Friday, July 20, 2012

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents...Jennifer Echols and SUCH A RUSH!

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA authors which I've recently had the great honor to join. Check these posts for the latest releases!
The GCC is back again this week with another perfect summer read.  This week, I'm so happy to be featuring none other than Jennifer Echols, and her newest romance, SUCHA A RUSH.  I'm just going to go ahead and declare this the Summer of Awesome Contemporaries right now.

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.
Praise for Jennifer Echols:
“Echols is a tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships between her characters.”—Romantic Times Magazine on GOING TOO FAR
"Emotional and expressive, Forget You is another intricately weaved romance from Jennifer Echols… a breathtaking ride into the world of teenage love and a perfect summer romance." –A Good Addiction on FORGET YOU
“Love Story is just as sexy as Echols’ other MTV books with the same level of intensity."
Books By Their Cover on LOVE STORY

Meet Jennifer:

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

And now, a peek into her writing world...

Do you have a pre-game writing warm-up? Something you do before you write to help get you in the right frame of mind?
I usually take a break and go for a run in the middle of writing, which is the best tool I know of to jog my brain out of a rut.
Is there a time of day you like to write best?
I get up at 4:30 to write. I am a morning person, obvs.
Where do you write most often? Do you have a picture you wouldn’t mind sharing of your writing space?
This is my screened porch on the back of the house. It’s on the second story, in the trees, and in the winter when the leaves have fallen, you can see the mountains.
What things do you always have on hand when writing? Special pens, notepads, snacks…
I create a calendar for the time span of the book, with notes about everything that happens on each day and what chapter that goes in, plus a list of all the characters’ names. Both of these documents are scribbled all over in red and pink pen and look like they have been left out in the rain by the time the book is done.
How do you stay focused when writing?
If I’m really having trouble, I go outside and write longhand--which is how I wrote my entire first two novels, because I didn’t own a computer.
What is your worst writing distraction/procrastination tool?
Twitter on my phone. Terrible. But I love keeping in touch with writing friends and book bloggers that way, so it’s worth it.
Describe your perfect writing day:
Theoretically, it’s a day like today. I have nowhere to go and nothing to do, and my husband and son are visiting relatives. But in reality, I miss them terribly, and if they’re not bursting into my office asking me what’s for lunch, I really don’t know what to do with myself. I think I may need the distractions to keep me motivated!
Thanks so much for stopping by Jenn!  Can't wait to read SUCH A RUSH!

Monday, July 16, 2012

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents Denise Jaden and NEVER ENOUGH

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA authors which I've recently had the great honor to join. Check these posts for the latest releases!

It's been a busy few weeks for the the Girlfriends!  Today, I'm so happy to be featuring Denise Jaden and her new YA contemp, NEVER ENOUGH.  I absolutely loved her debut LOSING FAITH, and can't wait to dive into this:

From the author of Losing Faith, a novel about two sisters and the eating disorder that threatens to destroy their family.

Loann’s always wanted to be popular and pretty like her sister, Claire. So when Claire’s ex-boyfriend starts flirting with her, Loann is willing to do whatever it takes to feel special…even if that means betraying her sister.

But as Loann slips inside Claire’s world, she discovers that everything is not as it seems. Claire’s quest for perfection is all-consuming, and comes at a dangerous price. And Loann is frightened she could lose the sister she’s always idolized.

As Claire increasingly withdraws from friends and family, Loann struggles to understand her and make amends. Can she heal their relationship—and her sister—before it’s too late?

"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

“A poignant, important book...Denise Jaden has created a cliché-free zone filled with hurt, heart, and personal strength.”
—C.K. Kelly Martin, author of I Know It’s Over and Yesterday
“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

"A poignant look at sisterly devotion and heartache, woven into a sweet tale
of first love and a girl coming into her own."
—Holly Cupala, author of Tell Me A Secret and Don't Breathe A Word

About Denise:

Denise Jaden spent her high school lunch hours trying to tame her frizzy/curly hair in the bathroom, or playing freeze tag in the drama room. She attended the theatre program at college, and then enjoyed a variety of occupations, including stage production, mushroom farming, and Polynesian dancing. The first draft of her debut novel, Losing Faith, was written in 21 days during National Novel Writing Month. This is her second novel. She lives just outside Vancouver, Canada with her husband and son. Find out more online at http://www.denisejaden.comor on Twitter: @denisejaden

Make sure you check these out, because Denise is hosting a mega book giveaway on her blog, and anyone who comments on this post is eligible to enter! It's linked up here!

And now, my favorite part, a peek into Denise's writing life...

1. Do you have a pre-game writing warm-up? Something you do before you write to help get you in the right frame of mind?
No, I pretty much just sit down in front of my laptop whenever I can find spare minutes to write. I’ve learned to be able to sit down in five minute shots and have truly productive moments. When I get stuck, I pace around my kitchen and dining room a few times and that seems to get my mind working again.
2. Is there a time of day you like to write best?
I really like to write first thing in the morning. Often when I’m first waking up, I get some great ideas that I want to work into my current manuscript. It’s always best if I can implement these right away, but often I have to wait until the afternoons to get any serious writing done.
3. Where do you write most often? Do you have a picture you wouldn’t mind sharing of your writing space?
I have an office, officially, but really it’s just our spare room with a teeny-tiny desk shoved into the corner. To be perfectly honest, though, I wrote Losing Faith at my kitchen table during my pre-office days, and quite often I migrate back there with my laptop.
4. What things do you always have on hand when writing? Special pens, notepads, snacks…
I used to crunch on baby carrots all the time while working until I learned they’re soaked in bleach. Yelch! Now I try not to snack, but more often than not, you’ll find a dark chocolate bar somewhere in the vicinity of my desk.
5. How do you stay focused when writing?
Believe it or not, Twitter helps. I’m serious! I tweet that I’m going to be working, sometimes I have a wordwar or challenge with somebody, and those are often my most productive times. I’m very goal driven, and once I say something (or type it in 140 characters or less), I stick to it.
6. What is your worst writing distraction/procrastination tool?
Twitter! Wait, does that work to answer this the same way? But it’s true. While it can be my best helper, it can also be my worst hindrance. There’s always someone fun to chat with on there.
7. Describe your perfect writing day:
My perfect writing day would involve my husband getting my son up and out of the house before I wake up. Then I could go straight from bed to my laptop, which would be ideal. After an hour or two’s work in the morning, I’d probably take a break, do some homeschool with my son, and ideally have another two hours to work in the afternoon. When my husband goes out of town, I also write a little in the evenings (a glass of wine is a nice bonus!) but I don’t think I’d want to write in the evenings every day.

Thank you so much for stopping by, Denise!  I can't wait to read Never Enough!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit Presents Jessica Brody

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA authors which I've recently had the great honor to join. Check these posts for the latest releases!

This week I'm so excited to welcome fellow contemp author, Jessica Brody!  Jessica's newest release, 52 REASONS TO HATE MY FATHER, hit the shelves last week, and sounds like the perfect fun summer read.  Check it out:

Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
“The #1 reason you’ll love this book? Because it’s tons of fun.”
-Bestselling author Meg Cabot
 “Famous and spoiled teenage heiress Lexington Larrabee could give the Kardashians a run for their money in this opulent and fast-paced story…sharp writing and over-the-top scenes will appeal to readers looking for a fun summer read.”
-Publisher’s Weekly
“This unusual riches-to-rags tale is fun and interesting…the mysteries layered throughout, as well as the depth of the main characters, draw you in. Lexi is an obnoxious but lovable character you’ll root for!”
-Romantic Times Book Review (4 Stars!)
 About Jessica:

Jessica Brody is the bestselling author of The Karma Club and My Life Undecided, as well as two books for adults: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. In researching this book, she took on several minimum wage jobs, her favorite of which was working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at:

You can also find her on:


Now let's find out a bit more...

1. Do you have a pre-game writing warm-up? Something you do before you write to help get you in the right frame of mind?
Yes, actually I have a whole SLEW Of things! First off, I can’t write at home. I have to write in a public place. Like a coffee shop. For some odd reason, all the stuff going on around me keeps me from getting distracted! I know, counter-intuitive, right? It’s when I’m alone in my office that I find SO many other things to do and think about!
Secondly, I have a really cool “white noise” track that I listen to. Despite the fact that I have to have people and things around me when I write, I can’t have any noise. (Writers are so weird!) So I found this track called “Waterfall Entrainment” and it’s nothing but a constant waterfall sound that goes “SHHHHHHHH!!!!” in my ear. I loop it and play it full blast.
And third, I ONLY drink coffee when I’m writing. I’ve actually managed to trick my brain to thinking that coffee equals productivity. Plus, limiting my caffeine intake makes the caffeine more effective. So as soon as that coffee hits my blood stream, I am ready to rock!
2. Is there a time of day you like to write best?
Definitely the morning. If I wait too long, I get bogged down with other stuff and I lose motivation. And then I’m like, “Eh, screw it! I’ll write double the amount tomorrow!” Which of course, I never do. So I like to write first the morning and get it done!
3. Where do you write most often? Do you have a picture you wouldn’t mind sharing of your writing space?
I’m on the road a lot so I don’t really have a permanent writing space. I try to find a coffee shop near wherever I’m staying and write there. Panera Breads and Corner Bakeries are always good reliable spots. But I’ve been known to write in some very strange places! I finished my most recent novel in the lobby of a LaQuinta near the Orlando airport at 4 am in the morning.
4. What things do you always have on hand when writing? Special pens, notepads, snacks…
Just the aforementioned coffee, white-noise track, and of course, my headphones!

5. How do you stay focused when writing?
I don’t allow myself to check email, Twitter or Facebook at anytime during my writing session. It’s way too easy to get distracted that way. I only write about 2-3 hours a day but those are 2-3 intensive hours of JUST writing. Nothing else. For me, it’s easier to just power through and not take breaks then to write on and off all day.
 6. What is your worst writing distraction/procrastination tool?
Basically ANYTHING that needs to be done in my house: Laundry, cleaning my office, organizing my desk, unpacking my suitcase. Which is why I always have to get out of the house if I want to get any writing done!
7. Describe your perfect writing day:
I love days when you sit down to write and the next thing you know, three hours have passed by and you’ve written 3000 words without even trying. Those are the best days!

That would be a DREAM DAY.  Thank you so much for stopping by, Jessica! Can't wait to check out 52 REASONS!