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Thursday, October 17, 2019

Gracie's Time by Christine Potter - Book Tour - Guest Post - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hello, lovelies!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Christine Potter and her new book, “Gracie’s Time”!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $30 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Christine and to increase your chances of winning!

Thanks for stopping by!  Wishing you lots of luck in this fabulous giveaway!

Gracie's Time
by Christine Potter


GENRE: Young Adult Paranormal Romance (Time Travel)



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.



“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.



Fierce Heroines!

I'm a feminist from way back.  My dad, possibly disappointed that I came out a girl, taught me the stuff he would have taught a son: how to develop film in a darkroom, how to use a light meter and a camera you had to focus by hand and set the exposure on.  It was the sixties when I was little, and I didn't know any other little girls who did that.  I ran around with a tripod and a flash gun when I was nine.

So I guess the thought that there were guy things and girl things seemed weird to me from the get-go.  I mean, what did my being a girl have to do with anything around cameras?  But I didn't end up a photographer.  I ended up a writer of poetry and young adult fiction.

A lot has changed since I was a kid.  Now girls have "permission" (I put it in quotes because they shouldn't NEED permission) to do what they want.  Supposedly, anyway.  But when I look at who makes the decisions in the world, it's still mostly men.  And you know what?  They could have made a lot of better decisions!  I want to write female characters who will make my young readers stand up and be the lionesses they truly are.

My two major female characters in Gracie's Time are tough young women.  Gracie Ingraham is a time traveler who got lost trying to escape the Cuban Missile Crisis.  Her parents, fearful that there was going to be a nuclear war, panic, and try to send her into the safe past—the 1890s.  She learns that acting out of fear, even fear born of love, never leads to anything good.

They say there are planners and pants-ers in plotting novels, and I'm totally a pants-er.  I let my characters tell me what happens next.  Over the course of Gracie's Time, I watched as Gracie went from a frightened high school kid to a tough young woman.  Because she started out in 1962, she'd been raised by parents who didn't have her tethered by a cell phone. In 2018, where she unexpectedly lands, she is taken in by a couple who try very hard not to helicopter over her—and often fail.  Having faced down the terror of nuclear war at the beginning of the book, Gracie must come to terms with a terrible new fear of young people: getting gunned down in their classrooms.  I like the way she stands up to the challenge.

Gracie's best friend Zoe, like Gracie, is a nerd—a kid who loves weather forecasting, upcycling clothes, and vinyl LP's.  She's a non-conformist afraid of the mean girls (and mean kids in general) in the beginning of the story, but being best friends with Gracie and learning about time travel slowly but surely teaches her how to roar.

Partners for my girl characters need to be solid, smart young men—but they can't be too perfect to be believed.  I refuse to allow them to rescue my heroines—or to simply invert a tired trope and have the girls rescue the boys.  I don't want to spoil the romance part of this book by saying more than that here, but I've got both good and terrible men in this book—and some men who could simply be better and braver.  No knights in shining armor.

I hope you'll give Gracie's Time a look.  The young girl who read the first issue of Ms. Magazine cover to cover (that would be me) thanks you!



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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  1. Christine ~ Good morning! Welcome to FAB! It is so great to have you here! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour! :)

  2. Thank you for sharing your book with us and for the giveaway as well. I appreciate them both.

  3. How long after you finish a book, do you start your next book?

  4. Hi, everyone! Good to meet you Bridgett! Hey, Bernie & James! Thanks, Ally, for having me here today and giving me space to express my thoughts about feminist heroines in young folks' literature.

    Bernie, I'm usually working on a couple of things at once because I bounce back and forth between poetry and fiction. I have a grownup book underway (I use a pen name for those) now, and I'll probably start another Gracie/Bean in the New Year.

    Bridgett, we are blessed at ET to have a FABULOUS illustrator named Jay Aheer without whom we would be lost. Since my books are a bit retro--time travel, you know--I told her I wanted the covers to look hand-drawn, 70s ish. And just LOOK at that!

  5. Great excerpt, sounds like a book I'll enjoy reading :)

  6. Greetings, Rita, Gwen, and Victoria! I'd LOVE to hear what you thought of the book (said the review-hungry author). I had such fun writing this one!

  7. Do you have a favourite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.