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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.

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    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.

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    About Echo In Time

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    Description…

    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

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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    About Erasing Time

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    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

    AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE | GOODREADS

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

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    About C.J. Hill

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    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.

    WEBSITE | BLOG | TWITTER | FACEBOOK | GOODREADS YOUTUBE

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    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…

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    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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    Book Watch: Releasing This Week #155

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    Below are the YA books releasing this week that I am spotlighting for my “Book Watch: Releasing This Week” post.

    These are books for the week of December 17th-December 23rd that I have pre-ordered.

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    Fracture Me

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    FRACTURE ME by Tahereh Mafi released in the U.S. today, December 17, 2013, in eBook format. It is currently available to order online in eBook format only at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by HarperCollins, the novella is 72 pages.

    FRACTURE ME is a companion novella to Author Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me series. The final book in the trilogy, IGNITE ME, is slated for release on February 4, 2014.

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    I don’t normally include novellas in my Releasing This Week posts but I just had to talk about FRACTURE ME which I’m totally stoked released today. I have loved everything about this series from the moment I first read the first few pages of the very first book in the series and I am so excited to have yet another story about this world and its characters.

    As I am terrified of just how this series will end and how badly my heart will be broken I am so glad to have a companion novella which just might not do as much damage. Though, having read the description, I have a feeling it might….

    While I haven’t been able to pick up a book for the past couple of weeks due to some real life stuffs going on, I think FRACTURE ME will be just the book to be able to hold my focus and allow me to escape for a little while. And I can’t wait to dive in.

    Description…

    In this electrifying sixty-page companion novella to the New York Times bestselling Shatter Me series, discover the fate of the Omega Point rebels as they go up against The Reestablishment. Set during and soon after the final moments of Unravel MeFracture Me is told from Adam’s perspective.

    As Omega Point prepares to launch an all-out assault on The Reestablishment soldiers stationed in Sector 45, Adam’s focus couldn’t be further from the upcoming battle. He’s reeling from his breakup with Juliette, scared for his best friend’s life, and as concerned as ever for his brother James’s safety. And just as Adam begins to wonder if this life is really for him, the alarms sound. It’s time for war.

    On the battlefield, it seems like the odds are in their favor—but taking down Warner, Adam’s newly discovered half brother, won’t be that easy. The Reestablishment can’t tolerate a rebellion, and they’ll do anything to crush the resistance . . . including killing everyone Adam has ever cared about.

    Fracture Me sets the stage for Ignite Me, the explosive finale in Tahereh Mafi’s epic dystopian series. It’s a novella not to be missed by fans who crave action-packed stories with tantalizing romance like Divergent by Veronica Roth, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and Legend by Marie Lu.

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    Ashes to Ashes

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    ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa Walker will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in hardcover and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 336 pages.

    ASHES TO ASHES is the first book in a duology by Author Melissa Walker. The second and final book in the series, DUST TO DUST, is slated for release in December 2014.

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    When I first read the description for ASHES TO ASHES I knew I had to add it to my list of pre-orders and I can’t wait for it to finally be released on Monday. The description promises tragedy, romance, a story that is “emotionally rich” and an ending that is breathtaking – how could I not want to have this book in my collection?

    I love the idea that in this story Callie’s life doesn’t end with her death and that her spirit travels to an ethereal plane populated by ghosts. I love that she is able to bring peace to those she left behind. And I love, too, that she has to fight to save those she loves from the angry spirits who threaten their existence.

    I can’t wait to meet Callie and find out whether her story is one that has a happy eternally ever after or is one that ends in heartbreak. But I suppose that even if I were to read ASHES TO ASHES right now, I won’t know for certain. I’m pretty sure I won’t get that answer until next December with the release of DUST TO DUST.

    And as much as I probably should wait until closer to that book’s release, I don’t think I’ll be able to. Though I will try and wait until January. Especially as I just know there will be tears.

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    If I Stay meets the movie Ghost in this first book in a teen duology about a teenage-girl-turned-ghost who must cling to the echoes of her former life to save the people she left behind.

    Ashes to Ashes is author Melissa Walker’s sweeping, romantic, and emotionally rich story about the things that torment and tempt us, even from the Great Beyond. This book is perfect for fans of Die for Me and Imaginary Girls, and its breathtaking ending will leave readers anxiously awaiting the series conclusion, Dust to Dust.

    When Callie’s life is cut short by a tragic accident, she expects to find nothingness, or maybe some version of heaven.

    Instead, her spirit travels to the Prism, an ethereal plane populated by the ghosts she thought were fictional. Here she meets a striking and mysterious ghost named Thatcher, who is meant to guide her as she learns to haunt and bring peace to the loved ones she left behind.

    However, Callie uncovers a dark secret about the spirit world: The angry souls who always populate ghost stories are real, dangerous, and willing to do whatever it takes to stay on Earth, threatening the existence of everyone she ever cared about.

    As she fights to save them, Callie will learn that while it may no longer beat, her heart can still love-and break.

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    Echo in Time

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    ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ECHO IN TIME is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Erasing Time series.

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    I can’t wait to get the chance to read ECHO IN TIME when it releases on Monday. I love this series and I am anxiously awaiting the chance to continue it with this second book, which I’ve had pre-ordered for ages.

    As I already spotlighted it for my Book Watch post the other week and I will be on the book’s tour in a couple weeks, I won’t go on and on and on. But I am seriously excited to find out what happens on Taylor and Joseph’s mission and to see just what consequences their actions have.

    The description calls this sequel “action-packed and romantic” and I am very much looking forward to escaping into this world and finding out if that’s true. If real life isn’t too crazy next week I hope to be able to discover it then.

    Description…

    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.

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    Other Books of Note

    ***Novella***

    Dangerous DreamDANGEROUS DREAM (Beautiful Creatures #0.5) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    The #1 New York Times bestselling Beautiful Creatures series continues in this brand-new digital-exclusive story.

    Catch up with Ethan, Lena, and Link as they finally graduate from high school and get ready to leave the small Southern town of Gatlin. But when Dark Caster Ridley makes an appearance, the sometime bad girl can’t resist picking a fight with her sometime boyfriend, Link.

    Angry and rebellious as ever, Ridley ends up alone in New York City and becomes entangled in the dangerous underground Caster club scene, where the stakes are high and losers pay the ultimate price.

    Where’s a Linkubus when you need him?

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    ***Novella***

    The Last Stand of the New York InstituteTHE LAST STAND OF THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE (The Bane Chronicles #9) by Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books

    Find It: AMAZON

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    Magnus meets Valentine in battle as the Circle attacks the Downworlders of New York City.

    In the time of the Uprising, Valentine’s Circle goes after Downworlders in New York…and the Shadowhunters of the Institute must decide whether to join him, or fight with Magnus and his kind. This is the first time Magnus sees Jocelyn, Luke, and Stephen—but not the last. It is not long before Jocelyn seeks him out…

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    What We Lost in the DarkWHAT WE LOST IN THE DARK (What We Saw at Night #2) by Jacquelyn Mitchard

    Pub. Date: December 17, 2013

    Publisher: Soho Teen

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    Allie Kim’s fatal allergy to sunlight, XP, still confines her to the night. Now that she’s lost her best friend Juliet to an apparent suicide, the night has never felt darker—even with Rob at her side.

    Allie knows why Juliet killed herself: to escape the clutches of Garrett Tabor, whom the trio saw committing an unspeakable crime. Garrett is untouchable; The Tabors founded the world-famous XP clinic that keeps Allie and Rob alive and their small Minnesota town on the map.

    Allie can’t rest until Garrett is brought to justice. But her obsession jeopardizes everything she holds dear. Not even Parkour can distract her; nothing reminds her more that Juliet is gone. When Rob introduces Allie to the wildly dangerous sport of nighttime deep diving, Allie assumes he’s only trying to derail her investigation… until they uncover the horror terrible secret Garrett Tabor has hidden under Lake Superior.

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    Missed Last Week

    ***NOTE: This is an ADULT title***

    The Professional Part 1THE PROFESSIONAL Part I (The Game Maker 0.1) by Kresley Cole

    Pub. Date: December 16, 2013

    Publisher: Pocket Star

    Find It: AMAZON | BARNES & NOBLE

    Description:

    He makes the rules . . .
    Mafiya enforcer Aleksandr “The Siberian” Sevastyan’s loyalty to his boss is unwavering, until he meets the boss’s long-lost daughter, a curvy, tantalizing redhead who haunts his mind and heats his blood like no other. Ordered to protect her, Sevastyan will do anything to possess her as well—on his own wicked terms.

    Rules are made to be broken . . .
    PhD student Natalie Porter had barely recovered from her first sight of the breathtakingly gorgeous Sevastyan before the professional hit man whisks her away to Russia, thrusting her into a world of extreme wealth and wanton pleasures. With every day she spends under his protection, she falls deeper under his masterful spell.

    Are you ready to play?
    Yet all is not as it seems. To remove Natalie from an enemy’s reach, Sevastyan spirits her into hiding. From an opulent palace in Russia to the decadent playgrounds of the mega-wealthy in Paris, the two lovers will discover that even their darkest—and most forbidden—fantasies can come true…

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    I know I missed last week’s Book Watch: Releasing This Week post and I will very likely post and backdate it just so that I have a complete record on the blog of books that have released that I’ve pre-ordered. But I didn’t want to miss posting about this week’s releases, even if I am just a touch late in posting it.

    While I’m still not reading, as I can’t seem to find an escape in books at the moment, I am desperately going to try and do so with FRACTURE ME this week. But we shall see. Life has given me a beating as of late, but I’m hoping that books will be able to once again be things that bring me joy.

    For all of you who are able to find happiness in a good book or three, I hope there are some titles releasing this week that will do just that for you. And while there aren’t a ton of new releases this week, there are a few lovely eNovellas out this week that are definitely worth adding to your collection.

    So I wish you all a happy book acquiring and reading week this week.

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    As always, I would love to hear what you’re hoping to add to your collection this week!

    And if you have any great suggestions of “must read” books to buy that are releasing this week, please let me know!

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    Book Watch: Echo in Time

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    ECHO IN TIME by C.J. Hill will be released in the U.S. on December 23, 2013 in paperback and eBook formats. It is currently available to pre-order online in both formats at AMAZON and BARNES & NOBLE.

    Published by Katherine Tegen Books, the print edition is 400 pages.

    ECHO IN TIME is the second book in Author C.J. Hill’s Erasing Time series.

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    The week of December 17th is a super quiet week for releases but ECHO IN TIME is a book that I’m totally excited for. I loved the first book in this series, ERASING TIME, and I can’t wait to continue Taylor and Sheridan’s story in this sequel.

    The description promises a mission to destroy the time machine that was responsible for them being transported into the future. But it also mentions that the actions taken may have serious consequences. And I’m so curious as to what those might be.

    As little else is revealed about what happens in this next book in the series, I’m dying to find out for myself. I had so many questions after reading ERASING TIME and I hope that some, if not all, of those questions will be answered in this book.

    I really want to know how Echo factors into this sequel, if he’s the reason the book is titled as it is. I’m also curious to find out if this story will be told from Taylor’s POV and whether Sheridan’s POV will be included or if the story will reveal things from Joseph’s perspective.

    As I have no idea what to expect and I was so surprised by how different the first book was from what I anticipated it to be, I won’t even bother guessing and will just wait patiently – or as patiently as I can – for its release in just three weeks.

    While I am also very interested in reading the other book releasing the week of December 17th, I’ve had ECHO IN TIME on my radar since the very moment I devoured ERASING TIME, it’s a book I’ve been anxiously anticipating for the past few months, and is the book that I think totally deserves to be in the spotlight.

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    Places to Watch

    The author on TWITTER

    The author on FACEBOOK

    The author’s WEBSITE

    The author’s BLOG

    The author on YOUTUBE

    The author on GOODREADS

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    About the Book

    Goodreads description:

    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.

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    Other Amazing Books to Watch

    Here is another awesome book releasing the week of December 17th:

    ASHES TO ASHES by Melissa C. Walker

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