I am so honored to participate in the Blog Tour for Timekeeper, the sequel to Timeless by Alexandra Monir. Upon finishing Timeless, a book I reviewed and loved several months ago, I was so anxious to know what happened next, and now I can finally find out!
Timekeeper debuts on January 8, 2013. I am currently reading it and let me tell you, folks, it's just as good as Timeless - if not better! My review is forthcoming and I hope it will encourage you to pick up this wonderful series and see what all the fuss is about.
In fact, you'll have a chance to start or continue this series today! Not only do I have an awesome guest piece by Alexandra Monir herself, but I am honored to offer a special giveaway of both Timeless and Timekeeper! (Special thanks to Random house, Alexandra Monir, and AuthorsOnTheWeb.)
So, without further ado, let's focus on the lady of the hour, Ms. Alexandra Monir! As her series is full of rich descriptions of famous, historical places from days of old, she chose to write about one of the places mentioned in Timeless:
“Michele followed Lily into the beautiful Beaux Arts building, and once inside the Fifth Avenue lobby, with its soaring ceiling and mosaic floor, she was thrilled to be able to see the Plaza in all its 1920s glory. The pomp and grandeur of the hotel served as the perfect backdrop for the Gatsby-esque characters who flitted in and out.” –TIMELESS, pg 210
The Plaza is one of my favorite NYC landmarks, so it was a joy to write the sequence where Michele and her sixteen-year-old great-grandmother, Lily, visit the hotel when Michele travels back in time to 1925. Michele and Lily’s scenes together take place in the middle of Michele’s heartbreak, so as a writer it was really cool to be able to juxtapose the drama and romance with madcap 1920s fun.
I’ve been obsessed with the Roaring Twenties for years; if I could experience any era in history, this would be it! From Gershwin to Fitzgerald, the Cotton Club to the Ziegfeld, so much of New York culture is evocative of this magical Jazz Age. And whenever I think of the 20s, the image that comes to mind is the classic story of F. Scott Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, jumping into the fountain outside the magnificent Plaza Hotel. I knew I had to give Michele the opportunity to experience this very place.
I lived in NYC while working on Timeless, so I was able to stop by the Plaza a number of times during the writing process—I’d go for a bite or a drink and just immerse myself in the atmosphere. (Fun fact: on book-release day, I went there for a celebratory lunch!) I also read a couple books that helped me learn more about the hotel’s history, such as At the Plaza: An Illustrated History of the World’s Most Famous Hotel, by Curtis Gathje; and Inside the Plaza: An Intimate Portrayal of the Ultimate Hotel, by Ward Morehouse III.
If you get a chance to visit NYC, or if you live nearby, I highly recommend checking out the Plaza. And maybe, just maybe, you’ll see a teenage flapper and her modern-day counterpart dashing inside!
The Plaza Hotel in 1910; The Plaza Hotel in 2012
Timeless (January 2011; available in hardcover, trade paperback and e-book editions)
When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.
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Check out the Timeless trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgtpyhJ94KA&;feature=player_embedded
Timekeeper (January 8, 2013; available in hardcover and e-book editions)
This sequel to Timeless combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a story that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love.
When Philip Walker appears as a new student in Michele Windsor's high school class, she is floored. He is the love she thought she lost forever when they said goodbye during her time travels last century. Overjoyed that they can resume the relationship they had a lifetime ago, Michele eagerly approaches him and discovers the unthinkable: he doesn't remember her. In fact, he doesn't seem to remember anything about the Philip Walker of 1910.
Michele then finds her father's journals, which tell stories of his time-traveling past. As she digs deeper, she learns about his entanglement with a mysterious and powerful organization called the Time Society and his dealings with a vengeful Windsor ancestor. Michele soon finds herself at the center of a rift over 120 years in the making, one whose resolution will have life-or-death consequences.
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Check out the Timekeeper trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-_hnrNjZb0
At the age of 25, author and recording artist Alexandra Monir released her debut young adult novel, Timeless. The book caught on quickly, with Amazon.com naming it one of the "Best Books of the Month" and Barnes & Noble featuring the title in their "Top Teen Picks". The book went on to hit the Barnes & Noble Teen Bestsellers chart, and has been featured in a variety of media, from popular teen websites to The Huffington Post. Alexandra wrote a companion short story eBook, Secrets of the Time Society, to set up the sequel, Timekeeper. The sequel publishes on January 8, 2013.
Alexandra also integrated original music into the novels' pages, writing two songs for Timeless, which she recorded with producer Michael Bearden (musical director of Michael Jackson's last concert, This Is It). The songs were released on iTunes as a supplement to the book. A new song for Timekeeper will be released on January 8, 2013, produced by Heather Holley and Rob Hoffman.
Alexandra currently resides in Los Angeles, California, where she is writing her next young adult novel for Random House. You can find her online: