‘Debut Author Spotlight’ is a Saturday feature at Book Chick City. We will be showcasing a debut author each week from the genres of horror, urban fantasy and paranormal romance. We will give you all the relevant book information as well as an insight into the author.

THE AUTHOR

Brigid Kemmerer was born in Omaha, Nebraska, though her parents quickly moved her all over the United States, from the desert in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to the lakeside in Cleveland, Ohio, and several stops in between, eventually settling near Annapolis, Maryland. Brigid started writing in high school, and her first real “novel” was about four vampire brothers causing a ruckus in the suburbs. Those four brothers are the same boys living in the pages of The Elemental Series, so Brigid likes to say she’s had four teenage boys taking up space in her head for the last seventeen years.

While writing STORM, which focuses on the brother who has the power to control water, Brigid’s personal life ironically was plagued by water problems: Flooded basement. Leaking roof. Broken faucet causing water to spray under kitchen cabinets. One bay window was so damaged by water it almost fell off the side of the house. Considering SPARK, book 2 in the series, is about the brother who controls fire, Brigid is currently making sure all the smoke detectors in her house have batteries!

THE BOOK

 RELEASE DATE: April 2012 | PUBLISHER: Kensington | GENRE: Paranormal, Young Adult

In a new world where paranormals and humans share an uneasy coexistence, the most dangerous and sensual legend of the night lives once more–and one of the greatest secrets of all time is about to come out. . ..She Hungers For His Light. She calls herself Valerie Tate. One of the few vampires left on earth, as beautiful as she is powerful, Valerie has resisted her craving for human blood for years, just as she once hid her true gender. But the night she lays eyes on the most enticing man she’s ever seen, her appetite can no longer be denied. He radiates goodness and light–and searing sexual energy. Valerie must have him. Taste him. Consume him. For he is temptation–and he is her destiny. . .

Lance Soleil is a rugged war veteran who runs a homeless shelter in Portland. At first gaze, he knows what Valerie is–and wants her even more. But when he welcomes a pack of werewolves into his shelter, he attracts the attention of Valerie’s oldest rival–her bloodthirsty brother, Radu, who hopes to become the first vampire President of the United States. Valerie knows Radu has a hidden agenda, and with Lance’s help she is determined to stop his unholy rise to power. But first, she must risk their growing love by fully revealing herself–as the one and only Dracula. (Goodreads)

THE INTERVIEW 

Hi Gwenda, welcome to Book Chick City. What’s STORM about?

Storm is about a girl named Becca who saves a boy in her class from an act of bullying, and learns that he and his brothers can control the elements of Water, Earth, Air, and Fire. Her act of kindness entangles her in their battle with those who want them dead.

Storm is full of action and adventure and of course, romance, but at its heart, it’s a story about family, and inner strength, and finding yourself.

Tell us a bit more about the hero/heroine in STORM.

Becca Chandler has a pretty rough time at school. She was once popular, but her ex-boyfriend spread a lot of rumors about her at school. Becca’s been beaten down a time or two, but I really admire her strength. She gets back up and keeps moving forward—and she doesn’t have an attitude about it.

Chris Merrick is the youngest of four brothers, and he’s struggling to learn how to control his element (water) before he hurts anyone. He’s desperate to figure out where he fits in his family, and in a broader scope, in the world around him, especially as he and his brothers are still dealing with their parents’ deaths.

How did you research STORM?

Most of Storm came straight out of my head, but I did speak with a local police officer to find out exactly how much teenagers could get away with.

Is STORM the first in a series or a stand alone?

It is the first in a series.

When is your favourite time to write?

I write whenever I can, but I’m most successful late at night.

Where is your favourite place to write?

Anywhere I can have a cup of coffee.

What was the last book you read and enjoyed?

Easy by Tammara Webber

Which authors do you admire?

There are so many! Veronica Rossi, Sophie Kinsella, Charlaine Harris, the list could go on for pages!

Describe yourself in five words

Ummm… wife, mother, writer, worker, coffee

What’s next?

Spark, the sequel to Storm, comes out on August 28th. Right now, I’m working on Spirit, the third book in the series, and a secret project with more of a fantasy slant.

THE GIVEAWAY!

Kensington are kindly offering a copy of Storm as a giveaway to one lucky winner. This giveaway is for UK/US/CANADA only and ends 28th September 2012

To enter please leave a comment for Brigid and then fill out the form below.

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31 Comments


Stephanie September 15, 2012 at 7:38 am

I’ve heard great things about this series.

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louise September 15, 2012 at 9:49 am

can’t wait to read this book

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Kulsuma September 15, 2012 at 11:01 am

This sounds intriguing! I’ve only heard good things about it.

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andrea miles September 15, 2012 at 11:10 am

just the sort of book I love

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STUART HARGREAVES September 15, 2012 at 11:33 am

LOOKS VERY INTERESTING

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Heidi September 15, 2012 at 11:51 am

Wow…I cannot wait to this series, sounds excellent.

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Jonathan Berber September 15, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Looking forward to a great read!

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Rachel Hartwell September 15, 2012 at 1:17 pm

sounds fab

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The Blonde Zombie September 15, 2012 at 2:19 pm

I’ve read Storm and Spark and the little novella…. this series is awesome!!!… and the boys are hot!!

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ellie September 15, 2012 at 3:55 pm

Looking forward to reading this

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Marie-Claude September 15, 2012 at 4:32 pm

Can’t wait to read it!!!! It sound sooooo good!!!

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Janice Davison September 15, 2012 at 5:52 pm

Sounds like a fab read

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suan watts September 15, 2012 at 7:28 pm

Just my kind of read

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Chloe September 15, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Sounds So Interesting I’m Really Looking Forward T o Reading This.

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Victoria Zumbrum September 15, 2012 at 8:48 pm

I would love to read this series. It sounds really good. Tore923@aol.com

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Marycarol September 15, 2012 at 9:43 pm

Sounds a great read, love to win!

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sherry fundin September 16, 2012 at 2:32 am

It really surprises me how much I like some of these books. I like the cover and it sounds interesting. Thanks for the giveaway.

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Annabelle H September 16, 2012 at 12:47 pm

This series sounds so good! Thanks for the giveaway!

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Katy Malkin September 16, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Thank you for a great giveaway

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Andrea Chettle September 16, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Great giveaway Although the description under the book cover doesn’t seem to go with this book, I love what Brigid Kemmerer has revealed about the series in her interview Cannot wwait to give this one a try Thanks

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Lynsey Buchanan September 16, 2012 at 7:28 pm

sounds like a great read

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Katie September 16, 2012 at 7:51 pm

Sounds like a series i could seriously sink my teeth into.

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Mickie Bull September 16, 2012 at 8:17 pm

Sounds a very interesting read!!

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Solange September 17, 2012 at 2:02 am

Sounds really good

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Martha Lawson September 17, 2012 at 3:14 am

I’ve been intriqued by this book since I first saw it! I would love to be entered to win it for myself and my granddaughter who is also an avid reader. Thanks for the chance.

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Jane Paddey September 21, 2012 at 5:59 pm

I am hoping there will not be a long space of time between book 1 and book 2

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karen hargreaves September 22, 2012 at 3:25 pm

This looks great for those dark winter nights that are looming

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Val swift September 22, 2012 at 6:35 pm

Sound really good, my sort of book

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suan watts September 26, 2012 at 3:53 pm

love to win this

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Susan Bowe September 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

Awesome competition

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suzanne bellingham September 26, 2012 at 7:09 pm

my daughter would love this to take to uni with her , a great read

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