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.
ABOUT 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.
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?
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.