Guardian Blog Tour

I’m so excited to finally get to kick off the Guardian by Heather Burch blog tour! We thought it would be super fun to celebrate the holidays as well! Here is a guest post to kick off the tour where Heather tells us about a special Christmas moment!

Christmas … A very special time for this author.
The Halflings series sold at Christmas time and I thought it would be fun to share the story. I had gone home to Missouri right before Christmas. The day before I was coming home, I noticed I’d just missed a call from my literary agent. I assumed it was about the Christmas present I sent to her. She had left a message, but rather than listen to it, I just dialed her right back. I’m expecting to hear, “Oh, thanks so much! I love the gift.” Instead, she’s talking about 900 miles an hour about a three book deal. (Of course, she thought I’d listened to the message, so she jumped right into the details.)
“What?” I actually waved my hand in the air to stop her. (Btw, hand waving doesn’t work on phone conversations.)
“The offer, Heather. I’m talking about the offer!”
“What offer? I thought you called to tell me thanks for the Christmas present!”
“It’s lovely and I adore it. No, I called to tell you we have a three book deal on the table. Hard cover to trade paperback with a fabulous publisher and an editor that is super excited about the project.”
Oh my. I remember shaking. Uncontrollably. My brother passed through the kitchen and I must have been white as a sheet because he stopped and gave me the weirdest look. When I mumbled something about “Really, a three book deal?” He got a huge smile on his face and gave me a tentative thumbs up.
I nodded. The smile grew. When his girlfriend passed by, she said, “Is she ok?” and pointed to me.
He said, “I think she just sold her book.”
I nodded to them as I tried to listen to my agent with one ear and my brother with the other. It was surreal. Her talking about an offer on my book and him telling someone I’d just sold. I’ll never forget the feeling.
I’ve always loved Christmas time. Family and gatherings. It’s my favorite time of year. But selling the Halflings series was one gift no one could have given me but God. How cool is that?

Here is the schedule for the tour so be sure to check out all the stops!

12/17/12: The Book Vortex
12/18/12: Book Thoughts by Marielle
12/19/12: Magnet4Books
12/20/12: Reader of Fictions
12/21/12: Through the Looking Glass

I am also giving away a paperback copy of Guardian (it’s actually an ARC copy!). Ending on Christmas Eve! It is USA only.

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Tempest by Julie Cross Release Day! (paperback)

Today is the paperback release day for Tempest by Julie Cross! I am currently smack dab in the middle of reading Tempest right now and I am loving it. Some of my favorite books are ones that deal with time issues and I love the fact that this one is told from Jackson’s point of view.

From Goodreads

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.

Here is a little bit about Julie from her website!

I live in central Illinois with my wonderful husband and three kids currently between the ages of 7 and 12 (the kids not the husband). My writing journey began in May, 2009 with a short story in a notebook.
Within a year, I had written seven (some good some God-awful) young adult novels. Not being a college graduate and having spent the previous fifteen years teaching gymnastics and working as a YMCA Program Director for Recreational Gymnastics, professional writing wasn’t in my plans. Not even close. But ever since the day I started that short story, I haven’t been able to stop. It was love at first sight.
After about a year of writing, I had a three book deal with St. Martin’s Press, and a film option with Summit Entertainment. Crazy, right? I know. It wasn’t until August of 2011 that I quit working full time in order to be at home with my kids more and of course, write more. My young adult time travel debut novel, Tempest, released on January 17, 2012. The rest of my personal story remains unwritten.

Tempest by: Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 17, 2012 (PB) December 11, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Time-travel, romance, action
Series: #1 in Tempest
Page Count: 352
Buy the Book: Amazon Barnes and Nobel

As you know from yesterdays post I am taking part in the Tempest blog tour.

Blog Tour Schedule
12/8/12: Through the Looking Glass
12/9/12: Novel Sounds
12/10/12: The Book Vortex
12/11/12: Release Day- Everyone Posts
12/12/12: Makeshift Bookmark
12/13/12: Literary Exploration
12/14/12: Supernatural Snark
12/15/12: Through the Looking Glass

Be sure to check out all the stops on the tour!

Tempest Blog Tour

I am so excited to be part of the Tempest by Julie Cross blog tour! The always lovley Sara from Through the Looking Glass asked me to be part of the tour and I feel honored she thought of me on her first tour! Thanks so much Sara.

Whenever I listen to a book I immediately think up an epic soundtrack to accompany the things I am reading. I love it when authors come up with playlists that match their books and so I am so happy that Julie agreed to tell us all a little bit about hers.

Music in Tempest

Music played a big part in bringing Tempest to life in the later drafts. There were songs that early readers suggested and that gave me a connection that I didn’t have when I was creating the story the first time around. So the playlist for Tempest is a compilation of reader suggestions and my own choices based on lyrics that really struck a chord with me. I’m all about lyrics and I never care if a song is popular or not. If it’s the one I want, then it makes the list.

A lot of authors have playlists, but I tend to take everything one step farther and mine is almost chapter-by-chapter because Jackson, my main character, changes so much through the book and experiences this multitude of highs and lows both emotional and physical. Today, I’m going to give some explanations behind a few of the choices…though I won’t do all of them because that would be an extremely long post.

You can view the full playlist here (however, it doesn’t explain my reasons behind the song choices)
You can listen to the full playlist (in order) here

Chapter 1: Everyday Is Exactly The Same by NIN—this is basically a great representation of Jackson’s life at the moment. Fairly predictable. And his time travel experiments are short and usually within the same day and it doesn’t change anything. It represents his security in a way, but also the fact that something is going to change. And soon. It’s inevitable because we all know every day can’t be the same forever.

Chapter 2: Secrets By One Republic—I picked this because Jackson is keeping his time travel ability a secret from Holly and even without that, he has this emotional distance from her and yet a desire to be close at the same time. He’s reaching that make or break point where he knows he’ll have to tell her something if he wants to keep her around.

Chapter 3: Collide by Howie Day—this song is about two people being in opposite places but somehow colliding. First, it’s Jackson feeling haunted by the little red-haired girl who looks like his dead twin sister. One is dead and one is alive and yet he can’t shake the connection to her, And also for Holly because she knows she’s in love with Jackson and he hasn’t come to terms with his feelings yet. She’s a few steps ahead of him. The line, “I’ve found I’m scared to know I’m always on your mind” is just so Jackson at this point in his life and his relationship with Holly.

Chapter 4: The Scientist by Coldplay—In this chapter, Jackson screws ups and tries to cancel his date with Holly and she gets upset and he realizes this in much farther in than he ever wanted to be. He thinks about taking off and just leaving her alone like she asked, but he can’t seem to…he doesn’t want to. And this scares him because Holly was supposed to be this fun summer fling that was impulsive and romantic and they never had to think about anything serious. He was absorbed and so was she. He knows he’s on the verge of losing her and all he can think about is to go back to the beginning and let it be easy and carefree again. The lyrics in the opening verse say everything Jackson can’t, “I had to find you. Tell you I need you, tell you I set you apart.”

Chapter 5: The Walls by Teddy Geiger—The whole song has so many lyrics that go with Jackson but this is the chapter when Jackson has just watched Holly getting shot (in 2009) and has discovered that he’s now stuck in the year 2007. The opening line is, “I can’t believe what is in front of me. The water’s rising up to my knees, and I can’t figure out how the hell I wound up here.” No better words to sum up his situation.
Chapter 6: Eyes On The Horizon by Brendan Benson—Jackson starts to learn that spies and the CIA might be a part of his life that he never knew about before and he begins to get a bit paranoid to have this rock turned over while he’s already dealing with the trauma of being stuck in the past and trying to save Holly.

Chapter 7: You And Me by Lifehouse—This chapter is only two pages long but Jackson spends a chunk of it thinking about Holly dying in the future and how he knows now that he needs her more than he ever realized.

Chapter 8: The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by the Script—Jackson’s made nearly twenty failed attempts to get back to 2009 at this point and he’s fatigued and beginning to go a little bit crazy and I thought this song about a man who claims he’s going to stand on a familiar street corner and just wait for his life to be the same again, to get back everything he’s lost, is a perfect representation of Jackson’s current state of mind.

Thanks so much Julie!

Here is a little bit about Julie from her website!

I live in central Illinois with my wonderful husband and three kids currently between the ages of 7 and 12 (the kids not the husband). My writing journey began in May, 2009 with a short story in a notebook.
Within a year, I had written seven (some good some God-awful) young adult novels. Not being a college graduate and having spent the previous fifteen years teaching gymnastics and working as a YMCA Program Director for Recreational Gymnastics, professional writing wasn’t in my plans. Not even close. But ever since the day I started that short story, I haven’t been able to stop. It was love at first sight.
After about a year of writing, I had a three book deal with St. Martin’s Press, and a film option with Summit Entertainment. Crazy, right? I know. It wasn’t until August of 2011 that I quit working full time in order to be at home with my kids more and of course, write more. My young adult time travel debut novel, Tempest, released on January 17, 2012. The rest of my personal story remains unwritten.

Tempest by: Julie Cross
Publication Date: January 17, 2012 (PB) December 11, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Time-travel, romance, action
Series: #1 in Tempest
Page Count: 352
Buy the Book: Amazon Barnes and Nobel

From Tempest

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.

And Julie is so awesome she has included a giveaway! Enter here to win a paperback copy of Tempest!

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