Sometimes a wall is meant to defend and protect.
Sometimes a wall draws a line in the sand.
Sometimes a line in the sand marks a point of no return.
Often, if you’re lucky, the point of no return is an invitation to enter the liminal space between two realities.
In the ‘BEDE SERIES’ for middle-grade to young adult readers, Hadrian’s wall is a great divide.
But sometimes the common ground of a great divide is a non-local destination of great joining – the perfect space for uniting the natural and the supernatural to experience the mysteries of warm rain, red snow, and footsteps that end in silence.
‘TIME FALLS LIKE SNOW’ – book 2 of the BEDE SERIES is a time travel adventure to ancient Egypt through the time portals of a sentient stately home in Northumbria, built atop the successive ruins of prehistoric Britain.
Kit, a boy-scientist who decries all things supernatural must confront his worst nightmares after moving to Bede Hall, his grandmother’s crumbling estate. The Hall, steeped in local mythology, buzzes with unearthly energy and encounters with ghostly phenomena.
When Kit’s twin sister, Bash, wholeheartedly embraces the very energies that Kit denounces, they’re pitted against each other. Their natural telepathic bond remains a flimsy connection that connects the real and paranormal worlds.
But to prevent a global disaster and several personal ones, Kit must overcome his fear of the unknown, face erasure by time traveling through the dangerous portals of Bede Hall, and change the future by creating a new past.
‘DOWNTON ABBEY THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS’
What if Downton Abbey had a mind of its own?
Bede Hall is a sentient family estate, fallen on desperate times, crumbling in the shadow of Hadrian’s Wall, Northumberland. It has survived in countless reincarnations, hovering on the liminal boundaries of the Isle of Lindisfarne – the sheltered threshold between mythology and a hard place, in a world that’s positively ancestral.
When local developers target the abandoned Hall for demolition, it refuses to surrender without a fight.
With its ‘back against the wall’, the stately home is forced to recall its reluctant matriarch and her twin grandchildren, Bathsheba (Bash) and Christopher (Kit) – teenagers with their own challenges.
And since time refuses to turn back permanently, the Hall’s time portals can only play a risky game of hide and seek with its young champions.
Bede Hall must overcome its pride in order to fulfill its destiny. It has an ancient curse to defuse, a future catastrophe to avert, and a young ghost to set free while the twins face the consequences of playing chess with time itself.
BEDE HALL IS ALIVE BUT ALL IS NOT WELL
Three years have passed since the twins arrived to live in Bede Hall.
Turning sixteen isn’t going to be easy.
Book 1 of the ‘Bede series’ ‘TWINTER – THE FIRST PORTAL’ is presently available in print and e-book versions. The estimated publication date for book 2, ‘TIME FALLS LIKE SNOW’ is May 2017.