Publisher: Greenbrier Book Company
PREMISE: Who wouldn't like another shot at "the road not taken?" Three people get their wish when they win a chance to travel back into their own lives and enter a new 'Alternate Reality', or their "Alternity" a second chance at life. During one hour of clarity each will decide whether to say in their 'Alternity' or return to their place in the present, with a life made richer from the experience.
Winner of the 2002 Christy Award for best inspirational fiction in its genre...
SYNOPSIS: The entire population of the United States waits to hear the announcement of the three winners of the new Time Lottery--where the prize isn't money but a chance to go back into their own lives and change something. Though the odds are absurd, hope is high. The spoils are too exciting to resist. Everyone can think of a time in their lives they would like to relive. Everyone has an 'if only' that hangs over them-a dream or a regret that enters their thoughts repeatedly.
The three Time Lottery winners will be privileged to travel back in time in order to relive a portion of their lives in their Alternate Reality--their Alternity. They enter the past without the burden (or advantage) of remembering what happened the first time around. Yet through the technology of the Time Lottery, they will make a different choice, and live out different results.
After one week in their pasts, the time-travelers will be given an hour of Dual-Consciousness, a condition where they will be able to see both their lives with full knowledge. At this point they will face a unique decision. They can stay in the past--where the Dual-Consciousness will fade and they will live out their lives oblivious of the future. Or, they can return to the present, their lives made richer from their experience.
And the winners are:
Phoebe Winston Thurgood is a San Francisco socialite. She has two grown children, every material possession ever coveted, and a husband who is consumed with making money-which she is happy to spend. She has always wondered what her life would have been like if she had not become rich and idle; if she not been so weak and complacent in regards to Colin's unethical exploits; if she had not been unhappy. She returns to 1969 when she was the secretary of an ambitious new employee, Colin Thurgood, at Hopner, Wagner, and Greenfield.
Roosevelt Hazen is homeless. He has a lot of what-if questions to choose from. But will he get his chance to go back in time? The odds are against him.
Cheryl is a single, forty-five-year-old surgeon in Boulder, Colorado. Her one regret is that she is alone. The joys of a husband and family have eluded her. Although she's had numerous lovers, she has never found a partner. No one in her recent past interests her, but there was one guy, back in high school . . . might he be up for a little commitment if given a second chance? She returns to 1973 . . .
Meanwhile, back in the present...
Alexander MacMillan's job is to market the Time Lottery and be the liaison between the company and the winners. His association with the Time Lottery is no accident. Mac was drawn to the organization after his wife was brutally murdered, leaving Mac alone to raise 5-year-old Anthony. If only he could go back before Holly was killed....
Make sure you check out three more winners of the Time Lottery in Second Time Around, book #2 in the Time Lottery series.