Between Two Evils Series

Between Two Evils Series

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.)

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
AUDIENCE: Adult
PUBLISHER: Rocky Mountain Press
EDITOR: David S. Taylor
THE RUNDOWN
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.
THE RECOMMENDATION
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.
THE RATING
4 stars
THE LINKS
Buy it on Amazon (FREE June 8th, 2015!)
Find it on Goodreads (and enter the giveaway until June 15, 2015!)
Like DL Orton on Facebook
Follow @DL_Orton on Twitter
Visit the website: BetweenTwoEvils.comTHE REVIEWER
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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Review: Crossing in Time by D. L. Orton – time2timetravel

Crossing In TimeCrossing in Time: The First Disaster is D. L. Orton’s first book in the Between Two Evils series.

In short, Isabelle needs to go back in time to rescue her failed relationship with Diego to save the world. It’s not difficult to see where Crossing in Time has its two focuses; a science fiction element encompassing time travel, and the relationship between Isabelle and Diego.

 

FireAndFurryWe’re not allowed to judge a book by its cover, but I’ll give a brief heads-up to the chapter header pages; some think the following might be a small point but I like it; they have a hand drawn picture on them which is slightly descriptive (as is the chapter title) and helps to give the book a feel of real craftsmanship.

There’s also an indication of the subject of the first person who varies between three or four main characters. It’s sort of obvious from the reading, but the chapter heading makes it clear right from the start and you can get straight into the mindset of the first person character without that frustrating initial who is this? moment.

Writing Style

D. L. Orton is clearly well versed in science fiction from literature and movies, and this percolates throughout the novel. This comes in the form of various quotes and references or parallels drawn in similar circumstances and again makes me feel that I’m reading a well crafted product.

Woven within the plot itself is subtle humour; it’s really well done because it doesn’t negate or lower the tone which D. L. Orton has skillfully set into place but enhances feelings and emotions felt by the characters. This isn’t a comedy novel, rather comedy is used as a tool within it.

In addition to the scientific placing and the developed characters, there’s the shifting point of view with multiple first person characters who give differing angles and views on events (and other characters). The final concoction is a well thought out novel with interesting characters, situations and a fascinating underlying plot!

Time travel

There are some brilliant time travel and related science fiction ideas in Crossing in Time. At times though I felt that they could have been introduced or explained a little more instead of simply mentioned in passing. It’s not that it was too complicated; I just thought there were some missed opportunities to expand on some fantastic ideas where other areas of the novel seemed to attract a huge amount of (unnecessary) attention.

Diego is the first to time travel. Actually, this is after much testing – though some may argue not enough! ? A team of scientists develops theories into the worlds of parallel universes and timelines, as well as instrumentation such as peepers to gain insights into them.

Through these scientific tests and discussions over the results, we learn more behind the mechanics of the time travel element. The ubiquitous bureaucracy, red tape, and village idiots inject a certain amount of realism and credibility to the saga.

Whereas Diego’s trip in time has huge question marks hanging over it, things are a bit clearer for Isabelle, and indeed we follow Isabelle back in time to when she was with Diego in their early years together. Isabelle now has a younger body back in this history, that is to say, a body commensurate with the date. I immediately questioned whether she’d taken her old self’s place, or whether she was the second version, and if so, where was the ‘original’? Just as I was starting to think a hole was developing, clarity came in the text!

Actually, this happens quite frequently in Crossing in Time – I’d think there was a discrepancy or something vital missing only to read the explanation moments later. Note this is just me – it’s my own weakness that I ask too many questions, and in this case, I slowly learned that D. L. Orton would answer my questions at the proper time!

Isabelle and Diego

I’m giving this a separate section as it’s an important part of the novel, though I’ve only got three main things to say about it.

  • I thought that D. L. Orton captures really well an older Isabelle in a younger body meeting her boyfriend again. She retains memory and wisdom from the older self and still has the excitement from the early days.
  • A mysterious man in a Panama hat buys lunch for Diego and Isabella. I’m always suspicious of “mysterious” people in time travel novels as more often than not they turn out to be a key character from the future. Hopefully, I’m wrong here!
  • I was saddened that Isabelle thought that the best way to keep her and Diego together in the future was to teach him primarily how to respond to her sexual desires. Marriage is deeper than that.

Apart from these observations, I can’t think of much else to say about it. Just lovey dovey stuff and erotica.

Erotica

D.L. Orton ‘warned’ me beforehand that there was erotica in Crossing in Time and was curious to know what I thought about it from a male perspective. That comes as a relief, because for me to give a female perspective would be either impossible or painful. So here it is.

I didn’t like it.

To be honest, it wasn’t as explicit as I was expecting, in fact, it struck me as being done quite tastefully, but yes, it was graphic.

I’ve nothing against erotica being in a novel – it’s what couples do. We also wait for buses and do the laundry but the point is that I’m just not interested in reading about it. Isabelle and Diego may as well have planted some grass seeds and watched them grow, or painted walls and watched them dry. So what?

In fairness to them, sex seems to be the crux of their relationship (see the last bullet point above) and of course, that’s up to them, but that’s not really my issue.

But that’s just subjective personal preference. My main gripe in its inclusion isn’t the content. It’s how it drags on and on, adding nothing to the depth of character (please don’t take that the wrong way…) or obstinately not taking the plot forwards. I simply felt awkward reading it (for the reasons I mentioned above) and I gained nothing from it. :(

A volcano with no eruption

Crossing in Time is not self-complete. Perhaps this is an unfair thing to comment on in a review of a book which quite clearly says “Book 1” on the cover, but I feel especially cheated because for the last quarter of the novel I was wasting my time reading about the physical relationship whilst the plot stagnated.

I was reminded of a recent visit to Mount Etna.

 

Flashback: A little while ago I went on an organised tour up Mount Etna. It was a really early start (4:15 am) and on the way, we stopped for a bite to eat. It took 3 hours. We also stopped off to be pressured into buying some tourist crap. For an hour.

Eventually, we got to Mount Etna and took a cable car to take us 500 m higher. Excellent stuff! At the top were off road vehicles which could take us right to the smoking rumbling crater rim; the stuff we’d come for!

But we’d arrived at the site too late; there was only half an hour before the last cable car left to take us back down. I was gutted. The whole purpose of the trip was to get to the top of an active volcano but too much time was wasted beforehand. Instead, we could only rumble around the barren rocky landscape.

 

And it’s the same with this novel. Pages and pages of leg caressing and touching inner thighs…and then…the book ends. There’s no off-roader to move the story line on.

*Growl*

So is this a teaser for Book 2? Maybe, but I’d fear that Book 2, and subsequent books until the last one, will end similarly.

But the story line is strong and ultimately I’d love to read the whole series to see how it pans out.

And Finally

A little while ago a friend asked whether I read predominantly male-written books. I’d never really thought about it before; to be honest I go straight for the book descriptions and things. Judging a book by its cover is quoted for being bad, judging one by the sex of its author I think is insane.

But that said…it turns out that most books on my read list are written by men. That’s not me deliberately picking out male books, and equally, I hope that it’s not that I have a natural preference for male-written books. Or come to think of it, I hope it’s also that there aren’t enough science fiction books out there written by women (or girls).

So somehow that makes Crossing in Time special in that somehow it’s made its way from the mind of a female author through my eyeballs and onto my retina, tumbling into my brain and providing me with much enjoyment.

Because it’s written by a woman?

No. Because it’s a great novel with some brilliant science fiction written against a knowledgeable (and humourous) backdrop!

Rating * * * *

Crossing in Time has a foot in two camps – romance (actually, sexual attraction) and science fiction. The trouble is that almost literally the legs are split too far between these camps.

The story line is strong and engaging, and there’s a wealth of juicy time travel ideas and gadgetry in there. I’d love to read the whole series, so for these reasons I’m giving Crossing in Time 4 stars, losing a star due to the prolonged and unnecessary slushy stuff. I’m cautious, though, because focusing on this single book is like judging a meal by the way the waitress walks when she brings you the starter.

(And in this case, the waitress wrote the menu pretty well too! ? )

Paul

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Crossing In Time Review | Audio Book Reviewer

Between Two Evils Series: The First Disaster

Between Two Evils Series: The First Disaster

Crossing In Time

(Between Two Evils Book 1)

by D. L. Orton

Crossing In Time is the first book in the Between Two Evils series and D.L. Orton’s debut novel. That is difficult to believe because her style of writing is extremely fluid and wonderfully immersive. She has a fantastic command of language, and I loved the subtle humor throughout the book.

Crossing In Time can’t be classified as belonging to one single genre. This is science-fiction, it is romance, it is action and adventure. There is something here for everyone.

It is the story of the relationship between Isabel and Diego and how this relationship could prevent world annihilation. It is told from three different perspectives: Isabel’s, Diego’s and Matt’s. Matt is a British scientist who is recruited with a bunch of other interesting characters to develop a time machine which enables Isabel to travel back into the past to work on her future relationship with Diego.

The characters feel very real and are easy to relate to. There are no one dimensional alpha males or damsels in distress here; these are your average people next-door type of characters that are properly fleshed out and authentic.

The romantic relationship between Isabel and Diego was endearing and sweet. There are some sex scenes, which I found fairly mild and tastefully done, but I have noticed that other reviewers felt they were steamy and explicit. So I guess it depends what you are used to reading. My only criticism would be that the sexual relationship took over a bit towards the end of the book. The stroking and caressing could have been condensed.

What I particularly enjoyed were the scenes of Isabel coping with survival in the bleak and dangerous dystopian future. Some of those descriptions got my heart pumping more than the love scenes. Overall, the story kept me thoroughly entertained and engrossed.

The ending leaves you with the frantic need to find out more about Isabel and Diego’s as well as Matt’s future, and I will certainly look out for part 2.

As far as the narration is concerned: I would give more than 5 stars if I could.

Having two narrators can be very tricky. The way that it was done here was absolutely impressive. Noah Michael Levine and Erin de Ward were a fantastic team. They had perfect timing and the narration was incredibly fluid. Noah Michael Levine did an amazing job switching effortlessly between the characters of Matt and Diego and keeping the accents straight. It felt like being at the movies. Outstanding performance! This is the sort of audiobook you want to give to people who don’t do audiobooks to show them what they are missing. There were no issues with the production.

Crossing In Time should appeal to a wide audience because of its mix of genres and because of the exceptional narration.

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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.

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?