Crossing in Time
Between Two Evils Book 1
by D.L. Orton
Genre: Action-Adventure, Dystopian, Time Travel, Love Story
The past isn't over, it's an opening. The future isn't hidden, it's a trap.
If she ever wants to see him again, she'll have to take the risk...
Publishers Weekly Starred Review: "Funny, Romantic & Harrowing!"
When offered a one-way trip to the past, Iz sacrifices everything for a chance to change her dystopian future—and see her murdered lover one last time.
After a perilous journey through a black hole, she wakes up on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded—but twenty years younger! With only hours to live, she must convince an enraptured but skeptical twenty-something guy to fix their future relationship and thereby save the planet (no one is quite sure why.)
But it's easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that's a heartbreaker, save the world or not.
Across the infinite expanse of space and time, love endures...
(Unfortunately, it’s not going to be enough.)
FALL INTO THIS EDGY, action-packed, darkly comedic, dystopian love story, and be prepared to encounter a finicky time machine, a mysterious seashell, and a very clever dog (some sex, some swearing, some violence, but no vampires and absolutely no ditzes.)
This book contains material that may be disturbing to some, and in movie form, would be rated NC-17 for strong language, nudity, sexual situations, and violence (including attempted sexual assault, abduction, intense danger, miscarriage, confinement, a pandemic, religious fanaticism (Christian), government malevolence, and death).
Reader discretion is advised.
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Between Two Evils Book 2
From the award-winning author D. L. ORTON comes book two in the Between Two Evils Series...
If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?
When a faulty time machine deposits Diego at the top of a towering evergreen, he knows he's in the wrong place—but has no idea he's also in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the primeval forest, he attempts to climb down—but slips, whacks his head on a branch, and tumbles into oblivion.
He awakens inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging biodomes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves dead, he can find no reason to go on living.
Except Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who must put Diego's broken body back together, refuses to let him die, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes... complicated. He struggles to let go of the past but is unable to get Isabel out of his head—or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction...
Another note arrives from his past: Isabel is alive—but not for long. Find the time machine, and go home before it's too late...
~ Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize shortlist
~ Colorado Book Award finalist
Between Two Evils Book 3
If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?
From award-winning author D. L. ORTON comes book three in the Between Two Evils series...
Shannon fights to stay alive inside a rogue biodome and discovers something totally unexpected... Peter. Lani is forced into the role of the reluctant heroine but rediscovers her street-kid mojo and sets out to find everything she's lost. Diego receives another dirty sock (and a note) from the poorly aimed fireball express: "The window between universes is closing." If Diego has any hope of getting back to Iz, he must get to the Magic Kingdom and power up the time machine before it's too late.
What could possibly go wrong?
DL ORTON, THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS series, lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops. ?ﾟﾏﾽ♂️
In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.
Q. What can we expect from you in the future?
Love is the most powerful force known to mankind: It wrecks kings, destroys barriers, makes us risk everything for a few stolen moments together. Love is stronger than the instinct to eat, sleep, or survive. It motivates us to kill in cold blood, die to save another, and rail against impossible odds. It brings out the best and the worst in us. I think that makes pretty great story material.
In the near term, I intend to follow Isabel and Diego until they finally get it right.
Q. When one thinks of Science Fiction the word machine tends to come to mind. “Crossing in Time”, though, seems to lay the roots of the future on humankind, ‘on building and maintaining human relationships’. Is this something you intend to pursue?
Love is the most powerful force known to mankind: It wrecks kings, breaks down impassible barriers, makes us risk everything for a few stolen moments together. Love is stronger than the instinct to eat, sleep, or survive. It motivates us to kill in cold blood, die to save another, and rail against impossible odds. It brings out the best and the worst in us (and that makes for great stories!)
Having said that, I do think the future of mankind involves machines: intelligent ones that have vast knowledge, compassion, and honor. When we as humans let go of the instinct to fight and kill (and learn to value the unique spark that is intelligent life -- biological or otherwise), that will mark the end of our childhood. When we start falling in love with intelligences other than our own, it will be the beginning of something wonderful. The universe is a vast, cold, and empty place. Intelligence -- in any form -- provides a candle against the darkness.
Q. I must confess that my science days are long behind me. However, curiosity happens to be one of my many middle names and one of the many reasons why I loved “Crossing in Time”. How was the research process for writing this book?
When I first started writing, I used google to search for information: what is the most popular kind of handgun? How long does it take to die from an infection, and what are the symptoms? What happens if you use a negative value for time in a physics equation? How difficult is it to land a single engine plane without an engine (coming in book 2, lol)? What are the biological effects of radiation poisoning?
After a number of those types of searches, I started getting REALLY scary google ads in my browser! I have since switched over to querying "incognito" (and I would definitely advise aspiring writers to do the same.)
One of the most difficult parts of the book was balancing the science with the action-adventure. I work with a very talented editor, and we spent a bit of time trying to find that balance. I love science, and like you, I'm naturally curious about all sorts of stuff: physics, medicine, space exploration, swarming insects, and I could easily spend all day chasing new information on the internet. I did end up taking out a couple of chapters that contained more detailed explanations on how the time machine, time travel, and multiple universes work in the book's universe (and I tried very hard to stick with the real limitations of physics in our universe!) I'm hoping to add them as "deleted scenes" on my website, and if you're interested in finding out more, sign up for my mailing list (BetweenTwoEvils.com/website/sign-up/), and I'll let you know when they're available.
Q. I read about your shower curtain, your ant, and your bowling ball. You write about the existence of different realities. What are your thoughts on the “flexible membrane,” if there is one, between reality and fiction?
I regularly find myself commenting that reality is stranger than fiction. If you've been paying any attention to US politics, you'll know exactly what I mean: even the writers for "House of Cards" or "Game of Thrones" couldn't have thought up what's been going on with Trump!
Part of the reason books are so powerful and can change our world view is because we step into those fictional worlds and become those daring (or frightened or defeated) characters. We feel their losses and celebrate their victories. We long for the touch of a lover or despair when he's been taken away. Good books allow us to learn and experience things that would be too dangerous, expensive, or impossible in the "real" world.
But let me ask you this: five years from now, when you look back at something that happened today, or you recall a great book that changed the way you see the world, which is more real?
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