Thursday, December 12, 2013

Extracted Blog Tour: Time Travel & Steampunk!!

Welcome to this stop on the blog tour for Extracted!! Today I have a fun guest post from authors Sherry D. Ficklin and Tyler H. Jolley where they'll tell us a little about their inspiration to meld Time Travel with Steampunk!!  Below, don't forget to enter for a chance to win a Kindle Paperwhite Touch!

About the book:

Welcome to the war. The Tesla Institute is a premier academy that trains young time travelers called Rifters. Created by Nicola Tesla, the Institute seeks special individuals who can help preserve the time stream against those who try to alter it. The Hollows is a rogue band of Rifters who tear through time with little care for the consequences. Armed with their own group of lost teens--their only desire to find Tesla and put an end to his corruption of the time stream. Torn between them are Lex and Ember, two Rifters with no memories of their life before joining the time war. When Lex's girlfriend dies during a mission, the only way he can save her is to retrieve the Dox, a piece of tech which allows Rifters to re-enter their own timeline without collapsing the time stream. But the Dox is hidden deep within the Telsa Institute, which means Lex must go into the enemy camp. It's there he meets Ember, and the past that was stolen from them both comes flooding back. Now armed with the truth of who they are, Lex and Ember must work together to save the future before the battle for time destroys them both again.

Steampunk + Time Travel = Match Made in Heaven

One of our most commonly asked questions is “Why did you combine steampunk with time travel?”  Well the answer is quite simple and complicated…just like time travel.  We didn’t really set out with intentions to write a steampunk novel; it truly came organically.  As we were writing our outline, we fell in love with it and then moved on to world creation.  To be honest, I had never heard of steampunk, and as we were creating our world Sherry said, “You realize you’re turning this into a steampunk novel, right?” 

After a little research we realized that steampunk just fit with what we were creating.  The world is a great blend of advanced technologies and archaic ones. Being a time travel novel, it allows us to explore and blend modern, futuristic, and turn of the century sciences all under the same umbrella. What’s not strictly steampunk is the dialogue.  We didn’t do Victorian Era dialogue because 1) It’s not our thing 2) It really didn’t fit with the book and 3) We wanted it to get published before 2020 and that’s how long it would have taken us to write it, (see reason 1).

One of the best perks of it becoming a steampunk novel were all the sweet conventions we’ve gotten to attend.  Portland’s Gear Con was a blast, plus we got to eat VooDoo Dougnuts.

 In the spring we attended Anomaly Con where we unveiled the official Extracted trailer:

And, of course, Comic Con NYC was pretty much our dream come true:

While we didn’t set out to write a steampunk novel, we are so happy we did.  We’ve been introduced into this amazing world with some of the most dedicated fans. 

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About the authors: 

Tyler H. Jolley is a sci-fi/fantasy author and full-time orthodontist, periodontist (see: Overachiever). He divides his spare time between writing, reading, mountain biking, and camping with his family.
Sherry D. Ficklin is a full-time writer and internet radio show host with more mouth then good sense. She has a serious book addiction, but continually refuses treatment, much to her husband’s chagrin.
Tyler and Sherry met one fateful day and bonded over their love for books, science fiction, and donuts. Their first co-written novel came shortly after. Now, they still do all those other things, but also go to various steampunk conventions and events under the guise of ‘research’. They can often be found lurking on the Lost Imperials Facebook page or over on the official website,   

Find Extracted:
Amazon  •  •  BookDepository  •  Indiebound  •  Goodreads 

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  1. Thank you so much for hosting us, Becky. If anyone has any questions about Extracted please feel free to email us at info (@) thelostimperials(dot) com

  2. This book looks great. Love time travel books.

  3. I bought this book on my kindle, can't wait to start reading it!

  4. I love time travel books. This is my TBR this year :D

  5. From my childhood I love a girl but she did not loves me...she love any other boys but this boy is not polite beside that bad boy. With this boy has so many girl's relation ans he is extreme wroth boy. Sometimes I tell who I love that pls forget that boy because He is so much bad and extreme naughty....Pls love me truly then after that I will go to visit to USA..but she don't listen...