My time travel saga, Touchstone, has finally concluded with the release today of Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey), but while it’s the end of Rachel’s story, it’s not the end of Touchstone.
When I first started novelising Touchstone, back in 2011, I adapted it from a couple of TV spec scripts I’d written. I had these ideas for a teenage time travel TV drama series, but unfortunately it was just about the most expensive idea anyone had ever come up with.
A big budget time travel drama series, you say? A different era every episode, you say? We’ll get back to you.
So in light of the TV world’s indifference, it made much more sense to pursue it as a series of novels. And over the last three years, as the story of Rachel Hines’s quest to get her life back has progressed, it has somehow hit a chord with readers. Continue reading
Keep on burning till the end. Both ends burning…
Touchstone (6. Fade to Grey) concludes the time travel saga exploring a small corner of an English city through a century of change.
Rachel makes a final journey to the past to ensure her mother, Lorna Foster, and father, Martyn Hines, have their fateful first kiss at a sweaty Ultravox gig in 1980. But Esther Parker is also making a play for Martyn, and if their romance is kindled, Rachel will never be born.
But she knows she is now up against both Danny and Kath Bright, two former friends and allies, now turned bitter enemies with growing superpowers. And Rachel’s own disturbing inner fire threatens to cut her off from her old life forever.
Can she be the simple village girl she longs to be, or must she accept that she might be a goddess?
It’s all set for an epic battle with destiny, both ends burning. Continue reading
It’s murder on the dance floor…
Rachel finds herself in 1934, where she must help Charlie stage a concert featuring renowned Jewish crooner Benny Orphan and an all-black swing orchestra.
But Danny is there too, seemingly intent on sabotaging things. And a group of murderous Blackshirts are determined to make sure the concert doesn’t happen.
As swing fans, nazis, communists and time travellers do battle on the dance floor, Rachel finds that it’s not always clear who’s an ally and who’s an enemy. Especially when disturbing new powers emerging from both her and Danny threaten to tear the city apart.
A gripping tale of love versus hate in the Depression, set to a backdrop of beautiful swing tunes. Continue reading
A haunted train station in 1959, a freight train with a mysterious cargo and a young woman determined to throw herself in front of it…
Rachel miraculously finds herself back at home in the present with her father but suffering a recurring nightmare of being trapped on Kings Heath station in 1959, trying to prevent her maternal grandmother, Deirdre Foster, committing suicide.
As more and more characters from her time-travelling past intrude on both her too perfect waking world and her nightmares, she begins to wonder which world is real… leading to a terrifying battle to hold onto her own sanity. Continue reading