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Title: Undercurrents in Time
Author: Pamela Schloesser Canepa
Time travel took Tabitha and Milt to places they could never have imagined….
Now it seems the very things that cemented their bond will also drive a wedge between them emotionally. Travel to the future, discovery of a long-lost, troubled family member, and an unplanned baby all have taken a toll. Tabitha struggles to accept her new identity as a mother while remaining a strong, independent woman. She longs for a getaway, even a short one, but that getaway puts her on a collision course with danger.
Milt is busy trying to prevent a horrible future disaster at the hands of an enemy he has not yet met. While concerned, Milt doesn’t even suspect Tabitha’s plans, the very plans that will have her facing Milt’s nemesis.
Tabitha risks it all on a brief escape. How will she handle the unforeseen dangers she faces and make her way back home? How far will Tabitha and Milt go to prevent tragedy?
Tabitha giggled, partly out of nerves and partly out of a disdain for their authority and these new rules. She sensed them both looking at her intently.
“Ooh, is my time up? Okay, let’s try it. What have I got to lose? You need to realize, I am here to help you. Something deadly could happen right here in your town. You all should have tagged him while he was here. You know, put a GPS on him.”
Wilkes balked. “Well, it’s not called GPS anymore, but I assure you, we did not have just cause to do such a thing. Do you think we could just tag any odd individual that comes into our city limits? What would that mean for you?”
“Tabitha, I’m going to record that as your consent to the procedure.” Chief Mickler pulled a card out of her pocket and began reading.
“Your consent to this memory download has been received and indicates that you understand that anything you say as a result of the memory download can be used in a court of law. Acknowledgments made from the memory download are not enough to convict you of a crime. However, when coupled with physical evidence, they can be used in a case against you by the Boston Police Department. Are there any questions?”
Tabitha shook her head, eyes growing wider. She truly hoped her stubborn resolve could keep them from reading her most hidden thoughts. I am a time traveler from 1999. I believe a man named George Mahoney, who is also from the past, is either following me or is here for other reasons, and he possibly has access to very destructive weapons. He also has the capacity to kill and break laws of physics. I only know of this because when I time travelled to 2047 the last time, I read about it in the news archives. It almost sounded just as crazy to her as it would to them. No, it was time to focus on something else.
A female assistant attatched electrodes at Tabitha’s temples. They felt cool against her skin. The chief was wrapping what seemed to be a blood pressure cuff around her arm, and a clip was placed on her finger.
“What’s that for?” The cuff kept filling up and emptying of air, tightening and easing its hold on her arm. It was like being at the doctor’s office.
“We are monitoring your blood pressure and heart rate. We don’t do this at the expense of someone’s health. If it legitimately puts you in distress, we’ll stop.”
That was good to know. Tabitha took a deep breath.
“Okay, Tabitha, just relax. Let’s first explore the reason you came her.”
“I wanted to get away.”
“That wasn’t what you told ME,” Wilkes smirked.
Chief Mickler bristled. “Hush, Phil. Or you may leave the room.”
He shook his head. “It’s okay. I’m sorry.”
“Tabitha, your brain is lighting up in the part that controls the maternal instinct; it’s called the AVPV. And, interestingly, it is lighting up in the amygdala, a portion of the brain associated with anxieties.”
Uncomfortable, Tabitha shifted her weight.
“Please uncross your legs,” the assistant instructed her.
“This is all Mickey Mouse stuff so far. Just wait,” Wilkes added, as cocky as ever.
“So, where are you from?” Mickler asked.
“An average home, in the suburbs, just outside of…the city. Farther south in Georgia.”
“Why did you want to get away?”
“Because I’m bored, I’m tired, unappreciated, and I can’t do anything right. My baby has gone right to the bottle, and they’re all fine without me. Seriously, I felt like I was about to explode.” All of this was the truth.
Satisfied, Mickler nodded her head. “What were you looking for?”
“Adventure and escape.”
“What’s this about a family member you were supposedly looking for?”
Tabitha frowned. “He has run off, but I knew I wouldn’t find him here. Well, I guess that story was just a cover. What could I say? I’m a new mom, and I wanted to get away from my baby? Don’t worry, they won’t even know I’m gone. Can we get to George Mahoney now?”
“Okay. Describe what makes George Mahoney so dangerous.”
“He is a scientist who we believe is experimenting with some very lethal inventions and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. What he wants is to stop anyone who gets in the way of him getting what he wants. It could be fame, a woman, even recognition for a certain discovery. I believe he wants all of these things and is willing to kill for them.”
“Can you describe one of his inventions?”
Tabitha shook her head.
“Is it a type of machine gun?”
“Where’d you get that idea?” Tabitha turned around, and her jaw fell.
There was a screen behind her on which there was an image of a long, heavy gun, a grainy image probably conjured in Tabitha’s imagination after seeing the archives from her last trip to 2047……..Okay, the gun was not going to give her away, but this could really lead to trouble for her, depending on what else they asked.
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Undercurrents in Time has been reviewed as a great mix of adventure, sci-fi, and drama, and adds the fun of Tabitha’s rebellion from the humdrum of being nothing but wife and mother, a new life that is quite different from the independence she’s used to. Undercurrents offers more intriguing future elements and imagined technology along with the drama of Tabitha needing to get home, yet longing to be the brave, heroic woman she has always been. Added to that is the draw of taking a much needed get away and coming right back to a moment she chooses. Again, Pamela’s book has elements of friendship, romance, family, and an interesting look at our changing world.
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Pamela teaches Middle School English, a job that lets her encourages students to love reading and writing as she always has. She enjoys traveling to other worlds and times, placing herself in the persona of her characters, all while sitting in her favorite chair. She has enjoyed writing for various reasons ever since childhood, when she realized writing and making up stories would provide entertainment for long trips and keep her company. Her tendency toward fantastic stories was a great pleasure in childhood, and the writing of poetry provided an outlet for private thoughts and emotions for years until she decided to self-publish fiction in 2016. Pamela's genres include science fiction, paranormal fiction, and poetry of all types. The Made for Me series is Pamela's first published fiction series. She released her first full-length novel, Detours in Time, in the summer of 2017 and the sequel in 2018. Pamela currently juggles her day job with writing further novels in the Detours in Time world while cooking up more ideas for the character of Norrie from her Made for Me series.
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