The Great Republic Novel #2

With The Beast of Rose Valley ready for an agent, I find myself with time on my hands, as I anxiously await responses. So far, I’ve sent out 21 query letters, and received only 3 rejections. Time will tell how the other 18 react. I’ve got a list of about 30 more that I will send query letters to eventually, but in the meantime…

I’ve begun work on my second novel! I’m very excited about the premise, and I think it will be a lot of fun when it’s all done. I’m still in the early stages, but here’s the [very early] blurb for The Great Republic.

As a rocket scientist in a country on the verge of war, Will Robison doesn’t have much time for romance, but when he meets Diane Navarro in a park, he thinks he might have met the love of his life. She’s weird, beautiful and mesmerizing, but as the relationship progresses, it becomes clear that she has a dark secret.

After discovering a damning piece of evidence, Will is convinced that Diane is not who she claims to be. All signs point to her working for the enemy. Given no other choice, Diane confesses that they are living in a future that should have never existed. She begs for his help, insisting that they can fix everything and prevent the war entirely.

With their love hanging in the balance, Will must decide whether he should turn her over to the authorities, commit her to an institution, or lean in to her proposition and see how far her insanity goes.

Let me know what you think in the comments below!


  1. Rob

    Sounds great, especially since I know you’re a stickler for consistency when it comes to time travel! Hope there are some good twists… maybe an unreliable narrator?

    1. J. Paul Barnett (Post author)

      Certainly, the narrator’s view of the world colors the way in which the story is presented. He’s not unreliable exactly, but because of who he is, his description of things is not always what it seems.

  2. Michele Toman

    Interesting that you choose this as your next book since the type of inconsistencies found in time travel drive you crazy. I have a feeling it will be quite challenging and you are going to quickly learn why those inconsistencies happen. It sounds awesome – my favorite kind of book!!

  3. M Brooke Barker

    Totally not what I was expecting to read. I like it…sounds good. I’d read it and stay up way past bedtime because I’d have to know what happens next. Always happens with a good book.
    Maybe you should have a character named Phil. ????


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