I must apologise for the paucity of blog entries this month but I have been dedicating all of my writing time to the sequel to The Time Bubble. And I'm very happy with what I've got down so far, around 12.000 words of it.
The Time Bubble itself has had some excellent reviews both in the UK and the US and is continuing to sell well. One of the comments made on several of the reviews was that the ending seemed a little rushed. However, this was always my intention. You see, the original book took place primarily over the course of a week or so in 2018, with the action then jumping rapidly into the future.
My intention was to pick up the tale in parallel with events in those later chapters and flesh out the story of what happened in the missing years. The sequel ties up a lot of the references made in the latter stage of the first book.
So what is happening in the new one? Well, the bulk of the action takes place approximately ten years after the main events of the first book. My central teenage characters from the first book are now in their late 20s, giving us the chance to look at what direction their lives have taken.
I don't want to give too much away, so here's just a snapshot of a couple of the main characters.
Josh got a degree in Mathematics at Oxford and now lectures on the same subject. Alongside this he is conducting tachyon research to try and understand the nature of The Time Bubble and build a device that can not only detect other Time Bubbles, but also, potentially control them.
Lauren drifted from job to job and now works as a barmaid and a DJ, hosting karaoke nights in her local pub - now run by ex D.I. Richard Kent. She doesn't take life too seriously, drinking, smoking and sex are her main hobbies.
Of course most of the old favourite characters from the first book return in the new one. So what is the focus of it? The basic premise is that a global catastrophe leads to sudden worldwide climate change leaving our heroes in a struggle to survive. A potential new Time Bubble may offer one way out, but for some, there will be no happy ending.
I'm planning to get the book out before the end of the year.
Jason Ayres is the author of time travel novel "The Time Bubble", set in a small market town near Oxford, available now from Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Time-Bubble-Jason-Ayres-ebook/dp/B00L3K1B8G/ref=pd_ecc_rvi_1