I'm doing a goofy dance (metaphorically) right now, because this week I'm hosting of my favorite authors (and people)--Jennifer Echols
Her new YA novel and first hardcover, Such a Rush
, is now out. Can you believe this amazing cover?
SUCH A RUSH
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.
Engrossing and intense, SUCH A RUSH is a captivating adventure that is sure to keep readers soaring.
PRAISE FOR SUCH A RUSH
"In short: a real page-turner! You'll love it if you're looking for a summer read that's loaded with drama….It's an emotional story--complete with funny, sarcastic characters and mean-girl confrontations--that you're sure to enjoy!"
"Such a Rush is another masterpiece by Jennifer Echols. As a long-time fan of her work I truly believe it would be impossible for her to write a story where I didn't fall deeply in love with the characters, the plot, and the setting. Truly a must read for anyone looking for a contemporary novel."
Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.
And now...my interview with the can't-sum-her-up-in-one-adjective Jenn!
We're always told to "kill our darlings." Do you have a short excerpt--a couple lines or a paragraph--that you'd care to share with us, something you love but just didn't quite make the cut.
You know, I really don’t kill much, just change it. I turned in this book at 80,000 words and it is now 97,000 because of stuff my editor asked me to add, so I’m pretty sure all the darlings are still alive.
Turn to page 99 of your current release: which word on that page describes your main character best, and why?
Trading--because Leah is constantly negotiating in this book, trading one thing she doesn’t value for another thing she wants, before finally realizing that she shouldn’t have to compromise.
What’s the most surprising book-related thing to happen to you in the last year?
I got embossing. This book is my first hardcover, and on the jacket, the title and my name are raised and shiny, which is expensive for the publisher to produce. They don’t give the embossing to just anybody you know. I GOT THE EMBOSSING. It is almost like having my book in Costco.
Do you have a quirk or detail in common with your main character (e.g., favorite food, habit, phrase)?
Leah and I both go after what we want and hold on until we get it--for her it’s a flying career, and for me it was a publishing career--but other than that, it’s amazing how different we are.
What’s your favorite place you’ve ever traveled for book research?
Nashville, for the current work in progress, my new YA romantic drama out this time next year called Dirty Little Secret. So excited about this one!
Speaking of travel, which do you like best: planes, trains, or automobiles?
Planes! In fact, I just visited the very cool Naval Air Station museum in Pensacola again and said hello to one of the characters in my book, the Stearman.
In the SHADE trilogy, Aura is the first of a generation that can see ghosts. If your generation could have a superpower, what would it be?
Video games. I will kick your ass at Centipede.
**[From Jeri: You would, because I suck at trackball. But your Arkanoid ass is MINE!]**
If you could bring any person back as a ghost so you could ask them about their lives, who would it be?
Jane Austen. I would pick her brain about how she came up with her ideas, what she was thinking when she put a novel together, and what she would have written next.
Big congrats to Jenn on her first hardcover, and best of luck with the release. SUCH A RUSH sounds like the best one yet!