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Explore the story descriptions for Cymbric's Time-travel series: The Time-Bridge Journals.
Book One ~ Janus Paradox
Book Two ~ Janus Cypher.
In addition, discover outlines for the characters, including tidbits like name pronunciations, birthdays, family backgrounds and idiosyncrasies, etc.
~ Book One in The Time-Bridge Journals
US Olympic athlete Alyse Danilov and Glen Roderick, RCMP, encounter one time-bending, gut-wrenching challenge after another, as a riptide in the current of Time drags them from the Olympic venues of Vancouver, Canada, to Viking dominated Ireland and back again.
Little do they know that through a sometimes-heartrending kinship of spirit, Glen and Alyse have accompanied one another through hundreds of lifetimes. No matter how daunting the journey or how difficult the circumstances; they’ve always found each other.
In one harrowing instant, however, that extraordinary bond is threatened by the scientists of MURC, as they attempt to force-bridge Alyse into the future. Instead, as she struggles against their nightmarish protocols, she's sent reeling back in time nearly a thousand years – right into the midst of a medieval battle. There she begins to fully experience life in the guise of her soul-kin, Lady Ælfwyn Gærethsdotr, until something rips her back from that time into yet another – one that’s even more dangerous – her own.
Soon, Sgt. Roderick will witness the cusp of the 11th century as well, through the eyes of Jarl Hrogn Hröreksson – Ælfwyn’s champion and a kinsman to Magnus III of Norway, Orkney, and the Isles. Not unlike Roderick himself, Hrogn is fated to follow his destiny - as well as his King - in and out of battle, turmoil, and intrigue.
All the while, the riptide in Time is becoming a vortex, sweeping Hrogn and Ælfwyn out of their own lives, as they witness a mystifying array of Otherworlds, including that of 21st century Vancouver.
With friendships erased, lives destroyed and loves scattered to the stars, Alyse’s struggles against the competition clock are nothing compared to her desperate efforts to 'right' history. And she'll do anything it takes in order to save her Glen Roderick – still caught between their original timeline and the dark oblivion of a Time divergence, from which only Alyse has yet emerged with her memories mostly intact…
Alyse Khitara Katrine Danilov
- US Olympic Athlete
Age 30 (As of February 2010)
Born: November 27, 1980
Hanover, New Hampshire USA
Anton Danilov, MD and
Dilara (Sevim) Danilov, PhD (Anthropology)
Stephan Alexander - Age: 33
Erik Anton - Age 25
Elena Zoya - Age 25
~ Book Two in The Time-Bridge Journals
JANUS CYPHER follows Alyse Danilov as she struggles to successfully navigate a divergent timeline, all while competing as a member of the US Olympic Biathlon team at the 2010 Vancouver Games. The twists in time that landed her there, as thoroughly chronicled in Book One - The Janus Paradox, are just the start of a blinding array of bridging events that both Alyse and Sgt. Roderick initiate in The Janus Cypher.
Book Two opens with Alyse and Roderick still trying to fathom their unexplained sojourn at the end of Janus Paradox, where they bridged with Jarl Hrogn Hröreksson and Lady Ælfwyn Gærethsdotr 900 years in the past. The event leaves Alyse and Roderick desperate to understand what happened, what caused it and what it will take to escape the divergent timeline they're living in.
Roderick's call to Dr. Connie Singh, MD-Psych, an old friend of his mother and the director of UBC's Sleep Disorder Research Lab, results in several intensive sessions, with Dr. Singh. She coaches them in a method of past-life regression, exploring her theorem of time-travel through one's soul lineage of reincarnation. Together, they begin to understand that what originally swept Roderick and Alyse out of the 21st century was some kind of eddy in the current of Time. Dr. Singh suggests its focal point is likely centered between their modern divergent timeline and Hrogn & Ælfwyn's time, suggesting the divergence was initiated somewhere with Hrogn and Ælfwyn in the past.
As a result of the psychic stresses of their 'Bridging' sessions, Roderick and Dr. Singh witness Alyse suffering through several memory-crushes where she experiences some of the lost memories from her original timeline, as well as the superimposed memories of a life she never really lived in the divergence. These 'crushes' lead Roderick and Alyse towards uncovering the identity of those behind the on-going threats against Alyse's life, as well as her kidnappers, whom Roderick believes is one and the same.
As they continue their Janus-Bridging - covertly sharing consciousness - with Hrogn and Ælfwyn, Alyse and Roderick begin to understand the depth of the connection their soul-kin share, while painfully reminding Alyse of the bond she once shared with Glen Roderick in their original timeline. A further revelation from Alyse's memory crushes points them towards her original kidnapping and a forced-bridging of Alyse, which may have caused her to unwittingly interfere with Ælfwyn and Hrogn's life-path, threatening to alter the fates of their soul-kin - and every reincarnation to come. Could Alyse Roderick's own investigations turn out to be the cause of the Time-eddy as well as the Divergence...?
Glenarthur Andrew Michael Roderick, Det. Sgt. - RCMP
Age: 34 (As of Feb 2010)
Born: July 31, 1976
Stratford, Ontario Canada
Father: Jonathon Roderick - Lawyer attached to Solicitor General's Office, Ottawa
Mother: Michelle - Adj. Professor of History (Deceased)
Jason - Age 36
MacKenzie - Age 29
Lady Ælfwyn Gærethsdotr
Born: 9th of June 1077 AD
Kingdom of Meath/Ireland
Ciara (ne Ui'Briann) Galinswif
1 Half-sibling (of low origin)
Pronunciation of name:
2 syllables: "Ale - fwyn"
Meaning/Origin: One with secret knowledge
Jarl Hrogn Hröreksson
Born: 23rd of March 1070 AD
- Isle of Zealand - Kingdom of
Denmark / Norway
Age: 32 (In opening chapter)
Father: Hrörek (Pron: Rurik) Gormrsson
Mother: Arnlief Aðalbriktsdottr
Siblings: None surviving
Pronunciation of Name:
'Ro gen Ruriks son'
Explanation of rank: Jarl - Pron: "Yarl" Norse equivalent to British rank of nobility: "Earl" attained by either birthright or King's recognition of accomplishment