Spirit: Tour Kick-off with Secrets of the Elemental Series + Giveaway!

May 20, 2013 2013, 4 star books, brigid kemmerer, giveaway, paranormal, TMG tours, Wendy 186

Let’s be honest here. I’m a big fan of the the Merrick boys–so the idea of a story about Hunter, the guy who who is always fighting with them, didn’t initially catch my attention, particularly after Gabriel’s awesome story in Spark. But man, did this third installment in the Elemental series knock my socks off!

There is lots of action (of ALL kinds, hee hee) and lots of unexpected emotion. Spirit by Brigid Kemmerer is fantastic PNR/UF, written with the kind of intensity, energy, thought, and originality that’s so often lacking in in those genres. I’m in total shock over how ballsy this book is in terms of unconventional plot and character development, particular in Hunter’s story arc with the mysterious Kate, a girl who has her own agenda–but still can’t stop herself from getting her heart involved. You’ll find yourself a fan of Hunter’s as soon as you start to get to know him better, and I really hope we get to see more of his story down the road.

We’re so pleased to be kicking off the official blog tour we’re hosting for this book today with a special guest post from the author. Brigid’s sharing fun facts about the series that she’s never revealed before! Lean in closer, friends, because this is pretty juicy stuff. And you may never look at those titles the same way again.

~ Wendy

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Five Secrets of The Elemental Series 

by Brigid Kemmerer

1) Character Names

Hunter’s name wasn’t always Hunter. Originally, his name was Garrett. That wasn’t a problem until I started writing Spark, book two in the series, and (mild spoiler) he became friends with Gabriel Merrick. I would write these scenes with Gabriel and Garrett and the names were just too visually similar, so I knew I had to make a change. I went through a lot of names before settling on Hunter, but now I couldn’t think of him any other way. Other possibilities included Salem, Sam, and Cal.

Hunter’s not the only one to go through a name change, either. Kate Sullivan was originally Emma Blue, but I already had a Becca and a Calla. Silver was originally Winter, and there were several names in between.

Honestly, it’s a miracle I haven’t changed my kids’ names yet.

2) Character Relationships

In Spirit, Kate is a Guide-in-Training, sent with Silver to destroy the Merricks. She and Silver have a very … violent relationship. It wasn’t always that way. In an early draft, Kate and Silver had a very romantic relationship. In fact, in the first chapter, they were in bed together. She was going to be quite promiscuous and too much for Hunter to handle. But as I kept writing, she kept fighting me. She didn’t want to be in bed with Silver. I struggled with her character for a good long while before I realized what the problem was. When I went back and put her and Silver into more of an antagonistic relationship, everything clicked into place.

3) Ambulance Stories

There’s a scene where Hannah (Michael Merrick’s girlfriend) is talking to Hunter on the back porch. Hannah is a firefighter/EMT, and she’s telling Hunter ambulance stories. All the events she shares with Hunter are true rescue stories that I heard from my local fire chief when I was interviewing him for Spark.

4) Dirty Titles

Originally, the title of the first book in the series (Chris and Becca’s book) was Elemental. (Which ended up being the title of Michael’s novella, to make it more confusing.) Book two, about Gabriel’s relationship with fire, was going to be called Incendiary. After a lot of discussion, we decided those titles didn’t quite capture the essence of the series, and we wanted something to tie them all together. My friends, being my friends, kept coming up with dirty titles, which made me laugh, but didn’t really help. (Moist, anyone?) But then my editor, who also edits erotica titles, said, “If these books were erotica, it would be so much easier. The first three books could be Wet, Hot, and Hard.” (We also had numerous giggles every time we referred to “Hunter’s stones.”)

5) Foreshadowing Nick

Now that Breathless is out (and based on the summary, it’s not spoiling anything to say that he’s struggling with an attraction to a boy), I’ve been getting a lot of feedback about his character. Some people have said, “I knew it, I saw it coming.” Some people have said, “Wow, that came out of nowhere!” So the question always is, “Did I plan to make Nick gay?”

Yes. And no.

When I first wrote Storm, I had an inkling about it. It was definitely in the back of my head, and it was always Nick. I wasn’t thinking, “I should make one of these guys gay.” It was always him. I just didn’t know if I could pull it off. But then a friend (who is gay) asked me if I’d consider making Nick a gay character. Even though it was in the back of my head, I was initially resistant to the idea. I was scared, honestly. I wasn’t worried about backlash or anything like that. I didn’t want to do it wrong, you know what I mean? But I had a third novella under contract, and I knew I wanted to write it from Nick’s point of view. I sat down to write, and I put a guy in front of him, wanting to see what would happen. Well, Adam happened, and he’s one of my favorite characters to introduce to the series.

My editor had no idea I was taking Nick’s character in that direction. Turned out, she loved it. (And I got the chance to write two more books for the series. Nick’s book, which I just finished, will be out January 2014. The working title is Secret.)

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About the Author

Brigid Kemmerer 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!

Spirit, the latest book in the series, will be released in stores and online on May 28, 2013. Connect with Brigid on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and GoodReads.

 

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Stupendous Giveaways!

Thanks to Brigid, Kensington Teen, and Allen and Unwin, we have amazing prizes to give away as part of this blog tour:

— 10 copies of Spirit for each official tour stop
— 2 grand prizes consisting of all three books in the Elementals series
— a special contest where you can vote for Brigid to write a short story about your favorite Elementals guy!

To win the books, all you have to do is leave a thoughtful comment below telling us what you like best about this series, and to fill out the Rafflecopter form. To vote for your favorite guy, just vote with the widget below, and Brigid will post the winning guy’s story on her site!

The best part is, this contest is international, so fans all over the world will have a chance to win. Open to readers aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See complete rules on the entry form. Good luck!


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Be sure to visit each of the participating tour stops below, where you’ll find awesome new content daily, as well as more chances to win the books.

Spirit Blog Tour Stops

5/23  Hobbitsies
5/27  Saz101

5/31  Cuddlebuggery

We also have many other blogs participating with reviews of the book starting on May 27! They’ll be offering a free download of the first chapter of the book.

Always YA at Heart, A Beautiful Madness, Avery’s Book Nook, Book Adoration, Book Jems, Book Labyrinth, Book Overdose, A Book Vacation, Bookaroo-Ju, Bookfever, Booking It With Hayley G, Books Are Magic, Books to Consider, BookYAReview, Citrus Reads, A Daydreamer’s Thoughts, Delirious About BooksEx-Libris KateFall Into Books, Fic Talk, Get Lost In Fiction, IB Book Blogging, In Bed With Books, Paranormal Indulgence, Pedacinho Literário, ramblings of a booknerd, Shiirleyy’s Bookshelf, Spread My Wings, Step Into Fiction, Tabitha’s Book Blog, The Teen Book Guru, Unforgettable Books, WhatchYAreading, whYAnot Reviews, and Young Readers.

Big thanks to our participating bloggers, as well as to the author, Kensington Teen, and Allen & Unwin for providing the prizes for these contests.

186 Responses to “Spirit: Tour Kick-off with Secrets of the Elemental Series + Giveaway!”

  1. Cassie

    This series is original, well-written and as addictive as crack (not that I’ve ever tried crack… I haven’t). I have only finished the first book, but can’t wait to get my hands on the rest (my local library doesn’t have any copies yet). Plus I’ve always been a sucker for hot boys! Who isn’t?

  2. Celine Moredo

    To be honest, I didn’t really like Hunter in the first book. I haven’t read the 2nd book, Spark but I plan to if I’m not busy. I really want to win this giveaway because I want to give Hunter a shot.

  3. mary ann(RunOnce828)

    to e honest I haven’t read any of the book from the series but I heard a lot of good things about it. So still on my top to-read book list:))

  4. Tiffany Mahaffy

    This is a series that I have looked at countless times and wanted to start but I haven’t yet. I’m now looking forward to jumping around the tour stops and finding out a little more about this series and I know it will make me want to pick it up more :)

  5. Jojiwoji

    Just bought Storm today, I’m loving it!
    The Elementals’ powers are incredibly creative – I like it :)

  6. Madiha S

    I haven’t read this series yet but I’ve heard so soo much about how good they are and how great the Merrick guys are that I’m very curious to read the books. And the fact that the boys control the elements? Super enticing!

  7. Galena

    I haven’t read any of these books yet, but this interview convinced me to put them in my to-read list!

  8. squinkleboo

    I haven’t read any of the books in the ELEMENTALS series yet, but my students have been giving it rave reviews! This might be the perfect time to get in on the action. Thanks for the giveaway!

  9. squinkleboo

    I haven’t read any of the books in the ELEMENTALS series yet, but my students have been giving it rave reviews! This might be the perfect time to get in on the action. Thanks for the giveaway!

  10. Gaby Pendragon

    I want to read this series because they seem very original and I’ve heard great comments on it, so I hope to do it soon.

  11. Ari (Reading After Midnight)

    For some reason I have this feeling that I can’t trust Hunter. I never liked him much, probably because I don’t enjoy love-triangles, and this is how I met him. Still, I trust the author to make me like him when I read his story – she has this power… though after Gabriel it will take a lot for me to fall in love with someone else in this series, he hee!

  12. AndThenTheyDied

    I haven’t actually started on this series yet, but I’m hoping to score one of the grand prizes so that I can finally read them. I really like the premise of the first book, at least,and the rest of the series sounds promising as well. Sarcasm and powers and hot boys, oh my! :3

  13. Katrina (athousand-lives)

    I am absolutely in love with this series! Brigid is just brilliant. I don’t even understand how it’s possible. I didn’t think it was going to get better than Spark and well, it did. The character development for each boy is amazing. That’s my favourite part of the series. She obviously knows what she’s doing and ill read anything by her. As for my favourite Elemental boy? Well, it kinda changes every book. Gabriel is currently on top with Hunter close behind but I’m pretty sure Nick will knock em both off their perch!

  14. Danielle B!

    I would love to start reading the Elementals series. If I won a book in the series, it would motivate me to read the books even quicker! :D

  15. Danielle B!

    This whole series sounds great! I really want to start reading it, and if I won a book in the series, it would make me read it quicker! :D

  16. LisaFicTalk

    What I like best?… There’s honestly more than 1 thing that makes me love this series. My co-blogger and I spoke about it in the very beginning and it wasn’t surprising that we had the same views as soon as we started the series. It was addictive and amazing from the very beginning–Michael’s Novella. *sigh-swoon*

    We liked the dynamic between the brothers. We also liked the house full of HOT brothers factor but that wasn’t the MAIN thing. *shifty eyes* :P

    We obviously LOVED the freaking cool powers that they had and just how genuinely GOOD these guys are. I find them to be realistic and full of flaws, which is a big plus. I wouldn’t have liked it as much if they turned out to be these perfect guys who never made a mistake or never raised their voices at one another.

    It’s probably one of our most highly rec’d series out there.

  17. Leannessf

    Definitely like the name, Hunter – glad you didn’t go with the other ones! :P

    Can’t wait to read Spirit!
    Leanne

  18. subtleadieu

    I haven’t read any of the books in the series yet ;; but I read a lot of “hot boys” and who doesn’t want to read about hot boys?

  19. Katia Marroquin

    Well until now i haven’t read of the elemental series, but i have heard sooo many good things about this series that i want to start reading.

  20. Angeline Berd

    I just finished Breathless and let’s just say Nick wasn’t the only one out of air. I can’t wait until Secret comes out and I wonder how Gabriel’s going to handle the news!

  21. Desnica Kumar

    I started the series…read Storm and Elemental quite a while ago…but even though I loved them I never continued the series…I’m not particularly sure why…I guess I might have just forgotten it….but I love I the Merrick brothers and I definitely will be continuing the series now…

  22. Liviania

    My favorite part of the series is how well it’s plotted – each of the books have surprised me!

  23. Krista

    I’ve only read the first book and I loved it. I can’t wait to read Gabriel’s story!

  24. Jo

    Awesome secrets! Really looking forward to catching up on all the other posts!

    What I love most about this series is that it’s so different from every other YA PNR/UF out there! I’ve not come across anything that focuses solely on elemental powers in YA – the only thing that comes close is the Vampire Academy series. I’m really looking forward to Spirit and getting inside Hunter’s head!

  25. candrbeyer

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve only read the first book in the series, but plan to read the onthers soon…

  26. aparajita

    i have actually read the series already via the e-galley i got from netgalley and Kemmerer’s way of writing about each of them just made me fall in love right then and their(i’m prepared enough to cut off all my YA book crushes because of these boys)….. and i can’t wait to own it all…. and eagerly waiting for the next ones in the series.

    Le’ Grande Codex

  27. Marcia

    I haven’t read any book in this series but I hope to do it soon. Everybody says great things about it. Thanks for the Giveaway :)

  28. Kimmy

    I haven’t read this series yet but I keep hearing about it! I’ve added it to my TBR list! :)

  29. Kimmy

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this series lately and I really want to read it now!

  30. Kazhy

    I actually haven’t read any of the books in the series… yet; that’ll change in two days! I’m so excited <3

  31. Adriana Garcia

    I am looking forward to the Elemental series because the Merrick brothers sound so interesting. I just came from Realm of Fiction’s post and really like all the book recommendations and seeing how they fit those characters.

  32. Adriana Garcia

    lol. I don’t think his kids would appreciate him changing their names all the time.
    I haven’t read the series but I do think that the author made the right choice for Silver. Badass beats promiscuous any day.
    Oh My God those dirty titles! I can’t think of who hates the word moist… I think Charlie hates that word…
    Oh no! I got something ruined… oh well. Hopefully I forget before I read it.

  33. Aman

    I haven’t started the series, but all the buzz about these brothers had me so excited. Really looking forward to it!

  34. Jessica Etches

    I am looking forward to Hunter’s story for two reasons 1. I love the series! I just can’t seem to get enough, and 2. I am looking forward to see the world outside of the Merrick brothers and their loved ones. I love the brothers, I truly do, but its nice to have a change especially when we will be going back to them with Nick’s story!

  35. Jessica Etches

    I am looking forward to Hunter’s story for two reasons 1. I love the series! I just can’t seem to get enough, and 2. I am looking forward to see the world outside of the Merrick brothers and their loved ones. I love the brothers, I truly do, but its nice to have a change especially when we will be going back to them with Nick’s story!

  36. Suzanne Paranormal Pages

    I wasn’t too fond of Hunter in the first book, but liked him a lot more in Spark. Now I’m looking forward to being inside his head, I think he’s a character I’m going to enjoy :)

  37. Sam

    OH MY GOSH!! This post <3 I really liked the section about Nick... AHHHHHHH LOOKING FORWARD TO SECRET! OMGOMGOMGOMG DYING OMGOMGOMG I LOVE NICK! But, I am still happy that Hunter's story is out ^_^

  38. AmelArmeliana

    Have to admit, that I haven’t read this series yet. But my friends that already have told me that this series is very good and I really really want to read it.

    Thanks for this awesome giveaway :)

  39. Lauren's Loquacious Lit

    Oh how I wish the books were called Wet, Hot and Hard…it would have made it so much more uncomfortable when I requested that the Children’s Librarian at work bought them….

    Also: I wish to apologise because I accidentally spelt my email wrong and I ended up just putting my name in again but I’m wondering if you can delete the entry or something? I put it in as lauren.phillip instead of what it should have been. *very sorry*

  40. katetaan

    I have heard great things about this series but I haven’t read any of the books yet. My book budget is super small so I’m hoping my library picks them up soon.

  41. Shannelle Chua

    I love the imagination incorporated into the series. It’s so fun reading about the boys and how they use their elements, and the romance is just sizzling.

    Overall, this is a pretty good, enjoyable series.

  42. Small Review

    Oh good, I’m so glad to hear you say that. I haven’t read the series yet, but I got this book for review and I’ve been trying to read it and struggling a bit. I didn’t realize Hunter was the antagonist at first but the more I read the more I kept thinking, “Wait, where are the Merrick brothers? I want to read about THEM” and then every time they’d come on page they’d be awesome (but too brief!) I’ll keep pushing on now that you’ve said it’s well worth the read. Thanks, Wendy!

  43. Imel Cullen

    I Haven’t read the elemental series but first series of elemental has been translated into Indonesian, and my book on the way my home, can’t wait to meet Merrick boys

  44. Louis Phiri

    But I’m looking forward to his story. I don’t have much of an opinion on Hunter, I was rooting for Chris in Storm but Brigid has a knack for changing my opinion on the boys (After reading Spark I fell head over heels with Gabriel) so I’m hoping I’ll grow to love him in Spirit!

  45. Louis Phiri

    But I’m looking forward to his story. I don’t have much of an opinion on Hunter, I was rooting for Chris in Storm but Brigid has a knack for changing my opinion on the boys (After reading Spark I fell head over heels with Gabriel) so I’m hoping I’ll grow to love him in Spirit!

  46. Cee L

    I love the relationship between the brothers. I wasn’t a big fan of Hunter at first, but seeing his and Gabriel’s friendship made me see that there was more to him than an asshole.

    Thans for the giveaway!

  47. SingingSeamstress

    I am late to the party and didn’t know about the blog tour until after the fact, but please check out my reviews for the first four of the Elemental series now, and reviews of Breathless and Spirit next week! I received my copy of Spirit via Netgalley and will be doing an ebook giveaway on May 31st!
    http://mereadalot.com/author/regina/

  48. Maria

    I haven’t read this series yet. But I have been looking at it several time. But its on my *I absolutely want to read* list.

  49. RIN

    I actually haven’t read any of the Elementals books yet, but I’ve heard good things about them. I think what intrigues me the most is that I read a review for one of the books (#2, I think) and the reviewer said that they didn’t like that character in book 1, but ended up liking book #2 even better than book #1, which I think is pretty cool.

  50. Pop Andreea

    I loved Gabriel and Hunter’s bromance in Spark, so I can’t wait to read more of Hunter. Sure, I’m not exactly fnd of him after that revelation from the 2nd book, but I’ll get over it… One of my favorite series! I love it! <3

  51. Shelver506

    I’ve honestly not read any of these books, but I’m looking forward to all of them, because they come highly recommended and the boys are cute!

  52. Katy

    I love the Elemental series because of THE BOYS !!! I used to hate Hunter but after reading SPIRIT (yay my first ARC ever!) I can’t help but just loving him ! But my favorites are the twins !

  53. Katy

    I love the Elemental series because of THE BOYS !!! I used to hate Hunter but after reading SPIRIT (yay my first ARC ever !), I can’t help but just loving him ! But my favorites are the twins !

  54. Holly U

    I love this series so much! It’s amazing!
    Oh, I definitely voted for Gabriel; he’s my favorite Elemental. <3

  55. Mariam Alamin

    What I like best about the Elemental Series is that Brigid Kemmerer has the ability to make us hate or dislike a character, and then gives us a whole book on why NOT to hate this character and what goes on in his head.

  56. ultralight

    I only read book 1, storm, which I absolutely loved. I really liked how Becca and Chris relationship develops. Probably gonna start Spark soon

  57. Alison

    I’m looking forward to Hunter’s story because Brigid Kemmerer is an amazing writer. But of course, that’s just my opinion. You probably have a different one than me about about Hunter (and Kate).

  58. Jessica Noreault

    I honestly haven’t had a chance to read this series, I’ve had it on my list for awhile, but lack of money and time keeps me from doing nearly anything. I really would love to read the whole series though! <3 It sounds great, and I look forward to eventually getting to read it.

  59. justadistraction

    The Elemental Series has been on my TBR list for a while now. But, I’m happy to note, I finally started “Storm” today. I’m always a sucker for a YA PNR and, let’s face it, a little romance doesn’t hurt.

  60. ohdamnbooks

    I haven’t read the Elementals series yet, but I want to read it because I’ve heard tons of good things about it! (:

  61. daydreamer11691

    I actually haven’t read the Elemental series yet, but I’ve seen Wendy’s reviews for them on goodreads. She has me curious and excited about the books.

  62. Leannessf

    I haven’t read Storm or Spark yet, although they are on my TBR shelf! I’m so behind!

    Thanks,
    Leanne

  63. slayra

    Aah! Want to read Spirit so much (after Spark, which was amazing)! I’m getting really interested in this series. :) Thank you for the giveaway.

  64. Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    I just laughed out loud at the dirty title. lol I really look forward to starting this series. Storm is on my list for this summer too. I really hope I can stick with that and meet these awesome boys!

  65. whyanot

    I love that whilst the characters aren’t all that likeable I like them all. Like Gabriel – he’s sort of a bit of a tool and yet, I love to love him.

  66. Danielle Romero

    What an awesome giveaway and an awesome series! I’m glad you did a post on it because I hadn’t heard of these books before :)

    -Danielle @ Coffee and Characters

  67. starryeyedjen

    Love the history behind the name changes, both the characters and the books! I just love Brigid…she is so sweet! And funny, too! Great post, Wendy! Thanks for having us on the tour, too! It’s been a blast with the read along and introducing so many other peeps to the series!

    • Wendy Darling

      I know, aren’t the title changes fun? We should play a game where we retitle YA books with racy erotica names, hah.

      So thrilled to have you on the tour, Jen! I’m sure you’ve gotten tons of people excited about the books.

  68. A Fairytale Ending :)

    Ahhhh! So excited for the release of Spirit! :D
    Can’t wait to read Hunter’s story and find out more about him. I’m so glad he gets his own book and hopefully a happily every after.. ;-)

    Awesome Tour by the way! :d

    Mary x

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay! I’m glad you’re enjoying the tour. Hunter goes through a lot of heartbreak, poor guy…I have my fingers crossed for him, too. :)

  69. Rachel

    Wet, Hot and Hard? Love it!! Lol! Moist, not so much. Love this post, Wendy! And yay! We’re on the tour! Loved Brigid’s answers, and I just melt over these Merrick boys! Thanks again for having us along. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee hee, I giggled when I read that, too. Brigid is always super fun, so it’s no surprise that her posts for this tour have been great.

      Thanks so much for being on the tour, Rachel! Looking forward to your stop.

  70. Roxy

    I love how this series is able to suck the reader right in! And each book I read, the male lead becomes my favorite character. So first was Chris, then Gabriel, and now Nick. I haven’t read Michael’s novella, or Hunter’s, so it will be interesting to see if Hunter will become my new fave elemental boy! Thanks for a great giveaway for a fantastic series!!!

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah hah, you are an equal opportunity Elementals lover!

      Oh, you should totally read those novellas too, they add to the overall story for sure. Report back and let us know how you end up liking Hunter, if you remember. I think the odds are in his favor. ;)

  71. Estefania Montanez

    I think each book is amazing! WHY ISN’T THIS SERIES REALLY POPULAR?!?! WHY ISN’T THIS SERIES GETTING ADAPTED INTO A MOVIE? why is the world so cruel? :o

  72. Carla

    I am! I’m also looking forward to Nick’s and, hopefuly, Michael’s stories as well. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh Carla, you saw that Michael’s getting his own book, right? I’m looking forward to both of those, too! MORE BRIGID. Okay, really–more hot boys. :D

  73. Catherine

    Wait. I think my comment failed to post. *sigh* Let’s try this again.
    I’m super excited for Spirit because at the moment, Hunter is my least favorite character (but that’s probably because I don’t know enough about him) and I’m not satisfied with that. I think I’m actually a little bit more excited for Nick’s book because he’s currently my favorite main guy character. Of course, that changes with pretty much every book…
    For some reason I was super happy when I figured out that he was gay (I guess that was from reading the summary for his novella). I just felt like it needed to happen. I’m just really excited for another book to be coming out because I LOVE THEM ALL! :D

    • Wendy Darling

      I’ll confess I’m looking forward to Nick’s book above any of the others, too. I’m really happy with the direction his story is taking, and I think his book is going to be epic. Hear that? EPIC. :D

  74. Catherine

    Oh my goodness! I can’t wait for Spirit to come out! I might actually be anticipating Nick’s book a little more but I’m hoping that Spirit will be great too! Which it should be, because all of the others are. I’m hoping that I’ll like Hunter a little bit more after I’ve read the book because right now he’s my least favorite main guy character. Which isn’t actually saying much because I love them all. So I still love him, just less. Also! I was happy when you made Nick gay! That might sound a little weird, but I just felt like it needed to happen. I’m so excited for the rest of the series!!!!

  75. TheBookSlayer

    What I love most is that, each book gets better and better. It doesn’t matter which character is MC, Brigid makes us fall in love with just about everyone!

    • Wendy Darling

      Agreed! She took Gabriel, who was such a jerk to everyone, and made him so swoonworthy in the last book, and now she’s taken Hunter, whom all the other characters hate, and makes us feel for him, too.

  76. Melliane

    I confess that I haven’t read this series yet but I know that I really need to! Everyone just love it and I’m very curious!

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yes, Melliane. You need to read this one…but I think I’ve said that to you before, hah. I know you’ll love it.

  77. Maria Georgiou

    These stories are absolutely amazing. The way they are written gives me goose bumps. I love how Brigid writes different chapters in the two main character’s perspectives. Her writing style is so clever and her story lines, surprises and characters are so creative. I can’t wait until I get to read Spirit, thanks for the giveaway! :) xx
    Good Luck everyone! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I like how she continually surprises us, too–we’ve seen big ones in every single book or novella so far. That’s a pretty great gift.

      Good luck with your contest entry!

  78. witchmagsboekenplank

    To be honest I’m a bit hesitant about Spirit. Up till now I’ve only seen glimpses of who Hunter is. And I’m still not sure if I’ll like him. Hopefully reading this book will change my opinion of him for the better ^^ Besides I’ve read some raving reviews about Spirit, so my curiosity has risen ^^

    What is so good about this series? That question is a bit harder to answer. First, what is not to like? We’ve got four hot, swoon-worthy brothers (and Hunter). With emotional baggage. And they are able to control the elements! Add to that Brigid Kemmerers ability to make me forget everything around me, to captivate me totally, to suck me into the story whole and you’ve got one of my most favorite series. So therefore it’s a bit hard to describe what I like best ;)

    Iris G.

  79. witchmagsboekenplank

    To be honest I’m a bit hesitant about Spirit. Up till now I’ve only seen glimpses of who Hunter is. And I’m still not sure if I’ll like him. Hopefully reading this book will change my opinion of him for the better ^^ Besides I’ve read some raving reviews about Spirit, so my curiosity has risen ^^

    What is so good about this series? That question is a bit harder to answer. First, what is not to like? We’ve got four hot, swoon-worthy brothers (and Hunter). With emotional baggage. And they are able to control the elements! Add to that Brigid Kemmerers ability to make me forget everything around me, to captivate me totally, to suck me into the story whole and you’ve got one of my most favorite series. So therefore it’s a bit hard to describe what I like best ;)

    Iris G.

    • Wendy Darling

      I hope reading the book changes your opinion of Hunter, too–I’d be surprised if you didn’t feel for him deeply, he’s been through quite a lot. And he will go through quite a lot in this book! Poor guy.

      Awesome way to sum up what’s so great about the series. You’ve put it perfectly. :)

  80. Tanja - Tanychy

    I seriously need to read this series as everyone are crazy about it. I haven’t seen that another cover but I like the white one better. Regardless thanks for the amazing giveaway :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I like our US covers for this series better too, Tanja, which is weird since I often like overseas covers better. Allen & Unwin are sponsoring the international portion of the giveaway, though, so we’re very grateful to them for their generosity.

      But yes, you must give this series a try! These guys are so appealing.

  81. Candace

    Ir really want to read these books, they sound great! I have to say that I get easily confused when names are similar so I’m thankful that she was careful to avoid that happening. Especially with a book full of boys!

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee, “book full of boys” sounds so appealing, Candace. She did a great job of making each boy memorable, so the name thing is just the tip of the iceberg as far as the thought that’s gone into these characterizations.

    • Wendy Darling

      Hah, I like her Twitter updates about writing in Starbucks, too. I think I’d be too distracted to get anything done.

  82. Tabby Williams

    I’m not a huge Hunter fan, so I’m a little wary of this next book, but I can’t wait until we get to Nick’s story!

    I think my favorite of the brothers is either Gabriel or Michael.

    • Wendy Darling

      You’re not alone in feeling this way, Tabby…but I bet you’ll find yourself warming up to him before too long. He’s pretty hard to resist. ;)

  83. Cali Willette

    Awesome Five secrets! I can’t wait to read Spirit. Storm is my favorite book though, I love Chris. I can’t wait to hear Hunter’s POV.

  84. Kendra

    can’t wait to read this book and hunters story! been waiting forever and must read soon, like now!! :)

  85. Ashley D.

    Thanks for the great interview and giveaway!! My favorite thing about the Elemental series would definitely have to be Gabriel because I love him to death. But I love all the guys and I really love the way their brotherly relationships are portrayed so realistically. But I just love stories about brothers to begin with. :D

  86. Henrietta @ Leisure Reads

    Thanks for sharing the guest post. It’s always fun to read about how the characters seem to have their own mind and refuse to go in the direction that the author has planned. I’ll have to start reading this series soon.

    • Wendy Darling

      That’s always fascinating for me to hear, too–sometimes it doesn’t always feel quite real to hear that, but in this case it makes a lot of sense to me with Kate.

      I hope you get a chance to start this soon too, Henrietta! Thanks for stopping by.

  87. Henrietta @ Leisure Reads

    Thanks for sharing the guest post. It’s always fun to read about how the characters seem to have their own mind and refuse to go in the direction that the author has planned. I’ll have to start reading the series soon.

  88. Kath S.

    Ahhh sooo cool!!

    I love this series because of the boys!! I love how Brigid writes about this brothers and their relationship. And despite Hunter is not a Merrick, I totally love him, and I like how he get involved with the brothers!

    Thanks for the giveaway ;)

    • Wendy Darling

      Hee! Yes, the Merricks’ relationships with each other are really touching, too. They’re all so blunt and rough and tumble in most ways, but you can tell there’s heart and honor there, too.

      I really like Hunter after this book, and I feel for him. Though I keep catching myself because I can no longer just say “the Merrick Brothers” when referring to the awesome boys in this series. ;)

  89. Keertana

    Aaahh, I love this post! I think a lot of authors undergo name changes, so I always love visualizing what alternate names they tried out. Also, the fact that Hannah’s stories are all actually real is very cool. I can’t wait to dig into this one – fantastic tour kick-off!(:

    • Wendy Darling

      I love that bit of authenticity with Hannah’s stories! I am very curious what’s going to happen with her and Michael when he gets his official book.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’d love to do a spoilery interview with Brigid about Kate’s story arc, but darned if I know how to do it. Maybe she’ll do a GoodReads chat sometime.

  90. Jenni @ Alluring Reads

    Ok. I really need to get started on this series. I have heard so much about the brothers and so many of my Goodreads friends adore the novels. I love how you mention that there is more than one type of action ;) Sounds like this is definitely a series I need in my life!

    • Wendy Darling

      Ugh, Jenni. JENNI! Your life will change forever once you meet the Merricks. Definitely a series you must get ahold of.

  91. Diamond Cronen

    I haven’t read this series yet…but after reading that interview I definitely am going to! Sounds like it’s right up my alley :)

    Another amazing post!

  92. Rashika

    So I wasn’t particularly looking forward to this installment because I am not a huge fan of Hunter. He was kind of an a-hole in the other books and I kind of didn’t want to see the ‘good side’ of him. But with all the awesome reviews about this one, I really do want to read his installment now… and Breathless because Nick is gay. That’s a lame reason of course but it bothered me in the first book how perfectly it worked out with Chris dating Becca and Nick getting together with Becca’s best friend.
    The best thing about this series is that I love the Merrick Brothers. I love how Bridget portrays every single one of them, with their vulnerabilities and their strengths.
    Michael is my favorite at the moment though because I personally feel like he has had it harder than his brothers… and it seems like he is going to get more than a novella so YAY!

    • Wendy Darling

      I felt similarly before I read this, Rashika…but just trust Brigid, that’s all I have to say. ;)

      I think that’s my favorite thing about the series too, actually. They’re all well-defined and appealing–you could really change other things about the books without trouble, but you couldn’t get rid of those fantastic characters.

  93. Katie

    I’ve really loved this series so far, and can’t wait for me! So far I really loved Gabriel’s story, and Nick’s novella, and can’t wait for more Hunter!

    • Wendy Darling

      Yay! I love Gabriel’s story, too–but really, I love all these guys. :) Can’t wait for you to know Hunter better.

  94. Rachel @ Unforgettable Books

    Wow! I was so surprise by the Kate/Silver reveal. Fantastic guest post!
    Thanks for mentioning all the review stops! :)
    I’m not entering the contest ( because I already have every book) but I want to say that I love this series because of each character are real and each bring something special.

    • Wendy Darling

      I thought that was pretty interesting as well. It made a lot of sense when she revealed it, actually, but I’m glad she made the change–I think Kate’s one of those characters that already skirts the edge of likeability sometimes, so her being more involved with Silver might have pushed some readers over the edge.

      And thank you for participating, Rachel! Looking forward to your review. :)

  95. Tory Ng

    I am looking forward to actually reading all the books in this series because I have heard and read so much good things about it from friends and bloggers alike! :D

  96. Liviania

    I like the name changes – reading about a Gabriel and Garrett would’ve been tough. I hate when authors use a bunch of similar names.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, I dislike that, too. It’s like, there are a bazillion names out there, help us keep the characters straight! I’m glad she changed them, too. Plus, I like the name “Hunter!”

  97. Vivien

    This series is highly enjoyable. To be honest, I didn’t think it was going to be for me. But the Merrick boys have won me over. I can’t even pick a favorite!! They each have displayed something I just adore. I cannot wait to read more from Brigid!

    • Wendy Darling

      I had the same doubts you did, Vivien–I heard 1 girl, 4 hot guys and my mind instantly went into the gutter. :P So great to find that the guys are all so likeable, even when they’re being asses.

      I like them ALL. Even though after Spark, Gabriel turned out to be my favorite. :)

    • Vivien

      I totally agree. Spark really hooked me into this series. The powers are uber cool. But let’s be honest, it’s all about the boys ;)

  98. Janhvi

    Thanks for the amazing giveaway! I haven’t read the Elemental series yet but I’m really looking forward to it :)