Friday, November 15, 2013
This is a place holder for Colony, book 3 of the Time Chasm Series.
For those of you wondering what it is about, I can tell you this much: I have started writing it but have temporarily lost focus on where I want it to go with it.
Colony continues the storyline from where book 1: Empire, and book 2: Flight leave off, delving into the everyday lives of the few hundreds of colonists abandoned on a strange primeval world and fleeing from a volcanic eruption that has claimed the lives of two of their leaders. The growing rift between the older and younger factions that form as they struggle to learn how to live off the land.
Over the next few years their numbers have slowly slipped due to the occasional mishaps and some of the local fauna. It will take several years for their children to grow up, but do they have that much time before they are unable to maintain their numbers and to grow? A rift will only cause them to decline faster.
Then they discover they are not alone. The sounds of drums beating in the night and mysterious tracks through the forests lead them to believe that there is another intelligent species living near them. Will they be friend or foe?
This story will conclude the first half of the planned compilation of all of the Time Chasm books in one large volume.
Sunday, September 1, 2013
This is the third entry in the Cornish Talisman series, and hopefully not the last. I already have four more plots for future books in this series but those will have their own post.
Return to Earth starts off where the first book leaves off, and yes, I know, so does book #2. Return to Earth tells the story of Jason Kingston as he returns to finish college after Arial and the rest of his family leave on the Cornish Talisman for their home world of Evensett to confront the council. Many things happen to him as his senior year begins. Circumstances bring Jason and Jared together to fend off Garlo and his associates. A nemesis from his past pursues him as he comes face to face with Peter Thatcher; Holly's mysterious father.
What's new to the story? Well, there's a kidnapping, an escape, a wedding is planned, a proposal is made, a baby is on the way, and love is in the air for another of the major characters; although maybe not in exactly that order. And what else? Yes, you do get to learn a little about who and what the Ambassador is. Are all of the issues resolved? Ummm, maybe you should just read it and find out for yourself.
M. L. Humphrey
Thursday, July 11, 2013
This is the second book in my new series called The Cornish Talisman, and the sequel to my previous book: The Orphan from Space. In the first book, Jasom finds an abandoned ship of the Predecessors, an ancient people thought to be the ancesters of modern civilization. Read that book first and find out how it all comes about.
Jasom Kingston, declared owner of the Cornish Talisman, has appointed Arson Haldon as captain of his ship, and his daughter Arial as the pilot. He has tasked them, along with Jasom's parents, Harkinson and Valya, and the scientists Dr. LeOnard and Prof. Whinoni, to confront the Council on Evensett to seek recompense for the destruction of their ship, the King's Quest, by the lead Councilor GraMorn. To do this, they must first confront the council ruled by GraMorn's associates who have been secretly stealing Predecessor artifacts, and killing off anyone that stands in their way. Then there is the committee, a powerful and mysterious group within the organization called the Crystal Crowns. Their widespread influence could tip the scales either way.
Political intrigue and conflicts between the councilors lead to many twists and turns as we learn more about the capabilities of this ancient ship and the people who have come to call it home; and, what is the part that The Crystal Crowns plays in this game of planetary proportions?
Follow them as they must find their way through not only the intrigue between these political adversaries, but the many passages of the labyrinth within the council building itself; are they real or just an illusion.
Monday, April 22, 2013
On Earth the year is 1952 and out in the asteroid belt is a space ship doing mining and research for a world far away. Jasom is the 15 year old son of this space faring family group and by chance discovers an ancient space ship of the predecessors hiding in the asteroid belt. Deciding that they need assistance in salvaging it they decide to return to their home world of Evensett for assistance.
While Jasom is in earth orbit retrieving their surveillance satellite in preparation for departure, the ship is forced to flee from the dreaded Queryl, a race of chlorine breathing aliens; leaving him behind. He is ordered to land in a rural community in eastern Montana and blend in with the natives until they can return for him. Through an unexpected chain of events he is placed with an older childless couple to be raised as their own and over the next several years he makes new friends and learns that there is more to life than just a space ship. But around the corner he finds that he's not alone and things are never as simple as they seem. Things take a dangerous turn when his parents return along with another ship that has been put in charge of the extraction. Political intrigue ensues and Jasom is left to care for the rest of the children from his ship.
And that's just the first half of the story.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Authors notes on "Across the Chasm of Time".
This book is a rewrite of my first book "For Lorne". Arthur C. Clarke did that with "Against the Fall of Night" and rewrote it into "The City and the Stars" and he got away with it.
Did I completely rewrite it? No, not completely, only half of it. Someone very close to me didn't like the way the story jumped back and forth between the main story about Daniel and Ann, to Captain Teighayl and the survey ship For Lorne. This gave me the opportunity to experiment with inserting new ideas into an already used story line. There is intrigue and political turmoil, back stabbing and downright mayhem.
To do this I separated the two stories completely and expanded the first part considerably. "Empire" is now a third story line that leads up to the "Flight" of the survey ship For Lorne and how Commander Teighayl became it's captain. The second half of the story "Daniel", is virtually unchanged (minus the earlier parts) which may not go over to well with those good souls that purchased the first book. Fear not brave souls for there is a solution coming in the near future called "Beyond the Chasm of Time". This book will encompass all four of the For Lorne books. Yes, there is a fourth, as yet unwritten, book in this series which for now goes under the title of "Colony". It's on the burner and partially written, just lacking inspiration and time.
Stay tuned for more news on that one. "WHAT DO YOU THINK?"
Author's notes on "A Whisker in Time".
Yes I'm back on the time travel thing again. Only this time, it will be a little more exciting. This cover art is really an old picture of a big gray cat that we had when the kids were younger. But, the title was extremely elusive. I don't remember how many titles I went through before settling on this one.Why the cat? Well why not! After all, there is a large gray cat in the story, that's why.
I spent more time with my main character than usual and built a large history behind him. The science fiction element here is time travel and the problems you can get into flipping back and forth between different time periods. The characters aren't perfect, they have their flaws and their good points, but they keep trying.
If you have read this story, or would like to just comment on the descriptions both here and on the websites where it is available, please feel free to do so.
"WELL FOLKS, WHAT DO YOU THINK?"
I think you should read it first!
Author's notes on "The Fifth Agent".
Yes! This is my first sequel and I really enjoyed writing it as well. In this book there are again two story lines that eventually converge near the end of the book. I think that I handled it quite well, thank you very much. I did go a little overboard on the cover however and yes, that is the same flyer from the first book with a little more flair added. I try to make my covers relevant to the storyline. Did you dig the dual lasers?
The story of Daniel and Ann continues four years later with the same characters for the main storyline. This time I focus a little more on some of the other characters in the story while introducing a shadowy covert group that is plotting to get their hands on what had been hidden in the mine.
Many of the issues left unfinished in the first book will be resolved here.
Perhaps you've read it, perhaps not? Well, you should. Then you can come back here and tell me what you think about it.
I am renumbering the sequence number of the Time Chasm Series. In my grand scheme this story would be the sixth part and a fitting end to the whole sequence. This will all be explained when I post that book in the near future.
"WELL, WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT THAT?"