Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Author Guest Post + Giveaway: Tempest by Julie Cross

I was so excited when Sara of Through the Looking Glass asked me to be a part of the Tempest Blog Tour to celebrate the paperback release! Naturally, I jumped on it. Tempest had been sitting on my shelf for awhile and I needed a reason to finally read this fantastic book. And WOW, am I glad I did. Take a look at my thoughts, if you want to know more. Otherwise, read on for an awesome guest post by Julie.

What's your favorite time period that you'd choose to jump to, if you had the whole time-traveling capability?

The 50’s/60’s. First off, I have to tell you that I’m a die-hard Grease fan. Oddly enough, I grew up watching and listening to the record (yes, and actual record!) for the Grease 2 sound track. At five years old I could belt out every word to the song Reproduction. Not that I had any clue what I was singing. I’m not actually sure what time period Grease 2 is supposed to be set in. Frenchy is still in it so I’m guessing it’s just a year or two after Grease.

Anyway, when I was in 7th grade my aunt made me watch the first Grease movie because I had told her that I’d never seen it. The first time I watched it, I really didn’t like it. It just wasn’t Grease 2. I thought Michael with his accent and geeky charm was way more appealing as a male lead than Danny Zuko. But then I kept watching it and watching it and the songs became familiar and it grew on me. And because it’s set in 1959, there’s still poodle skirts and cute cardigans and those cheerleading outfits…omg. I’d love to spend some time in 1959 and be able to say things like, “that’s my name, don’t wear it out” or “you’re cruisin’ for a bruising.’” And then if I wanted to tell a guy off in a PG-13 way, I’d be able to say, “Go flog your log.” And then there’s drive in theaters and the closest you get to a mean girl in high school is Patti Simcox who’s more annoying than vindictive.
But it’s also quite possible that the Grease version of 1959 is a little different than the reality. If that’s the case, then not only would I need to time travel, I need to time travel to a fictional version of the 50’s/60’s.

So, in addition to answering this question, I’m going to give a piece of advice to the readers out there much younger than me. If you haven’t seen Grease (and it doesn’t count if you’ve seen the Glee Grease episodes though they totally rocked!) then you need to allow yourself to experience this because musicals as movies now seemed to be limited to Disney Channel versions and that’s just tragic because they’re too squeaky clean to include lines like, “why don’t you go flog your log.” As I’ve pointed out, one viewing might not be enough to become addicted so I recommend listening to the sound track a bunch (the Glee version is okay for this too). And then watching the movie a few times and see if you can catch the bug and impulsively decide to sew your own poodle skirt or better yet, build a time machine to give us a ride back to the 50’s and we can hang out for a while.

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Thanks for stopping by, Julie! And now, for the part you've all been waiting for. THE GIVEAWAY. Julie is giving away a signed paperback of Tempest.

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  1. You guys are going to hate me, but I only made it through book 1 in Morganville. I just couldn't get into it. The book was super short, but it took me FOREVER to finish. Should I give it another try?

  2. Omigosh, can I jump on this Grease-loving bandwagon and start belting out "Cool Rider" I may need a ladder to climb. Or a reversible pink and black jacket. Good times, and awesome post! :)

  3. I have a love hate relationship with Shane, but Michael isn't so bad either. I only read the first three books, but so far I love the two of them!

  4. I have not read the books so I have no idea!

  5. Yay! Another GREASE fan. Thanks so much for doing the blog tour. I had a lot of fun writing my GREASE obsessed guest post :)

  6. I absolutely adore Claire~~~ i love how she's clever, and naive :)