Series: Transcend Time Saga #1
Publication date: July 27th 2011
Genre:YA Time Travel
Lizzie Davenport has been reincarnated from Regency Era, England ... but she doesn't know it yet.
Then Drew Carmichael transfers into Lizzie's high school at the beginning of the year, and she feels a connection to him, almost like she knows him. She can't stop thinking about him, but whenever she tries talking with him about the mysteries behind her feelings, he makes it clear that he wants nothing to do with her. Reaching him is even more difficult because she has a boyfriend, Jeremy, who has started to become full of himself after being elected co-captain of the varsity soccer team, and her flirtatious best friend Chelsea starts dating Drew soon after his arrival. So why can't she get him out of her mind?
Even though Lizzie knows she should let go of her fascination with Drew, fighting fate isn't going to be easy.
Series: Transcend Time Saga #2
Publication date: December 8th 2011
Genre:YA Time Travel
How far would you go to get revenge?
When Chelsea Givens discovered that her ex-boyfriend Drew dumped her to be with her former best friend Lizzie, she'd never felt so betrayed in her life. Then her new friend Shannon tells her she can help set things right. Chelsea's willing to listen, but what Shannon wants her to believe -- that she shared a past life with Drew -- is impossible. And what she wants her to do to get him back … well, it's downright crazy.
Could Shannon be telling the truth? And if she is, what lengths will Chelsea go if it means making Lizzie pay?
Find out in Vengeance, the second part of the Transcend Time Saga.
*Vengeance is the short story that bridges the events in Remembrance and the final novel in the Saga.
Series: Transcend Time Saga #3
Publication date: November 14th 2012
Genre:YA Time Travel
IT'S A RACE AGAINST TIME.
In Remembrance, Lizzie and Drew changed the course of fate so they could be together.
In Vengeance, Chelsea set fate back on its original, deadly path.
Now, strange things keep happening to Lizzie. Things that are omens of darkness to come. A curse has doomed her to die an early death, just as she did in her past life. To make matters worse, even if she can figure out who cast the curse, it's irreversible. There's only one option left for her to save herself. It's crazier than anything she's heard yet, and to do it, she'll need Drew and Chelsea's help.
Because to make things right, they must go back to when it all began ... and Lizzie discovers that the final events in her past life were more sinister than she ever imagined.
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Michelle Madow wrote her first novel, Remembrance, in her junior year of college. Remembrance is the first book in the Transcend Time Saga, a three part series about reincarnation and true love that Michelle successfully self-published. The series was inspired by Taylor Swift's "Love Story" music video. Michelle's upcoming YA trilogy, The Secret Diamond Sisters, about three sisters who discover they are the secret heirs to a Las Vegas billionaire casino owner will be published by Harlequin TEEN in Spring 2014.
Michelle graduated from Rollins College in 2010, cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in English. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars and the International English Honor Society Sigma Tau Delta. She received the Charles Hyde Pratt Award for Excellence in Creative Writing in 2010.
She lives in Boca Raton, Florida, where she is writing more novels for young adults. She loves reading, spending time with family and friends, traveling, shopping, sunshine, Disney fairy tales, Broadway musicals, and spends way too much time on Facebook and Twitter (@MichelleMadow)
CHARACTER EXTRAS: DREW CARMICHAEL
Drew’s Character Biography
Full Name: Andrew James Carmichael
Birthday: December 28, 1993
Place of Birth: New York City (Lived on the Upper East Side)
Residence: Lakeside Circle in Pembrooke, NH
Family: Mother: Mary Carmichael. Father: Peter Carmichael -- lawyer (Parent divorced.)
Loves: Lizzie Davenport. Luxury Cars. Breaking the rules. The City. Driving fast. Girls (before Lizzie). Being spontaneous. Sunglasses.
Hates: Being told what to do. Anyone who does anything mean to Lizzie (Jeremy). Staying in one place for a long time. People who think they're better than him, especially the jocks from NH who think they're cool but would never make it in The City. At first he hated the flashes of the past and did anything to forget them.
Fears: Doing anything that could result in Lizzie's death.
Education: Junior in high school.
Views on Love/Death: Pre-Lizzie: didn't believe in love. Post-Lizzie: soulmates. Will do anything to stop Lizzie's death. Distances himself from death. (Unless it's Lizzie's).
Favorite Place in the World: At first he hated the idea of moving to NH and wanted to stay in NYC. Once he met Lizzie, he started liking NH more. Had no more interest in New York because he realized he was using the bustling city as an escape since it helped him forget the flashes of his past life.
Least Favorite Place in the World: The middle of nowhere. Places that are too hot.
Hobbies: Driving. Mechanics/building things. Electric guitar.
Reputation: The new city guy who thinks he's better than everyone else, but really the people from NH think he's cool. Kind of quiet, but people still want to talk to him. Breaks rules and gets away with it easily.
General Viewpoints of Importance: Lizzie. Intelligence. European History. Confidence.
What makes the character tick: People who suck up to him too much. Girls who follow him around. Anyone being mean to Lizzie.
What makes the character likable: He watches out for Lizzie and truly loves her. Can be charming. Sees importance in education. Understands how people think.
What makes the character detestable: Isn't very nice to a lot of people; thinks he's better than most people. Sometimes says mean things about people.
Favorite ice cream flavor: Rocky road: “You tend to be a balanced mixture of charm and practicality. While you are outgoing in social situations, in the business world you tend to be more aggressive and goal-oriented. You are most compatible with other rocky-road fans.”
Eye Color: Brown with gold flecks.
Hair Color: Dark brown/black. A little longer than short and spiky.
Apparent Age: 18
Skin Tone: Lightly tanned.
Physical activities: Goes running to burn off steam because he tends to get angry easily.
This or That with Drew
Here is a collection of “This or That” questions I’ve answered from Drew’s point of view for interviews.
Day or night?
Dog or cats?
I’ve never had a pet, but I guess I would pick a cat.
Chocolate or vanilla?
Mixed. My favorite ice cream is Rocky Road.
Hardback or paperback?
Hardback. They look nicer on my bookshelf.
Leather or lace?
Don’t you wish you knew ;)
New car smell or strawberry?
Nothing beats that new car smell.
Black ink or blue?
Earphones or stereo?
When hanging out in my room, I use my stereo that hooks up to my iPod.
Pepsi or Coke?
Neither—I don’t like soda.
Steak or Salad?
Steak, no question. Cooked medium.
Beach or Mountain?
Mountain, because there’s skiing. The harder the slope, the better.
SUV or Motorcycle?
Depends on the SUV. If it’s a cool one, then SUV. If it’s a soccer mom one, then motorcycle.
Fruit or Veggies?
Dance or Concert?
Assuming the concert is for a band I like, then concert, no contest. Just don’t drag me to a Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, or whatever concert that middle school girls like going to.
Play or Watch Sports?
NYC or LA?
NYC is easily the best city in America.
Cake or Pie?
I rarely eat either, but I guess pie.
Past or Present?
Present. Because then there’s more control over the future.
Lizzie or Chelsea?
Do you really need to ask?
Character Interview with Drew
This character interview was held by Becky from Becky’s Barmy Book Blog. Drew’s answers are by Michelle Madow.
Becky: How old were you when you first learned that you had been reincarnated and what was your first thought?
Drew: I was 14 when I went on the trip to England and met my Memory Guide, Misty, for the first time. That ignited my memories from the past, but I didn’t realize the memories were real until I saw Lizzie when I walked into the European History classroom at Beech Tree. I don’t remember what my exact first thought was, but the whole time I was sitting in class, I was shocked that she existed.
Becky: When you realized Lizzie might be reincarnated too, did you immediately want to find her or did you try to put it out of your mind?
Drew: I didn’t realize Lizzie was real until seeing her for the first time. I thought she was some made up fantasy, and before I met her I was constantly searching for a girl as good as the one in my dreams.
Becky: When did you first realize that Lizzie was the one for you?
Drew: I knew the moment I first saw her. But when I realized she was real, I also realized that the flashes I had of us together in the past were real, too. I knew how that ended, and I couldn’t allow the same thing to happen again.
Becky: If you loved Lizzie so much, why did you start to date Chelsea?
Drew: It was a stupid decision—I should have thought it through further. In the moment, I knew I wanted to be near Lizzie, but that I could never allow us to truly be together, because I didn’t want her to suffer the same end she did in the past. She was persistent, though. I know how girls think—that it goes against their “code” or whatever to go after your best friend’s boyfriend, so I figured the best way to be around Lizzie without her thinking there was a chance anything could happen between us was to date her best friend.
Becky: If you felt being together or being close to Lizzie was dangerous why did you choose Chelsea to date, surely you knew that would cause trouble? Or did you genuinely like Chelsea for a bit?
Drew: I knew that being in a relationship with Lizzie was dangerous, and I thought being in a relationship with Chelsea would prevent anything from happening with me and Lizzie. In the end, it was too hard to fight the connection I felt with her. Looking back, I probably should have stayed away from her altogether, but that’s harder than it sounds. I’m just glad things worked out like they did.
Becky: How many houses do you actually own (or your family own)?
Drew: Four. There’s the house in Pembrooke, New Hampshire, the one in Aspen, the one in Palm Beach, and the condo in Manhattan. My dad’s currently living in the condo in Manhattan, and my mom and I are in the house in Pembrooke. The Palm Beach house was so we could have somewhere to go while visiting my grandparents (we go there during winter break sometimes, too). The house in Aspen is for ski vacations, which we go on every March during spring break.
Becky: If you could give Lizzie one gift, what would it be?
Drew: To know that she is 100% safe in her current life.
Becky: If you could change one thing about your past (current life) what would it be and why?
Drew: I’m happy with where I am now, so I wouldn’t change anything. I wouldn’t want to risk not being where I am today.
Becky: Do you believe in Fairytale endings and Happily Ever Afters? Will you and Lizzie get yours?
Drew: I wouldn’t put it quite as “fairytale endings and happily ever afters,” but after my experiences I believe that we’re responsible for shaping our own destiny. If I want my life to end well, it’s up to me to make it happen. I will make sure that everything works out well between me and Lizzie.
Becky: If you could choose to live either in 1815 Regency England or in the Present Day, which you prefer and why?
Drew: Present day. There are too many formalities and rules in 1815 England. It was also a hassle to do anything—especially getting from place to place—without modern day technology.
Drew’s Top Ten Favorite Books
As you might recall from Remembrance, Drew has a large bookshelf in his loft full of lots of different books. Here are some of his favorites from his collection.
1) The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
Because this is clearly one of the best book series of all time.
2) The Song of Ice and Fire series by George R. R. Martin
Drew stated reading these books after watching Game of Thrones on HBO, and it quickly became one of his favorite series’.
3) Along Came a Spider by James Patterson
Drew has read all the books in the Alex Cross series. This is the first one, and it is still his favorite in the series.
4) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
A friend recommended he read this before the movie came out. He did, and ended up loving the entire trilogy.
5) Goosebumps series by R.L. Stine
This was Drew’s favorite series when he was in elementary school, and he still has his collection. He specifically loved Say Cheese and Die.
6) Deception Point by Dan Brown
This book isn’t as well known as DaVinci Code or Angels and Demons, but it’s Drew’s favorite book by Dan Brown. (He has read all of Dan Brown’s books).
7) The Stand by Stephen King
Drew has read many of King’s books, but this is his favorite. He liked the end of the world aspect of it.
8) Timeline by Michael Crichton
This is a time travel book, and Drew really enjoyed it. He liked seeing how what happened in the past affected the future.
9) Bringing Down the House by Ben Mezrich
This is a great book based off the real life MIT students who figured out a mathematical way of playing blackjack that allowed them to “beat” Vegas. Drew also loved the sequel, Busting Vegas.
10) The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom
Drew read this book in middle school, and it has always stuck with him.
Drew reads mainly adult fiction, although he will read the occasional YA book if it is highly recommended to him. When choosing a book to read, he veers toward thrillers. His favorite authors are Dan Brown, James Patterson, and Stephen King.
Drew’s Top Five Favorite Songs
Drew loves music, especially alternative and classic rock. One of his favorite things to do to relax is play guitar, or listen to music. Here is a list of his top five favorite songs!
1) “Minuet” by Mozart
Drew danced with Lizzie to this song in their past life, and it reminds him of her. This song is very special to both of them!
2) “Wonderwall” by Oasis
This is the first song Drew learned to play on guitar. A counselor at his camp taught him how to play it, and when he got home that summer he asked his parents for a guitar so he could continue to play.
3) “Fire and Rain” by James Taylor
Whenever Drew needs to chill out and relax, this is one of his go-to songs. James Taylor is one of his favorite musicians because of his incredible guitar playing and soothing voice.
4) “When the Stars Go Blue” by Ryan Adams
This song reminds Drew of being with Lizzie on the lake outside his house.
5) “Revolution” by the Beatles
Drew’s favorite song when he just wants to jam out!
Drew’s Junior Year Class Schedule
A: AP European History (8:30-9:25)
Class shared with: Lizzie, Chelsea
Teacher: Mrs. Wilder
B: AP French (9:30-10:25)
Class shared with: Lizzie, Jeremy
Teacher: Mrs. Evans
C: AP English (10:30-11:25)
Class shared with: Chelsea
D: Set Design (11:30-12:25)
Class shared with: None of the main characters
E: Chemistry (1:20-2:15)
Class shared with: Chelsea
Teacher: Mrs. Baker
F: Calculus (2:20-3:15)
Class shared with: Jeremy, Hannah