Hello all! We are really excited to be apart of our first audiobook tour, hosted by the lovely Jess (from the Audiobookworm)! The book is super cool, and we are excited to highlight it for you! Enjoy, and be sure to enter the giveaway below!
Author: Tara Sim
Narrator: Gary Furlong
Length: 8h 50m
Publisher: Forever Young Audiobooks
Genre: YA Fantasy
Release date: Feb. 14, 2017
Two o’clock was missing.
In an alternate Victorian world controlled by clock towers, a damaged clock can fracture time—and a destroyed one can stop it completely.
It’s a truth that seventeen-year-old clock mechanic Danny Hart knows all too well; his father has been trapped in a Stopped town east of London for three years. Though Danny is a prodigy who can repair not only clockwork, but the very fabric of time, his fixation with staging a rescue is quickly becoming a concern to his superiors.
And so they assign him to Enfield, a town where the tower seems to be forever plagued with problems. Danny’s new apprentice both annoys and intrigues him, and though the boy is eager to work, he maintains a secretive distance. Danny soon discovers why: he is the tower’s clock spirit, a mythical being that oversees Enfield’s time. Though the boys are drawn together by their loneliness, Danny knows falling in love with a clock spirit is forbidden, and means risking everything he’s fought to achieve.
But when a series of bombings at nearby towers threaten to Stop more cities, Danny must race to prevent Enfield from becoming the next target or he’ll not only lose his father, but the boy he loves, forever.
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About the Author:
Tara Sim is the author of Timekeeper (Sky Pony Press) and can typically be found wandering the wilds of the Bay Area, California. When she’s not chasing cats or lurking in bookstores, she writes books about magic, clocks, and explosives. Follow her on Twitter at @EachStarAWorld, and check out her website at tarasim.com.
About the Narrator:
Gary Furlong grew up in Wexford, Ireland. Throughout his life he has worn many a hat: He has worked as a teacher in Niigata, Japan; a puppeteer in Prague; an improv artist in Memphis, Tennessee; and as a singer and actor all over Ireland. He started narrating audiobooks in late 2015 and hasn't looked back.
Gary made his acting debut in the musical Godspell as a student. Since then he has pursued acting both on the amateur and professional circuits. Notable roles include Tom Collins in Bare Cheek's production of Rent in 2010.Over the course of his five years in Japan, he was an actor, director, and audio producer. It was during this time that he discovered his interest in audiobooks and voice-over.
He now works full-time as an audiobook narrator and voice actor from his home in Ireland.
Topic: LGBTTQ plus inclusivness in the YA genre (and how it can be drawn into the world of adult literature, and how it applies to the historical setting in the novel (where there significant changes that had to be made since it's set in the past, etc).
One of the reasons I wrote Timekeeper was because I was tired of finding hardly any genre LGBTQ+ books. There were a couple here and there, but always hidden, or else not spoken about, and forget about finding them in a bookstore. Growing up with a love of both genre fiction—specifically, fantasy—and LGBTQ+ stories, naturally I wanted to create a story that combined these.
I had written high fantasy stories with queer characters before Timekeeper, but this book was different because it was historical. I thought this might be an obstacle in portraying the sort of world I wanted to create, something that was a touch of our own world and a touch of another.
But that’s where fantasy is great, because it helps bridge that gap. In making a world with an altered timeline, and advanced technology, I knew that society would be affected as a result. This was how I was able to tweak the typical Victorian views of things like homosexuality and gender roles. At first I was met with a little resistance by readers who didn’t understand this, but I refused to change it. I didn’t want Danny to feel unsafe because of his sexuality. Exploding clocks, sure—but not because he’s attracted to boys.
The ratio of YA LGBTQ+ books is still pretty skewed toward contemporary, but I’m hoping that the next few years will see more and more genre LGBTQ+ stories join them. Stories where the main focus isn’t about the main character being gay, bi, trans, or ace, but rather about them having adventures and maybe (or maybe not) falling in love along the way.
I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the amount of YA LGBTQ+ books that have started making their way onto shelves, and I hope that this trend makes its way into the world of adult fiction as well. There are so many great stories out there for teens to find, and it’s part of our responsibility to help those teens find them.
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Mar. 20: Reading for the Stars and MoonNext Page Please
Mar. 21: Candid Ceillie
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Mar. 22: BookstacksAmber
Mar. 23: Book Crushin
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Mar. 24: The Desert Bibliophile
Mar. 25: Chapter Break
Mar. 26: Dab of Darkness
Mar. 27: The Madhouse
Mar. 28: Rolo Polo Book Blog
Mar. 29: Mama Reads
Mar. 30: Novel Ink
Mar. 31: Glorious Panic
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A New Look On Books
Apr. 2: Jories Loves A Story
Apr. 3: The Hermit Librarian
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Apr. 4: Here's to Happy Endings
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Apr. 5: Hall Ways
Apr. 6: A Book and A Latte
Apr. 7: Desert Rose Reviews
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