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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Blog Tour: Tempest by Julie Cross & Giveaway!!

Tempest by Julie Cross
Publication date (Paperback): December 11th, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Page count: 352 pages
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The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he’s in college, has a girlfriend… and he can travel back through time. But it’s not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there’s no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it’s just harmless fun.

That is… until the day strangers burst in on Jackson and his girlfriend, Holly, and during a struggle with Jackson, Holly is fatally shot. In his panic, Jackson jumps back two years to 2007, but this is not like his previous time jumps. Now he’s stuck in 2007 and can’t get back to the future.

Desperate to somehow return to 2009 to save Holly but unable to return to his rightful year, Jackson settles into 2007 and learns what he can about his abilities.

But it’s not long before the people who shot Holly in 2009 come looking for Jackson in the past, and these “Enemies of Time” will stop at nothing to recruit this powerful young time-traveler. Recruit… or kill him.

Piecing together the clues about his father, the Enemies of Time, and himself, Jackson must decide how far he’s willing to go to save Holly… and possibly the entire world.
If I Could Time Travel To Any Date In History What Would I Choose?
Answer: July 18, 1976 in Montreal, Canada

This date marked the first perfect 10 ever given in modern Olympic gymnastics. Before I began writing in 2009, my biggest passion was gymnastics. I participated in the sport on and off through my sophomore year of high school. And at 15 years old I began coaching gymnastics. Both recreational and competitive. I continued coaching the sport all the way until August of 2011 when I quit my full-time job as a Gymnastics Program Director at the YMCA to write full-time. I still volunteer to teach classes once a week and my daughters are competing in gymnastics now so I’m still very involved in the sport.

To see Nadia Comaneci score that first perfect 10 back in 1976 and watch as the crowd reacts to the 1.0 placed on the score board because it wasn’t made to go up to 10.0, would be an amazing experience for me. I truly enjoyed every minute of the gymnastics portion of the 2012 London Games, but scoring systems are complex now and that edge-of-your-seat, every-wobble-could-destroy-your-dream feeling just doesn’t exist like it did in 1976. That feeling of hope that people must have had watching every routine that followed her first perfect 10 would be incredible to see first-hand. Just the idea that perfection could be awarded is fascinating to me because as a coach and as an author, I’ve learned that nothing is ever truly finished nor is it ever truly perfect. Believing that an uneven bar routine could be perfect and awarded that by Olympic judges is almost like being able to re-establish your child-like innocence and suddenly be blind to the pessimism and flaws that become visible with age.

I know it sounds a little bit deep and dramatic but maybe it’s the Christmas spirit invading me and reminding me of being a child and believing in Santa Clause.  
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Giveaway Deets:
- One winner will receive a paperback copy of TEMPEST
* I am not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items *
- Must be 13 or older to enter
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- Giveaway lasts from 12/13 - 12/20

Check out the other stops on the tour:
12/8/12: Sara @ Through the Looking Glass - Intro Post
12/9/12: Elena @ Novel Sounds - Author Interview
12/10/12: Hannah @ The Book Vortex - Guest Post -Tempest Playlist
12/11/12: Release Day – Everyone posts
12/12/12: Jen @ Makeshift Bookmark - Guest Post - Favorite Time In History I'd Want to Be a Part Of
12/13/12: Anna @ Literary Exploration - Guest Post - If I Could Time Travel to Any Date in History, What Would I Chose?
12/14/12: Jenny @  Supernatural Snark - Character Interview - Jackson
12/15/12: Sara @  Through the Looking Glass - Finale Post


  1. This sounds like a fun read...though time travel books always manage to boggle my mind!

  2. This is a cool book! (I alredy own the hardcover). I give the author credit for keeping the timelines straight; time travel books can get tricky. I"m looking forward to the next book in the series.

  3. When this book first came out, I had no interest in reading it. I saw it at the library a few weeks ago, however, and picked it up on a whim. I'm SO glad I did! Enjoyed it immensely.

  4. Great post!! I only own the audiobook, but I loved this book so much! How awesome that she did gymnastics. I used to compete in gymnastics when I was a teenager too.

  5. Thanks for sharing Anna!! Ive wanted to read this book for a while now, so hopefully i can win! & I really would love to visit montreal! How awesome that she was a gymnast! Great post!
    - Farah @ MajiBookshelf

  6. Such a fun post! I had more mixed feelings about the first book, but I am a HUGE fan of Julie's. :) I'm also really curious where Jackson's story is going to go next.

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden


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