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Giveaway (US/Can): Meet Brigid Kemmerer and the Merrick Brothers

Giveaway (US/Can): Meet Brigid Kemmerer and the Merrick Brothers

by davincikittieMay 5, 2012

Please help me welcome Brigid Kemmerer, author of the new YA paranormal Elemental series!

When I set out to write about the Merrick Brothers, I knew they’d be a fierce group. Their parents died when they were young, and they were left to learn about their growing Elemental powers without anyone to help them—and knowing they’d be put to death if anyone found out just how powerful they were.

Michael is the oldest of the four brothers, and his element is Earth. At twenty-three, he’s technically a young man, but he’s been taking care of his brothers since his parents died when he was eighteen. He carries a lot of responsibility on his shoulders: not just running his parents’ landscaping business to keep food on the table, but he also needs to make sure his brothers don’t get into trouble with their Elemental abilities. He’s strong, stoic, and harsh, but he has a heart of gold—though he keeps it well hidden.

Gabriel is seventeen, and his element is Fire. He’s clever, fearless, and he’ll fight first and ask questions later. He hides his emotion behind sarcasm and aggression (and flirting outrageously), but he carries a lot of guilt because he believes he’s responsible for starting the fire that killed his parents. He disagrees with Michael’s insistence to keep their powers hidden, and he’ll sneak out of the house with his twin brother to practice controlling their elements.

Nicholas is Gabriel’s twin, and his element is Air. He’s clever and book-smart, but he’ll talk someone out of a fight before swinging a punch. He’s open, generous, and easygoing, thus balancing his twin’s wicked cleverness. Nick keeps the peace in his family, but he’s up for hijinks with Gabriel if the opportunity presents itself.

Christopher is the youngest, at sixteen, and his element is Water. He’s a loner, unsure where he fits between Michael, who used to be a big brother but now fills a parental role, and the twins, who always have each other. Chris isn’t impetuous and tends to take a “wait and see” approach to life—which sometimes leaves him waiting a bit too long—especially when a girl like Becca catches his eye…or saves his life.

The Merrick brothers appear in Storm: Book 1 of The Elemental series by Brigid Kemmerer. You can buy their story now, or try out the prequel, Elemental, available now as an eBook only.

The storm is coming. . .

Becca Chandler is suddenly getting all the guys– the ones she doesn’t want. Ever since her ex-boyfriend spread those lies about her.

Then she saves Chris Merrick from a beating in the school parking lot. Chris is different. Way different: he can control water–just like his brothers can control fire, wind, and earth. They’re powerful. Dangerous. Marked for death.

And now that she knows the truth, so is Becca.

Secrets are hard to keep when your life’s at stake. When Hunter, the mysterious new kid around school, turns up with a talent for being in the wrong place at the right time, Becca thinks she can trust him. But then Hunter goes head-to-head with Chris, and Becca wonders who’s hiding the most dangerous truth of all.

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Where to find the Merrick Brothers

Prequel Book 1 Book 2
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For a limited time, Elemental is free on Amazon. Click the cover image or “Buy for Kindle” link above to snag it (you don’t have to read it on a Kindle – you can use Amazon’s cloud reader).  Also, Brigid is hosting a quick contest to give away a signed Austrailian edition of Storm (with a snazzy different cover) and a bracelet.  To enter, simply download Elemental, then go here and leave a comment. Winners will be announced May 7th, so don’t wait if you’re interested!

About 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!


To help celebrate the release of Storm, Kensington Publishing is sponsoring a giveaway with today’s spotlight post! To enter, leave a comment on this post answering the question below, then fill out the Rafflecopter.  One commenter will win a physical copy of Storm (US/Canada shipping addresses only for this one)!  Now riddle me this…

Which element would you want to control and why?

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About The Author
Sue "DaVinciKittie" Brown-Moore is a veteran romance blogger and reviewer and the primary voice for GraveTells.com. Sue has been shamelessly pimping book boyfriends since 2010 and has won several blogging awards with GraveTells. Sue is also a freelance Developmental Editor passionate about helping authors bring out the best in their stories. She loves reading romance, fantasy, and sci-fi and edits any genre she reads for pleasure. You can follow Sue's editing blog, with tips and tricks for authors, at DaVinciKittie.com.
  • May 5, 2012 at 11:48 am

    I would want to control air. With control of air, you can control the way the water and fire goes. I just got the free Elemental book. Looking forward to reading Storm.

  • May 5, 2012 at 12:32 pm

    hmm I like Lauren’s answer, but water. I could put the fire out and draw water from clouds =]

  • Natasha
    May 5, 2012 at 3:12 pm

    I would want to control the earth element, you could make things grow. Thanks for the chance to win!

  • Sophia Rose
    May 5, 2012 at 6:07 pm

    Now that is a tough decision! I can see advantages to controlling all these elements. I do love activities around water so I’ll go with that.

    The stories sound great and I downloaded the prequel so I can get started. Thanks for the post and giveaway opportunity.

  • bn100
    May 5, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    I’d like to control the weather, so there’s nice weather all the time.

  • CassandraG
    May 5, 2012 at 7:48 pm

    Definetely weather. Everything else might have the possiblity of getting way out of control.

  • Linda b
    May 6, 2012 at 12:51 pm

    Fire – Intimating and destructive

  • May 6, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I think I’d want to control water. That way I’d have it whenever I wanted and as hot or cold as I wanted:)

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  • May 6, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks so much to Brigid for visiting with GT and to Kensington for sponsoring the giveaway!

    I actually had a big conversation about this (the giveaway question) with my husband and, like the nerds we are, we had to define rules before we could make our decisions. Here were the rules…
    1) Your element cannot change states. Meaning Water can’t become steam (because that would make it Air) or ice (because if you can’t transform to steam, solid doesn’t make sense either) and Earth means only the raw material of the earth, not something like a 5 ton boulder (which I still don’t agree with, but whatever).
    2) Your element can kill you even if you have mastery over it. (I’m not sure why he needed this rule as Im completely ok playing with Fire and Fire isn’t his thing anyway!)

    Given that, my gut choice was Fire because I’m a fire sign (Leo) and it just suits my personality. I dislike being wet and cold, so that takes out water and air. Earth is “dirty” and I can kill even a cactus with my black thumb.

    On second thought I realized that Air really is the king of the elements. It can control (or at least corral) all the others. Wind can contain fire, water, or earth, and I’m all about being king (erm, queen), so I ultimately went with Air.

    My hubby went with Water because he’s a water sign and just loves being in it. Funny how we had to go through all that for a simple question about the elements, eh? =D

  • May 7, 2012 at 2:28 am

    Congratulations to Lauren on winning the giveaway of Storm!

    Thanks to everyone who participated. You guys had some great responses. And Linda B, I am totally with you on the fire thing!!

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