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Sunder of Time
(The Mason Timeline #1)
By Kristin McTiernan
Time Travel/Alternate History
Paperback & ebook, 380 Pages
May 12, 2015

Isabella Jaramillo is accustomed to getting what she wants.

Living a comfortable life as the daughter of the world’s sole time travel magnate, Isabella has never suffered the irritation of being told no.

Only now she has gone too far and her soon-to-be ex-husband tells her no in the most vengeful way possible—by sabotaging her trip to the past, sending her to a distant land where the locals do not speak her language and are far from impressed by her haughty demeanor.

Now a slave, Isabella makes some surprising allies and discovers the truth behind her father’s rise to power and the terrible price the entire world paid for it. Somehow, she must break free and find a way home, not only to save herself, but to restore history to its rightful direction.

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Excerpt:

For a brief shining moment, Isabella allowed herself the fantasy that she and Wyrtgeorn would be able to slip quietly into the city with only the gate guards being the wiser. She imagined one of them scurrying to the Great Hall to alert Cædda while the other clapped her in chains and led her to the jailer’s pens. Then she would be able to sleep, soundly and deeply, while Wyrtgeorn received treatment for his leg and interceded with his father on her behalf.

But that pretty fiction deserted her as the bells shrieked from behind the stone walls that stared menacingly down at her.

“They announce your return, Young Master.” Isabella tried to hide the quaver in her voice but didn’t quite succeed. Despite her fear, she would just be happy to not have to walk on her ankle anymore.

“He’s going to be so angry with me,” he said grimly. Wyrtgeorn’s pale and weary face had not shown much expression throughout the journey back to the city, other than the occasional grit of pain. But through his blank expression his voice revealed that, unbelievable as it was to Isabella, he felt just as frightened as she did.

A massive creak filled the air, momentarily drowning out the sound of the bells, as the wooden gates pulled slowly apart. Even from half a kilometer away, Isabella could clearly see Cædda standing just beyond the gates. Each step brought her lord more clearly into view, and she fixed her eyes on his face, squinting with all her might in the hope of seeing anything resembling compassion.

The entrance to the city was alight from a line of torches along the sides of the road, and she could see a small crowd gathering behind Cædda, who was wearing an impenetrable blank expression. Unable to look at him any longer, Isabella raised her eyes up—up to city walls. Up to the ramparts…

Where the eyeless, mangled head of Emilio Bernal stared gape-mouthed into the darkness of the night.

Also in the series:

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Fissure of Worlds
(The Mason Timeline #2)
By Kristin McTiernan
Time Travel/Alternate History
Paperback & ebook, 323 Pages
October 9, 2017

Knowledge isn’t power. It’s dangerous.

At first, she thought they’d do the right thing. A new timeline created by a misbehaving time traveler, a whole society crushed under theocratic oppression. Surely, the council would see reason. Surely, they’d help her fix the timeline.

They didn’t.

Now jailed and under the constant, unblinking eye of her own personal guard, Shannan must fight not only for her freedom, but for her own sanity.

Her one ally is Paul Canaan, a member of the Council but not truly one of them. Living a life of secrets and lies, Paul works in the shadows to free Shannan, and himself, from the artificially created timeline oppressing them both.

Together, Shannan and Paul will have to escape their watchers—before they, and the world, are trapped in a history that should never have been.

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About the Author:

Kristin McTiernan was born the daughter of a career military man and spent her childhood bouncing from one country to another. Her love of writing surfaced early, and upon discovering the double threat of comic books and Star Trek in middle school, Kristin spent the majority of her spare time creating new worlds and interesting people to populate them. Following in her parents’ footsteps, Kristin enlisted in the Marine Corps at 17 and, upon her discharge three years later, settled into a life pursuing her love of words. She achieved her bachelor’s degree in English from Emporia State University in her home state of Kansas and works as an editor to support her writing addiction. She lives in Kansas City with her husband and dog.

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