Today I have the fabulous J.L. Bryan (boys can be fabulous too!) on the blog with his usual witty self in an awesome guest post! And then you can win your very own signed copy of this pretty! First though let’s get all the jazz on this book! PS – If you missed it, check out my review here.
A new dystopian novel from the author of Jenny Pox - coming July 26.
They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.
By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
Guest Post by J.L. Bryan
Long-Distance Dating: Time Travel Edition
Long-distance relationships only grow more complicated when you and your significant other are years apart. We’re not talking about May-December romances here, we’re talking about dating someone who lives in an entirely different century. With the recent popularization of home time-travel devices, this is a problem facing more and more people every day.
It’s always the same story, or some version of it: You’re a rising junior partner at a mid-size law firm in 21st-century Manhattan. He’s a 9th-century court jester who smears mud on himself for the amusement of his barbaric warlord king. Nobody ever expected the two of you to fall in love…but the heart is a cavern of mysteries, and sometimes opposites attract.
Whether you’re trysting with a count in 18th-century Versailles, or dating a polished-yet-bloodthirsty Roman senator, a few simple tips will help smooth the long-distance strain on your relationship.
1.Get Your Shots. We’re serious about this. The past is full of ugly plagues and leprosy and all that. Get immunized for everything. Tell your doctor you’re traveling to a Fourth World country.
2.Learn the Language. Maybe you took some French in high school, but if you’re dating that 18th-century French count we just mentioned, you’ll need a command of 8th-century aristocratic dialect. He’s going to expect witty repartee, this nobleman of yours, so you’ll have to do a lot better than knowing how to ask directions to the library.
3.Respect Each Other’s Culture. Maybe he sacrifices goats to bloodthirsty gods who inhabit dark stone monoliths by the sea, and you’re Episcopalian. Make room for both sets of beliefs in your relationship. There’s no reason you can’t decorate a Christmas tree and ritually sacrifice livestock to subterranean demonic entities. Try to find the balance that works for both of you. Remember, compromise is a two-way street, not an on-ramp to an interstate where everything goes your way.
4.Have Fun! Relationships are like hoverbikes—they’re powered by fun. Maybe you like shopping for antiques, while he hunts wooly mammoths with a stone spear. Spend time doing each other’s favorite activities, and you’ll be closer than ever! Possibly.
The important thing to remember is this: listen, listen, listen! Even he just grunts in an animalist pre-language of snorts and snarls (and who hasn’t dated a guy like that?), do your best to understand his needs. Maybe he just wants to nap on a dead animal carcass like he did back home. Respect that, just as he respects your need for an occasional mimosa-filled brunch with your girlfriends. Happiness comes from respecting and appreciating each other. Remember that relationships take a little work, and you’ll do fine!
About the Author
J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series. His book Jenny Pox is currently free on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Sony, Kobo, and Smashwords!
J.L. Bryan has generously offered one signed copy of Nomad for giveaway
- Open to US and Canadian addresses
- Giveaway ends August 1st, 2013
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