Friday, December 11, 2015

2015 DEBUT AUTHORS BASH TOUR WITH AUTHOR INTERVIEW, REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: Melissa E. Hurst and her book The Edge of Forever


In 2013: Sixteen-year-old Alora is having blackouts. Each time she wakes up in a different place with no idea of how she got there. The one thing she is certain of? Someone is following her.

In 2146: Seventeen-year-old Bridger is one of a small number of people born with the ability to travel to the past. While on a routine school time trip, he sees the last person he expected—his dead father. The strangest part is that, according to the Department of Temporal Affairs, his father was never assigned to be in that time. Bridger’s even more stunned when he learns that his by-the-book father was there to break the most important rule of time travel—to prevent someone’s murder.

And that someone is named Alora.

Determined to discover why his father wanted to help a “ghost,” Bridger illegally shifts to 2013 and, along with Alora, races to solve the mystery surrounding her past and her connection to his father before the DTA finds him. If he can stop Alora’s death without altering the timeline, maybe he can save his father too.

REVIEW BY: Arianna, age 12 years, 5 days until 13!


This book was absolutely fascinating! 

My favorite character is Bridger because he is a wonderful boy who is dealing with a dead father, overbearing mother, and the hardships of being a teenage boy. He stays remarkably strong throughout the adventure with Alora and I admire him for that. 

My favorite part is when Alora talks to Grace about her dad because when you finally learn the truth, you realize Alora is loved which gives you a warm feeling. 

I recommend this book for anyone who likes time travel, drama and family. 

I give this book 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it for ages 13 and up. 


Melissa lives in the southern US with her husband and three kids. She writes YA science fiction and fantasy, which means she considers watching Star Trek and Firefly as research. She dreams of traveling around the world and maybe finding Atlantis one day. You can usually find her with a book in one hand and a Dr. Pepper in the other. Or consuming lots of chocolate.

Interview Conducted by:

1. What was your inspiration for this book?

The spark for the book came when I was driving one day in 2011. I heard a song on the radio (If I Die Young by The Band Perry), and I was also thinking about an old time travel movie that I wanted to watch (Somewhere In Time). Somehow those two things merged to create the initial premise for The Edge of Forever.

2. How long did it take you to write this book?

From beginning the first draft until I sent out query letters took about a year and a half.

3. What inspired you to become an author?

I knew I wanted to become an author one day after reading A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle when I was in middle school. 

4. Why did you choose YA as your genre to write in?

I knew I wanted to write YA after reading so many wonderful books in that category. A few of my inspirations were The Twilight books, A Great and Terrible Beauty, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, Uglies, and The Mortal Instruments books. 

5. What do you do for fun, besides write?

I love spending time with my family, going to the movies, and running.

6. Would you rather be in a room full of spiders or a bathtub filled with snakes? Why?

Oh wow, that’s hard to answer. I guess if I had to pick one, I’d go with a room full of spiders. They would probably be on the walls or in the corners (right?). But snakes in a way because then I’d have to touch them. *shudders*

7. What age did you start writing?

I started writing when I was in middle school. I wrote on and off through high school, then stopped for many years while attending university and then working full-time as a teacher. I started writing again after my youngest daughter was born.

8. Any advice for young writers?

When I was young I was really self-conscious about my writing. I thought it was terrible, but the only way I improved was to keep writing. You have to practice to become better. Also, read a lot of books. Studying other writers can help you with your own writing.

9. If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?

Chocolate because it’s perfect. :)

10. Any other interesting facts/info about you?

The Edge of Forever is the second book I wrote. The first was a YA dystopian that I might re-write one day.

Thank you so much for your time! 


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