Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com Young Adult Fiction Author Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:01:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.6 Galaxy Trail: Stop #1 http://tamarairelandstone.com/galaxy1/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/galaxy1/#comments Mon, 27 Oct 2014 14:01:25 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5270 HBT14 The Galaxy 300x300 Galaxy Trail: Stop #1

Welcome to the first stop on The Galaxy Trail! I’m glad you’re here.

This is the first ever Halloween Book Trail, featuring your favorite YA & MG authors.

Here’s how you play:

Every post contains information that will lead to killer prizes, including books, swag, skype sessions, locks of hair (Not really.). At the end of each blog you’ll find a link that will take you to the next stop in the trail. By the end, you’ll find a quiz to test what you learned along the trail. Submit your entry to the quiz for a chance to win a grand prize. Accuracy matters here, so take your time, or go back and refresh your memory. One quiz entry per trail.

Sound fun?

Let’s get started!

First, here’s a little bit about me and my books:

About me.

tamarairelandstone 300x200 Galaxy Trail: Stop #1Tamara Ireland Stone is the author of Time After Time and Time Between Us, which has been published in over twenty countries to widespread acclaim, and hailed as “an exciting debut novel” by Booklist and “a warm, time bending romance” by Publishers Weekly. It has been optioned for film by CBS Films.

ELW final cover JPG Galaxy Trail: Stop #1Her next novel, Every Last Word, is about a teen with OCD who’s hiding part of herself from the world, until she discovers a secret poetry club that changes her in unexpected ways. Every Last Word releases on June 16, 2015.

A former Silicon Valley marketing executive, Tamara enjoys skiing, hiking, and spending time with her husband and two children. She lives just outside of San Francisco. Keep in touch with her on FacebookTwitterTumblr and/or Instagram.

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A Halloween Q&A

Q: Do you legit believe in ghosts and things that bump in the night? (We won’t think you’re cray)

A: I’ve always been fascinated by spirits, and sure… I believe in ghosts.

My family has this cabin that’s been around for generations, and when we first moved in, a bunch of us felt this “presence” in the hallway outside one of the bedrooms. We disagree about whether or not s/he’s male or female (I think male), but we all agree that it’s a friendly spirit who just enjoys hanging out with us (we are really fun).

Still, he gives me the creeps every once in a while, especially since I love to write at the cabin and I’m often alone there for days at a time. My favorite writing spot is on the couch, but that means my back is to “his hallway.” Sometimes, I have to move to another chair because I feel like someone’s reading over my shoulder.

It’s okay if you think I’m crazy now.

 

Q: If you were stranded on a deserted island or haunted house, what number are you to die and how?


A: I’d be the second person to die, because when the first guy to leave the room didn’t come back, I’d be the idiot who’d jump up and say, “I’ll go find him!” And… chop.

Chop? I guess that’s how I’d go…  (Ew.)

 

Q: What is the most haunted place you’ve ever been to? 

A: Ooh… time for a ghost story. Slide down into your sleeping bags and grab your BFF’s hand for this one…

When I was in fourth grade, we lived in this big apartment complex. My parents were the managers. I was fiercely independent, had a rich imagination, and I guess I didn’t have many friends, because I remember spending most of my afternoons playing alone. I didn’t mind. I had access to the keys to all the vacant apartments.

I used to sneak into the empty units and pretend I lived there. I’d make dinner, chat on the phone, watch fake TV, etc. This one apartment was vacant for months, and I spent a lot of time playing alone there.

Then one day while I was “working” in the kitchen, I turned around and saw a woman standing in the living room, casually leaning against the wall with her arms crossed, watching me. She was there, but… she wasn’t. I flew straight for the door and down the stairs, my heart racing as I sprinted for my own apartment. I was visibly shaken when I got home, so I fessed up and told my mom what I’d been doing. That’s when she told me that the apartment had been vacant for months because they couldn’t rent it. The woman who lived there last was found dead in the living room.

I stopped visiting vacant apartments after that.

 

Q: What is your favorite Halloween memory?

A: When my daughter was in second grade, she asked me if the two of us could dress up as “Mommy/Daughter Monsters.” We came up with these fuzzy, colorful costumes (she looked adorable. I looked a little ridiculous), and we marched in her school parade together. She had the biggest smile on her face, and she held my hand the entire time. I’ll never wear that costume again, but I’ll always treasure it.

 

Q: What is one of your favorite sentences/paragraphs from your novel?

A: Okay, I’m going to share one of my favorite moments from my next novel, Every Last Word, which comes out in June 2015. I haven’t shared anything from this book yet, so… SCARY!

My backpack is still sitting in front by the couch, so I take a seat and thumb through my notebooks. I skip the red one because I’m not angry, and the blue one because I’m not thinking about the pool. The poem that’s building inside of me is a yellow one. My head falls into the back of the cushions and I let my gaze travel around the walls one more time before I take my pen to the paper. I tap it three times. Then I let everything go.

If you liked that, go add Every Last Word to your Goodreads shelf!

 

That wraps up my stop. Thank you for participating and for taking the time to get to know me and my books!

For the next stop on the trail, visit LOUISE GALVESTON and learn all about her books, BY THE GRACE OF TODD and IN TODD WE TRUST! Click here to meet Louise!

 

 

 

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Time After Time Paperback Winners http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-time-paperback-winners/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-time-paperback-winners/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 19:55:12 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5283  

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Last week the Time After Time paperback hit shelves and I posted these snippets from the book on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Instagram.

Surprise!

If you liked or commented on any of these posts on any of the four social media channels, you were entered to win a signed paperback! It’s my way of saying THANK YOU for all your kind words, for showing such enthusiasm for my stories, and — especially for the book bloggers who have read, reviewed, and helped to spread the word about my books — for your vocal support over the years. It means the world to me!

I picked TEN random winners across all four sites and…

here they are:

  • moonrockjane_ (instagram)
  • Erin Arkin (facebook)
  • jessellev (instagram)
  • williamless (twitter)
  • Ana Paolo (Facebook)
  • YAindieprincess (instagram)
  • Dreaming Living Out Loud (tumblr)
  • Christina Otel (facebook)
  • Kassiah Faul (facebook)
  • aaalex.webberrr (instagram)

Congratulations to all the winners, and THANK YOU to everyone who liked and commented on these posts. If you didn’t win this time, keep checking in. I’ll do more giveaways soon.

Winners: Please send your address to tamara [at] tamaraistone [dot] com.

In case you’re curious, this was the most popular post with a total of 147 likes:

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♥ Tamara

 

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“Time” is now bendy… http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-bendy/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-bendy/#comments Fri, 17 Oct 2014 22:31:06 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5237 The paperback edition of TIME AFTER TIME hit shelves this week, so if you like time — and time travel books — on the bendy side, you’re in luck!

Seeing both books in paperback feels a bit like the end of a really special and amazing journey for me. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately, reflecting on this adventure and how much I’ve learned over the last six years.

I began writing Time Between Us in December 2008. For two years, I worked on it every day, often between work meetings and late at night after my kids were asleep. I spent a lot of that time dreaming about it being published, but deep down, I was absolutely terrified about that idea. I’d never let anyone read my stories (not even my husband). So I told myself I was writing it just for me, to say I’d done it, and because the act of putting words on paper bought me indescribable joy. That much was certainly true.

But once I completed it, I realized I had something to say and a story I wanted to share. And that meant I had to be brave and let other people read it.

I’m really glad I did.

When Time Between Us sold to Disney-Hyperion in early 2011, I was absolutely blown away. When they said they wanted me to write a second book, I was totally floored. And when we collectively decided it would be a two-book series and the second book would be a sequel… I was overwhelmed and overjoyed and overcome with emotion. I hung up the phone and broke down in tears.

I initially structured Time Between Us as standalone, but in my heart, I always wanted to continue the story. Even though the first book felt complete — and I was really pleased with the way I ended it — I knew I wasn’t done with these characters, and they weren’t quite done with me. And I wanted to continue playing with time travel, using it to explore big decisions, turning points, and second chances — thinking about how the choices we make in life shape the people we become — but this time, from the time traveler’s point of view.

I’ve absolutely loved writing these two novels. Both books are very personal to me, with many of my own experiences woven into their pages.

  • They honor teachers, because one of mine put me on a path I wouldn’t have found otherwise. He changed the course of my life and I’m forever grateful.
  • They show tight-knit, supportive (even if complicated) families, because even though my own family tree is multi-branched and looks super funky in the front yard, I’m proud to call it mine.
  • They celebrate strong-willed girls who know what they want and speak their minds, because I wasn’t one of those. Or rather, I was deep down, but it took me a while to find her and pull her out.
  • They subtly share my experience about losing myself in a relationship, because I let that happen more times than I care to admit.
  • They honor books and bookstores, because I’ve always loved the buildings that keep stories safe, the pretty shelves that display them, and the people who put them in just the right hands.
  • They talk about traveling the world and seeing it with your own eyes, because as soon as I left the comfort and safety of my own cocoon, I was forever hooked. And changed.

I’ve learned so much about myself through these two books. Mostly, I’ve learned to be brave with my words (in fact, that’s the major theme of my next novel, EVERY LAST WORD).

But nothing brings me more joy than hearing that these two stories have had an impact on other people.

When readers tell me that my stories made them laugh, or moved them to tears, or that they hung a map on their bedroom wall, or started running, or tried rock climbing, or that they just applied for a job at a bookstore… When they tell me my stories made them think or see the world a bit differently… there are simply no words to describe that feeling. No. Words. It’s so inspiring and rewarding.

So THANK YOU to my vocal, passionate, amazing readers, who make me want to keep writing and keep being brave with my storytelling. You make this adventure so much fun.

Time for some READER APPRECIATION!

To celebrate the paperback release, I’ve been posting snippets from TIME AFTER TIME throughout the week:

 

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I didn’t tell you that you might win a book if you commented on these posts, but SO MANY of you did. I’ve been walking around with this silly little grin on my face all week because of you guys.

tatpaper 768x1024 Time is now bendy...So to show my appreciation, I’m picking TEN winners, one per post, across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Tumblr.

If you liked or commented on any of these snippets, you could be the winner of a signed copy of TIME AFTER TIME paperback. It’s my way of saying thank you, because your kind words and support for my books means more to me than you’ll ever know.

I’ll pick TEN winners and announce them on Monday! Good luck, my friends!

♥ Tamara

 

 

 

What People Are Saying About Time After Time

Speaking of kind words… I’m so grateful when people take the time to read my books, and even more thankful when they take the time to write a review and share their opinions with others. THANK YOU to all the librarians, book bloggers, and other readers who reviewed TIME AFTER TIME. I’m grateful for all you do to support the YA writing community.

“One of the best sequels I’ve read! Tamara Ireland Stone gives readers a smart love story with intelligent characters…  Bittersweet, funny and heart-achingly romantic, Time After Time pulls at your heart-strings, ties them up in knots and reminds us that true love really does stand the test of time.” —  Young Adult Books Central

“The plot marches along at a good pace and those who like romance/adventure stories will want to find out if Anna and Bennett end up together. With the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who and movies like About Time (2013) at the box office, the time-travel theme gives this book plenty of pop-culture cachet.” — School Library Journal

“Perfect! Wonderful! Delightful! Both books in this series were a fresh take on the time traveler story and were remarkably good reads.” — Hastings High School Library, Dallas, TX

“After I finished reading, I put my e-reader down, and went for a walk. I wanted to relish in Tamara’s ending a little longer, and didn’t want to let the real world intrude. THAT is how beautiful the ending is. Time After Time is, in a word, wonderful. It’s the epitome of everything that beautiful, contemporary YA should be.” — The Reading Nook Reviews

“If you are a crazy romance fan this is definitely the book for you.” — The Guardian

“Anna and Bennett have a true long distance relationship! I’d give it to:  Everyone who likes time travel and romance novels.  Both of these books are moving reads.” — Plano Texas Public Library

“Tamara Ireland Stone is a beautiful writer, able to paint both large, grand pictures, and smaller, quieter ones with her words.  Time After Time was stunning in so many ways… an amazing, powerful conclusion to Bennett and Anna’s story. Infused with love and hope, I absolutely adored this book.” — Books and Whimsy

Time After Time is a smart romantic series that’s perfect for realistic fiction fans who want to branch out and read something a little more fantastic.” – Arlington Public Library

“I had been in a sort of reading slump lately, and this was just the book I needed to bring me out of it! I flew through it and finished it in a day, which is rare for me. If you’re looking for a satisfying, emotional love story with a time-travel twist, look no further than Time After Time!” — Public Librarian, Indiana

“Seriously? How can not one, but two books be this good? How? I fell in love with Anna and Bennett’s story in Time Between Us, so I shouldn’t be surprised that I fell even more in love with them in the second book to their story.” —  Reading with Style

“So many sequels fall flat or completely lose the tone of the first book, but [Time After Time] is an awesome sequel to Time Between Us.“ —  The Caffeinated Librarian

“I loved Time After Time… even when my heart ached for Bennett and Anna. Tamara does an extraordinary job wrenching your heart out of you chest and then putting it back in again, and you’ll love every minute of it.” — WhoRUBlog

“I just… can’t with this book. I loved Time Between Us and was so excited for Bennett’s side of things in this book. I was not let down! At all. Bennett’s… side provided a great level of depth that I needed from his character [and] made me appreciate some of the events in Time Between Us that much more. Amazing addition to the book!” — Melanie Hays, Middle School Librarian

“An amazing sequel to an amazing series. Two of the BEST contemporary books I’ve ever read!” —  Born Bookish

“Organizing my thoughts has always been my predicament whenever I write reviews for books that mean a lot to me. Time After Time is no exception. This lovely piece of literature has undoubtedly earned a special place on my shelf of favorite books.” —  The Lifelong Bookworm

“The plot is compelling, irresistibly so, and different from the first book. The fresh voice and unique twists the author throws at our two main characters kept me turning the pages into the early morning hours. One of the best books I’ve read in the young adult genre.” —  Adventures in Writing

“After you finish Time Between Us, you should definitely read this one, too. Oh, the places you will go and the people you meet… *swoons*. With Bennett, it’s only a handhold and a blink away. — The Book Hookup

“If you enjoyed Time Between Us and need to know more about Bennett and Anna, then it’s easy for me to recommend that you read this.” — Alexa Loves Books

“Best sequel ever… Just absolutely phenomenal. I don’t even have words for it. It was heartbreaking and funny and has such a perfect ending.” — Too Fond of Books

“Tamara Ireland Stone once again delivers.” — Books I Think You Should Read

“Phenomenal! I thought Time Between Us was amazing… but Time After Time was even better!” — Nikki

Time After Time is a light read, fast-paced with a beautifully written, captivating, refreshing story… This duology is definitely worth reading.” — Adriana

“An amazing story… The romance is sweeping and swoony… I loved the ending. Everything ends up as it should.” — That Artsy Reader Girl

Time After Time is a brilliant sequel that, while has a sci-fi element, has that contemporary feel to it that brings out a nostalgic side of you. It’ll make you love the characters more than you did before and break your heart a few times before delivering the perfect ending.” — Fiction Freak.

“The fact that this was told from Bennett’s point of view seriously rocked. I have been dying to get inside that boy’s head from the start, and the fact that Stone gave us that glimpse into his mind and heart, is just amazing… and truly made this story that much better.” — My Guilty Obsession

“Time After Time is Bennett’s story… I might actually have enjoyed [it] even more than Time Between Us. A beautiful, powerful, and satisfying ending to Anna and Bennett’s story. I know these characters and their love story that literally stood the test of time will stay with me for quite awhile.” — Reading After Midnight

“I just love Bennett & Anna. A love that’s worth going back for. A love that’s worth reading. Time After Time is a wonderful conclusion to this marvelous duology.” — Absorb the Content

“What I love about this series is that it’s not really about time travel. Strange to say but true. At the heart of their story is choice. Choosing what to do, who to be, and how to be with each other against the odds. If you’ve already read Time Between Us, you’ll enjoy seeing Bennett’s point-of-view. And if you haven’t read any of Tamara Ireland Stone’s books yet, you should.” — Hello Chelly

“Bennett is such an incredible character, there’s just something about his personality and everything that he does that makes him one of my favorites. Time After Time is the perfect follow up to Anna and Bennett’s story.” — Tabitha’s Book Blog

“I’m completely and irrevocably in love with Bennett and Anna’s story. Time After Time was a wonderful, heart warming and a Must Read sequel to Time Between Us. This is definitely one of my favorite romantic stories and I’m know I’m going to be revisiting Anna and Bennett again in future.” — Enticed by Books

“Time After Time is a beautifully written love story that will stay with you for a long time. As like Time Between Us, this has a permanent spot on my favorites shelf. I highly recommend.” — Lily Bloom Books

“If you read and enjoyed Time Between Us then I don’t think this is one you want to miss.” — Step Into Fiction

“For anyone that enjoyed Time Between Us, I would highly recommend [Time After Time]. I actually loved this one even more than I did the first. Bennett was a bit of a question mark for me in the first book, but this book allowed me to get to know him so much better as a character and I totally fell for him in this one.” — Reviews from a Bookworm

“I’m happy to report that Time After Time is JUST as swoony and as unputdownable as Time Between Us. I slipped effortlessly back into Anna and Bennett’s story. Tamara pushes the boundaries of Bennett’s powers even further – and this time, the consequences hit a lot closer to home. It’s a compelling sequel, and one that will definitely satisfy fans longing for more romance, more travelling the world, and more of Anna and Bennett.” — Mostly YA Lit

“Both Time Between Us and Time After Time were absolutely wonderful! Honestly, they are great books even for people who aren’t really into time travel, because they definitely have a little more of a contemporary vibe to them. Obviously I love this series and recommend it.” — Christy’s Love of Books

“Favorite finale or end of series novel: Time After Time.” — Keep Calm and Kari On

Time after Time is from Bennett’s POV and deals with his struggle of having the gift of time travel and the consequences of using it unwisely. Both books are a quick reads and so very good.” — That’s Normal

“It’s been really hard for me to stop thinking about the Time Between Us series. It was one of those unexpected reading experiences for me this year, and I can’t wait to read it again. (How many books can you say that about?). If you are on the prowl for a well-rounded story… be sure to check out these two books.” — Rather Be Reading

“It’s no secret that I was in love with Tamara Ireland Stone’s debut novel Time Between Us. If you loved Time Between Us as much as I did, you’ll be more than satisfied with Bennett’s side of the story. [Time After Time] did not disappoint.” — Bookanistas

Time Between Us was one of my favorite reads of 2012. Time After Time is just as beautiful and rich as Time Between Us, but in many ways, it’s a much more thought-provoking and adult novel. Time After Time is, in a word, wonderful. It’s the epitome of everything that beautiful, contemporary YA should be.” —  Celeste Pewter

“Wow. Another fantastic book. So many times sequels are a disappointment, but I loved Time After Time. I have been telling everyone that if they haven’t read Time Between Us, it is a great time to do so! Great, great story of time-travel and love.” — Reving’s Blog

“If you haven’t picked up this series, you should do so now. This is what all Contemporary YA should aspire to… a beautifully told story filled with love, romance, and friendship.” — Fic Fare

“What a well-written sequel.  If you read and enjoyed Time Between Us, then Time After Time is a must-read for sure.  It’s a great continuation, and yet wraps up the story nicely.  I do think I like Time Between Us a little more, but I’m still blown away by what a wonderful sequel this was. It’s just as gorgeous and poignant and heartbreaking as Time Between Us. So, so good. If you enjoyed the first book, you will LOVE this one!” — The Bookworm

“If you’ve read Time Between Us? You want to read Time After Time. (And if you haven’t read Time Between Us yet…I don’t know what you’re waiting for; but consider this to be your nudge.) Warning: FEELS ahead.” — Beneath Shining Stars

 

For more reader reviews, visit Goodreads, Amazon, and Barnes & Noble.com.

 

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Music Edition Giveaway! http://tamarairelandstone.com/musicedition/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/musicedition/#comments Mon, 06 Oct 2014 21:06:55 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5208
This post originally appeared on a host site
as part of the Fall ’14 YA Scavenger Hunt.

Scroll down to see the WINNER of the
Time After Time Music Edition Giveaway!

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Music plays a huge role in both books in the Time Between Us series. My playlists are my inspiration as I write, and in my mind, certain songs are forever linked with specific scenes. For the YA Scavenger Hunt, I thought it would be fun to tell you about the songs on Bennett’s Time After Time playlist, including my favorite lyrics and excerpts from those scenes in the novel.

Also, BIG NEWS: Time After Time will be available in paperback in TWO WEEKS. If you like your books bendy, you can PREORDER here: Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-A-Million, or IndieBound.

 

Bennett’s Playlist: 1995-2012

 

The Neighbourhood – Sweater Weather
Anna wants adventure in her life, and she dreams about getting away from her cold Chicago suburb to find it. Bennett is a time traveler. He can hold Anna’s hands in his and instantly transport her anywhere in the world she wants to go. Could there be a more perfect song for them?

My favorite lines:

Use the sleeves of my sweater let’s have an adventure

Head in the clouds but my gravity’s centered…

‘Cause it’s too cold for you here and now

So let me hold both your hands in the holes of my sweater.

 

From Time After Time:

Nothing’s changed, but everything’s different now. Because Anna sat here once, right next to me, and handed me a letter that told me I’d meet her someday. I wish she’d warned me that once I had, I wouldn’t quite know how to be here without her.

 

Angus & Julia Stone – Just A Boy

I love these lyrics. Bennett has a unique gift that makes him unlike anyone else. But in so many ways, he’s just a boy. And when it comes down to it, those of the things Anna loves most about him.

My favorite lines:

One kiss from you and I’m drunk up on your potion. That big old smile is all you wore.

Girl you make me want to feel, things I’ve never felt before.

Did I say I’m just a boy?

 

From Time After Time:

And just like that first night, she kisses me back, pulling me into her, like she still wants me here and still trusts me with her heart, even though she probably knows by now that she shouldn’t.

 

The Lumineers – Ho Hey
If Bennett wants to see a concert that took place in 2006, he closes his eyes and opens them in a small club. If he wants to go rock climbing, he closes his eyes and opens them at the base of a granite wall. But Bennett wants to be with Anna in 1995 Illinois, and he can’t be. That’s not going over too well.

My favorite lines:

I’ve been sleeping here instead

I’ve been sleeping in my bed

I belong with you, you belong with me, you’re my sweetheart

From Time After Time:

I flip through channels, stare at the empty space next to me, and wonder how Anna and I are going to pull this off. She should be here right now. Or I should be there. But we shouldn’t be this.

 

The Raconteurs – Consoler Of The Lonely
This song matches up with a scene at school, when Bennett is trying hard to get back into the rhythm of real life in present day San Francisco. None of his friends know his secret, and it’s getting harder to keep it from them when all he can think about is the next time he gets to go back to 1995.

My favorite lines:

Light bulbs are getting dim, my interests are starting to wane

I’m told it’s everything a man could want, and I shouldn’t complain.

I’m bored to tears.

From Time After Time:

Sam shakes his head and gives me a pitying look. “I swear, man, it’s like you’re back but you’re not.” I avoid his eyes as I spin the combination dial. I couldn’t have said it better myself.

 

Foo Fighters – On The Mend
I’m a huge Foo Fighters fan and this might be my favorite of all their songs. This is another one I listened to constantly as I wrote Time After Time. These lines give me chills:

My favorite lines:

Wake me when the hour arrives, wake me with my name

See you somewhere down the line, we’re tethered once again.

I’m here, and I’m on the mend.

From Time After Time:

I stay fixed in place on the timeline, avoiding concerts and news, and extinguishing any thoughts that creep in about do-overs. I force myself not to think about Anna every time I meet my friends for coffee, or skate at the park overlooking the bay, or pass a gift shop that sells San Francisco souvenirs and postcards. But every few days, I find myself autopiloting over to the garage, where I pull the Jeep inside its rank-smelling walls and listen to music for a while.

 

Silversun Pickups – Here We Are (Chancer)
Silversun Pickups are one of my favorite bands. They remind me of a modern-day Smashing Pumpkins, so I feel like they inherently provide a connection between Anna’s 1995 world and Bennett’s present day one. This song lines up with the scene when Bennett decides to surprise Anna by taking her to a city she’s always wanted to see.

My favorite lines:

Here we are, underneath a million leaves

In shadows of compromising scenes…

I’ve got one chance to move you.

From Time After Time:

 “Why are you wearing your backpack?” Anna asks. I kiss her again. “Give me your hands.” She’s breathing hard. “Why?” she asks, but doesn’t hesitate for even a second. I can already feel her fingers sliding back down to my waist, feeling for my arms, following the bend in my elbow until they find their home in my hands.

 

Guster – Satellite

Satellite is such a happy song. What can I say, it just… feels like time traveling to me.

My favorite lines:

Maybe you will always be

Just a little out of reach

From Time After Time:

After she’s taken four or five shots, Anna stops and looks at the camera. I can tell by the way she’s staring at it, running her finger along its edges, that this small cardboard box contains so much more than a few images of the two of us on an undeveloped strip of film. It’s not a memory or a postcard, it’s more than she’s ever had— tangible proof that we exist together, outside both her world and mine 

 

3 Doors Down – When I’m Gone

In Time Between Us, Anna and Bennett spend most of the story together. But in Time After Time, they spend a lot of time apart. It’s the world’s most complicated long-distance relationship, and this is the perfect song for it.

My favorite lines:

Right me when I’m wrong

Hold me when I’m scared

You won’t always be there

So love me when I’m gone.

From Time After Time:

Out of nowhere, it hits me: this is how it’s going to be for the next year. Every few weeks, this is how it will feel to say good-bye to her. What’s worse, every few weeks, for as long as we’re together, this is how it’s going to be. Will we ever get used to this?

 

Incubus – Wish You Were Here
I’m a huge Incubus fan, and this is one of my very favorite songs. It sounds sad, but if you really listen to the words, it’s not. It’s about being happy and appreciating where you are, even though the person you love isn’t there to share the moment with you. I like that.

My favorite lines:

The world’s a roller coaster and I am not strapped in.

Maybe I should hold with care, but my hands are busy in the air.

From Time After Time:

I sit down on the bench, remove the photo album from my backpack, and flip through the pages. This time, Anna’s here with me.

 

Green Day – Brain Stew

I played this song whenever I wrote a scene that included Bennett returning from another place and time. Time traveling seems like it’s all fun and games, but the truth is, it hurts. A lot.

My favorite lines:

My mind is set on overdrive

The clock is laughing in my face

On my own… here we go

From Time After Time:

Every time I blink, my eyes feel like they’re on fire, and I can feel the sweat beading up on my forehead. My head is pounding and my mouth feels like it’s full of cotton balls. Everything goes dark.

 

Tonic – If You Could Only See

Bennett’s parents don’t understand why he feels the need to travel back in time. This song lines up with the scene when he admits that his “do-overs” are a lot more frequent then they have ever suspected.

My favorite lines:

If you could only see the way she loves me

Then maybe you would understand

Why I feel this way about our love

And what I must do 

From Time After Time:

Mom looks for something to hold on to but there’s nothing in sight, so she takes two steps back and sits on the edge of the bed. “You go back?” Her lip quivers when she asks, and when I nod, she covers her mouth. “All the time,” I say.

 

Foo Fighters – Rope

This song fits perfectly with a scene when Bennett is trying to hang onto the life he wants to have with Anna, but feels it slipping from his grasp.

My favorite lines:

This indecision’s got me climbing up the walls

I’ve been cheating gravity and waiting on the falls

Give me some rope I’m coming loose. I’m hanging on you.

From Time After Time:

I twist my pencil back and forth between my fingers, thinking about Anna and the last words I heard her say: “You’re not supposed to be here until Friday.” But I can’t get to Friday. And I can’t get to Wednesday and I can’t get to Thursday either. 

 

Eddie Vedder – Without You

Pearl Jam is a big part of the 1995-set, Time Between Us, but much of Time After Time takes place in present day. I wanted a way to honor Pearl Jam in the second book, while keeping the music more current. When I discovered this song, I listened to it over and over again because… wow. It’s just beautiful.

My favorite lines:

And from afar, I lie awake

Close my eyes to find I’d never be the same

Without you.

From Time After Time:

“Look,” I say. “All I want is a normal relationship with you, and when I’m here, it feels like I have it. But when I’m there… I just miss you. All the time.”

 

Train – If It’s Love
This is such a fun song, and the lyrics make me smile. Anna and Bennett’s relationship might be incredibly complicated, but they’re determined to find a way to make it work. This song links to a scene when Bennett introduces Anna to his sister, Brooke. I loved writing the three of them together, talking about concerts and time travel.

 My favorite lines:

If it’s love, and we decide that it’s forever

No one else could do it better

If it’s love, and we’re two birds of a feather

Then the rest is just whatever.

From Time After Time:

Brooke starts again, choosing her words more carefully. “Logan and I met at this concert at Red Rocks.” She looks at me for confirmation and I give her an affirmative nod. “He loves music too.” She leans over toward me. “I was dying to tell him that I’d been to Sydney to see a Maroon 5 concert in two thousand eight.”

“Again,” I remind her.

“Oh, right.” She leans closer to Anna and winks. “The lead singer is hot.” 

Pearl Jam – Black
I’ve always loved this song, and this is a bit of a tribute to Anna’s 1995 world. This last line just kills me… every time.

My favorite lines:

I know someday you’ll have a beautiful life,

I know you’ll be a sun in somebody else’s sky,

But why, why, why… can’t it be mine?

From Time After Time:

I stood in the entryway, looked around, and sucked in the intoxicating scent of holiday cheer and out-of-town parents. I reminded myself that I didn’t have to genuinely enjoy being at this party; I just had to play the part. Now I’m all smiles and backslaps, quick one-liners and snappy comebacks, acting so out of character of late that when Sam sees me, he shoots me this “Who the hell are you right now” look.

 

Coldplay – High Speed
This song is Chapter 33. The lyrics are even included in the novel. To this day, every time I see a red Jeep, this is the tune the pops into my head.  

My favorite lines:

Can anybody fly this thing?

Before my head explodes,

Or my head starts to ring.

We’ve been living life inside a bubble…

From Time After Time:

Even though it’s winter, I still haven’t put the soft top back on the Jeep. I’ve been driving around a lot this way over the last month: top down, cold wind, tunes loud, heat cranked. “Ooh, good song,” Brooke says, turning up the volume. She reclines the seat back and stares up at the sky. I don’t know what it is. I just drive, listening to the lyrics.

 

Green Day – Good Riddance [Time Of Your Life]

I always knew this would be the last song on the playlist at the end of the series. Forks in the road, marking major decision points. Photographs and still frames in your mind. Time being in charge, whether you want it to be or not. That amazing line, “For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while.”

And this is probably the most personal song on any of my playlists. Because I’ve had the time of my life writing these two books. I hope Anna and Bennett have made my readers as happy as the two of them have made me.

 

My favorite lines:

Another turning point, a fork stuck in the road

Time grabs you by the wrist, directs you where to go

So make the best of this test, and don’t ask why

It’s not a question, but a lesson learned in time.

 

I hope you had the time of your life.

 

From Time After Time:

I can’t share this scene, or I’d give away the last lines of the novel. icon smile Music Edition Giveaway!

 

For more playlists from both books, visit: www.timebetweenus.com/playlists. Spotify members can subscribe to all my playlists here: 1254719090

 

MUSIC EDITION GIVEAWAY
In honor of the YA Scavenger Hunt, I’m hosting a giveaway for this very special MUSIC EDITION of Time After Time. It looks like this:

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Of course, this copy is my master copy. Aside from my handwriting in the margins, your book will be pristine and Post-it free! To enter, become a fan on Goodreads, like me on Facebook, and/or follow me on Twitter. One lucky winner will be selected at random on Monday, October 6th! Open internationally.

 

UPDATE / OCTOBER 6:

 

AND THE WINNER IS…

 

SANDRA KOSIJER!

Congratulations, Sandra! 

 

 

Huge thanks to everyone who played the YA Scavenger Hunt, followed me on Goodreads/Facebook/Twitter (welcome!), and to everyone who joined this giveaway! I loved reading your comments, and I’m so excited to hear that so many of you enjoyed the playlists.

– Tamara

 

 

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YA Scavenger Hunt http://tamarairelandstone.com/ya-scavenger-hunt/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/ya-scavenger-hunt/#comments Thu, 02 Oct 2014 16:26:14 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5179 scavenger hunt YA Scavenger Hunt

Welcome to YA Scavenger Hunt! This bi-annual event was first organized by author Colleen Houck as a way to give readers a chance to gain access to exclusive bonus material from their favorite authors … and a chance to win some awesome prizes! At this hunt, you not only get access to exclusive content from each author, you also get a clue for the hunt. Add up the clues, and you can enter for our prize — one lucky winner will receive one signed book from each author on the hunt in my team! But play fast: this contest (and all the exclusive bonus material) will only be online for 72 hours!

Orange Team 1024x768 YA Scavenger HuntGo to the YA Scavenger Hunt page to find out all about the hunt.

There are SIX contests going on simultaneously, and you can enter one or all! I am a part of the ORANGE TEAM – but there is also a red team, a gold team, a blue team, and an indie team for a chance to win a whole different set of signed books!

If you’d like to find out more about the hunt, see links to all the authors participating, and see the full list of prizes up for grabs, go to the YA Scavenger Hunt page.

 

HOW TO HUNT

Directions: Below, you’ll notice that I’ve listed my favorite number. Collect the favorite numbers of all the authors on the orange team, and then add them up (don’t worry, you can use a calculator!).

Entry Form: Once you’ve added up all the numbers, make sure you fill out the form here to officially qualify for the grand prize. Only entries that have the correct number will qualify.

Rules: Open internationally, anyone below the age of 18 should have a parent or guardian’s permission to enter. To be eligible for the grand prize, you must submit the completed entry form by Sunday,October 5 at noon Pacific Time. Entries sent without the correct number or without contact information will not be considered.

 

TODAY’S GUEST

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Today, I am thrilled to be hosting A. LYNDEN ROLLAND on my website for the YA Scavenger Hunt!

Of Breakable Things is her first novel, but she’s a talented and prolific author, and I imagine it won’t be long before she’s writing book number 4!

A. Lynden Rolland was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland. She spent much of her childhood compiling dramatic stories of tragic characters in a notebook she still keeps. As a former English teacher, she enjoys visiting classrooms to discuss reading, writing and publishing. When she isn’t writing or chasing her two young children around town, she moonlights as a writing tutor and gymnastics instructor. Of Breakable Things is her first novel.

 

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About Of Breakable Things:

Alex Ash was born broken. Living with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome is like living on death row, but she is willing to fight for her frail life as long as it includes the boy next door. Chase Lasalle has always held the pieces of her together, but when he dies tragically Alex’s fate becomes a blessing in disguise.
Faced with a choice, she finds herself in a peculiar world where rooms can absorb emotions and secrets are buried six feet under. Among limitless minds, envious spirits, and soulless banshees, Alex hardly rests in peace.

Find Of Breakable Things on GoodreadsAmazonBarnes and Noble.

 

 

Are you ready to read a deleted scene from Of Breakable Things? Take it away, A. Lynden Rolland!

 

EXCLUSIVE CONTENT FROM A. LYNDEN ROLLAND

Some of my favorite scenes are the flashbacks to Alex and Chase’s childhood together. From the moment they were born, they were inseparable, and their relationship/friendship is so enviable and beautiful. Chase is the youngest of four brothers, and he insists that Alex tags along during their adventures. In this scene, they are about eleven years old.

With vascular EDS, Alex can break a bone by walking, so she’s forbidden to play sports or do other activities that could injure her. This scene is a piece of a deleted snow storm chapter when Chase sneaks Alex to the sledding hill. That night, she wakes up in Chase’s basement, but she knows something is wrong with her shoulder, and she’s going to be in trouble.

 

Exclusive deleted scene:

The air was so still when Alex opened her eyes. Why did the world always seem so much more peaceful when it snowed? She could barely see her hand in front of her face, but she smelled the heat of electronics and the lingering waft of pepperoni hot pockets. She must have fallen asleep in the Lasalle’s basement. The sound of resonating boy snores confirmed her whereabouts.

She sat up and winced in pain for two reasons. For one, there was a game controller lodged under her lower back, and two, the shoulder she’d used to tackle Jonas felt like it had been smashed by a steamroller.

Uh oh.

She used her good arm to feel through the blackness, hearing her teeth chatter. Finally she found the corner of the wall and felt her way to the laundry room door. She flicked on the light, and in the pile of clean laundry, she found one of Chase’s sweatshirts. She held the throbbing arm bent at her side and tried to pull the sweatshirt over her head, one-handed.

“What are you doing?”

She turned quickly. “Nothing.”

Chase blinked and squinted in the bright light. “Are you alright?”

“I’m cold,” Alex said quietly. “And uncomfortable.”

“You can go sleep in my bed.” He ran his hand through his disheveled hair.

“I’m not sleeping up there by myself.”

“I’ll go with you.”

If Chase’s mom found them together in his room in the morning, it would be Alex’s last sleepover.

“That’s okay. With this sweatshirt, I’ll be fine.” But she made no motion to move.

Chase crossed his arms and leaned against the doorway. “Why are you only wearing half of it?”

“I don’t know.”

He gestured for her to move closer. “Let me see.”

“No.”

“Alex.”

She bit her lip.

“Let me see,” he repeated.

She squirmed out of the sweatshirt so it was only hanging from her neck.

“I can’t see under your tee shirt.” He twirled his finger. “Spin around. Arms up.”

She raised her good arm, and he slowly slid her elbow through the shirt. The feel of his fingers on her skin made her heart flutter.

“Can you lift the other one?”

She tried to do it quickly like ripping off a Band-Aid, but she yelped in pain.

“Jesus, Alex. Hold still,” he commanded.

She was glad she had her back to him so he couldn’t see the tears running down her cheeks. She felt his fingers glide up her back to lift the shirt so he could peek under.

“Don’t move.” He lifted her shirt higher. “Holy crap.”

“Is it bad?”

He didn’t answer.

“Chase?”

“I think it’s out of its socket or something.” He gently lowered her shirt again.

“We’re going to have to tell your mom about sledding, aren’t we?”

“I think that’s the least of your worries right now. Come on.” He wrapped his arm around her back and guided her up the steps. “My mom is going to have a fit.”

Alex grudgingly followed him up the steps, climbing a stairway to her doom.

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Many of these scenes hit the chopping block because Of Breakable Things was so long. (The first version was over 800 pages!!) I’m glad this one is getting the chance to see the light of day.

 

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Thank you for sharing that deleted scene!

And thanks to YOU for joining us on the #YASH. Don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Tamara Ireland Stone, and more! To enter, you need to know my favorite number (in case you missed it, it’s 4!)  Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on the orange team and you’ll have all the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

 

KEEP HUNTING!
 

To keep going on your quest for the hunt, you need to check out the next author. GO HERE to meet Lorie Ann Grover!

Tell everyone you’re on the #YASH and help us spread the word! Click here to !

 

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Almost time for the YASH! http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-yash/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/time-yash/#comments Mon, 29 Sep 2014 20:43:20 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5186 Hello Everyone!

It’s that time again. Later this week, the YA Scavenger Hunt begins. I hope you reserved plenty of time for this one because there isn’t just one team or two or even three. This time we have 6, that’s right, I said 6 YASH teams which means more prizes, news, and fun for all you readers out there! So let’s get started!

TEAM RED INCLUDES:

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TEAM GOLD INCLUDES:

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TEAM GREEN INCLUDES:

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TEAM ORANGE INCLUDES:

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TEAM INDIE INCLUDES:

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TEAM BLUE INCLUDES:

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There are so many books here I don’t even know where I would begin. I hope you all are as excited as I am! The YA Scavenger Hunt begins at noon pacific time on Thursday, October 2nd and runs through Sunday, October 5th. That means to get through the entire hunt you’ll need to go through 1.5 teams per day!

Leave a comment below to tell me which team you are the most interested in checking out!

 

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EVERY LAST WORD: Cover Thoughts http://tamarairelandstone.com/every-last-word-cover/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/every-last-word-cover/#comments Mon, 08 Sep 2014 16:33:42 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5157 I am so excited to share the cover and tell you more about my next book, EVERY LAST WORD.

If you haven’t seen it yet, click here to go to the exclusive cover reveal on HYPABLE.COM.

 

Once again, Whitney Manger — who also designed the covers of Time Between Us and Time After Time, in addition to so many incredible others — created a simple, gorgeous cover that perfectly captures the tone and spirit of this story.

 

Those three little scraps of paper have meaning.

Writers know that when when inspiration strikes, you’ll write on whatever’s handy. The poets in EVERY LAST WORD scribble their words on everything from graph paper and Post-it’s to fast food wrappers and brown paper lunch sacks. After they share their poem, those scraps of paper live on in a very special way.


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What I love most about this cover is that it’s simple and elegant. There’s nothing to distract from

 

Those.

Three.

Words.

 

The number “3″ plays a huge role in the story. So do individual words. Three words together are especially important to the main character, Sam McAllister.

And words are especially important to me, too. I might not have understood just how much they mean to me until I started writing this novel.

 

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This story was inspired by a sixteen-year-old who’s close to my heart. She was diagnosed with OCD when she was 12, and I’ve always sympathized and identified with her challenges around friendships, insomnia, the way she simply can’t turn her brain off, and how she often doesn’t feel “normal.” I was honored when she said I could write this book for her.

But the more I wrote, the more I began to realize that I was also telling a story about my own personal experience with words and their healing power.

Writing — the simple act of putting words on paper and getting them out of my head — saved me when I was a teen. Even though I never let anyone else read my stories, poems, and journal entries, my notebooks were always my safe place. Words were my friends.

 

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I simply love writing. I love finding that one word that perfectly fits what I’m trying to say. I love putting words together, flipping them around, playing with them. I love the cadence of a paragraph, when sentences work together so fluidly, they sound musical. I love it when words move me to tears and laughter and swoons and chills and… whatever they feel like doing.

I’ve loved every moment of writing this novel.

EVERY LAST WORD is a story about a girl with OCD who discovers a secret poetry club and a group of incredible people who change her life in unexpected ways. But it’s also a story about a girl falling in love with writing.

It’s a story about a girl learning to be brave with her words.

I never take for granted how fortunate I am to be able to share my stories with other people, even though that whole idea is still incredibly scary to me. Thank you for listening to my words, readers. You make me want to be braver, book by book.

And special thanks to Whitney Manger, for designing a cover that so beautifully honors the power of the written word.

 

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Oh, and as with all my other books, music plays a huge part in this one. Here’s a song that celebrates being brave with your words. It’s one of my favorites on my EVERY LAST WORD playlist:

 

 

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The Whole Lock Thing… http://tamarairelandstone.com/paris/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/paris/#comments Sat, 09 Aug 2014 16:29:16 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=4946

I’ve been so excited to share this story with you, friends!

It took me a while to put this post together because all my writing time has been devoted to finishing my next book, EVERY LAST WORD (which I’m incredibly excited about, so time for brief and not-at-all-subtle plug: Please add EVERY LAST WORD to your Goodreads TBR list! If you loved Anna and Bennett, just wait until you meet Sam and A.J.!)

 

Now… back to our regularly scheduled post.

Who wants to hear about this?

 

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Can you spot it?

 

It’s a fun story.

You may have heard this recent news: A portion of the railing on the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris collapsed under the weight of all the “love locks” that have appeared over the years (luckily, no one was hurt).

It’s not that surprising. I’ve seen this bridge and the sheer number of locks is an incredible, mind-blowing sight.

 

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A small section of love locks on Pont des Arts.

 

As soon as the news hit, I started getting messages from readers, asking if I’d heard what happened. If you haven’t read Time After Time, you might be questioning why I would have anything to do with news about the bridge’s collapse. But if you have read the final book in the Time Between Us series, you’d know immediately.

See, Anna and Bennett may have started “the whole lock thing.”

 

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Paris 1995

This is one of the many reasons I love writing time travel stories. No one knows who hung the first lock on Pont des Arts, so Anna and Bennett get to travel back to 1995 start the trend.

I love my job.

 

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In Time Between Us, I set up the idea that Bennett would eventually take Anna to Paris, so I knew it would be one of their destinations in the sequel, Time After Time.

It had to be. Because I love Paris. It’s so romantic. And if your significant other was a time traveler who could hold your hands and immediately transport you anywhere in the world, wouldn’t Paris be at or near the top of your list? It was always at the top of Anna’s.

While I was writing the first draft of Time After Time, a friend of mine told me about the “Locks of Love Bridge” (read the full story here) and I got hooked on the idea of the two of them visiting this spot. I started researching and discovered that there are quite a few lock bridges around Paris.

Pont des Arts was the original one, but I wasn’t sure it was the one for Anna and Bennett until I learned about its connection to the French film, Amélie.

I’ve always loved this movie, but I didn’t remember that Amélie is on the Pont des Arts when she makes the decision to start changing people’s lives for the better.

 

 

It seemed like a sign. In Time Between Us, Bennett starts out sticking to his code: He’s an observer. He doesn’t interfere. When he travels to the past, he’s careful not to change things. But in Time After Time, he begins to question this. He starts experimenting, going back in time to alter a few small moments in the lives of seven total strangers. Each one has dramatic results.

 

Paris 2013

I love to write when I travel. I wrote major portions of Time Between Us in little cafés in Amsterdam, Bruges, and London (and on trains between those cities), but I wrote all of Time After Time at a desk in my office.

Until the very end.

When the book was nearly complete, I couldn’t shake the feeling that the Paris chapters were missing something. I hadn’t been to Paris in years, and Google Maps and photos weren’t doing the trick.

I had a trip to Paris planned, but it was after my final deadline. I asked my editor if I could have a little more time to refine those important Paris scenes, and I was delighted when she agreed.

Now that was magical. I got to write in Paris (a dream come true), and I got to see that incredible city through Anna’s and Bennett’s eyes.

 

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Where Anna & Bennett first arrive…

 

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Time After Time, Chapter 15

 

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Anna’s view when she turns around and looks over the shrubs. You’ll have to pretend it’s nighttime and the Eiffel Tower is all lit up.

 

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Looking up…

 

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Anna was terrified when Bennett left her on the second deck of the Eiffel Tower. But he needed to go to the gift shop for one of these…

 

 

I was able to walk through my scenes and answer some burning questions.

Like this one: Can you walk along the banks of the River Seine to Pont des Arts? Is there a staircase that leads up to street level. I’d written it that way, but couldn’t I be sure.

 

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Now I know. Yes, you can!

 

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Just doing some fact checking on the banks of the Seine River, en route to Pont des Arts.

 

At Pont des Arts

I spent hours on this bridge, reading the locks, taking photographs, and thinking about all the people who kissed a padlock key and threw it into the River Seine.

 

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And it took me forever, but I finally found the lock Anna and Bennett left there in 1995:

 

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Anna & Bennett have a real love lock on the Pont des Arts.

 

 

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Can you find it? Look in the lower left for the red combination lock. Anna & Bennett’s lock is to the right.

 

 

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Can you find it now?

 

 

 

Of course, Mike (the love of my life) and I also left a lock of our own. (P.S. Isn’t he cute?)

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Okay, and get this. I’m not usually in the habit of taking photos of complete strangers without their knowledge or permission, but as we were leaving Pont des Arts, I spotted this girl across the street, window shopping.

Hello, Anna hair.

 

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Anna hair. With beret. And Uggs (which aren’t an Anna thing, but they ARE a Tamara thing).

 

Le Temps Contre Nous – the French edition of Time Between Us – released in Paris the week we were there, so I stopped by this cute little bookshop to say bonjour!

 

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Bonjour, Le Temps Contre Nous!

 

 

But the best part: Getting this reaction from my editor when I got home and submitted the final draft of Time After Time

 

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Happy editor = Happy readers? I hope so!

 

 

… because if I’m making her happy, I’m probably going to make readers happy, too! And happy readers make my world go ’round.

 

And as far as I can tell, the section of Pont des Arts that fell was on the opposite side of the bridge, so Bennett & Anna’s love lock is safe. Phew!

 

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Characters are so real to their authors, and I love it when readers tell me that Anna and Bennett are real to them too. I hope you enjoyed their trip to Paris in Time After Time and this little photo trip from mine!

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If you liked this post, you might also enjoy my recent photo tour through Anna’s hometown.

 

 

 

Oh, and if you haven’t read Time After Time (or Time Between Us) you can start reading both books, free, right now: CLICK HERE.

 

** GIVEAWAY **

In honor of that lovely lock bridge and the story that brought me to Paris, I’m giving away a very special edition of Time After Time.

 

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Grand Prize

 

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Second Place

 

Grand Prize:

* An annotated “Paris Edition” of Time After Time, including handwritten notes in the margins about the Paris scenes (and some of my other favorites)

* Notes and photos about real locations that inspired some of the settings, like Bennett’s school in San Francisco and his rock climbing locations.

* Postcards from Paris!

* Postcards from a few other Time After Time destinations, placed in key spots throughout the book.

* A Paris journal

* Paris notecards

What do you think — do you want this one-of-a-kind edition for your bookshelf?

 

Second Place:

* A hardbound copy of Time Between Us

* A Paris journal

* Paris notecards

 

 

Open internationally. Enter to win here:

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YOUR TURN: If you could hang a lock on the Pont des Arts in Paris — declaring your love for anyone or anything – what would YOU write? Leave your mark in the comments.

 

 

 

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For Edith Rose Ireland http://tamarairelandstone.com/edith-rose-ireland/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/edith-rose-ireland/#comments Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:53:03 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5058 My iPhone chirped three times this morning, reminding me of today’s birthdays: My brother-in-law. One of my best friends. Grandma Ireland.

I didn’t need the reminder about the last one. I’m always a little sad on July 21.

My grandma died eight years ago. She would have been 100 years old today.

Grandma Ireland was a hugely important person in my life, especially when I was little. We lived around the corner and I spent my days with her when my parents were at work. She was my best friend, and I loved her house more than any other place in my little world.

My mom tells this story best: One day when I was six years old, my mom came into my bedroom and found a bunch of neighborhood kids I’d invited over. My toys were scattered all over the floor. Everyone was having a great time. She asked them where I was and they had no idea.

She didn’t really panic. Just a few weeks earlier during kindergarten recess, I’d hoped the fence the school shared with my grandparents’ backyard. I disappeared a lot. I always went to the same place. What can I say? I got bored. My grandma was always more interesting.

Whenever I hear authors talk about their books, I’m always fascinated about the ways their personal lives creep into their stories. Sometimes it’s accidental and takes them by surprise. Other times it’s intentional.

Grandma Ireland’s influence on my books was never accidental. From the very beginning, I knew Bennett’s grandmother, Maggie, would live around the corner from Anna’s bookstore. I knew Bennett would often feel more at home in her house than in his own. I knew he’d tell her everything, even his biggest secret, because Maggie just sort of pulls that stuff out of you whether you want her to or not. I knew Anna would love Maggie as much as Bennett did.

And I knew that, like my own grandmother, Maggie would have Alzheimer’s and that it would eventually take her life.

Watching my grandma slowly forget me was incredibly difficult. But I got to spend time with her whenever I wrote a Maggie scene. I worked through a lot of the pain of losing her, and forgave myself for all the things I wished I could go back and do over, knowing what I knew later on. Since I’m not a time traveler, I can’t go back and have a cup of tea with her, but writing her into my story was a lovely experience that kept her alive in some important ways.

Readers often tell me that Maggie is their favorite character. Maybe that’s because in real life, my grandmother was always mine.

 

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Books, Inc. Visit http://tamarairelandstone.com/books-visit/ http://tamarairelandstone.com/books-visit/#comments Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:24:10 +0000 Tamara Ireland Stone http://tamarairelandstone.com/?p=5049
I’ll be at Books Inc., Palo Alto NEXT MONDAY NIGHT, talking writing, publishing… Bennett… and anything else you want to chat about. Come join us!
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