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Around the Blogosphere

You can probably tell just how busy this month has been by the scarcity of my blog posts, so today's is a wrap up of various news from around the blogosphere that maybe I've tweeted or retweeted (you can find me here on Twitter), but not posted on the blog.

First, the new Knight Agency newsletter is out!  It's complete with an interview with the wonderful RITA-Award winning Rosemary Clement-Moore whose latest young adult novel,
Texas Gothic, releases July 12th from Delacorte.  You're also all cordially invited to chat with Rosemary on Thursday, June 23rd at 9 pm ET. We promise you pub talk, book giveaways and good times!

Details:
WHAT:
Chat with Rosemary Clement-Moore
WHEN: Thursday, June 23rd at 9pm ET
WHERE:
The Knight Agency Chat Room
HOW TO CHAT: Enter any combination of username and password. Login. Your computer must be Java enabled to chat.


You don't have to wait until next week to hear Rob Thurman in her Binwalla ("Epic Geeks Epic Radio) webinterview.  It's up now (at about 33 minutes and 45 seconds).  She talks on her blog about what to expect.

In other news, Diana Orgain has been over at Romantic Times Book Reviews recently about "Finding Time to Write."  She's the author of the Maternal Instincts mystery series for Berkley Prime Crime and mother of three, so she knows whereof she speaks!

Diana Pharaoh Francis, meanwhile, was interviewing over at Deviant Divas, taking about her Horngate Witches urban fantasy series.

I was over at Deborah Blake's blog talking about novel writing.  I'm also terribly excited to post a link here to the very first review I've seen my my urban fantasy novel Bad Blood, forthcoming in just eleven days from Samhain Publishing.  Fresh Fiction says,
BAD BLOOD is a wonderful read. The mystery keeps the reader engaged, the action makes the reader want to roll with the punches, and the romance makes the senses tingle. This is a great book to coil up with on a lazy Sunday afternoon.”

Last, but certainly not least, Janet Mullany gets a one-two punch of promotion for Jane and the Damned (as a Fresh Pick from Fresh Fiction) and for Mr. Bishop and the Actress from Unabridged Chick with a wonderful review ("A perfect summertime read for anyone who wants to giggle a great deal and sigh happily and escape the humdrum for a few hours.")

New Releases & New Info

First, I'm very excited to announce two new releases today - TOO WICKED TO LOVE by Debra Mullins (who is featured today at RT Book Reviews) and the reissue of THE LAST TWILIGHT by Marjorie M. Liu.

                                             

Quotes:
“Passion, intrigue, and heartfelt emotion--Debra Mullins delivers captivating romance!” -Tessa Dare

“Clever, romantic, passionate, and adventurous, Mullins’ latest is reading pleasure. From the dynamic beginning to the dramatic climax she balances suspense with sexual tension and readers will stay on their toes eagerly anticipating the satisfying ending.” -Romantic Times

Blurb:
Too wicked to love . . . but too tempting to resist!

Having already been deceived by a heartless fiancÉ, Genevieve Wallington-Willis knows better than to trust any man—which is why her attraction to John Ready is so very disturbing. Though devilishly handsome, he is far too mysterious—and a humble coachman, no less! But one inadvertent kiss and Genevieve is lost.

John dares not reveal his true identity to anyone or it's the gallows for certain! He must concentrate on clearing his name—and prevent the fiend who sullied it, the notorious Raventhorpe, from working his evil on another innocent victim. But being this close to the clever, courageous, and exquisite Miss Wallington-Willis is driving him to distraction. And surrendering to his desire—not to mention to love—may prove the most dangerous risk of all.


Quotes:
"No question, Liu is at the top of her game."  —Romantic Times, Top Pick!

"...the lush narrative style that has become Liu's hallmark will continue to thrill fans and should draw more readers to the fold."  —Booklist

Blurb:
Duty called Dr. Rikki Kinn to the Congo. One of the world's top virus hunters working for the CDC, she is on a mission to investigate a deadly new plague. But there are those determined to stop her—at any price.

Shape-shifter Amiri was born in this land of untamed splendor. Here he woke with the sun and raced as the cheetah . . . until he was kidnapped and subjected to terrible experiments by the evil Consortium. Now his colleagues and brothers in Dirk & Steele want him to return to Africa to face his nightmares. For a good woman has been targeted for death—a beautiful healer who holds the fate of millions in her hands, whose destiny is intertwined with his—and whose need leaves Amiri vulnerable, threatening his heart, his passion . . . and his soul.

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In other news, NYT Bestselling author Chloe Neill was interviewed last week by The Morning Blend.  Check her out!  Also, for those traumatized by HARD BITTEN, one of Chloe's fans did a wonderful "Twelve-Step Program," which she's posted on her blog.  Warning: spoiler alert.  You may want to catch up on your reading before checking out the blog.  It's well worth it!

In still other news, Beth Cornelison's Silhouette Romantic Suspense novel THE BRIDE'S BODYGUARD is currently on sale for $1.50 in mass market and $1.42 in it's Kindle edition.  Get it while it's hot!


Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Laurie Faria Stolarz

I'm very pleased to present a new Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Laurie Faria Stolarz for DEADLY LITTLE GAMES, the third novel in her Touch series for Hyperion.  You can check out the very awesome book videos for her previous books in the series, DEADLY LITTLE SECRET and DEADLY LITTLE LIES by clicking on their titles here.

DEADLY LITTLE GAMES by Laurie Faria Stolarz
ISBN-13: 9781423131601
Disney/Hyperion Books for Children

Synopsis:
High school juniors Camelia and Ben have discovered a powerful bond: they both possess the power of psychometry, the ability to see the future through touch. For Ben, the gift is a frightening liability. When he senses a strong threat or betrayal, he risks losing control. Camelia’s gift is more mysterious. When she works with clay, her hands sculpt messages her mind doesn’t yet comprehend. Before either one has a chance to fully grasp their abilities, a new danger surfaces, but this time, Camelia is not the target. Adam, a familiar face from Ben’s past, is drawn into a puzzle he can’t solve. . . and his life is on the line. As the clues pile up, Camelia must decide whether to help him and risk losing Ben or do nothing and suffer the consequences. But in these games,who can be trusted?

From DEADLY LITTLE GAMES:

With only a few minutes of class remaining, I close my eyes again, still picturing Adam’s mouth. I try to imagine what he would say if he knew what I was doing. Would he suspect that I was interested in him? Would he think it was weird that I remember so much detail about the moment that night inside his car? Would he tell Ben what I was up to?  I take a deep breath and try my best to focus on the answers. But the only words that flash across my mind, the ones I can’t seem to shake, don’t even address the questions at all. “You deserve to die,” I whisper, suddenly realizing that I’ve said the words aloud.

Interview with Laurie Faria Stolarz:

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
DEADLY LITTLE GAMES: C & B hve the ability 2 sense thru touch. Bef. either can grasp the ability, C is drawn into a deadly puzzle she cant solve.  In games like these, who can U trust?

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be? 
I’m actually vegan, so I wouldn’t want to be a dairy product at all, but I love how creative this question is.

What about your main character(s) and why? 

My main character would want to be a scoop of triple fudge chocolate ice cream, adding some excitement to her typically vanilla self.

Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novels? 
Trusting yourself, learning from the choices you make, and forgiving yourself for the past.

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

Still Missing
by Chevy Stevens.

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here? 
Yes!  In celebration of the release of DEADLY LITTLE GAMES, the third book in the TOUCH SERIES, I’m launching a very exciting contest, the winner of which will have a minor character in DEADLY LITTLE VOICES, the fourth book in the TOUCH SERIES, named after him or her.  Please see the official rules here.

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!

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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?

Reviews:
"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.

GCC Interview with Caridad Ferrer



WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE
by Caridad Ferrer
St. Martin's Griffin

ISBN: 978-0-312-65004-9, ISBN10: 0-312-65004-3,
Young Adult Fiction


I'm pleased to present the latest Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with
Caridad Ferrer about her latest YA release WHEN THE STARS GO BLUE.  Isn't this a gorgeous cover?  Want to know more?

About the Book:

A dancer driven to succeed.



A musical prodigy attempting to escape his past.



The summer they share.



And the moment it all goes wrong.



Dance is Soledad Reyes’s life. About to graduate from Miami’s Biscayne High School for the Performing Arts, she plans on spending her last summer at home teaching in a dance studio, saving money, and eventually auditioning for dance companies. That is, until fate intervenes in the form of fellow student Jonathan Crandall who has what sounds like an outrageous proposition: Forget teaching. Why not spend the summer performing in the intense environment of the competitive drum and bugle corps? The corps is going to be performing Carmen, and the opportunity to portray the character of the sultry gypsy proves too tempting for Soledad to pass up, as well as the opportunity to spend more time with Jonathan, who intrigues her in a way no boy ever has before.     

But in an uncanny echo of the story they perform every evening, an unexpected competitor for Soledad's affections appears: Taz, a member of an all-star Spanish soccer team. One explosive encounter later Soledad finds not only her relationship with Jonathan threatened, but her entire future as a professional dancer.

About the Author:

Caridad Ferrer is a first generation, bilingual Cuban-American, whose young adult debut, Adiós to My Old Life won the Romance Writers of America’s 2007 RITA® for Best Contemporary Single Title Romance as well as being named to the 2009 Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults list, awarded by the ALA. Her second novel, It’s Not About the Accent was released in 2007 with Publisher’s Weekly stating, “…this twisting book amply rewards readers.”

She has also contributed to the anthology, Fifteen Candles: 15 Tales of Taffeta, Hairspray, Drunk Uncles, and Other Quinceañera Stories. Her newest young adult novel, When the Stars Go Blue, is a contemporary retelling of Bizet’s Carmen, and will be released by Thomas Dunne Books in November 2010. Booklist calls it, “Beautifully written, with contemporary characters and an engaging story line.

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
A contemp. interpretation of Bizet's opera Carmen, w/a dancer,  musician, & soccer player, in a love triangle marked by passion & betrayal.

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?
Roaring Forties blue cheese because it's from sweet, smooth, sharp, and strong, all at once.

What about your main character(s) and why?
Hm. Soledad would be Greek yogurt because it's substantial and strong, yet smooth and soothing; Jonathan would be a cheesecake, because it can be both strong, yet fragile, and Taz would definitely be a rich, smooth dark chocolate dusted with sea salt because it's exotic and speaks of faraway places.

Do you think in themes?  If so, what’s the theme of your new novel?
I do-- if I had to summarize STARS as a theme, it would be that of dreams-- those you consciously have and those of which you're unaware until they happen to you.  Dreams without a name, I suppose.  

What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?
HEARTBREAK HOTEL by Anne Rivers Siddons which I discovered at the age of fourteen in my junior high's library.  It's a magnificent setting (1956 Alabama, just as the Civil Rights Movement is getting underway), with a wonderful lead character in Maggie, a properly bred southern belle who's nevertheless restless and knows there's something more, even though she's not consciously aware of it for much of the book.  On top of that, the language is just beautiful and evocative and I think was the book that made me really WANT to be a writer, even though I'd been writing and journaling my entire life.  

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here?
On the 1st of December I'll be blogging at the new group YA blog of which I'm part, YA OUTSIDE THE LINES and I'll be giving away a signed copy of STARS and a t-shirt that's a copy of one that plays a part in the book.  (http://yaoutsidethelines.blogspot.com/)

Halloween Bash - GCC Interview with Linda Gerber

Continuing the Halloween blog bash, I have a Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Linda Gerber, for her chilling new novel, TRANCE.



TRANCE by Linda Gerber
Speak * A Division of Penguin Young Readers Group *
October 14, 2010
ISBN 9780142414156
Ages 12 and Up


About the Book

Almost everyone has wished that they could take a glimpse into the future—but what if such visions came unbidden, and they only foretold danger? Linda Gerber weaves this idea into a chilling and satisfying young adult novel with TRANCE (Speak; 9780142414156; October 14, 2010; Ages 12 up; $7.99). Perfect for fans of Wake, Gerber’s latest paranormal thriller is a dark but addictive tale of one girl’s curse to unwillingly foresee future tragedies, and the debilitating toll that it takes on her present life—until she realizes that her unwanted power may be more of a gift than a curse.

Ashlyn Greenfield has always known when bad things are going to happen. Each time that familiar tingling at the back of her neck begins, she knows what’s to come—a trance. She’s pulled in, blindsided, an unwilling witness to a horrible upcoming event. But she’s never been able to stop the event from actually occurring—not even when the vision was of her mother’s fatal car accident. When soulful Jake enters Ashlyn’s life, she begins having trances about another car accident. And as her trances escalate, one thing becomes clear: it’s up to her to save Jake from a near-certain death.

Combining romance and suspense, Linda Gerber delivers a paranormal thriller that is unique in its ability to appeal to sci-fi and chick lit fans alike.

About the Author

Linda Gerber is the author of the popular Death by Bikini, Death by Latte, and Death by Denim as well as two books in the S.A.S.S. series. She lives with her family in Dublin, Ohio.


Interview with Linda Gerber

 

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):

“A fast-paced, heart-wrenching paranormal thriller. Trance is addictive.” – Lisa McMann, author of the best-selling WAKE series.

If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?

Graeter’s raspberry chocolate-chunk ice cream, because… well, why not?

What about your main character(s) and why?

Ashlyn -  string cheese, because she feels like her life is unraveling

Jake – cream cheese, because he’s smooth and versatile

Gina – Sour cream, because she's kind of saucy and she has a little bit of a tang to her

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

A person must trust to be trusted.

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

Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick. What would I give to write like that – and be a trend starter? Plus, if I was the author, maybe I’d get to meet the model on the cover as Patch!

Do you want to pimp any contests or other guest appearances here?

Two more days to go in the Trance Final Countdown contest. Up for grabs, a Sony Cybershot camera, an entire basket of YA supernatural fiction, and more. For rules and prizes,
check it out here.

GCC Interview with Lauran Strasnick

                                                        

Her and Me and You by Lauren Strasnick
Simon Pulse/Simon & Schuster, October 2010

I'm pleased to present the lastest Girlfriend's Cyber Circuit interview to celebrate the release of Lauren Strasnick's intriguing novel Her and Me and You.  I hope you enjoy!


Blurb

First love, broken friendships, and heartache all play a part in this evocative, voice-driven novel about Alex, a girl whose world is ripped apart when her father’s affair splits her family in two.

Alex moves with her mess of a mother to a new town, where she is befriended by hot, enigmatic Fred–and alternately flirted with and cold-shouldered by Fred’s twin sister, Adina. Others warn Alex to steer clear of the twins, whose sibling relationship is considered abnormal at best, but there’s just something about Fred–and something about Adina–that draws Alex to them and makes her want to be part of their crazy world, no matter the consequences.

“Strasnick’s slim second offering packs a lot into its short chapters: divorce, broken friendships, crushes, the lines between love and sex and more. Characterization, scenes, dialogue and setting are seamlessly distilled into so few sharp, image-rich phrases that the novel reads almost as if it were written in verse. Less is definitely more here, and readers are plunged into Alex’s physical and emotional world within three to four words. Although the plot moves swiftly, the author’s ability to capture Alex’s inner world in so few words give the novel depth and balance. Complex and thought-provoking.” –Kirkus

Interview with Lauren Strasnick

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):

Alex's parents split.  She moves.  Meets twins.  Messiness ensues!


If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?

This really runny goat’s milk brie that is just so delicious!


What about your main character(s) and why?

Alex would be something versatile but with bite: cheddar, maybe?  Fred would be smoked gouda (he’s rich & he smokes) and Adina would be clarified butter.  She really is that refined. 


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

Absolutely!  & I’d say this book is about obsessive relationships.  Co-dependency.  Clinging to something that’s no longer working.   Each “couple” in this book is facing something similar: Alex & Evie, Adina & Fred, Alex’s parents, too – no one here is having an easy time letting go.


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

The Secret History by Donna Tartt.  Absolutely brilliant.  Or maybe The Mysteries Of Pittsburgh by Michael Chabon?  Oh, or: The Basic Eight by Daniel Handler?  Ack!  I could go on and on…
 

Wherein I have so much to share I hardly know where to start

Wow, so much new and exciting, I hardly know where to start (and may be back to add during the day). 

Who doesn't like a good film, right?  More than Publicity has come up with another winning trailer, this one for Rob Thurman's hot new release, The Grimrose Path, sequel to Trick of the Light.  Check it out!



The fabulous Michele Lang is having a virtual launch party today over at Bitten by Books, talking about her incredible fantasy novel, Lady Lazarus, and giving away a $50 Amazon Gift card, an artisan-made "witchy" shell necklace and other goodies.  You can check it out here.  If you want to hear a bit about Lady Lazarus, click over to her feature on John Scalzi's Big Idea blog or...I've got Michele right here talking about it in a clip from our September 1st launch party in NYC at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art.  (More about that can be seen on Michele's site, in a slideshow on my character blog and write-ups from Romantic Times Book Reviews, SF Scope and the Long Island Romance Writers.)



I'm going to be at Bitten By Books myself tomorrow with my own virtual launch party (back to back with Michele, just like our releases Lady Lazarus and Revamped), giving away an 8G iPod Nano with a special fashion skin.  Gina (my fanged fashionista) would so approve!  If you RSVP today in advance of the event, you get an extra 25 entries...better chance to win the grand prize!.  In the meantime, I have a short silent film of my own, a recreation of "The Call" over at Diana Rodriguez Wallach's blog, which I had a lot of fun making and hope you enjoy.

GCC Interview with Kristina Springer




Reading level: Young Adult, ages 11+

Hardcover: 192 pages

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) (August 31, 2010)

ISBN-13: 978-0374399108


Blurb for My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours:
Seventh grade was supposed to be fun, but Tori is having major drama with her BFF, Sienna. Sienna changed a lot over the summer—on the first day of school she’s tan, confident, and full of stories about her new dreamy boyfriend. Toriknows that she’s totally making this guy up. So Tori invents her own fake boyfriend, who is better than Sienna’s in every way. Things are going great—unless you count the whole lying-to-your-best-friend thing—until everyone insists Tori and Sienna bring their boyfriends to the back-to-school dance.

 

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Interview with Kristina Springer 

Your novel in 140 characters (Twitter-version):
My Fake Boyfriend is Better Than Yours is about two 7th grade BFFs who get in a crazy and funny competition of the fake boyfriends.


If you could be any kind of dairy product, what would you be?
Iced mocha.


What about your main character(s) and why?
Ice cream—because she’s so fun!


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

No, but somehow my books end up with them.


What piece of fiction or non-fiction did you not write but wish you had?
Uh, Twilight? Just kidding. I can’t think of anything! I like to write what I want to write.

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Other works by Kristina Springer:
THE ESPRESSOLOGIST, *In stores now* from Farrar, Straus and Giroux

PUMPKIN PRINCESS, Fall 2011, Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Find her on:
Blogs: KristinaSpringer.blogspot.com, author2author.blogspot.com

Other: @TinaSpringer on twitter, facebook.com/KristinaSpringer