Loving in Time
by AE Kirk
Genre: Romance sci-fi, time travel
Publisher: Vanguard Press
Living in New England, half Greek half American high school student, Helen, lives a relatively normal life; a mother and father and two bratty younger twin brothers. But it all changes when her mother welcomes two strange but devilishly cute boys, Marcus and Gus, into the house and into Helen’s life.
While the boys live with Helen, they help her discover that she is far from normal and she is, in fact, part of an ancient Grecian love story that has stretched to every corner of the world. She is Helen of Sparta from the myth, Helen of Troy. The boys however, ask a difficult favour from her, to leave her modern family and go back in time to help break an ancient cycle.
Given the ability to stop time and travel into centuries past, she and her new friends, Marcus and Gus, are joined by five other boys who try and protect Helen from the evil Decurion soldiers; ancient time travellers who wish to stop Helen from breaking the cycle.
Journeying to Ancient Greece, Helen must act as she once had but when the moment the war begins and Helen must break the cycle, she is given a life changing decision. The question is, will she choose wisely?
Stretching out on the couch, I placed my arm over my eyes to cover the afternoon sun that peeked in at the west facing window. I was getting a headache from doing so much and I still hadn’t even done my homework yet... which reminded me I need to call Paris.
About to get up to grab the phone, I heard a car pull into the driveway. Sitting up, I looked out of the window, but only saw the top half of the metallic green people carrier which belonged to my Mom. Groaning that the dweebs were home, I flopped back onto the couch and closed my eyes.
Bang! Went the sound of the first door that was usually Castor. One minute older he always got out of the left side of the car first. Bang! That was Sander’s right door being slammed shut. Bang! And there was Mom’s. Bang!
‘Huh?’ Sitting up and frowning, at the forth door slam I glanced at the car again and saw five heads move to the front of the house.
Keys jangled as they moved to the door.
In a sitting position, I looked around at the door to see who was coming into the house. Then it hit me, could these be the kids Mom’s note referred to?
The door banged open and Castor and Sander ran into the hallway, glancing at me in the room, they then gave me the middle finger and ran up stairs to their room.
‘Suckers,’ I laughed. Standing up as I saw shadows on the carpet.
‘In you go,’ I heard Mom suggest. Standing up, I saw two tall figures move in front of me with their backs turned. Holding two large navy blue holdalls in each hand, they placed them on the floor. Hearing her shuffle down the hallway, she headed to the kitchen; glancing at me as she passed. ‘Oh Helen,’ Mom smiled as she did a double take and spotted me standing there like an idiot staring at the backs of the heads of two tall guys. ‘This is Marcus and Gus, they will be staying in your brothers' room for... well, until we can sort something out.’
At that point, they turned and my jaw dropped. It was that Marcus guy I had met only a few hours ago outside the entrance to the school. His friend, who looked rather similar to him, was maybe an inch taller with slightly darker hair apart from a few strands of highlights by his ears.
‘Wrong Girl,’ Marcus laughed, snapping his fingers and pointing at me. Nudging his friend he said, ‘I told ya we’d meet up again.’
AE Kirk lives within the majestic Devonshire countryside in England, UK where she wrote her novel, Loving In Time, within three months for a competition. Winning joint runner-up, she continued to write a number of other books ranging from sci-fi, to fantasy and action and a year later, while she was in South Korea teaching English, found a publisher. Kirk, who is Editor in Chief for a fantasy and sci-fi magazine, Kingdom of Fantasy, loves nothing more than to write interesting and unique stories with unusual plot-twists. After gaining a Masters in Social Archaeology at Lampeter University, Wales, Kirk uses her research skills to describe, in vivid detail, the ancient locations in her books. Kirk's passions in archaeology shines through in Loving In Time, her first published novel.
If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
Probably the ability to fly. I've always loved my flying dreams and would love to have a pair of wings and take off anywhere I'd like.
Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Seeing my book on the shelves of a Waterstones book shop. I was gobsmacked and it's such an amazing feat for me to have accomplished something like this in my life before I'm 30. It's just an amazing and unique feeling, I can't quite describe it.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
I'm an Archaeologist who has re-written one of the world's most well-known love stories by bringing the modern day present to the unknown ancient past.
Chocolate, but specifically Nutella. I go through several jars a week- no kidding!
What book are you reading now?
I'm reading the 2nd book of the Mistborn Series by Brandon Sanderson, he's such a brilliant writer and his concept of using metal as a power is simply fantastic. The only thing is that I can see what happens to some of the characters before it happens. Though I'm not a psychic, I can somehow see what will happen in parts of the books.
What’s your favorite season/weather?
My favourite season is Autumn (Fall), when the leaves are vibrant shades of warm colours and the air has a clean, crisp bite to it which makes you want to wear a nice wooly coat, hat, scarf and gloves!
What was your favorite children's book?
Bimbo and Topsy by Enid Blyton. Such a lovely, funny book.
Beach or Pool?
Definitely the Pool. I live near a beach... too much sand and it truly does get everywhere.
What is one book everyone should read?
Memoirs of a Geisha by A. Goldman. It's such a beautifully written book. Though the film was good, the book was much better and Goldman really captures the secretive life of a geisha. Just astonishing.
Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Currently my lit agent and I are trying to get the first of my trilogy published, Tattoo of the Black Angel. But I'm also focusing on NaNoWriMo this month to add the 3rd installment of my 7 book Barcode Series. My goal is simply to try and get my trilogy published.