Sunday, April 7, 2013

Twinned Universes: Why Travel Back in Time--and a Giveaway!

Say you live in the middle of the 21st century. You're well off enough to have all the basics of life, plus the latest electronics, the ability to travel wherever you want, and access to the most sophisticated medicine ever. Why would you give that up to spend most of your life cramped in a spaceship shuttling between your universes and a Twentieth Century one?

For some people, going to the Twentieth Century (or TwenCen) is a chance to study the past directly, instead of just reading about it. They can meet famous people, such as the TwenCen musician Sean Lyon, or observe events unfold. Others might leap at the chance to see animals extinct in their time, like elephants. Some people will even bring back genetic samples of these animals so they can be resurrected. "The honeybees alone had revitalized agriculture and justified the cost of the space program," Paul Harrison thinks at one point during Twinned Universes.

 For Paul Harrison's family, however, living on the spaceship Sagan isn't just about performing genetics research on TwenCen samples. They happen to have their own private sample of TwenCen DNA in Paul himself. Paul doesn't know it yet, but he's part of the Classic Rock Replication program. He's the clone of Sean Lyon, the clone Paul's great-uncle, Jack, desperately wants to mold into another Sean. Paul's mother desperately want to keep Paul out of her uncle's clutches so her son has a chance to develop his own identity. She thinks as long as she and her family stay on the Sagan most of the time, they'll be free of Jack's influence. Unfortunately, she's wrong.

Paul Harrison always wanted to play Hamlet, but he never expected he’d live the role first.

In the aftermath of a family tragedy on 21st century Earth, Paul discovers he’s the clone of Sean Lyon, his great-great-grandfather and a famous TwenCen musician. Suspecting his mother’s death was no accident, Paul comes up with a plan to trick the answers out of the great-uncle who had him cloned. But in order to make his plan work, Paul needs help from Sean himself—and Sean’s time is running out in the TwenCen universe next door. Although Paul’s family lives on the spaceship that travels between the universes, he’s never been allowed on TwenCen Earth. Now, with the help of his friends, his disguise-creating holoprojectors, and a quantum quirk, Paul must make his way to Sean while evading other time travelers who fear he’ll change the history of the TwenCen universe. If Paul is to achieve justice, he must not only risk his own life, but the wormhole connecting the universes. “To be or not to be” was a simple question in comparison....

Available now (in eBook and paper formats) on Amazon, B&N, and Smashwords.

Although Twinned Universes is a standalone novel, Lyon's Legacy, Book One of the Catalyst Chronicles, provides some background and features the story of strong-willed scientist Joanna Lyon. To get caught up on the Catalyst Chronicles series, please enter the giveaway below for a chance to win a signed copy of Lyon's Legacy and a $5 gift card from Amazon. You can learn more about the Catalyst Chronicles series on my blog.


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