Blog Tour for Tempest Challenge with my dream cast

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Let me start this by saying that the people I picture in my head don’t always necessarily match up with the descriptions in the book. Sometimes my brain fills in a character before we get ample description and that is how it stays. I tried to pay extra attention while listening to the audiobook of Tempest for the descriptions of the characters, but I was too caught up in the story and finding out if Jackson ever got back to Holly to really dig deep for their outward appearances. I also went the root of super dream cast, disregarding the fact that most of the actors have aged since the photos I used. So, with that being said, here is my list!

Jackson Meyer – Mark Perini
Mark PeriniOkay, this is a bit of a cheat and it’s not entirely my fault. Mark is the cover model for the series. I had him in my head for the entire series as Jackson. But I went the super dream fantasy route, so I hope Mark has some acting skills!

Holly Flynn – Alona Tal
Alona TalPretty, blonde, Alona fits the bill for me. Plus, without giving away any spoilers, when Holly changes in the future, I can totally see Alona in that role too.

Adam Silverman – Ezra Miller

?????????Ezra just has this vibe that screams computer geek to me.  I could be wrong, but it’s my pick either way.

Mr. Meyer – David Tennant

David TennantOkay, so time traveling series, I had to have at least one Dr Who actor.  Actually, I came pretty close to doing a themed cast exclusively using the Doctor Who cast, but I resisted that urge.  ANYWAY, I can totally see Tennant playing a father figure and taking on the role of Meyer and taking on the later parts, once we learn a bit more about Mr Meyer.

Courtney Meyer – Caitlin Blackwood

Caitlin BlackwoodI apologize for the picture.  It was quite a bit harder than I thought it would be to find a picture of her outside the world of Doctor Who.  I swear, this is the last Whovian cast member, but she is perfect for Courtney.  Child actor, redhead, and spunky.  Need I say more?

Thomas – Timothy Olyphant

Timothy OlyphantI’ve seen Timothy in many roles, but my favorite is Live Free Or Die Hard where he plays one hell of a bad guy…who also happens to be named Thomas.  He’s smart and egotistical and 100% behind his cause.

Emily – Nicolette Collier

Nicolette CollierJust like with Caitlin Blackwood, I couldn’t find a better picture.  I know the hair color is wrong, but the face is right in my head.  I had a very difficult time finding an actor that even came close to the image I had in my head, but she’s it!

Jenni Stewart – Kristen Bell

Kristen BellFull disclosure?  I honestly don’t know if Jenni Stewart is supposed to be a brunette or not, but that’s how I pictured her.  Either way, the chick is a badass agent who can easily do accents and switch into an endless amount of roles.  Who better to portray that than Veronica Mars herself?

Dr Melvin – Stanley Tucci

Stanley TucciSlightly crazed doctor?  The first image that came to mind was Stanley in Captain America.


The Tempest by Julie Cross

TITLE: Tempest
SERIES: Tempest #1
AUTHOR: Julie Cross
NARRATOR: Matthew Brown
PUBLICATION DATE: January 17, 2012 / January 23, 2012
PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Griffin / Macmillan Audio
PAGES: 352 pages / 10 hours 51 minutes
FORMAT: Hardback / Audio
SOURCE: Won from A Dream Within A Dream / Purchased
MY RATING: 4 bows

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.

Vortex by Julie Cross

TITLE: Vortex
SERIES: Tempest #2
AUTHOR: Julie Cross
NARRATOR: Matthew Brown
PUBLICATION DATE: January 15, 2013 / January 15, 2013
PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Griffin / Macmillan Audio
PAGES: 368 pages / 12 hours 27 minutes
FORMAT: Hardback / Audio
SOURCE: Purchased / Borrowed
MY RATING: 4 bows

Julie Cross’s Vortex is the thrilling second installment of the Tempest series, in which the world hangs in the balance as a lovelorn Jackson must choose who to save

Jackson Meyer has thrown himself into his role as an agent for Tempest, the shadowy division of the CIA that handles all time-travel-related threats. Despite his heartbreak at losing the love of his life, Jackson has proved himself to be an excellent agent. However, after an accidental run in with Holly—the girl he altered history to save—Jackson is once again reminded of what he’s lost. And when Eyewall, an opposing division of the CIA, emerges, Jackson and his fellow agents not only find themselves under attack, but Jackson begins to discover that the world around him has changed and someone knows about his erased relationship with Holly, putting both their lives at risk all over again.

Timestorm by Julie Cross

TITLE: Timestorm
SERIES: Tempest #3
AUTHOR: Julie Cross
PUBLICATION DATE: January 28, 2014
PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Griffin
PAGES: 368 pages
FORMAT: Hardback
SOURCE: Purchased
MY RATING: I’m still reading!
MY REVIEW: I haven’t written one yet!

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.


Julie Cross
I’m the International Bestselling author of the Tempest series, a young adult science fiction trilogy which includes Tempest, Vortex, and the final installment, Timestorm. I’m also the author of the Letters to Nowhere series, a mature young adult romance set in the world of elite gymnastics, as well as several forthcoming young adult and new adult novels with publishers like Entangled, Sourcebooks, HarperCollins, Random House, and St. Martin’s Press/Thomas Dunne Books.

I live in Central Illinois with my husband and three children. I’m a former gymnast, longtime gymnastics fan, coach, and former Gymnastics Program Director with the YMCA. I’m a lover of books, devouring several novels a week, especially in the young adult and new adult genres. Outside of my reading and writing credibility, I’m a committed–but not talented–long distance runner, creator of imaginary beach vacations, Midwest bipolar weather survivor, expired CPR certification card holder, as well as a ponytail and gym shoe addict.

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