Book excerpt for Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn

Today has the spotlight on the time travel novel Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn.

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On the 50th anniversary of the JFK assassination comes a new
edition of the extraordinary time-travel thriller first published in 2003 with
a new Afterword from the authors.
On November 22, 1963, just hours after President Kennedy’s
assassination, Lyndon Johnson was sworn in as President aboard Air Force One
using JFK’s own Bible. Immediately afterward, the Bible disappeared. It has
never been recovered. Today, its value would be beyond price.
In the year 2000, actress Cady Cuyler is recruited to return to
1963 for this Bible—while also discovering why her father disappeared in the
same city, on the same tragic day. Finding frightening links between them will
lead Cady to a far more perilous mission: to somehow prevent the President’s
murder, with one unlikely ally: an ex-Marine named Lee Harvey Oswald.
Forward to Camelot: 50th Anniversary Edition brings together an
unlikely trio: a gallant president, the young patriot who risks his own life to
save him, and the woman who knows their future, who is desperate to save them
History CAN be altered …
It was a famous photograph, one I’d
seen many times. In the center of the photograph was a tall, burly man, with
thinning hair slicked back, a large face, big flappy ears, right hand raised
piously, facing a small brisk woman with dark hair and glasses. On the man’s
right, crowded next to him, seeming crushed by his vitality, was another small
dark woman, her face blank with conflicting emotions.
But the man, for all his bulk and
heartiness, was not the magnetic force in the photograph. The woman on his left
was. Younger than anyone else, with dark glossy hair, in a bulky light suit,
her profile regal even in her anguish, blood spattering her clothes, she stood
watching sightlessly. Her beauty and grief drew all eyes. Her pain was almost
visible on the photo itself.
“This is the swearing in of Lyndon
Johnson as president on Air Force One in Dallas, on November 22, 1963. His wife
is on his right. Jacqueline Kennedy stands on his left. Sarah Hughes is the
judge administering the oath. John F. Kennedy had been assassinated only a
couple of hours before.”
“I know the photograph, George.”
“Good for you. Look here.” He
pointed carefully at the almost invisible edges of the book under Johnson’s
massive hand. “Johnson, of course, needed to be sworn on a Bible.  Here it is, being held by Mrs. Hughes.”
“You want the Bible Johnson took the
oath on?”
“I do. That Bible belonged to
President Kennedy.”
I looked up in surprise. “It was
Kennedy’s Bible? I didn’t know that.”
“It was the only Bible on Air Force
One. Kennedy supposedly traveled everywhere with it. When they were scrambling
to find a Bible—Johnson insisted on taking the oath before he left Dallas—they
remembered Kennedy’s Bible and used that.”
“Well, can’t you buy the Bible from
the Kennedy family? Even though I can’t imagine they’d give it up.”
“Well, now, that’s a problem. The
Bible disappeared right after this picture was taken.”
I hated to admit it, but that
intrigued me. It was getting harder to remember that I’d just lost my job a few
hours before. “How could it disappear?”
“Well, the story goes that Sarah
Hughes actually had it in her hands when she left Air Force One in Dallas. You
have to understand—that day, the whole country was in a state of shock, and
people did crazy things without realizing it, half the time. Coming down the
ramp, Mrs. Hughes met a man dressed in a suit and tie and sunglasses, a man she
believed to be a Secret Service agent. He asked her for the Bible. I don’t
think she even realized she still had it in her hand. She gave it to him
immediately; she thought he would return it to the Kennedy family.”
He paused. I was riveted. “At least,
that’s what she said. But the Bible disappeared that day and was never seen
again.” George paused again and gave me a devilish grin. “JFK’s own Bible, used
to swear in Lyndon Johnson on Air Force One… what do you think an item like
that would be worth?”
I shook my head. I couldn’t imagine.
“Nobody can,” he said softly. “Do
you understand now? As a piece of history, part of one of the
twentieth-century’s most pivotal events… that Bible would be beyond price. And
I intend to have it.”
“You want me to find the Bible?”
“Not exactly. I know where it was on
November 22, 1963. Sarah Hughes had it at Love Field.”
“Well, a fat lot of good that’s
going to do!” I exclaimed. “Unless you’re somehow going to travel back in time
and pick it up—”
“I’m not,” George said reasonably.
“You are.”
Author bio
and links:
SLOATE is the author of 20 previous books, including the recent bestseller Stealing Fire and Realizing You (with
Ron Doades), for which she invented a new genre: the self-help novel. The
original 2003 edition of Forward to
became a #6 Amazon bestseller, took honors in three literary
competitions, and was optioned by a Hollywood company for film production.
has also written young-adult fiction and non-fiction, including the children’s
biography Ray Charles: Find Another Way!,
which won the silver medal in the 2007 Children’s Moonbeam Awards. Mysteries Unwrapped: The Secrets of Alcatraz
led to her 2009 appearance on the TV series MysteryQuest on The History
Channel. Amelia Earhart: Challenging the
is a perennial young-adult Amazon bestseller. She has also been a
sportswriter and a screenwriter, managed two recent political campaigns and
founded an author’s festival in her hometown outside Charleston, SC.
beginning his career as a television news and sports writer-producer, KEVIN
FINN moved on to screenwriting and has authored more than a dozen screenplays.
He is a freelance script analyst and has worked for the prestigious American
Film Institute Writer’s Workshop Program. He now produces promotional trailers,
independent film projects including the 2012 documentary SETTING THE STAGE:
Community Television.
next novel, Banners Over Brooklyn,
will be released in 2014.
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10 thoughts on “Book excerpt for Forward to Camelot by Susan Sloate and Kevin Finn

  1. ELF says:

    It's hard to realize that it's been 50 years since this occurred. Thank you for exposing a new generation to such a significant piece of history.

  2. Kevin Finn says:

    Andra, there's a lot of really memorable scenes from the book. I don't want to give anything away for those who haven't read yet, but there is a gut-wrenching death scene, a thrilling rescue, and a surreal scene where JFK actually meets his would-be assassin. I know what my favorite is, but I can't say yet.

  3. Kevin Finn says:


    there's a lot of really good scenes and I don't want to give anything away to those who haven't read yet, but there is a gut wrenching death scene, a thrilling rescue, and a surreal scene where JFK meets his would-be assassin. I know what my favorite is but I can't tell anyone yet.

  4. Unknown says:

    FORWARD TO CAMELOT is a really interesting book on time travel. The best I have read on this subject. I sure wish that day had turned out like this. This book is fast moving action a real page turner that is hard to put down.

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