Twenty-six-year-old Beth needs no more drama in her life. Her job has become unstable leaving her with a shaky future. Dealing with a violent ex-boyfriend stalking her has been stressful enough. Now, on top of that, a serial killer’s on the prowl killing women who look like her.  

Meanwhile, Beth's brother, Russ, has spent his life dedicated to building a time travel machine he calls the Scorpion.  It's now complete and ready for experimentation. 

Beth hates the contraption and wants no part of it. But when her life is threatened, the Scorpion’s her only means of escape. She's taken back to the year 1860 in a barn owned by a widower with three small children. With a broken-down machine, can she endure this challenging life while she hopes and prays her brother will build another machine and find her?Twenty-six-year-old Beth has enough drama in her life. Her unstable job leaves her with a shaky future. A violent stalking ex-boyfriend causes more stress. And on top of that, a serial killer’s on the prowl killing women with Beth's identical physical traits.  

Meanwhile, her brother Russ has spent his life dedicated to building a time machine.  Now complete, it's ready for test runs. 

Beth hates the contraption and wants no part of it. But when her life's threatened, the machine is her only means of escape. Traveling back to the year 1860, she lands inside a barn owned by a widower with three small children. Stranded with a broken-down machine, Beth must endure this challenging life while hoping and praying her brother can build another machine and come to the rescue. But how will he know where to look?  

Kathleen Ballantine Watson announces her publication of new science fiction novel. 



Martha Anderson   January 29, 2018

How clever, weaving together time travel with a love story, and the thrill of a serial killer! I very much enjoyed reading this book! It's got lots of little surprises for the reader!


Rosegirlxoxoon  Februrary 15, 2018

The premise for this story was very intriguing. A woman escapes from someone trying to kill her by climbing into the time machine her brother invented. There was a lot of interesting elements woven together--romance, sci fi, action. The author apparently did some research on life in 1860.
Nothing in the time travel sequences jumped out at me as historically inaccurate. Millennials who watch M*A*S*H and The Mary Tyler Moore Show seemed a bit far-fetched, though. Other than the out-of-date pop culture references, I thought it was a fabulous story.



Bruce Miller  September 14, 2017


Kathleen your book was awesome! I finished it during Irma using a flashlight, lol so I could finish your book. Thank you so very much, I haven't read a book in quite a while.


LuAnn Shively   August 27, 2017


What a great never want to stop reading! Highly recommend!


Emily Williams  March 13, 2018

I really enjoyed this fast-paced and well-researched novel. Beth is a likeable character and the other characters are portrayed strongly. Beth is going through a hard time in her life, made worse by her violent ex and brother's crazy invention. Unfortunately for Beth, she has to flee from the violent ex through the one invention she wants nothing to do with - the time machine. I loved the time travel elements to the novel and how Beth is transported back in time to the 1860's to a farm. I very much loved this part of the novel and learning more about the 1860's.
This was a fascinating read with great narration, which left the reader wondering...would Beth travel back to the present or prefer to stay in the 1860's? I found this book to be an immensely enjoyable read as the author expertly weaves together a romance with sci-fi, keeping the reader on their toes.


Stan Austin  September 25, 2017


This is by far one of the best Science Fiction Time Travel novels I have read in a long while. I enjoy science fiction in the style of the masters like Robert Heinlein, Leo Frankowski, and Mark Twain. Ms. Watson' characters come to life and I feel like I am reading a Heinlein novel. Although her Character 'Beth' is against utilizing the time machine her brother 'Russ' had built, when the chips were down she stood up got organized and saved lives. She not only made a difference in her life but many others. I can't wait for the next installment. Thank you Ms. Watson.


Tammy Tate  November 8, 2017

This is time travel at it's best! I thoroughly enjoyed Destination Unknown and watching Beth find her soulmate in 1860.
While running from a serial killer, Beth crawls into her brother's time machine, which he calls The Scorpion. It's fairly simple to operate and Beth soon finds herself in a barn in 1860. Scared and bewildered, the widowed farmer wants her to vacate his property. The Scorpion is malfunctioning and Beth's only chance of returning to the future lays in the hands of her brother. He has to build another time machine.
As the pieces begin to fall together and Beth tells the farmer she's from the future and has items with her to back up her claim, they began to fall in love. There are several more twists that I don't want to spoil.
When the time comes, will Beth chose to stay in 1860 or return to the future?
Give this one a try! You won't be sorry.


Peter in Northfieldon  UK February 15, 2018

I am a voracious reader and greatly enjoyed this book. The plot was gripping and the characters were believable. I was sorry when the story came to an end.
As a pedant I was sometimes irritated by the occasional grammar, spelling and punctuation mistakes that a good editor would have corrected.
My only stylistic criticism was the move between tenses in telling the story. I thought the use of the present tense as a ‘scene setter’ or aside was inconsistent and detracted from the smooth flow of the book. This is a personal opinion and others might not agree.
That is why I give the book five stars and why I would read any future books by Ms Watson.

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