Saturday, 1 December 2018

The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross + #Giveaway + Excerpt

The Lights of Time by Paul Ian Cross
Published in the UK by Farrow Children's Books on the 27th November 2018.

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Engella Rhys is alone, adrift and on the run. Pursued by a secret agency, known only as the Hunters, she must stay ahead to stay alive.

As she travels through space-time using dangerously experimental technology, she only has one wish: to be reunited with her lost parents. After a close shave with a Hunter on the streets of New Shanghai, Engella escapes to find herself on a deserted beach. When she meets a kind stranger, who offers her food and shelter, Engella feels safe and protected for the first time in years.

But who is this woman? And why did their paths cross at the most convenient of times?

Engella soon discovers their lives are intertwined in more ways than she could ever imagine.


Early on in the book, we meet Eduardo ‘Eddie’ Reyes – a key character in the novel – who is fascinated by a series of strange lights which appear on the horizon…

2016-JUL-05 19:27 – Truth or Consequences, New Mexico, United States of America

As he rested his head in his hands, Eduardo Reyes watched the patterns of sunlight as they formed on the slopes of Turtleback Mountain. He was supposed to be sweeping but he paused, just for a minute, for a well-deserved rest. The desert was silent except for the occasional howl of a coyote from deep inside the dusk. The stars began to appear, and the warm summer air cooled. A breeze picked up and Eddie was reminded it was time to get back to work.
He gripped the broom and brushed the dust and sand from the porch. Eddie and his mom had their daily routine, which they’d followed for as long as he could remember. 
Maria would close down the restaurant for the night, waiting for the last customers to finish their food. She’d say her goodbyes, clear away the plates and prepare for the next day, before finally locking the glass doors as she left Maria’s Restaurant and Motel for the night. Eddie, however, would tidy the house which sat on the opposite side of Highway 181, a few minutes’ walk away, in preparation for his mom’s return home. He’d empty the trash before meeting her in the kitchen where they’d prepare their evening meal together. They’d talk about their day over dinner, as they shared the left-over food from the restaurant. ‘Waste not, want not,’ Maria would say.
Eddie salivated as he thought about the pecan pie which had been freshly baked that morning. He had already decided the pie had his name all over it. He yawned and turned to the hammock which hung between the two main wooden posts on either side of the porch. He dived in, disappearing briefly into a pile of cushions. Eventually, the swing of the hammock slowed and Eddie noticed the temperature had dropped considerably. He shivered, pulling a chequered blanket over her legs, and made sure to tuck himself in. He placed his hands under his head, satisfied now he’d finally finished his chores. To Eddie, dusk was the best part of the day. He loved the peace and quiet of the desert, and the way the light changed as the sun set: the silhouette of the mountain changing from a light grey to a deep purple.
Soda bubbled out as Eddie lifted the pull-tab of the can he’d placed outside in preparation. He removed the rest of the tab, sending little drops of the soda spitting everywhere. He gulped a mouthful and let out a sigh. Satisfied, his day was now complete.
After opening the camera app on his brand-new smartphone, which Maria had given him on his thirteenth birthday, he used the screen to check his image. The screen was filled with his big brown eyes, and he realised he was holding it a little too close. After adjusting his reach, his face was perfectly framed. He inspected his curly black hair and made sure his curls were still neatly placed, just as he liked them. 
He flicked through the photographs stored on his phone until he reached the picture he was looking for: a falcon pair nesting with their chicks. He had taken this particular shot during a hiking trip in the nearby nature reserve. He was incredibly proud to have taken such a high-quality image, especially as he’d only used a smartphone. His photographs were improving with every hike. This had been the photo opportunity he’d been waiting for, definitely good enough to upload to his various social media accounts, and perhaps even good enough to submit to a wildlife competition.
A flash in the distance caught his attention. The sky was clear and the stars were out in force.
‘There you are again,’ he said. ‘I’ll get you this time.’ This was not the first time he’d noticed the lights. They had appeared regularly over the last few months, flickering across the mountainside. He rummaged through his rucksack until he pulled out a pair of binoculars. By the time he had returned his gaze, the lights were gone.
Eddie surveyed the sky for any sign of a cloud, but there were none. In fact, the sky was perfectly clear. He had no idea where the lights were coming from. 
He waited and watched, and he thought he’d missed his chance. ‘Come on,’ he said. ‘Where have you gone?’
He was about to turn away, but a glint of light caught his eye. 
‘No way!’ Eddie yelled.
The lights were back. And this time, he was looking directly at them. Surprised at his luck, he raced to the edge of the porch. Two streaks of white danced across the horizon, and then, just as suddenly as they appeared, they warped and merged into a single orb of emerald light which, blinking away, then returned just as suddenly.
‘What the hell?’ Eddie said, and he grabbed his phone from his pocket. He flicked through to the camera app and tried to use the zoom function to focus the image. 
The lights were now as clear as day, but by the time he’d managed to prepare the shot, they’d flickered out again. 
Absolutely nothing remained. Only the black of night. 

Meet the author

Paul Ian Cross is a multi-award-winning children’s author and scientist from London, UK.

Paul works in clinical research (developing new medicines) and he’s also involved in science communication; presenting science to non-scientists. He enjoys his science career but he also has a real passion for writing stories! He likes introducing children to the wonders of science, especially reluctant readers. By introducing science creatively, he aims to spark their interest; allowing them to gain confidence with their reading. As a previous reluctant reader himself, he understands how hard it can be. But it’s all about making reading fun and interesting!

Paul’s nephew Hayden influenced his decision to become a writer. He loved seeing Hayden’s reaction when his sister Michelle first read one of Paul’s stories to him!

In his spare time, Paul likes to visit new and exciting places. One of his favourite places is Scotland, especially the Isle of Skye.

Paul’s debut picture book, Praxx and the Ringing Robot, won second prize in the ‘Picture Books 5 and Younger’ category at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2017. The book trailer also won first place in the ‘book trailer’ category at the Royal Dragonfly Book Awards later that year.

Paul’s second book, Planet Scrabbage and the Vegerons, won an honourable mention in both the ‘Picture Books 6 and Over’ and ‘Health’ categories at the Purple Dragonfly Book Awards 2018.

And that brings us to now... Paul is currently working on several new books. Paul’s debut upper middle grade novel will be published in 2018. The Lights of Time is the first novel in a brand-new series: The Chronicles of Engella Rhys.

Paul hopes you enjoy reading his stories as much as he enjoyed writing them!

Author links: 
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