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Remembrance
by Michelle Madow
Series: Transcend Time Saga #1
Pages: 314
Publication date: July 27th 2011
Genre: YA Time Travel


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Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.

Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?

Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.
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Series: Transcend Time Saga #2
Pages: 66
Publication date: December 8th 2011
Genre: YA Time Travel



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How far would you go to get revenge?

When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe -- that she shared a past life with Drew -- is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy.

Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?

Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.                                                                                                                                                                           *Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga



Timeless
by Michelle Madow 
Series: Transcend Time Saga #3
Pages: 230
Publication date: Nov 14th, 2012
Genre: YA Time Travel


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IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.

In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.

In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.

Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.

Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.


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DELETED CHAPTER FROM TIMELESS

Note from Author:
Lizzie telling Keelie about being reincarnated

This chapter was in the advanced copy of Timeless I gave to reviewers, but I removed it before publishing the final version. It slowed the pacing of the book, and I decided not to have Lizzie tell Keelie about being reincarnated. So this scene never happened in the story, but if Lizzie were to tell Keelie everything, here is how it would go down! This chapter would have occurred after Lizzie’s mom agreed to go to England.

With all of this unbelievable stuff going on in my life, it was hard to remember that I was supposed to be a typical sixteen year old high school junior. Ever since the beginning of the school year when I saw Drew for the first time, my entire life had changed. But for everyone else who hadn’t recently discovered that they were reincarnated from Regency Era, England, and that their best friend accidentally cast a curse to kill them so they now had to travel back to the past to fix things, life was still normal. I reminded myself of that when Keelie texted me later that night saying she thought Jeremy was interested in her, and how she wanted to make sure that was okay with me since we broke up recently. Seeing that text made me realize something: Keelie was a kind, considerate person, and I truly wanted to be her friend. Throughout the years I grew comfortable with the friendship I had with Chelsea, but it had faults, especially after everything that had happened within the past few months. I had been afraid to tell Chelsea about my feelings for Drew, since she had announced her interest in him first. Luckily, Drew and I had the reincarnation-bond between us, which eventually brought us together again, but if circumstances had been normal, what would have happened? Would Chelsea have gotten the guy, and I would have been shafted because I was afraid to say something to my best friend since I didn’t want her to be angry with me? And if I did tell her, I knew Chelsea
well enough to suspect that she would have claimed that she noticed him first, so I should let her be happy and focus on mending my broken relationship with Jeremy. But maybe I wasn’t being fair to Chelsea. She might have done that before discovering the past lives that bound us together, but perhaps things had changed with her now. I wanted to believe that people could change, and that my friendship with Chelsea
could return to normal.

At the same time, I had to branch out and get closer to other people—people like Keelie, who wanted to be friends with me. She cared enough about being friends to make sure it was okay with me that Jeremy was interested in her, even though I had no claim on him anymore. She also left Shannon’s party early to help me, even though we didn’t know each other well. On the car ride back to my house, I’d skimmed over what had happened between myself, Drew, Chelsea, and Jeremy, because I wanted to keep the reincarnation stuff secret from Keelie.

Now that I saw the possibility of a real friendship with her, was it fair to keep so much secret? Could a true friendship be formed when one person wasn’t being honest with the other? It wasn’t difficult to figure out the answer to that question. It’s fine with me, I replied to Keelie’s text. What are you up to tomorrow? I should be working on a paper for class, but I’m up for distractions! she said. Which is why five minutes later, we had plans to get ice cream the next day. I couldn’t believe I was planning on telling Keelie everything. But if I wanted to be friends with her—true friends—I had to start the friendship off right.

********

The next morning, I wasn’t as confident about my decision as I had been last night. There was a high probability that Keelie would think I’d gone nuts, which was the same reason I hadn’t told my mom the full story. But unlike my mom, Keelie wasn’t a psychiatrist, so hopefully she wouldn’t psychoanalyze everything I said. Even though she wouldn’t try diagnosing me with a mental disorder, there was the possibility she would think the story was crazy. Hopefully Keelie had an open mind. We ordered our ice cream and sat down at a booth in the corner—as far away from other people that I could find. I didn’t want others eavesdropping in on this conversation.

“Are you sure you’re okay with Jeremy asking me out?” Keelie asked. “If you’re
not, I understand. You can tell me.” “I’m sure,” I said, meaning it. “Even though we broke up recently, it had been coming for a while. And remember, I’m the one who broke up with him, so if he said he’s ready to move on, he means it.” She spooned some ice cream into her mouth. “What did happen between you two?” she asked. “If there’s a reason why I should stay away, you would tell me, right?”
“He’s basically a good person, but we grew apart,” I said. “We had different interests. I was focusing on school since junior year is important for college applications, and doing more with my art. He didn’t understand why I wasn’t as interested in sports as he was.”

“You did look bored at the soccer game,” Keelie said with a laugh. “Because I was!” I said. “It’s that bad for you to watch?” “Yep.” I nodded. “I don’t see the point of watching people kick a ball back and forth
on a field. I find it boring. No offense to people who like it,” I added, since Keelie liked watching soccer. “It’s just not my thing.” “I can sort of get that,” Keelie said. “I’ve never thought about why I like watching
sports; it’s just something I enjoy. I guess it’s because I like the unknown … having no idea who’s going to win, and hoping that sitting there cheering will encourage our team and help bring them to victory. It’s also the competition that I like—how passion can trump logic. You never know how a game is going to end. It’s fun.”  “I never thought of it that way,” I said. I wasn’t going to turn into a sports fanatic now, but it was interesting to hear someone’s point of view that was different from mine. Chelsea only liked going to the games to socialize, and Jeremy wasn’t well-spoken enough to voice his opinion like Keelie just did. “It sounds like something Jeremy would think.”

“So you think the two of us will be good together?” “I could definitely see it working,” I said. “You’re a much better fit for him than I ever was.” “I’m glad you said that,” she said with relief. “I didn’t want to make things awkward for you if I started hanging out with him more.” “It’s totally not awkward,” I assured her. “I would be happy for both of you— really.”

“Anyway, how are things with Drew?” Keelie asked. “When I drove you home from Shannon’s party, it sounded like everything was a disaster and you wanted nothing more to do with him. I’m taking from seeing the two of you around school that you’re together now?”

“We are,” I said, although I didn’t know how to continue from there. How was I supposed to tell her that Drew and I loved each other in a past life, but we never had the opportunity to be together, and now we were reincarnated so we could have a real chance in this life?

I felt ready last night, but now I had no idea where to begin.
“Is everything okay?” Keelie asked. “You just got really quiet.”
“Everything’s fine,” I said. “It’s just that the night of Shannon’s party, when I told
you everything that happened with me, Drew, Chelsea, and Jeremy, I didn’t tell you the whole truth.”
“Oh?” Keelie raised an eyebrow. “This is going to sound strange,” I warned her. “But do you believe in
reincarnation?”

“That’s random,” she said. I had a feeling she was stalling because the question was so unexpected that she had no idea how to reply. “It’s one of those things that would be cool if it were real, but I never thought of it as an actual possibility.” “So you don’t believe in it?” I asked.
“I’m not sure,” she said. “Why? Do you?”
“Well, I didn’t believe in it … until I met Drew.”
She looked at me in disbelief. “And since you met Drew, you believe in reincarnation?”

I nodded, my cheeks turning red. This was more humiliating than I had anticipated. She leaned forward, and I hoped she was at least intrigued. “Do you think you and Drew … knew each other in a past life?”
“I don’t think so,” I said. “I know so.” And the story spilled from there.

***

“You believe me?” I asked after I finished telling the story. The only part I kept to myself
was how Genevieve was Shannon’s aunt. Chelsea had promised Shannon no one would find out, and I didn’t want to break that confidence. “I think so,” she said. “There’s no reason for you to make this up, and I don’t think you would have told me if you didn’t believe it. Also, it would have been too coincidental for you, Drew, and Chelsea to remember the same things without talking with each other about it first. So it’s the only explanation that makes sense. It’s a lot to take in, though.” “It was like that for me at first, too,” I said. “Sometimes there are still days when I wake up and wonder if this has actually happened, or if it’s been one long dream.” “I suppose I can believe the past life stuff,” she said. “That you and Drew are soul mates and were reincarnated to be together. It’s romantic. But the rest of it, with the spells and the time travel—that’s where it gets hard for me to believe.” “Understandable,” I said. It seemed like she thought I was loony for believing that time travel might be possible, but she was being nice in not making me feel bad about it. “I look at it like this. If it’s possible, then I’ll go to England, visit a time that I never thought I could, and make it so Chelsea’s spell has no effect on this life. If the spell didn’t do anything and we can’t go back in time, then at least I’ll have gone to England with Drew, and have had an incredible Christmas.”
“You’ll have to tell me all about it when you get back,” Keelie said.
“I will,” I promised. Hopefully when I returned, I would have only good things to share. 



HOW TAYLOR SWIFT’S “LOVE STORY” MUSIC VIDEO
INSPIRED REMEMBRANCE

The “Love Story” music video premiered in the fall of 2008. The first time I watched
it, I was entranced. Taylor sees a guy while walking through campus, and the moment
their eyes connect, the scene flashes to the two of them dancing at a beautiful ball dressed
in clothes that appear to be from around the year 1815. It’s magical to watch, and the
video is so amazing that it gave me chills. I watched it over and over again, and a story
started to piece together in my mind. A story about a girl reincarnated from Regency Era,
England, who doesn’t realize it until her soul mate transfers into her school and triggers
her memories to gradually return to her.

In that semester at school, I was taking a class called Intro to Creative Writing. One of
our first big assignments in class was to write anything we wanted and bring it in to share
with everyone. Since the characters and scenes that came to me while watching “Love
Story” refused to leave my mind, I decided that for the project, I would write the first
chapter of what I then called “The Story Inspired by ‘Love Story.’”

After completing the chapter, I stared at it for about an hour, worrying about what my
classmates would think after reading it. I assumed everyone else would write about
“normal” topics—not reincarnation and seeing your soulmate from the past for the first
time! What if they thought what I wrote was weird? I nearly erased it in favor of turning
something else in, but then I remembered something Taylor had said:

"If you’re lucky enough to be different from everyone else, don't change."

I listened to her advice. Yes, what I wrote was going to be way different from what
everyone else in class wrote, but I was okay with that. And after I read the chapter aloud
to the class, I was amazed to find out that everyone in my class, including my teacher,
loved it. Actually, they more than loved it—they wanted to read more!

But I had never written a novel before, and the idea of making the plunge and going for
it intimidated me. What if I failed and couldn’t finish it? That worried me, but again, I
remembered something Taylor had said:

"To me, fearless isn't not having fears; it's not that you're not afraid of anything. I think
that being fearless is having a lot of fears, but you jump anyway."

So I jumped.

And now, three years after I saw the “Love Story” music video for the first time, my
debut novel Remembrance is finally available for everyone to read. I’m so happy to
be able to share it with you. I can only hope that if you choose to read it, you end up
enjoying it as much as I loved writing it!

Thank you for taking the time to read my story about how “Love Story” and Taylor Swift
helped me get to where I am today!


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About The Author: Michelle Madow

Find Michell Madow @ 

In the fall of 2008, Michelle saw Taylor Swift’s “Love Story” music video for the first time. She thought up a story to go along with the video, and wrote the first chapter as a homework assignment for class. Her classmates and teacher loved it so much that they wanted to know what happened next, so Michelle continued writing, and that story eventually became Remembrance, the first novel in the Transcend Time Saga. She’s so happy to be able to share this series with you, and hopes you enjoy reading it as much as she loved writing it!

Michelle lives in Florida, and is hard at work writing more novels for young adults.





5 comments :

  1. I already purchased a copy of Remembrance and I'm so glad to read here about what inspired the series.

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  2. Reincarnation fascinates me! I love reading books about it. Nice!

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  3. Transcend Time Saga Series sounds very interesting and I am looking forward to reading these books. Thanks for this awesome giveaway!

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  4. I am looking forward to reading REMEMBRANCE.

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  5. Interesting guest post :) Thank you for this giveaway :)

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