Friday, July 29, 2011

GCC: Love Story by Jennifer Echols

Okay, so up today, I'm hosting Jennifer Echols, a Girlfriend on the Cyber Circuit, with her new book! Make sure you come back to my blog on Monday, where I'm hosting one leg of the most fabulous YA Scavenger Hunt you'll ever see! There will be an author here. Something secret and exclusive. And the chance to win about a billion amazing prizes!

And now onto the interview with Jennifer.

JENNIFER ECHOLS is the author of teen romantic dramas for MTV Books and teen romantic comedies for Simon Pulse. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her family. Please visit her online at

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Always. I did have other early interests--I loved to paint, and my first major in college was music--but even before I was an English major, I thought I would write a novel someday.

What made you decide to go that “extra step” and seek publication?
During the Civil Rights Movement, my grandmother wrote beautiful short stories about the changes the Deep South was going through. She sent one of these to the New Yorker, and when she got rejected, she never submitted any of her work again. She was a terrific role model. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t be a writer like her. But I also knew that her writing *could* have been published if she hadn’t given up so soon. I vowed not to take no for an answer. (Brilliant!)

Quick! You’ve been chosen to go on Survivor. What luxury item do you take?
My Kindle! I can access Wi-Fi to download more books, right? (Uh, yeah, I think so...)

And the most important of all: bacon or chocolate?
Chocolate, but I would not turn down the bacon either. (Yesss!)

The Twitter version: tell us about your book in 140 characters or less:
Erin is writing about Hunter for creative writing class. Hunter is writing about Erin. And everybody is reading between the lines.

From Jennifer Echols, the award-winning author of Going Too Far and Forget You, comes LOVE STORY (Gallery Books; July 19, 2011; $11.00), a provocative and powerful story of teen romance, set against the bustling world of a New York City university.

For Erin Blackwell, majoring in creative writing at the New York City college of her dreams is more than a chance to fulfill her ambitions – it’s her ticket away from the tragic memories that shadow her family’s racehorse farm in Kentucky. But when she refuses to major in business and take over the farm herself someday, her grandmother gives Erin’s college tuition and promised inheritance to their maddeningly handsome stable boy, Hunter Allen. Now Erin has to win an internship and work late nights at a local coffee shop to make her own dreams a reality. She should despise Hunter… so why does he sneak into her thoughts as the hero of her latest writing assignment?

Then, on the day she’s sharing that assignment with her class, Hunter walks in. He’s joining her class. And after he reads about himself in her story, her private fantasies about him must be painfully clear. She only hopes to persuade him not to reveal her secret to everyone else. But Hunter devises his own creative revenge, writing sexy stories that drive the whole class wild with curiosity and fill Erin’s heart with longing. Now she’s not just imagining what might have been. She’s writing a whole new ending for her romance with Hunter… except this story could come true.

I love the sound of this book, especially the "Everybody is reading between the lines." Isn't that so how life is?

I've added this one to the list, and hopefully you will too.


T. Powell Coltrin said...

I'm with Jennifer, chocolate please but also (please) offer me bacon.

Jennifer, your book looks like a great read. Elana, you're a great host.

Donna K. Weaver said...

What an embarrassing premise. And intriguing.

Theresa Milstein said...

I'm still waiting for more people to say Bacon. Not chocolate. And not bacon and chocolate. Still, bacon is getting a little love here.

As if reading in front of the class weren't embarrassing enough...

Great premise!

Stina said...

Have the book (and all her other ones, including some not mentioned). Yep, I'm a huge Jennifer Echols fan.

Anonymous said...

Wow. This does sound good!!! :) Happy FRIDAY!

NiaRaie said...

This book sounds so good!

Donea Lee said...

Hi Elana and Jennifer! Sounds like a fun book - who didn't write fantasies about boys in HS? :) But, to have them come true? Nice.

Jemi Fraser said...

What an intriguing premise for a book - love it! :)

Leslie S. Rose said...

My family is from Kentucky, and my daughter is a creative writing major in college - how can I not read this book? Thanks for the discovery.

Unknown said...

This book certainly does sound intriguing!

Jessie Humphries said...

You have been doing a great job of getting word out about this book Jennifer. It seems like I am hearing about it everywhere. And it sounds great.

ali cross said...

I LOVE her twitter pitch!! Now I totally want to read ......

Ishta Mercurio said...

"Everybody is reading between the lines."

This sells it! Sounds like a great read. Thanks for the interview!

Jennifer Echols said...

Thank you so much for the post, Elana, and everybody for your support! Ishta, I think that is a brilliant line too and I wish I had come up with it, but that is from the brilliant marketing folks at MTV Books.

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