Once again I am using Joyce's Choices to focus on an unknown author. I've received enthusiastic responses and hope I can help many more undiscovered authors publicize their work.

Indie author, Irina Shapiro has been writing for many years. What's an Indie (Independent) author you ask? It's usually an author who may be self published, or not. It's an author who has an independent attitude but is open to a variety of creative choices.

Below is a quote from author Irina Shapiro's website describing her book THE HANDS OF TIME:

"Is there anything better then a great story that makes you feel transported to another time and place? (Well, I can think of a few things, but this is not that type of website!) I love a good romance that's set against the rich backdrop of European history. What makes a story even better is a touch of mystery and just a sprinkling of the occult?"

THE HANDS OF TIME is part of a trilogy, a historical time traveler tale transporting the reader back 400 years. It's a bit of a stretch and may have some historical misteps, but most readers felt these inaccuracies were worth overlooking. Afterall, it's fiction.....with a touch of time travel.


Irina Shapiro was born in Moscow, Russia, and for the next eleven years lived the life of an ordinary Soviet child in then communist Russia, until her family’s emigration to the United States in 1982. Due to her love of reading, Irina was able to pick up English very quickly, and was an honor student throughout her school career.

After graduating from Bernard M. Baruch College in 1992 with a Bachelor’s degree in International Business, Irina worked in advertising for two years before shifting her focus to Import/Export. She worked her way up to the position of Import Manager in a large textile house before leaving the work force in 2007 to focus on her autistic son.

It wasn’t until Irina had been at home for some time that she began to write. Eventually the characters began to take on a life of their own and have conversations in her head and once she started writing her musings down the stories came easily enough.

Irina incorporated her love of history and travel into her writing to create a rich and detailed background for the characters. Since then Irina has written eight novels. She is currently working on book five of The Hands of Time Series.
Irina Shapiro lives in New Jersey with her husband and two children.


When a young American woman vanishes without a trace from a quaint fishing village on the coast of England only one person knows the truth, but he remains silent, allowing the authorities to search for her in vain, safe in the knowledge that she will never be found. As Valerie’s bereft sister returns home alone, she struggles to understand what happened and come to terms with her terrible loss when she suddenly stumbles upon a clue that might finally shed some light on her sister’s disappearance.

Meanwhile, Valerie Crane finds herself transported to the year 1605. Terrified and confused she turns for help to the Whitfield brothers, who take her in and offer her a home despite their misgivings about her origins. Both Alexander and Finlay Whitfield fall in love with the mysterious woman who shows up on their doorstep, creating a love triangle that threatens to consume them all. Valerie must make her choice, deciding between the brother who will lead her down the path of destruction or one who will give her the love she couldn’t find in her own time.

THE HANDS OF TIME by Irina Shapiro is available on Amazon. Click on the Amazon Search Box in the Sidebar.


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