Published by Entangled Teen
What Time is it There? by Christine Potter
Publication Date: November 29, 2017
Publisher: Evernight Teen
Just over a year ago, Bean and Zak headed for colleges two thousand miles apart, promising to write, but to see other people … until Bean fell for the wrong guy and Zak fell off the planet.
Now, Bean’s got two weeks’ worth of Zak’s year-old letters that she still can’t bear to open—and a broken heart. Her new best friend, a guy named Amp, wants her to read the letters and be done with it, but he may have his own reasons for that.
When Sam shows up at Bean’s school unexpectedly and Bean tumbles into the 19th century from the cellar of a ruined church, things start making a bizarre kind of sense. That is, if she can just fit all the pieces together again…let’s see–there’s a cult…and the Flying Singing Angel With No Feet…and of course, The Grateful Dead…
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I was on fire when I wrote Bean Three, What Time Is It There? Even my careful editor at Evernight Teen couldn’t find any scenes for me to cut out; in fact, the book was an Editor’s Pick. So I wrote an extra scene for you, sort of an expansion.
A little background, first: Bean Donohue is my time-traveling main character. She lives mostly in the year 1972, and she’s a nineteen-year-old aspiring folk rock musician and DJ who’s going to a small college in upstate New York. She has just gotten back from the wackiest Thanksgiving dinner ever, thrown by kids who stayed at school to keep the college FM station on the air. Amp runs the station with her, and he’s her best friend…but things may be changing…
The turkey sandwich was none the worse for wear. Bean congratulated herself on having remembered to add some cranberry sauce and just a little mayo before she’d wrapped it up. A turkey sandwich and some Sleepytime herb tea: the perfect midnight snack when you’ve just had your mind blown.
She thought again about calling Sam. Sam would be able to reassure her about the nineteenth century music manuscript now hidden in Bean’s desk drawer, under Zak’s letters. I’d wake her parents, and it’ll totally suck for her if I do that. Tomorrow’s soon enough—I hope. God, I hope I haven’t changed anything by taking that music!
She decided not to put on anything at all on her stereo for a change, and sat in silence, eating the sandwich. The wind blew outside and the radiator in her room made a ticking noise. There had been just a few other lights on in Bean’s dorm when Amp had walked her up the hill, but now it was so quiet that she could have been alone in that big building—which was a little creepy. School really had emptied out for Thanksgiving. Amp would be back at his own room by now. At least he had company! There were quite a few guys still at The Freak Frat.
It’s not like I stole that music…not really…Edwina’s brother really was kind of a jerk, she decided. Kind of a sexist. Poor Edwina.
And then there was Amp, sweet, kind Amp. Maybe I’m playing with him. But I couldn’t bear not having a best friend! At least Claire knows about the time-traveling, now… Bean licked a little cranberry-mayo off her thumb, and thought about Zak appearing in the ruined church, almost a hundred years before the time where he belonged. Missing Zak sometimes felt so heavy she could hardly breathe. What was he doing back in time? She knew the answer: breaking the Rules!
Then she remembered Amp smiling at her. He always had time to listen—and at least she knew where he was! Suppose I’d let Amp kiss me. What would have happened then?
Bean remembered the few flannel-PJ nights she’d curled beside Amp in his room at The Freak Frat. Those had been like seventh grade pajama parties—utterly innocent. Or maybe she’d been the only one who had thought so. We’d agreed a year ago to be heartbroken together…
OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES
Christine Potter is a writer and poet who lives in a very old (haunted) house on a creek in Rockland County. She has an organist/choirdirector husband (Ken) and two spoiled tom cats. One of the house’s two ghosts lives in the room behind her office.
Christine’s newest book is a YA time travel novel, What Time Is It There? (The Bean Books, Book 3), newly released by Evernight Teen. The first book in the series is Time Runs Away With Her, and the second is In Her Own Time.
Her two poetry collections are Zero Degrees at First Light (2006) and Sheltering in Place (2013). She has also had poems published in Rattle, Fugue, The Irish Examiner, HOOT, Eclectica, and The Pedestal, among other magazines. Her third book of poems, Unforgetting, is due out this spring from Kelsay Books.
- One (1) winner will receive a paperback copy of all 3 books in the series and a tie-dyed scarf (INT)
- Two (2) winners will receive digital copies of all 3 books in the series (INT)