Just in case you missed my post yesterday all about what S.F.D. is, you can check it out here. Basically, we’re a team of debut author supporters started by Talina from Sassy & Dangerous, who’ll be going on a series of missions to help promote some seriously amazing authors. Today I’m super pumped to be going on a mission for Sassy’s Fangirl Debuts – my mission, which I’ve chosen to accept, is an open letter to a debut author, and I have been assigned Janet B. Taylor, author of one of my most anticipated 2016 releases.
Dear Janet (can I call you Janet? I’m going to call you Janet),
I know you already know how freaking excited I am for your book. I’ve already got a review of it on Goodreads (all in caps) and I’ve done a Waiting on Wednesday post about it and I’ve told you on Twitter a few times, but, if it’s cool with you, I’m going to talk about it a little more.
I don’t know if you know, but I lived in Scotland for over a year. I’m completely in love with that country, so as soon as I saw the setting of your book, I was super intrigued. BUT then you added in freaking TIME TRAVEL, and, like I said on Goodreads, I realized there couldn’t possibly be a more perfect book for me.
Let’s just see. Some things I know about you and your book:
- Favorite things to do (other than reading): Travel. And um…let’s see…did she mention travel? [from your Meet the Author post] Let’s go on a trip together, okay? I LOVE to travel, and I take at least one road trip a month. I love that you enjoy travelling and that you travel to all the places your book is set because, though I haven’t read Into the Dim yet, this makes for seriously amazing and well-developed settings. I can’t wait to travel to Scotland again in your book.
- You’re a Whovian. Enough said.
- “[Hope’s mother is] also a member of a secret society of time travelers, and is now trapped in the twelfth century during the age of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine.” Now Hope has to travel back in time to rescue her. I mean, are you kidding me? Plus there’s a “mysterious boy” and romance and effing SCOTLAND. I want to read this book SO BADLY. Here’s hoping your book takes places sometime around when Scotland rebelled against Henry’s rule along with Henry’s kid, “Young Henry”, because that will make for some interesting conflict. Even if it doesn’t, freaking time travel and Scotland added together makes for a very excited Stefani. I’m really looking forward to reading this. Not like you couldn’t tell or anything. I’m not even usually a big fan of historical fiction, but this? This I KNOW I will like.
- Into the Dim got two amazing covers. The first one, with the mountains and the snow and the girl in a fur cape and the font, is what made me click on this book on Goodreads. It’s what initially drew me in. It was absolutely gorgeous! And then you got a new cover and I’m kind of in love with the font on that one too and the tagline – “Her future is a thousand years in the past.” Color me intrigued.
- Your Into the Dim Pinterest Board. YES. Love all the characters’ looks and that picture of Glencoe (which I’ve been to and which is absolutely gorgeous). I usually prefer imagining the characters’ appearances myself, but if your boys look like THAT? Yeah, I can deal.
I could probably keep going, but I’ll stop there. Basically, I just wanted you to know that I am REALLY excited to read Into the Dim. I honestly don’t know if there could be a more perfect book for me. Scotland and time travel mixed together? Could there be anything that appeals to me more? I really don’t think so. Like I said in my WoW post, could I time-jump to March 2016, please and thank you?
Into the Dim fangirl
What to know more about Janet B. Taylor’s debut Into the Dim? Of course you do.
ABOUT THE BOOK
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers // Publication Date: March 1, 2016
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When fragile, sixteen-year-old Hope Walton loses her mom to an earthquake overseas, her secluded world crumbles. Agreeing to spend the summer in Scotland, Hope discovers that her mother was more than a brilliant academic, but also a member of a secret society of time travelers. Trapped in the twelfth century in the age of Eleanor of Aquitaine, Hope has seventy-two hours to rescue her mother and get back to their own time. Along the way, her path collides with that of a mysterious boy who could be vital to her mission . . . or the key to Hope’s undoing. Addictive, romantic, and rich with historical detail, Into the Dim is an Outlander for teens.
Janet Taylor lives in such a small town in Arkansas that if you happen to sneeze when you pass by, you’ll totally miss it. (Cause, you know, you can’t sneeze with your eyes open. For real–try it–it’s impossible)
Her debut novel, INTO THE DIM (coming 3/1/2016 from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) is about a 16 year old girl who travels through time. Totally on purpose and stuff.
She’s a reader/fan first and a writer second. She lives with her fantastic husband, two hilarious sons, and Dorda the diabetic dog who won’t win any beauty contests, but has a “nice personality”.
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Check out the full S.F.D. team and head to their blogs to see who they wrote a letter to!
Talina, our fearless leader // Emily // Heather // Eileen // Karina // Deanna
Claudia // Kaitlin // Jasmine // Angel // Bex // Melissa // Kaitlin S. // Aila // Jess // Jaime
Lauren // Lizzie // Erin // Aimee
21 thoughts on “S.F.D. Mission: Open Letter to Janet B. Taylor, author of Into the Dim”
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Stef….this is an awesome post! It makes we want to read…lol! One book at a time for me though.
Well, by the time you finish Mosquitoland, this book will be out! Haha. Love ya, ma.
THIS BOOK IS ON MY TBR TOO! Oh my goodness it just sounds so flipping fabulous and those covers are to die for indeed!
I’m loving this project 💗
I’m so freaking excited for this book! And I’m so happy a bunch of other people are too. 🙂
Ohhhh time traveling! Scotland! Mysterious boy! ♥ I definitely need this book in my life. I’m torn between the old and new covers of Into the Dim. They are so gorgeous, wish I could have them both. 🙂
SAME! We should just get one on the jacket and one on the actual book. 🙂
Ooh, she has a Pinterest board?! I can’t wait to read this; I love time travel books and the [both] covers are gorgeous :).
I KNOW! I was totally stalking her website and saw the Pinterest link. HAD to check it out and it’s wonderful!
Hahaha I always wonder if I can address the authors by their first name! I love what you did there! Sounds like you really got to know Janet (I’m gonna call her Janet too XD)! Lovely letter Stefani!!
Haha. Yes! Especially if I’ve never met them before.
Woo girl, I didn’t know you lived in Scotland! I’d LOVE to visit one day. Like you and Janet, I love traveling and will never get sick of it. (wanderlusttt ❤ ) I absolutely can't wait for Into the Dim, too. *sighs* why must 2016 be so far away?
It was great reading your letter!
Yep! I lived there for about 13 months (plus two one-month study abroad stints). I adore that country and I hope you get to go one day! YES to the wanderlust thing! I actually have a wanderlust tattoo. 🙂
I totally agree with everything in your letter! This was one of the first 2016 debuts that I heard of! I can’t wait to get my hands on it!
RIGHT? ASDFJKL; I’m so pumped about this book!
Stefani!! This is just the bestest thing EVER!! And the trip thing?? Hell yes!! *calls travel agent*
You are a cutie pie, darlin and I am so grateful for all your support! I can’t wait for you to read Into The Dim! I hope you will love my Hope as much as I do! 😀 xoxoxoxoxo
I’m so glad you liked it! I had a bunch of fun writing it. And dude, let’s take a trip soon! 🙂
You had me at TIME TRAVEL. Don’t get me wrong, I love books set in Scotland. (Haven’t been there but it’s on my wish list!) But time travel? You can’t go wrong.
RIGHT?! I’m so pumped about that. Also, you really need to go to Scotland!!
OMG. I am so happy for you right now because you were able to write to an author whose book book you’ve already read! So freaking cool! (Okay… mini fangirl moment over…)
Anyway, I hadn’t heard of this book but Scotland and time travel? Count me in! I am adding it as soon as I am done here. I’ll probably also be spending some time on the Pinterest board!
Thanks for sharing, Stefani! 🙂
I haven’t read this one yet, but I REALLY REALLY want to! I mean, Scotland and time travel. YESSSSS. So glad I could bring this book to your attention. 🙂