Book 1 in the Rewinding Time Series


FIELD RESEARCH SITES: Columbia and Waterloo, Monroe County, Illinois.


Discover where Fort Piggot was located on the Kaskaskia Trail, while staying clear of attractive, single colleagues (ie. Brett!) so as not to commit career suicide, and keeping the “rewinding time” program secret, so Uncle Sam doesn’t turn into Big Brother. Whew!

Merrideth Randall’s day job is teaching history at McKendree College. But after hours she turns to her first love, historical research. And she has a tool other historians can only dream of—a computer program that rewinds time!

Merrideth makes a virtual visit to the 1780s, hoping to be the first to locate Fort Piggot. Along the way, she gets a first-hand look at the lives of the courageous pioneers of the Illinois Country, who withstood Indian attacks, hardship, and loneliness to settle the rich land.

One of the settlers is James Garretson, who risks his life to take the Gospel to the very tribe that wreaked havoc on his family. Merrideth is amazed that he could forgive a crime so huge. Hero or fool, James Garretson is the ancestor of her colleague Brett, a physics professor at McKendree College.

With her findings, Merrideth is able to help Brett with his genealogy, but she can’t tell him everything she learned—like that he inherited his black hair and green eyes from James Garretson, or that his aunt’s poetry is eerily similar to the verse Garretson’s wife Isabelle used to compose at her spinning wheel.

Brett has rock-star status on campus, but amazingly enough, he seems to be pursuing Merrideth—in spite of her firm policy against dating co-workers. She would love to tell him about her amazing program, but discretion is not his strong suite. She has secrets about herself that she’d just as soon he didn’t find out either. But one virtue Brett does have is patience, and he’s quite willing to wait for Merrideth to figure things out.

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Once Again: an inspirational novel of history, mystery & romance. Available as a Kindle or Paperback Book.

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Read about Professor Randall’s childhood and the discovery of her mysterious computer program in THE TIME AND AGAIN HISTORY MYSTERY TRILOGY. As a matter of fact, you can get Time and Again, the first book in the trilogy for only 99 cents.

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 The History Behind Once Again

You get your money’s worth with Once Again. There’s the contemporary story involving Merrideth and her friends, and then there’s the story of the Garretson family who settled in my own Monroe County, Illinois in the 1780s–only five miles from where I live today. I loved learning about their lives, and I packed a ton of real history into Once Again. Although this is historical fiction, virtually everything in the story actually happened! You’ll be amazed.

Several of my reviewers (including some who are non history lovers) mentioned that after reading my books they get the urge to do a little research on their own. There’s so much more to know about the brave pioneers of Monroe County. But an author can only pack so much history into a novel! Learn more about Illinois Country of 1788 by reading the articles below.

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