May 31st, 2012

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Melissa Walker!

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Melissa Walker has worked as ELLEgirl Features Editor and Seventeen Prom Editor. She is the author of Small Town Sinners, the Violet on the Runway series, and Lovestruck Summer. Melissa manages the daily e-newsletter iheartdaily.com and handles blogging for readergirlz.com.

UNBREAK MY HEART is in stores now!

Summer will be the season for Melissa Walker fans to fall in love all over again. Unbreak My Heart is told in alternating chapters that chronicle the year that broke Clementine Williams’s heart and the summer that healed it. Inspired by Melissa’s own experience sailing with her family as a teen, this is the perfect beach read for fans of Sarah Dessen, Deb Caletti, and Susane Colasanti.

Usually Clem would dread the idea of spending an entire summer sailing with her family—two parents, one annoying little sister, and no internet, all on one tiny boat; however, right now escaping her life on land sounds pretty good. Clem did something bad during her sophomore year, even though she didn’t mean to. She fell for her best friend’s boyfriend and thought that he was falling for her too. Now the school year is over, the truth is out and he’s been excused while she’s been exiled, leaving her with no friends and zero social life.

When she and her family set sail the last thing Clem is looking for is another romance, but perhaps it found her anyway. His name is James. He’s cute, funny, and best of all, doesn’t know anything about her past. He and his dad are sailing the same route as Clem and her family for the summer and he's just the distraction Clem needs. Can he break down Clem's walls and unbreak her broken heart?

I snagged an advance copy of this book, and here’s what I say on the back cover! “A raw, real, and ultimately heartwarming discovery of what it means to be a true friend. Walker gets it exactly right.” It’s true! And now a few words from Melissa:

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

Melissa: I made a soundtrack for the book, and it inspired this giveaway from Bloomsbury (yay!)

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?

Melissa: Unbreak My Heart is a standalone book, but I like to think that all of my main characters are at a contemplative turning point, and that's certainly true for Clem.

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

Melissa: I was listening to an old mix tape from a very inappropriate boy for a lot of the writing process. It helped.

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Melissa: I loved Boy21 by Matthew Quick and 10 Things We Did (and probably shouldn't have) by Sarah Mlynowski. Both great in different ways!

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Melissa: I have a letter in Dear Teen Me, an anthology of YA authors writing letters to their teen selves, which is out in late October. And I've got another book in the works for 2013, but I'm keeping mum for now.

Jenn: Thanks so much for stopping by, Melissa. I hope everyone loves this book as much as I did!

Visit Melissa's web site at melissacwalker.com for the latest on her books, friend her on Facebook, or follow her on Twitter.

Up next week, Elana Johnson will be touring on the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit!