May 27th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Melissa Walker!



LOVESTRUCK SUMMER
by Melissa Walker


LOVESTRUCK SUMMER is the story of Quinn, an indie rock girl who came out to Austin, Texas for a music internship. She also plans to spend long, lazy days in the sun at outdoor concerts--and to meet a hot musician or two. Instead, she’s stuck rooming with her sorority brainwashed cousin, who now willingly goes by the name “Party Penny.” Their personalities clash, big time.

But Sebastian, a gorgeous DJ, definitely makes up for it. Sebastian has it all: looks, charm, and great taste in music. So why can’t Quinn keep her mind off Penny’s friend cute, All-American Russ and his Texas twang?

Sebastian is the kind of guy Quinn wants, but is Russ the guy Quinn needs? One thing’s certain: Quinn’s in for a summer she’ll never forget!

Jenn: In my book The Ex Games, Hayden has to overcome her fear of heights to make it as a professional snowboarder. What are your characters afraid of, and how do they conquer their fears?

Melissa: In Lovestruck Summer, Quinn is afraid of being stereotyped, but she ends up stereotyping everyone around her as a defense. A cute guy with a warm smile helps her open up... eventually.

Jenn: What has been your greatest fear as a writer, and how have you dealt with it?

Melissa: That I'm no good. Still dealing and crossing my fingers!

Jenn: In The Ex Games, Hayden goes head-to-head with her ex-boyfriend in a snowboarding challenge. Are you involved in any sports? How do you think being a woman has affected you as an athlete?

Melissa: I played tennis in high school, and now I do yoga. I've never really been a "team sport" girl, maybe because I'm afraid I won't be very good, and I don't want to disappoint others. Yoga's fun because I'm always better than the men in class, and I'll admit that's satisfying.

Jenn: For good or ill, I design my own web site. Who designed yours? What’s your favorite part of your web site that you wish more people would visit?

Melissa: My friend Paul made mine--he's great! I really love the blog best, because it's fun to put posts out and see how people respond. I love the readers I have, and of course I'd be glad to have more!

Jenn: What’s your favorite gizmo advertising your book?

Melissa: Great question! Not a gizmo, but a contest: For a chance to win Lovestruck Summer, plus 3 other great beach reads, you can go to iheartdaily.com/Harper2009.html.