Crossing In Time

Crossing In Time

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Overview

Crossing In Time by D. L. Orton, Micah McDonald

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

After watching a friendly stray dog get gunned down for food and then learning that her new-found lover has been murdered, Isabel must find the means (and courage) to survive in a world plummeting into human-induced disaster, a quirky cat and a well-trained hound her only companions.

When offered a one-way trip into the past, Iz sacrifices everything for a chance to avert the looming apocalypse--and see her lover one last time. She arrives on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded, with only a handful of days to live. If her world is to survive, she must find a way to make Diego fall in love with her insecure and arrogant younger self. Easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, ravishing bitch, and that's a heart breaker, save the world or not.

This offbeat tale is about falling madly in love when one is too cynical for such things, letting go of pessimism when it's the last lifejacket on a sinking ship, and racing against the clock when one doesn't have the proper footwear. It's a coming-of-age story for old fogeys, a how-to-make-love guide for reluctant celibates, and a laugh-out-loud tragedy with a hopeful twist.

True love is the ultimate reward, but a good book will sometimes do.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781941368015
Publisher: Rocky Mountain Press
Publication date: 05/01/2015
Series: Between Two Evils , #1
Pages: 388
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.91(d)

About the Author

D.L. ORTON lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived triops.

When she's not writing, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry.

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Crossing In Time: (Between Two Evils #1) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
SamsaraKH More than 1 year ago
Imaginative and addictive I could not put it down! This book took me completely by surprise…  I am not a fan of dystopian fantasy, neither am I fond of science fiction and this book has elements of both genres, yet I absolutely loved it! After initially struggling with the prologue and first chapter I fell right into the story. Crossing In Time is well written, the narrative is tight and well-structured and ensures that the reader remains engaged throughout.  Lorton uses different narrative voices to tell the story and there are words and phrases that make you take a second glance because you know there is a hidden meaning there and that the plot is going to return to it at some point. Personally I found the book emotionally overwhelming, just the thought of being able to travel back to those moments of the innocence of first love or the fantasy of being able to revisit that relationship with the knowledge and experience that you have now. The erotic scenes were sensual and intimate and those moments on the beach between Isabel and Diego made me want to cry One of the reasons I have loved to read since childhood was escapism. I loved the fact that books could take me to the most incredible places of my imagination and I could become another person. Crossing In Time took me to that special place where I kind of forgot I was reading because I was so absorbed in the book, something which only happens occasionally as I have become a much more critical reader in adulthood! Lorton has got so much scope at the end of this first book, there are so many places she can take both the characters and the storyline and I am really looking forward to the next book.
Katherine Hupp More than 1 year ago
The first of the Between Two Evils Series, "Crossing In Time" was a wonderful book. The story focuses on two people in particular, Isabel and Diego, but there are several other characters that are important to the plot and fleshing out the story. I fell in love with Isabel and Diego, and really liked some of the other characters, and then there were a few that I loved to hate. This isn't necessarily a romance story, it's much more than that. It involves secret military and governmental operations, which are attempting to build a time machine capable of seeing into other universes. Not only to save all of humanity, but also all of Earth's mammals, something must be changed in the past. This relies entirely upon the fates of Isabel and Diego. I can't wait to find out how their story continues in the next book.
Nano0 More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoyed this book. It is fast paced -- a page-turner. I couldn't wait to get to the end to see what would happen. The author includes a preview chapter of the next book in the series -- I can't wait to read it. Every chapter has a very witty title and a beautiful illustration to go with it. I loved the puns throughout the character's conversations and appreciated their references to other literary works (Casablanca, Hitchhiker's, and lots of others). The dialog was very well written.
AudiobookReviewer More than 1 year ago
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. Audiobook provided for review by the author. Please find this complete review and many others at my review blog [If this review helped, please press YES. Thanks!]
LiteraryPicks More than 1 year ago
With rich detail, lots of plot twists, and a trio cast of delightful and easy-to-love characters, Crossing in Time by D.L. Orton is an absolute joy to read. Rather than bore you with the premise and plot (the book blurb tells you what you need to know), I'd rather spend time highlight the areas where Crossing in Time really shines. Plunging the reader right into a bleak and dystopian possible future, Crossing in Time doesn't waste any time. I was immediately transfixed and carried into a beautifully paced storyline. With crossing POVs between the three main characters, there isn't a dull moment in the book. If you're looking for a fast-paced and engaging beach read, this is an excellent choice. Like most truly good contemporary fiction, Crossing in Time is a seamless cross-genre blend, with a sci-fi premise, a romantic focus, and a touch of thriller. Science Fiction isn't the weird little cousin anymore, and much of 21st century entertainment is based on the possibilities and hazards of our over-technological culture. It's a natural premise setting for any novel that deals with human nature and interaction in the contemporary novel. The heart and yes, even the main plot arc, is the romance between two of the main characters, Iz and Diego, and the author's focus on this aspect makes this an accessible novel for those who would not normally read a sci-fi novel. Weaving these two approaches is the novel structure, touches of a technological thriller that never lets go. Isabel is the main protagonist, and the best-developed character. She's easy to like and although she's extremely competent, she's also very relatable. Diego takes some time to get to know, but it's a gentle and natural process of revealing his character that never feels forced and never makes him out to be a romance stereotype. In fact, Diego not following the romance model of "alpha male" was a relief. He's a real person. Matt, who works in the book as a sort of objective narrator is both sympathetic and fun. All three characters are subtlety and delightfully fully developed. They're the kind of people you'd want to hang with. Crossing in Time has a little something for everyone: drama, romance, sex, sci-fi, doomsday scenarios, shoot 'em ups, and breathtaking action scenes. It never talks down to readers, nor does it patronizingly exploit genre tropes. It's an intelligent read, which is my highest compliment. I'm very much looking forward to the future installments of this series.
Lost-N-Love-N-Hopeless More than 1 year ago
A sci-fi romance that gave me a bit more than I was expecting but allowed me to feel the journey of time travel back to the past to make a correction that could make significant changes to the present/future for the better. Their love may save the future of all mankind. There may have been more to the two of them than anyone else could have guessed. The ups and downs took the senses on an emotional roller-coaster that involved danger, suspense, some mystery, and find love, loss, and redemption. You may cry, laugh, scream and/or shout while listening. Isabel and Diego have a way of together stealing your heart and taking you mind on their ride. What would you risk to make the world a better place in the future? Passion/pain, past/present, love/loss, ups/downs watching this one unfold gives you a sense that you have a complete story from beginning to end. You get so much from this one that you will feel the need to move forward. This was a full well rounded listen. The cast of characters both main and secondary give you some place to take hold and enjoy it all. Well written and well executed. The narration here was excellent. The duo Noah and Erin makes the intricate depths of this sci-fi romance come to life. Things take on a new experience with this audio version that gives you more to see with your mind. Your senses take a journey of there own while listening.
alterlisa More than 1 year ago
Oh, my! What a ride! This was a very fast paced read and even at over 400 pages, I flew through it. I know that this is sci-fi but it seemed so believable and possible. The combination genre of time travel, sci-fi, suspense and romance made this book about as close to perfect as it gets. I stayed up way too late several nights in a row with this awesome read. Thank goodness I have book two ready to jump right into.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
In the beginning…. Isabel and Diego, ill-fated lovers, find each other again. The two lovers are separated once more when a strange artifact crashes in the city, destroying buildings and killing many. Reunited again, they have no idea their love is what will save the world. I’m not much into time travel, but this book is so much more and I’m rethinking that now. There’s romance, science fiction, and suspense. I easily cast aside reality and lost myself in the story of Isabel and Diego. Their love for each other is powerful and I very much wanted a happy ending for them. But time isn’t set in stone, and their future and that of Mankind’s is uncertain. Many people believe time travel will become possible. I’m not so sure about that. And not sure we should do if it is does become possible. This story is about having no choice. A sweeping romance, filled with possibilities, heartache, suspense, and hope. The chapters are short, keeping the reading pace fast. And I enjoyed the illustrations at the beginning of each one as they connect with the events. Even the seashell in the spelling of the title on the cover has a hidden meaning. The beginning swiftly pulls you in. The plot deepens and the characters emerge. And as you draw near to the conclusion, you’re gripped in a vise of suspense that brings tears to your eyes, fearing and hoping for what comes last.
Wanda_M More than 1 year ago
Suspenseful! Great dialogue! Wonderfully well-written! Great title! The way the first sentence came together, then a question. Just enough to make the reader wonder. With a gun involved, what situation is about to come into play? What will happen next? Who is going to be the culprit? And, why? Could jealousy be part of the reason? Will someone's heart get broken? What could be around the next corner? Maybe a cross-over in time? Murder? Mayhem? Disappearances?
Tovo More than 1 year ago
I was so pleasantly surprised by this book! The synopsis gave little away and so I didn't have any expectations of what was in store. Lo and behold, I was taken aback by a whirlwind of fun and intrigue as the author took me back and forth between characters and timelines, gently and humorously weaving a beautiful web that entrapped me and kept me up late at night, well past my bedtime. I am definitely looking forward to continuing this series!
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kim Anisi for Readers' Favorite Life on our world comes to an end in Crossing In Time (Between Two Evils Book 1) by D.L. Orton, and it seems like nothing can stop the deadly mutation of a virus that kills humans and animals alike. A strange object with instructions on how to build a time machine, and a strange nano-technology is found. For some reason, Diego and his partner Isabel are caught up in this development. Diego has to travel back in time and even to a different universe to possibly save this universe - and all others! But when Diego gets lost in time, Isabel is sent to complete the mission, which might cost her life, and not end in the desired result. Crossing In Time by D.L. Orton was a weirdly compelling read. 'Weird' because I usually do not like stories that focus around a relationship, but this story was different. I still don't really understand certain aspects of it, but I hope those will be explained in the future books of the series. I found the concept of time travel in this novel interesting because it's not your typical 'go back in time and change the future of your planet' type of story. If someone goes back in time in this plot, they need to go back in time in a different universe, and can only hope to create some sort of ripple effect. I don't know whether the concept makes scientific sense, but it's fascinating. I finished the book in just three sittings over a 1.5 day period. It's nicely written, and the different perspectives used during the narration show the reader different aspects of what is happening in the world of this novel.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ica Iova for Readers' Favorite Crossing In Time by D.L. Orton is a suspenseful, romantic thriller. Isabel and Diego had been lovers once, but miscommunication or perhaps fate forced them to part ways. They meet many years later and at Diego’s insistence, they have dinner together. They discover that the sparks they once had for each other are all still there, but Isabel is not willing to get hurt again. Just as she leaves the restaurant, an explosion at a nearby hotel sends chaos throughout the city. Diego finds and saves Isabel from the rubble, then proposes to her. As they are about to settle into their new life, a series of calamities — nuclear attacks, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions — begins to unravel, and a group of scientists investigates an unidentified object found at the site of the fire, which may link the couple to the worldwide catastrophes. Crossing In Time by D.L. Orton starts in the future with a woman trying to buy a gun. When asked what kind of a gun she wants, she answers simply, “Handgun.” The dealer offers her a Walther P-22, and she thinks, "I’ve never heard of Walther, and I have no idea what a P-22 is — for all I know, it could be a water pistol." Humour flowed from that single sentence, and I was hooked, imagining a woman in distress determined not to lose her cool in any circumstance. I was glad to see that Isabel was that woman. D.L. Orton did an incredible job penning this hard to put down, fast-paced, refreshingly funny blend of science fiction, romance, action, suspense and so much more.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite Wow! That’s exactly what I thought when I finished reading the incredibly creative and unique new book by author D.L. Orton, Crossing in Time. Follow the story of Isabel, a young woman who sacrifices everything she has ever known to travel back in time in the hopes of making changes that will help to save the present world, and to see her murdered love again, one last time. She arrives twenty years in the past, gravely injured, naked, and has only one day to convince a 19-year-old Diego that he must do what she is telling him to do in order to save both of their futures. She ends up in competition with her own younger self, and it’s hard to know exactly how this tale will end up, but that’s half the fun. If you’re looking for a unique read, and a story line that you certainly haven’t come across before, you definitely need to give this book a chance. I loved Crossing in Time. Loved. It. How’s that for a review? It’s the way I felt about author D.L. Orton’s brilliant new offering. This book made me laugh, made me tear up a few times, and was full of adventure and tales of love. There’s definitely something in it for every reader, and if you add in the truly one of a kind nature of it, there’s almost nothing that you won’t love. I highly recommend Crossing in Time to any reader who loves a great work of fiction. I am so pleased that this book is the first in a planned series, and I can’t wait to get my hands on the next installment. If it’s anything like Crossing in Time, it will absolutely be worth the read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I won this audiobook from a Booklikes giveaway. Orton weaves an intricate, multi-dimensional tale of heartache, hope, and love. This is a wonderfully crafted and wickedly inventive tale of humanity at the brink and a love that may save the world. Isabelle and Diego are great characters. I liked Isabelle, but I loved Diego. Time and again, he was there for Isabelle, saving and loving her, even when she was being difficult and unreasonable. And while yes, Isabelle did need saving many times she was in no way a damsel-in-distress. Their rocky history yet rich and powerful love transcends time and place, taking the reader on an emotional rollercoaster ride of passion and pain. Orton does both exceedingly well, with a poetic-like prose I found captivating and, at times, heartbreaking. The narrators, Noah and Erin, brought this engaging novel to life. I listen to a lot of audiobooks and this was, by far, the best of a very big lot. For the narration alone, I recommend this book. But the book can stand on its own.