Interview with Claire Legrand, Author of Winterspell

Interview with Claire Legrand, Author of Winterspell

Interview with Claire Legrand, Author of Winterspell

THE PJV: Thank you for the interview, Ms. Legrand. I have to start out by saying I’m a big fan of The Nutcracker and when I read the synopsis of your book, I was a little apprehensive. I mean The Nutcracker…but wow. I love when that happens. What inspired you to take this sweet battle of gingerbread men and mice and turn it into the steampunk, dark, young adult novel that it is?

Claire Legrand: The story of The Nutcracker already has quite a bit of darkness to it. I mean, maybe it’s not so obvious when you go see your local dance school’s annual production at city hall or whatever, where everything’s all sparkly tutus and cute little kids dressed up as mice. I mean, let’s think about this—we’ve got a mysterious uncle/godfather who wears a cape and is kind of obsessed with his goddaughter. We’ve got GIANT MICE and a giant, SEVEN-HEADED MOUSE KING (this is in the original fairy tale, by the way). And we’ve got a toy who comes to life—ostensibly to save the day, but really? A toy who comes to life? YOU JUST NEVER KNOW.

So, all things considered, I was really just drawing upon creepiness already present in the story!

Did you find yourself restricted by writing within the confines of the story of The Nutcracker?

Claire Legrand: The great thing about The Nutcracker is that the story is so vague on the details. So Clara gets a nutcracker for Christmas—or finds it, in some productions of the ballet. He comes to life (how?) to fight giant mice (why?), and Clara helps him by delivering the killing blow with her slipper (seems legit). Then, as a reward, he whisks her away to his kingdom where he shows her all manner of wondrous, totally random stuff that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with anything. Then Clara returns home and realizes everything was a dream (or was it?). The original fairy tale by E. T. A. Hoffmann explains things in a little more detail—like why the prince was cursed to be a nutcracker, for example—but still, the story is vague and cryptic in that strange way fairy tales can be. So in fact, I had a lot of room to expand upon the story! Rather than feeling confined by the story I knew, I felt inspired by all my questions about why things happened as they did.

Are there some themes/plotting you knew you had to keep from the original ballet?

Claire Legrand: From the beginning, I knew I wanted to draw upon the bizarre sensual undertones of the original fairy tale to make this a story about Clara accepting her emerging sexuality, desires, and strength. I also knew I wanted to expand upon the strange relationship Clara has with Godfather Drosselmeyer, as that relationship has always fascinated me, even when I was a little kid. I have always loved the scenes in the ballet’s first act that take place at the Christmas party and then afterward during the battle with the mice. I therefore made sure to follow those scenes very closely when writing WINTERSPELL.

THe NutcrackerMy grandmother used to bring me to see The Nutcracker each year. It is one of my fondest childhood memories. So I have to ask – when was it that you first saw the ballet? And what stood out as your favorite part?

Claire Legrand: I first saw The Nutcracker on PBS around the holidays. They used to broadcast a couple different productions every year. The one I loved—and I’ll say this over and over because it is just that good—is the Pacific Northwest Ballet’s production, made back in the 80s. It’s dark and strange and sensual, which is exactly what I wanted my own re-imagining of the story to be. Ever since I first started watching the ballet, my favorite scene has been when Godfather Drosselmeyer makes the Christmas tree grow, right before the battle with the mice. The clock chimes midnight, the toys come to life, and the whole ballroom transforms. It’s just so magical and even a bit frightening, and has always filled me with shivery awe.

I really loved what you did with Clara—her multifaceted personality and the changes she went through within the story. How do you write such a complex character? Does she evolve just as you write, or do you have a good grasp on her before you begin?

Claire Legrand: All I knew about Clara before I began writing was that she was going to start out as a rather frustrating character—not really the kick-butt, take-charge heroine we’re used to seeing in YA novels. I knew she would start out with very little confidence, blame herself for things that weren’t her fault, and be ashamed of her body. At the beginning of the book, she’s a pretty broken character—understandably, given what’s happened to her family and the kind of world she lives in. At times, it was painful for me to write her because I so wanted her to stand up for herself already, and let go of her fear! But of course she couldn’t start out that way. She had to start out incomplete and damaged, and then grow from there while on this incredible, terrifying journey. And I’m proud of her; I think the transformation she goes through is pretty staggering.

WinterspellNicholas also wasn’t too shabby. I know YA readers put a lot of emphasis on “swoon-worthy” book boyfriends, was there any inspiration to crafting the perfect Prince?

Claire Legrand: Hee hee. Well, to be honest, when I wrote Nicholas, I wasn’t thinking much about whether he was “swoon-worthy” or not. I mean, yeah, I thought his tattoos and the weird metal components throughout his body were weirdly hot in this “bad boy steampunk cyborg” kind of way. But mostly I was just thinking about how messed up this guy was. When Clara frees him from the curse near the beginning of the book (no spoilers; that’s on the book jacket), he has been living as a statue, immobile and trapped, for eighteen years. Before that, he was fighting a war and helping his parents commit genocide against an entire race—granted, this race was killing his own people as well, but still. And he was raised to believe that committing said genocide was a good thing. That the victims deserved it. So it’s understandable that Nicholas has some issues. Some psychological scars, let’s say. I knew when I started developing his character that he was going to be a very gray character, full of dark obsessions and secret hatreds. I knew he wouldn’t always make the right decisions, and that sometimes he would make horrible decisions that would turn some readers irrevocably against him. The thing about Nicholas is . . . he’s so not “the perfect Prince.” But I think that makes him all the more interesting.

Reading about the world of Cane was a big highlight in the book for me. Is there a place in the real world that we can compare it to?

Claire Legrand: Creating the world of Cane was one of the highlights of writing the book for me, so I’m glad you enjoyed reading about it! I’m not sure anywhere in the real world is quite like Cane—and I think we can all be glad for that! It’s a beautiful but very dangerous place, and not so friendly to humans. Lucy Ruth Cummins, the fabulously talented art director at Simon & Schuster who designed WINTERSPELL’s gorgeous cover, described the world of Cane thusly: “Cane was, in its wilderness, Narnia, and its urban center for me was The City of Lost Children.” She also described Clara’s New York City as Gotham City circa Tim Burton’s 1989 Batman. All of this is 100% spot on (because Lucy’s awesome like that). So I’d encourage readers to imagine a landscape like that as they read!

At the end of Winterspell, well let’s just say, I wanted more. Will there be more of Clara’s story?

Claire Legrand: Currently there are no plans for a sequel, but . . . never say never! I love the kingdom of Cane—and there is a lot more going on in that world besides Cane. I’ve imagined other kingdoms as well, with their own stories and own characters. We’ll just have to see!

Thank you so much for your time! Is there anything else you would like the PJV readers to know about?

Claire Legrand: Thank you for the interview! And I’ll just remind everyone that there is a WINTERSPELL prequel e-novella called SUMMERFALL, available now at e-book retailers. You can read it before reading WINTERSPELL; it won’t spoil anything. And actually, the story of SUMMERFALL will be spoiled for you if you read it after reading WINTERSPELL—although I don’t think reading in that order will diminish your enjoyment! I hope you enjoy reading, and thanks for stopping by!

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Interview with Claire Legrand, Author of Winterspell

Winterspell by Claire Legrand

Published by: Simon and Schuster on 2014-09-30
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Young Adult
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The clock chimes midnight, a curse breaks, and a girl meets a prince . . . but what follows is not all sweetness and sugarplums.
New York City, 1899. Clara Stole, the mayor’s ever-proper daughter, leads a double life. Since her mother’s murder, she has secretly trained in self-defense with the mysterious Drosselmeyer.

Then, on Christmas Eve, disaster strikes.

Her home is destroyed, her father abducted–by beings distinctly not human. To find him, Clara journeys to the war-ravaged land of Cane. Her only companion is the dethroned prince Nicholas, bound by a wicked curse. If they’re to survive, Clara has no choice but to trust him, but his haunted eyes burn with secrets–and a need she can’t define. With the dangerous, seductive faery queen Anise hunting them, Clara soon realizes she won’t leave Cane unscathed–if she leaves at all.

Inspired by The Nutcracker, Winterspell is a dark, timeless fairy tale about love and war, longing and loneliness, and a girl who must learn to live without fear.

About Claire Legrand

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Claire Legrand is the author of books for children and teens, including The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls, The Year of Shadows, the upcoming Winterspell, and its prequel, Summerfall. She is also one of the four authors of The Cabinet of Curiosities. 

When not writing books, she can be found obsessing over DVD commentaries, going on long walks (or trying to go on long runs), and speaking with a poor English accent to random passersby. She thinks musicians and librarians are the loveliest of folks (having been each of those herself) and, while she loves living in central New Jersey, she dearly misses her big, brash, beautiful home state of Texas. 

Her work is represented by Diana Fox of Fox Literary, LLC.  

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No Limits by Lori Foster

three-stars
Ultimate #1
Published by: Harlequin, HQN on September 1, 2014
Genres: Adult, Romance, Romantic Suspense
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PJV Quickie: While No Limits is full of fighter-hero goodness, there was actually not any time in the ring, which surprised me.  I didn’t really feel the attraction between the hero and heroine, but one of the secondary characters kept me entertained.

Review: Cannon Coulter is a professional fighter who’s been called back to his hometown of Warfield, Ohio, because of the death of a friend, Tipton Sweeney. The lawyer informs him he’s inherited half of Tipton’s home and pawn shop.  The other half goes to Tipton’s daughter, Yvette.

Yvette Sweeney has also come back to Warfield from California and plans to sell the properties and give Cannon his half.  He was involved in a widely-publicized rescue years ago when Yvette had been kidnapped.  She’d carried a hero worship for him for so long, but now she just wants to release Cannon of any obligation to her so he can get on with his life and she can go back to hers.

What Yvette doesn’t know is that Cannon hasn’t been able to shake her from his mind and is looking forward to re-kindling their acquaintance… and then some.

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Here’s the thing: I thought this was a new series, but it is apparently a spin-off of her Love Undercover series, specifically the last book, Dash of Peril. I read the Love Undercover series, all except Dash of Peril.  Which is probably why I kept thinking that I was missing something, and I actually double-checked to make sure this was the first book in the series.  Once things were moving along and some of the characters from the Love Undercover books made cameos, I realized it was a spin-off.

That being said, I did enjoy No Limits and read it in just a few sittings. As I said in my PJV quickie, I thought there would be some fighting, but the story takes place between fights, so no real ring time. There was some mystery about who was vandalizing the pawn shop and the house, which kept things moving along, but the relationship between Cannon and Yvette was kind of flat for me; I just didn’t feel the attraction between them; I don’t know if this would have been different if I had read Getting Rowdy first.

I did love Cannon’s best friend, Armie – a kinky, flirty playboy who is in love with Cannon’s sister, Rissy, and fighting it all the way.  I’m thinking they’re going to have a really good story between them. The other fighters from Cannon’s gym were fun guys and I enjoyed their teasing camraderie between them, so I do plan to continue with this series.

Recommendations: If you like Fighter-Heroes or Romantic Suspense, you may want to give No Limits a try. Fans of Michelle Mannon’s “Worth the Fight” series or Vi Kreeland’s “MMA Fighters” will probably enjoy Knock Out.

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CANNON COULDN’T STOP looking at her. Damn, he’d remembered her as pretty, but she’d matured into killer good looks—and didn’t seem to know it. An angel’s face paired with that trim but curvy figure, and yeah, he was pretty sure every guy in the place had already started fantasizing.
Too bad, because none of them would touch her.
If he’d had any doubts about wanting her, they were put to rest in a big way. Instead of three years, it felt like a decade he’d been waiting on her. Yes, he wanted her. He would have her, too.
The only question was how soon.
A few weeks ago she’d lost her grandfather, and she probably needed time to acclimate to being home around the unpleasant memories. He’d love to segue right from hello to hell yeah, but he also enjoyed just looking at her and talking with her.
Sipping her Coke, Yvette stole a peek at him. Feathery lashes framed those big green eyes he remembered so well—eyes that used to watch him with innocent infatuation, but now seemed wary. She sat straight, proper. Spoke carefully. Avoided his direct gaze.
As Tipton had said, she was guarded.
She wore makeup, but not a lot. Even in a ponytail, her long dark hair made him think of it spilled loose on his pillows, or gliding over his chest.
Or his thighs.
And her clothes, while casual, covered such a sweet body it left him visually undressing her.
Repeatedly.
Knowing he had to get a grip, he asked, “Are you hungry?”
She shook her head. “But please go ahead and eat if you want.”
“I’m good.” Arms folded on the top of the booth, he smiled. “I can’t get over how much you’ve changed.”
That pleased her, he could tell. “It’s been almost three and a half years.”
Long enough for her to put the past behind her? To put him behind her? No, he wouldn’t let her. “I’m so damn sorry about Tipton.”
“Thank you.” She set the drink aside, then nervously drew her finger through the damp ring the glass had left on the booth top. “I wanted to talk to you about that. About—”
“Hey, Saint.” Two guys sidled up to the table. “Can we get a pic?”
Cannon forced his gaze away from Yvette. “Sure.” He would never alienate a fan, but damn, the timing could be better. Yvette had been screwing up her courage to say something. Now he had to wonder what.
Stepping out of the booth, he bent a little to put himself more in line with the shorter guys, and with a double thumbs-up, smiled as a plump lady used her cell phone to snap a few photos.
That only seemed to unleash other fans, and before he knew it, he was posing with men and women alike. Some wanted to hug him, some wanted him in a fighter’s stance, a few just wanted him to mug for the camera. Before he could get a handle on things, he’d taken around twenty photos and signed more than a dozen autographs.
Yvette watched it all with a look of fascinated indulgence. When there seemed to be a lull, he reseated himself. “Sorry about that.”
“You’re popular, I understand.” Her long glossy ponytail spilled over her shoulder when she tipped her head to study him. “I watch the fights.”
That pleased him more than it should have. “Yeah? What do you think?”
“You’re pretty amazing.”
He held back his grin. “I do my best.”
That earned a short laugh. “Humble too.” Shaking her head, she teased, “No wonder they call you the Saint.”
He’d rarely heard her laugh before, and hearing it now did funny things to him. It was nice. Rich. Husky.
A turn-on…

 

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The PJV is on FIRE today! In honor of Alexandra Bracken’s wonderful series, The Darkest Minds.

At the PJV we are big fans of Alexandra Bracken’s The Darkest Minds series. If you like Young Adult Dystopian, you can’t go wrong with Bracken’s series. You have this crazy world where kids have developed super powers and to combat this, the government has rounded them all up and separated them by their powers. The ones they can control, they try to re-educate them, the ones that are too powerful are killed off. It is a very dark series and has all kinds of action and adventure, political intrigue a smidge of hopeful romance…and all packaged in a tight plot with writing that just pops off the page. Have I sold it to you yet?

Lizzy got to review the books for our site, if you want to check out her reviews of THE DARKEST MINDS.

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In the Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken

five-stars
The Darkest Minds #3
Published by: Harper Collins on November 11, 2014
Genres: Dystopian, Young Adult
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ABOUT IN THE AFTERLIGHT
Ruby can’t look back. Fractured by an unbearable loss, she and the kids who survived the government’s attack on Los Angeles travel north to regroup. Only Ruby can keep their highly dangerous prisoner in check. But with Clancy Gray, there’s no guarantee you’re fully in control, and everything comes with a price.

When the Children’s League disbands, Ruby rises up as a leader and forms an unlikely allegiance with Liam’s brother, Cole, who has a volatile secret of his own. There are still thousands of other Psi kids suffering in government “rehabilitation camps” all over the country. Freeing them–revealing the governments unspeakable abuses in the process–is the mission Ruby has claimed since her own escape from Thurmond, the worst camp in the country.

But not everyone is supportive of the plan Ruby and Cole craft to free the camps. As tensions rise, competing ideals threaten the mission to uncover the cause of IANN, the disease that killed most of America’s children and left Ruby and others with powers the government will kill to keep contained. With the fate of a generation in their hands, there is no room for error. One wrong move could be the spark that sets the world on fire.

 

ABOUT SPARKS RISE (The Darkest Minds: 2.5 e-Book release)
Available online September 2, 2014
This New eBook Novella connects the last two novels in The Darkest Minds trilogy.

Sam didn’t think things could get worse at Thurmand rehabilitation camp. Then the Reds arrive. Everyone assumed the kids with firepower had been killed years ago. Instead they were taken away, brainwashed, and returned as terrifyingly effective guards. To her horror, Sam recognizes one of them: Lucas, the one spark of light in Sam’s dark childhood.

Lucas has a deadly secret–he beat the brutal training that turned his fellow Reds into mindless drones. When Sam defends herself against an attack by a vile PSF guard and faces a harrowing punishment, Lucas must risk his everything to save her.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Alexandra Bracken was born and raised in Arizona, but moved east to study at the College of William & Mary in Virginia.  She recently relocated to New York City, where she worked in publishing and lives in a charming apartment overflowing with books.

 

 

 

 

 

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Wonderfully Wicked  – Kick Ass Character Spotlight!

Wonderfully Wicked – Kick Ass Character Spotlight!

Wonderfully Wicked  – Kick Ass Character Spotlight!

Bad-Ass-HeroineKick-Ass Character Spotlight: The awesome attributes that make Kalila kick-ass.

Ladies, in our world there’s a creep on every corner. Predators in the produce section, the lingerie department, at the playground. Bullies lurk at the job, fun time places, even in innocuous church pews. Don’t be a victim. You owe it to yourself to know how to whip out some whoopass when the need arises, and Kalila Montgomery from Wonderfully Wicked is here to give you some practical tips.

Refuse to be Used. I grew up in a long string of foster homes, not that I’m complaining, and that’s not my point. I learned fast that I’m the only one who will stick up for me. Don’t fall into the doormat trap—no matter your freak factor, you don’t deserve to be marginalized by anyone. Attitude is everything, girls. Once you start taking crap, you can bet your britches a sewer storm is coming. Be strong, remember who you are (and in case you’ve already forgotten – you’re capital A awesome), and if you go down, go down scratching.

Be Prepared. Despite your amazingness, you can’t predict when danger will strike. Could be while plucking your nose hair, trying to catch some snooze-time, or impatiently waiting in line for your morning mocha. Do yourself a favor. Expect it. Be aware of your surroundings at all times. That guy standing behind you in line at the coffee shop might look tasty, but so did Ted Bundy. Wear sturdy shoes for running (I prefer Doc Martens), keep a weapon handy at all times (knife beneath the pillow generally works), and trust no one (BFFs excluded from that rule).

Kick Ass Heroines

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Use What You’ve Got. You can make almost anything into a weapon. Got some keys? Stick ‘em between your fingers and bam! Instant brass knuckles for that special stalker surprise. You know why it’s a natural tendency to stuff your purse full? Cuz it’s the new age flail. Swing for the KO, girls. If you choose to ignore my sensible shoes advice and insist on heels, make them work for you. Before you go for the ever-expected knee to the groin, give ‘em a spiky foot stomp. Believe me, the smashed man parts courtesy of your knee will be doubly effective. Hey, even a tossed hot coffee will distract enough for a getaway. But if you’re serious about protecting yourself, learn some moves and practice, practice, practice. Your hands and feet are fabulous weapons if you get caught naked in the shower. Just sayin’.

Peace

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Necessary Violence.By now, you might think I’m a violence promoter. I’d prefer a peaceful, picket fence life, but so far…yeah. Not happening. I’ve learned the hard way that, sometimes, violence is the only way to save your skin. If someone is out to cause you harm, he won’t concern himself with your values. Whether you’re a pacifist, a nun, or a mom of three, you’ve got a choice to make: sit back and let him destroy who you are, or fight back because you’re worth saving.

Wonderfully Wicked

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Surrendering is for Suckers. Don’t get me wrong—there are the occasional moments when a temporary white flag is the smartest move to make. Sometimes, your choices suck, and yielding will get you through long enough to hatch a plan. But when it comes to the people who love you, hope, and the big bad out to break you? Never. Stand by the people who love you, even when it may seem they don’t deserve it. Hey, we all make mistakes. When you have nothing left, cling to hope. It will get you to tomorrow. No matter how life is flushing down the toilet, don’t submit to the enemy. Resist until your last breath. Who knows? You might just win.

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Wonderfully Wicked by C.J. Burright

four-stars
Wonderfully Wicked #1
Published by: Swoon Romance on May 13, 2014
Genres: Paranormal Romance, Romance
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He haunts her dreams and embodies her nightmares…

A dreamcaster with the ability to channel creatures from her nightmares, headstrong and cynical Kalila Montgomery longs for a peaceful, picket-fence life…until the man literally of her dreams kidnaps her.  Survival quickly becomes her number one goal, yet a growing attraction to the man featured in her nightmares is impossible to ignore. While she fears he will kill her, other, more terrifying enemies surround her, and Kalila succumbs to his scheme to escape.

She may be his one hope for freedom…

A deadly combination of power, cunning, and cold-hearted charm, Lydon v’al Endrian fears nothing.  Feels nothing.  Chained to a brotherhood of men with the supernatural ability to invade dreams, he hunts dreamcasters to be harvested for their dreams and killed.  His target:  Kalila Montgomery.  But Kalila awakens an undeniable dark desire and a longing for a freedom long-lost.  To gain everything he craves, Lydon must seduce Kalila before his plot is discovered…a hopeless challenge which, if failed, will earn him a death-sentence.

Caught up in a dangerous world of secrets and obsession, doubt and betrayal, Kalila and Lydon face the nightmare of their lives, where love will either deliver them—or destroy them both.

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C. J. Burright was born and raised in Oregon and loved it so much she never left. While she has worked for years in a law office, she chooses to avoid writing legal thrillers and instead leans toward urban fantasy, paranormal romance, or—since all things medieval and magic fascinate her—fantasy romance. A member of Romance Writers of America and Secretary for the Fantasy, Futuristic & Paranormal special interest chapter, C. J. also has her 4th Dan Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and believes stories should always include a gratuitous fight scene. In what spare time she has, she enjoys working out, reading, gardening, and rooting on the Seattle Mariners with a nice glass of wine. She shares a house with her husband, daughter, and a devoted herd of cats.

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PJV Must Read – Ann Aguirre’s I WANT IT THAT WAY + Giveaway

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I Want It That Way by Ann Aguirre

four-half-stars
Published by: Harlequin on 2014-09-01
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance
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Nadia Conrad has big dreams, and she’s determined to make them come true. But between maintaining her college scholarship and working at the local day care to support herself, dating’s the last thing on her mind. Then she moves into a new apartment and meets the taciturn yet irresistible guy in 1B….

Daniel Tyler has grown up too fast. Becoming a single dad at twenty turned his life upside down—and brought him heartache he can’t risk again. Now, as he raises his four-year-old son while balancing a full-time construction management job and night classes, the last thing he wants is noisy students living in the apartment upstairs. But one night, Nadia’s and Ty’s paths cross, and soon they can’t stay away from each other.

The timing is all wrong—but love happens when it happens. And you can’t know what you truly need until you stand to lose it.

 

“A tender, sweet, and sexy story about how life—and falling in love—can never be planned.”

—Jennifer L. Armentrout, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Wait for You

 

I WANT IT THAT WAY is a must read if you are looking for a contemporary New Adult title that is both sweet, sexy and REAL REAL REAL. Aguirre has a way of looking into people’s heads, splitting things open and portraying real emotion in a fictional setting. She is an author you will not want to miss out on and this is one of her titles, you’ll want to experience.

Most of the PJV reviewers have read this book – and it was a fight to the bitter end on who got the review in first. Patti – won, so don’t take my word for it — read her review.

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 Other Books in the 2B Trilogy:

I Want It That Way

As Long As You Love Me (9/30/14)

The Shape Of My Heart (11/25/14)

Ann AguirreAbout Ann Aguirre:

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author and RITA winner with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. Ann likes books, emo music, action movies, and she writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens, published with Harlequin, Macmillan, and Penguin, among others.

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A Profile of the ghosts of Ghost House – Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

A Profile of the ghosts of Ghost House – Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

 A Profile of the ghosts of Ghost House

Name: Alexander Reade

Gender: Male

Occupation: Artist

Hair Color: Dark blond

Eye Color: Blue

Age at Death: Twenty-three

Personality In Life: In life, Alex was gentle, intelligent and very passionate about the things he loved. He was obviously tortured, like all artists are and looking for something more. He was highly intuitive and always able to understand why human beings behaved the way they did. Although he was not particularly warm, people always felt a sense of relief in his presence and were reluctant to leave him. He was not quick to anger, but hated the way Isobel was treated by his brother. When she became distressed, he was the only one who could calm her. He wanted to do the noble thing and tell Carter about the affair, but he let Isobel manipulate him out of doing the right thing.

Personality In Death: Alex’s personality was not altered much by death, although he will be forever haunted by what happened to his family. The biggest change is his relationship with Isobel. He hates what she has become and is forced to promise her his love in order to keep her violent outbursts under control.

Name: Isobel Reade

Gender: Female

Occupation: None

Hair Color: Black

Eye Color: Amber

Age at Death: Twenty

Personality In Life: In life, Isobel was very complex. Her beauty made her an object of desire for men and the envy of women. She had no friends, only lovers. Despite her haughty airs, she did not come from a wealthy background and without her looks, Carter would never have considered her eligible. Isobel was very clever and able to manipulate the people around her, primarily Alex. Deep down she hated Carter and wanted to get away from him, but she was not willing to give up the life she believed she deserved. She did love Alex, but she was too selfish to let him go. Although she would never admit it, she was always quite unhappy.

Personality In Death: In death, Isobel becomes twisted. She never got the chance to live the life she imagined for herself and is now consumed with bitterness and hatred. She lost her husband, her son and the love of her life in one day and the trauma of it, drove her spirit insane. The only part of her that is still human, is the part that still loves Alex.

A Profile of the ghosts of Ghost House – Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

GHOST HOUSE, book one of a powerful new trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Alexandra Adornetto, follows Chloe Kennedy whose frightening ability to see the dead leads her into peril.

Wracked by grief after his wife’s death, Chloe’s dad sends her far away from sunny California to live with relatives in the rainy English countryside. Unhappy with the change of scenery, Chloe changes her mind when she encounters Alexander Reade, a mysterious and handsome young man. Unfortunately, Alexander is no ordinary crush – he’s a former resident of her grandmother’s house who died over a century ago and whose ghost has not moved on.

As a small child, Chloe had been frightened by ghostly apparitions. But the spirits had one day disappeared and Chloe believed she had put her weird talent behind her. Now she can not only see Alexander but talk to him, even touch him in her dreams. Their connection is immediate and intense, but when their budding relationship awakens a vengeful spirit, Chloe’s tangled emotions could have dangerous consequences. Will she be dragged forever into the world of the dead?

Alexandra Adornetto’s romantically eerie storytelling has a proven bestselling track record and this first book in the GHOST HOUSE trilogy does not disappoint, mixing scary supernatural situations with a heartbreaking love story!

AdornettoAbout Alexandra:

Alexandra Adornetto started writing at a very young age, with her first novel being released when she was only thirteen. A native of Australia, Alexandra moved to the US to study at the University of Mississippi. She is currently living in Hollywood and working on a number of film projects, both as a writer and an actress.

GHOST HOUSE is Alexandra’s seventh published novel and the first book in what will become her third trilogy. The first two novels of her beloved Halo series both debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and her books are sold in more than 25 countries worldwide.
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Publication September 2014 by Harlequin Teen

 

 

 

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