How it Happened: Yesterday Again

Archvillain #3: Yesterday AgainThe title came first.

I’ve always loved time travel stories. I mean, I’m obsessed with them. You give me a good time travel story and I’m a happy guy. Give me a mediocre one, and I’ll deal with it. Give me a bad one and I’ll figure, Well, at least it was a time travel story.

The title “Yesterday Again” wouldn’t leave my mind. It was perfect for a time travel yarn, right?

In the very first Archvillain, I made a reference to Kyle trying to build a time machine. I knew that one day — in some book — he would succeed and travel in time. Now, I had originally signed on to write three books and two were done. I was hopeful that the publisher would want more than three, but no one had said anything yet. I figured I’d better do the time travel story now, just in case.

When deciding where/when in the past Kyle would go, I settled on the time of my own childhood — the 1980s.1 That worked out such that Kyle’s parents would be his age, which meant I could have some fun with a generational storyline. Throw in the idea of a 21st century kid trying to navigate the pre-internet age, and I was happy to get started.

The first draft of the book flowed. Not as easily as The Mad Mask, but pretty easily.

Then, my editor gave me the bad news: The publisher didn’t want any more Archvillain books. This would be the last one.

Anticipating further adventures, I had actually left Yesterday Again very open-ended. But that just wouldn’t be fair to the readers. So I dug back in, added in some more material, and rounded out the story so that Yesterday Again could act as a finale.

If you’re interested in what could have been, stay tuned for an upcoming installment of “Stories I Never Told,” in which I’ll peel back the curtain a bit on how I had intended to continue the Archvillain saga!

  1. And believe me, it makes me feel unfathomably old when I realize that to my readers, the 1980s are as ancient as the 1880s.

Yesterday Again Reviewed

The fine folks over at The Trades.com have posted a review of the third and final book in the Archvillain series, Yesterday Again. They say, in part,

Things wrap up brilliantly, with the resolution of some mysteries that have been around since the first book.


Yesterday Again is one of the best time-travel stories out there. I once sat on a convention panel with author Eric Flint discussing time travel, and I was reminded of Flint’s comment that it’s hard to write a good time travel story because in the end none of the changes can ever matter. That hasn’t stopped Flint from writing some interesting time travel novels, and it was certainly no impediment to Lyga, who just proved himself more than a master.

Read the entire review.

Get an ARC of the Final Archvillain Book! – UPDATED

Update: That was quick! All of the ARCs are promised, now. Thanks, everyone!


The Archvillain series is coming to an end in January with the final book, Yesterday Again. But you can read the ending “tomorrow right now” just by using the handy-dandy contact form!

While supplies last, I am giving away signed ARCs1 of the book to the people who head to the contact form and ask for them! It’s as simple as that. I was going to do a contest, but I’m still sitting around with a broken foot and I thought, “Hey, let’s just cut to the chase. Give the people the books!”

So, if you’d like a signed ARC of Yesterday Again, just go to the contact form and shoot me the following info:

  • Your name
  • Your e-mail address
  • Your snail mail address
  • Who you would like the book signed to (if it’s not you!)

It’s as easy as that!

If you don’t end up with one of these, don’t worry — I’ll be doing some more giveaways in a week or so!

  1. ARC = Advanced Reader Copy

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