Friday, September 28, 2012

Journey in Time by Chris Karlsen - Review tour and Giveaway

(A Full length, historical / time travel romance)

This review is done in conjunction with the author's virtual tour with Goddess Fish Promotions. The author will be awarding a digital copy of her thriller, "Golden Chariot" to one randomly drawn commenter at every stop, and a $50 Amazon gift card to another randomly drawn commenter during the tour., so comment today AND follow the tour (if you click on the tour banner above, it'll take you to a list of his tour stops) -- the more you read and comment, the better your odds of winning. You could be introduced to a great new author AND win an awesome prize!


London attorney, Shakira Constantine, finally agrees to spend the day with her handsome client, Alex Lancaster. While riding in the countryside, the couple finds themselves caught in a time warp and transported back to the 14th century, and an England preparing for war. Everyone believes Alex is the Baron Guy Guiscard...a baron who died in the upcoming battle.

If they can’t discover a way to return to the 21st century, Alex will have to sail with the army to certain death. Shakira will be left alone to survive in the alien and terrifying medieval world.

I thought that this would be just another time travel story. Wow, was I ever wrong. Yes, they did travel back in time, but it was more than that.  First, I want to say that it took me a little bit to get involved with the story, so if you find yourself in the same spot -- stick with it!  It's so worth it!

When Alex, a music producer, meets Shakira, an attorney and a weekend guitar player in a rock band, the sparks fly. He is unable to put her out of his mind, and finally is able to convince her to spend the weekend at his cottage in Gloucestershire.

Their first day is spent relaxing and enjoying the countryside, but the second day is the beginning of their travel back into time. As they are riding, they suddenly find themselves back in the 14th century. They are immediately met by a group of knights who apparently know Alex as Sir Guy Guiscard.

This is where the story really began to grab my attention. Things were not as simple as just being drawn back into time.  The plot is much more complicated than most time travel stories I've read. I had to stop occasionally just to catch my breath and really think about what I was reading. Alex handles the situation well, but Shakira has a difficult time trying to adjust.

I don’t want to spoil the story for you, but I want you to know that I was absolutely in love with this book. I found that once I really got into it, I could not put the book down. I had to know how Alex was going to handle the upcoming battle. I wanted to know what Shakira was thinking when she believed that she was going to be left to handle this situation by herself. Their love story becomes of major importance also. It is very sweet, sexy and romantic.

There are so many twists and turns in this story as they try to find a way to return to the 21st century. I just had to know how this was going to be resolved. I could not even imagine how it was going to end. Every conclusion I came up with was wrong.

I picked this up to read a few pages before I went to bed and couldn’t put it down until I turned the last page. This is really one of the best stories I have read in a long time. I give Journey in Time a definite 5.

5 / 5 Flowers - I really loved it!

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.



  1. I love twists & turns in a story & if I can't figure out how it's going to end - all the better.


  2. I am so enjoying this tour. I agree 100% with the review.

  3. Hi,
    Thank you to It's Raining Books for hosting me. A huge thank you for the great review. I appreciate it so much and am so glad you enjoyed the story.
    Chris Karlsen

  4. Hi to MomJane and Marybelle,
    Thank you to both for following on the tour with me. It means a lot to me that you've taken the time to stop by and comment.

  5. I can't wait to read it, it sounds like a great book.

  6. Chris, I so enjoyed your tour. Your 5 flower review is truly deserved.

  7. Thank you, Ingeborg and Sharon. On various sites, I've asked where, if time travel was possible, would folks travel to. There's been some very interesting answers and lots of insight recognizing the dangers in certain periods:)

  8. Thanks for the review! It's been a great tour...


  9. Hi Anonymous,
    It has been a fun tour for me too. Hope I will hear from all of you down the road when I tour again. I have the sequel to Golden Chariot being released around the holidays.

    My blogspot and website will have tours and guest visits posted :

    Have a great weekend,

  10. What a great review, MJ. Chris just gifted me a copy of Journey in Time so I'm looking forward to reading it. Often, if something is slow in the beginning I usually put it down. I won't with this book...
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  11. Hi Catherine,

    I'm thrilled you have such faith in my story. Let me know what you think when you finished.

  12. Totally deserved 5 flower review, Chris! I read Journey in Time and loved it! Great review and fantastic book. Can't wait for the next one...


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