Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Time Between Us Love

You may remember awhile ago when I shared my excitement over the cover of TIME BETWEEN US, Tamara Ireland Stone's debut time travel romance.

Well, today I am thrilled to have Tamara here on the blog talking about her book, launching her gorgeous new website, and hosting an amazing giveaway, full of ARCs and prizes. Go check out her blog for all of the awesome details. But don't go yet...you have to hear all about this book first.

Worlds apart, the two were never supposed to meet. But a minor lapse in judgement leads Bennett into Anna’s life, and the two embark on a journey full of romance and daring adventures, even though they both know that they might be dooming themselves to heartbreak. After all, at any moment Bennett could get knocked right back to when he belongs.

When a horrible accident throws everything they believe into question, Anna and Bennett face an impossible choice that could tear them apart. Against a ticking clock, they are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate, what consequences they can bear in order to stay together, and whether their love can stand the test of time.


Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, 
Time Between Us is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new voice in YA fiction.

Um...could a book sound any more WRITTEN FOR JESS than this one? Well, yeah, it can. Because there is a lot more to this book, and all of it is even more awesome. I got an egalley from NetGalley last week, devoured it in one night, and I pretty much haven't been able to stop talking or thinking about it since.

Luckily for me, Tamara stopped by the blog and I got a chance to ask her some questions...hopefully that will keep me satisfied until this book comes out in October and I have more people to talk to about it.


Okay, Tamara, you know that description of your book has me drooling. Is there anything else that is not in the official plot summary that you want us to know about this book? 

Time Between Us is a romance, but it's also a complex story. It's packed with lots of interesting twists and turns that I hope will surprise you, and make you ask yourself big questions. 

I've always been fascinated by the idea of time travel, but I’ve especially loved the opportunity it gave me to contemplate what ifs? What if you could go back to a point when you had to make a big decision and make a different one? What if you could go back and correct a big mistake you made? What if you simply had a bad day and you could give yourself a do-over? If you could do any of these things, should you? What might happen if you did?

See how much fun I have with this? I hope readers have fun pondering too. 

I'm fascinated by time travel, too, and I have been ever since Back To The Future, but thinking about it too much makes my brain hurt. How does time travel work for Anna and Bennett? And how did you develop their time travel universe without it getting too out of control?

I get brainaches all the time. 

Early in the development of this story, I decided that time travel would be restricted to Bennett's lifetime. That gave me lots of interesting avenues to explore, while allowing me to keep the story contemporary. But that also kept me from tumbling into dangerous territory like "The Grandfather Paradox", which basically says that if you went back in time and accidentally changed history in a way that killed your grandfather before he met your grandmother, you would never be born (this is a bad thing for time travelers. Avoid at all costs.)

The travel limitations helped me keep the parameters intact, but that’s not to say it’s been easy. I’ve paid such close attention to every single detail along the way—I have timelines and calendars, and files and files of background research—and still, when you’re writing about something as complicated as time travel, it’s so easy to make a mistake. You need people to talk it out with. My husband and my editor are my brilliant time travel logic partners.

But I’ve loved geeking out on time travel. I think it’s a blast to insert a new element, knot it all up, and then unravel it in an interesting way. If you let out an audible, “Whoa” at that point, I’ve achieved what I was going for.

About these characters...Bennett is a boy after my own heart who uses his time travel abilities to go to see his favorite bands in awesome locations. I saw on his list of shows he went to Incubus, my all-time favorite, in Indonesia. Smart guy! Which of those shows was his absolute favorite? And which do you think would be your favorite?

I think Bennett's favorite show would have been Radiohead at The Edge (Palo Alto, California) in '96. It's a small venue and this would have been one of their earlier shows. Five months after this concert, they toured as the opening act for Alanis Morissette and the rest, as they say, is history.


As for me, I'm huge Foo Fighters fan, so if I had to pick one show from this list, it would be Foos in Paris. Because it’s Foos. In Paris. But also because this was the "In Your Honor” tour (one of my favorite albums), but they closed with Monkey Wrench, which was the song that first made me a fan.

I love Anna's big map, just waiting for the pins to be added as she travels all over the world. What is Anna's number one dream destination? And what about you? Where would you travel to if you could go anywhere in the world? 

Anna has been dreaming about going to Paris for a long time. Quaint cafes. Lattes. The Seine. It all sounds magical to her.

As for me, I've been to quite a few incredible places in the world, but of course, I've barely scratched the surface. I want to put a pin in Spain next, but my ultimate travel destination is Angkor Wat. I hear it's changing quickly, so I need to get there soon.

It's going to be a long wait between now and October when this book hits the shelves. Since you can't time travel, what are you doing with yourself in the meantime?
I'm looking forward to a nice summer with my two kids—my son is 9 and my daughter is 7. And I'm gearing up for BEA next week, ALA at the end of the month, a few other exciting conferences, and a big launch party in October. And, of course, I'm working on my next book (which I'm ridiculously excited about). I'm trying to savor every moment, so every once in a while, I summon Bennett to take me back two or three days so I can have some extra time. He's super handy.

Wow! You know that was my first interview ever, right? Are these always this much fun?

Thank you so much for hosting me today, and for helping me introduce Anna & Bennett. Like me, they appreciate your warm welcome (and your wonderful taste in music)! 
You're so welcome, Tamara! You know I'll chat about amazing books and music any day of the week.
 

So...it sounds amazing, right?

And remember I said there was a giveaway? Tamara has these amazing things for TWO lucky winners:


ANNA’S MUSIC/TRAVEL PRIZE PACK:
 * A signed ARC of TIME BETWEEN US
 * Anna’s playlist 
 * A $20 iTunes gift card so you can grab your favorite music
 * Signed bookmarks
 * More stickers than you’ll know what to do with

BENNETT’S MUSIC/TRAVEL PRIZE PACK:
 * A signed ARC of TIME BETWEEN US
 * Bennett's playlist
 * A $20 Ticketmaster gift card to help get you to that concert you’re dying to see
 * Signed bookmarks
 * More stickers than you’ll know what to do with

Go check out all the contest information on Tamara's blog, and go check out the gorgeous book website. Then join me in the long wait until October when I can gush about this book and you guys can gush right back. 

13 comments:

  1. Time travel AND romance?! I seriously cannot wait to read this!

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    1. And thank you both for the awesome interview!

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    2. You will love it! :-D Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Fun interview! Look forward to reading this book! I love good music and travel.

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    1. Yeah, it's all about my very favorite things...music, travel, and kissing. <3

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  3. So I love the Time Traveler's Wife, but I wasn't completely sold on this one until........THE MUSIC!!!!! Squee. so pumped for this now! Thanks for the interview, Jessica and Tamara! :)

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    1. Yes! The music! So much awesome! :-D

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  4. Great interview, Jess. And congrats on your release, Tamara. Sounds like an awesome read!

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    1. Thanks Melissa! It was so much fun! I can't wait to interview you when we get closer to ALIENATED's release! :-D

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  5. Oh, this book... It sounds perfect! I clearly need to get on board with Net Galley because October is TOO LONG to wait to read it. Maybe I'll win an ARC? ;)

    Great interview, Jess, and congrats to Tamara!

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    1. Oh, Katy...this one has your name all over it. Seriously.

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  6. This book sounds amazing! I'm excited to read it when it comes out.

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    1. I'll be sure to remind you about it. :-)

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