November 20th, 2009

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Laurie Stolarz!

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BLACK IS FOR BEGINNNINGS

The BLUE IS FOR NIGHTMARES series that put a spell on more than half a million readers continues – in graphic novel format! Prophetic nightmares. Near-brushes with death. Killers pursuing her and her friends. Stacey Brown knows that being a hereditary witch isn’t all it's cracked up to be.

All she really wants to do is work things out with Jacob and figure out what to do with the rest of her life. But before Stacey and Jacob can have a future, they must face their pasts. BLACK IS FOR BEGINNINGS reveals the never-before-seen backstory - and what lies ahead - for the young, spellcasting lovers.

BLACK continues the harrowing adventures of Stacey and Jacob in the wake of Jacob's brush with death. Ever since he lost his memory, Jacob hasn't been able to remember Stacey - his own soul mate. He leaves Massachusetts, returning to his childhood home in Colorado, hoping to jog his memory. What he remembers is Kira, his ex-girlfriend. As Jacob works to piece together his past, will there be room for Stacey in his future?

DEADLY LITTLE LIES

Last fall, sixteen-year-old Camelia fell for Ben, a new boy at school who had a very mysterious gift – psychometry, the ability to sense the future through touch. But just as Camelia and Ben's romance began to heat up, he abruptly left town. Brokenhearted, Camelia has spent the last few months studying everything she can about psychometry and experiencing strange brushes with premonition. Camelia wonders if Ben's abilities have somehow been transferred to her.

Ben returns to school, but he remains aloof, and Camelia can't get close enough to share her secret with him. Camelia makes the painful decision to let him go and move on. Adam, the hot new guy at Knead, seems good for her in ways Ben wasn't. But when Camelia and Adam start dating, a surprising love triangle results. A chilling sequence of events uncovers secrets from Ben’s past – and Adam's. Someone is lying, and it's up to Camelia to figure out who – before it's too late.

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?

Laurie: My characters are afraid of getting too close for fear of hurting the ones they love.

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

Laurie: I sometimes fear that no one will show up at my signings. To conquer this fear, I almost always have a spread of baked goods and/or candy at my events. This way, even if people aren’t interested in my work, they can grab a snack and check things out. Another way to conquer this fear, team up with another writer to do a signing together.

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?

Laurie: I like to play tennis, do dance-aerobics, and do yoga and Pilates. I’ve never been a big athlete, per se--I much prefer non-aggressive sports, so being a female has affected me as far as sports go.

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?

Laurie: Chloe Weil designed my website and now the fabulous and talented Little Willow at Rock the Rock Web Design maintains it. I wish more people would visit Stacey’s page and Camelia's page.

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

Laurie: I love my booktrailers for Blue is for Nightmares, Bleed, Project 17, and Deadly Little Secret

Laurie, thanks so much for spending Friday with us!