D.L. Orton

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DEAD TIME • New Release from D. L. Orton!

Dead Time

Between Two Evils #3

by D. L. Orton

New Release from Rocky Mt. Press!

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

From award-winning author D. L. ORTON comes book three in the Between Two Evils series. 

Shannon fights to stay alive inside a rogue biodome and discovers something totally unexpected… Peter.

Lani is forced into the role of the reluctant heroine but rediscovers her street-kid mojo and sets out to find everything she’s lost.

Diego receives another dirty sock (and a note) from the fireball express: The window between universes is closing. If Diego has any hope of getting back to Iz, he must get to the Magic Kingdom and fix the time machine before it’s too late.

What could possibly go wrong?

The Last Star • Now Available from D. L. Orton!

The Last Star & Other Stories

by D. L. Orton

New from Rocky Mt. Press!

Get it on SALE now for 99 cents at Amazon…

FROM AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR D. L. ORTON comes a funny, provocative, and erotic collection of stories. Laugh, cry, and linger over these brief but intense glimpses into the lives of two hesitant young lovers, a human-dolphin friendship, a lonely divorcée who believes she’s too old to fall in love, a billion-year-old AI and his human companion, and much more.

Share the wonder, experience the pleasure, take the journey…

The Last Star

Two beings watch the last star in our universe wink out and discover the answer to how it all ends. And, perhaps, how it all begins.

Just Friends

Friends since they carried Scooby-Doo lunch boxes in second grade, two college students take the awkward, irreversible, and perilous step away from just friends.


If you think your roommate is bad, then try living with a practical-joke-playing, drop-dead-gorgeous, celebrity femme fatale. No one is safe from her wiles—least of all you.

Like Wild Horses

He knew a lot about horses, but could he figure out the quiet girl who seemed to love them even more?

My Kingdom for a Double Espresso

Is sex just a physical thing for guys? You know you’re in trouble when your girlfriend tosses that out after you make the mistake of falling asleep on her…

Down in Flames

Personal tragedy played against a background of public disaster leaves one woman stuck in a very personal hell—and hoping for a second chance.


Right now, at this every instant, you are older than you have ever been—and younger than you will ever be again. There will never be a better time to find love.

The Idiot’s Guide to Writing Workshops

(Or “How to Review a Manuscript & Not Risk Getting Run Over in the Hotel Parking Lot”)

The Devil and a Hard Place

After all the time spent apart—all the doubts, all the denial, all the lonely nights—a love that refuses to die draws them back together like moths to a flame.

Publishers Weekly Starred Book Review: Crossing in Time

Crossing In Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D. L. OrtonCrossing in Time (Between Two Evils #1)

D L Orton, Author, D S Taylor, Editor, Micah McDonald, Illustrator

Rocky Mountain Press, $30.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-941368-02-2

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Reviewed on: 11/16/2015
Release date: 05/01/2015

Launching the Between Two Evils series, Orton constructs a delightfully fun time-travel adventure that spans years and universes. Isabel is facing the consequences of her self-destructive behavior: she’s freshly divorced and on the edge of losing her life’s work. Things look up when she’s reunited with her long-ago love Diego, but their renewed relationship begins with and is punctuated by disasters.

Physics professor Matt is conscripted to unravel the mystery of an impossible object that is causing the perils threatening the lovers. Matt and his team use technology sent from the future to determine that the key to saving the world is personal rather than global: it depends, somehow, on the enduring love between Diego and Isabel.

Orton has carefully balanced existential peril on the micro and macro scales, slowly raising the stakes until a fever pitch is achieved. What at first seems silly or pointless becomes vital as the nature of causality is revealed. Engaging, funny, romantic, and harrowing, this promising series opener will leave readers satisfied by its unexpected yet earned conclusion, and curious about what comes next. (BookLife)


Publishers Weekly Fiction Book Review: Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton. Rocky Mountain Press, $30.99 (384p) ISBN 978-1-941368-02-2.

Underground Book Reviews – Crossing In Time

Crossing In Time (Between Two Evils #1) by D. L. OrtonCrossing In Time Book Review

FULL TITLE: Crossing In Time: The 1st Disaster (Between Two Evils Series)

LENGTH: 402 pages, 80-100k words
GENRES: Dark comedy, steamy romance, dystopian, science fiction
PUBLISHER: Rocky Mountain Press
EDITOR: David S. Taylor
Crossing in Time by D. L. Orton tells the story of Isabel and Diego, two star-crossed lovers at the center of an apocalypse with a time travel twist. After the ex-lovers reconnect by accident just prior to what appears to be a massive attack on Denver, they retreat to live in the mountains while the world around them starts to fall apart. But unbeknownst to them, they are somehow connected to the initial event in Denver and are separately recruited to help a team of military and civilian scientists in a secret underground bunker try to save the world from an imminent demise.They are guided by some clues that they find in a mysterious sphere found in Denver, and use the contents of the sphere to develop a time travel machine. However it seems to only transport them to the past in a parallel world and has dramatic limitations, a poor safety record, and some calibration challenges. The team comes to speculate that somehow the success or failure of Isabel and Diego’s early relationship is central to shaping history and the ultimate survival of the human race.Crossing in Time, which attempts to combine a heavy dose of romance, bordering on erotic romance, and science fiction, was an interesting read.
The central relationship between Isabel and Diego is very much the focus of the novel. While the science fiction element of the story is there, it feels very much in the background, and some things such as the world as it was before the book started, the breakdown of the world, the science of the time travel, and even Isabel’s and Diego’s supposed areas of expertise (as they are both apparently brilliant scientists) are not explained in as much detail as true science fiction fans might like. There was some good world building and plot development in Crossing in Time, but it would have benefited from a bit more focus.Isabel and Diego’s relationship itself is mostly sweet and well told. The banter between Isabel and Diego is endearing and believable, and the sex scenes are well written. The chemistry in the initial scenes between young Diego and older Isabel practically sizzles off the page and Orton really manages to beautifully capture the excitement and power of first love. However, the degree of conflict that Isabel and Diego face later is a bit confusing at times and both characters seem a bit demanding of each other. Reasons for Isabel’s behavior are hinted at, but never revealed and some parts of their relationship development felt rushed. Nevertheless, both Isabel and Diego manage to be appealing characters, and their love felt real.
Crossing in Time was a good read for readers looking for romance or romantic science fiction. There was both humor and emotion to be had in this apocalyptic novel, with a solid cast of characters, unique ideas, and a coterie of lovable animals.
4 stars
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Jennifer Ellis is the author of A Pair of Docks, In the Shadows of the Mosquito Constellation, and Apocalypse Weird: Reversal. Her latest release, Confessions of a Failed Environmentalist is coming June 9, 2015. She lives in the mountains of BC where she can be found writing, spending too much time on skis, and working as an environmental researcher. Find her at www.jenniferellis.ca.


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Crossing in Time • New Release from DL Orton

Crossing In Time

Between Two Evils #1

by D. L. Orton

New Release from Rocky Mt. Press!

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

From Award-Winning Author, D. L. ORTON, comes Book One in the Between Two Evils Series.

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Iz sacrifices everything for a chance to change her dystopian future—and see her murdered lover one last time.

After a perilous journey through a black hole, she wakes up on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded—but twenty years younger! With only hours to live, she must convince an enraptured but skeptical twenty-something guy to fix their future relationship and thereby save the planet (no one is quite sure why.)

But it’s easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that’s a heartbreaker, save the world or not.

Across the infinite expanse of space and time, love endures. (Unfortunately, it’s not going to be enough.)

(Unfortunately, it’s not going to be enough.)