Hello my friends!
I am back to bring you another blog tour and let me tell you, I am so excited for this one! Allison Mullinax is a gifted writer and I have nothing but mad love for her. Her first book, Break the Line, had me actually interested in fishing. FISHING. In this book, When It All Goes Still, I found myself loving time travel. I wonder what topic Allison will have me love next?
Enough of the gushing. I have quite a line up for you guys. I have the synopsis, review, author bio, buy links and a special little treat: an interview I did with Allison. I am forever grateful she took the time to answer my questions.
Without further ado, let’s get this show on the road!
Traveler is arrogant, rebellious, and the most skillful Observation Agent within the division. His refusal to follow the agency rules finally catches up to him and a girl witnesses him time-travel.
Johanna Martin is a witty adventurous runner recovering from the tragic loss of her parents. Confused by the dark-faced stranger and what he was doing at the local state park, she is unable to ignore the effects it has had on her.
With his life and reputation at risk, Traveler must choose… Johanna or his life?
A special thank you goes out to Fiery Seas publishing for allowing me to read this eARC early. All thoughts and opinions are my own!
tw: abuse, non consensual sexual contact (challenged), parental death
Allison Mullinax has done it again! She has created another amazing piece of work with an absolutely swoon worthy romance. Seriously, my cheeks hurt from smiling. Traveler and Johanna have captured my heart and I want a million books specifically about them!
As I have mentioned before with time travel books, they can get pretty messy if not researched fully and completely. Time travel is so confusing and I still don’t fully understand it. But I don’t want to watch Dr. Who to find out more about it. In this book, time travel made perfect sense and I wasn’t even slightly confused. It was such a different take with the different levels of travellers- Observers, Collectors and Herders- and the different things they do. Observers just watch different periods of time. Collectors collect physical items and bring them back to the future. Herders collect actual people and bring them to the future. Wild, I know!
As for the characters, I adored both of them. Johanna had gone through so much in her life but she was still so strong. I just love strong female characters. Also props to Jo for being a small business owner! You definitely don’t see a lot of that in books. It needs to be more of a thing! Traveler was excellent as well. The depth of his love for Jo made me squeal with delight. I appreciated that he wasn’t cocky about how gifted he was with time travel. That would have immediately turned me off. Together, they were adorable.
I took off half a star because of the ending. I’m not going to spoil anything but it just felt really open and as far as I know, there is no sequel. I prefer my endings to be a bit more closed but that is just personal preference. It was a good ending, though. Since the book had to end, I’m glad it ended on that note. Although, I wish it never had to end!
Overall, I am sold on Allison Mullinax. She has shown she can diversify her writing, from writing a sports novel to a science fiction novel. If you are into time travel or even just a swoon worthy romance, then this is the book for you. And I promise you will not be disappointed.
PS; Yay for having a character named Lacey even though it was spelled wrong. 😉
about the author;
North Alabama native, Allison Mullinax, grew up in the small lake town of Guntersville, AL. She discovered the escapism and addiction of writing at an early age. Today she remains a lover of reading, all things outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three daughters.
1) Where did you get the idea to write When It All Goes Still?
I’ve always been interested in the idea of time travel, the mystery of space, and other nerdy topics. The thought of a time traveler from the future visiting the present day really intrigued me. What if the time traveler fell in love? What if it was forbidden? And from that simple day dream, When It All Goes Still was born.
2) Time travel can be a bit complex. Did you do any research on the topic?
Oh, the research! I wanted to tackle time travel a little differently. There wouldn’t be a grand machine to climb into, and my characters wouldn’t be crawling through centuries in a DeLorean : ) So, I dove into the topics of quantum entanglement and quantum physics head on. Honestly, the topic was so interesting that I found myself getting lost in it.
3) Can we expect some swoon-worthy romance like we got in Break the Line?
The romance between Johanna and Traveler transcends all time, and what could be more swoon-worthy than that? With that said, I make them work for it. ; )
4) Is it easier to write male or female characters?
I think that depends on the scene or situation they are in, and also my characters’ personality. I love writing a strong, witty female character and I find those the easiest to write. But I also love writing the male character who’s trying to win her over.
5) What is one tip you would like to give all the new writers out there?
That rejection letter you received yesterday? It does not matter. That wasn’t your ‘yes’, but your ‘yes’ is coming. No one can write your story the way you can. Keep writing and keep querying. That is the fastest way to get to your yes.
6) Where do you find the inspiration to write?
I feel most inspired to write when the house is quiet, there’s a cup of coffee sitting by the computer, and music playing in the background.
Nothing makes me want to write more than a good song with a perfect lyric.
7) Did you always know that you wanted to be a writer?
While I’ve always considered myself a creative person, my passion for writing came later on. But once the faucet was turned on, I couldn’t turn it off.