It’s fun to imagine, isn’t it? I’ve claimed—often after putting a hundred miles on my car while shuttling my kids around—that teleportation would be a nifty power to have. But the truth is I’d rather be able to travel through time. Not necessarily to change anything, more to see the past firsthand. To touch and taste an era before my own. Or to discover how the future compares with my own vision of what’s to come.
In Paradox Lost, travel into the future hasn’t been perfected, but traveling into the past is as commonplace as taking a tropical vacation. My main character, Reegan, has the coveted job of escorting people to different points in history. He just never realized how dangerous it was going to be. Especially when he falls for Saul, a guy who’s technically been dead for almost 150 years.
The concept of time travel has always fascinated us. From books to television to film, time travel tales continue to draw a crowd, even if the same precepts infuse most of those storylines. Ask a science fiction buff what a time travel paradox is, and I bet they’ll be able to tell you. Simpy put: Changes to the past can destroy our present-day lives.
That’s how I tried to set Paradox Lost apart from other time travel sagas. In Reegan’s time, scientific research has proven that causing a paradox is impossible, which seems like great news. Especially if, like Reegan, you rely on being able to travel into the past to earn a paycheck. Nothing’s ever that simple, of course, and before Reegan can say “Back to the Future,” he’s on the run for his life, with a skeptical Saul in tow.
So how does the universe compensate for potential changes to the timeline? Does Reegan get his man? Do he and Saul live happily ever after? I can’t spoil all the surprises! You’ll simply have to read Paradox Lost to find out.
If given the chance, would you rather travel to the past or the future? Share your answer, or any thought about Paradox Lost. I will choose one commenter from today to receive a free copy and will announce the winner here on Monday morning (February 3, 2014). Thank you, and I hope you enjoy the book!
Paradox Lost: Time travel tour guide Reegan McNamara’s job—taking eager tourists whenever they want to go—is usually a breeze. A trip back to 2020 to watch a world-changing speech seems no different, until a woman runs away from his tour group before the jump home. Now her tycoon husband is demanding her safe return—or Reegan will lose more than just his job.
PI Saul Kildare’s business is running on borrowed time. Due to a messy break with the police, he can’t get a referral to save his life. When an enigmatic stranger bangs on his door one night and promises a windfall for a missing-person case, it seems too good to be true. But the two men have an immediate connection, and Saul can’t pass up the chance to spend more time with Reegan, even if he is clearly hiding something.
Saul knows he shouldn’t trust Reegan, and Reegan knows he can’t get involved with Saul. But as their attraction evolves into feelings neither can deny, will they have the strength to take a leap of faith – together?
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~*~ ABOUT LIBBY ~*~
Libby glimpsed her true calling when her first story, an A.A. Milne /Shakespeare crossover, won the grand prize in her elementary school’s fiction contest. Her parents explained that writers were quirky, poor, and often talked to themselves in supermarket checkout lines. They implored her to be practical, a request she took to heart for twenty years, earning two degrees, a white-collar job, and an ulcer, before realizing that practical was absolutely no fun.
Today she lives with her husband and four children in an old, impractical house and writes stories about redemption, the supernatural, and love at first sight, all of which do exist. She happens to know from experience.
Libby’s State of Mind received rave reviews for being fast, clever, and relentless and was nominated for a Bookie Award for Best M/M Novel of 2011. 40 Souls to Keep, Libby’s third novel, has been described as intense and heart-poundingly good and was praised by Publishers Weekly for maintaining a high level of suspense.
An avid supporter of gay rights, Libby donates her time to The Trevor Project and organizations that work to support marriage equality.