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Still Time

Michael Llewellyn is the author of eighteen published novels in multiple genres. “Still Time” is his first foray into time travel as he transports his heroine into the past. Madeleine St. Jacques, 33, is a New Orleans librarian with a penchant for history and amateur sleuthing. Her paramour and partner in time crime is Henri Chabrol, 42, a Tulane University professor with access to parallel universes via the mysterious August Ones. Madeleine’s goal is to repair potential tears in the curtains of times past, a destiny that triggers challenging, often perilous exploits. “Still Time” catapults Madeleine to 1861 New Orleans, where she encounters a topsy-turvy world of black masters, white slaves, glamorous courtesans of color and assorted shady souls who create escapades at every turn. As civil war erupts and the city falls under siege, Madeleine experiences love, death and devastating betrayal as she battles to keep history from veering off course and learns the truth about why she was sent back in time. It is, most of all, a voyage of self- discovery. From the back cover copy: They were called The August Ones, enigmatic entities manipulating millennia-old time corridors via specially chosen Couriers. Unknowingly conscripted for this role, New Orleans librarian Madeleine St. Jacques attends a Mardi Gras ball only to be propelled back to 1861 and a vibrant but restless city on the brink of civil war. Her journey takes her to Louisiana’s Isle Brevelle, an exotic topsy-turvy world where black planters own slaves, and to Five Oaks plantation where she meets her Creole forebears and is tempted by the unthinkable. Warned by a voodoo priestess that a mysterious Spaniard holds the key to her mission and that she will find him “in the last possible place she would think to look,” Madeleine’s search grows desperate when war ignites and New Orleans falls under siege. Each day brings new challenges as she is drawn deeper into a world of duplicity and passion, deceit and murder. Shadowy veils are lifted one by one as Madeleine sails on a time voyage as serpentine as the Mississippi River before discovering her destiny as a Courier and why she must fulfill it while there is “Still Time.”

Review:

“Still Time is evocative of a new kind of historical time-travel/mystery/thriller that delights and informs the reader. Steeped in New Orleans past and present, Llewellyn creates a steamy, sultry, ultra-romantic atmosphere that will have you craving gumbo and beignets. Heroine Madeleine St. Jacques transforms quite satisfyingly from quiet librarian to cunning, action-oriented belle-of-the-ball once she is singled out by transcendent ‘forces’ to fulfill a critical mission in the past. Llewellyn’s history is accurate and illuminating to the nth degree, especially in regard to the looming Civil War, which will make historical fiction readers happy, and his time-travel devices are innovative and clever, so time-slip fans will appreciate that as well. There’s a fun romance thrown in for a well-rounded introduction to ‘Maddy’ and her friends. I hope this book is the first of a long-running series.” –Mary F. Burns, author of The Spoils of Avalon

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