Loving Time Travel with Angela Quarles and Giveaway

Please join me in extending a warm, Preternatura welcome to fellow author Angela Quarles today. Angela is dropping by today to help celebrate the release of her first full length novel, Must Love Breeches. Must Love Breeches was released on September 3 by Unsealed Room Press and is the fist book in Angela’s Must Love series.

Angela Quarles is a geek girl romance writer whose works includes Must Love Breeches, a time travel romance, and Beer & Groping in Las Vegas, a geek romantic comedy in novelette form. She has a B.A. in Anthropology and International Studies with a minor in German from Emory University, and a Masters in Heritage Preservation from Georgia State University. She currently resides in a historic house in the beautiful and quirky town of Mobile, AL.  You can learn more about Angela by visiting her website, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.

quarlesABOUT MUST LOVE BREECHES: She’s finally met the man of her dreams. There’s only one problem: he lives in a different century. HOW FAR WOULD YOU TRAVEL FOR LOVE? A mysterious artifact zaps Isabelle Rochon to pre-Victorian England, but before she understands the card case’s significance a thief steals it. Now she must find the artifact, navigate the pitfalls of a stiffly polite London, keep her time-traveling origins a secret, and resist her growing attraction to Lord Montagu, the Vicious Viscount so hot, he curls her toes. To Lord Montagu nothing makes more sense than keeping his distance from the strange but lovely Colonial. However, when his scheme for revenge reaches a stalemate, he convinces Isabelle to masquerade as his fiancée. What he did not bargain on is being drawn to her intellectually as well as physically. Lord Montagu’s now constant presence overthrows her equilibrium and her common sense. Isabelle thought all she wanted was to return home, but as passion flares between them, she must decide when her true home—as well as her heart—lies.

And now, let’s hear from Angela…

Five Reasons to Love Time Travel
By Angela Quarles

#5 – Experience a different era through a modern lens

I think this is one of the main aspects of time travel that makes it not only interesting but accessible to those who don’t read a lot of historicals. After all, the time traveler is coming from a modern, familiar perspective, and so it’s a great way to contrast differences through such a lens. A character in a regular historical is already familiar with the setting and the mores, and so the prose cannot call attention to these differences. A modern character going back? They’re able to say, ‘What the hay? That’s whacked!’ And to me, that’s fun. And I’m all about the fun.

#4 – It’s a different take on the Fish Out of Water Taleangela_quarles

I’ve always loved fish out of water stories, and that’s essentially what a time travel novel is. You get to see the main character vulnerable and challenged in a way that their normal setting wouldn’t have. And it’s a nice vehicle for humor too.

#3 – Putting yourself in the heroine’s perspective

This happens with any well written novel, but I think with a time travel it might prompt a reader a little harder to think, “Good Lord, what would I do if I’d been zapped back in time like that?” or “Could I give up modern conveniences for the love of my life?”

#2 – The mind bending

Some of them, if they affect timelines or are caught in cause-effect loops, can really do a number on your brain cells. They leave you thinking, “Wait. Does this mean that…” or out loud exclamations of “Oh, cool” that make your cat look at you funny. A great one for the mind-bending factor is, of course, Audrey Niffenegger’s The Time Traveler’s Wife. Loved that book.

#1 – The hot men

If the heroine is the one who travels back in time, it takes a pretty open-minded guy to accept her story, right? And it’s fun to see them interact with the heroine’s differences and to see their character grow as well. Then her traveling isn’t as common, but are not any less fun, and the cultural differences still apply.

How about you? Do you love time travel romances? Why are you drawn to them? What are your faves?

If you would like to purchase a copy of Must Love Breeches, click on one of the following links:
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Thanks, Angela and congrats on the release of Must Love Breeches.

Angela is graciously giving away one $5 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter. If you would like to win the gift card, then you must leave a comment answering Angela’s questions.

26 thoughts on “Loving Time Travel with Angela Quarles and Giveaway

  1. It’s kind of unfair to award Outlander with the title of “my favorite time-travel”, because it’s the only one I’ve read. Instead, I’m going to cheat a little. I’m going to say Wicked As They Come by Delilah Dawson is my favorite, because Trish travels to an alternate reality that’s a different version of our modern world. She’s got the fish-out-of-water part covered, for sure.

  2. Oh, this sounds interesting.
    I will confess not having read many time travel romances, but I do love time travel stories, especially those where the time traveling might change the future.
    I will have to try if time travel romances are for me as well.

  3. Congratulations on your release Angela! Love the look of your book.

    I’ve always enjoyed time travel books simply because that’s exactly what we do as readers when we read books about the past. Or at least I do. I always imagine myself there interacting with the characters from that time period. As for my favorite, I would have to say The Winter Sea and The Firebird, both by Susanna Kearsley. I am, however, thoroughly enjoying the the TV series of Outlander. I read the book a while ago and the TV show is yummy!

    • Sigh. I lived those two Kearsley books so HARD! Especially The Winter Sea. I’ve only been able to see the first episode of The Outlander but hope to add the channel soon to my cable! Thanks for commenting!

  4. i really loved ” home in time for christmas” by heater graham i loved how the character learned from their own time and to see how for some the past would be a better place

  5. A Knight in Shining Armor by Jude Deveraux is my favorite time-traveling romance book. I haven’t read a book that can beat this.

  6. I agree with a Kinght in Shining Armor is a wonderful time travel story. I also enjoyed the highlander series by Karen Marie Moning and Janet Chapman which time travel to introduce the Hero and heroine.

  7. Yes, I do love time travel romances. I think I’m drawn to them because of the chance to see a different time through modern eyes, I really enjoy that. I’ve enjoyed quite a few, but my favorite is Lynn Kurland’s time travel books, especially Stardust of Yesterday.

  8. OUTLANDER stands out for me. I love the whole fish out of water concept. Makes me wonder how I would cope landing back in time.

  9. LOL, the mind bending timeline factor can give lots of headaches too!! I started OutLander recently because of all the hype and I must say, it’s awesome!
    Congrats on your debut release!

  10. I’ve actually never read a time-travel novel; most of the fish-out-of-water stories I read are of people going to alternate dimensions rather than through time. It’s not on purpose and I don’t have anything against time travel stories, I just haven’t gotten around to reading one yet! …I do really enjoy Futurama, does that count? 😀

  11. Congratulations on your new release! It sounds like a fascinating book. I enjoy time travel romances because they are a great escape from reality. Some of my favorites are Outlander, The Time Traveler’s Wife, Beyond the Highland Mist, A Knight in Shining Armour and the classic A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.

  12. I love time travel romance. Favorites include, of course, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. Some other favorites are Sandy Blair’s A Man in a Kilt, The Laird, and A Highlander for Christmas; Jude Deveraux’ A Knight in Shining Armor, Tess Mallory’s books, Nora Roberts’ Morrigan’s Cross, Christina Skye’s Christmas Knight, and all of Lynn Kurlands’ time travel books.