Beta-Reader Reviews
"...The book skids from dynamite to cliff in this inventive Perils of Pauline story... Initially drawn in by the slow brew between Alyse and her Mountie protector, and one-time beau, Glen; the evolving narrative of Alyse's 11th Century soul-twin, Ælfwyn, drove the page flips late into the night. I loved the moments when... I didn’t see that coming! The story is physical, dense, and rich in inventive detail and characters to root for - even the supporting ones. I found a cozy spot in the wintry British Columbia I know and love, while I learned much from the rich language and well-researched details that make Ælfwyn’s story so vivid...."

  - From US reader review by Melissa Litwin.

I have finished The Janus Paradox and... I LOVED IT!  What a clever, thought provoking and thoroughly enjoyable book. Can't wait for the next installment. (when is it due?)  The book resonated with me on several levels.  I have always believed in reincarnation but [this] book takes it to a new and different level.  And then on a more prosaic level, my maternal grandfather came from the Isle of Man and my maternal grandmother from Ireland so the basis of the book was very interesting. You, Ms. Early-Smith, must have done a massive amount of research. It is an inspired time-travel adventure - with an intriguing paranormal twist..."
  - From UK Reader Review by
Sandra Larsen
  I've read it twice now...  I've always been a fan of books that explore new mechanics for fantastic settings. This one was a pleasure all the way through. If you are a fan of time travel, romance, fantasy or just a well written book, get a copy for yourself.

~ James Armitage - New Zealand 

Nexum Fortior Quam Tempus…

A bond, woven over the centuries,

mysteriously frayed by a modern peril,

can only be mended by strangers

returning to their shared past,

challenged to once more rekindle

~ and with courage ~

reweave a kinship of soul that

has been born and born again

~ a bond that has transcended the ages.

Nexum Fortior Quam Tempus

~ A Bond Stronger Than Time ~



Weaving a tapestry of luminous threads

that cross the ages, binding lost soulmates,

Author Cymbric Earlysmith ignites the imagination

with her time-travel / historic fiction series:


inviting us to explore deep into the essential

nature of our most profound human connections

through the library of our soul...


   Most of us have witnessed it. Some have been lucky enough to experience it - a mutual and instantaneous kinship between total strangers who feel an intrinsic connection with one another, while, even outsiders recognize an unmistakable sense that these souls have likely accompanied one another through hundreds of lifetimes. And yet, no matter how daunting the journey or how heart-rending the circumstances; they have somehow always found each other.


   The TimeBridge Journals present just such a passionate story of friendship and devotion between soul-kin. The story begins after a riptide in Time destroys all but the last sinews of their bond, even as their psyches gain something, as well, sudden access to the Library of their Souls - their lineage of reincarnation and a gradual recognition of many others of their soul-clan. To dissipate the riptide and heal their bond, they are forced to navigate a labyrinth of past lives, soul-kin, and divergent timelines, while being tempted to explore even further... 




   Janus Paradox recounts the harrowing instant when an extraordinary bond, shared across many lifetimes, is threatened...

   On Beltaine night, 1103, after Ælfwyn’s years of exile in Viking dominated Ireland, she and Jarl Hrogn Hröreksson are about to be reunited at last, when their lives are thrown into chaos and their soul-paths changed forever by an event instigated in the 21st century.


   At the 2010 Winter Olympics, US Biathlete Alyse Danilov and Sgt. Glen Roderick, RCMP, encounter one gut-wrenching challenge after another when Alyse arrives in Canada for the Games and is suddenly kidnapped. While Sgt Roderick calls in every law enforcement option to instigate an intensive search, Alyse is forced to struggle against a biomedical research company's nightmarish protocols attempting to Bridge her consciousness into the future - to make a profit.


   As Alyse fights to wrench herself free, she’s sent reeling back in time nearly a thousand years. There, her psyche briefly displaces that of her soul-kin, Ælfwyn, while she's in the midst of a medieval battle.  Utterly bewildered by her surroundings, Alyse ends up distracting Ælfwyn’s champion, Jarl Hrogn.  Before any of them can understand what has happened; Alyse is swept out of Ælfwyn's time and into yet another - one even more dangerous - her own.

   Returning to the 21st century in a comatose state, Alyse continues experiencing events from Ælfwyn's life. As Alyse gradually awakes, she is shocked to discover she's in a divergent timeline where Sgt. Glen Roderick is not her fiancé, but merely the RCMP detective investigating her disappearance, and he, along with everyone else Alyse knew, barely knows her,

   With friendships erased, lives destroyed, and her deepest soul-bond of all stripped away, Alyse’s struggles against the Olympic competition clock are nothing compared to her desperate efforts to re-right history.  That fight becomes even more fraught with intrigue when both Alyse and Sgt. Roderick are drawn back into Hrogn and Ælfwyn's lives in 12th-century Ireland and Alyse must decide how much she's willing to tell Roderick in order to heal the divergence.




After enduring the totally unfathomable, body-swapping time-travel venture into Hrogn and Ælfwyn's world at the end of  Book One: The Janus Paradox, Alyse is finally able to establish a point of connection with Sgt. Roderick, the man who was once her fiancé, in the divergence is merely a stranger heading up her security detail at the Games and trying to prevent the on-going harassment Alyse has been subjected to since her arrival in Canada. 


   Together Alyse and Roderick seek out the help of  Dr. Connie Singh, a clinical psychiatrist working in the new field of Quantum Psychology. Dr. Singh insists their time-travel was caused by something called, "Bridging" and their connection with Hrogn and Ælfwyn is forged directly through their souls' path of reincarnation.


   In the process of participating in Dr. Singh's bridging-protocols, Alyse and Sgt. Roderick reconnect with Hrogn and Ælfwyn to discover far more.  A riptide in Time has created an eddy between the 12th and 21st centuries, which may be the source of the Time-divergence. That eddy is swiftly becoming a vortex, continuing to bridge Roderick and Alyse with Hrogn and Ælfwyn, as well as others of their soul-clan, shifting them into a mystifying array of "Otherworlds".  

- All these events taken together, convince Roderick & Alyse that Hrogn and Ælfwyn's fate is forever entwined with their own. And yet, when Alyse is kidnapped again, so much havoc has been wrought upon their soul-kin - and their timelines are in such disarray - that unless they can bring together their soul-clan,  from both times; it may never be possible to retrieve Alyse or to heal the divergence... 

"Alyse, they want to turn you into a History Mule. You've got to be ready!   You'll be entering the very Library of your Soul..."


  ~ Are You Ready?

Notable Quotes

"..Glenarthur, if you cannot be charming, would you at least attempt to appear socially house-broken?" 
~ Dr. Connie Singh to Sgt. Roderick, Book 2 Janus Cypher

Story-related images from the Journals...


The Janus Cypher

Book Two of The Timebridge Journals is finalized!

And I'm looking for an agent, a publisher, or both - as well as Beta-Readers!


 - In The Janus Cypher, learn what soul-tearing devastation the time-eddy inflicts upon Alyse Danilov, Sgt. Glen Roderick, and others in their soul-clan, as they search for the Point of Divergence to heal their timeline, even while they're forced to introduce their Medieval soul-kin to the wonders of the 21st century...


Anticipating Book Three: TimeBound

  - To experience the source of their original soul-twinning, and to further solve other mysteries from The Janus Paradox and Janus Cypher; be looking for Book Three in  The Timebridge Journals:  TimeBound.

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