Thursday, July 16, 2015

Time is Relative for a Knight of Time by Brett Matthew Williams - $50 Gift Card

Meet Rolland Wright - a seventeen year old orphan living out of his car in rural Woodland Hills, California. Aside from grappling with the fact of being abandoned by his drunken father two years previous following his mothers mysterious murder, his life mostly revolves around finding a warm place to sleep at night. When one day he is attacked by men claiming to have killed his father, Rolland discovers a strange ability to slow the flow of time around him, beginning a journey that takes him to places outside of time, space, and eventually to the early 19th century to fight the sinister General Andrew Jackson. With the help of a rag-tag group of historical and mythical figures with various supernatural abilities of their own (Joan of Arc, Jesse James, etc) known as the Knights of Time, Rolland solves the mystery behind his mother's murder, falls in love, battles the evil Edward Vilthe - reaper of souls, and finds a home of his own in the paradise known as Eden.

The Time is Relative series chronicles the origin story of the mythical figure Father Time, beginning with the award winning first novel, Time is Relative for a Knight of Time. All dates and events are historically accurate. The participants... maybe not.


It was a muggy, humid morning when U.S. General Andrew Jackson woke to the sound of tribal horns. Immediately identifying their purpose, he quickly gathered both his wits and his pants, grabbing his sword and sidearm as he left his tent.

Known to be tough as hickory, Andrew Jackson was a moderately tall man for his time, standing at six feet, one inch. In this and in his military rank he was often compared to George Washington among elite society in Boston, Washington, and New York, despite his humble beginnings.

Jackson’s rigid demeanor was only matched by his sharp attention to detail. His crisply, pressed uniform was such that it demanded the attention of all the company’s men. Each stood at full attention, showing perfect respect for their commanding officer as Jackson made his way through the columns slowly, careful to catch each and every pair of eyes.

“Today we fight like dogs, and live like kings!” Jackson roared to his men, who cheered loudly in response. Their gusto and appreciation for their General’s bravery in the face of danger was not unnoticed by his adversaries on and off the battlefield.

A slave, brought directly from Africa on Jackson’s orders, walked Jackson’s horse to him around the hustle and bustle of preparing for the day’s campaign. A light rain began to fall on the heads and shoulders of every soul under the barely visible sun, uniting them in nature. They all felt the soft droplets as they landed on both white and brown skin alike. Lightning struck diagonally across the gray sky, followed shortly by an attention-stealing clap of thunder that rocked the previously dry Florida landscape.

Guest Post:
If I Had A Time Machine
by Brett Matthew Williams

            If I had a time machine the first thing I would do is flip through the channels. Wouldn't you? I mean, look, we all have our favorite things. If you're a person who likes the flavor cherry, often times you'll prefer the cherry flavored version of twizzlers, cough drops, etc. So, if by some miracle of nature I came into possession of a time machine I would first get organized and then start by making a list of 'greatest hits' or moments in history I would legitimately want to see. The following are my top five.
Preface: Even if I COULD travel back in time, I don't think that I would want to. Not that it wouldn't be fun, I just don't have the will power NOT to stop things from happening/changing the past to effect the future. I'd screw the world up, just to see Robert Kennedy elected president, Lincoln not be assassinated, or that numerous terrorists attacks not come to fruition. Who wouldn't? I think the world would be a better place if both Malcolm X and Tupac Shakur were able to hold a discussion on race relations in the early 21st century.  

#1 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - Second Continental Congress - 1776
            Nerd alert: I love America. Not simply in a patriotic way, but the fundamental chameleon-like structure by which the country has managed to not only get what it wants by exercising the process of democracy, but also be incredibly vocal in its displeasure with its governments actions at any given time. That's brilliant.
            I would specifically like to be there for the arrival of the delegates, if I had my choice. Imagine the fanfare behind not only the good Doctor Franklin, but John Adams, George Washington, John Hancock, and Thomas 'Freakin' Jefferson! And yes, Freakin was his adopted middle name. Amongst happenings in American history this is the big one - the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A document that my great, great, great, great, great grandfather Matthew Thornton of New Hampshire signed many decades ago still brings a swelling of pride to my heart.
            Even if the smell back then, especially in July, would have been something fierce.

#2 - The Colony of Roanoke, South Carolina. - 1586
            A lot of people confuse the lost English colony of Roanoke, now infamous due to the disappearance of all of the townspeople, with the current city of Roanoke, Virginia. It's not. Furthermore the current place of Roanoke Island, South Carolina is a pretty interesting spot. In recent years it's come into the national eye as the chosen hometown (and final resting place) of beloved television icon Andy Griffith. But I digress...
            The plot of the third novel in the series, Time is Relative Concerning the Lost Colony, largely surrounds my thoughts pertaining to the mystery surrounding the historical anomaly, and how our intrepid heroes might have played a role.

#3 - A performance at The Globe Theatre in the heyday of William Shakespeare
            Preferably King Henry V as it's my favorite history, and overall play of his. Remember kids, despite what your middle school English teacher told you, the plays of William Shakespeare are NOT literature. Shocked? Look at the definition of the word literature - a piece of work meant to be read, but not read out loud. Shakespeare's plays were ALL written to be read aloud, thus, they do not fit into the category of literature. Making both Billy Shakespeare, and his works a whole new level of awesome.
            The question is, was he awesome enough to warrant a visit from the Knights of Time? Stay tuned. 

# 4 - Ebbets Field - April 15, 1947
            The Brooklyn Dodgers new first basemen, Jackie Robinson, breaks the long standing color barrier that kept generations of amazing players out of the major leagues. The popular misconception is that this game, or many of the early games that year, were attended/watched by a predominantly white audience. This simply isn't true. On that day the crowd at Ebbets Field of 26,623 had roughly 14,000 African American fans cheering loudly for their hero. Jackie scored, by the way, in a 5-3 Dodgers victory.
            Go Dodgers!

# 5 - The Library at Alexandria, Egypt - circa 47 or 48 B.C.E.
            This one would require a translator, one who was well versed in ancient languages and dialects. Also, a portable, fully charged copy machine, camera phone, etc. Am I forgetting anything else? Let me know in the comments.
            The big question for me is "What came before?" Our historical record as a species only goes back to the 30th century (3000) B.C.E. Yet we know from the fossil record that human beings have been around for nearly 195,000 years. How we got from there to here... I don't know. But I would sure like to know!
             I would plan to spend weeks in the library going over all of this information, as I feel it would be my best clue in my quest to find out what came before our recorded history. Imagine the vast swath of knowledge contained, then destroyed by the army under Julies Caesar being looked at, much less catalogued. Again - I wouldn't be able to contain myself.   

            In the Time is Relative books I explore the possibility of what exactly DID come before our limited recorded history. While some people may choose to believe that we as a species have only existed for said amount of time, I firmly disagree. In the first novel, Time is Relative for A Knight of Time, Marcus Turtledove offhandedly mentions some 12,000 years of recorded time in Eden/Earth. Without giving too much away, we'll definitely be exploring this in the next few novels of the series, Time is Relative for Wavering Loyalties (to be released Autumn 2015), and Time is Relative Concerning the Lost Colony (TBD 2016).

AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Brett Matthew grew up with a passion for both film and history. He began his career fresh out of high school as a Production Assistant/ football player on NBC Universal’s television series Friday Night Lights (of which he can often be seen in the first two seasons as a member of the championship team – Go Panthers!). He quickly moved on to serve as an Original Series intern with the USA Network in Studio City, California. Following work on shows like Monk, Psych, and Burn Notice, Brett returned home to Texas to continue his education, graduating with his degree in History from Texas State University. A proud Master Freemason, Brett thoroughly enjoys fantasy fiction, watching Netflix, running, baseball, Shakespeare, and spending time with his family and critters.

Twitter: @Time1sRelative

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  1. Thought-provoking list!


  2. Interesting post! Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. Great post - I really enjoyed reading it! Thanks for sharing.

  4. I enjoyed the excerpt! Thank you for the post and the giveaway!