I couldn’t be more delighted with this review of Time Between Us in The Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books:
“A smart, thoughtful story… for readers who want a romance that leaves them with something to think about when it’s over.”
TIME BETWEEN US
Author: Stone, Tamara Ireland
When time-traveler Bennett appears in sixteen-year-old Anna Greene’s high school in 1995, she finds herself unexpectedly drawn to the mysterious new student. What she doesn’t know is that Bennett has traveled back from 2012 on a personal mission that leaves no time for making friends. Living by a strict rule about noninterference that prevents involvement with Anna, Bennett actively avoids her until a dramatic moment of violence forces him to use his gifts to protect her. Afterwards, the bond between them grows quickly as he whisks her away to exotic locations and gradually shares his secret gifts and hidden reasons for enrolling in her school. When a different kind of tragedy strikes, Anna pressures Bennett to use his gifts to change the past in violation of his rules, and the implications of his actions threaten to tear them apart forever. This intense but ultimately gratifying romance offers a compelling story of love, fate, and consequences that extends itself beyond a simple relationship narrative. The measured, piecemeal revelation of Bennett’s many secrets effectively unfolds the layers of mystery. At the same time, the teens’ struggle to decide how, when, and why to use Bennett’s gifts lend the story a more serious tone and raises intriguing questions about the ethics of making choices that affect other people’s lives. As aromantic pair, Anna and Bennett are convincing and likable; initially drawn to each other’s unique gifts, they learn to appreciate even the most normal things about each other. A smart, thoughtful story with plenty of sigh-worthy moments, this novel is the perfect choice for readers who want a romance that leaves them with something to think about when it’s over. AM
Thank you, BCCB!
My good friend, Sandra, was kind enough to interview me about my new book, Time Between Us / El tiempo entre nosotros, in Spanish! We hope you enjoy this chat about the characters in the story, the reason I chose to write about time travel, and why I love writing for teens.
Mi buena amiga, Sandra, tuvo la amabilidad de hacerme una entrevista sobre mi nuevo libro, El tiempo entre nosotros, en Español! Esperamos que disfrute de esta charla acerca de los personajes de la historia, la razón por la que decidi escribir sobre viajes en el tiempo, y por qué me encanta escribir para adolescentes.
Interview: El tiempo entre nosotros (Spanish edition of Time Between Us)
Also, huge thank-yous to the lovely Maria in Madrid for hosting me today on her beautiful blog, Shadows & Books!
I’m giving away a signed copy of the book HERE! Enter to WIN.
The holidays are coming and I’m giving away TWO signed copies of the UK Edition of Time Between Us, personalized for you, or for you to give as a gift.
Enter to win:
I’m also giving away a signed copy of the brand new Spanish edition, HERE.
A huge THANK YOU to the more than 3,000 people (wow… that blows my mind) who entered my Goodreads giveaway! I’m so excited to announce the THREE WINNERS!
Maria from Athens, Greece
Nandini from Kochi, India
Emma from Hull, England
And now after checking out these three beautiful cities, I’m feeling full of wanderlust and ready to pack my bags and go visit Maria, Nandini, and Emma!
Congratulations, you three! I hope you enjoy the story.
I am fortunate to know some amazing teens. I remember last spring when I first found out that fifteen-year-old Shona, the oldest daughter of one of our long-time family friends, asked her parents if she could spend her junior year of high school abroad. She had her sights set on a small town in Spain. She sounded fearless.
At the time, I was in the process of putting the finishing touches on a book about a girl who wanted to see the world, and I couldn’t help but smile at the idea that Shona and Anna were a lot alike. Both cross-country runners. Both dedicated to learning a foreign language. Both eager to get out there and see the world. I created Anna Greene, but I didn’t think I actually knew anyone that brave and daring! As it turns out, I did, and she was only a few towns away all along.
This week, the Spanish edition of Time Between Us – El tiempo entre nosotros – hits bookshelves and who knows, it might even make its way to Shona’s current home-away-from-home, Marbella, Spain! Shona very kindly agreed to share her personal “daring adventure” with you, and I hope you enjoy her story! You can keep tracking her journey on her blog: Love from Marbella.
With that, it is my honor to introduce you to the amazing, Shona Bell McCarthy. Take it away, Shona!
In just two short months as an exchange student living in Marbella, Andalucía, Spain, I’ve begun to feel as if Picasso took my life and painted it: I’m upside down, half of me is flipped inside out, and everything is in vivid color.
Flash back to last year: I was just Shona, your typical teenage girl who was lucky enough to be going to Spain. My friends and family were all amazed (and/or horrified), and I was feeling on top of the world. Sure, I had my moments of doubt, but I knew I wanted to travel the globe and I felt ready for it.
Reality caught up to me at SFO; I was a mess of tears leaving my family at the security checkpoint, and I struggled to keep myself together for the duration of my 16-hour transit. I kept the words of former exchange students in my mind that day, telling myself over and over that everything would be all right.
Two months in, I finally got a package from home I’d been waiting for since I landed. I opened Tamara’s new book, Time Between Us, and met Anna, a girl who shared my passion for travel and curiosity of all that is out there. For each historical novel I’ve read, Anna has stared at place on her map; both of us hoping to someday find ourselves in another world. At the end of the day, or maybe at the beginning of it, we both share that desire to take the first step out the door.
Anna’s leap into the unknown mirrors mine in so many ways; I just wish I had a cute time-traveling boy to include in my adventures! Walking down the beach (yes, my host family lives in a resort town), I sometimes have to pinch myself to make sure I am not dreaming. Marbella’s beautiful sunsets and perfect mixture of old and new make for a wonderful place to spend a year abroad. In just a few weeks here, I’ve met monkeys in Gibraltar, walked through Roman and Arabic ruins, and ridden a train up to Madrid and back. Oh, and on a clear day I can see Africa from my backyard (no big deal).
But, as with Anna, it is for me the unexpected more than the imagined that makes my time in Spain such a grand experience. Things like hiking through a pueblo entirely painted blue and filled with Smurf statues. Or calming myself down the night I got on the wrong bus had to find my way home… in Español. Some parts of the journey are the picture on the front of the post card, but the real adventures get written on the back.
As frightening as life can be at times, the confusion, stress, and challenge of jumping into a world totally different from my own is also deeply exhilarating. So while Tamara’s story of Anna’s journey is a fantasy, it is also a perfect parallel to my journey so far. I think that’s what’s special about the book – the story is fun, but the feelings and experiences are honest and true.
Just a few days ago, I reached my two-month arrival anniversary; I cannot believe how quickly time has flown by. It seems just yesterday I was a terrified teenage girl, hoping for adventure and scared of what was to come. Now, I’m still that same teenage girl and I do get scared sometimes (and homesick too), but I’ve also begun to realize how much more to the world there is, and I want see it all. To steal from another of my favorite stories, “to live will be an awfully big adventure.”
Love from Marbella,
Shona Bell McCarthy
Follow Shona’s Adventures at Love From Marbella.
~ GIVEAWAY ~
To celebrate the new Spanish edition, I’m giving away a signed copy of
El tiempo entre nosotros! To enter, just tell us this:
What is your favorite city in the world?
¿Cuál es tu ciudad favorita del mundo?
Enter in the comments below, and Shona and I will pick a winner at random on November 30th! Open internationally, of course!