Wednesday, April 25, 2012

STORM BLOG TOUR: The People of Storm Fantasy Casting with Brigid Kemmerer!

Hello folks, and welcome to the third stop on the blog tour for Brigid Kemmerer's AMAZING debut, Storm. Before I get too excited, can we take a moment to wish Brigid a very happy release day! Today, in the US, Storm is born into the world! Go share some love with the amazing BK!

It's no secret I LOVED this book (you can read my review here), and one of the things I loved most were the incredible characters. Whether it's the hilarious banter between the four Merrick brothers, the intense chemistry between protagonist, Becca, and, well, a couple of boys, or just the authenticity of feeling from them, I'm in love. Even with the girls. True story.

It's for this reason that I'm particularly excited to be bringing you Brigid's very own fantasy cast for Storm--the people SHE pictures as her amazing characters. So what do you think? I LOVE the choice of Nina as becca. She's exactly who I had in mind, an I even think she looks a lot like the gorgeous girl from the gorgeous AU cover. Plus, Taylor Kitsch? HELLO. You could tell me you picture Taylor as Santa, and I'd be sold. SO, without further ado: The fantasy cast of STORM!

Becca Chandler:
Age 16
Long dark hair, grey eyes.
Brigid Says: "I always pictured Becca like Elena from The Vampire Diaries. Pretty, but average, tough, but sweet."

Chris Merrick:
Age 16.
Dark hair, blue eues, a little more of a loner tha his brothers.
Brigid Says: "I always picture Chris kind of like Jeremy from The Vampire Diaries."

Hunter Garrity:
Age 16
Light hair with a streak of white in front, green eyes.
Brigid Says: "I always pictured Hunter a lot like Chord Overstreet, the kid who plays Sam on Glee (though not quite as blond)."

Gabriel & Nick Merrick (twins):
Age 17
Dark hair, blue eyes
Brigid Says: "They’re the hardest for me, because I’ve never really seen anyone who comes close to the image in my head. This guy, Grey Damon from season 5 of Friday Night Lights, comes close."

Michael Merrick:Age 23
Dark hair, longer, brown eyes
Brigid Says: "I always pictured Michael like Taylor Kitsch, the guy who plays Tim Riggins on Friday Night Lights."

Sarah adds: Michael is seriously prickly in Storm, and hard to like at first... but BOY does he have his reasons. If you're curious--and guys, you SHOULD BE--you can download Elemental, a prequel to Storm, which tells Michael's story, for FREE from Amazon, but only for a limited time! Hurry up! GO! GO! GO!

Age 16
Long blonde hair, blue eyes, very pretty.
Becca's best friend.

Sarah Adds: And I might have just heard a little rumour that Quinn's going to play a much bigger part in the next book, Spark...

That's it, guys! So what did you think? Who do you picture as the smoking hot Merrick twins? As Becca? As Chris and Hunter? I'm not a huge Chord Overstreet fan (whenever I see him I think "Trouty Mouth!"), but I love having a face to put to Hunter, and toning down that hair? I can totally see it.

Whatever you think, don't forget tomorrow's tour stop at one of my absolute favorite blogs, Eleusinian Mysteries, for an interactive Q&A with Brigid, where YOU ask the questions. Brigid is one of the funniest, cleverest interviewees I've ever had the pleasure of 'meeting', and I know you're going to love this. But if you still want more, check out day 1 and day 2 of the Storm tour: a fabulous interview with Becca, Chris and Hunter at Read Me Love Me Bookmark Me, and a truly hilarious 'This or That' interview with the boys of Storm, over at Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf. Where else are you going to get a chance to pin down Chris Merrick and check out his boxers?

Want More Brigid? Here Be Links!

Website/Blog | Twitter | Facebook
Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Booktopia


Monday 23rd April:  Chris/Becca/Hunter Interview - Read Me Love Me Bookmark Me
Tuesday 24th April: This or That with the Boys of Storm - Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf
Wednesday 25th April: Fantasy Casting - saz101
Thursday 26th April: Brigid Q&A: YOU ask the questions! - Eleusinian Mysteries
Friday 27th April: Keeping up with the Merrick Twins + Review Roundup - Badass Bookie
Saturday 28th April: Storm Excerpt - Forget-Me-Not
Sunday 29th April: Video chat - Book Probe
Monday 30 April:  Chris Interview - Reading Wishes
Tuesday 1st May: Guest Post by Brigid Kemmerer: Five Secrets of the Elemental Series - Amaterasu Reads

The Giveaway!


Don't forget we have fourteen MASSIVE prize packs to giveaway, and entry is easy: simply stop by each tour stop, and fill out the giveaway entry form! Leave a comment, tweet or promote, for extra entries.

International Prize Pack 1:
Elemental + Storm + Spark preorder 

International Prize Pack 2: 
 Elemental + Storm + Spark ARC

International Prize 3:
Copy of Storm + Spark Pre-order

Australian Prize Pack: 
Storm ARC + Spark preorder

Australia/New Zealand Prize Packs (10 winners):
1 copy of STORM + 1 STORM book jacket  + 1 SPARK book jacket
Thanks to Allen & Unwin and Brigid!!


  1. Hmmm, already picturing the movie trailer! Wow, Chord Overstreet...hadn't really thought of him for Hunter but YUM! And can we just say AGAIN that we are LOVIN' the blog tour! You guys are so AWESOME for putting this together!

  2. LMAO. WHY NOT JUST CAST THEM ALL AS THE TVD CAST. THEY'RE ALL HOT ANYWAY. HAHAHAHAHAHAAHA. Candice Accola, Nina Dobrev AND Steven R McQueen? Hahahaha. SOMEONE watches TVD too much. <3 Though I can totally understand that. ;) LOVE THAT SHOW.

    I don't like Chord Overstreet's hair. I've got issues with it. I see him and I still think of Justin Bieber. *sigh*

    LOVING this blog tour! Absolutely amazing. :D

    1. Mahaha! I LOVE IT... hmmm... Uncle Mason as Michael... err... who can be the twins? Damon/Ian's too old... I don't think there's anyone good enough for the twins XD

  3. WOW, I never pictured Nina as Becca but she actually is sort of perfect for her! Steven as Chris sure looks cool. But hmmm, I don't really picture Chord Overstreet as Hunter even though he got the blond hair.

    Anyway, what an amazing fantasy cast, Brigid!

    PS: Sarah must be really happy that Taylor Kitsch in the fantasy casting! ;)

    1. CELINE! I EFFING *LOVE* HER as Becca! I'm not a Chord fan, but T A Y L O R! HELLS YES!

  4. I'm totally going to be picturing the cast above when I'm reading Storm.

    Sarah! I thought Nina looked like the Becca on the AU Storm cover too!

    Brigid: awesome cast, I especially love Taylor Kitsch as Michael. Oh Taylor *sigh*

    I'll probably end up saying this on every blog in the tour, but I seriously can't wait for Storm!

    1. YESSS! Glad I'm not alone in my crazy :D
      She is SO Becca, huh? :D

  5. I LOVE that most of the cast is from the Vampire Diaries as well as one guy from The Secret Circle - I would watch this movie!

  6. Sarah! I love this blog tour! I MUST HAVE THIS BOOK!
    So picturing Nina and Candice as Becca and Quinn. Not so sure about the guys, I'll have to see when I start reading.

    1. Hehehe! I may be slightly biased, but I swear, it's my favorite blog tour ever :D

  7. I am soo hanging for this book. I loved Elemental and I know I am going to love this series....Taylor is a gorgeous Michael. Love all the cast choices. I have only Elemental to go on:D

    Michelle A

    1. Ooooh, Michelle! You're going to EFFING LOVE Storm! And TAYLOR! Riiiiiiight? :D

  8. SO looking forward to this book! It sounds like a lot of fun, and I've heard stories about how cute these guys are. I really need to get off my butt and read it soon. :) Thanks for hosting this blog stop, Sarah, and thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    Wendy @ The Midnight Garden

  9. Hi my sweet! I have read awesomeness about Storm and holy cow!! Good luck to me with this giveaway! I love your cast! The dudes you chose are pure hotness to the power of a 100!!! XDDD lol!! Imdrooling!!

    Have a great week my sweet ^.^

  10. *SQUEEES* I died the first time Brigid showed these to us and I'm dying again now. LOVE this cast! <3

  11. +JMJ+

    I'm going to be really unpopular now and say that I'm not too crazy about the fantasy cast. =P But I am excited about starting this series. When I get the chance, perhaps I'll come up with a dream cast of my own. Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  12. Ok, I haven't read this book but those cast of characters are hot. Even without the summary, I would want to read this book just so I can picture all the characters with these faces. lol.

  13. LOLLL This is like a TVD/STORM cast<3 I reckon Nina would be PERFECT as Becca! I can't believe I never thought of her :/ And as for Chris; Jeremy (from TVD) certainly fits the role, except it just feels weird to see him & Elena each other after watching them act as brother/sister :S But still...JEREMY IS PERFECT AS CHRIS! Eeeeeeee! Carolineeee! She'll make a fantastic QUINN<3 Anywayy, I LOVEEE THIS CAST!!! hahahaha

    1. Hehehe! Shirley! That's EXACTLY what I said, but I LOVE it, anyway :D

      YES! I LOOOOOOVE Brigid's picks!

  14. O.M.G. I so hope this turns into a movie, the dream cast would be perfect I can so imagine it! I already read 'Elemental' and just started 'Storm' it's so good! I think I'm in Love with the Merrick wait...I know I'm in love with the Merrick Brothers!
    This is an awesome giveaway! Thanks for giving us the chance to win! :)

  15. Oooh, another Vampire Diaries fan!
    I haven't read the books yet, so I'm not sure how suitable the dream cast is, but I'm absolutely dying to read this series.
    Thanks for the tip about Elemental, I'm downloading it now!

  16. We should just take the TVD cast and put them everywhere. lol But seriously, I haven't read the books so I can't say if they fit well, but they're all good actors so they'll be okay.

  17. You just killed me with this post. I thought I was excited before, but now I'm dying to read this. No.. Wait.. let me rephrase that: I'm killing people to get their ARCs. *makes creepy face and looks at everyone who got an ARC*

    1. You just killed me with laughing! *hides ARC*
      I don't... umm... *runs away*

  18. OHMYGOODNESS that has to be the best cast ever!!! x) Hehe I loooooove The Vampire Diaries like crazy (it's my fave TV show right now!) and I think that both Elena and Caroline as two of the main girls in the book would be the BEST choices you could make! Not just because they're both awesome, but because they're both such amazing actresses! And I have to admit that as soon as everyone started describing Chris as the slightly more innocently sweet yet still hot younger brother... I immediately though of Jeremy from TVD to play him! NO. JOKES. This is that "great minds think alike thing," right? ;)

    I LOVE your cast, Brigid! If-slash-when there's a Storm movie, can we petition for these actors to play the characters?? I'll be the first to sign it! :') <3

    P.S. Ohhh, SARAH-BARA, now I'm going to be singing "Trouty Mouth" all day! x) <3

    1. Mahahaha! YES! We can sing it together XD
      Santana ♥♥♥

  19. I can't see some of the cast, but nice choices. :D
    The guy for Chris is hot btw. :D

  20. Sweet choices, Brigid! Yay for The Vampire Diaries. :D

    Now, excuse me while I drool over these super hot guys. haha.

    Thanks (once more) for doing this blog tour and for doing the giveaway.

  21. I love this cast! I think a movie with the story of Storm and this cast would be great movie.
    Thank you for the giveaway and tour!

  22. Great post! I can't really comment; I've not yet read the book, so I don't know who I would pick. However, I do know when I read books, my brain gives them faces, so no actor/ess is ever going to look like what my head comes up with, so I can never think of anyone for any book when this type of question is discussed.

  23. Interesting cast. Gosh, I'm dying to read this book just so I could picture these guys on my head.

  24. Ooh love the choices! It's nice to see so many Vampire Diaries cast members up there. ;) Jeremy is might fine looking and that definitely makes me a lot more eager to meet Chris Merrick. I can't wait to read Storm! Awesome post! :)

  25. Mmmm. I am liking me some of that cast. Mmhmm, yes i am. This is a very naughty thing for me to be saying/thinking. HAHA.

    This series / book / epic reads, sounds amazing and lord knows I'll be getting it soon <3

    Thanks for sharing Sarah!

  26. Those faces. Yummy yummy!!! Your making me really excited for these books!!! Ugh. Thanks though ;)

  27. Hehe, SOMEONE is obviously a fan of TVD :D I love her choices!! Becca? Totally can see as Elena/Nina. I was imagining the girl on the Aussie cover of Storm, but like you said, she DOES have an Elena vibe to her. And Jeremy has that beautifully sweet look to him that I can so imagne for Chris, while still kinda being a badass (hi seeason 3 meat cleaver).

    TAYLOR KITSCH. I DIE. I LOVE. So as you know, he is my PERFECT DIMKA. But I can definitely picture him for Michael too and good god, it's cruel on my hormones. Need. To. Reread. Storm. And. Picture. The. Sexy.

    AHHH GREY DAMON! I've seen him in two tv shows and goodness me, that boy.... those EYES. Beautiful. He's not quite who I imagned for Gabriel/Nick, I can't even think of an actor for how I see them, but I love Grey. I love Grey. Did I mention I love his eyes?


    1. Really? TVD? Nooo... I never would've guessed... OH YEAH, LOOK AT THAT! XD

      And no, the girl on the AU cover doesn't have an Elena 'vibe' SHE IS ELENA :P ...season 3 meat cleaver? O_____O

      TAYLOR! YES! WHAT YOU SAID! I will FIGHT anyone who say there's anyone better for Dimka! BEN BARNES = FAIL.

      This is all :D

  28. This book sounds awesome and I have to check it out!! I love all the character images too :)

  29. ummm....WOW!!!! That cast is really just phenomenal. Too many gorgeous people. :p

  30. I have not read this series yet but I do like the cast! And for some reason I like Chord :)

  31. Woahh. The Merrick twins are HOT.

  32. I can't wait to read this series! :)

  33. WOW at the casting. Can't help but noticing that quite a few is from The Vampire Diaries (2 actually). :D

    1. There's THREE! Becca, Chris AND Quinn :D
      Hehe, Brigid told me she'd been watching a LOT of TVD and Friday Night Lights when she picked them ;D

  34. It's a great casting, i admit i don't know about a lot of them but from the bits i've read they fit well

    all the best

  35. I'm gonna finish Storm today and I'm already excited for Spark! I'd love to read more about Quinn. Also, awesome giveaway!

  36. I seriously suck at Fantasy casts. I don't know very many celebrity faces but I like the choices. Not quite what I had in mind but still close :)

  37. This looks really interesting, I have never heard of this series. Now I want to check it out! Thanks! :)

  38. I haven't read Storm yet - but totally going to pick up the prequel because I've heard it's definitely good as well! Great post topic, I'm SO curious about the Merrick brothers now!! I'm a huge fan of humor and I love when siblings and characters are funny with each other - part of why my fav characters from Twilight are Seth and Emmett (at least that's who I think I'm thinking of.. I'm having a brain drain moment where I can't remember the character's names.. 0_0 LOL) anyway the two Cullin's that constantly joke around with each other haha

    Great post - makes me want to read the books even more now! :D

  39. Not to fond of having so many Vampire Diaries characters in here but good choices none the less.

    ~Paige @ Comfort Books

  40. I like those choices. Especially because of the Vampire Diaries :)

  41. I can't wait to read this book! I also like Candace Accola. She's so much fun to watch!

  42. LOL. Wow, you think Brigid watches The Vampire Diaries or something? :P Seriously, I CAN SEE WHY she picked so many actors from that list... talk about a gorgeous cast <3

    You're so right, Nina Dobrev kind of DOES look like the Aussie cover model. I don't know what the twins are supposed to look like but I could go for Grey Damon ;)

    TAYLOR KITSCH <3 MY LIFE IS MADE. I think he should seriously play so many characters, it's not even funny...

    I LOVED this post! It's really nice to be able to put a face to a name before reading :) Great choices all around! Chord Overstreet is a little pretty boy to me but maybe I'd prefer him with darker hair?

    AND SARAH, TYSM FOR THE HEADS UP ABOUT ELEMENTAL. I just downloaded it and can't wait to read!


  43. I can't wait to read the book and see them as the characters! :D

  44. Love all the actors choosen. Michael kind of has Sawyer from Lost thing going. Very nice!

  45. Oh my, those are some rather hot boys staring at me <3 *swoons* If I wasn't convinced to read this before, I sure am now! I mean, hot boys make good books ;)

    And ahhh, you're so right about the girl on the Aussie/NZ cover looking like Nina Dobrev! That was seriously my first thought when I saw it haha!

  46. Oh, hey maybe I should go read Elemental before Storm. I don't particularly like reading digitally but I guess this is a exception. :D
    Good choice of the character for Becca (even though I haven't read Storm..)

  47. *bumps head on the desk* seriously what is wrong with me? I need to read this book now why havent I yet uggghhhhh dlfjadlfkjsdf. OK ok I will read this sooo soon. :)))))



  48. I cannot WAIT to read this book! While I'm waiting for my copy, I'm going to go read Elemental. . .

  49. I like Nina as Becca but I can't quite wrap my head around Steven as Chris. He's more or less embedded as 'Elena's little brother' in my mind LOL!

  50. Wow, you definitely need to get the CW to make this, haha. As soon as Vampire Diaries wraps up all of your cast (almost) will be free. :-p

  51. I really loved all the characters in this book! Becca is this strong courageous girl who can pretty much handle anything, even if she doesn't believe otherwise. I wanted very much to be her friend, all the while I want to steal Chris from her. The Merrick brothers are all so different, but that makes it interesting - you think you have them figured out but of course they have to surprise you. Then of course, there is Hunter - the sweet sensitive guy, who doesn't want to read about him!

    The plot line is so fantastic, it was a lot of fun to read! Ms Kemmerer made it so realistic, the way these teenage characters were acting and some of the things they were experiencing, and that made it all the more exciting to read.



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