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Thursday, January 06, 2011

Today, I'm (or rather, my sweetheart of a husband) is posting a Girlfriends' Cyber Circuit interview with Eileen Cook about her new book, The Education of Hailey Kendrick

Me: Tell us about your book in ten words or less!

Eileen: Popularity – Big Mistake + Risk x Two Boys = Whole New Life

Me: What's the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Eileen: Years ago a writing teacher encouraged me to send my work in for possible publication. I told her I was afraid because of the possible rejection. She told me “I hate to tell you this, but you are already not published. The worst thing that will happen is that you still won’t be published.” I decided then that I would far rather fail (or be rejected) than to never have tried at all.

Me: What do you wish you'd known about being published/publishing before your book/first book came out?

Eileen: Imagine my shock and dismay that I was not contacted by Oprah or the Today show. There was no parade in my honor. When I entered bookstores trumpets did not blare to announce my arrival. I had wanted to be a published author for so long that I expected it to be a life changing, earth shattering moment, but for the most part life just went on. The dogs still need to be walked, laundry to do and a whole new book that needed to be written.

Me: What's the last book you read that you loved so much you had to tell everyone about it?

Eileen: I loved The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie. It’s a murder mystery set in 1950’s England with a main character that made me laugh out loud. I did that annoying thing where I would stop every few pages and then pause to read “this really good bit” out loud. My husband eventually told me it was like living with the audio book version.

Me: I hear you have a book to give away...

Eileen: I do! I’m happy to give away a signed copy of the book (US addys only please)

Me: Great! And to sweeten the pot, I'm give the winner of Eileen's book an ARC of Across the Universe AND a copy of Melissa de la Cruz's new Blue Bloods novel, Bloody Valentine as well. (What can I say? You all deserve loads of books!!)

For your chance to win, leave a comment telling me what young adult novel YOU can't wait to read in 2011 by midnight EST on Tuesday, January 11th.

And finally, my no-longer very random bonus question: What your favorite salad dressing?

Eileen: I’m rather partial to blue-cheese dressing.

Many thanks to my husband for typing all this up and posting it--and for telling me that I will get better when I'm scared I'm never going to be!


Blogger jpetroroy said...

I can't wait for Judy Blundell's No Strings Attached

jpetroroy at gmail dot com

January 06, 2011 3:02 PM  
Blogger Christi said...

Just one? Bumped by Megan McCafferty. Although I really am waiting for a ton more, that's the first one that popped into my head!

January 06, 2011 3:10 PM  
Blogger Allison said...

I can't wait to read City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare.


January 06, 2011 4:56 PM  
Blogger Yan said...

i'm waiting for What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen! :D


January 06, 2011 5:19 PM  
Blogger erica and christy said...

I'm lucky enough to know Gae Polisner, who's book The Pull of Gravity comes out in May and I absolutely can't wait.

January 06, 2011 6:19 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

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January 06, 2011 7:36 PM  
Blogger Christa said...

I'm really looking forward to the next book in the Maze Runner Series by James Dashner... and Delirium by Lauren Oliver & Falling Under by Gwen Hayes and... : )

I love books.
Thanks for the giveaway.
ambience.of.rain {at} gmail.com

January 06, 2011 7:38 PM  
Blogger Bookworm1858 said...

My number one YA read for 2011 (after Between Here and Forever and As I Wake, of course!) is Wither by Lauren DeStefano-the cover is just so gorgeous!

January 06, 2011 7:53 PM  
Blogger Mismikado said...

I'm super excited for Sarah Dessen's latest "What Happened to Goodbye" :)

And get feeling better Elizabeth! I hate it that you've been so sick so long :( I'd love to send you a get better care package if you have some requests...

January 06, 2011 7:59 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare; I'm so glad she's decided to explore Simon's story as a Marked vampire now. :)

January 06, 2011 8:19 PM  
Blogger The Lovely Reader said...

It makes me really glad to see a new post here. Hope you feel better soon!

I can't wait for Defiance by Lili St. Crow, another Strange Angels novel. What can I say? I'm in love ;)

barbrafl737 (at) yahoo (dot) com

January 07, 2011 7:27 AM  
Blogger Cambria Dillon said...

Tough question! There are so many good books coming out this year. But I'm really excited for Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann to come out. It looks so fantastically creepy!

January 07, 2011 9:24 AM  
Blogger Pam Harris said...

Wow, they're SO many books I can't wait to read this year. Just to name a few: Across the Universe, Divergent, and Like Mandarin.


January 07, 2011 10:10 AM  
Blogger Brenny said...

I'm waiting for a few, but "The education of Hailey Kendrick" was right at the top of my list.

Also "Wishful Thinking" by Alexandra Bullen and "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis.

January 07, 2011 11:15 AM  
Blogger Jess Day said...

I'm most excited for Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley, although Across the Universe is definately on my to-read list.
bookgeeksrule AT gmail DOT com

January 07, 2011 1:53 PM  
OpenID kellyallanwriter said...

I absolutely CANNOT wait for Sarah Dessen's WHAT HAPPENED TO GOODBYE. I love love love her!


January 07, 2011 4:04 PM  
OpenID kathleenliz said...

OMG I have so many! Human .4 by Mike Lancaster, Outside In by Maria V. Snyder, and Ultraviolet by RJ Anderson!

January 07, 2011 11:27 PM  
Blogger Monica said...

Wither by Lauren DeStefano. AWESOME cover, sounds like a good story line. It's been super hyped so I hope its really good because I so want it to be.

January 08, 2011 10:45 AM  
Blogger Alatariel said...

I cannot wait for Crossed, the sequel to Ally Condie's Matched. I'm going crazy that I'm going to have to wait until November, but it'll be worth it! :)

alatarielsunrise (at) gmail. com

January 08, 2011 4:55 PM  
Blogger Miranda said...

What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen
I can't wait!

January 08, 2011 11:07 PM  
Blogger Tess said...

Oh my! Did you mean only ONE book? There are just so many! I'll try to narrow it down, but no promises.

~Secrets and Shadows (13 to Life #2) by Shannon Delany
~Desires of the Dead (The Body Finder #2) by Kimberly Derting
~Invincible (Chronicles of Nick #2)
~Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms #3) by Kristen Cashore

Thanks so much for the opportunity! My email: lettucebeinsane[at]gmail[dot]com

January 09, 2011 10:47 AM  
Blogger Audrey (holes In My brain) said...

I definitely can't wait for The Death Cure by James Dashner!! :)

January 09, 2011 7:17 PM  
Blogger NiaRaie said...

I can't wait for Dessen's "What Happened to Goodbye."

January 09, 2011 11:24 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

I'm very excited about Perfect by Ellen Hopkins!


January 10, 2011 9:22 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

Wow, this is a tough question. I have about 40 books in my Books 2011 wish list.

I am anticipating Entwined by Heather Dixon, her first novel.

I love the Blue Bloods novels too! I just received Bloody Valentine in the mail.

OH! I cannot WAIT for Ally's Carter's new Heist Society book and as well as future Gallagher Girls books.

January 11, 2011 12:44 AM  
Blogger Brenny said...

I am adding my email to my comment this time:

I'm waiting for a few, but "The education of Hailey Kendrick" was right at the top of my list.

Also "Wishful Thinking" by Alexandra Bullen and "Across the Universe" by Beth Revis.

blrcasey AT gmail DOT com

January 11, 2011 10:49 AM  
OpenID yanisayz said...

looking forward to reading delirium, love dystopian novels!

January 11, 2011 3:09 PM  
Blogger Hannah S. said...

Ooh! I saw the cover story on Melissa Walker's blog, and this made me even more excited. :)
I'm really looking forward to Cryer's Cross by Lisa McMann, Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter, and Sweetly by Jackson Pearce! And there's so much more!

Thanks for the opportunity!
xoxosweeet at yahoo dot com

P.s. Get better soon!!!!!

January 11, 2011 6:28 PM  
Blogger Megg said...

Bitterblue (The Seven Kingdoms #3) by Kristen Cashore!

Graceling was one of the first YA books I remember reading... and liking.

megl3runner at gmail.com

January 17, 2011 11:26 AM  

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