Destination Nazca

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Destination Nazca

Three courageous teens, an experimenting scientist and a wealthy philanthropist attempt to save the ancient Nazca Lines in Peru from a group of greedy strip-mining capitalists. Follow the adventures as they discover that there could be something more valuable than mere gold in the Peruvian mountains!
Three courageous teens, an experimenting scientist and a wealthy philanthropist attempt to save the ancient Nazca Lines in Peru from a group of greedy strip-mining capitalists. Follow the adventures as they discover that there could be something more valuable than mere gold in the Peruvian mountains!
Three courageous teens, an experimenting scientist and a wealthy philanthropist attempt to save the ancient Nazca Lines in Peru from a group of greedy strip-mining capitalists. Follow the adventures as they discover that there could be something more valuable than mere gold in the Peruvian mountains!
Three courageous teens, an experimenting scientist and a wealthy philanthropist attempt to save the ancient Nazca Lines in Peru from a group of greedy strip-mining capitalists. Follow the adventures as they discover that there could be something more valuable than mere gold in the Peruvian mountains!

A Day of Discovery - Book Two

Dr. Y and the two teens soon find they are not the only ones visiting inside the mountain at Nazca. There is an unscrupulous geologist, a frustrated assassin, and a truly unique group of . . . individuals. Mayhem quickly follows with an unlikely conclusion. Finally, Dr. Y is ready to demonstrate his new time machine, but someone spoils the party!

A Day of Discovery, book two in The Zarulium Chronicles series, is now available at Smashwords! Choose the icon link below.

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BOOK THREE!

Three courageous mutant teens and an inventive scientist experience multiple challenges while trying to recover an important lost item. Conspiring against their efforts are assassins, a scheming ex-military General, a technologically superior alien race and Time itself. Continue the adventure as the teens travel to Africa and the Bahamas.

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Misfortunes in Time Travel is now available!

Misfortunes in Time Travel is now available on Smashwords. Book three in The Zarulium Chronicles series is full of adventure and intrigue.

Three courageous mutant teens and an inventive scientist experience multiple challenges while trying to recover an important lost item. Conspiring against their efforts are assassins, a scheming ex-military General, a technologically superior alien race and Time itself. Continue the adventure as the teens travel to Africa and the Bahamas.

A re-launch: Epic becomes Serial

   Due to positive feedback from readers, I decided to shorten the length of stories in The Zarulium Chronicles series. I had originally conceived of epic-length stories, and released the first two accordingly, of a planned 9-10 book series. After readers reacted almost unanimously in suggesting that I 'cut them in half', I spent the past few months doing that.

   I am happy to report that the first book is now two books. What previously I had titled Days of Discovery is now in two parts called Destination Nazca and A Day of Discovery. Those who appreciate a faster paced read, and a shorter one (i.e. possibly everyone?), will receive just that from these two episodes, which number 221 and 284 pages, respectively.

   I will forewarn all readers that each story now has increased likelihood of ending with a 'to be continued' aspect to it, but not, of course, the very last one!

 

Relaunch!

Christopher A. Forrest is currently rewriting The Zarulium Chronicles series to prepare for a 2014 relaunch.

Thanks to supportive and constructive reader feedback, Christopher has chosen to rework the series to change the epic-length novels and make them shorter, faster to read books. As a result, there will be more books available in the series!

Watch for the upcoming new cover art!

Update

 

  At last we have edited Misadventures in Time Travel and will publish it after a final proofreading. If we can accomplish the publishing by the end of the first week in April, then the gap between publications will have been a little over seven months.

  After I had planned then written the first installation, Days of Discovery, and my editor, Alice, had read it, she commented that I bragged of time travel as the theme for my series, yet merely teased readers with it in the first story. I concurred without reservation because, as I explained to her then, I wanted my first story to thoroughly cover the 'origins' concept. I had no intention of dropping a reader into the middle of a grand story, only to later need to go back and tell readers how everything got started.

  I reasoned that, having chosen time travel as a major theme in my writing, I might eventually cause readers enough confusion regarding timelines in the small stories within one novel – I did not desire to add a non-chronological epic story telling concept to my planned series of trilogies. That idea could change, but not without readers telling me they want that sort of complication.

  None of this withstanding, I feel that those seeking some time travel density will find it in Misadventures. In this book I explore many of the theoretical concepts that scientists have formulated regarding time travel, all the while attempting to balance keeping things both easy enough for inexperienced readers to follow and still challenging the more discerning sci-fi reader. By all means, I hope that readers will let me know how I did with that.

  In Misadventures, I tried not to introduce too many new characters, and would remind readers to refer to the cast of characters section of the book/website to find out who among the new is important, or will be, moving forward.

  A note about cost – I wanted to give away the first book in an effort to determine if readers had an interest in this type of story. The number of downloads at Smashwords alone indicates that readers are interested, but since it is free, I cannot tally the download totals of other providers. If, in the future, there were a chance that a print publisher was interested, then I would need to provide them with some financial data.

  The way I view it, to tell a prospective publisher 'I have thousands of free downloads' would make them politely smile. To tell them 'I have generated a few thousand in income' might make them smile and widen their eyes revealing dollar signs within them. Obviously, I would prefer the latter.

  Finally, for those who wonder about the final part of the first of three planned trilogies – tentatively titled Battles for Control – let me inform you that my first draft is about 80% written. I hope to complete it by the end of May, edit it through the summer with Alice, and publish it by the fall, in time for school starting.

  Sincerely,

Chris  

Audio files are here!

Listen to author Christopher A Forrest read excerpts from Days of Discovery and meet some of the characters from The Zarulium Chronicles series. 

5 Stars on Goodreads!

Goodreads Review of Days of Discovery

Rated 5 Stars
"I really enjoyed this adventure novel. The characters were really fun - a great villain! I loved the surprise half way through.....didn't expect that twist! When will book two be published? Looking forward to finding out what happens next with the time machine."
Thanks, Marie, for your support of book one and interest in book two. Christopher A Forrest is currently writing book two, called Misadventures in Time Travel. He will start editing the draft this fall.

 

5 out of 5 Stars!

Days of Discovery just received a glowing review! The reader rated the adventure novel at 5 out of 5 stars!

Thanks for your enthusiastic support, Jovana! 

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Review: Oct. 08, 2012 : star star star star star 

What a wonderful read! I really enjoyed the quick pace and witty humor throughout the book. There are quite an interesting array of characters whose stories are all brought together in the end! Definitely a recommendation not only for those seeking a teen adventure novel but any adults interested in their own adventure as well! Get it now if you already haven't!