While horseback riding in the English countryside, sisters, Electra and Emily Crippen find themselves trapped in a tear in time. Thrown back to 1357 England and caught by a local noble, they are in a place that is home but as frightening and unfamiliar as an alien world would be. With no idea how the tear in time came about, the one thing they do know is: they must stay together and stay near to where the event took place in hopes of discovering the way back to their modern life. That certain need to stay together is the first certainty taken from them when one sister is forced to remain in England and one is sent miles away to Wales by royal order.
There is one other hope for help the sisters don’t know exists. It’s Electra’s lover, Roger Marchand. A time traveler himself, he never told her of his past. When he realizes what has happened to the sisters, he enlists the help of a scientist friend to help him open the suspected passageway through time. Any effort to save Electra and Emily will likely cost him his life. This was the time Roger came from, a time when his country, France, was at war with England. If he is discovered on English soil while searching for the sisters, he will either be killed or taken prisoner of war. Any risk is worth saving the life of the woman he loves.
While she ate, the button on Electra’s sleeve fell out of the frog loop. She didn’t hook the button again, reaching for her wine instead. The sleeve pulled back from her wrist to expose her watch, which she hadn’t thought to remove.
“What is that?” Simon asked and pointed to her Seiko.
“A watch.” What a bizarre question. There wasn’t a corner of the planet that people didn’t recognize a wristwatch.
A frown slowly formed and he stretched across Emily and took hold of Electra’s hand to tug it toward him for a better look. He turned her hand over and in a matter of seconds had the clasp undone.
He brought the candle in front of his trencher closer and held the watch under it. “What do the numbers mean?”
“It’s a clock, a miniature timepiece you wear on your wrist.”
From his expression, the explanation puzzled him. “Do they not have candle clocks in this Greenland you claim you’re from?”
How to explain the abundance of various clocks to a man who apparently has no context for the anything beyond a candle clock or similar ancient means of telling time?
“Are you saying you’ve never seen a clock?” Emily asked.
“One like this? No, I have not.”
Emily bent her head nearer Electra and whispered, “Are you thinking what I am?”
Simon ran his finger over the watch face. “These small digits, what is their meaning?”
“It’s the date and year: 5.14.15.”
He shook his head. “What year is 15?”
“2015, of course.”
“You are mad. It’s the year of our Lord, 1357.”
“What year were you born?”
Electra didn’t care for the speed which Simon answered. She held onto the small hope this was some odd reality show and that he’d stumble or hesitate before coming up with a year. “No reason, I was just curious.” She turned to Richard who’d been chatting with the serving girl. She tapped his arm. Getting his attention she asked, “Richard, what year is this?”
He tipped his head like a dog hearing a strange noise. She assumed he too thought her mad for asking. “1357. Do you measure your years differently in your native country?”
“Yes, it’s a different time there.” A different world. She looked over at Emily, who’d been listening. The color had drained from her face.
For both their sakes, Electra fought to keep from falling apart in front of the whole room. She failed and began to tremble uncontrollably. She balled her hands into fists and turned from Simon to Richard. “I need to go outside. I feel sick.”
“I’d like to go too,” Emily told Simon.
“I’ll go as well.” He smiled. “Just to make certain nothing untoward befalls you.”
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About the Author
Chris Karlsen is a Chicago native. Her family moved to Los Angeles when she was in her late teens where she later studied at UCLA. She graduated with a Business Degree. The daughter of a history professor and a mother who was a voracious reader, she grew up with a love of history and books.
Her parents were also passionate about traveling and passed their passion onto Chris. Once bitten with the travel bug, Chris spent most of her adult life visiting the places she’d read about and that fascinated her. Her travels have taken her Europe, the Near East, and North Africa, in addition to most of the United States. She most frequently visited England and France, where several of her books are set.
After college, Chris spent the next twenty-five years in law enforcement with two agencies. Harboring a strong desire to write since her teens, upon retiring from police work, Chris decided to pursue her writing career. She writes three different series. Her historical romance series is called, Knights in Time. Her romantic thriller series is Dangerous Waters, and he latest book, Silk, is book one in her mystery/suspense series, The Bloodstone series.
She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and five wild and crazy rescue dogs.
What is your favorite scene in the book?
I love the scenes where I can share something unexpected about the hero or heroine. Not a big characteristic necessarily, something small, some little thing about them. In my latest book, In Time For You, there are two heroes, Simon, the English knight has a scene where he shows one of the heroines how to fish from the riverbank. It’s a sweet scene. He’s a gruff fellow when you first meet him and this isn’t what you’d expect to see. With Roger, the second hero, he’s a nobleman and a champion jouster etc. but he’s never learned to swim and has nightmares about drowning. It’s those little bits in I enjoy.
They surprise the reader and in truth, they often come as a surprise to me. I might not have thought of them when I started the story and they just evolved.
What is the highest goal that you desire to meet as an author?
My greatest goal would be to captivate a large group of readers the way Diana Gabaldon has with Outlander or Bernard Cornwell has with The Saxon Tales. My dream desire is to have either my Knights In Time series or my Bloodstone series made into a television series. That would be my Mt. Everest!
Who is the one author that you would love to meet someday and why?
I would hate to limit myself to one but I think I’d choose either Oscar Wilde because of his wit and his imagination or Jules Verne for his imagination, although I don’t really read much modern sci-fi. I’ve met most of the modern authors I love, which is why I left them out.
What is the best piece of advice you would give to someone that wants to get into writing?
Develop a tough skin, don’t give up, and do what you can to learn the craft. Not everyone will love your stories and there will be bad reviews so you need a tough skin. You need to realize that your first few drafts are probably far from perfect and when you get constructive criticism, listen with an open mind. Try to go to conferences or seminars taught by good instructors or read books by them to learn the craft. Some I’ve studied with and read their books are: Don Maass, Deb Dixon, Chris Vogler, and James Scott Bell.
What is in your To Read Pile that you are dying to start or upcoming release you can’t wait for?
I am on the pre order list for Warriors of the Storm by Bernard Cornwell. It’s the next book in his Saxon Tales series. I love Cornwell. He’s the best historical fiction author out there. I don’t think anyone writes better battle scenes. I am thrilled BBC has decided to do a series based on this one. They just finished The Last Kingdom, which was book one in the series and they renewed it for a second season. Yea!