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Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd.

Wilda had retired from the Temporal Agents for an excellent reason.

Awarded First Place in the Science Fiction category for the Writer’s Digest Self-Published E-book Awards (see review below)! 

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Retired First Nations Temporal Agent Wilda just wants to run her Toronto shop, garb Time Tourists, and send them on their merry way into the past. She finds contentment in her cat, her sarcasm, and her whiskey. All that changes when a deathly ill Traveller literally fell onto her doorstep, setting off a chain of events which forces her to return to the job she’d retired from decades before.

The Agency sends her and her assistant, Mattea, back into three dangerous eras of history to find the disease vector threatening the life of every modern Traveller. She searches through a teeming desert bazaar amongst the luxury of the court of Mansa Musa. She explores the dark forests of pre-Columbian America, fighting against the heartbreak of true love. She gets entangled in the convoluted politics of twelfth century Norse-ruled Orkney, sifting through the horrific carnage of a murdered village.

If Wilda can’t return in time with the right pathogen, the modern scientists can’t synthesize a cure for the disease before all the Travellers fall ill. She has to navigate politics, bandits, camels, and midnight coup d’etats, complete her mission, and return to the present, or lose herself in the depths of her own purposely-forgotten past.

Review from the Judge, 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards:

“What a fun and intriguing story. Once I started Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd., I couldn’t put it down! I absolutely love Wilda and watching her navigate society in a variety of times and places was wonderful. When Wilda looked into Baheera’s eyes and described it as “Bryonie’s eyes gazed into mine,” I smiled widely (93). The way the story’s twists came together was rewarding and I don’t know that I’ve enjoyed watching a “Lady Prissy-Pants” get her comeuppance as much as I did in this novel. The history and cultures presented in the tale were incredible and it was both clever and engaging for the reader to read about these details. The diversity of the characters and history also added to the richness of the story and was wonderfully representative of the world at large. The way that everything from the beginning tied together in the end was well crafted and I will absolutely be looking forward to any future sequels. The characters were well developed and the plot was well researched and crafted. The tone of the story was sarcastic but clever and made me laugh quite a bit…”

 

Past Storm and Fire

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Escape can embolden your soul – or destroy it. 

Val Masterson created Vigdis in order to escape the drudgery of her life. Instead, Vigdis starts living it.

Val and Karl’s house is destroyed by a hurricane and her husband reveals he can’t have children. These catalysts inspire her to write a historical romance novel set in Iceland, rife with sorcery, sexy Vikings, a big family, and a volcano. Val’s dreams reveal historical details she can’t possibly know, details which prove to be factual, which both frightens and intrigues her.

Her obsession with writing puts a strain on her already troubled marriage, but she’s terrified of being on her own. In her novel, Val becomes Vigdis. She evades two amorous brothers and their sorcerous, drunken father. The brothers fight a duel, forcing her to make a very public choice between them. Their father refuses to bide by her choice and tries to use black magic to enchant her. A volcanic eruption throws their entire world into ash and fire.

The line between past and present grow blurred as Vigdis lives everything Val dreams of – true love, children, and family. An attractive Icelandic professor of history helps Val investigate the history behind her visions, but her husband draws the line – give up her writing or he’ll leave. Val must decide whether to resurrect the shambles of her marriage or take her chance in Iceland to discover if her dreams truly do come from the past.

Can she find vicarious solace and satisfaction in her fictional creation? Or will the escape take over and subsume her?

 

Review from the Judge, 8th Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards:

This book hooks the reader from the beginning, opening with the characters sheltering from a hurricane, dealing with the aftermath of the storm and then their quickly unraveling relationship.

 
The descriptions throughout are vivid and evocative, easily transporting the reader into the story and creating atmosphere and setting the scene with lines like, “The silence of the night grew eerie. The normal soundtrack of city life, such as cars passing by or the hum of the refrigerator …disappeared.” The birthing scene in Iceland is intense and exceptionally well written.
 
What’s remarkable about this book is the skillful world-building and how the author switches from Val’s perspective into a whole new story through the novel she’s writing as an escape from her rapidly disintegrating reality and problem-filled, mundane life. This is a love story within a love story, and quite ingenious as one smoothly transitions into the next. The result is a marvelous and multi-layered historically and culturally rich romance, set in two countries, in two radically different time periods. The sense of mystery and wonder and hints of paranormal add to the intrigue, as we learn towards the end that what Val imagined as she wrote is actually true. We’re led to believe it’s a past lifetime. And of course the character Vigdis is in fact a time-traveler.
 
There’s a wealth of historical detail and interesting facts in this book – from the SCA group and events to 12th century Iceland.
 
The characters are rich and well-developed, Jorge the trusted and loyal friend and colleague, the vapid husband, Karl, the mean boss, and towards the end the new love interest. Not to mention the Icelandic characters of course, whom we also grow to care for...”

  

This 14th-Century African Emperor Remains the Richest Person in History – HISTORY

In Time Tourist Outfitters, Ltd., my characters, Wilda and Mattea, visit the court of Mansa Musa in their travels…

 

 

In the vast fictional universe of Marvel Comics, T’Challa, better known as Black Panther, is not only king of Wakanda, he’s also the richest superhero of them all. And although today’s fight for the title of wealthiest person alive involves a tug-of-war between billionaire CEOs, the wealthiest person in history, Mansa Musa, has more in common with Marvel’s first black superhero.

Musa became ruler of the Mali Empire in 1312, taking the throne after his predecessor, Abu-Bakr II, for whom he’d served as deputy, went missing on a voyage he took by sea to find the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Musa’s rule came at a time when European nations were struggling due to raging civil wars and a lack of resources. During that period, the Mali Empire flourished thanks to ample natural resources like gold and salt.

 

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15 Fantasy Series to Get You Out of Your Sarah J Maas Hangover » Epic Færytales

With the Throne of Glass series wrapping up recently with the epic conclusion, Kingdom of Ash, we’re all in a bit of a book hangover. So here are 15 Fantasy series to get you out of your Maas hangover.

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My own Druid’s Brooch Series is part of this fantastic list (pun intended). And Patrick Rothfuss!

Call of the Morrigú

Call of the Morrigú

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Would you dare rouse a goddess?

Life wasn’t easy in 1798 Ireland. Rebellions were rising across the countryside, and the English could be cruel overlords. However, this brutality hadn’t reached the country estate of Strokestown.

Theodosia Latimer and her grandfather Reginald, were on a mission to discover the past. They were determined to excavate some ancient mounds on their estate. But when they discovered an imprisoned goddess straight out of Ireland’s rich mythological history, they were both dumbfounded and frightened.

Tasked with integrating this primeval warrior woman into polite society, they developed both respect and fear for the powerful goddess. Would they be able to tame her lust for violence in the upcoming rebellion? Or would they fall victim to it? 

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The Enchanted Swans

The Enchanted Swans – available now!

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Winner – Books and Benches Readers’ Choice Book Cover Contest, February 2017

Winner – InD’Tale Magazine Crème de la Cover Contest, May 2017

Winner – Readers’ Favorite Silver Book Award 2017 (Fiction – Fantasy – General)

Finalist – Book Excellence Award 2017 (Fantasy)

   

Based on the ancient Irish legend of The Children of Lir

In pre-Celtic Ireland, Fionnuala was a fae princess, born to a life of luxury. She knew her duty and loved her family. She missed her mother, who died in childbirth when Fionnuala was but ten years old. Still, she had hopes and dreams of love and a full life.

All her dreams were stolen from her, ripped away in a torrent of envy and magic.

Now she must care for her three brothers while learning to live under an evil curse. Would she find a way to break the spell, or would they remain swans, tethered to three places for nine hundred years?