Fate, Destiny, and a Rube Goldberg Device.

Grey book cover for upcoming bookThe first volume in Inara Reynolds’ A Rube In Time series, adapted from her short novella of the same title written for a Wattpad challenge.

Stuck in a prim and proper Victorian world, where status and appearances matter, nineteen-year-old Meryia Abigail Wells-Morgan dreams of having a life outside of the typical Victorian stereotype in New England and getting out from under her overbearing mother.
As a steampunk and creator, she dreams of patents, Rube Goldberg devices, and fame as a woman in a society dominated by men.

Loaded with a component borrowed from her mother, her current Rube Goldberg goes array, sending her back in time.

Was it fate, or was it just a mistake?

Meryia finds herself in a race against time and an approaching Roman army to save not only herself but the people who have taken her in and the man she has fallen in love with.
Can she succeed? Or will she doom them all to a fate worse than death?


Genre: Steampunk, Sci-Fi, Time Travel, Alternate History, Fantasy, New Adult, Young Adult, Adventure, Survival, Action, project woman up

Publisher: MTB Publishing

Ways to read “Borrowed Time”




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NOTE: The edition of the story on Wattpad.com is the original novella with only the new prolouge added.

Resource Material

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Endorsements and Reviews

   “I love the opener to your story and have developed an instant dislike to this Red Beard.

I really love your writing style.

Your madcap inventor is a great character and she’s quite right,

life is always better with bacon.”

Adam Owen Priestly on Borrowed Time


   “I have really enjoyed this little book! I hope you do decide to write more as a series since you teased with an opening for one!”

Brenna Warren on Borrowed Time


   “I have thoroughly enjoyed this story. All the little quirks of your heroine and the way she had to grow were well done. I look forward to more in this series and other stories from you!”

William S. Spencer on Borrowed Time

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