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Friday, 12 December 2014

Blog Tour: West by Lizzy Ford + 5* review + guest post + giveaway

Award Winning and fan favorite author, Lizzy Ford, introduces us to a new time travel romance, with WEST, which Outlander fans are sure to love.
If you could change history, would you? 
WEST is the first installment in a series of standalone novels in the History Interrupted series featuring four women sent back to different time periods to modify historical events. 
Fans of Diana Gabaldon's OUTLANDER series will cherish this new series from Bestselling Author Lizzy Ford! 
Look for EAST, NORTH, AND SOUTH  in 2015!


If you could change history, would you?

College graduate Josephine “Josie” Jackson answers ‘yes’ to the question on a survey while visiting an Old West tourist trap. The next morning, she wakes up in Indian Territory in the 1840s, where she’s given a mission to complete before she can return to her time: to reset history by finding and stopping the man responsible for a horrific massacre.

It seems easy enough, until she discovers that three other women have been sent back to the same time period. When Josie uncovers what happened to them, she realizes the chances of her getting out of the past alive are not good.

To survive, she’ll have to trust the very man she’s there to stop, someone who has every reason to distrust her and only one reason to help her - to prove he’s not the monster she claims he’ll become.

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Guest Post - Lizzy Ford

The Inspiration Behind the History Interrupted Series.

I’m asked a lot about where I find my inspiration. The truth is kind of hard … I guess I live in a state of hyper-inspiration, where everything from random thoughts, someone’s words, inanimate objects, television … pretty much anything and everything around me stimulates my imagination. I’m a huge fan of history and unsovled mysteries in history.

For my latest series about to launch (History Interrupted), I had just seen The Lone Ranger movie and decided I needed to write something set in the Wild West. I’m also obsessed with Doctor Who, and I loved the idea of a relationship between a master puppeteer (the Doctor) and his companion, a woman who travels through time and space for the adventure. Add that to the fact I’m a huge fan of history (specifically unsolved mysteries in history) and I had a super awesome premise for a new series.

“West,” the first book in the History Interrupted time travel series, is about a somewhat na├»ve and idealistic college graduate, Josie, who wants to go back in time and change history in order to save lives. She meets a mysterious figure who convinces her it’ll be like a vacation, a fun adventure for a couple of weeks, with the bonus of helping people.

She does it, not knowing the puppet master has other plans for her. Only when she’s in the 1840s is she told the truth: he can send her back in time but can’t bring her back. He also did a little involuntary brain surgery on her and gave her two specific skills: a universal translator that allows her to speak to anyone in any language and an empathic memory chip that lets her see the thoughts and memories of the person closest to her.

She’s basically stuck working for him but can use these two skills to help her survive often-hostile environments. In each book, he sends her a little further back in time.

In the second book, “East,” she goes back to the era of Mongol conquest. I chose this period because I was intrigued by a podcast I listened to (Hardcore History by Dan Carlin) about Genghis Khan and thought – why not?! The Mongol conquest was an intriguing tale about how a handful of impoverished herders ended up taking over most of the known world in less than a quarter of a century.

While in the Mongol Empire, Josie meets and falls in love with a Mongol warrior, but is manipulated into leaving that era by the mastermind behind sending her back in time.

In the third book, “North,” she’ll be sent back to an as-yet undetermined time period, possibly the Viking Era, and in the fourth book, “South,” she’ll end up in ancient Rome. Her lover will essentially chase her through history to find her in the third and fourth books.

As she travels through - and learns about - these different cultures, she begins to understand what parts of history can be changed – and what parts shouldn’t. She turns from the bright-eyed idealist into a more discerning pragmatist whose desire to help people is never lost, but how she goes about doing it changes the more she learns. At the end of the series, she learns why the puppet master chose her and sent her through time.

It’s a romantic adventure like no other, with each book being a self-contained story that also plugs into the much larger picture of one woman’s journey through time to find herself and the man she loves.

Andrea's Review

*ARC received in return for an honest review

Lizzy Ford has done it again, I loved this book! 

I'm a big Doctor Who fan so when I read the synopsis I knew I had to read West. Once again I wasn't disappointed. I was sucked into Josie's story right from the off and hooked until the very end...Lizzy, how could you leave it there?? Genius!

Lizzy is famous for her brilliant plot twists that have you gasping out loud in disbelief and hanging onto the edge of your seat but she also has the knack of making you route for the most unlikeliest of characters. If you've read her Rhyn series you'll know what I'm talking about...Darkyn. Right? Well, West is no exception. I found myself warming to a reclusive killer called Fighting Badger! 

Apart from the influences of Doctor Who, West also reminded me a little of one of my favourite time travelling tv shows of the 80s, Quantum Leap. Being suddenly thrown into a time and place in somewhere in the past with not much knowledge of why you're there or when you will return to your own time and home, if you'll ever get home, that is!

West has everything you'd expect from a Lizzy Ford novel, feisty kick-ass leading lady, gorgeous sexy leading man (Taylor Handon!) darker characters that strangely draw you to them even when you know you shouldn't,  hot, sexy scenes, enough twists & turns to make your head spin & shout 'WTF?' and a cliff hanger ending that makes you cry with frustration when you realise you have to wait til April for the next book! Why, Lizzy? WHY??

If you're a fan of time travel & Doctor Who then this is the book for you. Hell, even if you're not go 1-click it now, you'll love it, trust me! 

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About the Author
Lizzy Ford is the author of over thirty books written for young adult and  adult romance readers, to include the internationally bestselling “Rhyn Trilogy,” “Witchling Series” and the “War of Gods” series. Lizzy has focused on keeping her readers happy by producing brilliant, gritty romances that remind people why true love is a trial worth enduring. Lizzy’s books can be found on every major ereader library, to include: Amazon, Barnes and Noble, iBooks, Kobo, Sony and Smashwords. She lives in southern Arizona with her husband, three dogs and a cat.

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