Friday, September 07, 2012


Love is timeless, time is heartless, and fate is unmerciful, so begins A Matter of Time, which is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of fate. Inspired by the Titanic, the book which comes out in the centennial year of the Titanic tragedy is a timely and refreshing read.

A Matter of Time tells the story of James Collins, a student Santa Clara University, who has developed a strange disease that transported him back in time to the days leading to the Titanic disaster. During daytime he is sensitive to light, wears dark clothes, a large hat and sunglasses to protect himself. He tells his story to his roommate and an English professor. While they both found it difficult to believe, they supported him and assisted James in his attempt to change the course of history.

For those who have been fascinated by the Titanic story, this is a must read. The plot revolves round “the world’s greatest evil,” and the world’s greatest ship, Titanic.

Jamie in 1986 who, through a series of dreams, discovers that he is somehow connected to Titanic’s sinking, despite his having not been alive at the time. A mysterious cell appears in his blood, a cell that, in his case, originated aboard Titanic. His roommate Dan, Dan’s sister Maggie, and Jamie’s friend Kevin attempt to help him, but they cannot understand what is happening. Jamie finally announces that the only way he can save himself from the deadly effects of that “cell” is to circumvent time and board Titanic before she sinks in 1912.

While everyone thinks he’s delusional, including his writing professor and his parents, Jamie sets out to solve the mystery and save his life. Dan, for whom Jamie has become a good friend, agrees to accompany him on as much of the journey as possible. He knows that if Jamie can somehow “jump” time and board the ship, he would not be able to follow. Their adventures together and Jamie’s ultimate destiny make up the bulk of the story.

Will Jamie be able to save himself from the clutch of the mysterious disease? Will he be able to save the fate of the ship and its passengers?

A Matter of Time has high drama, lots of romance, unrequited love, lasting friendships…and much more! A story which is stranger than fiction!

Paperback, 326 pages
Publication Date: February 29th 2012
Publisher: Outskirts Press
ISBN: 143278711X 
ISBN13: 9781432787110

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About the Author: Michael Bowler grew up in San Rafael, California and attended Santa Clara University. Titanic and her tragic fate have fascinated him for as long as he can remember and he has a vast collection of artwork, memorabilia and virtually every book ever written about the disaster. He majored in English and Theatre in college and got a master’s in film production. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.” He has been teaching high school in Hawthorne, California for over twenty years. He’s written a number of unproduced screenplays and his first novel, “A Boy and His Dragon” was published in 2011.

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