Friday, October 5, 2012

Blog Tour: ERASING TIME by C.J. Hill - Guest Post & Giveaway

Welcome to the ERASING TIME blog tour hosted by Fire and Ice! We are thrilled to have author C.J. Hill here with us for a special guest post. But first, here's a little about the book:

Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 28th 2012
by Katherine Tegen Books
Book Summary From Harper Collins: When twins Sheridan and Taylor wake up 400 years in the future, they find a changed world: domed cities, no animals, and a language that's so different, it barely sounds like English. And the worst news: They can't go back home.

The twenty-fifth-century government transported the girls to their city hoping to find a famous scientist to help perfect a devastating new weapon. The same government has implanted tracking devices in the citizens, limiting and examining everything they do. Taylor and Sheridan have to find a way out of the city before the government discovers their secrets. To complicate matters, the moblike Dakine has interest in getting hold of them too. The only way for the girls to elude their pursuers is to put their trust in Echo, a guy with secrets of his own. The trio must put their faith in the unknown to make a harrowing escape into the wilds beyond the city.

Full of adrenaline-injected chases and heartbreaking confessions, Erasing Time explores the strength of the bonds between twins, the risks and rewards of trust, and the hard road to finding the courage to fight for what you believe in. 

The ERASING TIME book trailer: 

And now, a guest post from the lovely C.J. Hill:

  Secret symbols in Logos—how many can you spot?

Secret symbols have probably always been hidden in things—even long before anyone knew about subliminal messages.

The first secret symbol in history that I know about (I’m sure there are many more) is the ichthys. Several theories exist as to how the open-tailed fish became a symbol of Christianity. I won’t go into them because that’s not the interesting part to me. The interesting part is that the ichthys was a symbol that helped Christians thousands of years ago secretly identify each other. Back then, Christians were thrown to the lions, stoned, things that you generally wanted to avoid.

If you were a Christian and you met a stranger who you thought might be a Christian too, you would take your walking stick and casually make a curved line in the dirt—the top of the ichthys. Anyone who wasn’t a Christian would think you were just fiddling with your stick and had precious few artistic abilities. But if the other guy was a Christian, he would know what you were up to, and he would make the corresponding bottom line. Viola—the ichthys! Then you would erase the fish fast before someone else saw it and threw you both to the lions.

I love the stealth and danger involved in that system. For awhile I considered writing an action novel set in the early A.Ds, but decided against it when I realized doing so would require a boat-load of research. (I once researched the Middle Ages for six months straight for a novel I still haven’t written.)

The nice thing about writing futuristic books is that they require a lot less research. (Although I did have to study physics principles for the time machine—which wasn’t exactly easy.)

In Erasing Time, my main character Sheridan, is sucked into the future with her twin sister, Taylor. They find that city’s government controls where citizens can go, what they can learn, and what they can say. Sheridan and Taylor want to escape the city before the government implants computer chips into them that will track and control them. In order to escape, Sheridan has to decode some secret signs in the city around her.

Want to see how well you would do in her place? Take a look at some of these logos from our day and see if you can spot the secret symbols. The first is one of the easiest.

 So, did you notice that there’s a 31 (for their 31 flavors) in the middle of the B and the R? Baskin and Robbins made it easier for everyone by making the numbers a different color. Apparently they know that we’re not all that bright when it comes to picking up on hidden things. What do you see in the next logo?

Note to Federal Express, if you want people to see the arrow in between the E and the X, maybe you should make it pink instead of white.

How many of you have eaten Tostitos before? (You know you all have.) Think of the logo. Got it in your mind? Where are the people fighting for the last chip over a bowl of salsa?

Can’t picture that part of the logo? Take a closer look:

Yeah, those Ts are actually people. I never saw them until someone pointed them out. I guess I don’t stare at chip bags the way I stare at cereal boxes. If two Ts were fighting for the last bran flake, I would totally notice it.

Then there’s the LG logo. Got it in your mind? It’s a circle with an L and a G—it sort of looks like a face with one eye and a scar on the cheek. This is what some people think it secretly represents:

Packman, my old nemesis, you’ve been busy. Is this why the icemaker on my fridge is suddenly making that odd chomping noise?

What do you see in the next logo?

If you’re the observant sort, you’ll notice that the letter g is the exact same symbol as the half-smiley face above it. G= half a smile. Who knew, right? I seriously never noticed that before, although I’ve always had the vague feeling that the W was a clenched fist and that the letter D was flipping me off. Observant, I’m not. Creative, I am.

See anything fishy in the Toblerone logo? No? How about a bear then? If you look closely, you’ll see there’s a bear in the Toblerone mountain. Why? I have no idea. Maybe the chocolate is beary good.

And last but certainly not least, take a look at the original Jack in the Box logo.

See anything fishy with this logo? No? Well, you should. Look again and this time look for the Ichthys. See it now? It’s the OX in box.

So, how well did you do on picking out the secret symbols?

0-2 Take a seat with the rest of the blissfully unobservant. You are probably too busy texting to ponder logos.

3-4 Good, but you’d better not venture into the year 2447, just in case.

5-7 Bring on the future, baby. You’re ready for it! 


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  1. I guess I'm not too observant - I only got two!

  2. Wow, I actually got 4, some of them, like Fed-Ex I had noticed before (it helps that we have a fed-ex guy living through the block!) but there were several that I should have noticed that I never have!

  3. Well, I definitely hadn't seen the Jack in the Box one before (although that's probably because we don't have one in my state).

  4. Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! <3

  5. That is really interesting! (Even if I'm not very good at it.)

    1. My 10-year-old daughter got 6/7, so since I did so badly I'm going to brag a little about that. :) She really blew me out of the water on that one! Since in the future I am obviously going to be so hopeless, it's good I'll have her around to take care of me.

  6. That was fun! I got 2! I'm blissfully unobservant!!

  7. I hadn't noticed them before. That was interesting.

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  8. Cool, I never noticed the thing with the G in "Goodwill" before.

  9. I would love to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. Please enter me.

  10. so fun. crazy to realize how unobservant I am. I hadn't noticed any of those symbols before. Yay for giveaways!

  11. Blissfully unobservant, but I already knew that about myself. Does that make me sort of observant?

  12. Does that make me extra unobservant that even with you telling me it's a bear, I still think the shape in the Toblerone mountain looks more like a rabbit?

    1. Heya, you just gained a brand new follower from this book tour. Nice to meet you! :D

      I never really pay attention to logos, and so I enjoyed seeing things about them that I never noticed before. I think I might have learned about a concept similar to this in one of my psych classes. Really interesting how if we don't really have a need in our daily lives to pay attention to certain things, we don't.

  13. Thanks for the post and the giveaway!



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