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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Thursday Spotlight: D. Renee Bagby

A Living (Fictional) Mobius Strip

In 1858, August Ferdinand Möbius, a mathematician and astronomer, discovered what is now known as the Möbius strip. If you were to get a strip of paper, give it a half twist and tape the two ends together, you would have created a Möbius strip. It is a surface with no boundary and only one edge.

While this is a iconic and monumental mathematical discovery, it makes for an even more interesting concept when applied to storytelling. I used the concept when I wrote ERIS, my very first ménage (m/f/m) published with Siren Publishing in June 2010.

I love time swept (time slip) romance. Time travel, in both reality and fiction, has always fascinated me. If we could time travel, would we be able to change events in the past so the present and future would be different? Or, would history be immutable and happen the same no matter what we might do? Or, could it be we traveled back in time because we were supposed to travel back in time and there is no fear of changing something since it’s supposed to be that way?

The possibilities are endless and thus so are the fictional applications. In the case of ERIS, I went with option three and made her story into a living (read – fictional) Möbius strip. I call ERIS an unorthodox time travel because the reader has to get to know her and the heroes -- Lucien and Ranulf -- in the present before they see them in the past. For that reason, it takes a bit to get to the time traveling portion of the book. I have a good reason for that though.

Lucien and Ranulf were born in the thirteenth century. That is when they met Eris. She challenged their way of life and made them love her before she disappeared. In order to see her again, both men donned immortality. Centuries pass. When the time comes, they start searching for her. Just when they think they will never find her, Eris shows up on their doorstep. There’s only one catch -- she’s never met them before.

The Eris they knew in the past is the not the same Eris in the present because she hasn’t lived that time yet even though Ranulf and Lucien have. Confused yet? Welcome to the fictional Möbius strip where the events of the present cause the events of the past which then cause the events of the present and so on until everything ends in love.

ERIS by D. Renee Bagby
(Eternal Truths Series, Book 1)
Fantasy Mainstream Menage (m/f/m), Interracial, Unorthodox Time Travel
Siren Publishing, Menage Amour Imprint

Time is on their side and they can be together, assuming the truth doesn't ruin everything first.

Immortals born in the thirteenth century, Lucien Riordan and Ranulf Styr have waited centuries to be reunited with their love. Want for her cemented their friendship through time even as it tore it apart. She changed their lives, made them want better, and they plan to show her that. There’s only one catch—she’s never met them before.

Eris Brue is flattered by Lucien and Ranulf’s attention but they are her bosses. She doesn’t want to get tangled up in an office romance, especially not with two men. Their joint seduction overcomes her resolve and she gives in even though she knows they are keeping secrets that could doom their relationship.

Centuries of planning have finally come to fruition. Lucien and Ranulf have a short amount of time to make Eris love them, because once time has her, everything could come to an end.

eBook ISBN: 1-60601-837-X

Coming to Print Dec 2010/Jan 2011

Read Chapter One:

Building New Realms of Passion…


Michelle said...

Sounds interesting! Sort of like in Harry Potter where he gets rid of the dementors. He knows he could do it because he had done it in the future.

Thanks for answering all of my commens btw. I have been reading them with interest!


D. Renee Bagby said...

I totally forgot about that in HP. It's been so long since I've read/watched it. But yeah, same concept. Writers have been using the Mobius strip as a plot device for the longest.

Thanks for commenting. :D

~ Renee