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Monday, July 22, 2013

Nomad by J.L. Bryan: Guest Post + Giveaway!

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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.

Nomad by J.L. Bryan: Guest Post + Giveaway!Nomad by J.L. Bryan
on July 26th 2013
Genres: Dystopia, NA, Sci-Fi
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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.’s Website / Goodreads / Facebook / Twitter

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!

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Review: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Review: Nomad by J.L. Bryan

Posted by on 07/09/2013 • 25 Comments

JL Bryan has always impressed me with the level of originality and excitement he works into his novels (big fan of Jenny Pox), and I was yet again taken aback, this time by a time-travel dystopian that is full of thrills and has a kick-ass heroine to boot!

Time-travel dystopian! When I saw those words together my mind kind of flipped, making me unsure of what to expect. For one, time-travel is nothing to play around with if you’re not fully committed to deliver. I have a low level of patience for ignored time loops and paradoxes, and while I’m still wrapping my head around the details of JL’s take on it with Nomads and the universe taking care of itself, it’s one of very few time-travel plots that I…

Review: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Review: Undercurrent by Paul Blackwell

Posted by on 07/02/2013 • 21 Comments

When I heard someone say this was reminiscent of The Butterfly Effect, which is one of my favorite movies ever, I jumped on the chance to read this book. It does have that neat butterfly effect factor, but I did find the book itself had no real… point. It’s for entertainment only! When I finished the book I was stunned at where it left off, especially when no sign of a sequel can be found. It wasn’t a cliffhanger per se, but it was a very odd ending that didn’t feel like much of a conclusion.

Alas, I’m getting ahead of myself. And probably giving the impression that I disliked the book which is not the case. Undercurrent is honestly a fun, entertaining book that never let my attention falter….

Review: Rush by Eve Silver

Review: Rush by Eve Silver

Posted by on 05/20/2013 • 35 Comments

Every single thing about this book annoyed me. It’s not a terrible book in theory: the premise is interesting and it has a strong heroine, but its execution left me so incredibly irritated.

Rush starts with a bang when we’re immediately lifted into a whirlwind of a plot, one that screams originality and awesomeness up ahead. It was for sure original; awesome, however, it is not. Let’s begin with Jackson, and how his character was used in this book. When Miki is pulled into this strange “game” where she’s told she’s on a mission to rid the earth of aliens before humanity is extinct, Jackson acts as their leader of sorts. It’s obvious that he knows everything we want to know, but all he does is dangle it in front…

Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

Review: Vortex by Julie Cross

Posted by on 01/10/2013 • 22 Comments

This review contains no spoilers of either Vortex or Tempest

As much as I get fascinated by time travel–especially when it’s created as well as in this series–it can get extremely complicated. Like Tempest, this novel is not to be read with a wandering mind, or you will find yourself in the middle of a complex story with no idea where you are–or when. For this reason, it may not be for everyone, but if you enjoy reads that are as intelligent as they are fun, then this series is for you!

When we left Jackson in Tempest, we had learned just how intricate this whole time travel business was. Not to mention how heartbreaking to see Jackson’s heart torn apart over a girl that has no clue who he…

Review: False Memory by Dan Krokos

Posted by on 11/09/2012 • 27 Comments

From the very first page this book grips you with the unknown. At first it’s who is Miranda? Without her memory, she has no idea who, or what, she is. Then we move on to who is this unconventional family of hers, then who is this creator who wants to use them, and all throughout–what are we going to find out next?

As far as unreliable narrators go, Miranda is pretty darn great. She doesn’t even know who she is! I, myself, have always loved unreliable narrators. They keep you on the lookout, always deciphering and theorizing; the more you find out about Miranda’s life, the more fascinating it all becomes. Then of course, there are twists that throw what you’ve learned a little off track. I really enjoyed this…

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Review: Tempest by Julie Cross

Posted by on 01/21/2012 • 28 Comments

Time travel is a very tricky subject to get into. (Look at the epic failure of Lost for example). There is the usual paradox of, if we go back in time then what happens must already have happened to make us go back. As well as the endless time loop theories. Tempest battles this with separate timelines. So now my questions are: if we change timeline, then what happens to our self in the original timeline? Does a fake us keep living there? If not, is it as if we never existed there, or do people think we’ve just disappeared? And what happens to our other self that existed before we got to the new timeline?… Yes, my brain hurts too! These were the sort of questions running through my…