22 July 2011

The Jury is back and the Verdict is in. Giveaway

After a week of voting, my favorite cover lost. (The Secret Daughter). By an overwhelming majority, 'The Map of Time' has won the best cover contest.

  There is another cover for this book which is also great:
Now I want to know, does the story line hold the promise the cover does? Here's the synopsis from Shelfari:
Set in Victorian London with characters real and imagined, "The Map of Time" is a page-turner that boasts a triple play of intertwined plots in which a skeptical H.G. Wells is called upon to investigate purported incidents of time travel and to save lives and literary classics, including "Dracula" and "The Time Machine", from being wiped from existence.
What happens if we change history? FĂ©lix J. Palma explores this question in "The Map of Time", weaving a historical fantasy as imaginative as it is exciting-a story full of love and adventure that transports readers to a haunting Victorian London for their own taste of time travel.
Does it sound like something you'd be interested in? Well, here's your chance. The giveaway is international and will be open until July 28 ('cause that's when I leave on holidays for 2 weeks).

Entry Rules.
To enter leave a comment with your e-amil address and the answer to this question: If you could travel through time, where would you go and why? I'm going to be a little (w)itchy about it this time - if you don't answer the question, your entry won't be counted!


  1. Arghhh, I should not, but I am anyway.
    yes I am in :D I should not get more books but the more I hear about it the more I want it.

    I would go to Wales circa early 11th century..or wait, England 1150s :D I just love the era and the clothes

    blodeuedd1 at gmail dot com

  2. I would love to go back in time to the Alaska gold rush, it would have been such an interesting time.

    cenya2 at hotmail dot com

  3. I think I'd go to the future. Why? Let's just say I love the science fiction genre and seeing how I won't get the chance to travel on a spaceship and discover new and far away worlds, this is the only direction for me to go. Let's put a time stamp on in and say "the year 3024" because by then space travel should be as common as travel by airplane today. Then of course, the human race might already be extinct and I'd end up in my very own version of Planet of the Apes, hmmm! Anyway, I'll stick to the future scenario :-) !

    danaan at gmx dot at

    P.S.: Unsure whether this is international but keeping my fingers crossed!

  4. I'll definitely would love to visit the victorian era London, simply because i'm a classic freak and would love to experience the time through my own eyes instead of just reading about it and also there are the clothes - I simply love the gowns of that era.


  5. The Victorian era London sounds lovely. I would also like to visit the time of the Tzars in Russia because that history is really interesting.


  6. I'd want to go back about 50 years to when my parents were children and to see what it was like for them growing up. My mom grew up in Korea and my dad grew up on a farm in Wisconsin. I've always tried to imagine how it was for them.


  7. I would love to go back to either the time that Christ was on the earth in Jerusalem or back to around the 1850s when the pioneers traveled West. I'd like to live at Christ's time to know if I would have followed him then or not. I'd love to live when the pioneers did to see how they dealt with the daily trials of moving West by foot and handcart! books(at)bookwormfamily(dot)com

  8. Honestly, I'd go to San Francisco 1969. lol


  9. I would go back to Jesus Christ's ministry time in Jerusalem. I would love to hear him speak and see him on earth as a man. I would need to speak the native language also.

  10. It would be to the Carpathian Mountains in Romania. I am fascinated by the legends of Translavania.
    And yes, the cover definitely matches the story line. especially the first one.

  11. Sorry my email: fabulosityreads@gmail.com

  12. First of all - I absolutely love the cover of The Map of Time - beautiful!
    Time travel? Yes, please!
    I would first go to medieval Europe. These were so hard and barbarian times - no flush toilets, no bubble baths, no dental hygiene and an average life span of 20-something, but all that aside, I'd love to see how it all really looked like. Witch hunts, knights, battles, pagan gods.. sounds fascinating to me! :)
    I would also love to visit ancient Greece and see all the gorgeous architecture, talk to some philosophers.. There's plenty I'd like to explore!

    Where would you go?! I'm curious about your answer :)

    Thanks for the chance to win! <3

  13. Well, firstly, I love BrittanyGale's answer but it makes me feel old!! I think I would hit the mayan culture in Belize back in it's hayday. I've been to all the ruins but would love to have seen how it all worked in reality. And I'd for sure go to a ball game while I was there.

  14. I think my answer would be 2009 and my trip to Alaska with my Hubby. It was wonderful and I want to go back to that time and breathe the cold, clear air! Donna

  15. I have often thought what it would be like to live back in the medieval times when there were castles and kings and big pretty dresses and courtesans...oh yes...I think it would be great to be a courtesan!

    I am glad this cover won...it was my fav pick.

    gwenythlove (at) gmail (dot) com

  16. The future, absolutely. I'd like to see how the net will be. Web 10.0 or something like that.

    Nunoe - nunoekappa (at) gmail.com

  17. If I could travel to any time period, I would go to Ancient Greece! I think that would be absolutely beautiful, and so much fun :)

    jwitt33 at live dot com

  18. Whoohoo! Great giveaway, thanks!

    If I could travel back in time, I would travel two years back and go see my Uncle and tell him I love him because there were so many times I went home to visit and never found time to stop by. And then it was too late.


  19. If I could travel back in time, I would go to ancient Mesopotamia, the birth place of Western civilization cira 5000 B.C. because we've lost so much of our real history. I would, of course, have on my scholar's hat!

  20. I would pop back to the Stone Age to see England before civilisation took over the countryside. I want to see the forests, and wild cows! Okay wild cows might not have existed, but never know. England has beautiful countryside and I've always wondered what it was like.

    jaedia @ live dot co dot uk

    Once Upon A Time

  21. This is a very interesting question. What time would I want to go back to? Its tough. I would have to say Medieval Times. I just love the idea of riding horseback everywhere. Jousting and battles. Kings and Queens. It just sounds so magical. It would be tough living in that time but you know if would also be fun with all the chivalry and contests and battles. =]

    -Michael/Bookshelf Reviewer

  22. I'd go forward in time, maybe one hundred years. Just out of curiosity & I like my home comforts too much to go back to basics in the past.


  23. Don't even need to think about that, the Victorian era in a big fancy city like London or Paris, because it sound so classy and I feel like I would belong there more than with all this technology - especially since I seem to break all my technology! It just seems like a more simpler time, with beautiful dresses and balls and someone to go with you wherever you went because a girl can't go out alone. I don't know, just when I read old styled books I feel like I'd love it so much there! I defiantly wouldn't go forward.

    Great question!
    Have a lovely weekend.
    Mazz @ Words on the shelf


  24. The cover on this book is awesome! I've been eyeing it up for a few months now and I really want to read it. It sounds right up my street.

    Hmm, if I could go back in time, I would go back just a few years and redo the last few weeks I had in pregnancy when my little boy was still in my tummy and all mine and I didn't have to share him with anyone else. I know that's a sad answer and doesn't bring colourful or elegant images to mind like the Victorian era (but my god it was too smelly in those days!) but if I ever got the chance, that is what I would do :-)


  25. Hmmmm...let's see...maybe in a time with knights and princess and stuff like that. I know they had difficulties then but all those castles, and green, and honor and stuff looks appealing.


  26. That's a tough one.Hmm let's see.I'd like to go to Ancient Greece and also Ancient Rome because I've always loved ancient art.Renaissance in Italy would also be really cool!
    Another place and time i'd choose would be Scotland or Ireland around the Iron Age because i love celtic mythology!
    Oh and maybe London in the Victorian era!:)Gotta love the fanciness.

    Thank you for the giveaway!
    crtalexandra at yahoo dot com

  27. If I could go back in time I would go back just a few years ago to spend more time with my Nan, and even though she didnt know who I was I would tell her how much I loved her.


  28. oooh, I would so love to go to the victorian era, where women wore the extravagant dresses and went to balls. I love reading the historical romance from that era, so actually living in it would be so amazing! Thanks for the giveaway :)


  29. hmm hard to say but lets say Eleanor of Aquitaine's time.


  30. Well, Victorian England certainly sounds like an awesome place (or should I say time?) to visit. I'd also like to go back to the 1960s/70s. I don't know why, it just seems nice.


  31. Beautiful cover! And what and interesting question! First of all, if I could go in the past I would only go as some sort of ghost as I wouldn't want to change anything but only to observe. As to when: 1. Charles II rule - the theatres, the decandence! 2. Elizabeth I Golden Age 3. Napoleon's wars. 4. Early Middle Ages 9-10th century (Vikings in Normandy, separation of the church, christianity brought to Russia)... Sorry, I'd better stop, I'm a history buff :)

  32. Thank you for the giveaway and for making it interesting! I would go to Versailles, to the court of Louis XIV, because I would love to see it all with my own eyes, smell the air, hear the music and the courtiers plotting against each other and see the king who is probably the most famous monarch in the history of France.
    Olga at Bibliophile's Corner
    bibliophilescorner [at] gmail.com

  33. I would love to travel to Saint Petersburg in Russia in 18th sentury. All that balls, gentelmens, nobility. I think it was a great time.


  34. If I could travel through time I would go to the future... it's the unknown element and sense of discovery that captivates my interest... the past, we already know... but the future is a whole new canvass :)

    Cherry Mischievous
    cherrymischif-soldier [at] yahoo [dot]com

  35. I would love to go back to Venice in the 1200 and join Marco Polo on his journey from there to what is now China.

    What a trip that must have been.

    Thanks for the giveaway and for opening it to International entries.

    Carol T

    buddytho {at} gmail DOT com

  36. The two covers of The Map of Time are both stunning!

    I think I would go back to Ancient Egypt (4th Dynasty I think), when the Great Pyramid at Giza was being built. I would love to see the sun shining off the golden cap at the top! I imagine it would be so beautiful.

    Great giveaway :)

  37. I'd have to travel back to the Tudor period in England as this era fascinates me. I'd love to actually see it and see if it is as good as the history books make it look.


  38. I'd love to travel to Egypt (2000 BC) and see how they built the pyramids!

    magabygc at gmail.com

  39. I'd love to see the pyramids being raised in Egypt - how cool would that be? Or swinging London in the 60s! Very different I know!


  40. England, in the late 5th and early 6th... King Arthur is one of my favourite legend <3
    could i choose to be the Lady of the Lake? :P
    kairiokayasu at hotmail dot com

  41. I would travel back in time and visit some of my ancestors in the hope that they would answer some of my questions!


  42. Paris, to the palace of Versailles because I like the story of Queen Antoinette.

  43. I would go to ancient Egypt as I'm very interested in all things Egyptian.

  44. Victoria Zumbrum24 July 2011 at 19:12

    I would travel back to the time of King Arthur and Camelot. I love that time period. PLease enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  45. England during the Elizabethian reign, a time full of intrigue and mystery. Would love to experience Shakespeare first-hand.

    ps8sjk at gmail dot com

  46. I would love to travel back to 1350BC to Egypt and meet Nefertiti. I would love to see the palaces and city in it's full glory and majestic, before the tooth of time started biting away all the paintings and buildings..
    Sometimes I feel like I lived there back then, it would be like going back home..


  47. I would travel back to the time of Pride and Prejudice so I could marry Mr Darcy

  48. If I could travel through time, I would love to go Ancient Greece. I'm from Greece and I would like to see or live our history from close.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    artgiote at gmail dot com

  49. Great giveaway! So hard to pick one time and place, so many are fascinating; Elizabethan England and Victorian England both have their charms but I think I would choose something a bit closer to home like the 1920s, or possibly London during the Blitz, I have always wondered what it would really be like to have lived through that and at least these were times when women had some degree of security.

  50. Travel back to the Tudor era and meet henry viii

  51. Ill travel in the future to know whether the dream I'm dreaming of becoming a CEO will really come true!!! :)


  52. I'd go back to 2009, when I travelled america and relive it all again!

    One word as to why: Cowboys!


  53. I would travel back to the Victorian era, however I would make all the discoveries myself and become rich lol. wishful thinking.

  54. aNYTIME PRE -1995. My Nanny was treated for Breast Cancer for 3rd time in 18 years then, but sadly this time it had spread. So anytime before then to make her go private as they had the money but believed in teh NHS.

    She was 65 getting ill but suffered for 6 more years with secondaries not giving in knowing my grandad hadnt accepted and couldnt cope

  55. thank you very much for the giveaway ! if i could travel through time, i think i would go to Egypt when there were Pharaoh to visit the pyramids or some others monument without any constraints. And see how it really was and the life of the people. I think it will be very intersting !


  56. Somewhere between 1829 and 1849, East Coast US so I could stalk Edgar Allan Poe :)


  57. I would go back to Dallas, Texas on 22 November 1963. The assassination of JFK remains one of the greatest whodunit's of all time.


  58. I would love to go back to the US in the 1920s, I think it is just an amazing decade! my email is zoeopia @ gmail.com

  59. I will like to go to the Renaissance period.


  60. I'd want to hop around all over the place to see all sorts of eras, but if I could only go one place, I'd go to the future to see what happens. Do we turn into a dystopian society? What sort of technological and medical advances will there be? What will happen to our environment?

    Thanks for the giveaway!

    Amy // amyismyfriend at aol dot com

  61. Crystal Trent Dotson27 July 2011 at 11:08

    I would want to go back to when I was a child , and be able to spend more time with my brither , he was my bestfriend , I lost him in "08" and just wish I'd had more time with him.

    Crystal Trent Dotson

  62. I think I would like to travel back to ancient Egypt time. There are so many that sound great!! Even just popping back to Pioneer times would be fun, as long as I can come back to modern times. I have been wanting to read this book!
    melanieinoh2003 at yahoo dot com

  63. Back 40 years to high school when all my problems were trivial.


  64. I'd want to go back to ancient Egypt to learn more about Cleopatra. I'd want to visit the dark and middle ages because I love those time periods. I'd want to make a quick stop in London during the blitz because I have a morbid sense of curiosity.
    Thanks! Love the cover!
    teawench at gmail dot com

  65. I would love to go back to Arthurian times to meet Merlin and prove all the doubters wrong - it did really happen, I tell you, it did!

  66. id go back to world war 2, it would be scary but id love to see how it would feel and look like in the Blitz and when the sirens are going off

    :) enter me please

  67. I would like to go back to when ancient greek gods are formed. To see the history of the gods and witness them interact with mortals.


  68. I would only go as far back as the 1950's. The cars, the music, the clothes, in fact everything was brilliant x


  69. Thanks for the giveaway!
    I'd travel back to when I was little. I miss being a child so much. I miss my best friend (we lost contact after I moved :( ) and all the games we played.

    readingowling AT gmail DOT com

  70. I'd like to travel back to the 1920s and meet my grandparents as a young married couple. I think I'd be good friends with my Gram!

    debbie AT exurbanis (dot) com

    Thanks for the giveaway - sounds like a great book!

  71. I would love to go back to the 50s as i love the fashion, music and cars! If i couldnt go to the 50s i would want to go to just before a significant time in history - such as 9/11 - that way i hope i could help save some lives

    @kiki_725 on twitter

  72. It´s a hard question for me but I think I would want to go to Egypt when they built pyramids... Or to France when ruled Louis XVI :)
    Thank you so much for the chance to win!


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