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The first book in the bestselling British madcap time-travelling series, served with a dash of wit that seems to be everyone s cup of tea. History is just one damned thing after another. Arnold Toynbee Behind the seemingly innocuous facade of St. Mary s Institute of Historical Research, a different kind of academic work is taking place. Just don t call it time travel these historians investigate major historical events in contemporary time. And they aren t your harmless eccentrics either; a more accurate description, as they ricochet around history, might be unintentional disaster-magnets. The first thing you learn on the job at St. Mary s is that one wrong move and history will fight backsometimes in particularly nasty ways. But, as new recruit Madeleine Maxwell soon discovers, it s not only history they re often fighting. The Chronicles of St. Mary s tells the chaotic adventures of Max and her compatriotsDirector Bairstow, Chief Leon Farrell, Mr. Markham, and many moreas they travel through time, saving St. Mary s (too often by the very seat of their pants) and thwarting time-travelling terrorists, all the while leaving plenty of time for tea. From eleventh-century London to World War I, from the Cretaceous Period to the destruction of the Great Library at Alexandria, one thing is for sure: wherever the historians at St. Mary s go, chaos is sure to follow in their wake. Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade and Talos imprints, is proud to publish a broad range of titles for readers interested in science fiction (space opera, time travel, hard SF, alien invasion, near-future dystopia) , fantasy (grimdark, sword and sorcery, contemporary urban fantasy, steampunk, alternative history) , and horror (zombies, vampires, and the occult and supernatural) , and much more. While not every title we publish becomes a "New York Times" bestseller, a national bestseller, or a Hugo or Nebula award-winner, we are committed to publishing quality books from a diverse group of authors. "

About the Author

Jodi Taylor

Jodi Taylor is, and always has been, a History nut. Her disinclination to get out of bed for anything after 1485 can only be overcome by massive amounts of chocolate, and sometimes, if it's raining, not even then.

She wanted to write a book about Time-Travel that was a little different, and not having a clue how difficult this would make her book to classify, went ahead and slung in elements of History, adventure, comedy, romance, tragedy and anything else she could think of. Her advice to booksellers is to buy huge numbers of her books and just put one on every shelf.

The result is the story of St Mary's. And the nutters who work there. In order, The Chronicles of St Mary's are:

Just One Damned Thing After Another
A Symphony of Echoes
A Second Chance
A Trail Through Time
No Time Like the Past
What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

The seventh book 'Lies, Damned Lies and History' will be published early in 2016.

The St Mary's short stories are:

When A Child is Born
Roman Holiday
Christmas Present
Ships and Stings and Wedding Rings (available for pre-order)
The Very First Damned Thing (available for pre-order)

Not one to sit still, she has published a contemporary romance, The Nothing Girl, and the adventures of Russell and Jenny continue in the short story, Little Donkey.

Her first Regency novel, A Bachelor Establishment was published early in 2015.

She is aware that the multi-genre aspect of her books cause real problems for booksellers and cover designers alike and is very, very sorry.

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