Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Timestorm Blog Tour: Interview with Julie Cross + GIVEAWAY

I'm so excited to be a part of this blog tour. Follow the rest of the tour by going HERE.

About the book

Goodreads rating: 4.13
Hardcover, 368 pages Published January 28th 2014 by St. Martin's Griffin URL:
Series: Tempest #3

The breathtaking conclusion to the time-travel trilogy that is “both tender and electric” (Publishers Weekly)

The battle between the Tempest division and Eyewall comes to a shocking conclusion in this final installment of the Tempest trilogy, where the need for survival stretches the boundaries of history, both past and future, and the world Jackson once knew is a place forever marked by the detrimental effects of time travel.

As Jackson recovers from his brush with death, he’s surrounded not only by the people he loves most—his dad, Courtney, and Holly—he’s also amongst a few of the original time travelers. As he learns more about their life and how this world began, it becomes apparent that they need to put a stop to Thomas and Doctor Ludwig’s experimenting at Eyewall Headquarters. What starts out as an escape plan becomes a war between time and humanity, between freewill and peace. It’s the battle Jackson was born to fight and he’s not about to back down. Not for anything. Not for anyone.

About the author

I'm the author of the YA sci-fi trilogy, the Tempest series (St. Martin's Press). I'm also the author of the YA contemporary novel, Letters To Nowhere. 

But even more importantly than the above, I'm a fan of books and an avid reader/ reviewer. Keep in mind, however, that a review is just one person's opinion, one perspective. My goal is to show as much bias in my reviews as possible because this makes it easier for you to decide if your perspective is similar to mine or different. Everyone's tastes are different. I like books with emotion and believability. I don't mind edgy and heavy themes. I also like humor and quirk. I like weird characters in odd situations. 

I have low tolerance for insta-love, flowery sex scenes, or mushy declarations of feelings. Not a fan of possessive/controlling male characters who get the girl in the end. When I recommend books, I always ask about favorite current reads and cater to each person's taste. 

I believe every book plays an important role whether I love it or hate, it's having an effect on society. It's changing, shaping, and molding the future of publishing. Regardless of my feelings about a book, I value the author's time and effort put into creating their work. I only rate books available for purchase (or soon-to- be available) and consider those books as published works and their creators as professionals in their field therefore I treat them as professionals, giving my honest opinion on the work itself and not the person producing it.

If I rate a book and don't provide any written review and you'd like to hear my thoughts, feel free to comment on the review and if I can, I'll explain my reasoning behind the rating. I don't mind authors commenting on any review I post - negative or positive. Also happy to email to discuss Juliecrossauthor (at) gmail (dot) com please alert me if I misled readers or given false information (accidentally of course) and I'll correct the situation as soon as possible.

What kind of time movies or books inspired you when you created your own unique twist on the time travel idea?
I'm not sure that any movie or book related to time travel inspired me to write it. I kind of stumbled into blindly and then went, uh-oh, what did I get myself into. But as a kid, I loved Back to the Future movies. I really loved The Time Traveler's Wife as well, but I read that after starting Tempest.
What was your favorite character to write?
I love writing the girls that Jackson gets stuck hanging around with all the time in Vortex--Jenni Stewart and Lily Kendrick. They are both complete opposites and also completely integral to Jackson's character growth. Stewart is the one who will say literally anything to anyone. She's bad-ass and fearless and I'm, well, not so it's super fun to write her and let her take over the scene.
Do you have any crazy writing quirks?
Tons! I write out of order all the time. With Timestorm (Tempest #3) I wrote the first act, then the 3rd and final, then the middle. I write all kinds of scenes knowing they'll be deleted later because it how it my preferred method of getting to know a character. I'd rather write scenes for them to be deleted later than lists of notes about a character.
Which book in the Tempest series was the hardest to write?
Vortex (Tempest #2) was the hardest to write because when you know the ending of a trilogy way in advance, there is no way to write the middle story without leaving it feeling incomplete to readers. It took forever to figure where to end it and what questions I could answer by the end and which I'd have to save for book 3.
If you could do one thing differently with one book (or the entire series), what would it be?
I would probably revert back to earlier drafts of Vortex (ones that were nearly 200 pages longer) and not cut and trim so much because rather than explaining some of the time travel logic, Jackson walked through the steps in scenes and I think that's much more easily absorbed. However, I know if I did that, people would complain that it was too long or too slow. So, I guess I'd like to have two versions of Vortex and allow people to choose based on their reading style/preferences. I really do feel like logic in Timestorm is so much easier to grasp and absorb than in Vortex, if you can just go with while reading Vortex and let yourself get to know the characters, then you'll be just fine reading book 3. Everything will get answered/explained pretty early on.
What are you working on right now?
Right now, I'm working on another installment of my self published YA contemporary series, Letters to Nowhere. It's set in the world of elite gymnastics and is such a fun series to write because I come from a gymnastics background and ran a program as my full time job prior to quitting to write full time in August of 2011. So, it's like coming back home after a long time away.
Favorite book you read this year?
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Favorite TV show right now?
Toss up between Parks and Recreation and American Horror Story
What would I find in your fridge right now?

Okay, I'm so glad I'm not the only weirdo who wants to ask other authors this question! I've debated having a regular "What's in You Fridge?" segment on my blog. Anyway, instead of listing the contents, I've attached a picture of the inside of my fridge. Normally it isn't this clean, but a couple weeks ago we returned from Florida to a broken fridge. Had to throw everything out and scrub it down. 

Would you rather be able to read minds or be invisible?
Invisible. Unless the mind reading was selective and I could turn it off most of the time.
Vampires, werewolves, or something else entirely?
Something else. I don't know what else, but anything else.

As a reminder, #FFBC giveaways are decided not by chance, but by # of entries. We award the giveaways to those who have the most entry points. So it pays to tweet each day and answer the daily #QOD on the participating blogs.


QOTD (Question of the Day): What book is Julie's favorite so far this year, and which one is yours?

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  1. Julie's favourite book this year is Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell (which was the best book of 2013 in my opinion!) and mine is My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick! :D

  2. Seems fitting that a book about time travel would be written out of order. and I love that she included a pic of her fridge. I am sure mine would not be fit to be shown.


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