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AuhorQ&a @dl_orton | The Between Two Evils Book Tour and $50 Amazon or Paypal #Giveaway | #ActionAdventure #Dystopian #TimeTravel #LoveStory

The Between Two Evils Series by D.L. Orton is on virtual book tour. The Action-Adventure, Dystopian, Time Travel, Love Story at Re...



The Between Two Evils Series by D.L. Orton is on virtual book tour.

The Action-Adventure, Dystopian, Time Travel, Love Story at Readeropolis with an author interview.

Be sure to enter for a chance to win the giveaway for a $50 Amazon or Paypal and follow the Silver Dagger book tour (for other dates see the link at the bottom of the post).




 Q. Can you describe in brief your hit series, ‘Between Two Evils’?
If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?




Fall into this edgy, action-packed, darkly comedic, dystopian love story, and be prepared to encounter a finicky time machine, a mysterious seashell, and a very clever dog (some sex, some swearing, some violence, but no vampires and absolutely NO ditzes!)





Q. Your books have won many awards and gained much recognition around the world. Did you anticipate this was going to happen? How did it make you feel?
It’s always exciting to make a best-seller list or win a book award, but the thing I cherish the most is hearing from readers who say the story touched their lives, made them hold tighter to the people they care about. That is the highest compliment!

 Q. How did your interest in science and time travel first arise?

I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, Le Guin, Clarke, and the rest of the sci-fi greats. I was awed by their world building, and the glimpse they gave me of possible futures, both hopeful and dire. But what I loved most were the characters. 
I could never remember book titles, and a few years down the road I would struggle to remember all the plot twists, but the good characters stuck with me. They changed me—became a part of my life—made me stronger and more compassionate. I aspire to that with my writing.

Q. When did you realise that you wanted to be a writer?



I don’t remember ever making a conscious decision. I have always loved to tell stories (ghost stories around the campfire, bedtime stories to my children, dolphin stories to just about anyone who will listen), and putting words down on paper keeps me from going crazy. For Crossing in Time, an idea grew into a story, and that story grew into a book, and that book grew into a monster—I mean a series.
 
I suppose there are people who decide to be writers, plan out their seven-book series, and hit the best-seller lists on the first attempt (and make enough money to quit their day job?), but I don’t know any.

Q. Do you think it’s essential for a writer to have a solid support base? 
First, you have to believe in yourself (or as my kids would say: “be butt-head stubborn”). If you want to publish a book, you will have to endure being knocked down (over and over!) and get right back up and try again. You will have to write and rewrite and cry and rewrite again. There will be people (some with no talent of their own) who will tell you that your writing sucks (in the nicest possible way), and critics who will toss your beloved (and meticulously crafted) characters off as flat and unlikable, or readers who don’t “get” what you have to say and feel they need to inform the rest of the universe about your short-comings (in the nastiest possible way). 
In the end, you write the best book you can—and learn to let the rest go. The one thing all successful writers have in common: They refused to quit.
(But to answer your question: Yes, it does help to have friends and family who believe in you. But in the end, you have to decide if YOU are willing to put in the time and effort and blood-sweat-and-tears it takes to succeed. As Thomas Edison said, Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration. Buy a towel and keep it handy.)

Q. How would your family describe you?
Busy.

Q. Can you describe in brief what led up to you penning your first book?



Who hasn't looked back at an inflection point and wondered how things might have played out differently?

 

I met and fell in love with the man I'm married to when we were twenty-eight, and one of the first trips we took  was to attend the wedding of his best buddy from college. At the reception, I ended up seated next to my husband's ex-girlfriend from college! Despite an awkward introduction, she and I hit it off, and we ended up comparing notes on the guy from then and  now (you should have seen my husband’s face when he realized what we were talking about–it still makes me laugh!) At the end of the evening, she said something unsettling: I wish I would have met him at a later point in my life, once both of us had had time to grow up a bit. Maybe things would have turned out differently.
It was a very poignant moment for me: Where would I be now if she had held on to him? And, if I had met him earlier, would I have let him go and been the one to attend the wedding alone?
I don't know the answers to those questions, but the possibilities began to fill my head, and a time travel book was born.

 Q. 
What’s the best thing about being an author?


Time stands still or years pass in a second. You control the ticking of the clock, the turning of the tides, the life and death of your characters. And every once in a while, you connect with a reader, and a tiny bit of their world shifts, and that is a wondrous thing.



Q. What’s the nicest thing that anyone’s ever said to you?
As far as feedback from readers, John Staughton, the editor of an online literary magazine, had this to say about Crossing In Time

This book holds WAY more than it appears. I was satisfied, exhausted, inspired, and blown away.

I’ve never met him, and I don’t know how my book came to be in his hands, but I still want to give him a big hug. 


Q. How do you get inspired to write? Do you have a fixed routine?

Inspiration is a bit like a cat: Sometimes she jumps into your lap and demands to be petted. And sometimes she disappears and you worry she’ll never find her way home. 
Perhaps if I put a bell around inspiration’s neck and kept yummy cat treats on hand, she’d be a bit more predictable?



Q. Why Sci-Fi?  What fascinates you about the genre?
The possibilities. 
For instance, take a stack of shower curtains, some ants, and a bowling ball. 
Drape the shower curtains (two-dimensional objects in a 3-dimensional world) over the back of some chairs to make a new, flat universe. Now imagine that you are an ant, walking, talking, and shagging other ants on top of a single thin, stretchable membrane (or a "brane" in physics-speak). Layered above and beneath you are an infinite number of other shower curtains, all of them with their own allotment of ants (some of which get paid 78 cents on the dollar due to slight differences in their copulatory organs). In a very real sense, those other ant universes are close to you in space (and time), but still seemingly undetectable—until someone drops a red-hot bowling ball on those piled up plastic sheets and makes the real-world equivalent of a black hole. 
Mind the gap.

Q. If you had a time machine, where would you go and why?
I'd like to say that I'd warn Abraham Lincoln, or save the people on the Titanic, or peek into the future to see if we manage to survive another millennium, but I'd probably just go back a couple of days so I could do the laundry, take the dog for a walk, and nab the last brownie.

Q. What inspired you to make Iz her own worst enemy when it came to competing for love?
Real life. 
Women today have more life choices than ever before (as do men!): Marriage? Career? Motherhood? If a woman chooses to have children, there are even more decisions: stay-at-home, work part-time, pay for a nanny, find day-care, support a stay-at-home spouse?
Having options is good, but here's the rub: At least in my universe, it's NOT possible to "have it all." Time spent building a career is time away from children and husband, and years spent raising the sort of children you are proud of, equals lost opportunities for promotions and raises at work. No one wants to choose between a sick child and a one-on-one with the boss, but anyone who's tried to balance work and family has had to do something like that. There's no escaping the "what if I could go back and do things differently" self-doubts—at least not for me.
Isabel made different life choices than I did, but she struggles with the same questions, the same worries, the same hopes and dreams. I think sometimes we are all our own worst enemies. Isabel's just happens to be a bit more obvious than most.

Q. What are your three favorite sci-fi movies of all time?
Alien: I was terrified. I loved that they brought a cat along. I wanted to be badass like Ripley.
2001: A Space Odyssey: The movie is full of good science. HAL was awesome. We are not alone. Question authority.
ET and Avatar: The universe may be a vast, cold, dark, and forbidding place, but it also holds great wonders.
Star Trek: We humans manage to upend the Fermi Paradox, save the Earth, and make friends with other intelligent life. I think there’s a lesson on patience, cooperation and acceptance in there somewhere…

Q. Crossing in Time is your debut work. What was the experience like? What surprised you most about the readers' reactions?
The writing-publishing-promoting journey was (and continues to be) a madcap mix of challenging, frustrating, and exhilarating—somewhat like surviving an incurable disease, I imagine.

Q. Did you plot out all of the events in your book ahead of time to make them fit together? Or are you a bit of a pantser?
I try to be stubborn about my characters' goals but flexible about how they achieve them. I am often surprised by where they drag me.

 Q. 
You use different points of view to tell the story.  Why did you pick this approach?
I prefer to do rather than watch
(And I suck at writing in 3rd person, past tense.)

Q. Which character did you find the most challenging to create? 
Tough call. Each one is handcrafted to be unique, compelling, and believable. I write pages and pages of character background info before I start a book. For instance: 
Picasso – Marine officer, head of government project, classical pianist, black, straight, covered in tattoos, takes control, playful, reliable, on edge, contradictory, awkward about showing emotion, past is dark, swears often and colorfully, likes classical music (because it’s “complex”, “deep”) and heavy metal (“because the guitar finger-work is so good”).

Q. Do any of your characters ever take off on their own tangent and refuse to do what you had planned for them?
All the effing time. It's like herding cats.

Q. Besides writing, what other secret skills do you have?
if (self.toldYouThat == true) then self.skills.secret = false;

Q. Are there any books or writers that have influenced your work?
I grew up reading Asimov, Heinlein, Le Guin, Clarke, and the rest of the sci-fi greats. I loved their world building and the glimpse they gave me of possible futures, both hopeful and grim. But what I loved most were the characters: Lazarus Long, Meg & Charles Wallace, Ender, HAL, Serious Black, the list goes on and on. 
I can never remember book titles (to my constant embarrassment!), and I struggle to recall the plot twists a year or two after I read even an exceptional book, but the good characters stick with me. They teach me, change me, became a part of me. I aspire to do that with my writing. 

Crossing in Time 
Between Two Evils Book 1 
by D.L. Orton 
Genre: Action-Adventure, Dystopian, Time Travel, Love Story 


The past isn't over, it's an opening. The future isn't hidden, it's a trap.
If she ever wants to see him again, she'll have to take the risk...

Publishers Weekly Starred Review: "Funny, Romantic & Harrowing!"

When offered a one-way trip to the past, Iz sacrifices everything for a chance to change her dystopian future—and see her murdered lover one last time.

After a perilous journey through a black hole, she wakes up on a tropical beach, buck naked and mortally wounded—but twenty years younger! With only hours to live, she must convince an enraptured but skeptical twenty-something guy to fix their future relationship and thereby save the planet (no one is quite sure why.)

But it's easier said than done, as success means losing him to a brainy, smart-mouthed bombshell (her younger self), and that's a heartbreaker, save the world or not.

Across the infinite expanse of space and time, love endures...

(Unfortunately, it’s not going to be enough.)

FALL INTO THIS EDGY, action-packed, darkly comedic, dystopian love story, and be prepared to encounter a finicky time machine, a mysterious seashell, and a very clever dog (some sex, some swearing, some violence, but no vampires and absolutely no ditzes.)

Content Warning!
This book contains material that may be disturbing to some, and in movie form, would be rated NC-17 for strong language, nudity, sexual situations, and violence (including attempted sexual assault, abduction, intense danger, miscarriage, confinement, a pandemic, religious fanaticism (Christian), government malevolence, and death).
Reader discretion is advised. 

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Lost Time 
Between Two Evils Book 2 


From the award-winning author D. L. ORTON comes book two in the Between Two Evils Series...

If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

When a faulty time machine deposits Diego at the top of a towering evergreen, he knows he's in the wrong place—but has no idea he's also in the wrong time. Naked and shivering in the primeval forest, he attempts to climb down—but slips, whacks his head on a branch, and tumbles into oblivion.

He awakens inside a darkened room, crippled and disheartened, and must come to grips with the realization that he is marooned in a bleak alternate future. In this universe, what remains of the human race is trapped inside a handful of aging biodomes. With his mission failed, his world destroyed, and the one woman he loves dead, he can find no reason to go on living.

Except Lani, the emotionally scarred doctor who must put Diego's broken body back together, refuses to let him die, and as Diego heals, their relationship becomes... complicated. He struggles to let go of the past but is unable to get Isabel out of his head—or his heart. Just when it seems he may be able to find some measure of happiness in a world teetering on the edge of extinction...

Another note arrives from his past: Isabel is alive—but not for long. Find the time machine, and go home before it's too late...

~ Hoffer Book Award Grand Prize shortlist
~ Colorado Book Award finalist 




Dead Time 
Between Two Evils Book 3 


If someone took everything you live for, how far would you go to get it back?

From award-winning author D. L. ORTON comes book three in the Between Two Evils series...

Shannon fights to stay alive inside a rogue biodome and discovers something totally unexpected... Peter. Lani is forced into the role of the reluctant heroine but rediscovers her street-kid mojo and sets out to find everything she's lost. Diego receives another dirty sock (and a note) from the poorly aimed fireball express: "The window between universes is closing." If Diego has any hope of getting back to Iz, he must get to the Magic Kingdom and power up the time machine before it's too late.

What could possibly go wrong? 






DL ORTON, THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR of the BETWEEN TWO EVILS series, lives in the foothills of the Rockies where she and her husband are raising three boys, a golden retriever, two Siberian cats, and an extremely long-lived Triops. ?￰゚マᄑ‍♂️ 

In her spare time, she's building a time machine so that someone can go back and do the laundry. 




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Get carried away with love!