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#SpotlightThursday – Beyond the Void Darkly

About the Book

beyond-voidCan a man and woman separated by a century and a half be destined for each other?

In a love story that spans from 2031 to 1883, a man wrestles with questions of faith, love, and destiny.

Matthew Walton is a man on a mission. As a pharmaceutical scientist working on a top-secret time travel project, his one goal in life is to find a cure for his mother’s cancer. But when he sees a beautiful young woman in 19th century Kansas, the daughter of a doctor who may have stumbled across the cure, Matthew becomes enraptured and begins to wonder if there is such a thing as love at first sight.

But she can’t see him, hear him, or feel him. To her, he is a ghost.

As he gets to know her from reading her faded old diary and repeated trips through time, Matthew’s desire to make contact with Elizabeth grows in urgency, because he has seen her die.

And only he can save her.

Weaving in issues of philosophy, heartbreak and loss, Christian faith, and ultimately hope, Beyond the Void Darkly will remain with you long after you have finished the story. It will make you believe in love again.

About the author

Douglas Tanner is a writer and poet and the author of five books. He lives in North Carolina with his wife, son, two daughters, and a small Schnoodle named Snuffleupagus (Snuffy for short). He has been writing since fifth grade when he began sharing his stories with friends.tanner

Douglas studied at Ozark Christian College in Joplin, Missouri and Labette Community College in Parsons, Kansas, and has been a lead vocalist in rock bands; a radio DJ and news director; and a provisioning analyst and team leader with Sprint in Kansas City.

His latest novel, Beyond the Void Darkly, a Christian time travel romance, was released July 1, 2016.

Doug’s initial book, a creative non-fiction self-help manual entitled A Truly Successful Life: Ten Principles for a Life of Meaning and Purpose, was published in 2008. He followed up with a middle grade/young adult series of inspirational horror novels; Alec Kerley and the Terror of Bigfoot (2013), Alec Kerley and the Wrath of the Vampire (2013), and Alec Kerley and the Roar of the Dinosaur (2014). The upcoming fourth book in the series is Alec Kerley and the Revenge of the Werewolf.

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The Mine – John A. Heldt

MineJHWrapped into a unexpected time-traveling adventure, The Mine is a wonderful love story and a testament to friendship. Joel Smith accidentally goes back to the 1940s when he’s in an abandoned mine at the crazy right time of a massive planetary alignment, the kind that happens just once in a lifetime. Triggering some sort of technological (or even just plain magical) wall, Joel walks out to find the world a very different place than when he went in during May 2000.

We’ve all seen time-travel movies, the warnings of what happens when you have the opportunity to alter the past. So what is a young man to do realizing he’s trapped in the past, decades before he – and years before his parents – are born? He gets a job, uses his knowledge of sports highlights to win some bets, and tries not to screw up the lives of too many people along the way, especially knowing that the U.S. will be drawn into World War II within a few months of his unfortunate arrival. He creates a cover story for his mixed-up life, and he forms amazing friendships with college students his own age.

Joel doesn’t intended to fall in love, but he does it with so much heart you hope he has a wonderful life with the woman of his dreams. The romance is breathtaking and honest, even though Joel has to fudge a little about everything else.

Honestly, I was skeptical of the plot at first – I was worried I’d end up with an “I’m my own grandpa”-type of story (so glad it’s not!). I also fretted over a couple of technical mistakes (the drinking age before WWII was 18, not 21). But these can be overlooked by the great writing throughout the rest of the book. This book is well worth suspending your belief in space-time continuity for the vivid storytelling. The author must be a fan of antique cars, considering the passionate details he uses to describe them.

I recommend this book if you love a good story about interpersonal relationships, not matter what genre you prefer. There’s a little science fiction, a little romance, and a lot of good literature.

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