2011-07-13 / Features

Astoria Resident Takes A Trip Back In Time

BY CRISTINA GUARINO

Local Astoria resident Georgina Young- Ellis has made dreams of time travel possible for readers in her new novel, The Time Baroness.

Published by Leaping Tall Buildings Productions LLC, the novel follows mother and scientist Dr. Cassandra Reilly as she travels back to the time of Jane Austen, 1820. But she starts out ahead, in the year 2120, England. The trip starts as an experiment to understand the life of an “independent” woman of the time, specifically, a wealthy widow amongst her peers. It begins with thorough preparation: a few practice sessions in 19th century speech and mannerisms, some holographic shopping for appropriate attire, and a good night’s rest.

However, Reilly runs into problems greater than simply blending in at a dinner party. An affair begins, threatening her reputation and revealing the vastly different attitudes toward women at the time. Her occasional futuristic slips raise questions about her odd ways. And in the midst of her struggles, her son arrives unannounced, bringing with him a whole new set of troubles and catalyzing her own.

The novel follows Reilly’s journey through unexpected love, adventure and even crime as she finds herself left behind by 300 years, in a world vastly different from her own, It is from the least expected source that she finally receives help and sets history and the future back onto the right path--one that, perhaps, should have remained untampered with.

Boasting a rare but impressive solid fivestar review on Amazon.com, The Time Baroness has become popular with lovers of the time travel genre. The novel is a creative, engaging and brilliant display of Young-Ellis’ writing and storytelling skills.

One percent of the profits of the book sales go to the World Food Programme and/or Heifer International. The Time Baroness has earned its place as Kindle’s #88 Top Rated, Amazon’s #23 in Time Travel Romances and Amazon’s #1 selling travel novel set in England.

Young-Ellis was born in California and has lived in Astoria for the past 10 years. She is a freelance writer for the Queens Gazette and is a lover of acting, the Italian language, and literature.

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