December 23rd, 2011

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Laurie Stolarz!

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DEADLY LITTLE VOICES

Camelia Hammond thought her powers of psychometry gave her only the ability to sense the future through touch. But now she’s started to hear voices. Cruel voices. Berating her, telling her how ugly she is, that she has no talent, and that she'd be better off dead. Camelia is terrified for her mental stability, especially since her deranged aunt with a suicidal history, has just moved into the house. As if all of that weren't torturing enough, Camelia's ex-boyfriend, Ben, for whom she still harbors feelings and who has similar psychometric abilities, has started seeing someone else. Even her closest friends, Kimmie and Wes, are unsure how to handle her erratic behavior.

With the line between reality and dream consistently blurred, Camelia turns to pottery to get a grip on her emotions. She begins sculpting a figure skater, only to receive frightening premonitions that someone's in danger. But who is the intended victim? And how can Camelia help that person when she’s on the brink of losing her own sanity?

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

Laurie: I love book trailers. Here are a few from this series:

DEADLY LITTLE SECRET

DEADLY LITTLE LIES

DEADLY LITTLE GAMES

Jenn: How does this book fit in with your others? Is it part of a series, unrelated but the same sort of book, or a real departure?

Laurie: This is the fourth book in the Touch series.

Jenn: What’s the weirdest thing you were doing or the weirdest place you were when you came up with part of this book?

Laurie: Sitting in the dentist’s chair, getting my tooth drilled.

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Laurie: I just read Still Missing by Chevy Stevens. I couldn’t put it down.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Laurie: Deadly Little Lessons, the fifth and final book in the Touch series, will be out next fall. I’m currently working on the edits.

Thanks Laurie! For the latest on Laurie's books, check out her web site at www.lauriestolarz.com/.

Some lovely holiday surprises...

As you know, The One That I Want won't be out in paperback until February 7, but it's already available as an e-book. I wasn't given advance copies to send out, but several more book bloggers have posted very kind reviews. Read Sam, Read! says "the resolution to the plot was awesomeawesomeawesome--everything happened just the way I wanted it to, plus there were a ton of moments where I had to book down to squeal." Squealing is good. And the chicks at Rather Be Reading have declared this "Jennifer Echols week." I thought I was the only one who did that. You must check out their adorable review of The One That I Want with Estelle's majorette pictures, and their review of Going Too Far says Magan "never wanted the book to end!" Warms my heart.

I've also posted a little review of my own. Over on Kiss and Tell YA, I've written a guest blog about the magical book that made me want to be a writer.

As for my other book coming out in 2012, Such a Rush...well, that's what I'm revising. Today! And tomorrow! And Christmas! And Monday! It's due on Tuesday morning, and since I have it on the brain and several of you have asked me for a description, I thought I'd post the synopsis.

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Such a Rush

A sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

High school senior Leah Jones loves nothing more than flying. While she’s in the air, it’s easy to forget life with her absentee mother at the low-rent end of a South Carolina beach town. When her flight instructor, Mr. Hall, hires her to fly for his banner advertising business, she sees it as her ticket out of the trailer park. And when he dies suddenly, she’s afraid her flying career is gone forever.

But Mr. Hall’s teenage sons, golden boy Alec and adrenaline junkie Grayson, are determined to keep the banner planes flying. Though Leah has crushed on Grayson for years, she’s leery of getting involved in what now seems like a doomed business--until Grayson betrays her by digging up her most damning secret. Holding it over her head, he forces her to fly for secret reasons of his own, reasons involving Alec. Now Leah finds herself drawn into a battle between brothers--and the consequences could be deadly.

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That's the synopsis I wrote, anyway. The publisher always takes what I write and gussies it up for the back of the book. We'll know soon, because they're re-shooting the cover photo in the next few weeks. The copyedits and review copies will come soon after that, and the ball will be rolling.

Have a wonderful holiday, everyone, and think of me sneaking a few pages of revision between courses of homemade Thai food for Christmas dinner.