Parallel Past Trilogy
"The Plunge" - Chandra Jarvis accidentally plunges through a wormhole from her universe of San Francisco 2150, into a parallel, identical universe except the year is 1850 and the location is the Old West in the territory of southwestern Wyoming near the Oregon Trail. Chandra has no idea what has happened. Where is she and why does the air taste so clean? Where is the yellow-brownish tint at the horizon? She copes with hardship and danger with the help of her futuristic suit of special fibers, sensory enhancing implants and a personal computer chip implanted at the base of her brain. Chandra meets and falls in love with Sean Dillon, and travels with him in a wagon train on its way to Oregon City only to lose him to the woman waiting for him there with whom he is betrothed. Heart breaking, Chandra's last glimpses Sean, his betrothed and her parents leave on a ship that sails down the Columbia River to the ocean and on to San Francisco. Can she recover from a lost love, adapt to ways of the Old West and find a direction for her life?
"The Renewal" - Sean Dillon, his wife-to-be and her parents never return to Portland where they are to live after their wedding in San Francisco. Chandra Jarvis is tormented by Sean’s failure to come back even though she knows she’s lost him forever. She sails on a clipper ship to San Francisco to try to learn his fate. When Chandra arrives to San Francisco, Tom Quinn, a ten-year old cabin boy, leaves the ship with her to become her ward. She doesn’t get the answers she wants and sails back to Portland with Tom Quinn. She returns to her teaching job and decides to dedicate the coming years to being a loving parent to him.
"The Revealing" - Chandra Jarvis is courted by Liam O'Hara, a handsome bridge-building engineer from Ireland. He attacks the emotional walls that Chandra had erected because of Sean. But, she is not one to pine her life away to unrequited love. Even though she loves teaching and interacting with dear friends, it isn’t enough for this beautiful and vital woman. However, fate intervenes, leading Chandra and the people in her life on a long, treacherous and dangerous journey from Portland, Oregon to Fort Bridger, Wyoming. Her special suit and implants are strained to their limits to help Chandra and her compatriots survive.
It is the fall of 1864 and fourteen years since Chandra Jarvis plunged through a wormhole from San Francisco of 2150 into a parallel, 1850 universe along the Oregon Trail in Southwest Wyoming. A computer chip implanted in the base of Chandra's skull as a child, and her futuristic smart-suit of special fibers along with other, special implants helped her to navigate and survive the dangers of the Old West. Chandra married, bore a daughter and spent the past twelve years teaching elementary school in Portland, Oregon. She and her husband embark on separate odysseys trying to influence an event that she knows is coming. They have to navigate the hazards imposed by Native American uprisings and the Civil War. Will they be able to accomplish this or is destiny too rigid and uncompromising to allow it? Rejoin Chandra in this fourth novel of the Parallel Past time
Chandra and her husband enjoyed many idyllic years teaching at two one-room schools near Portland, Oregon. They’ve lived there with their daughter, Riona who was born in 1858. She knows her mother plunged through a wormhole from San Francisco of 2150 into the year 1850 of this parallel universe near the Oregon Trail in Southwest Wyoming. A computer chip, implanted at the base of Chandra’s brain as a child and her futuristic smartsuit of special fibers helped her cope with the dangers of the Old West. Riona spent her childhood summers in Fort Bridger with both her family and local Shoshones and became aware of the oncoming fate of Native Americans thanks to her mother. The fate of Chief Joseph and the Nez Perce particularly affects her and she is determined to help them even though Chandra told her how difficult it is to influence changes over a pre-determined future. Riona, her parents, their adopted Shoshone grandfather and a handsome reporter from a San Francisco newspaper travel by train and sea to find Chief Joseph and his people just before their conflict with and flight from the United States Army. Do the Nez Perce allow them to come along or heed the warnings of Chandra, Sean and Riona as Chief Joseph and his people lead the United States Army on a long, torturous 1700 mile chase? Join Chandra, her family and her friends as they go on another journey in Book Five of the Parallel Past Series.