Delighted to be the latest stop on the Blog Tour for this fun and exciting new title – THE LIGHTS OF TIME by PAUL IAN CROSS. My thanks to the author, publisher and Rachel of Rachel’s Random Resources for letting me be part of it all!
I’ll be sharing my review later on and there’s also a fab giveaway to take part in!! I am spoiling you all today!!
About the book
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.
About 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!
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What a way to start a series! This is an exciting introduction to a world of time travel and follows the journey of a young girl – Engella – as she seeks to find the truth about herself while trying to escape from The Hunters who are dogged in their pursuit of her. No matter where she goes they follow, so she has to be very wary of meeting new people wherever she goes.
This is a story full of action and adventure and I loved the different settings used – from the rugged Scottish coasts, to the deserts of New Mexico and city streets of a future New Shanghai, Engella is caught up in a complex world where she’s desperate to find out the truth of her family and more of The Corporation who are determined to track her down because they think she knows more than she’s letting on!
The Corporation are a nasty bunch to get mixed up with, and that leads to some dark encounters throughout and they will stop at nothing to get what they want.
I loved the flow of this book! The change of timelines and scenery work so well to keep the pace going, and there’s always a new element being introduced just to add to the tension and adventure! Engella is a really smart character and so inquisitive and brave, and the connection she had with various characters she met along the way was very touching. So glad to see that this is the first in a series as I can’t wait to find out what is in store next for Engella!! A great read for YA and adult readers!
Giveaway – Win a Kindle HD Fire 7” and a signed copy of The Lights of Time (UK Only)
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