Monday, September 16, 2013

Time Travel Love with Guest blogger Marie Higgins

Please join me in welcoming today's guest blogger, author Marie Higgins, as she talks about her favorite time travel movies and her new novel, Waiting For You. I love time travel, too, so this was a nice trip down memory lane. - Linda

Who doesn’t love a good time travel story?

Somewhere In Time

The man of my dreams has almost faded now. The one I have created in my mind. The sort of man each woman dreams of, in the deepest and most secret reaches of her heart. I can almost see him now before me. What would I say to him if he were really here? "Forgive me. I have never known this feeling. I have lived without it all my life. Is it any wonder, then, I failed to recognize you? You, who brought it to me for the first time. Is there any way that I can tell you how my life has changed? Any way at all to let you know what sweetness you have given me? There is so much to say. I cannot find the words. Except for these: I love you". Such would I say to him if he were really here. ~~Elise McKenna

Back To The Future

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?

Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

George McFly: Lorraine. My density has popped me to you.

Kate & Leopold

Leopold: That thing is a damned hazard!

Kate: It's just a toaster!

Leopold: Well, insertion of bread into that so-called toaster produces no toast at all, merely warm bread! Inserting the bread twice produces charcoal. So, clearly, to make proper toast it requires one and a half insertions, which is something for which the apparatus doesn't begin to allow! One assumes that when the General of Electric built it, he might have tried using it. One assumes the General might take pride in his creations instead of just foisting them on an unsuspecting public.

Kate: You know something? Nobody gives a rat's ass that you have to push the toast down twice. You know why? Because everybody pushes their toast down twice!

Leopold: Not where I come from.

Kate: Oh, right. Where you come from, toast is the result of reflection and study!

Leopold: Ah yes, you mock me. But perhaps one day when you've awoken from a pleasant slumber to the scent of a warm brioche smothered in marmalade and fresh creamery butter, you'll understand that life is not solely composed of tasks, but tastes.


Robert Doniger: Yeah, yeah, look. We need cultural experts, not scientists. My people simply don't know about the medieval world, or how to mingle with the locals, which is what we're gonna have to do, if we're going to find the professor and bring him back.

Marek: So that's it? We just step on that machine and wiz back to 1357?

The Time Traveler’s Wife

Alba at Nine: Tell me the story of how you and Mama met?

Henry DeTamble: Doesn't she tell you?

Alba at Nine: She does, but not like you do.

Henry: Well, it was right here in this meadow. And one fine day, your mom, who's just a tiny little thing, goes out to the clearing, and there's a man there.

Alba: With no clothes.

Henry: Not a stitch on him. And after she gives him the blanket she happens to be carrying, he explains to her that he's a time traveler. Now, for some reason I'll never understand, she believes him.

Alba: 'Cause it's true.

What kind of research goes into writing a time-travel novel? Do you need some kind of time machine like the DeLorean…or will a penny be enough?

Lately, I have become fascinated with time-travel stories…and movies. Every writer puts a different spin on their plot, which is what I love. It’s so intriguing to read how someone from our time can be sent back (or forward) to another dimension. I love reading how that person adjusts—or at least tries to adjust—to their new world, and then what steps they take to return to their own time.

Over the years, many movies have grabbed my curiosity mainly because of the time-travel element. In Back To the Future, Doc and Marty tried to create a new way to get Marty back home—without messing up the time-continuum. The intrigue of waiting for that moment, and almost not making it, kept me captivated. In Timeline it was the fast-paced story of trying to find the one man they were sent back in time to get, only to have everything go wrong at every turn. In Kate & Leopold…okay, mainly I loved this story because of the romance, and hullo—Hugh Jackman! (heehee) But I loved how he was sent forward in time, only for her to go back in time. Loved that concept! And with Somewhere In Time, (dreamy sigh) it was a wonderful romance that lasted throughout the years, combined with the romantic music…(another sigh). Yes, that is one of my all-time favorites.

I think one of the reasons I like time-travels so much is because I find myself thinking about how I would change my life if I knew what I did and could travel back in time to change it… I also think of how I would like to experience the 1800’s (Regency or even Victorian England) if just for a week; to see what the gentlemen were really like, and how the women of those times really behaved. After a week though, I’m sure I’d want to return to my own time.

I have written a couple of time-travel novels. Each one has a different twist to the time-travel element. I tried to combine all the things I enjoy reading or watching movies that make the storyline interesting. I invite you to check out Waiting for You, and coming sometime in Sept. 2013, Love Lost in Time.

Watch book trailer for Love Lost in Time.

Here is the blurb and snippet from my book, Waiting for You.

When a beautiful woman claiming to be a ghost from 1912 appears in Nick Marshal’s new office and begs for help in solving her murder, he’s intrigued enough to consider her plea. A scandal that rocked Hollywood almost destroyed his law practice, so taking on a client who insists she’s dead seems a good way to refresh his career. The more history he uncovers, the deeper he falls for the ghost. Abigail Carlisle believes Nick is her heart’s true desire, but how can happily ever after happen when she’s already dead?


“Excuse me if I’m intruding.”

A feminine voice broke his concentration, and he swung around. A woman rose from the brown leather chair in front of his desk. Confused, Nick glanced from the woman to the closed office door and back again. When did she get here? His face heated from embarrassment. She must have been in the office waiting for him when he’d arrived with Vanessa. But why hadn’t he noticed her until now?

Not believing his eyes, he blinked and ran his gaze over the strange woman again. She definitely didn’t look like a model from a style magazine, like Vanessa did. Instead this woman looked as if she had stepped off the set of a motion picture from the early 1900s—or a historic magazine.

His visitor smoothed a hand down the side of her ankle-length dark brown skirt decorated with entirely too much lace. Her silk blouse was the darkest purple he’d ever seen, and the color brought out her amazing cobalt eyes. Her clothes contoured her body nicely yet were modest, especially in this day and age. Her dark brunette hair was swept up beneath a flat purple hat decorated with an outlandish matching bow-shaped flower in front. White-laced gloves encased her slender hands, adding to the olden-day glamor style. Even her proper posture spoke of an old-time society dame. Yet her smooth, youthful face told him she wasn’t old at all—probably somewhere in her mid-twenties. And her eyes… He’d never seen such intriguing blue eyes before.

The oddly dressed lady cleared her throat and stepped closer. “Forgive me for interrupting.”

Despite the musical lilt to her voice, the trace of British intonation brought to mind the high-and-mighty aristocrats Nick had rubbed elbows with at his last firm. With quick fingers, he straightened his tie and came forward. “Uh, no, ma’am. You didn’t interrupt anything important. I’m sorry you had to witness that, um, display just now.”

Her lips remained stretched in a thin line and he couldn’t quite tell if she was irritated at him—and at the situation—or not.

“Are you Mr. Nicholas Marshal?” she asked in a choked voice, almost as if she was holding her breath. He maintained a professional smile, but after what she’d caught him doing, it was hard not to feel like digging a hole and sticking his head inside…then covering it up. Maybe Vanessa set out to sabotage his first day in a new town after all.

“Yes, I’m Nick.”

“The solicitor?”

Solicitor? Who uses that term anymore? “I’m a lawyer, yes. And you are…”

She took another step toward him. “I’m Abigail Carlisle.”

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What type of time-travel stories to you like to read or watch? Please leave a comment (with your name and email) for a chance to win a paperback copy of my story, Waiting for You.

About the author

Marie Higgins is a best-selling, multi-published author of sweet romance; from refined bad-boy heroes who make your heart melt to the feisty heroines who somehow manage to love them regardless of their faults. Visit her website / blog or Facebook page to discover more about her, or follow her on Twitter @MarieHigginsXOX.

Many thanks to Marie for entertaining us today with movie quotes and book trailers and the excerpt from her novel, Waiting For You. I enjoyed reading and hope you will, too.



Marie Higgins said...

Thanks for letting me be your guest today, Linda!

Linda McLaughlin said...

My pleasure, Marie. I'm not eligible for the giveaway, but I'll still weigh in for Somewhere in Time and Kate & Leopold as my favorite time travel movies. Obviously, I prefer the romances, though I enjoyed Michael Crichton's book, Timeline.

I enjoyed the combination of ghost story and time travel in Waiting For You esp. when Abigail got a little mischievous.

woolfcindy said...

You named several of my favorite movies, though I have to admit, I haven't seen the Time Travelers Wife. It sounds like a good one.

Vamp Writer said...

My guardian vampires were about to take a trip back through time to the time of early civilization in my "Immortal Relations Coming Out" but they decided to stay in the current time zone for now. The movie "Somewhere in Time," wasn't that the one with Christopher Reeves? Anyway, that's my favorite movie about time travel. My five year old granddaughter is crazy about T-Rex and company so I'm doing a book for her, which I'll Indie publish called, "Lilly and the Time Buggy" where she and her "Pop-Pop" (that's me) get to go see (and run from) those long extinct beasts! LOL

Nancy S. Goodman said...

Marie you have made me a fan of time travels now! Tweeted

Linda McLaughlin said...

Cindy and Nancy, thanks for dropping by and for tweeting!

Vamp Writer, yes, Somewhere in Time is the movie with Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour. Such a classic! Your children's book sounds adorable and how sweet of you to write a book for your granddaughter.

Susan Macatee said...

Love time travels, Marie, be they movies, television shows or novels! And it doesn't matter if there's a romance in it, although I love the idea of a love beyond time. Have even written a few myself.

Loved the excerpt and really want to know what she caught him doing! lol

Best of luck with your release!

Collette Cameron said...

I'm so looking forward to reading this Marie! The excerpt is fabulous.

Sandy Owens said...

Great excerpt, Marie. Time travels have always fascinated me. I love imaging a character's reaction to the past, but even more so the future.

Marie Higgins said...

Hey everyone - don't think I'm ignoring you. I am reading your comments. I am at work and it's busy today. But thanks to everyone who has commented!

Alina K. Field said...

I love time travels also, Marie, and I'm always fascinated by the creative science (physics?) that authors come up with. Your book looks fabulous.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Alina, creative science is a nice way of putting it, LOL. But time travel is such a fascinating idea. We'd all love to try it, wouldn't we? Though very likely things would go completely awry, like they did in Timeline.

Gina Danna said...

Wow, you mentioned my favorites! Though there was some 19th c one where a doctor from 20th ends up in 19th during an epidemic. Can't remember name but I liked it. Loved your excerpt! So to be on my TBR

Gemma Juliana said...

I love time travels, Marie. There's something about the way they transcend the rules of our physical existence that transcends time. Just like love... thanks for sharing!

Rose Anderson said...

I love time travels too. In my own novels I've handled it through dream and vision sequences. Nothing like escapism! Best Luck with yours, Marie.

Linda McLaughlin said...

Gemma, that's a love insight about love and time travel transcending the rules of physical existence. Maybe that's why they go so well together!

Rose, I often find the "psychic" or magical time travel scenarios easier to accept than some of the other contrivances. Though I found Michael Crichton's time machine in the book completely believable. "Quantum foam, makes me roam..." Of course, they took the science out for the movie.

Thanks to everyone for dropping by to comment.


Marie Higgins said...

Thanks everyone for commenting!! Now comes the hard part...I need to pick a winner. Stay tuned...

suburbanbeatnik said...

Oops, I guess I'm commenting too late! Your book looks AWESOME though. I'm a sucker for time travel romances-- my current fave is Stephen King's 11/22/63. (Yes, it actually is a romance, and a sweet one too.)

Linda McLaughlin said...

Never to late to comment though it is too late for the giveaway. I haven't read the Stephen King time travel, but now it sounds like something I would enjoy. Thanks for the recommendation!

Hope you'll visit again.