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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Erasing Time Blog Tour: Guest Post & Giveaway




Title: Erasing Time
Author: C.J. Hill
Publication Date: August 28th 2012 by Katherine Tegen Books 
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In this high-action and romantic futuristic adventure, there is no escape from the future for two contemporary girls pulled out of their own time.

When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that’s so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can’t go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The moblike Dakine fights against the government, and somehow Taylor and Sheridan find themselves in the middle. The only way to elude them all is to trust Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in.

What archeologist have to do with a dystopian time traveling romance

When I was in elementary school, I went to see King Tutankhamen’s treasures in the Smithsonian. I was intrigued by the objects found in the tomb. Just as intriguing, were the explanations that archeologists gave for the artifacts. For example, little figurines called shabtis were buried with King Tut because ancient Egyptians believed these figurines would magically transform into servants for the deceased in the next life.




As a girl who had a large collection of Barbies, I wondered if King Tut wasn’t just a doll fan. (I still have a lot of dolls. On the off chance that Tut was right, maybe I should be buried with them. The next life will be a lot more interesting if I have an army of Barbies to do my bidding. )


Throughout school as I studied about ancient history—explained by the experts—the same doubts about accuracy crossed my mind time and time again. How accurate can historians’ conclusions be when they’re studying artifacts in a culture they don’t understand? For example, archeologists insist that ancient Americans didn’t have wheels. They didn’t use chariots or wagons.

Really? Ancient America had lots of people and was a big place to traverse. Are we really supposed to believe that not one of these people over the period of thousands of years was smart enough to invent a wheel? They all just lugged their belonging around the continent, and none of them ever thought, “Hey, it’s pretty easy to roll trees once the branches are cut off. Maybe we could expand on that principle . . .”

“But,” you might say, “where’s the archeological evidence of their wheels?”

The funny thing is that archeologist have actually found evidence of wheels in ancient America. They found them on toys. And from that, archeologists concluded that ancient Americans used wheels on toys, but not on anything else.

At this point you should be wondering who funded these archeologists and what they did with the money.

But even the smartest historians and archeologists probably make a lot of mistakes—for one very important reason: People do a lot of things that don’t make sense.

When I was writing Erasing Time, I wondered what future historians would make of our time period if they only had a limited knowledge of this era. Would anyone in the future believe women willingly walked around on the balls of their feet in uncomfortable pointy shoes because we thought they made our feet look good? How about all of the movies/books/stories we have about talking animals? Does anyone else think it’s odd that we’ve told children about the virtues of The Little Red Hen for decades, and then we serve our kids chicken McNuggets?

Human nature doesn’t make sense, which is why historians are bound to get things wrong. (And even things that make sense to us, might not to someone studying us: Would future historians know a DVD was actually a way to play a movie or would they think we all really, really liked little round mirrors?)

In Erasing Time, twins Sheridan and Taylor are brought over 400 years to the future. The scientists of 2447 were looking for a famous physicist from our time period and got two teenage girls instead. Echo, a historian wordsmith (who just so happens to also be a hot guy) is assigned to be Sheridan and Taylor’s translator. He gets a lot of things wrong and has no idea what to make of phrases like: Give me a hand, Pull yourself together, and Don’t let the cat out of the bag.

Which makes for a fun novel. I hope readers have as much fun reading it as I had writing it! And hey, save your Barbies—you might want them someday.


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64 comments:

  1. No I donated all the my old toys awhile ago the only one I still have is decorative memento from my Quinceanera!

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  2. Now, not anymore. What I do remember most about playing with Barbies was that a ton of them somehow got accidentally beheaded because of this reason or that. Nevertheless, I now know much about the inner anatomy of a Barbie doll.

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  3. How insightful! Such a great post :)

    I still have some of my Barbies gathering dust on a shelf :)

    - Ellie @ The Selkie Reads Stories

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  4. I never had Barbies because they became popular just after I turned 13 or 14. However, we did play with fashion dolls about that same size if not the same endowment!

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  5. Great post!

    Yup, I still have quite a few of my old Barbies stuffed somewhere in my closet, lol.

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  6. I do! They are teens now. But as for collections, I have hundreds of teddy bears and will never give them up!

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  7. I listened to a podcast with Ms. Rallison several months back about love triangles, so it's nice to see the book here now. I love reading about twins and time travel and I know she knows her stuff, so thanks for the interview. I'll never look at my daughter's Barbies the same.

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  8. Nope. I think I lost them when I was like 7, and even then I only had three. Mom wasn't very big on barbies ;P
    Thanks for the giveaway!!! :)

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  9. Haha! Yes! I have a huge container under my bed full of all things Barbie!Just this summer my mom wanted to get rid of my huge Barbie house, even though I haven't touch it I still didn't want to see it go!
    And thanks for the tip, I think I just might keep them!

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  10. I don't have my barbies any more, but I do have some of my first porcelain dolls stored up in a box somewhere. I know Janette collects them though, since she's posted some pictures :)

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  11. No, I never had that many to begin with.

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  12. My daughter does. I loved barbies!!

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  13. I don't have any barbies. I didn't play with many of them as a child and when I did I usually cut their hair or something so they didn't get saved.

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  14. I do! I actually only have a few which I rarely played with, so they're all good as new XD

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  15. I think my barbies are still at my mom's house in the attic somewhere. I don't have them anymore. Thanks for the giveaway. Tore923@aol.com

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  16. I don't have any Barbies, and my daughter didn't really play with them, so they were given away a year or two ago.

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  17. I do still have my Barbies, not all but quite a few of them.

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  18. No - I think my mom got rid of them when I went to college.

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  19. No, I am pretty certain my brothers demolished all mine very early on.

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  20. No not anymore, I ended up donating them to charity so other little girls can play with them :)

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  21. Yep! Well actually, my parents still have them at their house. Along with all the accessories. I was way into barbies when I was younger : )

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  22. I don't have them anymore, but my mother kept a couple for grandkids to play with. Same goes for My Little Ponies.

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  23. Nope. Also, whoever we're supposed to follow on Twitter isn't working.

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  24. Sadly, no. And they were some of the original ones, too.

    lkish77123 at gmail dot com

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  25. I've never really liked Barbie I was a child, so I mostly had Polly.

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  26. Haha actually my mom might have them in her attic. I have some collectable ones that I got when my grandmother died.

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  27. Yes I have a whole box of them stored away somewhere :)

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  28. Nope! I had 3 younger sisters who inherited my toys as I grew up:)

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  29. Yes, I do. I have some collector Barbies, and some very old ones I never play with anymore. :)

    - Beckie @ Bittersweet Enchantment

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  30. Only one and it's a collectable.

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  31. No, I don't actually. Left them all behind when I moved to the US.

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  32. Yes I still do. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  33. i still have them and i won't get rid of them.

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  34. Yes indeed! And I also have Ken.

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  35. No, I actually don't have my Barbies anymore. I'm lucky I still have some of my stuffed animals :] Thank you

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  36. I only have one - the Tokidoki Barbie and will probably keep it for awhile!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

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  37. I gave my Barbies to my little cousin when I was done playing with them. I had soooo many. A few months later though I had a really good cry when I found out that she cut all of their hair off!!

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  38. Sure do! My mom even still has hers.

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  39. My daughter still has hers - that counts.

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  40. I think they're still in the garage missing their heads.... I collect Monster High dolls though because I think they're adorable and unique. Barbie's are Barbies: Things that are created in what manufacturers believe to be bought sooner and make girlstry to be like them even though they wouldn't last in real life.
    Rant over. :)

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  41. No, they somehow vanished and I can't remember what happened to them!

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  42. Ha, funny post! :D I did use to play with Barbies- but not dressup... I enjoyed bending their limbs at unnatural angles. :P I don't have them anymore- wonder where they went!

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  43. Some of them.. My grandmother took several of them and threw them away when I was 15 because I was too old for them and I had to grow up. Truthfully I didn't play with them until that time but I still wanted them!
    Thank you for the giveaway )

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  44. sadly no, i do not still have my Barbies

    kmichellec87(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  45. My mom has them all in her basement for the grandkids to play with. :)

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  46. My girls already had Barbies of my own by the time I chanced upon the ones I had kept. I took a picture of everything, kept a few choice accessories and favorite dresses, and donated the rest in hopes that there was a little girl out there who needed one to play with.

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  47. Nope and I have no idea what happened to them, probably got sold at a garage sale!

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  48. No, but I sure wish I did. I had the original one in the original box. I had a lot of things stolen and I'm sure that was part of the loot they got. I hope the perverts are enjoying it.

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  49. Nope... No clue what would have ever happened to them.

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  50. Nope! Once I got rid of them i didn't want to play with them again. I just grew up of them. But i do have good memories playing with them :)

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  51. Not anymore, of course *big grin*
    But sometimes when I saw little girls playing with their barbie I still had a feeling that actually I kinda missed my barbie :)

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  52. I did but then they were passed down to one little sister and then the next...and now I must say they are in a sad state...they were very well loved. Thanks for the feature and the chance to win!

    Courtney
    Stiletto Storytime

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  53. no i never had barbies. i was a tom boy lol

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  54. yes.. it's a childhood emmory I would not dare lose..:D

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  55. I do not have any of my barbies anymore.

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  56. Um, no barbies. I cut their hair so they never looked right again! LOL!

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  57. Maybe somewhere on the attic, but some of them are with other pretty girls :)who can still play&adore them

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