20 May, 2011

Hedgeland Blog Tour: Excerpt and E-Book Giveaway

Visiting Read My Mind today is Dr. Ann Nyland. In cooperation with The Bookish Snob Promotions, Ann is making a stop here on her blog tour to promote her debut release, HEDGELAND.

Author Bio: Author Dr Ann Nyland was on Faculty at the University of New England, Australia. She is a grammar pedant, ancient languages translator, and best selling non-fiction author of such books as The Complete Books of Enoch; Angels, Archangels and Angel Categories: What the Ancients Said; The Book of Jubilees; A Devil of a Job to Find Satan in the Bible, among others. Hedgeland is her first novel.

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Blurb: Hedgeland, an urban fantasy of time travel. Dr April Neuland, a Professor of Ancient Languages turned non-fiction writer, has been plagued by dreams all her life, dreams of her past life in the Otherworld. Meanwhile, in a parallel dimension of April's past and Caridwen's future, Worthing, a Future History Professor, has allied with the Military to access Future Internet communications and use new technology to influence April to write an ebook novel revealing where she, in her past life as Caridwen, hid the Kiste, a device to travel through time and space. Hedgeland weaves all three time/space frames: Caridwen, Worthing, and April.

Excerpt: Chapter 7. Worthing.

"Do you mean to tell me you have been using Scientificarium research funds to make toys?" The short man did not raise his high-pitched voice, but spoke sternly, gesturing to a blue box sitting on Worthing's desk. Turns out he was Military Intelligence, although Worthing thought that title a contradiction in terms.

"Um no," Worthing said, trying to gather his wits.

The two sat opposite each other. Worthing was on a post-lecture high, as he liked to call them. Lectures always gave him a buzz. Wits gathered, Worthing tried to talk his way out of the situation. "As you are no doubt aware, High Master, my area of expertise is Future History, and specifically, Caridwen and the Kiste. In Future Time, Caridwen, who will then be known as April, will be very fond of a dramatica to be known as 'Dr Who.' I have asked the Faculty of Science to make replicas of 'Dr Who' items, such as this blue box and this life form known as a 'Dalek,' to aid in my research."

Worthing gave the Dalek a fond but loud pat on the head, hoping to draw the High Master's attention away from the shelves to his side, on which were perched many other Future replicas from the dramatica to be known as Dr Who: weeping angels, cybermen, David Tennant's sonic screwdriver, Matt Smith's sonic screwdriver, and a Rose Tyler action figure. Rose was Worthing's favorite companion, apart from Jo Grant, Donna, Turlough, and Adric, and what a sad ending he would have.

"Professor!" The High Master's reprimand snapped Worthing back to the matter at hand with an accompanying slap on the desk. "Your obvious misuse of Scientificarium funding is of little or no interest to me. We have gathered some Future Intelligence and request that you work with us on the matter of the Kiste."

Worthing wondered if it would be appropriate to ask if there would be any financial remuneration, but decided against it.

HEDGELAND has a fascinating mix of urban fantasy, science-fiction and technology, and otherworldly time-travel. For a chance to win an e-book copy, just comment before June 1st, 6pm, with the one era and/or place that you'd want to visit, if you had the ability to travel through time.

As an added bonus, Ann is having a contest for a lucky reader to become a character in her next book. To get in on the action, keep following the tour, and be sure to check out Ann Nyland's author blog on May 29th.

Here's the next stop on the tour:
Ren's Blogging About on May 21st.

Wanna know where else Ann is visiting during her HEDGELAND tour? Find the master list of tour stops at: The Bookish Snob Promotions Hedgeland Blog Tour Page. Be sure to check out each blog for other excerpts, giveaways, interviews, and guest posts.

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  1. Another great book excerpt Ann!

  2. I have the book and can't wait to read it! I'd love to be a character in a book, that would be awesome :)


  3. I have been hearing a lot about this book lately and look forward to reading it. It sounds like something fresh and that is certainly always welcome. Thank you for the opportunity to win the giveaway!


  4. Hi guys, thanks for the comments - I'm glad to hear you're looking forward to reading Hedgeland! Thanks for having me here, Lillie, great blog!

  5. I have read the book and I would love to be a character in the next book.

  6. Dr. Nyland, thanks for the great excerpt, and for stopping by!

  7. SOunds interesting, with urban fantasy and technology. Great post, I really enjoyed it.

  8. So good to hear you'd like to be in the book, Eileen! Lena, I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks so much again for having me here, Lillie, it was a fun stop.

  9. Sounds like an interesting book. I would like to visit the Victorian times, just cause I like the dresses. Thanks for the giveaway.


  10. Sounds like a fun read.

    I'm a follower on GFC-Lisa Richards


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  11. I would want to visit the Jurassic period. lol. Somewhere equatorial. Of course I would want to be able to return on a moment's notice, as it could be a dangerous trip!

    heykiddego (at) gmail (dot) com

  12. Book has very interesting story!Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  13. Cool! Thanks for the chance to win!

    hense1kk AT cmich DOT edu


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