Monday, February 1, 2016

Another Gwynn Morgan book

Back to Tomorrow is a time travel, as perhaps the title implies. It is also a 'western' and this one, unlike The Man in Black, really does feature Tombstone and Bisbee, two active mining towns in the late 1800s. The core of the idea came from a Hallmark made for TV movie, The Love Letter. In it a letter found in an old desk by a modern person builds a bridge to the past. In Back to Tomorrow, a journal left in an old trunk serves that purpose. You can find the book at

At 95K it is thus far the longest of my novels but I think it reads fast although the prose is deliberately fashioned in a voice and tone reminiscent of the era in which Zach lives and Emily finds herself early in the tale. I love the Victorian English but I hope it isn't too dated for modern readers. Still, I am almost a stickler for authenticity and did my best to be historically accurate except for the fact that in 1889, Nellie Cashman had actually left Tombstone. She's the only real character I feature as I very deliberately stayed away from the Earps, Clantons and their ilk!

Here is the blurb and the cover.

Librarian Emily Dennison has always loved history, but catapulted into 1889 Tombstone, she finds life far from the idyll she imagined. Meeting Zach Tremaine, a newspaperman from Philadelphia, she gets involved in his quest to rescue his younger sister from her abusive paramour, gambler Jake McEuen. This leads to more adventure than Emily ever thought possible. Eventually she has to confess to Zach that she is from far away, not in distance but in time. Fearful of being torn back to 2000, but missing her modern conveniences, she hardly dares to love him, though she aches to.
Zach isn't quite sure what to make of Emily, so different from any woman he has ever known but so sweet and spunky that she wins his admiration and soon his heart. Just when he thinks he has convinced her they belong together, a bolt of lightning tears her away. Or was it Joker Jake McEuen, seeking revenge? Can Zach live long enough to search until he finds her? Can she get back to tomorrow in time to save him from McEuen's murderous rage?

The cover from the first edition is shown at left, again my interpretation as executed by Linnea Sinclair, herself a noted Sci Fi author.  In the Amber Quill cover, the lightning image to the figure's left came from a photograph I took. I called it "The Spirit of Huachuca." As I stated in the book, huachuca (pronounced wa-CHOO-ka)  comes from the ancient Native American word translated as "where the thunder walks." Lightning is very significant in the tale!  Here is the actual photo:  With just a little imagination you can see a native shaman holding aloft a buffalo or antelope skull! 

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