Today I'm thrilled to welcome author JL Bryan back to the blog to talk to us about time travel and his newest release, Nomad. I first "met" JL online several years ago when I was in my first year of blogging and he was releasing the very first book in the Jenny Pox series, and I'm beyond excited to still be blogging and promoting his work today. I was a huge fan of that series and can't wait to give this new book a try!
TIME TRAVEL VACATION CHECKLIST
It’s August. You’ve packed the suitcases, kids, and dog into the RV. You’ve even got Uncle Junior tagging along this year—he’ll help watch the kids in exchange for a steady supply of booze. The flux capacitor in your Winnebago is pulsing bright and clear.
It sounds like the start of a perfect family time-travel summer vacation, but is it? The answer might surprise you.
Over 95% of families who travel through time on vacation are injured or killed. Don’t become a statistic! Family Vacationeering magazine has assembled a checklist of must-haves before you and your family activate that time machine.
1. Helmets. Whether you’re visiting ancient battlefields or tooling around the radiation-zone hellscape of 2099, you’ll want a helmet that protects you against everything from archer arrows to xenon weaponized gas! Don’t forget helmets for your kids, dogs, and cats, too! (available on our website) If your kids complain that helmets don’t look cool, just tell them: “You know what else doesn’t look cool? Getting your skull bashed in by a prehistoric cave-beast.”
2. First Aid. You don’t know what you might encounter when you’re taking little Billy to see a real live brontosaurus—Jurassic mosquitoes are the size of condors and carry diseases about which modern science knows nothing. We recommend you buy the largest and most expensive first aid kit available (available on our website). A doc-bot from the year 2794 is a handy device that can stitch a cut or perform major brain surgery as needed. Doc-bots are prone to anxiety, however, so we recommend the most expensive brand (will be available on our website in 2794—pre-order now!)
3. Cameras. Yes, you’ve told us all about how your expensive phone takes such great pictures (and you mention it again every time you use Instagram). Big deal. When you’re posing for snapshots with Elizabeth the Great, Jack the Ripper, and Attila the Hun, you’ll find that real film does so much more to capture the excitement of the day. (shop for cameras on our website)
4. Rapid-Fire or Heavy Artillery Weapon. If you blow a tire while touring the Dark Ages, don’t let local warlords get medieval on your family! Defend yourself from our primitive ancestry with an AK-47 or a Smith & Wesson Atomic Cannon (available on our website). Weapons of mass destruction—why settle for anything less?
5. Snacks. Kids get cranky on long rides, and it’s just not cost-effective to stop at a rustic tavern for every single meal (or a nutro-smoothie injection booth, if you’re traveling into the future rather than the past). A smart money-saving tip is to carry a cooler full of kid snacks—juice, crackers, cookies, tubes of Oreo filling—and let them gorge themselves into a carb-induced coma. While your offspring snore and drool, and Uncle Junior sleeps it off, you and your spouse can finally have a little snuggle-time to yourselves!
When taking your family into unknown regions of history where you don’t know the language or customs, and universe-destroying paradoxes are always a possibility, remember: safety first!
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They took everything: her family, her home, her childhood.
By the age of nineteen, Raven has spent most of her life in the sprawling slums of America, fighting as a rebel against the dictatorship. When the rebellion steals an experimental time-travel device, she travels back five decades to the year 2013. Her plan: assassinate the future dictator when he is still young and vulnerable, long before he comes to power. She must move fast to reshape history, because agents from her own time are on her trail, ready to execute her on sight.
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J.L. Bryan studied English literature at the University of Georgia and at Oxford, with a focus on English Renaissance and Romantic literature. He also studied screenwriting at UCLA. He lives in the metro Atlanta sprawl with his wife Christina, where he spends most of his day serving the toddler and animal community inside his house. He is the author of the Paranormals series and the Songs of Magic series.
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