WELCOME from Aysling Smythe

Tomorrow brings a whole new set of chances. . .

—Carroll Renshaw (2003-2009)


A NOTE TO MY READERS:  I am still in the process of moving from Southern California to Tennessee,

but my production schedule is back on schedule.

Thank you for your patience. . .

and thank you for keeping up with my updates—

there is still so much more to share about Casey, Anita, and Maeve. . .


Timekept Series I


Time Shift 2

Casey’s Story






. . .with more to come. . .


What does an ancient multifaceted diamond crystal

steeped in gypsy lore

—and set high in gold filigree—

have to do with the principal players

in a present day

romantic love triangle?


Like a ray of white light

piercing through a prism

 and fracturing

into the radiant hues

of a rainbow—

Blood, water, and energy

reverse the process—


and releasing

a stream

of mind-rending power

that drives the awesome forces of 


in the time kept tales

—of five women—

caught in the curse

of the diamond ring.


RECOMPENSE, the first miniseries in the mega series Timekept, is the story of Casey—the innocent, who is betrayed in the present day by her husband Steven, and her best friend, Anita. Casey is hurled back almost 200 years into the past into the 19th century by the power of the stone—to the year 1824—after a fatal automobile accident.

There, in her new life, Casey finds that she is “reborn” in the body of Elizabeth Wyckham Gregory, who has just died in childbirth. To her intense dismay, she learns that as Elizabeth, she is married to Randal Gregory, a wealthy and successful merchantman; that she has a ready-made family with two children, seven-year-old Essie, and baby Michael; and that she is embroiled in an affair with Gregory’s former best friend and current business partner, Philip Mallory—while Gregory takes his own comfort in the arms of a gypsy woman, Maeve.

With mounting dread, Casey discovers through harrowing experience that she fades into nothingness when her emotions begin to spiral out of control. How can she ever hope to survive in her altered reality without ceasing to exist?


Timekept Series I


Book 2

Casey’s Story

Summer Heat





. . .with more to come. . .


Timekept Series I


Book 1 & Time Shift 1

Casey’s Story

 Holiday Gift  Eclipse

as two separate books

—or in a “two for one” introductory set—

(Intro Set) BY LOVE BETRAYED: Recompense 1 & 2




LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, Present Day: Casey O’Sullivan Sterling thought she had put her painful past to rest, but when she comes home early from her athletic training club on All Hallows Eve, and opens the door to her bedroom, she finds her husband, Steven, in the clinches with her best friend, Anita. Betrayed by love for the last time, she walks out, leaving “everything, and nothing” behind, and vows never again to trust anyone—if she can’t trust her father, mother, husband, or best friend, who can she trust?

Eager to begin a new life, Casey decides to out race a coming storm, but while driving, she loses control of the steering wheel and plunges over a seaside cliff.

Lightning strikes her car on its way down to the crashing waves and catapults her almost two hundred years into the past . . .

SCHUYLKILL RIVER VALLEY, 1824: Casey is “reborn” in the body of Elizabeth Wyckham Gregory, who has just died in childbirth. To her intense dismay, Casey learns that as Elizabeth, she is married to a successful merchantman, Randal Gregory; that she has two children, Essie and Michael; and that she is embroiled in an affair with Gregory’s best friend and business partner, Philip Mallory—while Gregory is finding his own comfort in the arms of a gypsy woman, Maeve.

With increasing horror, Casey discovers through terrifying experience in her new life that she begins to fade into nothingness when she becomes too emotionally overwrought.

How can she ever hope to survive in her altered reality without ceasing to exist?


I love the story line! This is a beautiful and encompassing novel. For romance enthusiasts the heat and the heart throbbing suspense of intimate love with a mysterious man who is one’s own husband comes as a surprise.

One of the big messages in this novel is that we should try to look at our situation in life with a new and fresh perspective.

I cannot wait to read the next novel!

D.Y.W., Instructor


Timekept Series II


Book 1

Anita’s Story

Dream Quest




. . .with more to come. . .

You may recall that Anita was the friend who betrayed Casey and started the sequence of events that are now unfolding  in Timekept Series I—BY LOVE BETRAYED: RECOMPENSE.

Casey’s Story continues in Book 2—Summer Heat



Watch for the next installment of Casey’s Story

Timekept Series I


Time Shift 2

Casey’s Story






Timekept Series II—Anita’s Story

will continue in

Time Shift 1—Backwater

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, Present Day: Anita Caroline Wyckham has no belief in the paranormal or a predetermined state of being like reincarnation, karmic rebirth, or the transmigration of souls, but it was uncanny how accurate her fortune read from the Tarot cards the year before had been. The reader had warned her then of the catastrophic events that would change her life forever in the year to come.

Much to Anita’s misfortune, her sudden financial collapse drives her to accept an offer of ultimate betrayal from her best friend’s husband that she should have refused. Steven is desperate to have children of his own by any “natural” means possible, but because of her blighted past, his wife Casey wants nothing to do with the idea. When Casey walks in on Anita and Steven on All Hallows Eve while they are fulfilling the terms of their contract in her bed, Casey leaves without a word, and is killed in an automobile accident a few hours later.

Anita is consumed by guilt and realizes that just retribution is required of her unless she can find some way to make amends; to learn to forgive; and to be forgiven for her betrayal of both Casey, and ultimately, herself.

SCHUYLKILL RIVER VALLEY, 1824: When Anita is injured in a violent Santa Ana windstorm; she wakes up to discover that she is trapped in the body of Maeve, a lost and lonely woman who is caught in a loveless and unconsummated marriage to Nicholae, the leader of a band of Romani gypsies; who is in love with a married man, Randal Gregory; and who has become the pawn of her first love, Philip Mallory, who still has the ability to make her do exactly what he wants her to do because of their shared history.

To her horror, Anita finds that each night when she goes to sleep, she returns to the past to live as Maeve, and that each day when she wakes up, she must continue to provide for herself as a single woman in the modern world.

When Anita attempts to escape her circumstances in the past and runs away from her husband’s wagon, she is caught in an animal trap set by a mysterious woodsman. The trapper feels obligated for the damage that has been done to her by the trap when he discovers her, and assumes the responsibility of providing for her until she is able to provide for herself—and in so doing, Kane becomes the man of Anita’s dreams.

With no future in either of her parallel lives, Anita begins a quest to make amends; to find forgiveness; and to discover how to end her dual existence so that she can become whole again.

But when the final resolution does occur, what will happen to the love of her life? Will he be the one to pay the ultimate price as just retribution for her dual betrayal—or will she choose to sacrifice herself for his sake?

Anita’s Story continues—

“as the seasons change”

in Backwater—

NOTE: Anita’s Story is concurrent and interactive with Casey’s Story—as there are at least two sides to every human interaction, and each participant bears the consequences of that interaction. Consequences can run the gamut from positive to negative and everything in-between—but consequences will always create change that brings a whole new set of chances for the tomorrows yet to come. . .


I just finished Anita’s story, and I love it! I could not put this story down once I began it, and now I am hooked!

 Your dialogue scenes carry the story forward with power, and the plot line for each chapter keeps the pace with solid beginnings and endings, and makes  clear to readers that questions remain unanswered.

I can’t wait to see what’s next in Anita’s dream world. . .

D.W. B., Teacher



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