August 24th, 2009

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I never thought I'd say this, but I'm writing a sequel! Simon Pulse will publish Endless Summer, the sequel to The Boys Next Door, in June 2010. Best of all (for me, anyway), it's told half from Lori's point of view and half from Adam's. I absolutely love YAs in that format. Here's the description:

Lori should have known better than to date a pirate.

After finally getting together and going out on their first real date, only Lori and Adam could manage to fall asleep—and wake up seven hours past Lori’s curfew. Their parents forbid them to see each other. So Lori takes it upon herself to date boys scarier than Adam until her dad gives in.

But Adam won’t play along. He’s afraid Lori might fall for these scary boys. And when she goes out with the scariest boy of all—Adam’s own brother and her ex-crush—even the threat of being sent away to military school can’t keep Adam from swashbuckling his way back into Lori’s heart.

Can this forbidden love stay afloat, or will it sink in the watery deep?


I want to thank everyone who e-mailed me or dropped me a line in my guestbook to say they wanted a sequel. I probably wouldn't have proposed this otherwise. I have a lot of fear that people won't like the second book as well as the first. On top of that, Return of the Jedi came on TV a few nights ago. Sheesh! Other people refer to running out of ideas in a series as jumping the shark, but I refer to this phenomenon as Ewoks. OMG I hate Ewoks. (Though The Empire Strikes Back was excellent, so maybe Return of the Jedi isn't even a good example. Maybe I should stop before I write the third book, not the second.) Anyway, so far so good. I'm having fun writing and making myself LMAO. Admittedly that is not too hard.

Then, MTV Books will publish Forget You in July 2010. Here's what it's about:

Zoey’s life in her Florida beach resort town is happy and organized. She’s the captain of her high school swim team, and she works for her dad at his popular water park. Then her dad has an affair with one of his employees, and her mother has a breakdown. But Zoey begins a committed relationship with a hot lifeguard, which makes her feel stable, even if things aren’t perfect at home. Everything is still under control.

Until she has a car accident that she can’t remember. She should have been with her boyfriend that night, but he doesn’t seem to know anything about the accident—and he doesn’t seem to care. The person who
does care, and knows more than he’s telling, is Doug, Zoey’s darkly handsome arch-enemy who saved her from the wreckage. As Zoey begins to piece together what happened that night, she finds her sense of control over her life was only an illusion. And she inches closer to discovering the darkest secret of all: why Doug has fallen in love with her.

This is book is written--all I have to do is revise. And THEN I need to write my novel for MTV books coming out in July 2011, which is just an idea in the back of my mind right now. Maybe I'll write the first 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo in November.

In the meantime, I still have not received my copies of The Ex Games, which will be in stores on September 8. But I assume the box will show up the next time it rains, and if you are a book blogger, I would love to send you a copy. E-mail me at echolsjenn at yahoo dot com with your mailing address and the web address of your blog, and I'll put you on my list.
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