Why A Time Travel Story?
It had to happen eventually and the Time Rovers series proved to be a game changer in many, many ways. Read on to find out why.
In the early 2000s I began pondering on a story set in Victorian London, in particular in 1888. For those who are not familiar with British history, a serial killer made the city's East End his hunting grounds during that autumn. He was given a name -- Jack the Ripper -- and his heinous crimes have never been forgotten. Who was he? That's as hotly debated as how many victims he claimed.
I wanted to stay away from the usual "hero or heroine captures the real Jack" because usually those kind of stories don't work. Also, I had read a few of the books and the authors often didn't their homework, or just decided to make things up as they went. Victorian London's history is **very** well documented so I wanted what I put on paper to be as accurate as possible In fact, on this website under the Time Rovers section you'll find a bibliography of all the resources I consulted. It's mind boggling, now that I look back at it.
I wanted Old Jack to be in the background of my story. During my various trips to London, I was fortunate to become friends with various "Ripperologists" who are equally knowledgeable about Victorian Era England as they are about the crimes themselves. Nice people with very sharp minds. I loved hanging with them in various pubs across the East End. And yes, there may have been a few pints involved.
The heroine of the series is Jacynda Lassiter (Cynda). She's brash, outspoken and takes no prisoners. Her job as a Time Rover is burning her out. Literally. Time Lag is a genuine concern for Rovers and Cynda's reaching the end of her career. If she lives that long.
So off to 1888 London Cynda and I went, right in the middle of the Autumn of Terror. I'll be honest, there were twists and turns I never saw coming. And frankly, those made the stories even better.
Dragon Moon Press (Canada) gave this newbie author a chance and published the three-book series. I will forever hold publisher Gwen Gades in my heart for giving me a chance. Due to the excellent editorial advice I received from Adrienne DeNoyelles, the books won multiple awards and sent my career toward the big New York publishing houses. As I said, a game changer.
The stories are a blend of science fiction (time travel), historical mystery, fantasy (a unique kind of shapeshifter) and with a bit of romance. It's one of my favorites.
And from today to February 1st, the first book (SOJOURN) is FREE on Amazon, iBooks, Kobo and GoogePlay. I invite you to join Cynda on her Victorian journey. Watch out for the pickpockets and remember that time travel is not for amateurs.
2/2/2022 08:32:54 pm
Just finished book three in the Time Rovers series and looking for more adventures of Cynda Lassiter and the rest of her acquaintances. At the end of the last book, there was mention that that wasn't the last we'll hear of them. Are plans afoot for more Time Rovers stories????
2/3/2022 01:28:52 pm
Thank you so much for reading the series!
2/23/2022 10:12:38 pm
Jana, I read the free first and couldn't stop. I just finished book number 3 astounded to see a happy ending. It was a lovely surprise! But the second, for allmits twists and turns is still my favorite of the three. I've been stuck in bed, unable to move and 8n incrediblebpain. Your books provided the perfect distraction.
2/24/2022 07:48:43 pm
Thank you for reading the stories. I’m so pleased I was able to take you on a such a journey. I sincerely hope your health improves and you’ll be out of bed and enjoying life very soon.
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