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Monday, July 16, 2012

GCC Presents Jennifer Echols and SUCH A RUSH!

Jennifer Echols is the wildly popular author of Going Too Far, Forget You, and Love Story.  Now, Gallery Books is proud to publish her first hardcover novel SUCH A RUSH (Gallery Books/MTV; July 2012; $16.99), a sexy and poignant romantic tale of a young daredevil pilot caught between two brothers.

 Not only that, but Jennifer and I shared a release date (Never Enough was also out July 10th!) and an editor at Simon Pulse! I'm thrilled to have Jennifer here to visit my blog today to highlight her new book. I cannot wait to read SUCH A RUSH. Hasn't it got the coolest cover ever?

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.

Jennifer Echols is the award-winning author of multiple romantic dramas and romantic comedies for teens. She lives in Birmingham, Alabama.

Praise for Jennifer Echols:
“Echols is a tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships between her characters.”
—Romantic Times Magazine on GOING TOO FAR

"Emotional and expressive, Forget You is another intricately weaved romance from Jennifer Echols… a breathtaking ride into the world of teenage love and a perfect summer romance."
–A Good Addiction on FORGET YOU

“Love Story is just as sexy as Echols’ other MTV books with the same level of intensity."
–Books By Their Cover on LOVE STORY

Jennifer also stopped by for a short interview!

Welcome, Jennifer! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less.
Leah will do anything to fly. Almost.

Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
The hero, Grayson, is a reformed bad boy trying desperately to take charge and save everyone. He’s doing the best he can, and I feel terrible for him.

What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Write the book you want to read.

What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I kept a journal, wrote poems and stories, and started novels. I was the editor of the school newspaper in junior high and again in high school, and I participated in every school writing activity and contest available. In ninth grade I won third place with a romantic comedy in a statewide story contest, and in twelfth grade I won second place in the same contest with a romantic drama, so you could say I’ve been moving toward the stories I write now for a long time!

What's the last book you read that you really loved?
It was my critique partner Victoria Dahl’s latest novella, which is super-secret right now but will hit the New York Times bestseller list next February when it comes out, or I will eat my hat.

Wow, I can't wait to read that one now too!

Pick up your copy of SUCH A RUSH today from Barnes & Noble, Amazon, or your favorite independent retailer.


  1. I'm a HUGE Jennifer Echols fan. Can't wait to read this one. ^_^ Thanks both of your for the interview.

  2. Ooh, love the idea of a "battle between brothers", and the flying is great, unique concept. Sounds good!

    Love that writing advice -- write the book you want to read. :)

  3. I haven't read any of Jennifer's books- but I am happy to hear about them and her! This sounds like a great book and I love that it has to do with flying. How fun!