Character Interview: Michele Windsor + Giveaway: Signed Copy of Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Precious and I are starting the feature posts for the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge with two character interviews, one on my blog and one on hers. To kick things off to a really great start, we also have two giveaways to go along with it! Woo to the hoo! So come join in on the time travel fun and join the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge! Sign up now! (Click on any links to the challenges to view the guidelines and to sign up.)

Is it January 8 already? YEAH IT IS! Today is the day Timekeeper by Alexandra Monir is released! Congratulations Alexandra! Everyone, grab yourselves a copy of Timekeeper, the very much awaited sequel to Alexandra's Timeless and the second book in the Timeless series!

Timekeeper (Timeless, #2)
Title: Timekeeper (Timeless #2)
Author: Alexandra Monir
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: January 8, 2012

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.



Alexandra Monir's Timekeeper combines breathtaking romance with a tale of complex magic in a sequel that will have every reader believing in the transcendent power of love. 

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Character Interview


Now, I have here Michele Windsor, the protagonist to the Timeless series and I will be asking her a few questions. Get to know Michele more in this character interview!

How different was 1910 from today? What did you feel when you first traveled back to 1910?

I was shellshocked! Until you experience it, you can't imagine what it's like when something you always thought of as impossible actually becomes real for you. It definitely took awhile to adjust, but once I did, I was blown away by 1910--by the beauty, the innocence, and the strangeness of it all. Everything was different then, from the buildings to the transportation, the clothes to the people.

Can you tell us about the first time you met Philip James Walker?

That was another moment where I felt like I couldn't tell the difference between fantasy and reality. To see that the guy I'd been dreaming about for as long as I could remember was an actual living person? It was the most amazing discovery of my whole life.

What's your favorite thing about 1910?

I love that 1910 still has one foot in the Victorian era, while at the same time it's stepping into modernity. In 1910 there are still horse-drawn carriages and costume balls and a laundry list of manners to abide by if you want to be part of "polite society," but cars are becoming more common, and people are getting phones and women are starting the fight for independence. It's a classical time, but also an exciting and changing time.

Do you believe that love conquers all, even time?

Yes--I have to believe that.

If you could have three wishes, what would you wish for?

1. To have my mom back
2. To find my dad
3. Philip

And that's a wrap! Thank you so much Michele for gracing my blog with your presence! Yes, I also believe that love conquers all (I am a romantic, after all) and I do hope that all your wishes will come true. Your insights on 1910 were wonderful, I wish I can also time travel back to 1910 and fine myself a nice young man. Hee. What, can't a time travel-loving girl like me dream? Hee.

To read an interview with Philip James Walker, head over to Precious' blog! Thank you so much Alexandra for gracing our blogs with your and your characters' presence!

About Alexandra Monir

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.



Giveaway

Alexandra has been very lovely to agree to participate in the 2013 YA and MG Time Travel Reading Challenge I'm co-hosting via this character interview and she even donated prizes for a giveaway! A SIGNED copy of Timekeeper can be yours and yes, you read that right, SIGNED! This giveaway is open for US residents only. I'm sorry international peeps but Alex will be swinging the shipping fees on this one. I'll soon have one you can join! The giveaway ends February 2, 2013 12 AM Philippine Time. Good luck! (Thank you Alex for sponsoring! <3) [There's another giveaway at Precious' blog for a signed copy too and it's for the participants of the challenge only. Head over there for more chances of winning, provided you joined the challenge!)

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For LA Readers

TONIGHT- January 8, 2013, 7 PM: Book Release Party/Signing @ Barnes & Noble in Santa Monica, CA
Pick up your copy of TIMEKEEPER and celebrate with Alexandra Monir at the official release-day party/signing at Barnes & Noble! Join Alexandra for a reading, Q&A, meet & greet and book signing, with refreshments and music. All book sales include a complimentary CD of the original music from the TIMELESS books- plus if you dress up in costume from a historical era, you'll receive TIMELESS-themed prizes! Barnes & Noble on the Santa Monica Promenade, 1201 3rd Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 http://store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/event/78557

And if you're in the Orange County area, Alexandra will be at the Barnes & Noble in Orange on January 10th @ 6 PM!
Barnes & Noble at Orange Town & Country, 791 South Main Street, Orange, CA 92868 

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