{Blog Tour} Spotlight + Guest Post + Giveaway: Interred by Marilyn Almodóvar

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Today, one of our most awaited time travel book is finally released! Let's all give it up for Interred by Marilyn Almodóvar! Our radars immediately went ping when we read the blurb for this one. So good. Coupled with a very kind and lovely author, it's just the book we can't wait to get our hands on.

To celebrate Interred's release, here's a guest post from Marilyn about the time bending rules in Interred. (If you're interested in a character interview with Baxter, head to Precious' blog!) Plus, there's also an international giveaway! Got your ears perking up, huh? So join Precious and I as we celebrate Interred's book birthday!

Interred (Chronicles of the Interred, #1)
Title: Interred (Chronicles of the Interred #1)
Author: Marilyn Almodóvar
Publisher: Iambe Books
Date of Publication: January 22, 2013

Time has never been an issue for Baxter Jacobs, but then she never knew she had the ability to Bend it.

As her sixteenth birthday approaches, Baxter inherits a pendant that will change her life. Connected to the pendant is a dark and mysterious young man named Declan Ashdown. Trapped in a Time loop for the past 122 years, Declan needs Baxter’s help to escape. The only problem is, she has no idea how to do it.

To acquire the power she needs to free him, she’ll become one of the Interred, those whose Magical abilities emerge as they come of age. When she does, she’ll discover that Declan isn’t the only one interested in the fact that she’s a Time Bender.

As the Interment arrives, Baxter knows this will be no Sweet Sixteen. A vengeful relative and ruthless Council are determined to control her. Declan’s powerful and charming descendant, Jack Ashdown, claims he can save her. She’ll soon have to decide who she can trust, and how to master her new abilities before Time runs out.

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What a lovely cover, right? When I saw the cover, along with the blurb, I knew I had to read this one. And I am! Stay tuned for my review of Interred in the next few days!

Guest Post

Because I'm mighty interested in the different time traveling rules authors make for their books, I naturally asked Marilyn for hers. Here's her very insightful answer. Take it away, Lyn!

Time Bending Rules 101
by Marilyn Almodóvar

When I finally figured out that I was writing a Time Traveling series, the challenge was to find an element in it that would be fresh and original. While there aren’t many Young Adult books about Time Traveling, this topic has been done a lot on television and in film. As a Whovian, I wanted my Time Traveler to be as different as, say, the Doctor.

Thus, I explored the possibility of what it would be like for someone to have the ability to not only bend Time, but also create Time portals that could transport them into other eras, or simply from Point A to Point B. In the process of creating a world where people have these kinds of abilities, I had to decide things like how common Time Benders are, what other kinds of abilities people can have, how to govern all of them, and what kind of consequences they could invoke by using their powers.

For my main character, Baxter, I wanted her ability to bend Time to have a major downside since, of course, no one is invincible. Baxter has to cope with losing her own energy in the process of moving from the present to the past or future. The more portals she opens and the longer it takes for her to travel through Time, the more she ages. To help her with the energy loss, I provided a healer in the shape of Jack Ashdown, but he can’t work miracles or plastic surgeries. Otherwise, I’d be patenting his mad skills!

After I finished torturing—I mean, creating all the rules involved in Baxter’s ability—I decided that Time Travel shouldn’t result in the Butterfly Effect. I wanted to link historical periods in time to the main structure of the novel because I knew which time periods she would visit. So in my books, when portals are opened, this causes a shift in the world. Wars, earthquakes, hurricanes, etc., are the results of Time Traveling because the energy used by the Time Bender is not only his/hers, but also the world’s.

As you may have guessed, the Time Benders in my books aren’t meant to use their abilities to go back in Time to change things as they see fit. This becomes a significant plot element in the stories. Baxter has to choose whether she will go back in Time to change events that have impacted her life, or whether she will respect the power she wields.

Whenever the Time Benders in my stories create portals, they leave behind Fissures, which are like corridors through Time. These Fissures can be used by other Magical Beings, though it’s highly unlikely that those beings will survive going through the Fissures if they don’t have a Time Bender with them. Even though the Fissure is a crack in Time, traveling through one could potentially kill a person. Imposing this significant consequence was another decision I made while building this world.

Creating the world of Interred was great fun, and I absolutely adored playing with the possibilities that surround Time Bending. It allowed me to explore eras that appeal to me, such as the 1980’s (which I know only too well). It also allowed me to experience the point of view of a young girl who’s been thrust into a volatile situation with little knowledge of how her newfound abilities will wreak havoc not only on her body, but on her entire life. This intensity and wonder are what writers can expect when crafting new worlds for their readers.

Thanks, Dianne, for the opportunity to share a bit of Interred with your readers!

Thank you so much for that wonderful guest post and explanation, Lyn!

About Marilyn Almodóvar

Marilyn Almodóvar is the author of a series of YA paranormal novels. Born in Ft. Huachuca, Arizona, Lyn is a lover of words whose reading tastes range from Victorian novels to the books of Stephen King. Her favorite past-times have always been reading and writing, two activities that let her escape to other worlds.

It was this love that propelled her to choose Theater and French as majors in University, with a minor in English Victorian Literature. Lyn lived for almost a decade in England followed by three years in France before returning home to the States. A self-confessed citizen of the world, she is fluent in English, French and Spanish, with basic knowledge of the Italian language.

Lyn could happily exist breathing the clean air of Narnia, trapped in a cupboard under the stairs with Harry, fighting alongside Captain Jack Sparrow, doing an internship in Torchwood, or traveling around time and space with the Doctor…as long as she can have Mr. Spock, Captain Kirk and Captain Mal as companions.

Lyn currently lives in Central Florida with her French husband, English-born eldest son, and French-born youngest son. Her debut YA Novel, Interred, will be published by Iambe books on 01/22/2013.

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Lyn is giving away an ecopy of Interred and some swag! What swag, you might ask? Oooohhh, just a magnet and a wristband, no biggie. What no biggie? Yes biggie! This giveaway is open INTERNATIONALLY and ends <insert date>. Thank you so much Lyn for donating these prizes! <3


  1. Thanks for being part of the Interred tour!

    1. Sure thing, Lyn! Thank you so much for the guest post and congratulations on the release of Interred!

  2. Happy book birthday to INTERRED, and congratulations to Lyn!

    1. Thank you Raine for dropping by and thank you for organizing this tour! <3

  3. haven't heard about this book before...but it sounds promising :)
    thx u for giveaway...

    1. Wee, glad we were able to introduce Interred to you! Good luck on the giveaway!

  4. No I havent heard of the book. It sounds really interesting. I will be adding it to my tbr list. Thanks for the giveaway!!

    1. Thank you for dropping by, Sarah! And yes, do add it to your TBR list. Good luck on the giveaway!

  5. Happy book birthday to INTERRED, and congratulations to Lyn!

    1. Indeed! Much love to Interred and Lyn from both of us! :D Thanks for dropping by, Laurie!

  6. That was very interesting. I like going to the tours to learn more about the book and the authors.

    Rivie @ Bookshelf

    Haven't heard of it - interesting read, so I hope I win.


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