Jodie Lane is an avid historian, combining her love of travel and adventure with fascinating stories from the past. Brisbane based, she studied a variety of modern history at the University of Queensland, and loves to read a wide range of historical and science fiction.
Her travels have taken her all over the world: she has lived and taught English in China and Romania, backpacked through Europe and South America, and holidayed in the Middle East, Central America, South East Asia, New Zealand and South Africa. She speaks basic Spanish as a second language.
The Siege of Masada is the first novel in the “Turning Points” series—a time travel adventures series visiting pivotal historical events and exploring an exciting new future for humanity. Transylvanian Knight,To Kill An Emperor and Renaissance Woman follow with Heart and Stomach of a Queen finishing up the series. There are various Turning Points short stories including "Siege of the Heart", "A Soldier's Love" and "A Soldier's Honour" also available online.
“The Job” and “Naughty Zombies” are additional works, found in the Australian Pen anthology Obliquity: Stories of a Tilted Perspective, with “The Time-Traveller’s Date” (A Turning Points Short Story) in Australian Pen 2: Futurevision, and "The Voice" in Australian Pen 3: The Evil Inside Us.
Beginning with The Siege of Masada, Turning Points visits pivotal events in history while exploring an exciting new future for humanity. Gwyn is our heroine, an accidental time-traveller who is thrown into the past and must set history to rights.
After the events of Transylvanian Knight, Meric and Vlad face off twelve years later.
Meric is a mercenary soldier sent to serve Prince Vlad Dracula, who has finally been released from prison in Hungary. On the journey Meric falls in love, but doesn't know if he can be the man his lover deserves.
Gwyn goes back in time to Ancient Rome to plot the assassination of Emperor Domitian. Michelle travels to nineteenth century Argentina to rescue her colleague, but becomes entangled in battles on the way. Another exciting time-travel adventure mixing real history and science fiction.
Gwyn is back in time again but this time she's on a mission to influence the actions of Vlad Dracula, Prince of Wallachia, to war with Sultan Mehmed II of the Ottoman Empire. In order to make sure the course of history runs true, Gwyn takes on the mission, but risks getting stuck in Vlad's time when she falls in love...
A time-travel adventure novel that mixes historical & science fiction: Gwyn accidentally goes back in time to the famous Siege of Masada, where the Jewish defenders of the fortress are making their last stand against the Roman invaders. She must try return to her time before the siege reaches its bloody end, but is entangled in the plot of the owner of the time machine who is from the future.