For those of you who remember the movie Time After Time with Malcolm McDowell, Mary Steemburgen, and David Warner, you'll be pleased to know that the bestselling author of the novel and screenplay, Karl Alexander, has written a new time-travel-love-story-thriller novel which is being released this Friday. Time-Crossed Lovers is another example of Alexander's understanding of human relationships under extraordinary circumstances.
Time-Crossed Lovers is the story of Curtis Beckett, a convicted murderer on Nebraska's Death Row. His crime: the brutal murder of his wife and step-daughter. His sentence: a date with the electric chair. There's nothing particularly out of the ordinary about the chair---except in this case it just happens to be cross-wired with an experimental time-travel device housed in a Top-Secret facility built on prison grounds. No one intends for Curtis to be sent back in time---everyone expects him to die in the chair---and when he disappears when they throw the switch, no one is more surprised to find that Curtis has appeared in Nebraska, circa 1957. Curtis suddenly has his freedom, no past to haunt him, and an opportunity to set things right. But it isn't the past that haunts him, it is the future. Back in the present, all hell has broken loose. Not only is Curtis missing, but so is the sister of Curtis's murdered wife, who had come to witness the execution. The Warden is livid---no one informed him of the time-travel experiments happening under his nose. The middle of an execution was the wrong time to find out. Now he has to work with the scientists who created the time machine to get Curtis back---and execute him properly!
Time-Crossed Lovers is also a love story of cosmic proportions. As Curtis is taken to the electric chair, he has a vision of a beautiful woman whom he has never met---and never would meet, if the electric chair had done its job. But the universe will not be denied, and Curtis finds the woman of his vision living not far from the prison in a place Curtis knows well. The real question quickly becomes, will the Warden, the Governor, and the time-travel scientists succeed in bringing Curtis Beckett back to the present---simply to execute him again---or will Curtis be left in 1957 Nebraska to live out his life with the woman he loves.
When I first read Time-Crossed Lovers, I liked it right away. It had the right feel, great characters, and a fascinating premise. Karl's understanding of that time period---the culture and attitudes of the late '50s---makes Time-Crossed Lovers a very believable read. It reminds me of Ed Gorman's Sam McCain mysteries, which take place a few years later and one state over in Iowa. And as a fan of the Space Program, I found it interesting that the story takes place in the past about a week after the launch of Sputnik by the Russians. It was a time of turmoil in America, and it struck me as a perfect time for the universe to open up and deposit a time traveler.
With the book launching on Friday, we were able to take advantage of the release of the book by having Karl come out to the West Hollywood Book Fair on this Sunday, September 30, 2012, and sign books. He will be appearing at the GLAWS booth, A24-27, right in the heart of the book festival. Feel free to come out and say hi, get a book signed, and enjoy the day.
Genius Book Publishing is proud to have Karl's book as one of our publications. The book will be available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Apple iBookstore, and from booksellers everywhere starting Friday. The print version is already available for ordering at our eStore: https://www.createspace.com/3976625
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