April 4th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents April Henry!

Thanks to everyone who came out to my booksigning yesterday! It was lots of fun, and I really appreciate that you took the time out of your day to stop by. Special thanks to the Little Professor Book Center for hosting me, and to Polly and Melanie for telling their friends about my book.

New reviews of Going Too Far are up at Not So Closet Geeks, Smart Bitches Trashy Books, About Books, and Look at That Book. I’m grateful to all of you for giving the book a read! There’s also a new interview with me at Reviews of Young Adult Literature in case you just can’t get enough Jennifer-y goodness, and they’re giving away a signed (by me, even!) copy of Going Too Far here.

Well, enough about Going Too Far and Meg’s spring break. Let’s hear about April Henry’s!

TORCHED by April Henry

When Ellie’s parents are busted for possession of marijuana, the FBI gives her a choice: infiltrate the Mother Earth Defenders (MED), a radical environmental group, or her parents will go to jail. At first Ellie is more than willing to entrap the MEDics, but the more time she spends undercover—particularly with Coyote, the green-eyed MEDic that she can’t stop thinking about—the more she starts to believe in their cause. When talk turns to murder, Coyote backs out, but Ellie is willing to risk everything to save her family—even if it means losing Coyote and putting her own life on the line.

April Henry, author of the acclaimed YA thriller Shock Point, pulls an issue straight from the headlines as she deftly explores what happens when good intentions get out of hand. With the environment a hot topic, this blend of explosive action and romance will make Torched a must-read for all suspense lovers.

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?

April: I think Ellie would love to go to Hawaii with her friends and spend her days eating tropical fruit, snorkeling, and lying in the sun. (And if she doesn’t want to go, I hereby offer to take her place!)

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

April: In Torched, they go to Central Oregon to make tree sits to try to protect lynx that may have moved back into Oregon. Living in a tree is probably the most bare-bones road-trip ever. You have to go to bathroom in a bucket.

Jenn: Describe your worst spring break ever.

April: Stuck at home with my parents when I was a college sophomore and felt I was way too cool and sophisticated to be with them. Plus it rained the whole time. I had sort of imagined I might be able to work on my tan.

Jenn: Describe your best spring break ever.

April: Two years ago, our family went to Europe during my daughter’s spring break. It was a magical time for us as individuals and for us as a family. The best part were the Cinque Terra, five villages nestled in the cliffs above the Mediterranean. It was gorgeous and glorious and the food was divine. Fresh fish, wonderful pasta, and the slopes were filled with olive and lemon trees.

This is my daughter and me walking down the streets of Vernazza.

Thanks for the interview, April! Read more about April and her books at aprilhenrymysteries.com.
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