A MATTER OF TIME COVERDreams of the Titanic and its unfortunate sinking plague Jamie Collins at every turn. Though he does his best to understand what is lurking deep within his psyche, his mind often refuses to make sense of what he sees. Determined to get to the bottom of things, he dives head-first into the secrets of his past, never once realizing that he’s tied to the Titanic in more ways than one.

A delightful, yet thrilling read, Michael J. Bowler delivers a story that leaves the reader immersed in the book from start to finish. Utilizing the events surrounding the sinking of the Titanic, he’s given history a supernatural edge. Though this is fiction, it’s lovely to see history written in a way not many have thought to write it.

The character, Jamie, must take matters into his own hands. If he’s to save himself, he must also save the Titanic. The question is, should he? Often, when we’re plagued by such questions and situations, we have to take everything we do into account. Sometimes, however, it’s best to leave things alone.

I like the fact that Michael has done all he can to retain historical accuracy. Yes, most of what surrounds his character is fiction, but it’s still based on the past. He’s created a suspenseful and romantic story that entices the reader to turn the next page. Definitely recommend it.




The world’s greatest evil stalks the world’s greatest ship,and the only one who can stop him hasn’t been born yet.

Jamie Collins is a junior at Santa Clara University in 1986. He has friends, a professor who mentors him, and a promising future as a writer.

Then the dreams begin – nightmarish memories that transport him back to a time and place fifty years before he was born: Titanic’s maiden voyage in 1912.

When Jamie discovers a foreign cell in his blood that links him to the famous vessel, the two timelines begin to overlap and he realizes an unimaginable truth – something supernatural stalks the ill-fated ship, something that will kill him if he can’t stop it first. And the only way to stop it may be to prevent Titanic from sinking.

But even if he can figure out a way to do that, should he?What will be the effect on history if he succeeds? And what about the lady he wasn’t supposed to fall in love with? As her destiny becomes entwined with his,Jamie discovers the value of friendship, the power of love, the impact of evil,and the vagaries of Fate.

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bowlerAbout The Author:

Michael J. Bowler is an award-winning author of nine novels––A Boy and His Dragon, A Matter of Time (Silver Medalist from Reader’s Favorite), Children of the Knight (Gold Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), Running Through A Dark Place (Bronze Award Winner in the Wishing Shelf Book Awards), There Is No Fear, And The Children Shall Lead, Once Upon A Time In America, Spinner (Literary Classics Seal of Approval; Winner YA-Hollywood Book Festival; Honorable Mention YA-San Francisco Book Festival; Bronze Medal from Readers’ Favorite), and Warrior Kids: A Tale of New Camelot––who grew up in San Rafael, California. His horror screenplay, “Healer,” was a Semi-Finalist, and his urban fantasy script, “Like A Hero,” was a Finalist in the Shriekfest Film Festival and Screenplay Competition.

He majored in English and Theatre at Santa Clara University and earned a master’s in film production from Loyola Marymount University, a teaching credential in English from LMU, and another master’s in Special Education from Cal State University Dominguez Hills.

He worked as producer, writer, and/or director on several ultra-low-budget horror films, including “Fatal Images,” “Club Dead,” and “Things II,” the reviews of which are much more fun than the actual movies.

He taught high school in Hawthorne, California for twenty-five years, both in general education and to students with learning disabilities, in subjects ranging from English and Strength Training to Algebra, Biology, and Yearbook.

He has also been a volunteer Big Brother to seven different boys with the Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters program and a thirty-year volunteer within the juvenile justice system in Los Angeles. He is a passionate advocate for the fair treatment of children and teens in California, something that is sorely lacking in this state.

He has been honored as Probation Volunteer of the Year, YMCA Volunteer of the Year, California Big Brother of the Year, and 2000 National Big Brother of the Year. The “National” honor allowed he and three of his Little Brothers to visit the White House and meet the president in the Oval Office.

He is currently outlining a sequel to Spinner.

His goal as a YA author is for teens to experience empowerment and hope; to see themselves in his diverse characters; to read about kids who face real-life challenges; and to see how kids like them can remain decent people in an indecent world.

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