Joan Szechtman


I retired from my career as an electrical engineer, specializing in computer science and turned to writing when I discovered the real Richard III. His story was so compelling that I spent the last seven years studying primary and secondary sources on this fifteenth century monarch resulting in my novels about Richard III in this century--'This Time' and 'Loyalty Binds Me.'

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Loyalty Binds Me
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 76,630. Language: English. Published: May 24, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
LOYALTY BINDS ME is the 2nd book about Richard III in the 21st-century by award winning author, Joan Szechtman. A year after THIS TIME (1st book)ends Richard III has arrived in London with his combined family--21st-century wife and two daughters, and 15th-century son, when he is arrested for a 500 year-old murder. Richard must now defend himself without revealing his true identity.
This Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 104,290. Language: English. Published: September 13, 2009. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » General, Fiction » Historical » General
This Time rediscovers the fifteenth century Richard III as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of the twenty-first century. Not only must Richard III acclimate himself to this whole new world—to sometimes comic effect—he must try to undo the damage done to his reputation through 500 years of history. "This Time" named General Fiction Finalist in the 2010 Next Generation Indie Book Awards

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  • The Time Travel Journals: Shipbuilder on Aug. 24, 2012

    THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS: SHIPBUILDER by Marlene Dotterer is a masterful combination of Science Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Romance set mostly in early 20th-century Belfast, Ireland. The story starts with Sam, a 60 year-old physicist making one last attempt at proving that he and his team had been able to send objects back in time in order to secure the project’s funding. Just as he turned on his time travel apparatus, Casey, a postgraduate student enters the field and they are both sent back a 100 years to Belfast in 1906, two years before the orders to build the Titanic. The characters, early 20th-century culture, religious conflict, and Belfast came to life on the pages of Dotterer’s book. For me, there was just the right balance between putting the reader in Belfast and feeling the events through the main character’s eyes. Although there were some expository scenes where Sam explains a technical or cultural detail unfamiliar to Casey, those scenes do move the story and character forward and did not slow down the pace of the story. Ever since I read “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court,” I’ve loved time travel novels—so much so that I will look past smoke and mirrors to enjoy a good story. I am happy to report, that not only is SHIPBUILDER a very good story, but this is one of the few books that handle the issues surrounding time travel intelligently and plausibly. Since the time travel aspect is part of the story, and not just an enabler, this is especially important. I could see that Dotterer put as much thought and research into time travel as she did for the Titanic, Belfast, and Irish culture. I am looking forward to BRIDGEBUILDERS, the second book in THE TIME TRAVEL JOURNALS. Note: I had originally purchased the ebook at B&N. This review is based on that edition. The author gave me a coupon so that I could place my review here.