Blog Tour: First Time by Samuel Ben White + Excerpt

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Blog Tour:

First Time by Samuel Ben White + Excerpt


By Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez / @ZaraAlexis

This blog tour and book blast is hosted by Kathy of I Am a Reader, Not a Writer. A special thanks goes out to her for her organization and for giving me a spot on the tour!

First Time


Category: Fiction

Author: Samuel Ben White

Format: Paperback, 404 pages

Publisher: Imprint Books

ISBN: 978-1-591-0946-54

Pub Date: September 26, 2002



First Time: The Legend of Garison Fitch

“What if history didn’t happen that way … the first time?”

Garison Fitch was one of the most revered scientists in the Soviet Americas until he left fame behind to work on a secret project in his log cabin in the mountains of Marx.

But something went wrong. Instead of traveling interdimentionally, Garison has traveled through time … twice.

Now, he’s in something called “The United States of America” and a woman he’s never met before is calling herself his wife. It it a hoax? Or, has he somehow changed history?

If so, can he return the world to what he believes is “normal”, or must he live in this strange world he created?



“The La Plata River comes out of the San Juan Mountains and cuts its way through the smaller range we called the La Platas.  The San Juans are big, majestic mountains you can see from the tops of the La Platas, sitting in the distance and looking over the La Platas like proud but stern parents and grandparents.  La Plata Canyon’s really more of a valley than a canyon, but I have just always heard it called a canyon.  Anyway, it is filled with wild flowers in the spring and—all year ’round—the evergreen pines and firs cover the slopes of the mountain all the way to timberline.  They keep their leaves all year round and the green peeks out from between the boughs of covered snow in winter and seems to always remind you that spring is not too far off.  And there are aspen, a tree with a white trunk like a birch and pale green leaves that turn the most vivid golds and oranges in the autumn.”

“What is timberline?” Sarah interrupted.  She had learned so much from Garison in the previous months that she wanted to learn even more.  He had taught her to never be afraid to ask questions, so she frequently interrupted to ask.  He had opened a world for her she never knew existed and it was like getting the advanced schooling she had never had.  Of course, even he admitted that some of his talk was of a world that didn’t yet exist so some of it was schooling no one else in the world had yet had.

“It is a place on a mountain where the altitude is so great and the air so thin that trees and plants cannot grow in the great numbers they do at lower altitude.  Also, such factors as temperature, water, and other things prevent the abundance of fauna you’d find elsewhere.  There are tender lichens that cling precariously to the rocks in some places, though the extreme temperatures and other factors make their cycle of growth sometimes only a few days a year.  Their tenacity is unbelievable!

“It’s like a magical land up there above the timber line.  It’s like a fantasy world that only a few ever experience because even for those with the opportunity, it takes work to get there.  And each little peak you see in the distance is like it’s own person, with a history and story different from all the other peaks.  And you want to know the story of every peak and know that you couldn’t learn them all even with a lifetime to try.  Up there, one can see for miles—from one peak to another.  And you can see down into the valley below you for distances you would think impossible if you’ve never been there to look.  It’s the sort of view normally reserved for the eagles.”



“Sam continues to weave his magic as a storyteller. I always find myself anxious to find out what will happen next and what kind of twist will befall the adventurers. It helps to be familiar with the places that the heroines go, which adds to the story.”

~Labdaddy, Texas”I’ve had a few very unproductive but enjoyable days thanks to Samuel Ben White. If you haven’t read Sam’s books you have been missing a treat. These were funny, suspenseful, spiritual and kept you turning the pages.”

~Karen S.”Just wanted to say how much I have enjoyed your books. I have a Kindle and I have purchased all of the Garison Fitch novels. I am in Saudi Arabia and your books have really helped take me away from here.”

~Scott, Saudi Arabia

Also Part of the Series:

Saving Time

Two years ago Garison Fitch traveled through time and rewrote history. An accident in the eighteenth century created a whole new world, and even gave Garison a wife he had never met before. Now, he’s got a daughter and he’s coming to enjoy this world he created. Until he’s attacked by men masquerading as Indians, and a funeral procession from out of the past enlists his help, and a tree grows from sappling to full-grown in a matter of minutes, threatening his daughter’s very life. Time itself is unraveling and Garison’s trips through time seem to be the cause. Garison must go back in time once again and keep himself from making the original trip that started the problem. But he can’t use his time machine to go back. How does one sew up a rip in time?

Lost Time
Jason Kerrigan and Brownwyn Dalmouth are pilots with the Republic of Texas Army Air Corps. A world war is going on and bombs have just brought an end to Crockett Air Field in south Texas. Jason and Bronwyn, though, are called away from the battle to be test pilots for a new aircraft that-they’re told-will bring the war to an end. The experimental craft lives up to expectations in early tests, but then it lands them somewhere it never should have sent them. Another place? Another time? Another dimension? Somehow, they’ve taken a trip to the future and changed the past. Or did they? The answer to their change of reality may be known to a Justice of the Peace in Colorado named Garison Fitch. To figure it out, though, Garison may have to team up with his least favorite person: Bat Garrett.


Author Samuel Ben White

Samuel Ben White (“Sam” to his friends) is the author of the national newspaper comic strip “Tuttle’s” (found at and the on-line comic book “Burt & the I.L.S.” (found at He is married and has two sons. He serves his community as both a minister at a small church and a chaplain with hospice. In addition to his time travel stories, Sam has also written and published detective novels, a western, three fantasy novels and four works of Christian fiction.

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