A nameless evil lurks in the shadows…
In the wake of a recent wave of violence, TEMCO employees are left reeling. While some of the staff are put into hiding, others are left behind to discover the true identity of the mysterious nemesis who is determined to destroy them all. While Crystal, Marc, and Zeke search for clues to unravel the mystery of his real name, their enemy is lurking in the shadows searching for TEMCO’s missing leaders. It’s a race against the clock! And as the hours and seconds tick away, it’s anyone’s guess whose search will be completed first. It’s a classic battle of good versus evil, and the stakes couldn’t be higher!
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Oh, where to begin!
I have had the privilege and joy to read all three Time Counselor Chronicles books. I am excited that number three is not the last. Let me tell you about my reading journey without giving anything about the book away. (I also want to recommend that you read them from the beginning because there's too much goodness to miss!)
So, I started reading Time Search during an ice storm in my area. We were holed up at home for four entire days. That being said, I have two young daughters and I don't get to just sit and read while stranded at home. :) They concocted a library game in which they lined EVERY book from their rooms up on the stairs. I was to come to the "library," check out a book, and then go away and read it. During this game (which lasted on and off for three days) every time I went away to "read" the book I'd checked out, I'd actually stick my kindle inside it and read a few pages of this book instead. It got worse from there. After a few chapters, I was hooked. I found myself reading while my girls were in the bath. While I dried my hair in the morning. When we drove somewhere (and my husband was driving). During cartoon movies I was supposed to be watching with my girls. IT gets worse from there. :)
This book is positively addictive, as are all of the previous titles from the series. The characters are delightful and unique in their own ways. The author has a way of weaving humor into an intense story. There are light-hearted, laugh-out-loud moments. There are deep, meaningful moments. There's love. There's mystery. There's intrigue. There's...time travel! Can I please have #4 now? Please?! My girls think maybe it should wait a while so I will stop reading and wash their hair in the tub, but.... I, for one, cannot wait for more!!!
A Passion for Puzzles: (Small essay about why I include clues, puzzles, and cryptograms in my novels)
I have a quirky brain, and I’ll be the first to admit it. I become bored very easily, and my imagination is ALWAYS running away with me. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve played silent games inside my mind. When I was in kindergarten, I was always searching for pictures in the clouds, and I would wander around the supermarket looking for secret messages in the canned food aisle. It was a common practice for me to study the checkout lady with narrowed eyes to see if I thought she was a spy. I’d like to say that I grew out of my “eccentric” ways, but I never did. In fact, I still enjoy scrutinizing the checkout lady and picturing her as a secret agent. I know that my imaginings aren’t exactly “mature,” but my ability to entertain myself really came in handy when I became ill several years ago. My illness was severe, and it escalated until I was put into quarantine in my home. I could only talk to friends and extended family through a closed window. This quarantine lasted for seven years.
During my quarantine years, besides my health issues, one of the biggest battles I faced was boredom. Trust me—TV becomes MIND NUMBING after about six months. Naturally, I began inventing other ways of entertaining myself. I would sing out loud, dance without restraint, talk in a funny accent, attempt to play the piano, and basically let my imagination run wild. I also began to write, and write, and WRITE. While I was locked away in my house, I wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. (The first two books in my series, Time Tsunami and Time Trap, were released in 2016. And the third book, Time Search, was just released in January 2017.) I wrote my books as a way of escaping the pain and loneliness of quarantine, and because I’ve always loved puzzles and cryptograms, intricate clues began finding their way into my writing.
In Time Tsunami, I created a huge archive in Hawking Hall. When Crystal and Marc tried to put away case files, they had to follow a complicated system of clues. I had such a blast figuring out my filing system. It consisted of Braille letters, Nobel Prize winners, and even the colors of the rainbow. I spent several weeks devising my quirky system, and I had a hoot doing it! By the time I was finished, I had a clear picture of the archival room, and I felt very smug over having created it. It made me happy.
Once I finished writing Time Tsunami, I immediately started writing Time Trap. In my second book, I made my characters follow a complex trail of clues in order to find a kidnapped cadet. These clues were in the form of pictures and cryptograms. I have to admit that I felt very sly and tricky as I put my puzzles together. I even included a poem with secret meaning. Writing Time Trap was so much fun! I can clearly remember composing the cryptogram Laura found on the dumpster, and when I finished creating it, I grinned widely and gave an evil, mad-scientist laugh--brew-ha-ha-ha!!! I can’t tell you how much fun I got out of those cryptograms!
In my most recent book, Time Search, I continued my crafty, cunning ways. Clues were left for my characters in bouquets of flowers. I spent quite a bit of time researching the language of flowers, and I’m able to tell anyone who asks, the secret meaning of rosemary and black roses! I also spent time devising clues based on Egyptian symbols, people’s names, and the positioning of photographs. Time Search was such an entertaining book to write. On top of the clues, I also included a Cinderella aspect and a tour of Rome within the story. I had such a great time creating this book!
Currently, I’m editing my fourth book, Time Awakening. In it, I lead my characters on a complicated “scavenger hunt” through Washington D.C. I’m getting a real kick putting all the clues together!
During quarantine, I learned that even when life is at its worst, enjoyment can be found by focusing on something other than problems. I’ve learned that it’s okay to be quirky and a little silly. Funny accents and cryptograms definitely have their place! I wrote my books as a way of entertaining myself, and now that they’re being published, I hope my stories can bring joy and entertainment to others. Life can be complicated, messy, disappointing, and hard—but it’s amazing how taking a little journey into an imaginary land can make things seem better.
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Danele Rotharmel’s life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace was poisoning her. This poisoning triggered Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, causing her to be put in quarantine. For seven years, she could only talk to friends and extended family through a windowpane. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. Although her journey back to health was difficult, it provided her the opportunity to grow closer to God and write her books. For that, she’s forever thankful. To learn more about Danele, visit her blog: https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/