An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D.

He awakens in the body of a young Baron. A retired Lieutenant General, former head of the Army Corp of Engineers, lies dying at the age of ninety-two. Leading a full life, he is a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea, and Viet Nam.

After a long illness, he lies dying. His last thought is, "What a waste of such wonderful knowledge." As he fades to black, the fun begins. He is to build a modern civilization without being burned as a witch!

Now James faces King Ine of Western Wessex, its Saxons against the Britons. More complications face his county of Cornwall as it wealth comes to the notice of more Kingdoms.

Cast in Time Book 3: Count

Chapter 1 (partial)

The most pressing problem I faced as the new, first, and only Count of Cornwall, was being invaded by my neighbor, King Ine of Wessex. The Welsh were to the north of me but they were contained by the three border Barons.

The Saxon King had previously taken three border Baronies from King Geraint. I would like to have taken them back, but I wasn't strong enough to go to war with the western Saxons.

If the western, eastern, and middle Saxons ever combined, they would take over most of England. Only the Welsh and the Scots could remain independent. And King Alfred the Great would do that in a little over a hundred years. Nothing against the great King, but his battles against the Angles allowed the Welsh to take over Cornwall, which wasn't pretty. None of our Keeps in the area could repulse the Saxons from further encroachment. I had to invade the new Wessex possessions to take them back or build Keeps to create a new border.

It wouldn't be that hard to build a Keep. But what gave an area its strength was the associated villages and surrounding farms. And that was the problem. We weren’t a heavily populated County and didn’t have the people to move into the area. My advisors and I talked in circles to figure out what to do. It was my scribe and note-taker, Thad, who found the answer. "Excuse me, My Lords, but we have the people. "

I was slightly sarcastic when I asked him, "Where will you magically find these people? " "The people from the Keeps stolen from us. "

That stopped me cold. The villages and farms were occupied by the same families that had always lived there. And not enough time had passed for them to assimilate with the Saxons.

If we could pull those people back into Cornwall, the three Baronies taken wouldn't be economically viable for King Ine. He would have to invade us to get those people back.

While we weren't ready to invade them, I was confident we could repulse any attempts on their part. "Thad, you are brilliant. I'm sorry for my previous tone. Your idea just might work. Well done. " I hoped I hadn't introduced "brilliant" as a common saying. My English friends in the uptime had used it to death. Not that we didn't overuse "cool".

This idea brought up several questions. Would the people be willing to move? How could we spirit them away? How could we build three new Keeps without the Saxons knowing? These buildings didn't go up overnight. As a result, two action items were developed. First, we would send scouts to the three Saxon villages to observe the conditions. They were not to make contact with the villagers.

Second, a surveying team was sent to identify the best locations to build new Keeps and villages. Luckily there was enough space between the taken Keeps and our existing Keeps to build new ones without taking too much territory from the existing Keeps.

Not only were good sites required for the Keeps, but we wanted to mirror the taken villages and farm fields as much as possible. It would be far from a perfect match, but the more it resembled the old areas, the better.

The first scout to return was from the closest Keep. It was the center of the three. She reported the people were being treated a little better than slaves.

If it were the same in the other Keeps, there would be few objections to their returning.

Cast in Time Book 3: Count

Cast in Time Book 5 available March 1st!


Earl of Marches

An Engineer finds himself in an Alternate reality, Cornwall, in the year 715 A.D. He awakens in the body of a young Baron. James Fletcher, now the Count of Cornwall, is facing new adversaries in the Franks.

They try to assassinate him and his family, precipitating a full-out war. In the meantime, advancements were made in steam engines, cannons, ships, and electricity. Continue you on with this wild ride through the eighth century.

Earl E. (Ed) Nelson

I have always wanted to be an author. I had my first rejection slip in about 1965. Wish I had saved it. For many years the only writing I did was technical as pesky things like three children, nine grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren came along.

My technical writing was in the field of quality in several different journals. I worked in the field of quality for over fifty years, starting as a line inspector and ending up as a Vice-President of Quality and elected a Fellow of the American Society for Quality.

Then a wonderful thing happened. I lost my job and was out of work for almost eight months. To keep from going crazy I wrote. I posted my stories on an online site, and lo and behold people read them and said nice things. Fast forward about eight years and I am retired and writing for the fun of it.

A lot of what is in my stories is based on my life experiences, gasp! Give or take a lie or two that is. The one fortunate thing in my career is that I got to travel worldwide and have been to most of the locations I write about.

In my younger days, I tried hot air ballooning, sky diving, white water rafting, spelunking, and target shooting. I have collected stamps, drove in road rallies, lowly rated by the US Chess federation. I built a Kentucky long rifle and a dueling pistol. I am a licensed HAM radio operator. My hobby is having hobbies.

My true passion is reading. Trapped in a hotel room I would read the telephone book. The TV would not be turned on. I have averaged 200 books a year for the last sixty years. I knew those long flights were good for something.

BTW I was born in the middle of an air raid in England during World War II, the house next door was destroyed and our windows were blown out. That is probably the most interesting thing I have been involved with. Mum never forgave me. Happily married for 56 years I hope my wife doesn’t catch on to what a goof I am.

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Been waiting for this The saga continues. Well written, so much so that you can step into it. Its also a snarky, fun, enjoyable read. From the first two books, you know what has to happen, but the how and the way makes for the interesting story. It's also fun to imagine what you would if you were thrown back in time. Enjoy.

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This is my new favorite series! I really enjoy these books! So much so I was desperately refreshing last night to see if it was available yet! I finished this one already and now I have to wait again! Please read this series so we can keep getting more!

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Kyle Smith

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Another wonderful chapter in the series The story of our Baron, now Count (and probably future King) continues. Some elements of the story remind me of the ‘Jackson’ series and loved it. I also appreciate the regular release schedule.

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Another good book in anotheer good series by Ed Nelson Things keep getting better for his and his people, he manages to save them from the plague, introduces antibiotics, introduces radios. Oh, and it is time for railroads! You just have to read it for yourself. Get it, read it, you won't be sorry!

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Thomas A. Lamparty

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Great premise , well thought out I thoroughly enjoyed this series , well written and good characters. Ed Nelson could easily write in the ring of fire universe

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Other Books by Ed Nelson

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Cast in Time

The Baron

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Cast in Time

Baron of Middle Counties

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Cast in Time

Count

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Cast in Time

Earl

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The Richard Jackson Saga

The Beginning

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - School Days

The Richard Jackson Saga

School Days

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Hollywood

The Richard Jackson Saga

Hollywood

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - In the Movies

The Richard Jackson Saga

In the Movies

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Star to Deckhand

The Richard Jackson Saga

Star to Deckhand

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Surfing Dude

The Richard Jackson Saga

Surfing Dude

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Third Time is a Charm

The Richard Jackson Saga

Third Time is a Charm

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Oxford University

The Richard Jackson Saga

Oxford University

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Cold War

The Richard Jackson Saga

Cold War

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Taking Care of Business

The Richard Jackson Saga

Taking Care of Business

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Interesting Times

The Richard Jackson Saga

Interesting Times

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Escape from Siberia

The Richard Jackson Saga

Escape from Siberia

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - Regicide

The Richard Jackson Saga

Regicide

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - What’s Under? Down Under.

The Richard Jackson Saga

What’s Under? Down Under.

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - The Lunar Kingdom

The Richard Jackson Saga

The Lunar Kingdom

Book cover for The Richard Jackson Saga - First Steps

The Richard Jackson Saga

First Steps

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Ever and Always

Immortality and the Apocalypse

F.A.Q

Frequently Asked Questions for Ed Nelson

  • I had a contracted project finished and had time before the next one started. I had been thinking about a story for several years so decided to give it a try. It worked. I'm retired now so it is a nice hobby and the extra income is nice.

  • I started out as a pantser, writing by the seat of my pants, no plot, no ending just writing. That works on a single novel but not a series. So now I try to plot, only gross outlines. When I get hung up on where to go next the pantser takes over.

  • Plotting! Don't have telephones before you have electricity under control. Well maybe two tin cans and a string.

  • I'm the hero of course. Eveyone else is an archetype. As a hero I'm also a archetype. That makes me a pretty shallow person! Maybe I'm not a hero after all.

  • Involving the reader deeper and deeper into the story until the most outrageous acts are believable.

  • Walk away until the guilt piles up and start writing again.

  • My voice is exactly that. When I type out the words I'm speaking them in my head as though I was telling the story our loud around a campfire. It is how I speak.

  • I'm a voracious reader so many books have influenced me. I can't point to any specific one, but I know that I have picked up elements of storytelling.