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Friday, October 11, 2013

Excerpt QA #Win TIME AFTER TIME & TIME BETWEEN US by TAMARA IRELAND STONE @tamaraistone @DisneyHyperion


Anna and Bennett were never supposed to meet: she lives in 1995 Chicago and he lives in 2012 San Francisco. But Bennett’s unique ability to travel through time and space brings him into Anna’s life, and with him, a new world of adventure and possibility. As their relationship deepens, they face the reality that time might knock Bennett back where he belongs, even as a devastating crisis throws everything they believe into question. Against a ticking clock, Anna and Bennett are forced to ask themselves how far they can push the bounds of fate—and what consequences they can bear in order to stay together.
Fresh, exciting, and deeply romantic, Time Between Us is a stunning and spellbinding debut from an extraordinary new talent in YA fiction.

Calling Anna and Bennett's romance long distance is an understatement: she's from 1995 Chicago and he's a time traveler from 2012 San Francisco. The two of them never should have met, but they did. They fell in love, even though they knew they shouldn't. And they found a way to stay together, against all odds.

It's not a perfect arrangement, though, with Bennett unable to stay in the past for more than brief visits, skipping out on big chunks of his present in order to be with Anna in hers. They each are confident that they'll find a way to make things work...until Bennett witnesses a single event he never should have seen (and certainly never expected to). Will the decisions he makes from that point on cement a future he doesn't want?
Told from Bennett's point of view, Time After Time will satisfy readers looking for a fresh, exciting, and beautifully-written love story, both those who are eager to find out what's next for Time Between Us'sAnna and Bennett and those discovering their story for the first time.

Excerpt: Bookstore Kiss Scene
Anna works in her parent’s bookstore. In this scene, Bennett visits her there one evening, against his better judgment.

Time Between Us
Bennett’s bookstore visit from Anna’s point of view.

“The point is that I’m not supposed to be here, Anna. Not in Evanston. Not in 1995. I’m not supposed to know you, or Emma, or Maggie. I’m not supposed to go to this school, or do this homework, or hang out in your coffeehouse.” He takes my hands in his like he’s about to transport me somewhere, but we don’t leave the room— we just move a lot closer to each other. “I don’t stay anywhere. I visit. I observe. I leave. I don’t ever stay.”
I’m not sure what I’m supposed to do with this information. Tell him to leave? Tell him to stay? But I don’t have time to consider any other alternatives, because he scoots in closer and brings his hands to my face, and I fall back into the bookcase as he kisses me with this intensity— like he wants to be here, and if he kisses me just long enough, deeply enough, none of what he just said will actually be true. And as much as I know it’s all true and that it’s incredibly stupid to feel this way about someone who doesn’t belong here— who, when he leaves, will hardly be a plane ride away— my hands leave the Berber carpet, find his back, and pull him toward me until I’m flat against the shelves. Because he’s here now. And because I’m pretty certain I don’t want this to stop. Ever. 


Here’s the same moment, this time from Bennett’s point of view.

Time After Time
Bennett’s bookstore visit from his point of view

I stare down at the shelf marked with the word mexico, remembering the night I came in here last April.
I should have been studying, but couldn’t stop thinking about her. All day, I’d been looking for a chance to get her alone so I could tell her the second part of my secret, but I never found one. So before I could change my mind, I fed my arms into the sleeves of my jacket and walked to the bookstore.
Her face completely lit up when she saw me walk in, and all I wanted to do was kiss her. Instead, I told her I was there to pick up a book on Mexico. She led me over here to the Travel section.
At first, we talked about our assignment, but then she stopped me midsentence and said, “I want to hear the rest of the second thing.” When I looked in her eyes, I knew she meant it. And so I told her everything. That I was born in 1995. That I’m seventeen in 2012. That I wasn’t supposed to be here. That I could visit, but I couldn’t stay.

And then, against my better judgment, I finally did what I’d wanted to do since the day I met her. I came up on my knees and I kissed her, no longer caring about my rules or where and when I was supposed to be. Just as I was about to pull away like I knew I should, I felt her hands on my back, drawing me in until we were pressed against the bookcase and there was nowhere else for us to go but closer to each other. I kissed her harder.

About the Author
The Short Version From Tamara's website
Blissfully married. Occasional superhero in the eyes of two remarkable small people. Animal lover. Avid reader. Gadget freak. Music addict. Dreadful cook. Happily stuck in the mid-90s. She writes young adult fiction about fun stuff like travel, music, romance, and normal people with extraordinary talents.
Her debut novel, Time Between Us, is published in more than twenty countries and has been optioned for film. The companion novel, Time After Time, will be available from Hyperion on October 8, 2013.

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1. Do you have a secret talent?

I can drive a stick shift on San Francisco hills and keep up with the taxis. I’m probably too proud of this.

2. Is there a song that really reminds you of your book?

Am I allowed to cheat and choose two?

I have full playlists for Anna and Bennett, but there are two songs—one from the mid-90s and one current tune—that will always remind me of these books.

Anna Begins by Counting Crows is a beautiful song about being surprised by someone and slowly, somewhat reluctantly, falling in love. Sweater Weather by The Neighbourhood reminds me of writing Time After Time. The line, “Let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater,” is pretty perfect for a guy who can hold your hands and take you anywhere in the world you want to go.

3. What was the easiest thing about writing this book?

I enjoy writing family interactions, especially when the characters are close. When I was writing Time Between Us, the easiest scenes were the ones between Anna and her dad. In Time After Time, my favorites were the ones between Bennett and his sister, Brooke. I love the way they communicate. Even when the discussions are tense, there’s a lightness to their relationship. They banter. They joke. They completely get each other.

4. Is there a word you love to use?


5. Any real or imaginary pets?

We have a dog and a cat. We're about to get a bird for my son, so that will complete the food chain.

Check out more blogs on this tour:

Reading Teen (10/12) http://www.readingteen.net
Jenuine Cupcakes (10/13)  http://jenuinecupcakes.blogspot.com
MundieMoms (10/14) http://mundiemoms.blogspot.com 
Good Choice Reading (10/16) http://www.goodchoicereading.com


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  1. The books sound very interesting and it's great that you get both books.


  2. These sound great. Thank you very much for the opportunity to win.

  3. Nice to meet Tamara! I checked out the playlists and they look fun. It was interesting to see a couple of the groups spanned both time periods! Thanks for the chance to win.

  4. I've been wanting to check out this series. Thanks for the post & interview!
    ~ Jenny V. ~

  5. I really enjoyed reading this author interview, and the books sound really good!
    smhparent at hotmail dot com

  6. Thanks for the chance to win! The books sound great and I liked reading the interview with Tamara.

  7. AHH I LOVE TAMARA! Time Between Us was such a good book! :D I still haven't read Time After Time but I'm dying to!! Thanks so much for the giveaway!

  8. I have wanted to own Time Between Us for sometime now. I really enjoyed it and would love to be able to read it again to get ready for Time After Time. Thank you for the interview. It's always nice to get to know an author.

  9. Great interview! I enjoyed reading the first book. Definitely eager for the sequel!

  10. Love the interview! Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Both books sound so good and so interesting. I would love to read them. Thanks for having the giveaway.

  12. This looks so good! I love time-traveling books!
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  13. This series sounds wonderful, and it's nice that you're giving away both at once, so one can read all the available story at once.

  14. This looks like a great set of books. Thanks for the chance to read both of them.

  15. I've been dying to read this series! I've heard so many good things! And I love the colors on the covers. So subtle and nice :)

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  17. I would love to have this set for a friend. She has been having a hard time and would love to have it.
    Linda Bradshaw, teachinmomma123abc at yahoo dot com

  18. I've been wanting to read this series for a while now--thanks for the giveaway!! :D

  19. I've been meaning to pick up the first book in this series. Thanks for the chance to win!

  20. I find it so cool that it's from different point of views! That's always enjoyable, especially if it's a good book, and Time Between Us seems to be really good. Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. This book sounds really amazing. I can't wait to read it. Thank you so much for this giveaway! :) - Cindy C.

  22. These books sound really amazing and romantic. I cannot wait to read them, definitely adding to my "To My Read List"

  23. Absolutely love this author! Great post and giveaway!

  24. the books sound awesome! such beautiful covers! thank you!

  25. I was lucky to meet Tamara in NYC recently and she was great on the panel. I checked out the playlists and LOVE the music! I look forward to reading both POVs. Thanks for the great interview.

  26. Time travel is the only way to fly!

  27. Thanks for the giveaway! I would love to read both of them!

  28. Thank you for this awesome giveaway! I have read Time Between US and so very much can't wait to read the next one. :)

    - Beckie



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