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Friday, July 27, 2012

Fly Far, Far Away With GCC Member Jennifer Echols

Ever wish you could just fly off and leave everything behind? Now imagine you’re a teen who actually can fly her own plane, only she’s stuck doing the bidding of two teen brothers who may not have the best intentions. That’s the intriguing concept behind GCC member Jennifer Echols’s fun new book, SUCH A RUSH, published this month through MTV Books.

As always, here’s a little bit about her books to get you hooked:

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.

Here’s what Jennifer had to say:

Q: I've used some of my personal background in each of my novels. Did you take any snippets from your real life when writing your latest book? Base any characters on real people?

Jennifer: None of the characters are based on real people, but I have a lot of experience with pilots and small-town airports. My father is a private pilot who got his license when I was five years old, so I’ve spent a lot of time hanging out in a corrugated metal hangar and flying over the countryside.

Q: Where did the idea for you latest novel come from?
Jennifer: We were on a family vacation at the beach when my dad decided to go to the airport and watch planes take off and land, which is something he does regularly when the family vacation gets to be too much! My son and I went with him, and we sat in rocking chairs on the front porch of the airport office, watching the advertising banner planes take off, snag their banners, drop their banners, and land again. The whole process looks alarming and dangerous, and when my dad told me these pilots tend to be very young because they’re amassing hours to become airline pilots someday, I knew that was my next YA novel.

Q: Where were you when you found out that your latest novel was going to be published? Tell us the story.
Jennifer: This is my fourth novel in this genre with the same publisher, so we were just going back to contract. The negotiations went on and on over lots of phone conversations. In the end, we were able to sign a hardcover deal. I think the book is beautiful and I couldn’t be more pleased with how the images turned out.

Thank you, Jennifer! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books!

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Tick Off Your Sister With GCC Member Denise Jaden

Can you crush on your sister’s boyfriend and not piss her off? It seems like it would be long road back to sibling bliss, and that’s exactly what you’re going to find out in GCC member Denise Jaden’s new book, NEVER ENOUGH, published this month through Simon Pulse.


As always, here’s a little bit about her books to get you hooked:

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?

Here’s what Denise had to say:

Q: In ADIOS TO ALL THE DRAMA, Mariana is a bridesmaid in her cousin's wedding. How many times have you been a bridesmaid and what's the worst dress you ever wore? 

Denise: I think I’ve only been in one wedding, and that was for my best friend in high school. The dress wasn’t bad—for the eighties!

Q: I've used some of my personal background in each of my novels. Did you take any snippets from your real life when writing your latest book? Base any characters on real people?

Denise: I first started writing Never Enough because a good friend of mine was struggling with a severe eating disorder, and I wanted to understand her better. The older sister in the book is not based off of this girl, but there are definitely a few personality traits of hers that are similar. The love interest, Marcus, was loosely modeled after my best guy friend from high school, though our relationship was always completely platonic.

Q: Let's talk publishing. What was harder for you, finding an agent or an editor? Why?

Denise: Finding an agent was much harder for me. I queried three different manuscripts over several years. When Losing Faith was finally ready, the agent search went much quicker (about three months, I think) and finding an editor for Losing Faith was even quicker than that.

Q: Where did the idea for you latest novel come from?

Denise: As I mentioned, I had a friend with a severe eating disorder. The novel started out as more of an exploration of emotional stress than a story with a beginning, middle, and end, but I guess I’m a storyteller at heart, because it quickly developed into one.

Q: Where were you when you found out that your latest novel was going to be published? Tell us the story.

Denise: To be honest, I don’t remember much of the process of this latest book, mostly because the email came in during the flux of my debut novel releasing. My editor wanted to speak with me about some in-depth changes before making a deal, so it was a bit of a long process before I could actually say that the book was on its way to publication. The first time I announced it was at my launch party for Losing Faith, but even then, I think I had to tell people not to announce it online yet.

Thank you, Denise! Now, everyone go out and buy books, lots and lots of books! And be sure to check Denise's awesome book trailer:


   

 Also, leave a comment on my blog for a chance to win four boxes of books from Denise! Anyone who comments here will automatically be eligible to win. Here is the link to Denise’s blog post, which will tell you more about it.

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