Sunday, July 4, 2010

Take You to Another World Contest Day #14: Skyler White


My very cool friend Skyler White is here today, to give us a sneak peak into her new book, In Dreams Begin (cool title, right?) This is a fantasy novel heavy on the romance and if it is anything like her first book, and Falling Fly, it's guaranteed to be a kick-ass ride. In Dreams Begin isn't available until November, but you have a chance to win a copy of her debut novel, and Falling Fly, by commenting below.
Blurb:

“Close your eyes tightly—tightly—and keep them closed . . .”

From a Victorian Ireland of magic, poetry and rebellion, Ida Jameson, an amateur occultist, reaches out for power, but captures Laura Armstrong, a modern-day graphic artist instead. Now, for the man or demon she loves, each woman must span a bridge through Hell and across history . . . or destroy it.

“Every passionate man is linked with another age,historical or imaginary,where alone he finds images that rouse his energy.” W. B. Yeats

Anchored in fact on both sides of history, Laura and Ida, modern rationalist and fin de si├Ęcle occultist, are linked from the moment Ida channels Laura into the body of celebrated beauty and Irish freedom-fighter Maud Gonne. When Laura falls—from an ocean and a hundred years away—passionately, Victorianly in love with the young poet W. B. Yeats, their love affair entwines with Irish history and weaves through Yeats’s poetry until Ida discovers something she wants more than magic in the subterranean spaces in between.

With her Irish past threatening her orderly present and the man she loves in it, Laura and Yeats—the practical materialist and the poet magus—must find a way to make love last over time, in changing bodies, through modern damnation, and into the mythic past to link their pilgrim souls . . . or lose them forever.

Excerpt:

Halloween Night, 1893, in Samois’s small graveyard . . .
In Paris, Halloween festivities would be mocking the rites and devils Ida and Maud hoped to make real tonight, in the little village of Samois. Through the provincial streets to its tiny cemetery, Maud had walked, a priestess or a secret witch cloaked and hooded with Ida, her familiar bird, wing-in-elbow beside her. But inside Georges’ little burial chapel, Maud shrunk to an Irish crone, her ritual robes a weathered shawl wrapped over curling shoulders and the hollowed-out hole where her heart had been, and Ida, her carrion bird behind her.
She plucked the pins from Maud’s hair. “Let’s prepare you,” she whispered.

Maud did not move while Ida’s pecking fingers unwound the braided skeins of rust and shadow. It slithered free over Maud’s shoulders, and she absently pushed back the strands snaking into her face. She caught Ida’s hand in an icy grip. “Ida, I’m frightened.”
Maud choked on the blood-scraped whisper, but Ida had heard, and her smile broke like a towering thundercloud. Maud’s deathbed promise to her father broken—to never to be afraid of anything, not even death—and Ida here beside her. She sank down beside Maud’s shuddering shoulders and wrapped her robe-winged arms around them. “Shhh,” she murmured, cheek in flowing hair, lips to sunken throat. “You must master your fear. There is no other way. The moment Lucien arrives, we must begin.”


Since Skyler writes about the difficult to understand, I thought I'd ask how you guys feels about it. Do you believe it is possible to travel through time and space? I've always been a huge fan of Einstein's Theory of Relativity and spend a lot of time imagining just what would be possible if we could travel the speed of light ... Happy Fourth of July!

31 comments:

  1. Yes, I believe it is possible to travel through time and space.

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  2. I think it would be possible. In fact i would love to do it if it was. ^^

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  3. I would love to find a way to travel through time and space. I wish we could find a way.

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  4. I think that eventually someone will figure out how to do it. I believe that anything is possible all you have to do is keep an open mind.

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  5. I am not even gonna try to wrap my mind around it..but I do still believe. That everything is now so that means you could go back. But if that was possible shouldn't someone have gone back and made a mistake back then by now...oh my poor brain

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  6. I love thinking about going back in time. it would be really cool! just deciding what time i would like to go back to might take forever!

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  7. Some of my very favorite books are time travel stories (Karen Marie Moning, Sandra Hill...) and if it were possible I would love to experience it!! :)

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  8. It might be. I would love to try it out if it actually were. How cool would that be!?

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  9. I think that one day it could be possible, but I think it would be pretty dangerous to mess with the past/future.

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  10. I think it would be interesting to travel at the speed of light to distant planets and galaxies.

    Unfortunately, upon my return to Earth, all things that I knew and loved would be gone.

    Thanks,
    Tracey D

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  11. I think that it is possible to travel through time and space. I'd be willing to give it a shot if given a chance. *grin*

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  12. I think there is a possibility to travel through time and space because there is so much out there that isn't discovered yet.

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  13. No, I do not think time/space travel is possible. I think that is pure fantasy... but hey! I'm a fantasy buff... so, oh alright... ok then, it's possible ;)

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  14. I believe that someone will figure it out someday.

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  15. I don't think it matters whether I believe that time travel etc. is possible. I think it matters more whether the author makes me believe--for the duration of the book--that it is possible.

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  16. Oh yes, I belive time and space travel are possible. Manking made unimaginable progresses through history, first it was unthinkable that amn would fly one day, and now we travel by plane almost as often as by train, space travel was also considered impossible and now man has wandered into space. So I believe it is only a matter of time that time travel will be presented as possible :-)

    Hope you had a great weekend :-)

    stella.exlibris (at) gmail (dot) com

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  17. I would like to think that anything is possible.

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  18. I would love to travel through time in space. Our galaxy is a small spec in relations to space so I've always been fascinated with what might be out there. All the different planets and possibilities. As far a space is concerned wouldn't it be wonderful to go back and change just one thing. How would that impact your life now. These are things I wonder about all the time.

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  19. it could be possible! But i am happy here in the present! :)

    Froggy
    froggarita@gmail.com

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  20. I think it might be possible to travel through time and space. It would be great to try.

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  21. I doubt we will ever travel through time & space, but I love to read stories where it's possible.

    Diana @ Book of Secrets

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  22. I think somewhere down the road time travel may be possible, and when it is I'll be the first in line!

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  23. I want to believe that it is possible to travel through time/space. That would be amazing. Maybe one day we'll unlock the key to doing it.

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  24. Yes, I believe it's possible to travel thru time and space. Why do we have so many stories about it? Fiction always has a grain of reality in it.

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  25. I believe it could be possible. I have read a few stories like that too.
    Happy 4th everyone!!
    Sue B

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  26. I would not keep reading the paranormal books filled with Vampires, Werewolves, Time travelers, aliens and ghosts if I didn't believe even a little that they could be true...somewhere at sometime.

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  27. I don't know if it will ever be possible, but what if??

    marypres@gmail.com

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  28. I am really not sure.... but I agree with marybelle.... What if?????? Would be an interesting thing!
    Thanks for the giveaways!!!

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  29. Reading any fiction requires some degree of suspension of belief anyway. The only problem I ever had was with time travel paradoxes. Too much convoluted thinking and I get a headache. :)

    cories119[at]yahoo.com

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  30. Do not think time travel is possible but space travel will be. It is fun to speculate about the possibilities though.

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  31. I believe crazy things are possible and exist - it's just finding plausible & logical explanations for these events that I find difficult.

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