Monday, June 27, 2011

Timecasters, Tempests and Ziggy

Remember when I was looking for useful apps for writers?  Holy Overlook-the-Obvious, Batman. Why didn't I think to type "time travel" into the search box?  Named after, I assume, the all-knowing computer on Quantum Leap, Ziggy's Emergency Time Travel Reference gives you historical and reference documents to ensure your time travel experience is free of embarrassing historical disasters and loaded with enough information to pad your bank account in a way only a person from the future can.

Right now, I'm reading Timecaster by Joe Kimball a.k.a J.A.Konrath.  It's published by Ace, so firmly on the sci-fi side of time travel.  It actually feels good to hold a book again.  Does that mean I'm Nook-dependent? So far, so good. I'll dish more after I finish it at the beach.  Who else do you know would consider tachyon emission visualizers good beach content? Joe has a great blog, by the way, for those of us trying to navigate the rapidly-evolving publishing climate.

I'm also hearing a buzz about debut author Julie Cross's Tempest, the first in what will be a young-adult time travel thriller trilogy. LOVE the cover.  Loooove it. This book does not release until 2012, but already has Summit Entertainment (think Twilight) gobbling up movie rights. Here's the scoop from Amazon:

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world

My prediction? Jackson will be the new Edward.

Lastly, if you haven't heard, USA Today and NYT bestselling thriller and romance author L.A. Banks is battling serious illness and mounting medical bills. A donation and auction site has been set up to help. 

What does it say about me when I'm watching Through the Wormhole and all I can think of is this contest?


Charles Gramlich said...

You could do a book on time travel fiction and reality. I wonder if there's a market. Probably.

Sherry Isaac said...

Laura, your post reminds me of a promise I made to myself: to read more this summer. And it brings to mind a great time travel book I read years ago, The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis.
Sigh. If only my novel would write itself.

Sandra Ferguson said...

Hope the beach was wonderful fun. If you scored a ridiculous tan, I'll just need to ignore you this weekend. My legs are so white that ghosts are ashamed to be seen with me. What's that say?

Like you that book cover is beyond intriguing.

Julie said...

Thanks so much for the mention!!!