post, and the Grand Prize and Bonus Prize winners will be randomly selected on December 7, 2021. For the daily giveaways, the author will contact you directly to coordinate delivery. Print books for delivery within the US only, please.

Tom Rankin

The author of four fantasy novels, The Valerian Series, (as T.R. Rankin), Tom is currently in the process of publishing a historical fiction novel. In addition to that, he’s been writing nautically-themed historical murder mysteries.

Tom is offering a digital copy of the first novella in his Matthew and Martha Mystery series, Murder in the Limelight. Based on an actual event, the story takes place on Martha’s Vineyard in November 1898 after the Great Portland Gale has decimated the North East coast. When a body is found aboard a wrecked and burning lime schooner and the remainder of the crew turn up on Captain Matthew Reynolds’ yacht, he and the recently widowed Martha Dickinson find themselves caught up in a mystery involving drug smuggling, tax evasion, fraud, and finally murder. Add in a bit of romance and Murder in the Limelight keeps readers guessing — and page turning — right to the very end.

Follow Tom’s blog here! https://trankincom.wordpress.com/

All you have to do to qualify today is answer this question: If you could live during a time in history, which time period would you choose?

Join us on SATURDAY, DECEMBER 11, from 9:00am to 3:00pm at the CROWNE PLAZA in Warwick for the 9th Annual Rhode Island Authors Expo!

22 thoughts on “RI Authors Showcase – Meet Tom Rankin

  1. This question took a lot of thought. I wouldn’t want to live in any other time in history. I would, however, love to be able to time travel and find out more about my ancestors so I can break down the brick walls in my genealogy.

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  2. For me, I might enjoy living a simpler lifestyle – perhaps, as someone else posted here, post-Civil War 19th Century – definitely rural. I can do without all the amenities and conveniences – I’ve done American Revolution and Civil War reenacting for decades, so I know how to build a fire with flint and steel, cook over the open fire, and other survival activities. My family has had a remote summer place for 50+ years without running water or electricity, and I know the edibles to harvest from land and sea. So I would do well in that time period or that lifestyle (which the Amish continue to practice today).

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  3. I don’t really have any desire to live anytime in the past especially with the primative medicine and bathrooms, but if I had to choose, I would like to live in Jerusalem during last three years of Jesus’ life. Wishing you the best with your novels.

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    1. Cool! I’m working right now on a novella about Nicodemus (I thought it was going to be a short story, but Nico left that idea in the dust months ago). So I’ve been digging deep into the culture of Judea and Jerusalem and the relationship between the Jews and the Romans in those days. My story is from Nico’s POV – I’ve wondered for many years what his “take” on the whole Jesus phenomenon was. I’m having a blast learning so much and using my research to flesh out the story and the details.

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  4. A very tough question! I would like to have been a teen during the 1950’s. The music was fun and even though it wasn’t that long ago, times were a bit simpler without all the social media. Thanks Tom for the chance to win your book.

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  5. Choosing a time period is a difficult question to answer. Each one has something interesting. I will say though that I like having a toilet and running water; apparently, the flush toilet was invented in the late 1500s but not used in homes until late 1800s. I do like the Victorian time period and would love to meet my relatives.

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  6. I don’t like a lot about our current time, but also don’t want to give up our modern conveniences. So that’s a tough question. Historically speaking, I’d be interested in a visit to ancient Rome (but only if I don’t have to stay).

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  7. I would not want to go back, or even to be younger. Life is unfolding as it should. Still to answer your thought-provoking question completely, I would l go back to the early sixties, before Vietnam. I was a child then, innocent, and unaware of the awfulness that would come in the decades ahead.

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  8. Your idea is appetizing . Your words alluring . But my answer may be bitter , Mam! If I am given full and final authority to choose a period of history in which I would prefer to live is THE STATE OF NATURE . Your question may be why ? My answer is simply simple . Are we not hearing about murder , killing, hating on the basis on race and religion , caste and creed , on the basis of colours and all that . Still might denotes right . In the state of nature situation was not dissimilar. Difference is that the people then had ample , now only a few have ample . Then people were dependent on nature and they considered themselves as a part of it not part from it . Now , nature is dependent on man . Nature is praying man , let me remain as it is . But man has become , as if , deaf and dumb . He is not ready to listen to any one . In this situation you are speechless as no body is ready to listen to you . But in the state of nature , none, except nature was ready to listen to you as such . Thanks !

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  9. This is a thought provoking question. I never thought about living in a different time. I would want to live in the post civil war era in the United States still living in the North.

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