The Portal (Post 55)
The Portal (2006) is a novella from my alter ego, Lark Westerly whose Fairy on the Christmas Tree (Post 35), Dangerous Lovers: Roses and Thorns (Post 45) and Windsinger (Post 10) have already been let out of the closet on this blog. As with those three, The Portal is unsuitable for younger readers, which is one good reason for Lark's existence.
Like Fairy on the Christmas Tree, The Portal is a romantic comedy, although the genre is time travel. This story is part of a set, written by several different authors covering the 7 deadly sins and virtues. The virtue I chose to write about was diligence, which accounts for that word on the cover.
The heroine, Jilly, has diligence as a figurative middle name. She is immensely organised and capable and she just can't stand to see other people making a hash of their lives because they lack her attention to detail. When she discovers her absent boyfriend has inherited an old house but has done nothing with it, she goes off to indulge her passion for renovation.
Enter the portal. The diligent Jilly is soon having a most interesting time with three men, all without being in the least unfaithful to her boyfriend. By the time the story ends, Jilly has solved a minor mystery and found the perfect babysitter for her baby. Only a woman as diligent as Jilly could manage that.
The Portal wasn't the first time-travel story I, or my alter egos, had perpetrated, and it certainly wouldn't be the last. It was a lot of fun to write. If you are over eighteen, broadminded, and enjoy a bit of timey-wimey fun, you can pick up The Portal via this link.
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Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)
The goal for 2017 is to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. This preamble will be pasted to the top of each post, so feel free to skip it in future.