Asher's Dilemma [NOOK Book]

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Ever since he awoke one day on the floor of his workshop with a brain-splitting headache, Asher Quigley has been haunted by fleeting visions of a beautiful woman everywhere he looks—a woman he's sure he knows, but can't recall. In spite of this he has finished his most wondrous invention yet, one that will literally make history: a time machine. But before he can complete his exacting calculations a bizarre accident causes the device to be activated, with him inside! He awakes to find himself in his lab, eight ...

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Ever since he awoke one day on the floor of his workshop with a brain-splitting headache, Asher Quigley has been haunted by fleeting visions of a beautiful woman everywhere he looks—a woman he's sure he knows, but can't recall. In spite of this he has finished his most wondrous invention yet, one that will literally make history: a time machine. But before he can complete his exacting calculations a bizarre accident causes the device to be activated, with him inside! He awakes to find himself in his lab, eight months in the past, and suddenly he remembers her…

Asher knows that something in the near future causes Minerva Lambkin, the woman who turned down his marriage proposal, to be erased from existence. And he's sure it has something to do with his device. Alone in a familiar world where he doesn't belong, he'll have to find a way to destroy the time machine to save the woman he loves from extinction. Even if that means erasing his own future.

33,000 words

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Library Journal
In a sort-of sequel to Asher’s Invention, Asher and his love, Minerva, return for a bit of steampunk-tinted time travel. Asher has finally completed his time machine but now has a weird feeling in his gut and head that something is missing from his life. An accidental trip eight months in the past suddenly brings an ominous plot to the fore: it was Minerva who was missing, as if she no longer existed, from Asher’s future. Asher and Minerva race against the clock to solve the problem before Minerva is entirely wiped from existence.

Verdict In this fun romp that explores and exploits the constraints and capabilities of time travel, Kwan manages to make it all seem possible. The novella does move quickly through scenes and emotions, but the fast pace of the plot and time travel twists make up for it. Never reaching too much more than heavy petting, Asher’s Dilemma creates an entertaining hour or two with a complicated romance in steampunked 19th-century England.—Kellie Tilton, Univ. of Alaska Fairbanks Lib.

(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426894886
  • Publisher: Carina Press
  • Publication date: 1/7/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Original
  • Sales rank: 483,951
  • File size: 373 KB

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England, 1870s

In the witching hour of the night Asher Quigley fell out of bed, sweating profusely, his head thrumming from a thousand drumbeats. The treacly August heat pressed down on his heaving chest. He'd fallen asleep fully clothed, and now his shirt and britches were soaked through and clinging to his skin. Groaning, he pulled himself to his feet and kneaded his forehead.

God's teeth! It wasn't just his head that ached. His entire body felt as if he'd gone thirty rounds with a bare-knuckled pugilist. Staggering to the wash stand, he emptied the pitcher over himself, but the tepid water did little to revive him. He shook his head, trying to clear the cobwebs of the dream he'd just started awake from. A week ago he'd collapsed in his workshop and woken up with the most debilitating migraine he'd ever experienced. Since then his every night had been dogged by the same fevered dreams of oppression and pain.

Lifting his head from the basin, he caught sight of his pallid reflection in the mirror above...and a glimpse of someone else, a young woman with fair hair and eyes of cerulean blue, drifting through the shadows behind him.

He whipped round, but she was gone. As always.

For the past week it seemed he'd seen her everywhere—walking down a crowded street, riding by in an omnibus, sailing down the Thames on a ferry, and now even in his own bedchamber. Everywhere out of nowhere he caught glimpses of her slender figure and oval face, causing him to start in surprise and pleasure. And every time he saw her, he opened his mouth to call out her name. He knew he knew her name. It was on the tip of his tongue but somehow he couldn't form the sound. And every time she disappeared before he could get any closer, leaving him inexplicably bereft.

Now she had begun to invade his dreams too, like tonight, when she had beamed a smile at him which had flooded him with sunshine. In his dream he'd run towards her, lured by her mermaid hair and dimpled smile, but she had disappeared into a thick mist. And then she reappeared. Only it wasn't her this time. This woman was fair-haired and blue-eyed too, but it wasn't her. This was someone serpentine and sinister, someone who made him back away, his skin crawling with animosity.

That was when he'd jerked awake to find himself a tangled mess, punching at his pillows.

Who was this enticing young woman who tormented him day and night? In his bones he knew she was of vital importance to him, so why the devil couldn't he remember her?

Zounds! If he didn't take more care, he'd start sounding like an addle-pated mystic. That would never do. He was Asher Quigley, the renowned inventor who revered science and technology above religion, much to his clergyman father's continued disapproval. He did not put stock in visions and dreams, even if these nightly visitations were more disturbing than any opium-fuelled delirium. He must be coming down with an ague. That would explain the headaches, the muscular pains, the nocturnal sweats. He was just working too hard, that was all.

Frustrated, he flung open his bedroom window and sucked the thick night air deep into his lungs. From his window he could see the bulky outline of his workshop at the bottom of his garden. On the horizon, sheet lightning flickered like distant explosions. Bruised, swollen clouds all but obscured the waning moon. All was sullenly quiet down below, the padlocks on the doors of the workshop undisturbed.

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  • Posted January 22, 2013

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    Asher Quigley is being haunted by a mysterious vision of a beaut

    Asher Quigley is being haunted by a mysterious vision of a beautiful woman. This woman keeps appearing in his dreams. He can’t recall where he knows her from but he knows she has left a void in his life. 

    Asher is an inventor and he discovers he has his “stalking” compass and it seems to be leading him toward his time machine. Before he realizes what is happening, his time machine activates and transports Asher back in time, he is now 8 months into the past. 

    He also immediately remembers the woman, his love, his life, Minerva Lambkin. Instantly he realizes that something with his time machine has gone terribly wrong, because 8 months in the future Minerva is wiped from existence. 

    He will do anything to save Minerva, the only problem is his current self is bent on finishing the time machine that will rob him of his one true love.

    Asher’s Dilemma was a fabulous steampunk historical romance. Although this is a short novella length story, I was immediately captivated. I am a huge steampunk fan so this book and I where a perfect match. Exciting mystery, lots of gadgets and gismos, adventure and heart touching emotion made this a ideal read for me. 

    This copy of Asher's Dilemma was given to me by Carina Press in exchange for a honest review.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Sunwing

    She smiles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Steelhawk

    She stepped forward and touched noses with Dustpaw.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2014

    SpotStar bounced onto HighLog, His stride proud. "AshClan!

    SpotStar bounced onto HighLog, His stride proud. "AshClan! As You all know, My Nook is broken, the App doesn't support reviewing on iPhone, and I might not get My Nook replaced! On that note, I'll be using the web to Rp! I might even create a WebSite for the Pact Clans, If LilyWolf allows! On that, I'd like to announce Dragon as perm. Deputy, as IceDancer has been to inactive for the needed role. NightPaw and BrookePaw, please step forth!" He called His Younger Siblings foreward, smiling proudly down at His Clan. "You two have shown unwilting loyalty, and are both ready to become Warriors. NightPaw, You are a Cat of pure gold. Your kind-heart and simple-minded personality shows that of a true Warrior. You are now NightWrath. BrookePaw, Your gentle aura and warm persona brings you great loyalty. You are now BrookeWing." SpotStar paused, facing JadeStone. "JadeStone, You've requested to give up the easy life as a Medicine cat, to take on Warrior duties. I shall allow your request. You are now a Warrior." 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2014

    Shad

    So late seeing this...) watched silently

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2014

    Rabbitpaw

    She cheered for the new warriors. "NIGHTWARTH!!! JADESTONE!!! BRIGHTWING!!!"

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Sparkleshine&co

    They cheer, though their cries falter as they remember Dustpaw's death. Silverstorm bows his head. "I should have done more." He mews dejectadly. Spiritfern presses against her father. "You did your best." She mews kindly. (Silverstorm is sparkleshine's mate)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2014

    Stealthkit

    Stumbles in the way newborn kits normaly do. She is age 3 days eyes have opened she has the hardest time walking at her ahe she is smaller than a rat black white and brown.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    Nightcrystal and sedgepaw

    Nightcrystal cheered.
    <p>
    Sedgepaws eyes widened and she touched noses with dragonstar, flicking her tail happily

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Falconsoar

    Falconsoar's eyes were filled with greif untill he got his apprentice. He stepped up to her and touched noses with his first apprentice. "I will do my best, Amberpaw." He meowed, amber eyes shining. ~Falconsoar~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2014

    Dragonstar |Clan Meeting|

    He jumped onto the high log sadly, and announced, Et al cats old enough to catch their own prey gather beneath the high log..." he paused, his eyes searching for Steelhawk. "I sorry to announce that one of our newest apprentices, Dustpaw, has gone to join he ranks of Starclan." He paused as the cats murmured around him. "He was found by Silverstorm and Cloudbeauty, drowning in the marsh. He will be missed by all here, and we will hold his vigil tonight." He let the news sink in before going on, "i do however have some good news to announce. Amberpaw, please step foward! Your mentor will be Falconsoar!" He turned to the warrior and mewed, "you have long been faithful to Ashclan, and its time for you to recieve your first(?) Apprentice. I know you will teach this apprentice all that you know." He bowed his head as the 2 greeted

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 22, 2014

    IceStar **Clan Meeting**

    She leaped up onto the High Rock. "All cats old enough to catch their own prey, gather around." She waited untill they did before continuing: "We have a new cat who is ready to become an apprentice. River, please step forward." She nodded. "River, I believe that EagleTalon will make a great mentor for you. EagelTalon, please train River the best you can and teach her what she must know. You are now RiverPaw. Meeting dismissed!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2014

    ScorchingSoul

    He padded in. Trying not to remember having no mentor, a broken heart, and almost turning, he simlply left.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2014

    ~High Log~

    ~Anniuncements, Ceremonies, and Neetings are held here!~

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