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Touchstone (a time travel adventure)

Touchstone (a time travel adventure) [Kindle Edition]

Andy Conway
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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“A brilliant time travel adventure that is both intelligent and action-packed. Leads to a climax that takes your breath away...”

Dirt poor Rachel and rich kid Danny are a pair of History students who wouldn’t normally mix, but their destinies become entangled when an old gravestone catapults them back to 1912 and they find themselves in a race against time to prevent the murder of a teenage girl at the hands of her abusive father.

Exploring their city’s dark past - a gritty, violent, gaslit world of real danger - they find that every action has an unforeseen consequence that can ripple through generations.

Touchstone builds into a moving coming of age fantasy series that has won plaudits from young and old readers alike with its intelligent blend of time travel adventure, science fiction, historical romance and fantasy.

*** LENGTH: 20,000-words (100 pages) ***

This first part of the Touchstone saga is a self-contained novella set in 1912. Parts 1 and 2 of Touchstone are also available in a special double paperback edition.


They turned and looked down the alley and gaped in wonder. It was the same alley they’d walked down this morning but everything was different. It was a grim back-to-back slum. A group of snotty pauper children stood staring at them, frowning, silent. They were half dressed and filthy, their saucer eyes reminding her of starving African children she’d seen on TV adverts for charities. She gagged.

‘Oh God, it stinks.’

‘I know.’

‘I think I’m gonna chuck.’

‘Come on,’ he said.

He still had hold of her hand and seemed to realise for the first time. He mumbled something, looked down at the floor and let go of her. She followed him down the alley, passing the blank-eyed street urchins, giving them a wide berth, keeping one eye on them. She had the feeling they might turn feral at any moment, but they just stared and said nothing. It was creepy.

They left them behind and headed for the strip of light at the end, and emerged to the village green, both gasping out loud at what they saw.

It was a busy crossroads hub of horse-drawn coaches, electric trams and promenading Edwardians. It was like turning a corner and walking into a film set. They stood there frozen, mouths agape in wonder.

‘Oh my God,’ she managed to say.

‘It’s true,’ he said.

‘This is really…’ She floundered for the word, but nothing came. There was no word for it.

‘Yeah,’ he said.

‘When are we?’

‘I don’t know.’

He saw the news stand on the green, manned by a shabby old man.

‘There,’ he said. ‘Come on.’

He walked over. She watched him go, cringing inside, feeling that if they stepped foot in this world something awful would happen. If they stood and stared from the safety of the alley’s mouth, maybe no one would see them. But she didn’t want to be alone so she scurried after him. He grabbed a newspaper from the stand and looked at the front page. It was called the Gazette & Express.

‘Hey! That’s threepence.’

‘I’m just looking,’ said Danny.

‘I’ll give you “just looking” you cheeky…’

The shabby old news stand man stopped and stared at Danny.

‘Hang on,’ he said.


Danny shoved the newspaper back at him and grabbed Rachel’s arm and walked her away, back to the alley’s dark mouth.

‘It’s today,’ he hissed.


He frog-marched her back up the alley. She glanced back over her shoulder and saw the news stand man staring after them. There was something about his look that wasn’t right.

‘It’s today’s date,’ said Danny.

‘Today? That doesn’t make sense.’

‘Today’s date. But in 1912.’

They scurried up the alley, heading for the gate to the churchyard.

‘Why are we going back?’

‘We need clothes and we need money.’


Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 475 KB
  • Print Length: 226 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wallbank Books (11 Dec 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #33,140 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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More About the Author

Andy Conway is a novelist and screenwriter based in Birmingham, UK.

In 2011 he engaged in a widely publicised challenge to publish 11 titles on Amazon Kindle before 11 November 2011.

His first feature film, Arjun and Alison, a campus revenge thriller, is currently touring the international film festival circuit.

He teaches screenwriting at Birmingham City University and runs the Shooting People Screenwriters Network bulletin, which goes out to 11,000 writers worldwide every day.

When he takes a night off, he promotes Hot Ginger, a monthly swing dance night and weekly jazz radio show.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good read 5 Mar 2012
By megan45
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I enjoyed this book. I have read a few time travel books but this one really got to me. I thought it was going to be a typical teenage romance but it certainly wasn't. I had to buy the second book and can't wait for the third. Absolutely gripping
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good story 29 Jun 2013
By bob c
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This tale is excellent I like a story that is believable and not as far fetched as some More like this please
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone 21 Dec 2012
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An extrememly riveting short book that I didn't want to end and would have loved the book to be longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun read 22 July 2013
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A fun book to read. Shorter than I would have liked. But I've just bought part two and three immediately after reading it, so that should give an idea of whether or not I liked it.
Only two mild criticisms. Length (which I would have liked to have been a little longer. And the characters' could do with a bit more depth to them. There's lots of action, but I don't feel like I know the main two protagonists, as well as I'd like to. Hopefully that will come in the following parts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down 22 July 2013
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I had read Andy's script he had turned into a feature "Arjun and Alison" so I knew very well that he could write but I didn't expect to be so blown away as I was with this one. The detail was brilliant. I have a feeling Andy went all out on his research on the history of the town and I felt I could go and visit and really see these places. I love the characters and simply adored this book.
I read it in a day and am about to order the next one!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great start. 16 Feb 2014
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I must admit I love any books that have time travel in them, and this one didn't disappoint either. To make things even better, was to get to the end of this book knowing there were more to come. :) I ended up purchasing all 5 of the books and reading them one after the other over the space of a couple of days. :)
Imagine two students, in a graveyard doing a project and ending up travelling in time. I won't spoil the storyline, but will say there are twists and turns, romance and some hard decisions to make...all totalling up to a jolly good read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real page turner 29 Dec 2013
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Tried this out on a whim, very pleased I did, crisply written, engaging and thrilling, enjoyed it so much, I bought the series !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read nevertheless 26 Dec 2013
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Why the end of these books - and I am talking about most of the time-travel ones that I read from here - have the end brought me to such an anti-climax? I thought about it a lot, there is nothing significant that I can put my finger on it and say 'see, this is what you've should've write' but the truth is I was left unsatisfied (now I am talking about this book in particular). Like a love story with no happy ending or worse, one with no ending that leaves tons of unanswered questions. I hoped that Rachel's last trip to the past will give poor Charlie some well deserved 'treats' but no. But that's just me and I might be too mean, as I trully enjoy this series.
I do hope the author takes some time to read through these reviews which - although not professional - are a valuable peak in the 'market's mind, likes and dislikes.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like this.
The man who wrote this story was certainly not as good a Time Travel writer like the other authors I have read, I stuck it out to the end but I have read better books. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Heather Hesketh
4.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone book one
A very short book which is setting the scene for future stories, I expect. A very easy read with an easy going plot. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Philip Moggridge
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read
I enjoy this book although it was quite a short one I would have liked a bit more padding to the characters as I didn't feel I got to know them as well as I would have liked but... Read more
Published 8 months ago by MGAR
5.0 out of 5 stars Time Travel
I was rapt up in the story, couldn't put it down, as the old saying goes always leave them wanting more, just like the old Dr Who series a cliff hanger leaving you wanting to buy... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Mr D W J Bird
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending.
Well written and the story starts off as a gripping page-turner. Unfortunately the author gave up just as it was getting interesting and tacked on a quick ending of the, "Then... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Dave Mould
4.0 out of 5 stars Touchstone
An enjoyable read I will try the follow up before making further comments.
Seven more words are required now two
Published 14 months ago by J. F. Devlin
4.0 out of 5 stars I quite like it
I enjoyed this book despite it lacking the amount of action which I usually seek in my reading. This ofcourse is a very personal thing and others may not feel the same. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
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