Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Winner and GCC Tour: THE NAUGHTY LIST by Suzanne Young

The winner of Anna Jarzab's ALL UNQUIET THINGS is: M

Please send your mailing instructions to gerb (@) lindagerber (.) com and we'll get that sent out to you. Everyone else, come on back this Friday for another Freebie with debut author Jen Nadol and a chance to win THE MARK.

What's up this week?

LOST! (And I am even more lost after last night's season opener.)

Amazon vs. MacMillan
Not cool, Amazon, to remove the buy buttons for MacMillan books. Your fight is with the publisher but you're punishing the authors.

BONUS GCC INTERVIEW! It's GCC tour time with Suzanne Young, author of THE NAUGHTY LIST!

About Suzanne: Suzanne Young is a brilliant scientist. Not really. But she is a former middle school teacher turned zookeeper (mother). When Suzanne's not fending off zombie squirrels or narrating her daughter's Barbie soap operas, she can be found camping on the Oregon coast or writing obsessively.

Suzanne is the author of The Naughty List series about a group of cheerleaders who investigate cheating boyfriends. Which Suzanne never did. Or at least, not that you can prove.

Also! Suzanne just announced the sale of an upcoming book, A NEED SO BEAUTIFUL "in which a 17-year-old discovers that by performing the good deeds that her body compels her to, she will disappear into the Light and be forgotten, but by fighting "the Need," her fate could be even more dire." Sound cool or what?


As if being a purrfect cheerleader isn’t enough responsibility! Tessa Crimson’s the sweet and spunky leader of the SOS (Society of Smitten Kittens), a cheer squad–turned–spy society dedicated to bringing dastardly boyfriends to justice, one cheater at a time. Boyfriend-busting wouldn’t be so bad . . . except that so far, every suspect on the Naughty List has been proven 100% guilty!

When Tessa’s own boyfriend shows up on the List, she turns her sleuthing skills on him. Is Aiden just as naughty as all the rest, or will Tessa’s sneaky ways end in catastrophe?

The Naughty List. Is your boyfriend on it?

(Series book release dates: The Naughty List-2/4/10, So Many Boys-6/10/10, A Good Boy is Hard to Find-10/2010 )

The interview:

What inspired you to write The Naughty List?
Ninja Cheerleaders. Then it evolved into a secret society who investigated cheating boyfriends… something I could have maybe used in high school.

Have you ever done the things your characters do in your books?
What? You mean like spy on a boyfriend, or sneak in his window at night, or get in a physical altercation with a girl that I think is trying to steal my boyfriend because she is a—oh. I mean. No. I haven’t.

Have you ever had a premonition? What happened?
I’ve had dreams, but never anything really cool. Sometimes I get a feeling that something will
happen, but usually it’s just simple stuff like things being dropped.

If you could hang out with any literary character, who would you choose and why?
Hm… I wouldn’t mind meeting Dexter from This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen. He’s dreamy.

Are you superstitious in any way?
HAH! I am SO SUPERSTITIOUS. In fact, if I’m not wearing the right jersey while watching ESPN, I’m convinced my basketball team will lose.

Do you have any special writing rituals or totems to connect with your muse?
Do Reese’s Pieces count?

What's one thing most people don't know about you?
I used to be in the Speech and Debate club in high school. And I was pretty good at it!

What are you working on now?
I’m working on book 3 in the Naughty List series. It’s called A Good Boy is Hard to Find.

You can read more about Suzanne on facebook or her blog and you can follow the ninja cheerleading squad here.