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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Guest Post & Giveaway: Transcend Time Saga by Michelle Madow (Book Blitz)


The Transcend Time Saga by Michelle Madow has a pretty big following. The YA, Time Travel saga finishes off with three books: Remembrance, Vengeance, and Timeless. For this book blitz, I have a lovely guest post by Michelle explaining how a music video inspired her to write Remembrance. And don't forget to enter the giveaway below for a chance to win an ebook of Remembrance.


HOW TAYLOR SWIFT’S “LOVE STORY” MUSIC VIDEO INSPIRED REMEMBRANCE

 by Michelle Madow
 

The “Love Story” music video premiered in the fall of 2008. The first time I watched it, I was entranced. Taylor sees a guy while walking through campus, and the moment their eyes connect, the scene flashes to the two of them dancing at a beautiful ball dressed in clothes that appear to be from around the year 1815. It’s magical to watch, and the video is so amazing that it gave me chills. I watched it over and over again, and a story started to piece together in my mind. A story about a girl reincarnated from Regency Era, England, who doesn’t realize it until her soul mate transfers into her school and triggers her memories to gradually return to her.

In that semester at school, I was taking a class called Intro to Creative Writing. One of our first big assignments in class was to write anything we wanted and bring it in to share with everyone. Since the characters and scenes that came to me while watching “Love Story” refused to leave my mind, I decided that for the project, I would write the first chapter of what I then called “The Story Inspired by ‘Love Story.’”

After completing the chapter, I stared at it for about an hour, worrying about what my classmates would think after reading it. I assumed everyone else would write about “normal” topics—not reincarnation and seeing your soulmate from the past for the first time! What if they thought what I wrote was weird? I nearly erased it in favor of turning something else in, but then I remembered something Taylor had said:

"If you’re lucky enough to be different from everyone else, don't change."

I listened to her advice. Yes, what I wrote was going to be way different from what everyone else in class wrote, but I was okay with that. And after I read the chapter aloud to the class, I was amazed to find out that everyone in my class, including my teacher, loved it. Actually, they more than loved it—they wanted to read more!

But I had never written a novel before, and the idea of making the plunge and going for it intimidated me. What if I failed and couldn’t finish it? That worried me, but again, I remembered something Taylor had said:

"To me, fearless isn't not having fears; it's not that you're not afraid of anything. I think that being fearless is having a lot of fears, but you jump anyway."

So I jumped.

And now, three years after I saw the “Love Story” music video for the first time, my debut novel Remembrance is finally available for everyone to read. I’m so happy to be able to share it with you. I can only hope that if you choose to read it, you end up enjoying it as much as I loved writing it!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story about how “Love Story” and Taylor Swift helped me get to where I am today!


 

Summary
Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.


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Summary
How far would you go to get revenge?

When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe -- that she shared a past life with Drew -- is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy.

Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?

Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.

*Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga.


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Summary
IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.


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Author Bio
Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in the Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's upcoming YA trilogy, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner will be published by Harlequin TEEN in Spring 2014.

Michelle graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.

She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook and Twitter (@MichelleMadow).


Author Links: Website | Blog | Facebook | Twitter



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27 comments:

  1. I love hearing how author's came up with their ideas. Taylor is one of the few singers I can listen to with my son in the car without worrying about what he will hear. She is a great role model for children, and a very talented entertainer as well as marketer.

    These books sound like a lot of fun. I'm glad you shared them with us, Jennifer - I am pretty interested in them. Thank you for the giveaway :D You know I voted for you! Jaclyn @ JC's Book Haven

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    1. I too am very interested in these books. I think they sound awesome. I love the inspiration behind them.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway. The book sounds really good. I'd love to read it.

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  3. this series sounds awesome and what a great way to come up with a story! Loved that.

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  4. I really liked remembrance, I really have to get round to reading timeless :)

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    1. So happy to hear it was good. The author offered a review copy and I am so taking it.

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  5. The book sounds very interesting and her way to come up with it is even more!
    Thanks for the giveaway and good luck in the nomination, Jennifer :)

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    1. Thanks Lavinia. I agree, the way she came up with the concept is fascinating.

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  6. Yay thanks for participating, muffin! I loved the first book of this series and I love that it matches the song so well!

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    1. I can't wait to read the first book. So happy the author gave us the option.

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  7. I love the book cover with the blonde girl and the mask. It reminds me of that huge ball scene in "Phantom of the Opera." So epic!

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    1. Exactly. It so makes me think of Phantom of the Opera.

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  8. This is really inspiring because I find a lot of great story ideas through music. I love the covers too, they're gorgeous.

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  9. I love those masks! My daughter had a mask ball at school and we had so much fun picking out a mask for her. Those really caught my eye when I looked at the covers.

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    1. Those costumes are very pretty. So whimsical and elegant.

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  10. I am loving the cover! Thanks for a great giveaway. Masks are super awesome.

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  11. Oooh I've wanted to read the Transcend Time series for a while! Thanks for the post.

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  12. This series look so amazing. It is exactly something that I would love to read.

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  13. This series is awwwwweeesome! The kind of series I would never get tired of reading again and again!

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    1. I still need to read it myself. Now I am very excited.

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