Monday, March 16, 2009

GCC Presents . . . Jennifer Echols!

This week on the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit, I'm thrilled to present Jennifer Echols, who is already getting rave reviews for her new book, GOING TOO FAR, (check out that awesome cover!), which hits stores on March 17.

She was kind enough to stop by and answer a few questions, but first--

The Story:

When love crosses the line…where do you stop?

From popular author Jennifer Echols comes a touching and romantic story about a troubled teenager and a rookie cop who just might be able to save each other—if they can save themselves first...


All Meg has ever wanted is to get away. Away from high school. Away from her backwater town. Away from her parents who seem determined to keep her imprisoned in their dead-end lives. But one crazy evening involving a dare and forbidden railroad tracks, she goes way too far… and almost doesn’t make it back.

John made a choice to stay. To enforce the rules. To serve and protect. He has nothing but contempt for what he sees as childish rebellion, and he wants to teach Meg a lesson she won’t soon forget. But Meg pushes him to the limit by questioning everything he learned at the police academy. And when he pushes back, demanding to know why she won’t be tied down, they will drive each other to the edge—and over…

Taking readers on an unforgettable journey through the lingering effects of loss and the redemptive power of love, Going Too Far will appeal to fans of powerful and poignant teen novels by Deb Caletti and Sarah Dessen.

The Praise:

“Naughty in all the best ways, Echols’s Going Too Far is the perfect blend of romance, wit, and rebelliousness. I loved it!” - Niki Burnham, author of Royally Jacked and Sticky Fingers

“Jennifer Echols has crafted a brave and powerful story, searingly romantic and daring, yet also full of hilarious moments. Meg’s voice will stay in your head long after the intense conclusion.” - R. A. Nelson, author of Teach Me and Breathe My Name

“Echols is a tremendously talented writer with a real gift for developing relationships between her characters.” - Romantic Times Magazine

“Jennifer Echols deals with the limits of life and shocking everyone in Going Too Far, a novel readers won’t want to put down.” - Teens Read Too

The Same 5 Questions I always ask:

1. Every story has a backstory, what's the backstory for your book?

You know, I actually can’t tell you the backstory because it would give too much away! See chapter 14 for Meg, and chapter 18 for John.

2. What's your work environment like? Any rituals, totems, or must haves?

I can’t write without my iPod. I make a soundtrack for each book and then listen to it as I’m writing. You can play the soundtrack for GOING TOO FAR on my web site at

3. If you could live inside any book-- which would it be?

I love to hang out in PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen, which is why I have read it countless times.

4. What book rocked your world growing up?

THE BEGINNING PLACE by Ursula K. Le Guin. It’s an edgy YA romance AND beautifully written. Reading it, I realized for the first time that you were allowed to DO that.

5. If you could visit any time, place, or person- what, where, or who would it be?

Like Meg in GOING TOO FAR, I long for a warm beach.

You can visit Jennifer and read more about her books by clicking HERE.


JT said...

I wouldn't mind taking a trip to a long warm beach right now. It's a little gross outside at the moment.

Great interview as always, best of luck with finishing Shadowland up.


Jennifer Echols said...

J. T., I am with you.

Alyson, thank you so much for touring me!

Alyson Noel said...

Hey JT- thanks for the luck- I'll take it!!

Hey Jennifer- My pleasure--congrats on your release!