Tales From A Time Traveler

Musings from a time traveler’s creator, Michael John Sullivan, author of the critically acclaimed, NECESSARY HEARTBREAK and EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER.

Michael is also giving away books and holding a contest (details below).

Women have come a long way, baby. How do I know this? I am a time traveler. I’ve seen the transformation of women, both physically and emotionally, over many centuries.

Don’t believe me? Then you’re probably right.

However, Michael Stewart is a time traveler. He’s neither a prophet nor an alien. Michael Stewart is the main character in my second novel, EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER. This character has inspired me to talk about how his incredible journey to first centuryJerusalemhas enlightened his view on how far women have evolved with regard to their rights and freedoms.

Stewart is trapped in the 21st century and unable to show his affection for the woman he loves. His desire to return back to the first century stems from his affection for Leah, a widow who is surviving physical torture from a Roman soldier.

Leah is in love with Michael, too. As their creator, I try to show how the differences in the way women were treated in first-centuryJerusalemversus 21st centuryLong Island affected some of the characters’ important reactions to drastic situations.

Did you know that in first-centuryJerusalem, women had only a few rights at home? The husband had complete domination over his wife. Does this sound a little like Fifty Shades of Grey?  Perhaps the author studied this time to come up with the theme to the best seller?

The father also determined the relationships of his daughters. The control usually went from father to husband and the woman was sold for a dowry. Women could not play any significant role in the synagogue – does this sound like some religions today? Well, maybe women haven’t come as far as I thought.

Interesting enough, Jesus was considered a radical during his time due to the women that played a big part in his life, including Mary Magdalene, His mother, Mary  and another Mary, the mother of Joseph and James. According to the apostle Mark, Jesus healed Peter’s mother, in one of His first miracles. In Luke’s writings, Jesus healed a woman who was critically ill. There are many references in the Bible depicting Jesus’ spiritual interactions with females.

Perhaps some denominations can truly understand the spiritual value of a woman by referencing the very holy book they say they follow. It’s clear as the centuries have melted away — women have become more assertive and demanding for their individual rights.

While Leah is a strong first-century woman in my story, she is taken aback by the courage and confidence of Elizabeth, the 21st century teenager.Elizabethasserts her rights as a normal female, sometimes shocking Leah.

What I wanted to present was strong female characters, no matter what century the women lived in. I have two daughters of my own and I want them to be strong and courageous in this world. We still live in a man’s world in many ways and there are facets of society looking to lean down on women, suppress them emotionally and sometimes physically. We have many generations of men conditioned to think the most attractive women are those in skimpy bikinis and waiting at a moment’s notice to satisfy beer-guzzling males.

I don’t want my daughters ever to think this is their role in the world. I want them to be independent, able to think on a high intellectual level for themselves and make their own important decisions on what they will do with their lives.

I hope my novel EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER captures this in every essence.


Michael John Sullivan is an author, living in New York. His second novel, EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER, was published by Fiction Studio Books. Michael loves to hear from readers, you can email him at: michaeljohnsullivan.com or visit his WEBSITE.

The kindle version of EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER is FREE on July 7th and 8th on AMAZON


Michael is also generously giving away TWO autographed paperback copies of his first novel, NECESSARY HEARTBREAK

To be eligible to win an autographed copy of NECESSARY HEARTBREAK:

  • Comment on the blog or ask Michael a question.
  • Double your chances of winning by signing up and following my blog: https://selenarobinsmusings.com/
  • Triple your chances of winning by linking this blog post to your blog or putting the link up on your facebook page or Twitter.


Dear Readers, 

I highly recommend EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER, not only because I had the honor of critiquing this book, but because it’s a well written story that will take you through an emotional time travel journey, filled with suspense, adventure, heartbreak and love. Michael has spun a unique plot and his storytelling skills will transport you back back in time, filling your senses with the scenery, the scent of that time period, the feel and the taste of food that we have only witnessed through a movie. Reading about it, gives you a much richer experience.

This book will appeal to all book lovers, no matter what genre you usually read and you will fall in love with the characters, especially Elizabeth, and appreciate the quirkiness of the pastor and probably a lot of you will relate to the dysfunction of a family, still trying to find their way after tragedies, misunderstandings and challenges that many families face.

I hope you all stop by and pick up a copy of this fabulous book on Amazon and enter the contest to win the first book in the series.

Congratulations, Michael. Job well done!


39 responses to “Tales From A Time Traveler”

  1. This sounds like a really good book, Michael. I thank Selena for bringing it to my attention. It is definitely on my “gotta read” list.

  2. Thanks Angela. I hope you have a chance to download it this weekend since it’s free. Thanks for stopping by to read my thoughts.

    1. It is downloaded and as soon as things get less hectic this evening, it is all mine! Thank you so much.

      1. I hope you enjoy it Angela! Have a wonderful evening.

  3. Congrats Michael on your new book!

    1. Thanks Madison! Thank you for stopping by to read the blog.

  4. Time traveling does fascinate. Trying to live in another time would be exciting & a tad scary too.

    1. Hi, Mary, the book is free this weekend, I hope you hop over to Amazon and download it.

      You’re right about traveling back in time being exciting and scary, and the story illustrates just how scary it can be.

  5. I would feel less uncomfortable if I was with someone.

  6. wht you said of women is so true ~ your book truly brings out he beauty of a woman and her role and purpose as Jesus had planned it to be. Thank you, Linda

  7. sorry for the typos let me try again ~ what you said of women is so true. ~ your book truly brings out the beauty of a woman and her role and purpose as Jesus had planned it to be. Thank you, 🙂

  8. Thanks Linda for sharing your thoughts!

  9. I love time travel. I’m looking forward to reading the book.

    1. Hi, Rita, EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER is free this weekend, so I hope you take advantage of this generous offer and download it at Amazon.

      I love time travel as well, especially when it is going back to a period that is rarely written about.

  10. Thank you Michael for sharing this wonderful book with people today and tomorrow. I think people who are parents will enjoy this well written book. Selena has recommended books before and she never lets you down.

    I downloaded my copy and I can’t wait to read. I wish many blessings to you and your wonderful family always.

    shared this interview on my facebook @ Teresa Kleeman
    tweeted @nutsaboutquinn
    and I’m signed up on your blog Selena

    Teresa K.

    1. Hi, Teresa, your name was drawn using, random.org and you’ve won an autographed copy of Michael’s first book, Necessary Heartbreak.

      Michael will be emailing you to get delivery information.

      Congratulations and enjoy!

  11. This story sounds like it will be very interesting. I am not usually a reader of men writers but will give this one a chance.

    1. Thanks Catherine. I hope you enjoy it.

  12. Thanks Rita for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. I hope you enjoy the time-travel journey.

  13. i love time travel boks. Michael i have to ask what inspired you to write everybodys daughter

    1. Hi Michele, there were a couple of periods in my life that inspired me to do so. The first part was enduring a period of homelessness. I wrote often while riding the NYC subway trains at night. The second part was when I became a father. I am fortunate to have two incredible daughters who have opened my life up to so many wonderful moments and memories. I also always wanted to time travel back to first-century Jerusalem. This period of history has always intrigued me. Thanks so much for stopping by to read my blog.



  15. Thanks for reading the blog! I have two books out — Necessary Heartbreak: A Novel of Faith and Forgiveness and the new novel, Everybody’s Daughter. You can find me at FB for information http://www.facebook.com/groups/191349776875/

  16. I love new-to-me authors, especially if they are recommended
    by a favorite author. I’ve placed your books on my TBR list.

    RE: women’s stronger roles – I am blessed to be a member
    of a parish that encourages strong women’s roles. In 1975, I
    became the 2nd female lector in the parish. Women make up
    2/3 of the lector ministry today. All but two of the parish’s ministries are headed up by women. Our parish priests have
    recognized and encouraged the strength of our women.
    God bless you.

    Pat Cochran

    1. Pat, I’m so happy your parish priest has encouraged women. Christ interacted spiritually often with women and females played a key role in His life. Thanks for stopping by and I do hope you enjoy the story.

    2. Hi, Pat, your name was drawn using, random.org and you’ve won an autographed copy of Michael’s first book, Necessary Heartbreak.

      Michael will be emailing you to get delivery information.

      Congratulations and enjoy!

  17. Can’t wait to read this one. Thanks so much for the generous giveaway.

  18. Glad to do so. I hope you enjoy Everybody’s Daughter. I had one terrific editor in Selena Robins, too.

  19. I really enjoy time travels and I never seem to find enough of them. Thanks for the download of Everybody’s Daughter and thanks for a chance to win Necessary Heatbreak.

    1. Thanks for stopping by to read the blog and participate in the contest. I hope you are having a great weekend. 🙂

  20. I just shared your link on facebook – Jeanne Sheats

    Selena Robins Musings

  21. Thanks for doing that, Jeanne!

  22. Sounds awesome! Thanks so much for the posting…

  23. Thanks for stopping by to read my blog!

  24. Thank you all for stopping by and chatting with Michael. I hope you all had a chance to go and download EVERYBODY’S DAUGHTER on Amazon.

    Congratulations to Pat and Teresa, their names were drawn in the draw and they’ve each won an autographed copy of Necessary Heartbreak, Michael’s first novel in the series.

    Thank you, Michael for your generosity of time and books, we welcome you back any time.

    1. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to share my thoughts!

  25. I think this book sounds great and must say a new author to check out. I run a small community library and have a table for author’s promo items and would love to have some of your items to place on the table to pass the word around. sue Leech, 1273 Strahan rd., New Columbia, PA 17856 Questions? garysue@dejazzd.com

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