Sunday, February 06, 2011

RiYA: Guest Post by Alexandra Monir + Songs

To kick-off Romance in YA (RiYA) Alexandra Monir will be posting about how time-travelling and how living in a different time affects a relationship and the development of romance. Her debut novel, Timeless, was just published early this year. It is a time-travel romance.

When tragedy strikes Michele Windsor’s world, she is forced to uproot her life and move across the country to New York City, to live with the wealthy, aristocratic grandparents she’s never met. In their old Fifth Avenue mansion filled with a century’s worth of family secrets, Michele discovers a diary that hurtles her back in time to the year 1910. There, in the midst of the glamorous Gilded Age, Michele meets the young man with striking blue eyes who has haunted her dreams all her life – a man she always wished was real, but never imagined could actually exist. And she finds herself falling for him, into an otherworldly, time-crossed romance.  
Michele is soon leading a double life, struggling to balance her contemporary high school world with her escapes into the past. But when she stumbles upon a terrible discovery, she is propelled on a race through history to save the boy she loves – a quest that will determine the fate of both of their lives.

Long-distance relationships are the ultimate roller-coaster. They can just as easily pull two people apart, or keep them in the googly-eyed "newly in love" phase for a deliciously long time. When you're finally together, there's the thrill of heightened passions and the relationship never getting stale--but then all too soon you're apart again, living different lives. Being separated by location is challenging enough for most couples, but imagine being separated by time! This is one of the themes I explored in my debut YA novel, Timeless.

When my protagonist, Michele, discovers that she can travel one hundred years into the past, she meets and falls in love with Philip, the mesmerizing stranger who has haunted her dreams all her life. However, Time doesn't allow Michele to live in the past, so she finds herself struggling to maintain her existence as a 2010 high school junior, while waiting for the moments when she can open the window in Time and visit Philip. Talk about the ultimate long-distance relationship!

While this distance and uncertainty does bring about heartache, it also brings my characters closer--because you often never realize how much you love someone until that love has been tested. I believe that whether you are separated by Time, distance, or just plain circumstance, true love will win out... and find a way.

Thank you Alexandra for sharing! 

Sounds good, right? Interested? You can buy the book at Amazon.

And Alexandra had two songs related to the book composed: Chasing Time and Bring the Colors Back. Above is the preview of both songs! She sang them herself, how cool is that? They're available for download at iTunes


  1. I might just have to buy that book, sounds awesome!

    I've given you an award!

  2. Great guest post! This sounds like a fantastic book and I can't wait to read it. I am intrigued by the idea of time travel and I've always liked time travel romances (like Outlander by Diana Gabaldon) so I'm happy to see a YA time travel romance.

  3. Ahhh, what an amazing book Timeless sounds like! I like long-distance relationships because it's the true test of love!! Eeek, thanks for phrasing it so beautifully, Alex ^_^

  4. This book is literally in the mail and on its way to me...I cannot wait to read it! I am fascinated by the combination of genres in this book.

  5. This definitely does bring a whole new dimension to the long-distance relationship! Wow, I so want to read this! I've seen Timeless around a fair but I can't believe this is the first time I've actually read a full synopsis for it. What's wrong with me? So glad I read this post! It sounds amazing. I'm going on a hunt now to find a copy of Timeless :D