While I have 16 or so books in various stages on my computer and in my head, I have decided to concentrate on seven of them. Ideally, it would have been nice to do a trilogy from both the 21st and 26th centuries, but seven is my favorite number so I decided to stick with that.
The books are:
Spirit of the Lone Horse – Jo Mason has a problem. A bay with a blaze, black mane and tale, and four white socks kind of problem. She is the commanding officer of a large mounted band base. But thanks to a horse almost killing her, she is scared of the noble creature she once loved. That is, until she meets the rogue stallion’s son, who is more scared of her. They embark on a quest to make her life long dream of competing in a prestigious international competition come true. Standing in their way? Someone who believes Jo didn’t earn her command, but stole it from him.
Do You Believe in Legend? – Jo Mason finds herself at a crossroads. She has made her lifelong dream come true, but had to pay a heavy emotional price to do so. She discovers that her cousin Jeff isn’t her cousin, but someone left back in time to take his place. His twin brother from the future falls into her lap, both literally and figuratively. He should be able to answer all her questions, right? Not exactly. He doesn’t remember much about his life and what he does, doesn’t help because, for him, a lot of key events haven’t happened yet.
A Dream to Share – Jo Mason’s life and former base is in shambles. She is striving toward the dream of a peaceful future for all of humanity and leaving friends and family behind in the process. Jeff and Vince in particular. One has disappeared completely and the other doesn’t want anything to do with her, even though he’s under her direct command. Now, she must rebuild her base and relationships so that the future isn’t jeopardized.
The Dream of Stars – Ever since losing his wife to a shuttle accident, his son to a time travel one, and his other two kids to people who didn’t think he could handle the emotional burden of raising them alone, Sam Peterson has struggled to get his life back. Just after regaining custody of his kids, he is given a new ship whose first mission is to find the source of a first contact initiated by a very powerful telepathic race. Sam’s life is made even more complicated when the women who almost destroyed it shows up asking him for a huge favor.
Twins of a Different Century – Cadet Randy Peterson is a deliberate failure. He doesn’t want the responsibility of being the son of his famous father. He’s also tired of feeling incomplete and lost without his mirror image, taken all those years ago. To right himself enough so he can graduate, he comes up with a crazy plan to find and reanimate some famous people that may be in suspended animation. When he finds and revives them, they teach him more than he ever wanted to know about love, grief, and teamwork. In the process, they have to hide their true identity from him.
Timeline Corrected – Jo Mason and her team reawaken for a second time in the proper part of the 26th Century. After witnessing the reunification of Richard and Randy Peterson, she wants nothing to do with the ship responsible for their split. Several starships go missing forcing Jo to face her destiny and command the Lone Horse.
The Lone Horse Incident – Two starships collide and Jo Mason finds herself in the one moment of time where she doesn’t want to be, meeting Randy and Richard Peterson when they are five years old. She tries to keep history true to itself while still keeping the twins united. She quickly learns that time, though, is an unforgiving mistress.
Writing the books and keeping the time paradox that connects all of them untangled for the reader is going to be interesting. Yes, I know time travel has been done a lot. Only the last book has a bunch of time jumping and the second takes place in two different centuries. The others stay in the century they are written. Characters from different parts of the paradox will appear, though sometimes. I have to make sure when they do it does’t come off as a gimmick and they don’t reveal too much or too little.
Even if I didn’t have to worry about the time paradox, the third book is going to be very hard to write. I came up with the idea of how the base was sabotaged, crashing planes into buildings, long before September 11, 2001. Ever since then I’ve struggled with that book because I don’t want to disrespect the memories of the people who died on that day.
By the time I finish, I am hoping that I will have created a universe that other authors want to be a part of. If not, oh well, I’ll worry about completing at least a few more of the ideas