Saturday, February 25, 2012

Book Tour for A Journey in Time by Chris Karlsen (Guest Post & GIVEAWAY)

Fans of time travel romance have a reason to be excited with this highly emotional book that is the sequel to an equally entertaining time travel story.  In Journey in Time two lovers are swept back to Medieval times and a deadly war on the horizon.  For the hero this is nothing new but the heroine has a difficult time of it as the story progresses and the reader becomes more involved in the story.  Courtesy of Bewitching Book Tours you can get a glimpse of this roller coaster read and enter a giveaway for a chance to win one of ten digital copies of the book.  So enjoy learning about this book as Chris Karlsen is first up to talk about drawing a reader into the written world.

Transporting a Reader:

One of the best compliments a writer can get from a reader is: “I felt so close to the characters, I could hear their voices in my head,” or “I didn’t want the story to end.” When you’ve touched someone in that way with your words, you feel on top of the world. It makes all the rejection letters you received, all the hours spent struggling through a scene and the days where you can’t seem to string two sentences together worthwhile.

As story tellers, we strive to take the reader on a journey with us, to let us transport them to a different world. For me, my first novel, Heroes Live Forever, was a love story involving a mortal and a ghost. Does the reader have to believe in ghosts when they open the book to the first page? No. But as a writer, I would ask to let me weave this romance in a way that while you read those three-hundred plus pages, you start to believe. You want to believe.

In Heroes Live Forever, there’s a scene that made me choke up a little when I wrote it. A long, well-established author friend read the scene. This was before I belonged to a critique group and I needed feedback. My friend smiled at me when she finished and said, “You made me cry and I never cry reading books.” That made my day. Later, I joined a critique group who read the entire manuscript. They loved the humorous scenes and character’s lines. And every smiley emoticon they added gave me another shot of encouragement.


A man stood a few feet away. At least what was visible looked like a man. He appeared to be a knight, similar to the one in her favorite painting, except semi-transparent. He wore mail and a dark blue surcoat with a leopard embroidered on it in bronze silk. Tall, with shoulder length hair, in the soft lamplight, his eyes were as black as his hair.



In the sequel, Journey in Time, the hero and heroine are caught in a time portal while horseback riding and sent back to the 14th century. Does the reader need to believe in time-travel? Again, no. Is time-travel possible? Well, no one has done it yet—that we know of. But who’s to say it isn’t going to be possible someday?

Even if the reader doesn’t truly believe in time-travel, most have fun speculating whether they’d like to go back in time or forward in time. I get to elaborate on what might happen if they found themselves in England in the year 1355. I like to recreate the world through the senses. What the characters see, hear, smell, touch and taste becomes this different world for the reader. How the characters react makes you want to turn the page. Through the written word, I can put the question in the reader’s mind: What would I do?

It’s great to take a question you’ve given the reader and then keep throwing in twists and turns. It’s not simply a matter of what would I do without: running water, electricity, modern medicine, the list goes on and on. The medieval period, as times are now, was fraught with dangers, made far worse through superstition and political intrigue. To be fair to the time and place, memorable characters and beautiful settings can color those twists and turns.


“Alex, what is going on?” she asked in a frenzied whisper.

“Shh.” After they mounted, Alex sidled over, so close their boots touched. “We’re riding into a very perilous situation. I’ll explain everything when we’re alone. Your life, my life,” he stressed, “depends on you being quiet until then.”

Confused, it took Shakira a few seconds before she nodded yes.

“Remember what I told you,” he warned and trotted ahead to chat with a knight he called Simon.


There’s a scene in Journey in Time, where Shakira is fighting off an attacker. A reviewer for Romance Radio Network, Desmond Haas, told me when he got to that scene he didn’t want to read more (it’s a fairly graphic scene) “but couldn’t stop reading.” What wonderful words to hear for an author. I was able to transport at least one person that day to a world I created. As a story teller, what more can I ask?

JOURNEY IN TIME by Chris Karlsen


London attorney, Shakira Constantine, finally agrees to spend the day with her handsome client, Alex Lancaster. While riding in the countryside, the couple finds themselves caught in a time warp and transported back to the 14th Century, and an England preparing for war. Everyone believes Alex is the Baron Guy Guiscard...a baron who died in the upcoming battle.

If they can’t find a way to return to the 21st Century, Alex will have to sail with the army to certain death. Shakira will be left alone to survive in the alien and terrifying medieval world.


“Alex, what is going on?” she asked in a frenzied whisper.

“Shh.” After they mounted, Alex sidled over, so close their boots touched. “We’re riding into a very perilous situation. I’ll explain everything when we’re alone. Your life, my life,” he stressed, “depends on you being quiet until then.”

Confused it took Shakira a few seconds before she nodded yes.

“Remember what I told you,” he warned and trotted ahead to chat with the knight he called Simon.

-Get it for your Kindle here.


Chris Karlsen is a retired police detective who spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. Her father was a history professor and her mother an avid reader. She grew up with a love of history and books.

She has always loved traveling and has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Near East (especially Turkey and the Greek Islands), the Caribbean, and North Africa.

Born and raised in Chicago, Chris has also lived in Paris, Los Angeles, and currently resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four rescue dogs.

You can contact her via: Books to Go Now, P.O. Box 1283, Poulsbo, WA 98370

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You have the chance to win 1 of 10 digital sets of Journey in Time (along with its prequel Heroes Live Forever) by entering here.  Giveaway is OPEN TO ALL.  Ends 3/5.


  1. I'd like to thank Words of Wisdom/the Scarf Princess, for the opportunity to connect with her followers. Thank you also for taking the time to review "Journey in Time." I like that you had a bit of a crush on Alex. I love to hear readers thoughts on books, and not just mine. I can be contacted through my website: or

  2. Great books, Chris! When's the next one coming out?

  3. Hi, Chris! I'm so glad to hear that you've gotten great feedback on your book. You know you've nailed it when someone tells you that you got them to cry when books rarely move them that way. I'm the same way - I can count on one hand the times a book has moved me enough to cry, so that's a really profound compliment ;)

    These books are on my TBR list - I'll grab them up just as soon as I can! Wishing you all of the best!

    Gena Robertson

  4. I want read this book. When i read review, it make me want read and have this book. I like title and cover book, and this one was i add in my TBR list.
    Thank you for giveaway!