Sunday, September 23, 2012

A Journey in Time by Chris Karlsen Review and Giveaway

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Knights in Time book 2

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 Guisard, a baron who died in the upcoming battle.

If they can't find 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.


"Alex, what is going on?" she asked in a frenzied whisper.

"Shh." After they mounted, Alex sidled over, so close their boots touched. "We're riding into a very perilous situation. I'll explain everything when we're alone. Your life, my life," he stressed, "depends on you being quiet until then."

Confused, it took Shakira a few seconds before she nodded yes.

"Remember what I told you," he warned and trotted ahead to chat with the knight he called Simon.

*My Review*
While this is the second book in the series there is no reason this can't be read as a stand alone book, the novel is a story in and of itself.

Shakira Constantine has worked her behind off to become the successful attorney she has become. From delaying her social life in college to make the best grades to not pursuing the handsome Alex Lancaster, the music producer her friend Miranda keeps trying to fix her up with.

Alex Lancaster is a playboy, he knows it but he finds that it is a regrettable reality when you date women then they want to get "serious" and he isn't able to put himself through the loss of so much ever again.

This story is a great mix of love, sexual tension, medieval knights, time travel and a great bit of humor thrown in to make it a delightful read. In the story we get to know Alex and Shakira is what has to be some of the strangest circumstances for a first date ever to befall a couple.

We get to meet Alex the modern day music producer as well as Guy the medieval knight and see how the two are connected through time and how Shakira comes to fall in love with him. The story is equal parts medieval romance and contemporary romance with a dash of astrophysics just to keep things fun.

Chris Karlsen has a great sense of humor and it comes through in this book in funny situations, comments as well as some well placed snark!
I enjoyed this book very much and give it a rating of red roses

Chris will be giving away 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 be sure to follow the tour either at Goddess Fish Promotions or the links below
September 24: My Reading Obsession
September 25: Reviews by Molly
September 26: The Bunny's Review
September 27: PROMO Traditional Romance for Modern Women
September 27: Moonlight, Lace and Mayhem
September 28: It's Raining Books

Author Bio:
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.


Happy Reading, Carin


  1. Thank you, Carin for taking the time to read Journey in Time and for the lovely review. I look forward to talking with your followers.
    Chris Karlsen

  2. Hi Carin,

    Let me throw out a fun question to your followers. If time travel were possible, where would you go?
    Chris K

  3. I would love to travel back to the old west. I would find it very interesting.

  4. Hi Ingeborg,
    Knowing what you know now, going back to the old west you'd have the info on where the gold was found and could get there first:)

  5. I want to travel in space, live in a 'Aliens' movie.

  6. If I could time travel, I'd have to choose the future too. I have hope for mankind, but then that's probably a fantasy. lol.

  7. Hi Sharon,
    Wow, very brave living in an Aliens movie. Things didn't work out well for lots of those folks. I'm too much of a weenie to risk running into an acid dripping, big toothed alien.

  8. Hi Lorrie,

    The future is an interesting choice. I hope somewhere in that time, they've figured out a way for people to eat yummy stuff without gaining weight. And, I'd hope they stopped driving whole species into extinction.

  9. I loved the excerpt. If I could go back in time, I would love to return to England in the 1800's.

  10. Hi Chris! I tend to prefer contemporary romances...and definitely with snark and this seems like a fun way to read a contemporary/historical and still get my funny fix!
    catherinelee100 and gmail dot com

  11. Hi MomJane,
    I would be more inclined to go to England of the 1800's than to the world of Alien. No one is getting burned at the stake anymore, which is always a concern of mine when thinking of going back. And no major invasion of an enemy army is happening. Some positives to that option:)

  12. Hi Catherine Lee,

    How nice to visit with you again. I think it's a nice mix of contemporary and historical. I tried to keep the reader with one foot in the modern world and one in the medieval.

  13. Glad there's humor...I have this book, but I've been nervous for the heroes' welfare and was worried about proceeding...


  14. Hi AdOffae,

    I'm so glad you're worried for Alex. Both he and Shakira are in a world of trouble. I had fun writing the story and taking them to the middle ages.
    Chris K

  15. Many thanks to Carin for inviting me and for the wonderful review. "Ingeborg" won the giveaway of Golden Chariot.

    I'd like to show my appreciation to returning readers who've taken time to comment. I'm also giving MomJane a copy of Golden Chariot.

    Thank you to all who stopped by:)

  16. I would love to go back and spend time with my Pop Pop. He is the only family member I have lost and didn't realize how important some moments were.

  17. Hi Cait,
    What a nice comment. Spending time with those we've lost would be incredible.

  18. I love out of time stories. If I could time travel I'd like a peek at Charles Dickens' London and Cleopatra's Egypt & ....