Mark Twain first opened my eyes to the possibilities in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, which I first read in middle school. Diane Gabaldon has millions of fans wishing they could slip back in time to find their own rugged Highlander like her heroine does. Kids all over the world long for their own "Magic Tree House" to take them to famous points in history (and bring them home again in time for supper.)
What if time travel was real? Would you want to travel back - or forward - in time?
Diane grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area, joined the Navy at nineteen and has written and edited free-lance since high school. She writes book reviews for the Historical Novels Review and worked as a historical editor for The Wild Rose Press. She’s had several historical novels published. When she's not time traveling, Diane lives with her husband in Western Pennsylvania.
Welcome to my blog, Diane!
Is time travel possible?
One source said, “they say all the stone circles and other places of sacred power, such as Delphi in Greece, Karnak in Egypt, were all built along ley lines, and crossings of ley lines, called nodes...if you employ the theory of quantum physics, you can time travel along these nodes, it may be possible to enter at one point/node and travel through time to another different point/node in a different place.”
In Beyond the Fall, my heroine, Tamara’s, relatives' grave sites are her accidental mode of travel. She tries to move an ancestor’s fallen headstone in a neglected cemetery, feels a burn, a vibration, faints, and wakes up in 1789.
In 2018, Tamara is dumped by her arrogant husband, travels to Cornwall, England and researches her ancestors. In a neglected cemetery, she scrapes two fallen headstones together trying to read the one beneath, faints, and wakes up in 1789, the year of The French Revolution, and grain riots in England. Young Farmer Colum Polwhele comes to her aid. Can a sassy San Francisco gal survive in this primitive time and fall for Colum, a man active in underhanded dealings or will she struggle to return to her own time?
Excerpt from BEYOND THE FALL:
“How do you feel? Nauseous, lightheaded?” Tamara asked.
“Naw, more like I’ve been shot by a musket.” Colum settled against the tree trunk with a wince. “I knew you were different from the start. With your strange coat fasteners an’ oddly-made shoes.” He blew out a breath. “An’ stockings that go all the way up. The bold speech.”
“And I still don’t know how I ended up here; that is in your...” Century? She wanted to tell him the truth. Pondering that, she gave him another drink from the wine bottle. “I shouldn’t be here. It’s impossible that I’m here at all. No one would believe the incident and I doubt could explain what happened.” She voiced the rants that scuttled through her head every night when she crawled into the Polwhele’s spare bed, praying that in the morning she’d wake up and be back in her familiar world.
The sun drifted lower over the hills behind Falmouth. Flickers of lights appeared in the town as lanterns and candles were lit. The breeze blew cold from the sea.
Tamara shivered again, and Colum handed her the jacket Lew had given him.
“No, we’ll need to share it.” She squeezed half behind him against the scaly tree bark, on his uninjured side, and covered them both with the jacket. His warmth and smell seeped into her, fluttering her senses.
Colum grasped her hand. “Where should you be, if not here? Describe that place. An’ not about the clothing.” He made an effort to grin.
She laughed to mask her pang of nerves. She sipped more from the bottle, the sweet wine relaxing her. His touch and nearness were too tempting, her barriers crumbling.
With a sigh and a stare up at the darkening sky, where the first star pricked out, she said, “What if I told you I fell from the stars?”
* ~ * ~ * ~ *
Grab a copy of BEYOND THE FALL on AMAZON -- only 99 cents!
Find Diane online in the following spots: Twitter Facebook Website
And tell us, what do you think about time travel?
Where would you go?
Happy Writing to All!