January 6th, 2011

Around the blogosphere and GCC Interview with Eileen Cook

Wow, today seems to be a huge day for posts and fabulous reviews for my authors' recent releases.  I just have to plug a few in my "News from Around the Blogosphere!"

-My debut author Vicky Dreiling does a great "Guide to Writing and Publishing a Novel the Accidental Way" for
Romantic Times on-line.  In addition, the fabulous Paige Crutcher from Examiner.com posted a wonderful review of Vicky's first novel, HOW TO MARRY A DUKE, calling it "an irresistible ride readers will return to again and again."

-Zombie Joe
reviews Diana Pharaoh Francis' awesome urban fantasy CRIMSON WIND for Wicked Little Pixie, calling it "a fast read full of excitement, action and sexual tension."  Let's hear it for sexual tension!  Also, yesterday Di guest-blogged at Urban Fantasy Investigations.  Check it out!

-Sarah A. Hoyt gets
five out of five slices of bacon for her excellent space opera DARKSHIP THIEVES from Anthony Pacheco.

-GRAVE WITCH, Kalayna Price's Roc debut, is on Bitten by Books' Weekly Book Chat.  I think you'll enjoy both the book and the author!

Karen Whiddon, author of the very popular Pack series for Harlequin Nocturne, guest blogged yesterday over at Paranormal Romance about "New Beginnings."

-Fantasy Book Critic reviewed Carol Berg's great epic fantasy novel, THE SOUL MIRROR, calling it, "A novel that stakes an early claim to my Top 10 list of 2011."

-Audible.com mentions Faith Hunter's new audio release in their latest promotion.  Her third Jane Yellowrock novel, MERCY BLADE, is now available for download.

Whew!  I think that's quite enough, but if there's anything I've missed, please be sure and let me know!

And now, I'm pleased to present the latest Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit Interview with Eileen Cook, whose new novel, THE EDUCATION OF HAILEY KENDRICK releases this week from Simon Pulse!

About the Book:
Hailey Kendrick always does exactly what's expected of her. She has the right friends, dates the perfect boy, gets good grades, and follows all the rules. But one night, Hailey risks everything by breaking a very big rule in a very public way...and with a very unexpected partner in crime. Hailey gets caught, but her accomplice does not, and Hailey takes the fall for both of them.

Suddenly, Hailey's perfect life--and her reputation--are blowing up in her face. Her friends are all avoiding her. Her teachers don't trust her. Her boyfriend won't even speak to her for long enough to tell her that she's been dumped.

They say honesty is the best policy--but some secrets are worth keeping, no matter the cost. Or are they?

"Hailey may be an A student headed to the Ivy League, but when it comes to taking a chance on life, she’s clueless. She’s also enormously appealing and great company throughout this breezy read. Yes, it’s chick lit, but of the highest quality—like a gourmet truffle. Cook has whipped up a real treat.” --Kirkus starred review

"Cook effectively builds both Hailey's (justified) feelings of rebellion and the social dynamics of her ostracism, especially in her growing friendship with a challenging townie, Drew, who supervises her punishment working with the janitorial staff....Cook coaxes considerable empathy for the otherwise privileged Hailey as she abandons the achievement treadmill to explore her independence." --Publishers Weekly

About the Author:
Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in six different languages. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer.  

You can read more about Eileen, her books, and the things that strike her as funny at www.eileencook.com.  Eileen lives in Vancouver with her husband and two dogs and no longer wishes to be anyone or anywhere else.

GCC Interview with Eileen Cook:

1) Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
When Hailey Kendrick loses it all she has to decide how much to risk to get it back- and if she wants it back at all.

2) If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?
It’s a good thing I’m not lactose intolerant. I might go with yogurt- I’m a bit off, have some culture and generally people like me.

3) What about your main character(s) and why?

Hailey would be dried powdered milk- prepared for any emergency.

4) Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novel?

I don’t tend to think in themes when I’m writing the book, but when I look back I suddenly realize that I had something I was trying to say.  With this book I was interested in looking at how what other people think of us shapes how we view ourselves and how we live our life. Sometimes it is only when that is all taken away can we decide who it is that we really want to be.  To Thine Own Self Be True.

5) What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?

I must read something every week that I wish I could have written. So many good books-so little time to read them all.  One book I loved this year was Sweetness At The Bottom of The Pie.  It’s a murder mystery set in 1950’s England and the main character is this young girl who made me laugh out loud a zillon times.