Time Tsunami (Book 1 of The Time Counselor Chronicles)
To stop a cruel serial killer, she must travel twenty-four years into the past…
Gil Montgomery, a cadet in the Temporal Counseling Program, can’t wait to pass her field exam and become a professional time surfer. The TEMCO program targets death-row offenders for time-based counseling while they’re children. For her exam, Gil will travel twenty-four years into the past to counsel ten-year-old Danny Winston before he murders his abusive babysitter, Rick Olsen. Preventing the stabbing should stop the chain of events leading to Danny’s eventual execution. Gil’s assignment seems simple until her adviser, Dr. William Ableman, learns that Rick is a serial killer targeting Danny’s mother. If Gil stays and protects the Winstons, she might not survive. William wants the woman he loves to be pulled from the field, but if Gil fails to complete her assignment, it will unleash a Time Tsunami and destroy the timeline. As TEMCO undergoes an emergency lockdown, and Gil’s fellow cadets try to figure out what’s happening, Gil and William learn the importance of faith and the price of true love. Everyone’s fate is resting in Gil’s hands, but does she have the strength she needs to defeat a ruthless serial killer intent on annihilating everyone in his path?
Will she return from the deadly mission…
Time Tsunami is a fast-moving thriller with time travel twists that keep the reader guessing until the very last page.
A Brief Interview with Danele
Danele, what do you love about this book?
I love my plot twists! At times, my illness (Multiple Chemical Sensitivity) was extremely painful, and on certain days, I would lie in bed looking at the clock trying to convince myself that I could survive for thirty more seconds. That’s how I got through some days—seconds at a time. But when I started writing Time Tsunami, my painful days changed. Rather than staring at the clock, I would peer up at the ceiling and think up plot twists. I would try to imagine the most unlikely thing that could happen to my characters and then I would figure out how to write it into my story. Instead of concentrating on my pain, I began concocting devious twists and sneaky clues that I could fold into my narrative. Time Tsunami is full of surprises! I’m very proud of my plot twists—not only from a literary standpoint, but also because each one represents my triumph over pain.
Introduce us to your most difficult character.
The most difficult character in Time Tsunami was Crystal Stuart—not because she was hard to write, but because she was so much fun. If I let her, Crystal would totally steal the show. During my seven years of quarantine, I wrote the first six books of The Time Counselor Chronicles. In my first draft of the books, Crystal stepped onto the stage at the end of book two—but she wasn’t content to stay there. When I was revising the first book of the series, Time Tsunami, Crystal demanded to be part of the action, and eventually, she became a main character. Crystal’s nickname is “Klutzy Crystal” and she really lives up to it. She’s always getting herself into silly situations. She has a hard time fitting in with her peers, but she has a heart of gold that’s just waiting to be discovered. I really love Crystal—she’s one of my favorites.
Danele, can you share two things you learned while writing this story?
The first thing I learned (although I already knew it) was that I have a really incredible family. When I told my parents and siblings about my books, they rallied around me in a unified show of support. They helped me proofread my manuscripts, and they gave me excellent suggestions about how to make them better. When my editor at Prism Book Group received Time Tsunami, she was very impressed by its quality. I know that’s partly due to the unified efforts of my wonderful family. I really love them!
The second thing I learned was the truth of Romans 8:28. God really can make all things work together for our good. My illness and quarantine stopped my life in its tracks. In many ways, I lost everything—my health, my job, my social outlets—everything! At the time, I thought my life was over. I thought nothing good could possibly come out of such painful circumstances. But looking back now, I can see that God brought incredible blessings out of my pain. I’m a different person now. I’m stronger, kinder, and more patient. I’m also closer to God. The silence of quarantine opened me up to hearing God’s voice. I learned how to be still and listen. If I hadn’t been ill, I never would have stopped my busy lifestyle. I never would have had the time to write my books. Every time I read one of my novels, I realize that God has redeemed those painful years. He has brought something wonderful out of my quarantine. He has indeed turned something awful into something good. Time Tsunami and the rest of the books in The Time Counselor Chronicles are tangible testaments to the fact that God is faithful and that Romans 8:28 is true.
When I was in quarantine, I wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles. Prism Book Group has given me a contract for the second book in the series, Time Trap. Currently, I am polishing the third book, Time Search, and preparing it for consideration by my editor at Prism. I’m very excited about my book series. I believe that each book is even better than the last. All six books deal with the same cast of characters, so by the time you read them all, the characters feel like family.
What are you reading now?
I read so many books that it’s hard to keep track. Lately, though, I’ve been rereading Brushing Fire: Soul Poetry by Anna Marie Kittrell. Brushing Fire is a book of Christian poetry that covers a wide range of topics. I really love it. I’ve read some of the poems so many times that I practically have them memorized. The poetry in Brushing Fire rings with such inspired truth. I think it is incredibly beautiful. I’ve also been reading your children’s book series, First Children of Farmington, to my niece. I really love the Farmington books—especially Green Leaf, the Potawatomi Boy. My niece is enjoying them too! She’s also been having fun with the hidden picture puzzles at the end of each Farmington book.
Lisa, thank you so much for allowing me to speak with you and your readers. I’ve had such a marvelous time. Thank you for this opportunity! I hope that you, and your readers, have a really wonderful day!
My Great Pleasure :0 and thank you!
Please return next Friday for my review of Time Tsunami
About the Author
be a writer. However, her life took an unexpected turn when a mysterious illness brought her close to death. Eventually, she learned that a low-level carbon monoxide leak from a faulty furnace in her home was slowly poisoning her. This poisoning triggered severe Multiple Chemical Sensitivity and partial amnesia.
During this time, the hardest thing she faced was a crisis of faith. She had to quit her job and stop going to church. She couldn’t write, couldn’t drive, and could barely remember who she was. To say she was upset with the Lord was an understatement. She began reexamining her faith in light of her illness, and eventually, she came to the firm conclusion that God is real, God is good, God is interested and involved, and God is trustworthy regardless of tragedy.
When her illness became even more severe, she was put into quarantine and could only talk to friends and extended family through the glass of a window. This quarantine lasted for seven years. During this time, she wrote the first six books in The Time Counselor Chronicles.
Danele currently lives in
Colorado where she
continues to write. Although her journey back to health was long and difficult,
it provided her with the opportunity to grow closer to God and to write her
books. For that, she is forever thankful.
You can learn more about Danele by visiting her blog at https://dragonflydanele.wordpress.com/