"...The book skids from dynamite to cliff in this inventive Perils of Pauline story... Initially drawn in by the slow brew between Alyse and her Mountie protector, and one-time beau, Glen; the evolving narrative of Alyse's 11th Century soul-twin, Ælfwyn, drove the page flips late into the night. I loved the moments when... I didn’t see that coming! The story is physical, dense, and rich in inventive detail and characters to root for - even the supporting ones. I found a cozy spot in the wintry British Columbia I know and love, while I learned much from the rich language and well-researched details that make Ælfwyn’s story so vivid...."
- From US reader review by Melissa Litwin.
" I have finished The Janus Paradox and... I LOVED IT! What a clever, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book. Can't wait for the next installment. (when is it due?) The book resonated with me on several levels. I have always believed in reincarnation but [this] book takes it to a new and different level. And then on a more prosaic level, my maternal grandfather came from the Isle of Man and my maternal grandmother from Ireland so the basis of the book was very interesting. You, Ms. Early-Smith, must have done a massive amount of research. It is an inspired time-travel adventure - with an intriguing paranormal twist..."
- From UK Reader Review by
I've read it twice now... I've always been a fan of books that explore new mechanics for fantastic settings. This one was a pleasure all the way through. If you are a fan of time travel, romance, fantasy or just a well written book, get a copy for yourself.
~ James Armitage - New Zealand
Nexum Fortior Quam Tempus…
A bond, woven over the centuries,
mysteriously frayed by a modern peril,
can only be mended by strangers
returning to their shared past,
challenged to once again rekindle
~ and with courage ~
reweave a kinship of soul that
has been born and born again
~ a bond that has transcended the ages.
Nexum Fortior Quam Tempus
~ A Bond Stronger Than Time ~
C. Earle Inverleigh ignites the imagination with the Historic Fantasy series, The TimeBridge Journals. Through the many adventures of this time-travel intrigue the reader is transported into the past, the present, and the possibility of a very different future for each character through an intense paranormal experience - the quantum entanglement of souls.
Most of us have witnessed it. Some are lucky enough to have known it: An instantaneous and mutual kinship between total strangers who experience a bond that comes so naturally, they're not even aware of when it started or when it was not a part of them.
People such as these are a part of a soul-clan. Once they've encountered one another and experienced that mutual, yet inexplicable, recognition, they will never truly part. And when fate keeps them from meeting in one lifetime, even if they never fully recognize it, they'll know to their core that someone is missing and they will search and long for the fulfillment of that bond time and time again...
The TimeBridge Journals
Repeatedly thrown into the past and wrestling with an uncertain present, Olympic athlete, Alyse Danilov, and Sgt. Glen Roderick, RCMP, along with a widening circle of their soul-clan, both past and present, fight to understand what their various futures hold.
Through a sometimes-heartrending kinship of spirit, they've accompanied one another through hundreds of lifetimes. No matter how daunting the journey or how difficult the circumstances; they have always found each other.
A Janus Paradox opens the Journals with the harrowing instance of when just such an extraordinary bond shared across scores of lifetimes is torn apart...
Book One: A Janus Paradox
Carrigh Tor, Ireland, Beltaine night, 1102: After years of exile, Lady Ælfwyn Gærethsdotr is reunited with her champion, Jarl Hrogn Hröreksson, and yet, only to have their lives swiftly thrown into chaos once more by a TimeBridging event initiated in the 21st century. As Hrogn and Ælfwyn attempt to make sense of a baffling sojourn into what they can only interpret as the Annarheim - the Otherworld - they are suddenly drawn into yet another world where they are sharing different names and faces...
Vancouver, Canada, New Year’s Eve, 2009: US Olympic athlete, Alyse Danilov, and Sgt. Glen Roderick, RCMP, are encountering one gut-wrenching challenge after another when Alyse is kidnapped six weeks before the Vancouver Winter Games. While Roderick and the RCMP instigate an intensive search, Alyse is being coerced by scientists of the Magnus Unlimited Research Consortium, using their nightmarish protocols to bridge her consciousness into the future - all for the sake of making a profit in the present.
Fighting to tear her psyche free, Alyse is sent reeling back in time nearly a thousand years. There she briefly inhabits Ælfwyn - her Soul-Kin - living in Viking-dominated Ireland, but just as Ælfwyn is in a fight of her own. Discovering she's in the midst of a skirmish between medieval armored warriors, Alyse unknowingly distracts Hrogn at a crucial moment. Before any of them can understand what has happened; Alyse's consciousness is swept out of Ælfwyn and into yet another time - one even more dangerous - her own.
Slowly emerging from the ordeal Alyse fades in and out of a coma, with no memory of her kidnapping or what MURC tried to do to her during her three-day disappearance. Instead, she's experiencing key moments of Ælfwyn's life in the last years of the eleventh century. When she's at last fully awake, Alyse becomes acutely aware of how much her own timeline has changed. Roderick is no longer her fiancé, merely the RCMP detective investigating the kidnapping of a US Olympic athlete - and he, along with everyone else Alyse once knew, barely knows her.
Alyse's fight will become more perilous still when she and this new Sgt. Roderick are both swept back into Hrogn and Ælfwyn's lives. With friendships erased, lives destroyed, and her deepest soul-bond of all stripped away, Alyse’s struggles against the Olympic competition clock are nothing compared to her desperate efforts to re-right history...
Book Two: Janus Cypher
After the unfathomable body-swapping time-travel venture they endure at the end of Book One, A Janus Paradox, Sgt. Glen Roderick, RCMP, and his charge, Olympic Athlete, Alyse Danilov, begin to establish a tenuous point of connection.
Roderick and Alyse seek out the help of Dr. Connie Singh, a clinical psychiatrist in the emerging field of Quantum Psychology. Connie informs them that she believes the time-travel they experienced has been caused by an extremely rare event called, "Bridging" and she further insists that Hrogn and Ælfwyn are Roderick and Alyse's soul-kin, two of the psyches connected to them through their paths of reincarnation. Alyse and Roderick soon realize, however, that that soul-bond has been deeply frayed by some unknown force.
With Dr. Singh's guidance, Alyse and Roderick learn to generate a Janus-Bridge - a covert sharing of consciousness with their Medieval soul-kin, Hrogn and Ælfwyn. Through multiple bridgings, they discover something or someone has caused a riptide in Time, creating an eddy between the 12th and 21st centuries - and it is swiftly becoming a vortex, drawing them and others of their soul-clan into it against their will. To heal the divergent timeline the riptide has generated, Alyse and Roderick must determine the original cause and stop it - if they can.
With havoc being wrought from all directions, many of their soul clan are in disarray. Unless they can trust one another enough to work together across time, the strength of the riptide will continue to grow and it will become impossible to prevent their soul-bond from being destroyed. Alyse and Ælfwyn may hold the key to healing the Time-divergence and the bonds that have held their soul-clan together for millennia - if only they can find the right bridge...
"Alyse, they want to turn you into a History Mule!
You've got to be ready. You'll be entering the very Library
of your Soul..."
~ Are You Ready?
"..Glenarthur? If you cannot be entirely charming; could you at least prove that you're socially house-broken?"
~ Dr. Connie Singh to Sgt. Roderick,
Chapter Sixteen - Time Strategies,
Book Two - Janus Cypher
“..Think about it, Alyse. We’re freaking time travelers! We’ve been crossing nine-hundred years of history with the same effort most people put into crossing Barclay Street - give or take rush-hour.”
~ Sgt. Roderick to Alyse Danilov
Chapter Twenty-Three - Forging Into the Storm
Book Two - Janus Cypher
...Apparently, in answer to Hrogn’s internal complaints, Roderick replied, “Trust me, all right?” He dipped into the curry, and went on to insist, “I know exactly where it’s been, Your Grace…” he swallowed, “and right where it’s going.” He smiled as he chewed, then added, “Just think of me as the most personal food-tester you’ll ever have at your disposal. My stomach is proud to serve.”
Hrogn took over to look down at Roderick’s midsection and quietly replied, “Hmm. Yes, I see...”
~ Sgt. Roderick while Janus-bridged with Jarl Hrogn
Chapter Nineteen - Dancing With Changelings
Book Two - Janus Cypher
...[Connie was] staring at him over the rim of her glasses, delivering her raised-eyebrow with a sharpshooter’s precision.
Roderick held up a cautionary finger and said, “I swear, Constance, someday the Force is going to make you register that expression as a concealed weapon.”
“Concealed...? Hardly.” Connie replied
~ Dr. Connie Singh & Sgt. Roderick
Chapter Nineteen - Dancing With Changelings Book Two - Janus Cypher
Images from the Journals...
Book Two of The Timebridge Journals is finalized!
And I'm looking for an agent, a publisher, or both - as well as Beta-Readers!
- In Janus Cypher, learn what soul-tearing devastation the time-eddy inflicts upon Alyse Danilov, Sgt. Glen Roderick, and others in their soul-clan, as they search for the Point of Divergence to heal their timeline, even while they're forced to introduce their Medieval soul-kin to the wonders of the 21st century...
Anticipating Book Three: TimeBound
- To experience the source of their original soul-twinning, and to further solve other mysteries from A Janus Paradox and Janus Cypher; be looking for Book Three in The Timebridge Journals: TimeBound.