Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Virtual Book Tour and Giveaway: Gracie's Time (The Bean Books Book 4) by Christine Potter

Welcome to my stop on the virtual book tour for Gracie's Time by Christine Potter. This tour was organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. On my stop, I have an excerpt for you as well as a guest post. There's also a tour wide giveaway to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card. Be sure to visit the other stops on the tour for more excerpts, guest posts, interviews, reviews, and more! Enjoy!
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Title: Gracie's Time
Series: The Bean Books Book 4
Author: Christine Potter
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Publication Date: August 22nd 2019
Genres: Paranormal, Romance, Time Travel, Young Adult
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October, 1962
It's almost Halloween, but something a lot scarier than ghosts is on everyone's mind: nuclear war. After President Kennedy's speech to the nation about the Cuban Missile Crisis, Grace Ingraham overhears her parents' plans to keep her safe. She'll be sent off to live with a wealthy uncle—in the nineteenth century.

Gracie's from a family of Travelers, people who can escape into time. Too bad her mom and dad haven't Traveled since their honeymoon trip to the Lincoln Inauguration. So Grace will have to go alone—even though taking a wrong turn can have serious consequences: like heading for 1890, and ending up …in 2018.

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EXCERPT:
“Dylan, this is Gracie Ingraham,” said Claire. “She’s going to be staying with us.”

“Hi,” I said. Dylan smiled a huge smile, a really fine-looking smile. Maybe it was strange to be noticing that just then, but some people have great smiles, and he’s one of them. Dylan has a smile that makes you smile, too. He put down his cocoa and stuck out his hand. I shook it.

“Hey!” he said. “Dylan Musser. You going to school here and all?”

Most guys I knew were kind of weird around girls. They got embarrassed. Or worse, put on some kind of embarrassing he-man act. This was a nice change. Then I wondered what high school might be in 2018. I couldn’t even imagine it. Probably really hard. Something else to worry about!

Claire jumped in. “Eventually. She just arrived. We’re giving her a few days to settle in.”

Maggie cruised his ankles, too. “Maggie-cat!” he said, “Good kitty!” He stroked her back and she turned her turquoise-blue eyes on him.

I tried not to stare at Dylan. Guys look much better with a little hair, I decided. His was in a crazy red halo around his head. He wore jeans like Claire’s and Father Higbee’s, and a black hooded sweatshirt with funny little holes in both cuffs he could poke his thumbs through. He kept playing with them—thumbs in, thumbs out.

No one said anything for a second.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Christine Potter lives in a very old, haunted house, not far from Sleepy Hollow. She’s the author of the time-traveling Bean Books series, on Evernight Teen: Time Runs Away With Her, In Her Own Time, What Time Is It There?, and Gracie’s Time. She’s also a poet, with several books in print (the most recent is called Unforgetting). Christine loves all kinds of music, DJ’s, and plays dulcimer and guitar.



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GUEST POST:
If you could travel to any historical event in time, what would it be and why?
I thought about this topic for quite a while before I answered it. At first I zoomed to somewhere in the nineteenth century—my go-to for fiction. Then, I wondered what it would be like to live where I do in the lower Hudson Valley just after World War Two. New York City especially must have been exciting then, with wartime rationing giving way to enormous pride in the Allied victory and the promise of a whole new world.

But then I realized that the big events aren't the ones that really interest me. I like the daily stuff better, the stuff we take for granted. Let me go back to The City again—Midtown Manhattan—about 1927. I'd like to see the group of wits including Harpo Marx and poet and short story author Dorothy Parker at lunch at the Algonquin Hotel, sitting at their round table. Parker said later in her life that the razor-sharp jokes The Vicious Circle was so well known for were maybe a bit too harsh. I get my feelings hurt easily, so I'd like to be at a nearby table, picking at some chicken salad and listening.

I love 1920's clothes. The corsets of Victorian times were gone and there were great hats for women. Twenties bobbed hair looks almost contemporary to me. My current haircut would probably pass. I'd like my visit to the Algonquin to be sometime in the winter, so I could wear an afternoon frock cut perhaps on the bias, not too terribly short, and a pair of those funky not-very-high heeled shoes. I don't know whom I'd be lunching with. It would have to be someone who could listen as carefully as I'd want to what was going on at the next table.

Not far from the Algonquin used to be a huge movie palace with a stage show and a mighty pipe organ. The place was called The Roxy, and it opened in 1927, so perhaps I could go over there after lunch. It was an amazing place—looked like a Spanish castle, with three giant Moorish arches out front. It seated over five thousand people! It had its own ballet corps and orchestra.

After the movies, I think I'd like to get out of town. I would LOVE to see what Grand Central Terminal looked like in the late 1920's. I found a video online where you can see what it was like to buy a ticket there then, and the amazing thing is that it wasn't too different from the station today: high vaulted ceilings, great stone walls. Grand Central used to have a ladies' lounge where you could sit at a desk and write a letter. The desks were still there when I went to New York City to meet my parents as a little girl in the 60s. I'd love to see them stocked with envelopes and pens! Grand Central was always the palace of my dreams when I was little—go ahead and laugh, but I think it's still grand. And if you're reading these words and you're not from New York or haven't visited here, think back to the last time you saw Saturday Night Live on TV. Their stage set is a copy of Grand Central Terminal.

So—no particular event. Just a winter afternoon in Manhattan--circa 1927.
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GIVEAWAY:
Christine Potter will be awarding a $30 Amazon or Barnes & Noble gift card to a randomly drawn winner via Rafflecopter after the tour. To increase your chance of winning, be sure to leave a comment on a different stop participating in the tour each day. Good luck!
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31 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for taking time to bring to our attention another great read.   I appreciate it and thank you also for the giveaway. 

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  2. James, you awake early! Greetings, everyone! Anyone have any questions about Gracie's Time? I'd be glad to fill you in on anything except spoilers! Thanks to All The Ups and Downs for letting me be here today.

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  3. I love time traveling stories! Did you watch Timeless when it was on TV? I'm SO upset that no one else picked it up. People just like mindless TV...not me! If I could time travel, I think I'd want to go to Regency England.

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  4. I really want to know how Gracie navigates 2018.

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  5. I am new to Christine Potter and her work. I am getting together all the Bean Books to read over my long weekend vacation. I love the covers.

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  6. I'm looking forward to reading this one!

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  7. I liked the excerpt. Sounds like a good book.

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  8. Hi, Christy! I found out about Timeless a little too late. Its premise is cool, and plays with the whole go-back-and-change-stuff trope that's so important to time travel stories. I do, too--but in a very different way. In my world, there are Travelers (folks who can travel in time) and everyone else. And there are rules about what you can and cannot do in times not your own. You'll have to read Gracie's Time to find out!

    Hey, Audrey! I'm so indebted to Jay Aheer, the illustrator at Evernight Teen. She made me simply lovely covers.

    Good to see you again, Victoria!

    Thanks, Rita! I think it's a very good book ;)!

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  9. thanks for hosting this book sounds really interesting

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  10. I liked both the excerpt, and the book cover.

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  11. 1860 the start of the civil war to have a better understanding of why.

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  12. nice book cover and the book sounds interesting.

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  13. What do you most enjoy about writing?

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  14. I enjoyed your post and look forward to reading the book.

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  15. Thank you for sharing! Sounds like a great read!

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  16. Great excerpt & I love the cover art!

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  17. I love the cover! The artwork is beautiful.

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  18. What is the most surprising thing you discovered while writing this book?

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  19. Nice cover. This sounds like a terrific YA read.

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  20. looks like a fun one

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  21. Great cover.. makes me interested in this book series

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  22. This story sounds interesting. Thanks for sharing. Best wishes to the author.

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