February 7th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Alyson Noel!


Sixteen-year-old Ever used to have two parents, a little sister, a dog, and a nice house in Oregon. She used to be a varsity cheerleader and go to school dances. But that was before the horrible accident that claimed the lives of her family.

Now Ever blares the Sex Pistols through her headphones and hides under her hoodie in class. She doesn’t need to listen to hear, or see to know. All she needs is to touch someone to know their entire life story, not to mention always seeing their auras and hearing their thoughts. She’s been branded a freak at her new high school in Laguna Beach as she goes out of her way to avoid human contact, but everything changes when she meets Damen Auguste.

From the moment Ever first looks at Damen, she feels an instant recognition. He is gorgeous, exotic and wealthy, and he holds many secrets. Damen is able to make things appear and disappear, he always seems to know what she’s thinking—and he’s the only one who can silence the noise and the random energy in her head. She doesn’t know who he really is—or what he is. Damen is equal parts light and darkness, and he belongs to an enchanted new world where no one ever dies, and nothing is as it seems…

Jenn: What would be the ideal spring break for some of your characters? The one they'd remember fondly for the rest of their lives?

Alyson: For Ever and Damen it would be a week in the mystical dimension of Summerland, just the two of them, no obstacles, no interruptions. Though I’m afraid it’s a trip they can only dream about.

Jenn: Do your characters go on any road trips? What are they looking for?

Alyson: Ever takes a mystical journey, which is kind of like a road trip right? Though she doesn’t go there on purpose. At least not the first time. Nor the second time either. But later, when she does head there on her own, she’s looking for answers.

Jenn: Describe your worst spring break ever.

Alyson: I missed out on the whole spring break thing—though I did live in Mykonos, Greece for a number of years where I witnessed all manner of crazy spring break type behavior—does that count?

Jenn: Describe your best spring break ever.

Alyson: I’m still waiting for it!

This is me in Kodiak, AK. And while we didn’t actually drive to get there—we drove around a good bit while we were there!!

New reviews!

Very kind reviews of Going Too Far are up at Flamingnet, Teens Read Too, Young Adult Romance Writers, Teen Book Review, The Book Obsession, and Sarah's Random Musings. The recent explosion of book review sites makes me so happy. It's neat to see that other people have a crush as big as mine on YA books. And I feel very honored that my book is part of the discussion.

I am out of advance copies of Going Too Far, but my editor tells me my author copies of the "real" book should arrive late next week. That's still a month before the book goes on sale on March 17. I will send my copies to reviewers until I run out. If you write a book blog and you'd like a copy for review, just e-mail me at echolsjenn at yahoo dot com with your snail-mail address and the web address of your blog.

In other news, my critique partner Vicki got the cover for her August book:

Vicki's covers always feature her heroes and heroines Nekked or Headed In That Direction, and this one is no exception. But this cover really conveys that the hero and heroine are childhood friends, and they're in love from the beginning. The heroine looks like she's saying, "Yes, I DO want you to undress me, but let's just stop a moment and let me hug you because I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!" Awwww.