I love time travel. It’s one of my favorite story concepts. The idea of going back in time and seeing some part of history is fascinating to me. Imagine hearing Lincoln give the Gettysburg address or watching the Wright Brothers fly the first airplane. There are so many events in the past that changed the course of history and so many interesting people. But the past is also filled with a lot of horrors and difficulties. Popping in for a short visit would be one thing, but having to survive in the past while trying to get home is quite another.
This is the concept I explored in my first book in the Love through Time series, A Second Chance. Journalist Jessica Winters finds herself in a small mining town in 1876 and has to survive while trying to find a way home. She meets Captain Harlan Jefferson Baylor, a Civil War confederate cavalry officer and they fall in love, but she’s forced to return to her own time to save their unborn child. In the second book of the series, A New Beginning, I explored the opposite concept, going forward in time.
When someone from the future ends up in the past, they at least have some knowledge or point of reference to work with. Even if you slept through most of you history classes in school, you’d still have some sort of an idea what ancient Rome was like, or the Middle Ages, or the American wild west. But if you traveled over 150 years into the future, especially if you were born at the time of the Civil War, you’d have no point of reference point at all. How would you react to seeing your first car, or a helicopter, or an airplane? How would you survive in the world of modern technology with no concept of a cell phone, television, a computer, or a radio? All the things we use every day and take for granted would appear as terrifying magic to someone from the distant past. The other part of the problem is all the social changes. Our language has evolved over the last 150 years, what is acceptable behavior and what is not has changed, not to mention the difference in clothing and hairstyles.
The future is a scary place, and personally I’d rather take the slow road to get there.
If you could time travel, where would you want to go?
A New Beginning
How do you pack for a trip through time?
Mai Ling’s legs tremble as she steps out into the unknown. But step she must. One group of miners in a rough nineteenth century town is out for blood, including hers. Carrying her few possessions and her family’s precious secret, Mai Ling leaves her mother and the world she knows to venture into a new century. Her escort is Captain Harlan Jefferson Baylor, who is joining his wife and his unborn child in the 21st century. They step through a crack in time, not knowing what they will find. Will Harley be able to reunite with Jessica, even though he has no idea of how to drive a car or use a telephone? Will Mai Ling survive in this strange time and find the love that has eluded her so far?
The answers are in A NEW BEGINNING, book two in the Love through Time series. Coming June 28th.
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