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Review of A Rip Through Time by Kelly Armstrong

****4-stars

*Note: This book was an advanced reader’s copy from Net Galley. It will be published in late May, 2022, but is available for pre-order now on Amazon at https://amzn.to/3sy1HJ2

The only reason I didn’t give this book 5 stars was because the ending was a letdown for me. I’m thinking it makes room for a sequel or series. Otherwise, A Rip Through Time was a great read. If you like time-travel books like I do, you’ll enjoy it.

Mallory is a current-day detective who is transported into the body of Catriona, a young, Victorian maid in the household of a mortician and his sister after being nearly strangled by a stranger in an English alleyway. As Mallory tries to fit into the era and dynamics of the place in which she finds herself, she becomes attracted to Dr. Gray and, under the guise of losing her memory from her near-death experience, she pretends to be Catriona. She demonstrates her interest in mortuary science and detecting work, so when a body turns up that’s been tarred and feathered, she assists Dr. Gray in his examination of it.

Despite the circumstances that she finds comfortable, Mallory seeks a way to return to her own time. On her day off, she goes to the spot where she encountered her strangler, but she’s unsuccessful in finding a way back. Believing that if she finds her attacker, who she feels has followed her back into this time, she might be able to fix the rip in time, she sets out to solve the murders that have been taking place in town including ones that mimic those of Jack the Ripper that are occurring decades later.

 

 

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Book Review for This Time Tomorrow by Emma Straub

****4 stars

*Note: This book was an advanced reader’s copy from Net Galley. It will be published in May, 2022 but is available for pre-order now. https://amzn.to/3Km8Kvp

I love time-travel tales, and this is yet another take on that theme. This isn’t just a time-travel story. Its other themes include grief, loss, and family relationships. Alice Stern is the daughter of Leonard Stern, the author of a popular time-travel series that was made into a television show. On her fortieth birthday, fearing the loss of her father who is in the hospital dying, Alice accidentally travels back in time to her sixteenth birthday. Seeing her father as a healthy, young man, she hopes to change time by making other choices for herself and convincing him to make other choices such as eating healthier, exercising, writing a new book, and dating another woman besides her mother who left him years ago.

While Alice learns that she can’t change Leonard’s fate, she is able to make a few changes. She also discovers that Leonard traveled through time, too.

Readers will gather some insights from this book about life, aging, grief, and relationships. The time-travel element seemed secondary to the theme, but I’d recommend this read to time-travel fans and those who might benefit from learning how to live in the moment.

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Two Time-Travel Book Reviews

I read two very good but very different time-travel novels. Here are my reviews of Doorway to Murder by Carol Pouliot and When Are You Today? by Keith Carey.

*****5-stars

Doorway to Murder is the first book in the Blackwell and Watson cozy time-travel mysteries. I really enjoyed this book and hope to read more of the series. It blended several genres from time travel to cozy mysteries to historical fiction.

The characters were described. Olivia Watson is a current-day freelance researcher with a kitten named Mr. Moto and three girlfriends. She lives alone in the small town of Knightsbridge. Detective Steven Blackwell lives in 1934 in the same place and in the same house. Somehow, through a trick of time, they are able to see one another and even visit their retrospective years.

Olivia ends up helping Steven on a murder case, but the outcome affects her present. There’s plenty of room for more mysteries in this excellent series that currently has three books. I highly recommend it for fans of cozy mysteries, time-travel tales, and historical fiction.

Purchase link: https://bit.ly/3hG1fTv

Series Purchase link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09B1GSDHB?

*****5 stars

When Are You Today? is the first novel by Keith Carey. It’s a time-travel tale with a Christian theme. The concept is unique, an alarm clock built in the 1930’s that present day siblings Carl and Sheila Jarliguez purchase and discover that it transports them to a different year in the past or future each day when they wake up.

Carl and Sheila are very close and recently lost their parents in an accident. As they rise each morning to a different tune reflective of the year in which they’ve arrived, they experience historical events in and around their hometown of Pasadena, California. They face danger and meet both friendly and hostile people. Their adventures include attending the first Rose Bowl Parade, meeting Albert Einstein, attempting to prevent Bobby Kennedy’s assassination, and traveling to Kuala Lumpur via future rocket.

This book contains both fun and serious moments and was well researched. There’s a twist at the end that some might see coming through clues left by the brother and sister’s mother. I recommend it for those who enjoy Christian and time-travel novels. A great first book, and I look forward to reading more from this author.

Purchase link: https://amzn.to/344gEJT

If you’re in a time-travel reading mode, you might also consider my novel, Time’s Relative, and my short story, The Mistaken Mission.

Purchase link: http://mybook.to/timesrelative

Purchase Link: mybook.to/mistakenmission

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Time’s Relative is on Blog Tour through May 4

The blog tour for my time-travel novel, Time’s Relative, starts today, April 28. Follow the tour through May 4 at these stops to read spotlights, guest posts, excerpts, and reviews. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway for a $20 gift card.

Apr 28

kickoff at Silver Dagger Book Tours

Sadie’s Spotlight  

Reading Authors Network

Books a Plenty Book Reviews

Sylv.net   

Bedazzled By Books

The Book Dragon  

Apr 29

Wyoming Whispers  

Trish Moran Blog 

I Read What You Write – GUEST POST

4covert2overt ☼ A Place In The Spotlight ☼

A Pinch of Bookdust

Musings From An Addicted Reader   

The Faerie Review  

Apr 30

#BRVL Book Review Virginia Lee Blog

❧Defining Ways❧

eBook Addicts

Character Madness and Musings

Inside the Insanity  – GUEST POST

Scrupulous Dreams  

May 1

Anne Joyce Writer   

Tough Luck Lounge  – REVIEW + GUEST POST

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The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’

Books all things paranormal and romance

Stormy Nights Reviewing & Bloggin’    

May 2

A Wonderful World of Words   – GUEST POST

Anna del C. Dye official page

Westveil Publishing   

Writing Dreams

Girl with Pen

Momma Says: To Read or Not to Read  

May 3

Lady Hawkeye   

Valerie Ullmer | Romance Author  

Liliyana Shadowlyn  

Cover Love Book Blog

Insane Books

Midnight Book Reader

Twisted Book Ramblings  

May 4

Literary Gold  

Jazzy Book Reviews  

Books, Ramblings, and Tea  

Books A-Brewin’  

Teatime and Books   

Craving Lovely Books  

The Bookshelf Fairy  

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Journey Through Time with My New Release

Earlier than expected, my new time-travel novel, Time’s Relative, has been released by Next Chapter Publishing. 

Purchase Link: http://mybook.to/timesrelative

It’s the fall of 1998, and librarian Samantha Stewart is looking for a new job. After seeing an ad for a high-paying position at a company called Virtual Software that entails research and travel, Sam investigates the company and learns that its president has gone missing, and that it’s currently being run by the vice-president Greg Parsons.

Before Sam makes it to the interview, she’s visited by a strange woman who introduces herself as Jane Oldsfield: a time traveler whose mission Greg Parsons is trying to prevent.

Sam ignores the woman and goes on the job interview anyway. Soon, she finds herself involved not only with Greg Parsons, but also Philip Montmart, a chain-smoking detective with a vendetta for his wife’s killer, and the time-traveling Oldsfield and her feline accomplice.

Witnessing world events that have yet to happen in her lifetime, including 9/11, Hurricane Sandy, Y2K hysteria and the COVID pandemic, can Samantha figure out Oldsfield’s plans?

Join the blog tour hosted by Silver Dagger Book Tours running April 28 to May 4 where you’ll be able to read excerpts, guest posts, interviews, and reviews of the book as well as enter a contest for a gift card giveaway.

I wrote Time’s Relative in 1998 and updated it after finding the manuscript while going through old files during the pandemic. I edited and updated it to include some current events including COVID 19. I also discovered a plot outline for a sequel which I may write one day.

The book features some interesting characters and also two cats based on those I had in 1998. My current cat, Stripey, posed by the paperback copy, and it looks like he finds the book interesting.