For a couple of months I’ve been working on a novella introducing characters and a world that I’m really excited about. The Chronology Protection Agency is inspired by Stephen Hawking’s metaphor suggesting that there is an organisation which keeps time safe:
It seems that there is a Chronology Protection Agency which prevents the appearance of closed timelike curves and so makes the universe safe for historians.
The CPA series is set in a version of our world in which time travel is possible, has been discovered and widespread but international agreements have regulated travel, for the good of humanity.
Jefferson Murphy is bright, ambitious and, between him and his ex-commanding officer, more than a little bit arrogant. Joining the Chronology Protection Agency, he is confident that he can handle whatever his first day throws at him. Since coming back onto active duty after a personal tragedy, Ruaina Laing just wants to get on with the job that she’s always wanted to do and prove that she’s still up to the challenge. She emphatically does not want a new partner, and Jefferson is definitely not a contender, fresh out of training with an act-first-think-later approach disdaining the analytical skills on which she has built her career.
When the two are put together to investigate the case of a lawyer unaware of his time-stream disturbance, neither thinks it will be a complex case but it quickly becomes clear there’s a new player in town determined to manipulate time for his own profit. Soon, the pair are forced to rely on one another to keep time protected and keep themselves in the right time.
I’m really excited about this novella! I’ve been working on it for a while and have loved pulling the characters together for their first outing, and really getting into the swing of the voice I want for the book. I’m currently revising and editing, and look forward to releasing it as an e-book in August.
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