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Sweet Success for Chris Mandeville


By: Darby Karchut

A rousing hooray for Chris Mandeville. Her newest book, SHAKE (the second book in the IN REAL TIME series) releases October 22. BREAK, the final book in the trilogy, will be out in 2020. Congratulations, Chris!


A fractured future.
A family secret.

The ultimate double-cross

The Great San Francisco Earthquake of 1906 leaves Allie without her crew, her parents, or a life to return to in 2018. Refusing to accept this, Allie dives into the rapidly closing wormhole—with her newfound half sister, Bel—intending to go back in time and save everyone.
Except Mean Girl Bel has other plans.
Bel hijacks the wormhole, taking them both to 2153. Now Allie is trapped in the treacherous landscape of Bel’s “real time,” where Bel’s uber-powerful mom is in charge and has banned all time travel. Out of her element and out of her depth, Allie has to figure out how to get back to 1906 and make things right.
Desperate, Allie secures the help of time monitor Flyx and his friends. Together they make a plan to circumvent the time travel ban and send Allie back in time.
In order for the plan to succeed, Allie must avoid being “recycled” by Bel’s mom, escape the clutches of Nazis who’ve taken over the city, and finesse her biggest con yet: convincing Bel to take her side.


Chris Mandeville

Chris Mandeville writes science fiction and fantasy novels and short stories, as well as nonfiction books for writers. She’s the author of five published works.

After growing up in California and graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Chris married a U.S. Air Force officer and moved from state to state, as well as to British Columbia, before settling in Colorado. She now lives in the woods of the Rocky Mountains with her family and her service dog, Finn. For more information, visit her at and be sure to follow her on Facebook and Instagram

Darby Karchut
Darby Karchut

Sweet Success is coordinated by Contributing Editor, Darby Karchut. If you have a Sweet Success to share please contact her via email.
Darby is an award-winning author, dreamer, and compulsive dawn greeter. Her latest book (lucky number thirteen), DEL TORO MOON, released October 2018 from Owl Hollow Press. Visit the author at her website.

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