My 2nd book of the Time Travel Diaries of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester, “A Drift Out of Time” has now been carefully edited by wife and will be available free on Kindle Friday 30 Sept and Saturday 1 October.
In this book the intrepid time travellers have returned home to find they are not only in a different future but a different aspect of themselves. To get back to their world they must travel between Mars and Earth drifting across time and space until eventually they find a home and discover who the Martians really are.
Here is a draft prologue of my new sequel to the Time Travel Diaries Of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester called “A House Out of Time” which I hope to publish this September.
The intrepid couple had thought they had “retired’ to a life of ease after assisting the Martians to save the Earth and Mars. Unfortunately after a while Elizabeth thought it would be a good idea to visit her ancestral home at Hamgreen to see what had become of it….Such is the curiosity of women.
We arrived at my home just after three o’clock. It was over a hundred years since I’d last seen it and I felt a certain sense of foreboding for from the corner of my eye I saw perched upon the remaining stone gate pillar one of the familiar small winged creatures. James had seen it too. But when I looked again it had vanished. They always seemed to be with us, like guardians, though if they were I did not understand their purpose.
We passed through the gate and drove slowly on to the gravel courtyard. As we alighted from James’ carriage the sun hid behind a cloud and my flesh felt a dampness in the warm summer air causing me to pull my shawl tightly across my shoulders. For a moment I stood there regarding the old Lodge with the eyes of my childhood and absorbed it’s familiarity but then my maturity espied a certain neglect. A coat of paint on the windows and a lime wash on the ashlar facade was needed and the gutters cleared of weeds, yet around the porch there was evidence of someone who cared for the flowers.
As we approached the door I sought and held James’ hand for this place had been a time node and my fear of separation at such places always welled up in me. I sensed the same in James by the tightness of his grasp. As we mounted the stone steps I suddenly heard the sound of bolts being withdrawn and the turning of keys. Then the door slowly opened to reveal a blank grey translucent wall. I let out a small cry for first a hand then a lady’s dress appeared through the dark surface and then, there was my sister Flory standing in the porch and she did not look a day older than when I had left her after our visit to our father in 1873.
My three books on the time travel adventures of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester are now linked as a series on Kindle, Kobo and Smashwords.
Since the beginning of 2016 I’ve had a total of nearly 840 downloads from Smashwords, Nook and iBooks.
Three Tales Out of Time 294
A Drift Out of Time 266
Out of Time 187
I’ve just complete three short stories from the ‘exploits’ of James Urquhart and Elizabeth Bicester which I will be publishing on Smashwords and Kindle on 9th of March. They recount three humorous spooky adventures at a ‘haunted mill’, a visit to Hartlepool and Whitby and a holiday in Cornwall.
Here is the intro.
Occasionally when James Urquhart and his Victorian companion Elizabeth Bicester were not travelling back and forth in time and visiting other planets his sister and her boyfriend Sean took them on holiday. One would think that such vacations would be a welcome distraction but you will see in the three adventures they have selected from their diaries they do not always turn out as expected for when your with Sean, strange things happen.
We put this down to his origins in Kerry which as everyone knows is where the fairies live. If you go to Kerry you know what I mean because when you leave a fairy comes with you. You won’t notice the difference at first because it will be invisible but as life goes on you will hear on the odd occasion from a friend “Oh he’s off with the fairies again”. This seems to happen more regularly as time passes. Suffice to say that Sean has been to Kerry many times and in the process gathered up many fairies.
Now it’s winter again I’ve started writing a new sequel to my book Out of Time. I’ve posted a draft first chapter on my science fiction pages here
I have been writing most of my life though most of it has involved either writing scientific reports for work or for leisure, gathering information on the possible origins of King Arthur. I have also spent a lot of time coding though I believe this art form has yet to be put forward as a literary category.
However, when I’m not in this world, one of my many pleasures is reading early science fiction, especially the genre of time travel such as the works of Anderson, Simak and Wells.
I had not thought about writing a book on the subject until last winter when a story began to form. There were three challenges. The first to try and write a coherently a story about time travel. The second to portray how a Victorian and a person from modern times experienced each other’s worlds and the third, the most difficult, was to ensure the that the female was an equal to the male. I don’t know whether I managed it but I tried.
What I did discover however was how addictive story writing is. If you have a book in your head, start writing. It’s fun.
The eBook ‘Out of Time’ is available on kindle and some info on the places and people I used can be found on my web site
Here is a synopsis
It’s 2015 and the Martians are about to invade Earth. They have hacked into the Earth’s social media companies and absorbed them into the media site ComsMesh to manipulate the human race and weaken its defences. Up to now no one on Earth suspects a thing.
Then, one of ComsMesh staff finds the 2015 diary of a James Urquhart, and the 1873 diary of Elizabeth Bicester bound together in a copper chest and concludes they are actually time travellers. He flags this up to his director as he believes such technology in the wrong hands could reveal his Company’s plans to socially engineer the world.
So here are the diaries of the adventures of James Urquhart, minor science lecturer and sometime rambler, living in 2015 and Elizabeth Bicester, lady of leisure, of Hamgreen Lodge whom he stumbles upon at a cricket match in 1873. Despite much banter regarding each other’s etiquette and manners it seems they manage (through incredible feats of illogical deduction, with not a little help from James Maxwell, H. G. Wells and some strange time devices) to save the world.