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Book By Author:  Michael J Bowler

A Matter of Time
 A Matter of Time
 7814327871 9781432787110
 Outskirts Press

What is your destiny?

This question haunts 20-year-old Jamie Collins. A junior at Santa Clara University in 1986, Jamie has friends, a  professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin - nightmarish visions that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912! Less than a week before the 74th anniversary of its sinking, Jamie discovers that his fate is inexplicably linked to that of the famous vessel. Somehow, the two timelines are overlapping, and when Titanic dies this time, Jamie will die along with it.

The dreams reveal something evil stalking the ill-fated ship, something that expedites the collision which sinks her. Jamie realizes that the only way to stop this evil and prevent his own death may be to prevent Titanic from sinking in the first place.

But how? How can he stop that ship from sinking in 1912 when he hadn’t even been born yet? And even if he can stop it - should he? What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? Jamie’s quest to fulfill his destiny ties friends and family together  in ways he could never have  imagined.

A Matter of Time is an emotionally charged voyage into the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil, and the vagaries of Fate.

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An imaginative time travelling thriller that will keep you guessing.


A Matter of Time by Michael J. Bowler is one of the most imaginative time travelling novels in years. It follows the life of 20 year old Jamie Collins back in the mid 80's who is going to University in California. Jamie is an inspiring novelist with an over active imagination and when he starts dreaming of becoming a crew member onboard an old ship, and waking up still feeling like he was there, his friends get worried. His dreams start to haunt him - more vivid each night. A sinister cloud surrounds his dreams. He can almost grab the reality of it, only to be drained and exhausted the following morning. Jamie heads into a downward spiral.  He is full of vigor each night until the dawn, living out the dreams which have now consumed him in reality. He is a member of the soon to be doomed crew of the Titanic, and he worries that when the deadline of the 100th anniversary of the sinking comes to pass, his own fate will follow. Slowly, one of his best friends can see that maybe Jamie is not totally nuts, and helps him cross time to confront his destiny. Can Jamie return to his reality or will he change the course of history by saving the Titanic? 

You can sense that Bowler, the author, had fun writing this one. He makes several period piece comments about the music, movies and slang of the 80's. He mixes in love, jealousy action, and adventure in this thriller. It reads like a movie and has a fast pace that keeps you wanting more. Bowler spends a great deal of time working on the character interaction which makes this novel work. He also brings in so many twists that it will keep you guessing. Overall, A Matter of Time was a great read. I am looking forward to more from Michael J. Bowler.



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Michael Bowler Author:  Michael J Bowler


Michael Bowler is an award-winning author who grew up in San Rafael, California. He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and got a master’s in film production and another master's in Special Education. He partnered with two friends as producer, writer, and/or director on several films, most notably “Fatal Images,” “Dead Girls,” “Hell Spa” (later re-edited and titled “Club Dead”), “Things” and “Things II.” ”A Boy and His Dragon, published in 2011, is an urban fantasy about a lonely boy in 1970 who discovers both a living dragon and his own true nature, a nature that makes him the most dangerous boy on earth. "A Matter of Time," a Silver Award winner from Reader's Favorite, was published in 2012. It is a real-world-grounded story of an almost impossible loop in time that leads to undying love and unforgettable heartache. He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys over 29 years with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles for 28 years. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state. "Children of the Knight,” coming in June 2013 from Harmony Ink Press, is likely to be controversial in its themes and conclusions and depiction of our modern American society. Those children society tends to reject or ignore or abuse or marginalize, who come in all shapes and sizes - black and white and brown and Asian and Pacific Islander and gang affiliated and gay and straight and those who are confused about their sexuality - are the subject of this book, and the story depicts an adult society that tells these kids, in various ways, that they are of no real value. It is the author's hope that readers will understand it’s mostly apathy and a desire to let “someone else solve THAT problem,” which hurts these kids more than anything else.