Time Cures | Tag Gregory & Lily Marie
Time Adventures Series #4
Release Date: February 14th, 20201
Heat Level: 4 – Lots of Sex
Length: 238 pages
Cocky American Ad Exec Bradley Connors, and his courageous ex-RAF fighter pilot husband James Garrett, are back in London and once again separated through the power of time.
With James stranded in 1956 during a polio outbreak, a world of homophobia threatens to keep him from the man he loves. How will he talk himself out of the trouble he’s unwittingly creating? Who from his past can he rely on to help him get home to Bradley?
Will they be able to save their friends from the deadly pandemic, or will they too perish in the attempt? And can they do all this while reaffirming that nothing can tear their love apart, not even time itself?
Time Cures is a love story like no other. It’s a romance through time.
“Considering the length of time he was unconscious, I feel it imperative that he remain in hospital for at least the next twenty-four hours for observation. Provided no other symptoms manifest, he can be released to his family at that time,” Dr. Donaldson advised.
James was relieved that the diagnosis wasn’t worse. He knew Bradley was still going to be angry at him for getting hurt. Again. At least he would be angry – once Bradley got over being relieved – when James finally got around to calling him.
“Pardon me, Doctor,” the nurse interrupted before the doctor could make his grand exit. “But, before ya came in, the patient was showing signs of confusion and talkin’ all sorts a nonsense. I’m thinking he mighta banged his ‘ead a bit harder than he’s lettin’ on.”
“Confusion?” That got the good doctor’s attention.
“Yes, Doctor. He was spoutin’ some nonsense ‘bout needin’ to ring his husband, an’ seemed to think he had a telephone in that kit bag of ‘is.” The nurse pointed to James’ messenger bag while giving the doctor a knowing look.
“Is that so …” The doctor turned back to his patient, one bushy eyebrow raised inquisitively, much more interested in the young blond man now than he had been initially. “Do you remember your name, son?”
“Yes, of course. It’s James Garrett.”
The doctor nodded and asked another question. “Do you remember the accident that gave you that bump on the head?”
James thought about it, but just came up blank. He started to shake his head to indicate ‘no’, only the gesture made the dizziness and nausea worse. He groaned and dropped his head into his hands. “No,” he moaned.
“Well, that’s not a good sign,” Doctor Obvious surmised, his eyebrows knitting together so closely that they now looked like one long, hairy caterpillar creeping across his forehead. “Now, what’s all this chit chat about a telephone and a husband?”
“I just want to call him and let him know where I’m at,” James offered, feeling and sounding pathetic even to his own ears.
“You say you have a… Husband?” The doctor very clearly emphasized the word ‘husband’ in a disbelieving tone of voice.
“Yes! I want to call MY HUSBAND, okay?” James was losing patience with the proceedings and his voice had risen commensurately with his annoyance level. “His name is Bradley Connors. We’re here visiting from the United States; Bradley has business with a big client here. We’re staying at The Strand Palace. He’s probably waiting for me there and, most likely, has already called the police to help find me. If you’d just let me get my cell phone out of my bag I can call him and he’ll come down here and take me to a different hospital where they’ll stop asking me idiotic questions…”
The doctor interrupted him before he could continue his rant. “Do you know where you are right now?”
“You mean the hospital? The nurse said it was St. Bart’s. Or do you mean London?”
“Righteo. And what’s the date?”
“Um…” James had to think a little about that, his memory going a little fuzzy on him. “I think it’s still Monday, right? August… August 14th?”
“Close. You got the date correct, but it’s Tuesday. What about the year?”
“2017…?” James answered, starting to get a funny feeling about where all these questions were leading.
“Hmmmm,” was Donaldson’s only reply. Then he turned to the nurse with more directions. “Clearly, this is a much more serious case than I previously suspected. We could be looking at Traumatic Encephalopathy or, perhaps, some type of advanced psychosis. I’m going to call in Dr. Abbott for a psychiatric evaluation. Change the charge order to note a seventy-two hour hold.” Returning his attention to the patient, he added, “never fear, young man. We’re going to take good care of you. Hopefully, by the time we’re done here, you’ll be in tiptop shape once more, back in full possession of all your mental faculties.”
With that proclamation, Dr. Donaldson spun about and started for the door.
“Wait,” James shouted after the departing man before he could exit. “What year is it, really?”
“1956, of course!”
Interview With The Authors
When did you write your first story and what was the inspiration for it?
-The first story that Lily & I wrote together, Time Blitz, was inspired by an old BBC television series called ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’. We both loved the idea of a time travel story involving the London Blitz but wanted to explore how that would play out for gay characters – it certainly adds a layer of danger and drama to your standard time-travel story.
Do you have a writing schedule or do you just write when you can find the time?
-Since Lily and Tag live on opposite sides of the globe, we sort of overlap in our writing. Lily will just be heading off to bed when Tag finishes work and sits down to write. But when we do find time to write together, it’s magic. We literally finish each other’s sentences. We really mesh well. And when we can’t write together, we read over the other’s work from the prior day and then carry on from there.
Briefly describe the writing process. Do you create an outline first? Do you seek out inspirational pictures, videos or music? Do you just let the words flow and then go back and try and make some sense out of it?
-Generally, we create a fairly broad story outline to start with and then just go for it. We generally know how our stories start, and where they’ll end, but not all the twists that might come in the middle. As we get further into the story, we revise the outline and adjust the timelines. A lot depends on how our characters want their stories told – sometimes you just have to go where the story leads and enjoy the creativity as it flows.
Where did the desire to write LGBT romance come from?
-Both Tag & Lily started off life writing fanfiction and are HUGE Queer as Folk fans. Writing gay romance was always going to be where we ended up because that’s our first love.
How much research do you do when writing a story and what are the best sources you’ve found for giving an authentic voice to your characters?
-We do TONS of research. We’re both total nerds and complete perfectionists. We research everything. Which is especially important when writing a time travel story, because you want to get all the details correct. We’ve read books about the time periods, about being gay in past decades, interviewed friends and family with similar experience, as well as spending hours on the internet making sure every tiny detail is correct. Tag even researched WWII condoms just to make sure we got that part right.
What’s harder, naming your characters, creating the title for your book or the cover design process?
-Definitely the cover art. Lily is in charge of that part, but it’s always a creative struggle because we’re such perfectionists.
“How do you answer the question “Oh, you’re an author…what do you write?”
-Tag usually says she writes ‘contemporary gay fiction’ which usually just leaves people gaping and they don’t know what else to say. LOL
What does your family think of your writing?
-Both of our families have been very supportive. Tag’s kids have grown up with her writing smut and are used to it. They refuse to read any of the stories, though, but are happy to promote the books on their own social media. Lily’s family is both proud and a little amused by this outlet for her creativity.
Tell us about your current work in process and what you’ve got planned for the future.
-We have several other ideas for stories in our ‘Time Adventures Series’, which we will be working on. We’re also talking about venturing out into a gay/drag queen detective series. Then there’s the file of plot bunnies with almost a 100 ideas… Who knows what we’ll write next.
About the Authors
TAG has been writing for almost a decade, starting out with a hesitant toe in the realm of fanfiction before venturing into the scarier world of self-publishing original works. With an eclectic background as a lawyer, microbiologist, all-around nerd, and adventurer, TAG brings that off-kilter sense of humor, unbounded curiosity, a love of details, and astonishing powers of research to all their writing. If you are looking for a griping story, with compelling characters that deal with real world issues, then you’re in the right place.
Lily has been writing close to for twenty years, but has only ever (until recently) dipped her toes into writing fan-fiction. Lily is a born and bred Londoner and loves nothing more than getting lost in a book – whether it be writing one of her own, or reading something from one of her favorite authors. In her spare time, Lily likes to think of herself as somewhat of a disability rights activist, helping to create change for those that may not have a voice to speak up or, like Lily herself, those that may have been too quiet to stand up for themselves.
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