June 7th, 2012

The Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit presents Elana Johnson!

surrender newThe Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit is a web ring of YA authors. Check these posts for the latest releases!

Elana Johnson's work including POSSESSION, REGRET, and SURRENDER is available from Simon & Schuster wherever books are sold. She is the author of From the Query to the Call, an ebook that every writer needs to read before they query, which can be downloaded for free on her website. She runs a personal blog on publishing and is a founding author of the QueryTracker blog. She blogs regularly at The League of Extraordinary Writers, co-organizes WriteOnCon, and can be found on Twitter and Facebook.

She wishes she could experience her first kiss again, tell the mean girl where to shove it, and have cool superpowers like reading minds and controlling fire. To fulfill her desires, she writes young adult science fiction and fantasy.

SURRENDER is in stores now!

Raine has always been a good girl. She lives by the rules in Freedom. After all, they are her father’s rules: He’s the Director. It’s because of him that Raine is willing to use her talent—a power so dangerous, no one else is allowed to know about it. Not even her roommate, Vi.

All of that changes when Raine falls for Gunner. Raine’s got every reason in the world to stay away from Gunn, but she just can’t. Especially when she discovers his connection to Vi’s boyfriend, Zenn.

Raine has never known anyone as heavily brainwashed as Vi. Raine’s father expects her to spy on Vi and report back to him. But Raine is beginning to wonder what Vi knows that her father is so anxious to keep hidden, and what might happen if she helps Vi remember it. She’s even starting to suspect Vi’s secrets might involve Freedom’s newest prisoner, the rebel Jag Barque...

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

Elana: The book trailer:

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?

Elana Johnson Elana: SURRENDER is the second full-length novel in the POSSESSION series. There are two short stories as well. SURRENDER is a companion to POSSESSION, with new narrating characters in a new city in the world.

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

Elana: The shower. I get a lot of ideas while showering! TMI? Maybe…

Jenn: What good books have you read lately?

Elana: So many! CITY OF A THOUSAND DOLLS (Miriam Forster, coming in 2013) is fabulous. I really enjoyed it. GIRL OF FIRE AND THORNS by Rae Carson is also one of my favorites. BEING FRIENDS WITH BOYS by Terra Elan McVoy tops the list of amazing contemporary.

Jenn: What’s next for you?

Elana: I’m working on a sci fi thriller as well as dipping my pen into the contemporary waters—both of which are challenging me in ways I didn’t anticipate.

GIVEAWAY: Elana is hosting a Spectacular Seconds giveaway this week! You can enter to win one of five signed sophomore books by Beth Revis, Ally Condie, Veronica Roth, Kristi Cook, and Kim Harrington. CLICK HERE for all the details and to enter.

Up next on the Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit: Amanda Ashby!