Thursday, December 3, 2015

Timesurfers, by Rhonda Sermon: Book Blitz & Giveaway!!

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(Timesurfers, Book 1)
Rhonda Sermon
Trade Paperback, 274 pages
K&R Books
September 28, 2015
Fantasy, Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction

Back to the Future meets The Mortal Instruments in this thrilling new fantasy series that will keep you guessing at every exhilarating twist and turn.

Fifteen-year-old Cate takes weird, unusual and plain terrifying in her stride. Five years in witness protection will do that. It didn't, however, prepare her for when everything and everyone surrounding her suddenly froze out of thin air. One boy hoists the bus she's waiting to board over his head, while the others disarm a bomb placed underneath it. When she confronts them, the teens vanish. Literally vanish.

Intrigued why Cate wasn't frozen at the bus stop, the teens pursue her relentlessly. They arrive at Socrates Private School, and all the teachers and the other students act like they've known them all forever -- like they've always attended the school. Cate sees something different. She is adamant they are totally new to Socrates, and have never set foot in the school before today. What's with that?

When Cate accidentally brings back a dead cheerleader back to life, her connection to the secretive teens is revealed. They are Timesurfers who travel through time and battle the powerful dark forces intent on manipulating history. A reluctant Cate is forced into their brutal world. She must discover her magical powers, choose a side, and end an ancient war. That's if, and it's a pretty big if, she can survive the initiation trials. No pressure, though.

Note: This mini-review details my thougts about the excerpt below, not the entire book.

Oh, I really like this short scene! It's vivid, it's intense, even though we don't know precisely what's going on. And it's also funny! I love the banter between the two characters. So many time travel novels are so deadly serious about the perils encountered in the plot. But in this novel, Sermon throws in some humor, which is really refreshing!
I also love that the timesurfing involved is a combination of magic and science. I don't think I've ever come across something like this before.
Another fascinating element about this novel is that the mother of one of the characters is an immortal. Now that throws a unique twist into the story!
Sermon has a spare, not overly descriptive style, but I think it works very well with this particular kind of story.
I really can't wait to get my own copy and get immersed in this awesome tale!!

“If you’re rifling through my brain with your little Time-Jedi tricks, stop it.” At this rate she wouldn’t have a brain to rifle through, it was taking such a beating.

“I can’t read your mind, happy?”

She was light years away from happy. “How do you travel through time like that?”

“It’s a combination of magic and science. Your body dematerializes–”

“No! You look like you’ve stepped from one room to another.” She smoothed her hair and removed a few stands of grass. “I look like I’ve been pulled through a tornado.”

He chuckled as he plucked random plant matter from her hair. His broad shoulders blocked the sun, which outlined him with its silver glow. As his hand ran over her hair, tingles shimmered over her scalp.

She swatted his hand away. “I can do it.”

“I’ve been surfing for longer than you’ve been alive.” He dropped his hand. “It takes practice.”

“What, so now you’re a century old, immortal, magical time traveller who’s frozen forever at sixteen?”

“Whoa! Big leap there. I’m nineteen, but I’ve been Timesurfing since before I could walk. My mum, who is an immortal, hid out in a different time each week until I was five. She had a relationship that went bad.”

“Your mother’s an immortal?”

“Keep up. I’m off. Eve’s headed this way from cheer practice. ETA, two minutes.”

“But we’ve been gone for ages.”

“Perks of time travel. Spend as long as you want in my present—only lose a few minutes in your present. That’s my past.”

“Yeah, yeah, I got that. When you were talking to Naitanui before, who did you think I was?”

“The magic won’t let me say.” Austin’s impish grin frustrated her. He pushed all her buttons so effortlessly with his infectious boyish charm and the promise of an uncomplicated good time.

“You know I’m going to tell Eve everything?”

Austin shrugged. “It’s you risking the frontal lobotomy. Naitanui!” He flickered and disappeared.

Rhonda lives in Perth, Western Australia, with her husband and two children. Her two ragdoll cats can often be found helpfully walking over keyboard, chasing her mouse or generally complaining loudly about the lack of priority their needs are being given. On the good days, she adores writing, on the challenging days, it's still awesome. Her debut novel, Timesurfers, was a finalist in the Young Adult Category, and overall runner-up in The Strongest Start 2012 Contest, hosted by

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