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Friday, April 3, 2020

The Archer at Dawn by Swati Teerdhala




Series: Tiger at Midnight (Book 2)
Hardcover: 464 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (May 26, 2020)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062869248
ISBN-13: 978-0062869241


Praise for THE TIGER AT MIDNIGHT

“Thrilling, entertaining, and beautifully written, this is one adventure YA fans won’t want to miss.” —Buzzfeed

“[A] vibrantly imagined South Indian–inspired trilogy opener...Teerdhala adds plenty of surprises to her finely limned characters to produce a lush fantasy.” —Publishers Weekly

“Teerdhala’s debut, immersed in Indian fantasy, features two compelling protagonists who must question their loyalties and decide what they’re willing to sacrifice for the chance at a new future. Fast-paced action and a budding romance between emotionally layered characters make this a promising start to a gripping new series.” —ALA Booklist

“[A] lush blend of folklore, fantasy, and romance.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Set in a fantastical South Asia, this combination of romance, action, and magic will appeal to fans of Sabaa Tahir and RenĂ©e Ahdieh. A strong choice for YA fantasy shelves.” —School Library Journal

“Cat-and-mouse maneuvering between assassin Esha and reluctant soldier Kunal will hold you in tantalizing suspense in this searing debut exploring love, loss, and destiny. The Tiger at Midnight is as alluring and fearless as its characters.” —Stacey Lee, award-winning author of Outrun the Moon

“A deliciously twisty cat-and-mouse story that had me racing through the pages. I love stories that challenge their protagonists’ beliefs, and both Esha and Kunal face complex, heart-breaking decisions in their journey to discover both themselves and each other.” —Natasha Ngan, New York Times bestselling author of Girls of Paper and Fire

“Follow Esha and Kunal on a dangerous journey through lush jungles and bustling cities, where the stakes are life and death, and victory comes at a terrible price. Teerdhala has written a masterful debut full of breathless twists and turns and a romance to ignite the senses.” —Axie Oh, author of Rebel Seoul


Romantic intrigue and electric action fill the gripping sequel to The Tiger at Midnight, a world inspired by ancient Indian history and Hindu mythology. Perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir and Victoria Aveyard.

A stolen throne. A lost princess. A rescue mission to take back what’s theirs.

For Kunal and Esha, finally working together as rebels, the upcoming Sun Mela provides the perfect guise for infiltrating King Vardaan’s vicious court. Kunal returns to his role as dedicated soldier, while Esha uses her new role as adviser to Prince Harun to seek allies for their rebel cause. A radical plan is underfoot to rescue Jansa’s long-lost Princess Reha—the key to the throne.

But amidst the Mela games and glittering festivities, much more dangerous forces lie in wait. With the rebel’s entry into Vardaan’s court, a match has been lit, and long-held secrets will force Kunal and Esha to reconsider their loyalties—to their countries and to each other.

Getting into the palace was the easy task; coming out together will be a battle for their lives. In book two of Swati Teerdhala’s epic fantasy trilogy, a kingdom will fall, a new ruler will rise, and all will burn.


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Swati Teerdhala is the author of The Tiger at Midnight series, which has appeared on both Barnes and Noble and Book Riot’s Most Anticipated Novels lists.

After graduating from the University of Virginia with a BS in finance and BA in history, she tumbled into the marketing side of the technology industry. She’s passionate about many things, including how the right ratio of curd-to-crust in a lemon tart. She currently lives in New York City.

        

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Thursday, April 2, 2020

Dan Stout Author Interview


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Dan Stout lives in Columbus, Ohio, where he writes about fever dreams and half-glimpsed shapes in the shadows. His prize-winning fiction draws on travels throughout Europe, Asia, and the Pacific Rim as well as an employment history spanning everything from subpoena server to assistant well driller. Dan's stories have appeared in publications such as The Saturday Evening Post, Nature, and Intergalactic Medicine Show. His debut novel Titanshade is a noir fantasy thriller available from DAW Books. To say hello, visit him at www.DanStout.com.

        
  


Greatest thing you learned at school.
In all honesty, it was simply learning how to learn, and time management. In high school I learned how to research a topic and structure my time in order to achieve a series of small goals, culminating in a completed project. Those skills transfer to pretty much any task and are things that I still use on a daily basis.

When/how did you realize you had a creative dream or calling to fulfill?
I was pretty young when I realized that some people got to write for a living. I took creative writing classes at a number of levels in school, and I got a lot of practice writing cool imagery, but I never really understood what a story was.

In 2011 my father passed away and I wrote a eulogy for his funeral service. It was obviously an emotional event, but as more and more people told me how much the eulogy connected with them, it became clear that I’d managed to convey my feelings in an effective way. And when the priest asked my permission to use the eulogy at other funerals I realized that for the first time I’d stumbled into telling a capital-S Story. I went back and figured out what I’d done right, and that was my step toward being a real storyteller.

So I often think of my dad and that day as I work on new projects. It’s my way of both thanking him and of touching base with the fundamentals of craft.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Without a doubt it’s hearing from people who’ve read the book and connected with it in some way. I’m a big believer in the idea that writing is for the author, but the actual telling of the story is a collaboration. Every reader brings their own viewpoint and interpretation of the text, and that’s as essential to the creative event as anything I do.

What are some of your current and future projects that you can share with us?
Well, I’m in the middle of Book 3 in the Carter Archives and I’m absolutely loving it! I’m extremely proud of Titan’s Day, but writing it was difficult because I didn’t anticipate how a sequel would require a whole new set of skills. Once I was able to take those lessons and internalize them, it’s made writing Book 3 a chance to recapture the fun of writing.

Other than that, I’m working on several projects that I hope will see the light of day in the coming year, though I don’t want to say too much about them before the big reveals!
If you could work for anyone you choose, who would it be?
Which of your characters do you feel has grown the most since book 1 and in what way have they changed?

Your Journey to Publication
I mentioned that I began writing seriously after my dad passed away. A few years after that I changed jobs to be home more often, and then my new employer went out of business. We’d just taken in a foster child, and I needed to keep money coming in, so I took the first job I could find: third shift stock clerk at Toys “R” Us. I spent my days hunting for a long-term job, and every night from 9 PM to 6 AM I unboxed Transformers and Monster High figures while listening to podcasts about writing and storytelling and craft. At the end of the shift I went home and tried to put what I was learning into practice before falling asleep.

In the middle of that I got an email from Nat Sobel telling me that he’d read one of my short stories and thought that I might be able to write a novel. Up until then I’d never seriously considered writing a novel. But I decided to do whatever it took to learn how to write one. I ended up picking up more work, and supplementing it with freelance writing, until the novel I was working on eventually turned into Titanshade.

What is the first job you have had?
Oh, man… I’ve had a lot of jobs! I remember being hired as a little kid to hang political flyers on doors, and I was a caddy at a golf club for one uncomfortable day that ended with everyone involved agreeing it’d be best if I never came back.

But I think the job I remember most as a kid was when I was maybe 12 or 13. I worked at some kind of festival, and they ended up sticking me near the parking lot exit, next to a giant painted arrow pointing toward the street. My job was to literally stand next to that sign and point at it. It ended up being a lot of fun because the drivers passing by thought it was hysterical, and I got a chance to play up my inner performer by adding a few dance moves and flair to my presentation.

What is the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning?
You may think this is cheesy, but my first thought every day is, How lucky am I? I wake up and the first person I see is the love of my life, and I get to tell stories all day long. I can’t even tell you what an incredible gift that is, and I am grateful for it every single day.

What is your most memorable travel experience?
I used to travel quite a bit. I once spent six months driving around the US in a Dodge Shadow, visiting old friends and camping at state and national parks. I remember getting to Goblins late at night, and waking up to find that several inches of snow had covered the entire park. Spending the morning in the hush of the snow, surrounded by white-shrouded rock formations was beautiful and eerie.

Have you ever stood up for someone you hardly knew?
Ha! Yes, I am actually one of those idiots who always feels the need to interject himself whenever he sees someone who needs help. Mostly this manifests in pretty mild ways, like helping people push their car out of snowdrifts during the winter. But it also means that I occasionally find myself breaking up fights or emmeshed in tense situations in parks, bars, and other weird locations. I know that the smart thing is to back off and call the authorities, but I can’t help it—for whatever reason, it’s deeply ingrained in me to try to help.



The second book in the acclaimed Carter Archives noir fantasy series returns to the gritty town of Titanshade, where danger lurks around every corner.

The city of Titanshade pulses with nervous energy. The discovery of new riches beneath its snowfields has given residents hope for prosperity, but it also means the arrival of federal troops, along with assurances that they are only there to "stabilize the situation".

Newcomers flood the streets, dreaming of finding their fortunes, while in the backrooms and beer halls of the city, a populist resistance gains support, its leaders' true motives hidden behind nativist slogans. And in an alley, a gruesome discovery: the mutilated body of a young woman, a recent immigrant so little-regarded that not even her lovers bothered to learn her name. But in death, she's found a champion.

Detective Carter single-mindedly pursues the killer as he navigates political pressures and resists becoming a pawn in the struggles tipping the city toward anarchy. But when more innocent lives are lost and time runs short, he's forced to decide if justice is worth sparking all-out war in the streets during the biggest celebration of the year: Titan's Day.

Praise for TITANSHADE

"Take a little Mickey Spillane, some Dashiell Hammett, a bit of Raymond Chandler, and mix it with Phillip K. Dick's Blade Runner; add a taste of C. J. Box, and Craig Johnson, and you've got a masterpiece of a first novel. I hate to call any novel a work of genius, but Stout's Titanshade taps all the right keys." —W. Michael Gear, New York Times bestselling author

"Debut author Stout combines a pitch-perfect noir tone and a richly detailed world full of human, amphibian, and less-identifiable characters in this instantly gripping fantastical mystery.... Stout handles this complex mystery with ease, invoking the best elements of classic noir mysteries, while fearlessly making this world, with its retro style and multilayered mythology, all his own." —Publishers Weekly (starred)

"Titanshade is entirely unique: it’s a gritty noir murder mystery on an alien world with multiple species, a strange form of sorcery, a powerful religion, and large-scale political intrigue. And it’s set in the 1970s, with pay phones, 8-track tapes, racial tensions, and arguments about disco music. What’s amazing is how good it is at being all of these: the genuinely compelling mystery lives in a hugely original sf world and an immersive historical milieu." —ALA Booklist (starred)

“Dan Stout’s debut novel is flawless. Titanshade is set in an original, gritty fantasy world, like enough to ours to take you by the throat as the detective noir plot roars along, yet filled with intriguing other beings and moments of remarkable magic. Highly recommended.” —Julie E. Czerneda, author of The Gossamer Mage

"If you like rollicking detective stories with some action-adventure and alien culture to overlay the mystery, you should give this one a look. I can almost guarantee it won't be what you expect." —SFRevu

"All in all, the book grows on the reader, slowly at first, but then with the speed of a rabid kudzu vine egged on by supervillainess Poison Ivy. By the end of the book Titanshade satisfies well enough to make you start over at the beginning to see what you missed." —New York Journal of Books

"Titanshade was a wonderful blend of magical realism, police procedural, and thriller." —Genre Minx

"This is a solid debut, giving us a fascinating new world, some fun characters who feel real, and a story which, I guarantee will keep you turning pages into the wee hours." —Sci-Fi and Fantasy Reviews

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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

|Podcast| The Fixer - Michael Schilf



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A graduate of Marquette University (BA in Communications) and the University of Southern California’s School of Cinematic Arts (MFA in Screenwriting), Michael Schilf is a Professor of English and Media Arts, with nearly twenty years of experience teaching composition, argumentation, literature, screenwriting, advanced screenwriting, and motion picture film analysis. 

In 2010, Schilf co-founded The Script Lab, a screenwriting resource and entertainment news outlet, specifically designed for writers, filmmakers, and creators. As President and Editorial Director, Schilf developed content that helped The Script Lab gain brand recognition as an industry leader, providing high-quality E-learning and industry education to millions worldwide. In 2014, The Script Lab was acquired by TSL Media, Inc., and Schilf stayed on as an Educational Consultant. 

 In addition, Schilf is also a writer, director, producer, and script/story consultant, having penned ten features, eight TV pilots, numerous shorts, and well over 100 advertising campaigns (Nike, American Express, KIA, Volvo, Walmart, Ford, Target, Chrysler, Lexus, BMW, and Mercedes Benz), working with directors such as Jesse Dylan (American Wedding, Kicking & Screaming), James Frost (Radiohead’s “House of Cards”, OK Go’s “This Too Shall Pass”), and Steven Tsuchida (Community, New Girl, Sirens). 

Schilf is author of The Sins of My Father: A Memoir, which takes an introspective look at growing up with an absentee, alcoholic, mentally ill father; co-creator and writer of SWORN, a fantasy, action, adventure series; co-creator and writer of LIGHT, a sci-fi, action, crime series; and writer/director/ producer of the short film The Fixer, co-staring Danny Trejo. Schilf is currently in pre-production on a proof of concept film for LIGHT as well as completing the theatrical feature screenplay for The Fixer.



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MICHAEL SCHILF — DIRECTOR'S STATEMENT
Creating stories have been my foundation ever since I bought my first VHS camera in the fifth grade. Of course, at the tender age of ten, I was more interested in filming G.I. Joe action figures engulfed in gasoline fueled fires within my backyard sand box. I imagine still today if you dug deep enough to the spot where my childhood imagination seemed limitless, you’d find the mangled remains of battle tested toys pitted against each other like gladiators among fortified sand castles and garden hose moats. 

Although the stories behind those epic battles may have been void of complex internal character flaws, powerful plot point twists, and juxtaposing story lines, those battles still encapsulated the most fundamental foundation and cornerstone of a good story. 

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A character, let’s say the ultimate bad guy Skeletor from Masters of the Universe, is forced to face off against Optimus Prime from Transformers. Both characters have a want: to win the battle. Both face an obstacle: each other. Each goal propels the story forward while obstacles create conflict and tension. 

Now I’m older: married, three kids, a mortgage. I’m a writer, director, producer, and a professor, who teaches writing. Yet despite all I’ve learned, the story equation remains the same: S = (C + W) x O. 

A good story (S) is about an interesting character (C) who wants (W) something badly and faces obstacles (O) while struggling to achieve that goal. 

Applying the story equation as your bedrock—whether it be film, TV, new media, documentary, stage play, short fiction, or novel—allows you to stay focused, but more importantly, it’s the root that keeps your story alive. Details can change, but without a healthy base, the life of your story will inevitably die. 

 S = (C + W) x O. That’s the story equation. It’s clear. It’s concise. And… it’s crucial.

LOGLINE
THE FIXER is an action, crime, drama about an extorted Mafia enforcer who must partner with the femme fatale hired gun who murdered his wife in order to save his daughter and liberate himself from a sadistic Los Angeles crime boss.

THE FIXER is a crime drama about an extorted Mafia enforcer who must partner with the femme fatale hired gun who murdered his wife in order to save his daughter and liberate himself from a sadistic Los Angeles crime boss.



“Schilf skillfully delivers the perfect pinch of levity between bouts of tension-filled suspense, and the cliffhanger ending leaves you emotionally satisfied, yet wanting more.” —David Hernandez

The Fixer is shot beautifully, and without waste; every scene powerful and colorful to the story with resolution at stake.” Brett Zimmerman

“I absolutely LOVED this film! The visuals are breathtaking. SWORN feels like 300 on steroids.” —Brendan Gabriel Murphy''

THE CHARACTERS
JESSE C. BOYD — JACK CROSS
A Mafia enforcer and widower who is blackmailed by his employer Saint Martin to “fix” things, for if he refuses, his Stanford-bound daughter will suffer the same cruel demise as his murdered wife.

TUESDAY
Jack Cross’ lovable, loyal Husky mix. She likes bones, daily walks, and scratches behind the ears. Jack adopted her on a Tuesday. The name stuck.

DANNY TREJO — BENITO ‘BENNY’ SANCHEZ
An ex-con and former gangster, Benny is a man who can deliver near anything. A supplier to the streets and informant to the fuzz, he plays both sides. And... he makes a mean bowl of Menudo.

VERONICA DIAZ CARRANZA — CAMILA DE LA CRUZ
A lethal seductress hired to murder Jack Cross’ wife, she’s a killer with a code: only hit the bad ones. Upon discovering Saint Martin’s nefarious motives, however, she tries to turn the tables.

VINCENT VAN HINTE — DUTCH
A “gezant” envoy from the Dutch Mob out of New York pushing “E” into Los Angeles. A flashy, tattooed psychopath, with “killer” street cred, he is glutinous for booze, drugs, and women.
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{Nerd Blast} Helix by Mary Ting



Print Length: 366 pages
Publisher: Vesuvian Books; None edition (September 10, 2019)
Publication Date: September 10, 2019
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English
ASIN: B07T8CC1P9

Praise for HELIX

"A stunning sequel! Mary Ting takes us once again into the inventive world of ISAN--one of intrigue and betrayal--but this time, with deadly consequences. A must read!" Jonas Saul, Bestselling Author of the Sarah Roberts Series 

"Captivating from the very beginning, this sci-fi novel explores issues of autonomy and survival in a world where there are few remaining citizens after meteors crashed into Earth... this thrilling dystopian drama has a splash of romance and tons of action. The fast-paced chapters will engage reluctant readers and fans of postapocalyptic scenarios." School Library Journal

"Addictive and impossible to put it down!" Addison Moore, New York Times Bestselling Author

OFFICIAL NERD BLAST FOR HELIX BY MARY TING

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Alliances are forming. The resistance is growing. Everything is about to change.

With her memory still fragmented, Ava returns to the International Sensory Assassin Network (ISAN) to find the twin sister she never knew she had.



But as Ava hunts for information, she finds herself tangled in a web of yet more lies and conspiracy. The Helix serum may not be required to access her superpowers, and the number of male assassins—previously considered too volatile to tolerate Helix—is growing in every territory.

The more Ava uncovers, the more of a threat she becomes to ISAN. Her only salvation may be to join the rebels—if she isn’t killed first.
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Mary Ting is an international bestselling, award-winning author. She writes soulful, spellbinding stories that excite the imagination and captivate readers around the world. Her books span a wide range of genres, and her storytelling talents have earned a devoted legion of fans, as well as garnered critical praise.

Becoming an author happened by chance. It was a way to grieve the death of her beloved grandmother, and inspired by a dream she had in high school. After realizing she wanted to become a full-time author, Mary retired from teaching after twenty years. She also had the privilege of touring with the Magic Johnson Foundation to promote literacy and her children’s chapter book: No Bullies Allowed.

Mary resides in Southern California with her husband, two children, and two little dogs, Mochi and Mocha. She enjoys oil painting and making jewelry. Being a huge Twilight fan, Mary was inspired to make book-themed jewelry and occasionally gives it away as prizes to her fans.

        

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Monday, March 30, 2020

Rysa Walker Author Interview


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RYSA WALKER is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner in the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards. The CHRONOS Files has sold nearly half a million copies since 2013 and has been translated into fourteen languages.

In addition to speculative fiction, she occasionally writes mysteries as C. Rysa Walker.

Rysa currently resides in North Carolina with her husband, two youngest sons, and a hyperactive golden retriever. When not working on the next installment in her CHRONOS Files universe, she watches shows where travelers boldly go to galaxies far away, or reads about magical creatures and superheroes from alternate timelines. She has neither the time nor the patience for reality TV.

If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back into the writing cave.

        
  


Print Length: 503 pages
Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1612189199
Publisher: 47North (April 1, 2020)
Publication Date: April 1, 2020
Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
Language: English


Praise for NOW, THEN AND EVERYWHEN

“Walker (the CHRONOS Files series) opens the CHRONOS Origins series with this ambitious time-travel adventure…a twisty narrative that expertly blends the past and the future. Fans of intelligent time-travel stories will be rewarded.” —Publishers Weekly

“Fans of Walker’s (Courier to the Stars, 2019, etc.) CHRONOS Files series will enjoy seeing the pieces of that mythology falling into place here, but new readers can easily jump in to this origin story with no prior knowledge. An enjoyable, mind-bending time-travel adventure.” —Kirkus Reviews



What inspired you to pen your first novel?
I'm a former history and government professor and I've been a science fiction fan since I was a kid. Time travel was a natural for me, since it combines the two. One inspiration for Timebound, the first book in my CHRONOS Files series, was the fact that so many of my college students started out with a strong dislike for history, only to discover an interest in the subject once they connected with some of the quirkier, real-life stories from past eras. I thought that if younger readers could be introduced to that type of history in a fictional setting, they might be less inclined to shun the subject as a whole.

Tell us your latest news.
Now, Then, and Everywhen debuts April 1st! And I just sent Book 2 (RED, WHITE, & THE BLUES) off to the editor. It’s due out in November.

Who or what has influenced your writing, and in what way?
That’s a tough one. There are far too many people and too many things to pinpoint. Writers, and people in general, are the sum total of their experiences, good and bad. Change a few small things, and you’d get a different writer, different stories. In terms of literary influences, however, I’d say Stephen King, Shirley Jackson, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman, to name just a few.

Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
Having readers tell me that my books helped them get through a difficult time in their lives.

What was the single worst distraction that kept you from writing this book?
The news. I’m a news junkie, partly due to my previous career, and everything has been in such chaos for the past few years. Luckily, my kids are teens now and self-sufficient enough that I can write in the middle of the night, after the news cycle ends. I’m more creative in the wee hours of the morning, anyway.

What do you hope for readers to be thinking when they read your novel?
I hope that it gives them a fun, mind-twisting break from their lives, and maybe they’ll learn a bit of history along the way.

Your new book is NOW, THEN, AND EVERYWHEN. Can you tell my Book Nerd community a little about it?
NOW, THEN, AND EVERYWHEN, the first installment of my new CHRONOS Origins series, is set against the turbulent background of the American Civil Rights movement. In the year 2136, Madison Grace begins to explore the mysterious ties between her family and the time travel organization , CHRONOS. A century and a half later, in 2304, CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes heads to the United States of 1965 to observe as African Americans fight for equality and freedom. When their paths cross in the wake of a timeline shift, they both suspect the other of causing the rupture--until they realize there’s a more sinister force at work.

If you could introduce one of your characters to any character from another book, who would it be and why?
I would introduce Maria from my Delphi trilogy to Saul. Reading his mind wouldn’t be a very pleasant experience for her, but she could hopefully get a message to people in the future that he should never, ever be given a CHRONOS key.

You have the chance to give one piece of advice to your readers. What would it be?
Get a dog. It’s cheaper than therapy.

What part of Madi and Tyson did you enjoy writing the most?
The sections where they interacted. This book is told from two perspectives, and they merge after the halfway point. The action scenes at the Beatles concert were also a lot of fun to write.

Best date you've ever had?
The first date with my husband. We saw a meh movie, shared a drink, and rang in the New Year together. As with most really good dates, it was far less about what we did and more about the company.

What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Lie down on the grass and be attacked by a bunch of happy, wriggling puppies.

What’s the most ridiculous fact you know?
I can recite most of the prologue to the Canterbury Tales in Middle English.

What’s the most memorable job you’ve had?
Aside from my current job as a writer, my work with the Office of Democracy and Governance at USAID. I met a lot of incredible people who were committed to helping other nations create fair and equitable governments.

Where is the best place in the world you’ve been?
A small piece of my soul remains on a quiet beach on the windward shore of Oahu. I don’t get to visit it in person as often as I’d like, but when I need a moment of tranquility, that’s where I let my mind wander.

What was a time in your life when you were really scared?
When my two youngest kids were small, I took them to the mall near Dulles Airport so that we could go to the bookstore and they could play on their favorite “airplane slides.” After about an hour, I gave my two-year-old our standard five- minute warning and began strapping his ten-month old brother back into the stroller and collecting their shoes from the little storage shelf in the play area. Once I had him strapped in, I called for the oldest, but there was no answer.

I made a quick survey of the tunnels and cubby holes and other hiding spots, since he was fond of hide-and-seek. Nothing. I began to panic, searching around the perimeter, and getting several other parents to help me search. Someone called security. I was terrified that he’d wandered over to the escalator, or worse yet, that he’d been snatched.

Five horrific minutes later, a security guard showed up holding my sock-clad son, who was clutching an Elmo ABC book. A clerk at the bookstore at the other end of the mall said he waltzed in on his own, heading straight for the Sesame Street section. I’d told him we were going there next, and unbeknownst to me, he knew the way and apparently decided there was no point waiting for Mom and baby brother.
We left the mall that day with books...and a toddler leash.

TEN FACTS FROM NOW, THEN AND EVERYWHEN
  • Now, Then, and Everywhen is the first book in a prequel series to the CHRONOS Files. Or...maybe it’s a sequel series? With time-travel and multiple timelines at play, it’s a bit hard to pin down, so let’s call it a presequel.
  • Before I began writing full-time, I was a professor of American government and history. So I try to maintain as much actual history as possible in my time travel series. Each of my novels includes a section at the back to help readers sort out fact from fiction.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated in 1968 in our timeline, but hate groups had been planning an attack on his life for years. An Ohio branch of the Klan had scheduled for snipers to be at his speech at the Antioch College graduation in June of 1965 but canceled at the last minute.
  • The Stars for Freedom concert was an actual event held at the City of St. Jude Church in Montgomery. Performers from around the country gathered on the church grounds to entertain the marchers on the last night of the 1965 Selma to Montgomery march, with many of them participating in the final day as the procession continued to the Alabama Capitol.
  • The Beatles’ 1966 US tour was marked by death threats and boycotts, many of them organized by the Klan. The Klan claimed that it organized the protests, including bonfires where records, posters, and other memorabilia were burned to protest remarks by John Lennon that were deemed sacrilegious. 
  • Klan leaders had other reasons to dislike the Beatles, however. During the band’s previous tour in 1964, they insisted that all venues at which they were scheduled to play be racially integrated. Many facilities in the South continued to segregate or deny admission to black patrons.
  • Paul McCartney claimed that the song “Blackbird” was written in response to seeing a young black fan removed from one of their shows.
  • The 1966 concert in Memphis was nearly cancelled due to the protests. Someone threw a cherry bomb onto the stage and the band feared at first that one of them had been shot.
  • As a result of the protests, death threats, and attack, the Beatles decided to cease touring. The 1966 US tour was their last.
  • The Peabody Hotel, one of the settings for the final half of the book, really does have ducks in residence on its roof. They waddle out of the elevator each morning and proceed down the red carpet to the fountain where they spend the day, then take the elevator back up to their penthouse at the end of the day.

From the bestselling author of the Chronos series comes a page-turning novel of time travel, fast-paced action, and history-changing events.

When two time-traveling historians cross paths during one of the most tumultuous decades of the twentieth century, history goes helter-skelter. But which one broke the timeline?

In 2136 Madison Grace uncovers a key to the origins of CHRONOS, a time-travel agency with ties to her family’s mysterious past. Just as she is starting to jump through history, she returns to her timeline to find millions of lives erased—and only the people inside her house realize anything has changed.

In 2304 CHRONOS historian Tyson Reyes is assigned to observe the crucial events that played out in America’s civil rights movement. But a massive time shift occurs while he’s in 1965, and suddenly the history he sees isn’t the history he knows. 

As Madi’s and Tyson’s journeys collide, they must prevent the past from being erased forever. But strange forces are at work. Are Madi and Tyson in control or merely pawns in someone else’s game?

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