Around the World in 80 Days Blog Tour: Author Guest Post With Ingrid Jonach + GIVEAWAY!


Ingrid Jonach has kindly agreed to guest post here about her work, and share with us her thoughts on soulmates and love at first sight in honor of her newest release, When the World was Flat (and we were in love).

 About The Author:


Ingrid Jonach writes books for children and young adults, including the chapter books The Frank Frankie and Frankie goes to France published by Pan Macmillan, and When the World was Flat (and we were in love) published by Strange Chemistry.

Since graduating from university with a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing (Hons) in 2005, Ingrid has worked as a journalist and in public relations, as well as for the Australian Government.
Ingrid loves to promote reading and writing, and has been a guest speaker at a number of schools and literary festivals across Australia, where she lives with her husband Craig and their pug dog Mooshi.
Despite her best efforts, neither Craig nor Mooshi read fiction.

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 Guest Post:

There are a number of ways characters can find their soulmate in romance novels.

Romeo and Juliet are probably the most famous example of love at first sight – or insta-love, as it has been dubbed in recent times.

For hundreds of years, artists have celebrated this phenomenon. Think Paris and Helen from Homer’s The Illiad. Think Marius and Cosette from Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables. And Lena and Alex from Lauren Oliver’s Delirium. Of course, two-out-of-three of these examples end tragically.

And then we have our famous love-hate relationships. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is my all-time favorite, and was responsible for inspiring When the World was Flat (and we were in love). I just adore the tension between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth. I also love Scarlett and Rhett from Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind.

The third example I will give here is the slow burn, where friends become lovers. Think Catherine and Heathcliff from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights. And Hermione and Ron from J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series. Another recent example is Ruby and Nate from Sarah Dessen’s Lock and Key.

I am excited to be sharing an exclusive excerpt from When the World was Flat (and we were in love) today of the moment Tom and Lillie meet at Green Grove High. It is definitely not love at first sight for Tom, but is it for Lillie?

All I can say is that this might not actually be first sight…

Book Excerpt:

There was a commotion across the cafeteria.
Sylv nodded and gave a low whistle.
“Would you take a look at that?” Jo said. “One head.”
The butterflies filled my stomach again and I hesitated before turning in my chair, as if I could see the fork in the road. When I did turn, I saw Tom walking through the double doors of the cafeteria, looking like he belonged in an advertisement for Salvatore Ferragamo. Oh yes, I knew my labels. Thanks to Sylv.
He was wearing a gray T-shirt with roughed-up jeans. They looked brand new though, as did his white sneakers.
He ran a hand carelessly through his hair, which was brown and short, but not too short for that tousled, bed-head look. He was about thirty feet from me, but I could see his face as if it were inches away, his broad cheekbones, straight nose and strong jawline, as symmetrical as you like. There was a scar too, just under his chin. It was too small to see from where I sat, but I knew it was there, even though we were strangers.
How? I wondered, but then he met my eyes and it was like my thoughts were sucked into a vacuum. I saw that his irises were a light blue, rimmed by a darker blue. It was like looking into glaciers, unlike the plain brown or gray varieties that were common in Green Grove. Of course, I had guessed his eyes would be as remarkable as my own, if not more so.
It would have been nice to say it was like worlds colliding for him as well, but the look Tom gave me was not even that between a brother and sister. It was a dead-behind-the-eyes look and in that split second we locked gazes he was as connected with me as Jo was with her femininity. I may as well have been a piece of bubblegum stuck to the concrete or a dust mote floating on the breeze.
Looking back now, I understand the look he gave me. I know what was going through his mind. But at the time it was like being spat on.
I suddenly realized I was out of my seat and sat back down with a nervous giggle. Jo was giving me a what-the-hell look. I blushed like it was going out of fashion, staring at the ground and wondering if the entire cafeteria was laughing at me or if all eyes had been on Tom.
Please. Please. Please, I thought, as I bit the bullet and looked up. It was the latter, of course. I could have juggled lunch trays while balancing on a stack of chairs and no one would have looked twice at me. Tom was magnetic, and girls were being pulled in left, right and center, me included.

About The Book:

Title: When the World was Flat (and we were in love)
Author: Ingrid Jonach
Publication Date: 3 September 2013 in the US and Canada, and 5 September 2013 in the UK, as well as worldwide as ebook and audio.
Publisher: Strange Chemistry
Looking back, I wonder if I had an inkling that my life was about to go from ordinary to extraordinary.
When sixteen-year-old Lillie Hart meets the gorgeous and mysterious Tom Windsor-Smith for the first time, it’s like fireworks — for her, anyway. Tom looks as if he would be more interested in watching paint dry; as if he is bored by her and by her small Nebraskan town in general.
But as Lillie begins to break down the walls of his seemingly impenetrable exterior, she starts to suspect that he holds the answers to her reoccurring nightmares and to the impossible memories which keep bubbling to the surface of her mind — memories of the two of them, together and in love.
When she at last learns the truth about their connection, Lillie discovers that Tom has been hiding an earth-shattering secret; a secret that is bigger — and much more terrifying and beautiful — than the both of them. She also discovers that once you finally understand that the world is round, there is no way to make it flat again.
An epic and deeply original sci-fi romance, taking inspiration from Albert Einstein’s theories and the world-bending wonder of true love itself.


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Happy reading until next time!