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ECHO IN TIME Blog Tour: “Dystopian Fashion” Guest Post + Giveaway

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I am thrilled to be a stop on C.J. Hill’s ECHO IN TIME Blog Tour hosted by Fire and Ice. I read and loved the first book in the series, ERASING TIME, last year for the tour for that book, and I am super excited to continue the series with this sequel.

I am also super excited to be able to share this guest post by the author in which she shares her thoughts on fashion in dystopian societies. I love the idea that fashion trends will get more outrageous versus become more austere in the future. Without something catastrophic intervening, I can totally imagine that things will get bigger, bolder, brighter and possibly become utterly ridiculous.

Though, judging by the photos of celebrities that were included with this post, we’re not so far off from that right now. Yikes.

But whether the future ends up being ravaged by an apocalypse, society becomes oppressed under militaristic rule or the citizens of the future go a little color crazy with their fashion sensibilities, I think it’s fantastic that C.J. Hill, a.k.a. Janette Rallison, chose a colorful, quirky and bizarrely clad future for her dystopian society.

Anyway… enough about my thoughts. The author’s thoughts are much more interesting and include photos. Just check out the guest post immediately below.

And if you’d like to learn a little bit more about this series, the descriptions and places to find both books online follow below the post. There is also some info on the author and places to find her online.

Just below that is a giveaway for a hardcover copy of the first book in the series, ERASING TIME. So if you haven’t yet had a chance to check out this series, be sure to follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter to enter for a chance to win a copy.

And finally, if you’d like to check out the other stops on tour, I’ve included the schedule with direct links to previous stops. There are already some fab reviews if you’d like to see what other bloggers have to say about ECHO IN TIME.

So… after this very long intro, let me turn the blog over to C.J. Hill.


The Guest Post

Dystopian Fashion by C.J. Hill

Authors of science fiction novels often take aspects that exist in our society and exaggerate them in their futuristic novels. We already have a society where Big Brother not only watches us. He records our phone calls, tracks our shopping habits, and predicts what we want to buy next. (Which is why you shouldn’t ever look at creepy toys online for a blog about bad Christmas gifts. You’ll get zombie gnomes and animal butt magnets popping up on your sidebar forever.)

Dystopian novels portray a future where the government is so invasive they control things like: who people marry, what professions they’re allowed to have, and when citizens die. Dystopian novels are cautionary tales. In Echo in Time, information in society is limited. People aren’t allowed to leave their cities. Religion is banned. Children are raised in government run facilities. All very dystopian—and why you shouldn’t really want to live for hundreds of years. Apparently the future isn’t so bright.

That said, there are a few aspects of Echo in Time that are quite different than other dystopian books. Frequently in futuristic novels the characters are forced to wear plain uniforms. I don’t see this happening any time soon. Our society tries to emulate celebrities, and a large segment of them dress like expensive clowns. Seriously, I keep thinking that their outfits can’t get more outrageous—but they always do.

Take these celebrity getups. Famous people not only wore these outfits to events where they knew their pictures would be taken, we can assume they actually paid large amounts of money for them. This isn’t the type of clothing you can buy off the rack at The Gap.

Here’s Cher doing a fine impersonation of a trampy bride of Frankenstein.

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Whoopi Goldberg appears to be one hat short of Mad Hatter status. (Eat your heart out, Johnny Depp.)

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Lady Gaga shows us than one can never have enough shoulder pads–especially in a swimsuit.

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In one of her more tasteful outfits, Nicki Minaj appears to be wearing a scribble.

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Ah, tasteful didn’t last long. I would call this outfit sister-act-priestess-of-the-devil but I’m pretty sure Satan has more fashion sense.

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To prove that men can be just as tasteless, here’s Elton John wearing an ostrich.

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And fashion designer Marc Jacobs wore a black lace dress, white boxers, and pilgrim shoes to the Met gala–because crazy is always in style.

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Really, when fashion designers are wearing black lace, white boxers, and pilgrim shoes, how long will it be before the rest of us are dressed like this?

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Be afraid of the future. Be very afraid.


About Echo In Time

Echo in Time



Echo in Time delivers on “the possibility of an equally thrilling sequel” (Kirkus Reviews) to Erasing Time.

After being pulled 400 years into the future, twins Taylor and Sheridan have found some refuge from the government of Traventon, which used the dangerous Time Strainer to yank the girls from the past. Yet the threat of the dangerous technology still looms. Taylor and an ally, Joseph, are selected to go on a mission to destroy the time machine and weapon. But their actions before they do may have major consequences for the future and the past.

Action-packed and romantic, this futuristic sequel to Erasing Time is perfect for fans of dystopian and sci-fi novels such as The Maze Runner by James Dashner, Across the Universe by Beth Revis, and Matched by Ally Condie.

Series: Erasing Time #2
Release Date: December 23, 2013
Pages: 400
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Formats: Paperback, eBook



About Erasing Time

Erasing 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 same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in 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.

Series: Erasing Time #1
Release Date: August 28, 2012
Pages: 368
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Formats: Hardcover, eBook


ERASING TIME is now on sale at Amazon and B & N in eBook format for 99 cents.


About C.J. Hill

CJ Hill is a pen name for a YA author who is best known for writing romantic comedies. (Slayers will be her 18th published book.) Her writing has shifted away from the romantic comedy genre, so her editor thought a pen name would be a good idea. (New books will include: dangerous dragons, time travel to dystopian worlds, and flesh-eating beetles.) Since the publisher refused to let her have the pseudonym: The Artist Formerly Referred to as Princess, she chose a name to honor her mother. CJ Hill was her mother’s pen name, or at least it would have been if her mother had published. Her mother wrote a few children’s books and a middle grade novel but was taken by cancer before she had fully learned the craft.

Most writers’ first novels aren’t publishable. CJ Junior’s first novel wasn’t, but somehow was published anyway. Now, even though it is out of print, it remains forever available on Amazon, where it taunts her with its badness. This was another good reason to use a pen name.

CJ Hill has five children, three of whom like her on any given day depending on who is in trouble. She has lived in Arizona for the last half of her life, but is still in desert denial and hopes that one day her garden will grow silver bells and cockle shells or maybe just tomatoes.



The Giveaway

The author is offering up a hardback copy of the first book in the series, ERASING TIME to ONE winner – US Only.

The Deets…

  • Must be 13 or older to enter
  • Giveaway is US only
  • Prize will be sent by the author
  • Giveaway ends on January 7th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific
  • Winner will be chosen by Rafflecopter and have 24 hours to respond with their details

Just enter in the Rafflecopter below…

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The Tour Schedule

Dec. 24th – Fire and Ice – Kick Off
Dec. 27th – Candace’s Book Blog – Review
Dec. 28th – Clean Teen Fiction – Review
Dec. 30th – Fiktshun – Guest Post
Jan. 2nd – Getting Your Read On – Review
Jan. 3rd – Two Chicks on Books – Ten’s List
Jan. 4th – Bittersweet Enchantment – Review
Jan. 5th – Tressa’s Wishful Endings – Review
Jan. 6th – Literary Time Out – Review
Jan. 7th – Min Reads and Reviews – Review

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21 Responses to “ECHO IN TIME Blog Tour: “Dystopian Fashion” Guest Post + Giveaway”

  1. mcushing7 says:

    I love the futuristic nature of these books!! They sound different than anythign else I have seen out there…. and therefore I am extremely interested in reading them!!! Thnaks for introducing me to this new author…. I had never heard of her before!

  2. Those outfits totally scare me lol

  3. PamM says:

    I love dystopian type books and this one sounds really awesome.

  4. I love Science Fiction novels, and you threw time travel in there and I am definitely in!! I have the first book in an ARC Paperback, I can’t wait to read it, because I have heard nothing but amazing things about it! Thanks for the awesome giveaway! 😉

  5. erinf1 says:

    I love the original concept of these books! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  6. Melissa Robles says:

    This is so true! Our society expects us to wear fashionably outfits for everyday activities. Look at all those
    Fashion shows and runways! Beyond ridiculous AND expensive things, i would never buy them yet they are marveled at by famous or powerful people. I think this is a read i would enjoy a lot and agree to where we are headed in a not so distant future.

  7. Sarah Corbin says:

    What interest me about this book is they twins going into the future and how they are going to adapt to it..Also it sounds like it would be suspenseful!!!!

  8. Nancy L.R. says:

    Time travel! I haven’t read many books that are about time travel, but I’ve loved the ones I have read!

  9. Taylor K. says:

    I love Sci-fi and the whole time travel concept is really interesting to me. Plus, I’m really interested in what Hill creates for a world 400 years in the future.

  10. I’ve read several dystopian novels and most seem far less hopeful than this sounds (for instance, there is no longer any technology at all). I like the direction you’ve taken with these novels and would love to win a hardcopy to read, review, and add to my library.

  11. I love the sound of this series. It sounds like my type of book. Thanks for the awesome giveaway.

  12. Tabitha says:

    I love the twin element. It’s so interesting!

  13. bn100 says:

    the characters

  14. Kai W. says:

    The love the time traveling element in the story.

  15. Lizzy says:

    I’ve wanted to read it ever since I went to a signing of hers in August and she spoke about the novel. I love how the twins use “modern” slang to code what they’re really talking about. I accidentally entered the giveaway before double checking my bookshelf. It looks like I did buy a copy recently. I will have to read it!

    (BTW, if I’m picked via rafflecopter, erase me from the giveaway)

  16. Ann says:

    I love the whole concept of time travel. I very slippery slope, indeed.

  17. Jenelle Riane says:

    Ha, this post is made of awesome! I really am kinda wary of what’s gonna be the fashion trends in the future- are we really gonna end up dressing like the people in THG? XD And the cover of the books drew my attention, and the concept sounds really good! I LOVE time travel books!

  18. Natasha says:

    That it has time traveling in it.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  19. 1110cg says:

    The author 🙂

  20. Camille says:

    I LOVE the concept of these books.
    SO KOOOL!!!!!!!

    I haven’t read any of these books but the topic and the TITLE even draws me in!
    I really am kinda circumspect bout this, like kind wary and feel I should be cautious of /about to take risks.on what’s gonna be the fashion trends in the future- are we really gonna end up dressing like the people in THG? Hahahahaha! 🙂


    lol XD

    Also, the cover(s) of the book(s) really drew my attention, being the identical triplet of a photographer, small time model+actress+vocalist+dancer, a published artist- studio arts, and actually she is a book cover designer and editor lol a ‘coincidinkk’ <3 is kind of helpful to spt a great book cover the intrigues me, and leaves me wanting to check it out.

    Over all:

    Love it. Love all of this. This is a great giveaway. Definitely. on my personal TBR list that is already is closing in on the number 200… I guess my goal for this year is to read 75+ books from my TBR's for 2014. Baby steps… baby steps… ;P

    And, oh, btw:

    I seriously love your blog.

    So excited!!


    Fallow one of my sister on Goodreads!! – Lux Alexandria Black
    She wants a lot of followers and friends on there. She's obsessed with the site even though she makes me fill it out and update things… But it's fun!! (I also actually secretly use my two sisters Tumblr blog account too lol!!
    All three of usare really close



  21. Amy says:

    I like the concept that they wake up in the future and have to deal with all the changes around them.

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