Lost Echoes

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A love story that transcends time itself, a romance that battles with destiny. Peter Vincent journeys into the past to Elizabethan England. He searches for the beautiful and tempestuous Aurea. Finding her, he falls hopelessly in love, but is this to be an ill-fated romance? History says Aurea is soon to disappear, probably to be murdered. Can she survive or will their love become mere Lost Echoes?

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About Rob Shelsky

Rob Shelsky is an avid and eclectic writer, and averages about 4,000 words a day. He has several novels to his credit and two anthologies, with two romances out now, a Regency romance, Verity, along with the sequel, Faith, and soon to come, a time-travel romance.

Rob has written science fiction articles for such magazines as The Internet Review of Science Fiction, numerous articles for AlienSkin Magazine, Neometropolis, Midnight Street (UK), Doorways, and other publications. Rob has had short stories published with Jim Baen’s Universe, Aberrant Dreams, AlienSkin, Gateway SF, Fifth Dimension, Continuum SF, Sonar4, Uncial Press, Planetary Stories, Pulp Spirit Magazine, Sex & Murder, and many more. He has a novella coming out in early 2010 with Aberrant Dreams Magazine’s first hardcover edition anthology, The Awakening. Rob’s novella, Avenger Of The People, will appear there alongside the works of such sci-fi greats as Alastair Reynolds, Ian Watson, Jana Oliver, Robert Madle, and just so many others. There is even an introduction by Jack McDevitt.

Rob has a short story, Green Waters, now out with Sonar4’s Phase Shift anthology, and a paranormal story, Light On The Moor, coming out with Smashwords and Amazon.com.

Now, Rob Shelsky is not only a writer, but a contributing editor for Currate.com travel articles, as well as being a reviewer for Novelspot. He is also a resident science fiction columnist for AlienSkin Magazine.

Although widely traveled and continuing to travel, Rob now lives in North Carolina. He enjoys contemplating ideas for new stories while watching the sunsets over the mountains and sipping a glass of red wine, preferably a decent Merlot.

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Review by: Jana Stevens on Nov. 1, 2010 :
The time is the Elizabethan Period of England, and the queen sits uneasy on her throne. There is treason afoot and intrigue. Into the midst of this comes the sweet Aurea Pentrose, as a handmaiden to a noblewoman. But poor Aurea is out of her depth, being too honest and straightforward to handle the subtleties and viciousness of court life. And there is one other thing. It seems in a matter of only a week, she is fated to die, unless someone can save her.

This someone is Peter Vincent, a financial officer from the future. He discovers a portrait of Aurea in an old shop and falls in love with her. And by some power unknown, is allowed to go back in time to meet Aurea. He has a great deal of trouble convincing her he is from the future and not a devil. Eventually, he does, and he warns of what is to happen. Together, as they fall in love, the two of them struggle to find out what is going on and what is to happen to Aurea. Caught up in a treasonous plot, with shadowy figures everywhere doing their utmost to usurp Queen Elizabeth, Peter tries to help Aurea stay alive and avoid a tragic fate in the middle of this tangled mess. Can he? Read Lost Echoes to find out. You won't be disappointed.

The author, Rob Shelsky, is excellent at creating a fast-paced plot that carries the reader along. Aurea is an innocent girl, but she's a fast learner, and stands up for herself. I loved the portrayal of Queen Elizabeth in the garden scene. And I'll say this much--Rob Shelsky makes you believe you are there, at the palace, at the court, and right in the middle of it all. He is superb at painting scenes. And he's just as good at creating plots with turns and twists that will keep you ensnared in them until the very end. And I love his characters. They are not only real, but you actually do love and hate some of them. I was drawn particularly to Aurea's aunt, for one, and I also (and I don't know why) liked the haughty Liylia. Again, they just seemed so real to me. Five out of five stars for Lost Echoes.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: George Kempland on Nov. 1, 2010 :
Rob Shelsky has done it again with Lost Echoes. The author seems to have excellent skills at creating believable scenarios. I personally think this is partly due, at least, to his being able to vividly describe scenes and people. This draws the reader in, makes them feel as if they are really there, seeing, touching, smelling, feeling, and tasting what the characters do. For me, I felt as if I was in Elizabethan England, right there at Hampton Court Palace. And Mr. Shelsky subtly weaves in little details, like where the term "tawdry" came from (apparently from a very cheap form of lace from "Saint Awdrey's" Convent, which became known as poor quality and cheap--hence "t'awdry" or just "tawdry." To me, this sort of thing was fascinating to learn, and turned what would have been a good fast-paced historical/time travel romance into a great book to read. It is this attention to detail; for instance, how much seed pearls for dresses cost at the time, that lends such realism to this book. It is well researched.

Lost Echoes is, again, a fast-paced, well thought out time travel novel, with Peter Vincent trying to save a young woman, Aurea Pentrose from dying under mysterious circumstances. It's a real race against time, folks, but along the way, the young couple does fall in love. And if you love a sweet romance, court intrigue, two young people battling against fate and the odds, and all the pomp and circumstance of Elizabethan England, you'll certain go for Lost Echoes by Rob Shelsky. This one gets five stars from me. Buy it and enjoy it. I certainly did.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
Review by: Rose Renee Shelly on Nov. 1, 2010 :
Now, this is one good book! I thoroughly enjoyed Lost Echoes by Rob Shelsky. He has a talent for writing sweet love stories intermixed with action and suspense. He creates a wondrous character with Aurea Pentrose, true to her times and period, but still a girl with a backbone. When she first meets Peter from the future, she thinks him a devil, albeit a very handsome one.

The whole crux of Lost Echoes is that Peter Vincent, a modern day stockbroker, discovers a miniature portrait in an antique jewel case he's buying for his girlfriend. Immediately, he is mesmerized by the beautiful picture of Aurea. The dealer tells him the girl disappeared at Hampton Court Palace, believed kidnapped and killed.

Later, when Peter is in England, he visits the palace, and as luck would have it travels briefly back in time and meets the girl of his dreams. But he can't stay. For some reason, whatever force that's allowing him to move through time seems to have designs of its own. Peter can help and interfere, but not on a long-term basis. Even so, he struggles to find out what is going to happen to Aurea, and save her.

Set in Elizabethan England, in the middle of court intrigues and treason, this is a fun, exciting book. One feels for Aurea and Peter. And the mystery of what is to happen to her and how, and who will do it, keeps you wanting to read!

I give Lost Echoes by Rob Shelsky five stars. This is one good book!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

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