The Timestream is at least six known versions of Planet Earth arranged in hexagonal fashion. Each has different histories and societies, some different geologies, but all share the same physical laws and chronology. At critical historical points on one of the planets, crucial decisions result in two Earths with the same prior history but differing subsequent ones. Major events on neighbouring planets in the Timestream affect each other strongly…
James IV, High King of Ireland and the worlds he rules, is deposed at the height of the Three Worlds’ War in 1941. Banned from the throne by his corrupt nobles for sixty years, he struggles to survive and maintain the Pax Hibernia (Ireland’s enforced peace over the planet) despite clan MacCarthy’s genocidal high-tech schemes. Characters struggle with religious and political loyalties as all are drawn into Greater Hibernia’s intrigues. Romance and tragedy converge on the stage in remote Edwardstown, launching reborn lives and new hopes.
GENRE: Christian Fantasy Alternate Reality Word count: 143, 708
In the decades following the deposition of James IV, High King of Ireland and the worlds he rules, his descendants and relatives continue their struggle to survive clan MacCarthy’s genocidal high-tech schemes plots. Katherina Rourke loses everything except her close-knit group of friends when first her mother and then her father are murdered. Sean Reilly, the man she once loved but now hates, and his allies seek to depose a corrupt donal.
Katherina’s daughter comes of age as she builds The Friends of the Day dedicated to restoring Tara’s true throne. While Katherina’s friendships disintegrate around her, a subsequent ruler uses Sean in an attempt to kill Katherina, Jack, and their infant Mara. Will he succeed?
Word count: 150, 142
Mara Meathe, mysterious survivor of the battle of Glenmorgan as an infant, struggles with her own identity as she climbs the military ranks of Tara on her way to a confrontation with Donal XII, the former Sean Reilly.
Meanwhile, Angus and Day McAllister, exiled to our earth in one of Hibernia’s many palace coups, have their own scores to settle with Mara’s clan McCarthy enemies and their allies, as do Lady Katherina and her adopted daughter Sheana. Others also have reason to be present in court when the ban on the throne expires. Their lives intertwine with Mara’s and each other as they struggle spiritually while facing well-financed high-tech conspiracies to turn Hibernia and the other earths into ethnically-cleansed MacCarthy family dictatorships.
Word count: 186, 753
In 1987, Tadgh O’Kelly’s graduates as Kilkarney’s top cadet in his career as an army forensic investigator. As the years go by, he gradually knits the threads of evidence from numerous kidnappings of women and children into a noose. But finding the guilty neck to tie it around will require all his skill, and not a little help.
Royal Army General Mara Meathe returns to Tara after numerous troubleshooting tasks around the world to face her biggest and deadliest challenges yet. A friend of Mara’s, Nellie Hacker, arrives from Tara to her home Earth of Tirdia to assist Day MacAllister with some court-appointed espionage.
Word count: 226, 370
The sensational trial over which Tad O’Kelly presided as Senchus is now over. Mara Meathe tackles a multitude of foreign assignments, battling pirates, gun runners, kidnappers, and a host of plots against the realm.
Elbon, the Builder of Meta, returns from a meeting of the elders to Tirdia and the orphanage at Berea, unaware his daughter Eider has followed him. She encounters Lucas and the two have a narrow brush with gangster Al Marcotti’s thugs. In the aftermath, Lucas eavesdrops on Eider’s conversation with her father and hears of their relationship and of the other earths. His loyalties now torn, Lucas leaves that afternoon’s creation debate to strike out on his own. But Eider follows, and the two are caught up in both a world-dividing nexus and a Marcotti kidnapping.
Royal Army officer Maeve Derry sends one of her Centralia cadets out on a training mission only to have to pull his body from the bottom of a river several hours later. What she then learns necessitates the reappointment of Tad as Senchus. Another sensational hearing at Tara ensues and is punctuated by a shocking and cowardly attack. After Maeve’s return to Centralia, she finds herself lured to the St. Charles Islands, where she disappears.
Word count: 212, 758
Mara Meathe’s engagement is the first domino in a string of events leading to her disgrace at court, her defection to the clan MacCarthy, the unravelling of the MacCarthy plot to destroy Tara, and her discovery of the truth about her father’s death.
Elbon, known as The Builder on Meta, but as John Dominic on Tirdia, relocates to the Earth generated in the latest nexus, but it becomes lost in the Timestream.
Roger Hyland, the engineer responsible for rebuilding modern Tara rejects spiritual realities, despite his friends’ earnest pleas. From Metan Manuscripts, the initial three critical historical nexus points are revealed, as are details of the first Builder and his age-old nemesis who plots time and again to either rule the earths…or destroy them.
Word Count: 305, 805
Two long-lived and hard-to-kill men, Samadeya-Qayin and Pelik-Qayin–the alternate continuations of the repentant and unrepentant Cain respectively–have always been deadly enemies. For the last millennium they have duelled over the High Kingship of Ireland. Here are three of their stories:
The Prologue: In the early eleventh century, Brian Boru is rescued by Cormac Meathe and Catherine Neal at Clontarf. Cormac and Catherine are subsequently elevated to the throne.
All the King’s Horses: Kate the Culmanic, a fourteenth-century horse girl descendent of Catherine, becomes High Queen.
Mother’s Girl: Mystery woman, prodigy, and national heroine Amy Rea is the adopted daughter of super-spy Carlan Rea. She renames the Culmanic “Science” and makes it her own. With nine unlikely friends, Amy takes the Royal Academy at Tara by storm, suffers profound betrayals, then joins the Royal Army Naval Corps. Who is she, why is she The Mother’s Girl, and why have the Assassin’s Guild accepted three contracts on her life?
Word Count: 208, 616
Samadeya-Qayin and Pelik-Qayin–the alternate continuations of the repentant and unrepentant Cain respectively–continue their perpetual dual.
Amy Rea is the adopted daughter of Samadeya-Qayin, the ally of the Almighty. From Amy’s post-Academy appointment as second officer to the Royal Army Naval Corps frigate Boudicca, she’s rapidly promoted to commodore, then Vice-Admiral, and finally Admiral of the Orange aboard Victory. Her novel tactics and how she deals with her shipmates become Royal Navy doctrine. Rea cultivates a band of fellow officers who will follow her to hell and back. Many do so for her last battle against enemy nations Spain and France off Trafalgar Point, where she’s shot down by snipers in a resolute stand on Victory’s quarterdeck. But who is Amy Rae, what is her great secret, and why does she have so many look-alikes?
Word Count: 258, 645
The long-lived Samadeya-Qayin, ally of the Almighty and check against Pelik-Qayin, who is something more than an evil twin, clash once more.
Amy Rea, Samadeya’s adopted daughter and First Lord of the Admiralty, was shot down aboard her flagship Victory at Trafalgar. But two powerful lookalike women emerge from the smoke and blood–Amy’s flag officer Joane O’Donnell and the mysterious Amethyst Meathe. Both play a vital role in Thomas Rourke’s battle against the French despot at Mount Sainte Jean, near Waterloo.
Joane takes on prominent military role in now-allied new France. But Amethyst still has battles to fight–first with lead enemy nation Spain, then with Ireland’s own King Frederick and his would-be replacements back home. She succeeds her mentor as “The Mother”–High Queen of Low Tara, becomes queen maker for several nations, and continues Amy Rea’s battle against God’s enemies.
Who are she and Joane, really, and will Amethyst and the band of brothers and sisters she inherited from Amy Rea live to see a new, better, and peaceful Ireland emerge from the ashes of war?
Word Count: 308, 617
Worlds of the Timestream: The Interregnum, Book 7: The Throne, Book 4: Paladin or Time out of Heart
Paladin is the conclusion of The Interregnum Series (Book 7), continuing its account of Hibernia’s royalty from 1473 to date. After being discharged, half-burned and lacking memories, Lilian Morgan emerges at the Dublin City Dump. She knows only that she must keep the repentant Cain (Samadeya) on task with his millennia-old assignment of thwarting the enemy Pelik–alternate and unrepentant continuation of Cain–in his agenda of death and destruction. Discipline is swift and brutal when she departs from the mission. Lilian also shares one of the Cain curses: returning after death to some reorganised portion of her body.
Paladin also completes The Throne Series (Book 4), re-telling in interleaved chapters the First Battle of Glenmorgan and the destruction of Manse Devereaux. Interregnum characters approach a new battle at Glenmorgan that will decide the outcome of Tara’s civil war. Conflict and treachery at Tara threaten one Earth civilization with extinction. Pelik schemes for power over two other worlds…and springs a trap.
Word count: 447, 199