I would like to welcome Irina Shapiro today as she tours the internet with her novel, The Hands of Time. I must admit that I was truly upset that I could not fit Ms. Shapiro's book into my reading schedule as it looks absolutely fascinating and you all know by now my love of time travel books. It's the first in a series - Ms. Shapiro is currently working on the fifth book - so perhaps I'll be able to catch up at some point in time. I love, love, love the cover - don't you just want to pass through into that sunrise (sunset?) I will give you the guest post first and follow up with all of the information about this fascinating book. So please join me in welcoming Irina Shapiro!
My fascination with time travel.
Although The Hands of Time wasn’t the first book I’d written, the idea of writing about time travel was at the back of my mind for some time; just growing and nagging at me, the story begging to be shared. Truth be told, I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of time travel. What would any of us do if suddenly transported to a different time? How would we survive? Would we be able to adapt if faced with the prospect of spending our life trapped in another century, one much more dangerous than our own?
Sure, we are better educated, technologically savvy, and in better physical health than most people who lived in the past, but what real skills do any of us possess that would help us survive in a world where everything had to be done by hand, and a simple mistake or lack of ability could be the difference between life and death? What good would our education and political correctness do in a political climate where saying the wrong thing or supporting the wrong monarch could send you to your death without the benefit of a fair trial?
And once we overcame all the obstacles in our way, might it be possible to find some things in the past that were missing from our lives in the present? Sending my heroine to the seventeenth century gave me a unique opportunity to examine the differences between the relationships of today and the courtships of the past. Men and women had such different expectations of each other; their relationships not as transient as the “hit and run” encounters of today; or were they? Is there a reason why most heroines of time travel novels wind up staying in the past when given the opportunity to return to the present? Do those chivalrous men know something that our modern men don’t, such as how to commit wholeheartedly, not always keeping their options open in case something better comes along?
Let’s be honest, falling through time in real life would be an absolute nightmare, a one-way ticket to hell, but it sure is fun to play around with the idea in literature, when we can make the journey without ever leaving the comfort and safety of our lives, and live the adventure through the eyes of the characters.
You want to read it now too, don't you?
I really wish I could speed read - I mean I read quite quickly as it is but there are just SO many good books out there. Oh well - here is what you need to know about The Hands of Time:
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