Tomorrow Is Today: A Tempest Series Bonus Short Story

Tomorrow Is Today: A Tempest Series Bonus Short Story

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by Julie Cross
     
 

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he's in college, throws lots of parties, is interested in a girl he can't have, and oh yeah, he can travel back through time.
But it's not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it's

Overview

The year is 2009. Nineteen-year-old Jackson Meyer is a normal guy… he's in college, throws lots of parties, is interested in a girl he can't have, and oh yeah, he can travel back through time.
But it's not like the movies – nothing changes in the present after his jumps, there's no space-time continuum issues or broken flux capacitors – it's just harmless fun.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781466804173
Publisher:
St. Martin's Press
Publication date:
12/06/2011
Series:
Tempest Trilogy
Sold by:
Macmillan
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
32
Sales rank:
191,405
File size:
198 KB
Age Range:
14 - 18 Years

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TOMORROW IS TODAY (Chapter 1)

May 14, 2009, 6:30pm

"I don't get what we're supposed to be doing," Holly said as she spread her worksheets all over the gym floor.

I moved next to Holly, who was stretched out on her stomach with a pen in her hand. "Well...the first one is just a bunch of nonsense questions that you answer and then seal it up in an envelope so no one can see it."

"And the point is...?"

"Mr. Wellborn holds onto them and mails it to you before camp staff training starts next year and you get to see how much you've grown in a year," I said.

She laughed and rolled her eyes. "God, that's corny...maybe I'll leave mine blank."

"Just tell him your life is a blank slate right now," I teased. "Today is the first day of the rest of your life..."

"Adam, what are you writing?" Holly asked.

"Telling you might put your life at risk."

Holly laughed and set her future questionnaire aside. "The other assignment is just making camp lesson plans for the first week?"

"Uh huh," I said, flipping through my own pages. "We got rosters too, so we can start learning names."

"What's the point?" Holly said. "Most of these kids probably pay someone to go to camp for them so they can sit at home and play video games like a normal child."

I shouldn't laugh since I was one of those kids, but I couldn't help it. Holly making fun of privileged children had become a high point of our two months of counselor training.

When Holly got up to turn in her lesson plan, I took the opportunity to talk to Adam. "It's your birthday tomorrow, right?"

"Yeah..."

"My roommates are throwing a party," I said, lowering my voice so the invite wouldn't spread like wildfire. My dorm isn't that big. "You know...end of the year celebration. Do you wanna come? Maybe we can do a little more time-travel experimenting in a different setting."

A grin spread across Adam's face. "Awesome...actually, I have a few ideas already."

"I figured."

He jumped into several ideas for possible experiments and theories to test. I listened for a few minutes and then found my eyes wandering as Holly sprawled out on the floor again, not nearly as close as before. She had her blonde hair tucked behind her ears, flip flops kicked off and lying next to her. I memorized the way her pen moved fluidly across the page. It was almost sexy, which is totally bizarre. Maybe I'm secretly imagining her doodling my name all over her paper. But I'm not sure Holly is the kind of girl to do that. And I'm not sure I want her to be.

She must have felt me staring because her head turned slowly in my direction and her cheeks flushed.

"You're filling out the corny questionnaire, aren't you, Holly?" I said to cover for my five minute long session of checking her out. "I had a feeling you'd be all about that."

Adam snorted beside me and I assumed I was right. Holly didn't actually want to leave her answers blank.

Her eyes returned to the page, but I could see her smiling a little and found myself doing the same. Then I dug for my own paper and wrote my name on the top. "See, Holly...I'm totally into this too. No need to feel embarrassed."

"Me too," Adam said. "Can't wait to talk to my future self."

As soon as he said that, Adam and I both glanced at each other and started cracking up. The irony was just way too good to not laugh.

TOMORROW IS TODAY Copyright 2011 by Julie Cross.


Meet the Author

Julie Cross lives outside Chicago, where she works at the local YMCA. Tempest is her first novel.


JULIE CROSS lives in central Illinois with her husband and three children. She never wrote fiction before May of 2009, but since then, hasn't gone a day without writing. She is the author of The Tempest Trilogy.

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Tomorrow Is Today: A Tempest Series Bonus Short Story 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
ValerieStuckInBooks More than 1 year ago
My thoughts: 4 stars - a great read I just won Tempest in audiobook format and so I wanted to read the prequel first. It's a fun little introduction to the characters where we learn a little bit about Jackson's time travel ability, his feelings for Holly and that Adam is a Science geek. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters a little bit and it certainly got me excited for Tempest. A fun quick read.
foothillgal More than 1 year ago
I wanted to like this short story but I just couldn't get into the characters or the writing. It sounds like everyone really enjoyed the book "Tempest" but since I couldn't get past what I thought were flaws in the writing in the prequel, I won't be buying the full book.
Ashelynn_Hetland More than 1 year ago
Tomorrow is Today is this fun, prequel short story to Tempest, the upcoming (fantastic!) time travel novel by Julie Cross. Since I¿ve already read Tempest, I understood the time travel. Cross doesn¿t explain time travel in the prequel, so reading the first four chapters of Tempest could benefit those who want to read Tomorrow is Today. (Those chapters are included in Tomorrow is Today, after the short story, and also available here.) Nothing major happens in Tomorrow is Today beside a missing kid and Jackson finding out Holly has a boyfriend. But it was a fun read and I¿m dying to find out how Jackson finally got Holly¿ because there IS a gap between Tomorrow is Today and Tempest. And I like it when the guy wins over the girl. :) I recommend Tomorrow is Today to those who have read the first four chapters and want to know more about the Tempest world. Technically Tomorrow is Today goes backwards from those first chapters, but it makes sense if you read them first then the short story. (HA HA REAL LIFE TIME TRAVEL.)
Anonymous 3 months ago
Entertaining but not really a kids book. I felt a little uncomfrtale and im 13, especially in he tempest sneak peak.
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Good story
MonicaFMF More than 1 year ago
Jackson is trying to come to terms with being a college student, in love with a friend, and being able to time travel. How will everything fit? A concise yet descriptive narrative leads and introduces readers to the turmoils the characters as well as the characters. Authentic and generally caring characters make the adventures more heart tugging. Overall, a cute read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is not good. It didn't explain the time travel enough and why.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The cover and summaryvare both intersting and with ur reviiews iknow this bookbis for me
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Iove this book
JackiesBookWorld More than 1 year ago
A good book... I've been wanting to read the first book for a while now, but as soon as I found out that there was a prequel to the first book I didn't hesitate to read it first. My first impression of the book was that it didn't explained much of time traveling. It seems complicated, but the story focuses more of Jackson's view on Holly. Although Holly has a boyfriend (David), as a read we are able to see the attraction that they both have towards each other, but they are afraid to say anything or make a move. Jackson's character is fun and kind. He protects Holly whenever she is need of help, which makes him great. I'm actually intrigued as to what is going to happen next so I'll definitely read the first book "Tempest". 
ReenaJacobs More than 1 year ago
This was a short read; this will be a short review. I read this and totally wanted more. I absolutely love Julie Cross’s style of writing. The humor is fantastic. My only issue with this prequel is it left me sort of hanging. I’d hoped to find out how Jackson and Holly became an item, but it was more of a snippet of their relationship while Holly was dating David. So basically, it was a decent read, but missed the mark in terms of filling in the “how did it happen?” elements from Tempest. I’m really looking forward to the sequel of Tempest.
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Too short and not enough back story. How can he time travel? This was never asked or answered.
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Just got the first book. Couldn't wait till it came out so I could see what happened next!!
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