07 December, 2011

Tempest by Julie Cross Blog Tour

I have the great pleasure of being part of the TEMPEST blog tour today. Julie Cross has written a wonderfully engaging YA time-travel novel, that I loved reading. Want to find out a little more about two of the main characters? You're in luck. Jackson is the one who travels, and Adam is his partner-in-crime in tracking his "jumps".

Please welcome Adam and Jackson to Read My Mind today. They'll be answering a few questions about their friendship and lives in TEMPEST by Julie Cross.

Thanks for being here! First, Adam, since you know a little about the science behind what Jackson can do, how about you explain it in your own words?

Adam: I wish I could answer this with more “fact” and less “theory,” but honestly there’s so much that we don’t know about the human brain…it’s almost like Jackson taps into a wire the rest of us haven’t turned on. Maybe if we could figure out how he turns this section of his brain on, more people would have these abilities.

And Jackson, how would you explain your "jumps"?

Jackson: For the most part, it’s like walking through a memory. It hurts like hell at first and then I’m just light as air with very little repercussions for my actions. Nothing changes. I guess I’m cool with that, but sometimes I think it’d be nice to alter something. But that’s, like, permanent and I’m so not ready to deal with that responsibility.

Why don't you two tell my readers a little about how you first met? What's something that wouldn't be in TEMPEST?

Jackson: It all started with this nuclear power plant in Russia—
Adam: Shut up! He’s kidding.
Jackson: I’m kidding. We met at camp counselor orientation at the 92nd street Y, but we started our scientific relationship after a spring campout. Adam brings out my serious side and I’ve dragged the fun out of him.
Adam: We both joke about what it would have been like if we’d been in high school together, but I can’t even imagine that.
Jackson: Why? Cause you think I’d never go slumming in a New Jersey public school?
Adam: No. Cause I’d never be caught dead in a Manhattan private school or that dorky blazer and tie you had to wear everyday.
Jackson: Yeah, I’m not a fan of that uniform.

Adam, what do you do while Jackson jumps?

Adam: You mean besides steal his wallet? Kidding. I keep the time on a stop watch and check his pulse which drops significantly when he’s in the vegetative state. That’s how I can tell he’s “back” so to speak. His heart rate increases even before he becomes aware of his surroundings.

Jackson, do you really tell Adam every single detail of what happens on your jumps?

Jackson: Uh…mostly. I’ve told him when I’ve deviated from our original plan but it’s possible I didn’t give him every single detail of what may have caused my diversion.

Some fun stuff (Both answer):

Coffee, latte, espresso or tea?

Jackson: Coffee…straight up, black.
Adam: None of the above. I don’t do caffeine.

Night owl or early riser?

Jackson: Depends on if there’s something interesting enough to keep me up. Otherwise, I guess I’m an early riser…before noon is early, right?
Adam: Both. I function just fine on very little sleep.

Car, cab or public transport?

Jackson: I managed to escape the family car at NYU this year but now that I’m home for the summer, I’m back to being chauffeured. Dad’s rules. I guess some things never change.
Adam: In Jersey, I drive a 1975 Mustang that I’d date and possibly marry if it were legal. In New York—public transportation. I’m on budget.

Read a book or watch the movie adaptation?

Jackson: Both
Adam: Both

College major?

Jackson: Double major—English Lit and French Poetry
Adam: I’m still undecided. M.I.T. is pushing me toward programming, but I’m thinking about ticking them off and studying German history or Women’s studies. It’s not like M.I.T has anything to teach me about programming that I don’t already know.

What are the top 5 songs on the soundtrack to your life?

Jackson: Everyday Is Exactly The Same—Nine Inch Nails, Paper Planes—MIA, Somewhere Only We Know—Keane, Sympathy For The Devil—The Rolling Stones, Don’t Stop Me Now—Queen
Adam: Halleluiah—Jeff Buckley (the only version I will listen to), Mad World—Gary Jules, Hold On Hope—Guided by Voices, Under Pressure—Queen, Waiting On The World To Change—John Mayer

And finally, what one place or person would you visit if you could both jump to any time or any place?

Jackson: I’d like to see the Holly Flynn that Adam has been telling me about…this younger one with braces and zits. I won’t believe it until I see it.
Adam: unlike Jackson, I wouldn’t waste my one opportunity on something ridiculous. I’d meet Mr. Time Travel himself, Albert Einstein. Maybe if I could tell him how technology has advanced he could help me figure out what’s up with Jackson and his freakish brain.

Thanks Jackson, Adam and Julie Cross for stopping by Read My Mind!

From Good Reads:
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.

Find Julie Cross at: Twitter | Blog | Good Reads

Purchase TEMPEST at: Barnes and Noble | Amazon

Here's an exclusive teaser from TEMPEST:

August 15, 2009 (3:30 p.m.)

“You took me to the future…does that mean…have you even been born yet?” I asked her.

“I can’t tell you.”

Julie Cross is also kindly giving away 5 signed copies of TEMPEST during the tour. To enter to win one of those copies, fill out the form here and leave a comment.

Enter at each stop using the form supplied by the blog, and you will have 15 total entries. You can check out the complete tour schedule at Books Complete Me.

Good Luck!


  1. Awesome post! I'm a huge fan of time travel. So I'm always itching for a new take on it. Uber excited for this one!

  2. Great post. I love time traveling. Please enter me in contest. Tore923@aol.com

  3. Interesting interview! I still haven't read this one but I keep hearing it's amazing!

    Xpresso Reads

  4. I have to admit, this may have been my favorite contribute to the blog tour to write. I had so much fun with this! thanks for participating.

  5. Thanks Julie! I loved having you stop by.

  6. This cover is incredible. Sounds like an exciting, fast-paced read! Thanks for the giveaway.

  7. Loved the interview! Have not read this yet, but looking forward to doing so. Thanks for posting :)

  8. I LOVE YOU! Character interviews are the BEST! Both boys sound funny and amazing. But I will admitt, I thought Jackson's whole body went back in time, not just his.......brain.

  9. I love this character interview! I love time travel books so I can't wait for this book to come out!

  10. Thank you so much for this giveaway! The more I hear about this book, the more I want to read it. It just sounds so exciting!

  11. Thanks for the interview!!
    Love the humor!!

  12. I think being able to jump would be so cool. My ind hurts just thinking about all of the places I wold go.

  13. Haha, that's fun to interview two friends from the book! I like how they're different from each other :)

  14. love jackson's song selection :) fun interview!


  15. I loved reading Tempest and posted a view back in Oct., but would LOVE a signed copy sooooo very much! I read an older ARC version off of Netgalley and so only had it for a short amount of time. *keeps fingers crossed*
    Happy Holidays!

  16. Great interview! Thanks for the giveaway! I can't wait to read it!

  17. Thanks for the giveaway! I love the interview! I can't wait to read Tempest. I've heard many good things about it.

  18. hehe, this is an AWESOME character interview. i <3 Adam and Jackson. thanks for the giveaway!

  19. Great interview thank you for sharing and what a great giveaway!

  20. I'm looking forward to reading this, since it involves time travel and it seems like it's going to be told from a guy's POV.


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