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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.
About SUCH A RUSH:
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.

INTERVIEW WITH JENNIFER ECHOLS
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.

INTERVIEW with DENISE JADEN

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: http://denisejaden.blogspot.ca/2012/07/blog-tours-and-entries-and-prizes-oh-my.html

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)