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One quick thing before I introduce Sara Hantz, who’s here today to talk to us about her new book, IN THE BLOOD.  I’m so pleased to say that Faith Hunter and Chloe Neill are both up for the Goodreads Best of 2013 Award in the category of Best Paranormal Fantasy for BLOOD TRADE and HOUSE RULES respectively.  If you’re so inclined, please go vote for your favorite. So many wonderful books to choose from.  (In other news, I’m completely stunned not to see Ramez Naam’s CRUX up there for Science Fiction. There are a lot of great choices here already, but I notice you can write in votes!  I’m just sayin’.)

In the Blood - Hantz And now, without further ado, I’m pleased to present Sara Hantz and her latest book IN THE BLOOD (releasing tomorrow from Entangled Teen).


For seventeen years, Jed Franklin’s life was normal. Then his father was charged with the abuse and murder of four young boys and normal became a nightmare.

His mom’s practically a walking zombie, he’s lost most of his friends, and the press camps out on his lawn. The only things that keep him sane are his little sis; his best friend and dream girl, Summer; and the alcohol he stashes in his room. But after Jed wakes up from a total blackout to discover a local kid has gone missing—a kid he was last seen talking to—he’s forced to face his greatest fear: that he could somehow be responsible.

In a life that’s spiraled out of control, Jed must decide if he chooses his own destiny with Summer by his side or if the violent urges that plagued his father are truly in the blood…

Praise for IN THE BLOOD:

“Sara Hantz doesn’t pull any punches shaping this story of one of the toughest, most complicated family situations that a teen could face. Jed’s emotions are raw and real. I ached and raged with him and frantically turned pages to see where he would end up.”  Stephanie Kuehnert, author of Ballads of Suburbia and I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

“In The Blood is a gut-wrenching look inside the mind of a young man living with a nightmare. Jared has to learn to face life after his father is accused of an unspeakable crime. A ripped-from-the-headlines story that illustrates the power of unconditional love.”  B. A. Binns author of PULL, and Being God

“A dark and deliciously tense story that will make you wonder how alike our parents we can be.”  Kelley York author of Hushed.

Interview with Sara Hantz

What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I am definitely a plotter. And my writing process is very linear. I try to write each day, fitting it in with my day job – luckily I don’t mind interruptions.
What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

I’m an instant gratification person and that doesn’t work with publishing. Everything seems to take so long and demands patience – I was definitely at the back of the line when that was handed out. How do I get through it? Hmm….. a lot of muttering, checking my emails every 5 seconds and a few jelly beans!

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Jed is a pretty solitary person – so probably his iPod; a book on famous bridges; a photo of Summer (the girl he’s in love with).
If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Jed: Paul Wesley (although he’s maybe a bit too old), Summer: Ellen Page


Author’s Bio:

Sara Hantz originally comes from the UK and is one of four children, having three younger brothers. Although she was an avid reader from a very early age, she didn’t get the writing bug until much later in life, though English was always one of her stronger subjects. She’s an avid sun chaser and now lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Australia (via 10 years in New Zealand). Sara lectured for many years before deciding to devote more time to her writing and working in the family hospitality business. She has two grown-up children and when not writing, working, or online with her friends, she spends more time than most people she knows watching TV – in fact if TV watching was an Olympic sport she’d win gold. Sara’s books: In The Blood, The Second Virginity of Suzy Green and Will The Real Abi Saunders Please Stand Up (due out May 2014).

Demonosity.small Amanda Ashby’s novels always sound like so much fun!  I’m very pleased today to host a Q&A with Amanda to celebrate the release of her latest book DEMONOSITY.  Check it out!

Book Blurb:

The Black Rose–a powerful ancient force–has been let loose and has taken up residence in Celeste Gibson, popular girl at Cassidy Carter-Lewis’ high school. Thomas Delacroix is the spirit of a fourteenth-century knight who is devoted to protecting the Black Rose, but he needs a contemporary living being to take on the challenge. That’s where Cassidy comes in. She’s a quirky high school junior who just wants to dress in her vintage clothes, hang out with her best friend, and take care of her father, who is recovering from surgery. She’s the last person who would ever volunteer for such a task, but no one actually asked her.  Now, like it or not, she finds herself training before dawn and battling demons at parties, the mall, and even at school. But hey, no one ever said high school was going to be easy.


“With interesting characters and a fresh plot, this absorbing read addresses everything from peer pressure to intelligent guy pals to self-reliance, with just enough paranormal activity to maintain an edge. The message never overwhelms the fun in this frothy paranormal romp.” Kirkus Reviews

“Ashby’s frothy romp percolates with lighthearted humor and droll dialogue, while an involving plot and themes exploring friendship and self-reliance add satisfying substance.” School Library Journal

Interview with Amanda Ashby:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I’m a panster and I do try and write everyday but I’m not always trustworthy so can I often get distracted by just about anything. Oh, look, a pretty piece of grass. I must go and look at it immediately…  

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

The waiting. I find a lot of publishing moves very slowly and for someone with an overactive imagination, being left with too much time on my hands is never a good thing! And actually, I have no idea how you manage it considering you’re an agent as well as an author – that’s like double waiting!

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Cassidy is the most indecisive person in the world (no, of course she didn’t get that from me) so asking her to quickly name three things is impossible. I mean seriously, the girl can’t even decide what her favorite chocolate bar is!

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I would cast Emily Browning as Cassidy because she’s totally adorable. Tom Sturridge as Nash because he’s gorgeous and brooding and Joseph Beattie as Thomas (I know he’s probably too old to play a teenager but he’s so very pretty and I think when someone is pretty we should make an exception!!!)


Amanda Ashby was born in Australia and after spending the last sixteen years dividing her time between England and New Zealand, she’s finally returned home for some sunshine. When she’s not moving country, she likes to write books (okay, she also likes to eat chocolate, watch television and sit around doing not much, but let’s just keep that amongst ourselves, shall we?)

She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book, You Had Me at Halo was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewer’s Choice award. Zombie Queen of Newbury High was listed by the New York Public Library’s Stuff for the Teen Age 2010. Fairy Bad Day was selected by Voya as one of their Top Shelf Fiction for Middle School Readers 2012 and was a SCBWI Crystal Kite Award finalist for the Australia/NZ region.

 Where to stalk…er, find…her:

small town sinnersGirlfriends Cyber sister Melissa Walker’s Small Town Sinners is newly out in paperback!  To celebrate, Melissa is giving away “a box of great books to someone who sends in a pic or tells me about a sighting of the Small Town Sinners paperback in the wild! Info here.”  Looking over the books she’s giving away, I’d be entering myself if my TBR pile weren’t already teetering on the brink of burying my pups as they walk past.

Small Town Sinners is the story of Lacey Anne, daughter of the pastor and perennial good girl, who is eligible for a lead role in the season’s Hell House production—a role she’s been coveting for years. But when Ty moves to town as casting begins, a new perspective is added to Lacey Anne’s world and she starts to see her tight-knit, Evangelical community in a different light. With the help of her two best friends Starla Joy and Dean, and her potential first love Ty, Lacey Anne begins exploring her own thoughts and feelings about her religion, her community, and her place within both. While this novel deals with provocative issues like religion, teen pregnancy and underage drinking, it is not an “issue” book; the topics are masterfully interwoven into this story of friendship and family.

Rave Reviews:

Small Town Sinners shines a light on the fascinating world of the teenage Hell House. Sit back and let Melissa Walker be your guide. She writes without a shred of judgment and plenty of heart.” —Dana Reinhardt, author of A Brief Chapter of My Impossible Life

“Walker is sympathetic and respectful of her characters’ faith, while putting on display the shocking extremist scare tactics that make Hell Houses, well, hellish.” —Donna Freitas, author of This Gorgeous Game and The Possibilities of Sainthood.

“A non-judgmental, nuanced, fascinating look at the teenage religious right… Walker writes an outstanding contemporary novel with a cast of characters who, far from being portrayed as hateful zealots, are relatable for readers of all faiths. The extremism of Hell House is tempered by the perfectly understandable attitudes and intentions of Lacey Anne, who struggles with what it means to grow up, to question and to think for herself.” –Romantic Times

“Both tender and provocative… Walker creates an astutely balanced portrait of a conservative congregation’s in-your-face response to perennial issues of domestic abuse, teen pregnancy, and suicide, as well as of those who struggle to fit the prescribed Christian mold.” –Publishers Weekly

“This secular story about religious people could easily devolve into camp mockery, but because Walker takes her character’s crisis of faith seriously and sensitively, readers will, too.” –Kirkus Reviews


Melissa has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She is the author of the Violet on the Runway series as well as Lovestruck Summer. Melissa manages I Heart Daily, an e-newsletter and blogs for ReaderGirlz, an online community for teens.

For more information, check out the interview Melissa did with me when Small Town Sinners first released in hardcover!

Congratulating fellow Girlfriends Cyber Circuit sister Laurie Faria Stolarz on the release of her latest Touch novel DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS (don’t you just love the cover?!).  I hope you’ll check out the info on her new novel and her Karma Chameleon contest below.  Happy Holidays, everyone!

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By Laurie Faria Stolarz
ISBN-13: 9781423131625
Disney/Hyperion Books for Children


Camelia Hammond’s trying junior year of high school is finally over…but her troubles aren’t. After she discovers a painful truth about her family, she escapes to a summer arts program in Rhode Island. Determined to put family – and boyfriend – drama behind her, she throws herself into her artwork.

At the arts school, she gets caught up in the case of Sasha Beckerman, a local girl who is missing. Even though all signs suggest that the teen ran away, Camelia senses otherwise. Eager to help the girl, she launches her own investigation. Meanwhile, Camelia realizes how much she misses Ben, despite being committed to Adam.

But time is running out for Sasha, and Camelia will have to trust her powers if she’s to save her. Will the lessons Camelia has learned in the past give her the strength to do so?

Wanna sneak peek?  Go here:

Praise for the TOUCH series:
Texas Tayshas List, 2010 (DLS)
Children’s Book Council’s 2010 & 2011 Teen Choice Book of the Year Nominee
Reluctant Reader Quick Pick Nominees, 2010 & 2011, American Library Association
Teens@Random, Favorite Book of 2009 (DLS)
Gold Star Award,, 2009 (DLL)

“…lively first-person narrative…. CW-worthy dialogue, quirky secondary characters, romance and suspense: a winning combination” – Kirkus Reviews

“An engaging, eerie tale about the darker side of relationships – when it becomes a matter of life and death to know who your friends are.” – KLIATT

“The book was full of shocking surprises and revelations, earning the book five stars. This is a must-read for fans of romance, suspense, and mystery because it won’t disappoint.” – Teens Read Too (DLL)

“Laurie Faria Stolarz is a master creator of suspense and romance. Her words cause the heart to pound, the palms to sweat, the spine to shiver, and the stomach to flutter. The trepidation born from the anonymous threats will make the pages fly, and the palpable tension between Camelia and Ben as they attempt to ignore their hearts causes the fire to burn hotter.” –

Karma Chameleon Contest

In celebration of the release of DEADLY LITTLE LESSONS, I’m so excited to announce the launch of a brand new contest.  I’m calling it Karma Chameleon – yes, after the Boy George song from the ’80’s (in case any of you have heard of it; if not, you can YouTube it for fun).  I’m naming it that, not because of Boy George or his song, but because the contest is all about karma – good karma that is, and the spreading of it, and because, five books later, I thought it’d be the perfect time to celebrate Camelia from the Touch series (recall that Camelia’s real name is Chameleon).

The contest is all about giving and getting – hence the karma part.  As many of you know, the law of karma, in its simplest definition, is that whatever you put out to the world – energy or otherwise, good or bad – comes back to you.  And so, in the spirit of good karma, let’s spread some goodness.   I want to encourage readers to do a good deed, i.e. organize a fundraiser or food drive, volunteer to tutor or teach something, visit the elderly or a children’s hospital.  All good-karma submissions will be entered into a drawing to win autographed copies of some of my Touch series books. I’ll be sharing the most inspiring stories on my website and Facebook, and I’ll Tweet about them as well (with your permission, of course).  For more information, see the official guidelines and rules on my web site:

Author Bio: Laurie Faria Stolarz is the author of Deadly Little Secret, Deadly Little Lies, Deadly Little Games, Deadly Little Voices, Project 17, and Bleed, as well as the bestselling Blue is for Nightmares series.  Born and raised in Salem, Massachusetts, Stolarz attended Merrimack College and received an MFA in creative writing from Emerson College in Boston. For more information, please visit her Web site at

almost the truth Today I’m pleased to present an interview with Eileen Cook, author of Unraveling Isobel, The Education of Hailey Kendrick and her latest from Simon Pulse, Almost the Truth.

Book Summary:

From the author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick, a smart, romantic novel about a teenage con artist who might be in over her head.

Sadie can’t wait to get away from her backwards small town, her delusional mom, her jailbird dad, and the tiny trailer where she was raised…even though leaving those things behind also means leaving Brendan. Sadie wants a better life, and she has been working steadily toward it, one con at a time.

But when Sadie’s mother wipes out Sadie’s savings, her escape plan is suddenly gone. She needs to come up with a lot of cash—and fast—or she’ll be stuck in this town forever.

With Brendan’s help, she devises a plan—the ultimate con—to get the money. But the more lies Sadie spins, the more she starts falling for her own hoax…and perhaps for the wrong boy. Sadie wanted to change her life, but she wasn’t prepared to have it flipped upside down by her own deception. With her future at stake and her heart on the line, suddenly it seems like she has a lot more than just money to lose….

Praise for Eileen Cook’s books

“.. enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read…..the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” – Kirkus Starred Review

“Thrilling and creepy, super sexy, and so very hilarious.” – Lisa McMann, bestselling author of the Wake trilogy

“Sassy and sly and sweet all at the same time, this book made me laugh out loud.” – Meg Cabot, author of The Princess Diaries and Airhead

Interview with Eileen Cook

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I am a panster by nature, but find I do more and more plotting.  I can’t plot everything out or else I lose interest in the story, but I’m finding it helpful to have some idea of where the book is going- at least the major turning points. I try and schedule some time every day to write, but there are days/weeks/months where the best made plans don’t work. When that happens I sneak the writing in anyway I can.
What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

The waiting! Everything in publishing takes soooooooo long. I get through it by keeping busy.  And chocolate. Never underestimate the healing power of chocolate.
We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Her best friend Brendan (who she sort of accidentally slept with- but she’s going to sort that out), pizza from her favorite local place and a book on architecture to keep her busy.
If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I’m terrible at this! I always want to cast actors who died years ago or else I can’t remember their names. I think I would have them cast all unknown actors- that way I won’t have any preconceived ideas.  However, I’m open for them putting Colin Firth in the movie just so I can meet him.

I’m pleased to present a new Girlfriends Cyber Circuit interview today with Kelly Parra, two-time RITA Award finalist and author of such YA novels as GRAPHITI GIRL and INVISIBLE TOUCH.  She’s here today to talk about the new anthology SOMETHING WICKED.

SOMETHING WICKED: Young Adult Short Stories
Published by Buzz Books USA | October 2012
ISBN 1938493060

Mesmerizing and eerie. Tales to keep you reading late into the dark night.” – Tara Hudson, author of HEREAFTER and ARISE



Sometimes, they aren’t costumes.

They’re baaaack.

More nightmares brought to you by the authors of the young adult anthology Prom Dates to Die For…

Beware the Midnight Troll on your late-night stroll by Mari Hestekin. Swim at your own risk Under Loch and Cay by Jenny Peterson. A curse of spiders on campus means Arach War by Lena Brown. Through a Glass Darkly one could lose a soul by Heather Dearly. Supernatural Hunters turn to the sea in Mermania by Kelly Parra. Social media goes to the ghouls in Spectral Media by Aaron Smith.

Don’t miss this paranormal fun for tween, teens and adults!

Kelly Parra’s short story “Mermania” continues Teen Supernatural Hunters Jaz and Blake’s paranormal adventures. The duo debuted in “Darkness Becomes Him” in the young adult anthology PROM DATES TO DIE FOR as they battled a soul hungry dark angel. In SOMETHING WICKED a merman entrances Jaz and it’s up to her and Blake to rush against time before Jaz grows her own tail by the full moon!

Something Wicked facebook:

INTERVIEW with Kelly Parra

What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

Kelly: Hi Lucienne, thanks for having me on your blog! Well, my writing process is very sporadic. I’m a spree writer. I write when I have moments free in the day between kid drop offs to school and an odd work schedule. I’m also a writer who has to feel the creative muse flowing in order to make progress. If I don’t, then I have to edit.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

Kelly: The hardest part for me has always been finishing the book on deadline. You have to write even when you don’t feel the muse or something stressful is happening at home. When I first entered the publishing world about 6 years ago, I was stressed all the time. Worried I had to please everyone and I didn’t know how much stress can effect your life. Now, I’m a little more wiser, still learning, but I know how to shift priorties and to keep calm as they say!

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Kelly: Jaz and Blake in “Mermania” are teen supernatural hunters. I’m going to say the three things they would need on a deserted island would be: each other, some sort of talisman to ward off the monsters, and probably a weapon.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

Kelly: Jaz is tough on the outside and vulnerable in the inside. Blake is daring and smart. One of my favorite young actresses is Brit Robertson. And for Blake, maybe, Liam Hemsworth.

Yesterday a very fabulous book released, BRIMSTONE by Rosemary Clement-Moore, which includes two novels I consider to be my gateway drugs into young adult fiction, PROM DATES FROM HELL and HELL WEEK, which won the RITA Award for Best Young Adult Romance.  These are the first two novels in the snarky and wonderful Maggie Quinn: Girl vs. Evil series, which continues with HIGHWAY TO HELL.  I highly, highly advise you to check them out!

In other news, I’ve been holding onto a wonderful interview with Elise Allen for her new release POPULAZZI!  (I know, bad blogger, no cookie.)  But I’m pleased to present it to you now, along with a big of info about the author and book.


After starting her career in television, Elise Allen has emerged as a vibrant new voice in teen fiction.  She is the co-author of Hilary Duff’s New York Times Bestseller Elixir, as well as its sequels, Devoted and True.  She received an Emmy nomination for her work on the PBS show Dinosaur Train, and fulfilled a lifelong dream when she wrote for the Muppets.  She lives in Los Angeles, where she indulges her inexplicable desire to run marathons.  Visit her at, or on Twitter @EliseLAllen.


WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you had the chance to erase your past and reinvent yourself as the person you’ve always wanted to be?  Would you grab it?  Would you stick with it, no matter what the consequences?

Cara Leonard always wished she could be one of  those girls: confident, self-possessed, and never at a loss for the perfect thing to say.  One of the Populazzi.

It always seemed impossible… but now could be her chance.

When Cara moves to a new school just before junior year, her best friend urges her to seize the opportunity and change her life… with the help of The Ladder.  Its rungs are relationships, and if Cara transforms herself into the perfect girlfriend for guys higher and higher on the Popularity Tower, she can reach the ultimate goal: Supreme Populazzi, the most popular girl in school.

The Ladder seems like a lighthearted social experiment — a straight climb up — but it quickly becomes gnarled and twisted.  And when everything goes wrong, only the most audacious act Cara can think of has a chance of setting things even a little bit right.

Interview with Elise Allen:

What is your writing process like?  Are you a plotter or a pantser?  Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer? 

My writing process is complete chaos.  I’m a plotter, but a rough plotter, and I’m not married to anything I plot.  When the characters morph and change and develop and tell me they want to do something other than I had in mind for them, I listen.

As for when I write, I have fantasies of an organized “writing time” each day, but it never works out that way.  I’ve never heard the term “spree writer,” but I love it!  It’s also very accurate.  I’ll fit in my writing whenever I can, but then I’ll take a whole day when my husband’s hanging with our daughter, plop my butt at a coffee shop, and not move for twelve hours while I write.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)

For me it’s the first draft.  Rewriting – even if it’s a page-one, rip-it-all-to-shreds-and-start-fresh rewrite – is fun and exciting, but that first draft… I have a horrible time getting what Anne Lamott calls Radio Station KFKD out of my head.  I’m always imagining someone staring over my shoulder and making gagging noises so loudly that I can’t hear myself think.

How do I get through it is a tougher one to answer, since I’ve yet to find that great, healthy solution that I’m positive is somewhere out there, taunting me with its elusiveness.  In the meantime, I battle it with boatloads of coffee, eardrum-shattering music blaring through headphones… and mass quantities of munchies.
We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island.  Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

1)    Snacks – ideally French fries and chocolate shakes, so she can dip the fries into the shakes and enjoy.

2)    A journal to vent about the drama she will undoubtedly encounter even when she’s all alone on an island.

3)    A small replica of the Liberty Bell and an ancient pack of Tastykakes.  I know it sounds odd, but it has major sentimental value.
If your story were a film, who would you cast?

I love this game!  And it gives me a chance to say that Populazzi has been optioned for a film, so fingers crossed we’ll be playing this game in real life.

For Cara, my lead character, I’d cast Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland.  She’s great with comedy, emotionally honest, and very likable.  And while she’s the beautiful, confident daughter in Modern Family, I believe she’d do a great job as the far less secure Cara, and get to show off a more vulnerable side.

Cara’s best friend Claudia is a whole pile of quirky, obsessed with all things Shakespearean and dramatic.  For her I’m very intrigued by Ashley Rickards, from MTV’s Awkward.  I think she could totally nail the role.

Archer, the guy for whom Cara falls hard, has to be charming, quirky, quick-witted and completely at ease … except when he’s trying to express his feelings for Cara, at which point he gets all tangled up in himself.  My dream would be Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire.  I get all melty just imagining him in the role; he’d have Cara and the rest of the world completely in love with him.

Nate Wetherill is the dark, brooding, guitar-playing DangerZone who makes Cara’s blood race.  There is no question in my mind that this should be Darren Criss from Glee.  Nate is a complete 180 from Blaine, but I know Criss could pull it off, and I think he’d have a blast with it.  Plus there’s the fact that between Glee and A Very Potter Musical,I have a mild obsession with Darren Criss, and working with him professionally would give me a legitimate reason to gush to him about his awesomeness.

Then there’s Trista, the Supreme Populazzi who has the whole school in the palm of her hand.  My dream pick?  Emma Watson!  I love her!  She’s gorgeous, self-possessed, and a terrific actress, plus sexy, devious Trista is a complete departure from Hermione Granger, so she’d get the chance to play way off type.

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?

Sure!  I’m doing a giveaway right now on my blog, and the winner gets a five-pack of books: Populazzi, plus one book from each of the four authors who blurbed it.  Check it out here:
Congratulations on your fabulous new release! 

Thanks so much, Lucienne, and thanks for hosting me on the blog!  I’m really excited about Populazzi coming out in paperback!
Book Trailer:

Is this a great cover, or what?  Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit sister Jennifer Echols has come out with a high-flying new adventure (SUCH A RUSH, Gallery/MTV Books, ISBN: 978-1-4516-5801-9), and I get a stop on her blog tour!  So, here’s a little info about the author and the book and an interview with Jennifer Echols.
Jennifer Echols is the wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story.  Now, Gallery Books is proud to publish her first hardcover novel SUCH A RUSH (Gallery Books/MTV; July 2012; $16.99), a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business–until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers–and the consequences could be deadly.

Engrossing and intense, SUCH A RUSH is a captivating adventure that is sure to keep readers soaring.

What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?
The older I get, the more of a pantser I become. As for my schedule, I get up at 4:30 in the morning for my optimum writing, and I have done that since I decided to make one more big push for publication, back in 2004.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? (For me, it’s copyediting and sour cream and onion chips.)
Because I’m a pantser, the hardest thing I ever do is write a synopsis for a book I haven’t written yet. It looks like I’m going to have to do that four times next year.Nothing helps me get through it. I feel like my soul has been jerked from my body, thrown in the road, and run over by a truck.

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?
My heroine Leah needs bottled water, copies of the magazine Plane & Pilot, and an airplane, because she can’t live without flying. I guess she will not be on this island long.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?
This is embarrassing to admit, but I have so much writing to do that I’ve pretty much stopped watching TV, except for science documentaries I let my son watch, and I don’t make it to many movies either. A lot of people ask me this question, so maybe readers could e-mail me with some suggestions!

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?
MTV has promised to give away copies of my book on Facebook, and I’m holding my breath for that!

Congratulations on your fabulous new release!
Thanks so much for hosting me, Lucienne!
You’re so welcome.  I hope SUCH A RUSH is a fabulous success!

I’m pleased today to have Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit sister Denise Jaden with me, talking about her new release NEVER ENOUGH, a young adult novel about the price of “perfection”.  New from Pocket Pulse, the novel has already garnered some wonderful praise:

“In her sophomore novel, Jaden (Losing Faith) offers an intimate and enlightened rendering of anorexia and bulimia…Loann’s fight against forces that might be beyond her control is both harrowing and inspiring. While Jaden does not provide simple answers for the problems presented, she dramatically illustrates the importance of speaking out and reaching out.”
—Publishers Weekly

“Denise Jaden’s Never Enough is honest, gut wrenching, and oh so beautiful.  It’s a book you can’t wait to share.”
—Eileen Cook, author of Unraveling Isobel and The Education of Hailey Kendrick

“Denise Jaden positively nails the love-hate relationship between two polar opposite sisters who share a single quest: the desire to be perfect, regardless of the cost. A compelling, often gut-wrenching coming-of-age novel, Never Enough will haunt you long after the last page.”

—From Jeannie Garsee, author of Before, After and Somebody In Between

I hope you’ll check it out.


What is your writing process like? Are you a plotter or a pantser? Do you schedule time to write each day or are you a spree writer?

I’m still finding my “perfect process,” but lately I am a plotter. A very loose plotter. I usually have a two or three page outline, including a couple of scenes and an ending. Then I launch right into drafting. My “scheduled” writing time often gets interrupted, but I do write every day, and usually use word count goals to spur me on. I’ve completed NaNoWriMo every year since 2007, and I love pushing through to make word counts and then being surprised by some of the good things I’ve written at the end of a month of crazy-writing.

What is the hardest part about the publishing process for you and how do you get through it? 

The hardest part of the publishing process for me is the editorial letter at the beginning, especially if it’s vague. I follow editorial advice much better when I can see it pointed out in my manuscript, so I always find it a huge relief when I get to the line-editing stage. I brew my own wine at home, and let’s just say the supplies start to dwindle when the editorial letter arrives.

We drop your hero or heroine on a deserted island. Quick, what are the three things he or she can’t live without?

Loann wouldn’t be able to live without someone to talk to, so I’d definitely give her a friend. Also, her camera and a hair tie.

If your story were a film, who would you cast?

If Kat Dennings was a little younger, she would make a PERFECT Loann. Daren Kagasoff would make a great Marcus, and I’d love to see AnnaSophia Robb as Claire.

Are there any contests or upcoming appearances/interviews/etc. you’d like to plug?

Yes! I’m having a celebration on my blog to go with my new book. I’m giving away lots of fabulous prizes! Anyone who comments on any of the GCC posts will automatically be eligible to win. There’s more information right here:

One quick thing before I move on – if you’re a fan and you can’t find Fangtastic in your local bookstore, I would love, love, love you to order it through customer service.  Reports are that though stock’s been bought for on-line distribution, people aren’t finding it in their chain brick & mortar store, which could change if enough people are heard.  Thanks so much!

Now, more interviews and more giveaways!  The great gals of the Girlfriends’ Cyber Circuit are hosting me in style (just the way my heroine would want it)!

Stephanie Kuehnert’s Women Who Rock Wednesdays (comment for a chance to win a signed copy of Fangtastic)

Sydney Salter’s blog (talking about vacation karma and other good things, also with a chance to win)

YA Fresh with Kelly Parra (research and what I wanted to be when I grew up)

Jennifer Echols’s blog (talking books)

Denise Jaden’s blog (who do I love?)

Gretchen McNeil’s blog (about anything from process to guilty pleasures)

Sara Hantz’s blog (about writing and inspiration)