Jen: Today we are excited to be a part of Atria Book’s Fall in Love Book Tour featuring some of the hottest names in New Adult literature. Please help me welcome Jamie McGuire, Abbi Glines and Colleen Hooper to Romancing the Book. Ladies, will you each share a short bio with us?
ABBI GLINES is the New York Times, USA TODAY, and Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Rosemary Beach, Sea Breeze, Vincent Boys, and Existence series. A devoted booklover, Abbi lives with her family in Alabama. She maintains a Twitter addiction at @AbbiGlines and can also be found on Facebook and at AbbiGlines.com.
COLLEEN HOOVER is the New York Times bestselling author of Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, Losing Hope, Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl and Hopeless. She has been featured on ABC’s Nightline, The Associated Press and CBS This Morning. She lives in Texas with her husband and their three boys. Find her at her website, on Twitter and on Facebook.
JAMIE McGUIRE is the New York Times bestselling author of Beautiful Oblivion, A Beautiful Wedding, Red Hill, Walking Disaster, Beautiful Disaster, and The Providence trilogy. She and her husband, Jeff, live with their children just outside Enid, Oklahoma, with three dogs, six horses, and a cat named Rooster. Check out her website, Twitter and on Facebook.
Jen: Tell us about this newest release and where the idea came from?
Abbi: One More Chance is the sequel to TAKE A CHANCE. The idea behind Grant and Harlow’s story actually came from a true story – one that was my older brother’s many years ago. He was in love with a girl who had the same heart defect as Harlow. But in the end his fear over losing her tore them apart. It was something I remember watching happen and I’ve never forgotten it. Grant reminds me a lot of my brother. I don’t normally take character traits from people in my life and add them to characters in a book but with Grant I realized I was doing just that. He was a younger version of my brother. So the story fell into place when I sat down and began to write.
Colleen: UGLY LOVE is a heart-wrenching love story. Hearts get infiltrated. Promises get broken. Rules get shattered. It’s about the ugly side of love, but also finding beauty in broken places. As for the inspiration, I was listening to a song called “The Fifth Day” by The Airborne Toxic Event. It inspired me to want to write a character that resembled the mood of that song, so I chose Miles and created the idea for Ugly Love from his character. Since the band inspired the book, I named the heroine TATE, which is the band’s acronym.
Jamie: Beautiful Oblivion is the first heart-pounding new adult romance in The Maddox Brothers series, following Trenton Maddox and Camille Camlin. You know Travis Maddox from Beautiful Disaster, but Trent brings something new to the Maddox name. The inspiration was simply readers wanting more Maddox.
Jen: What first attracts you to the opposite sex?
Abbi: Swagger. Seriously. It’s always been how guys carry themselves that attracts me first. A guy can be average but if he is sure of himself and isn’t worried about what anyone around him thinks it’s attractive.
Colleen: Humor and kindness.
Jamie: Confidence, but not cockiness
Jen: Favorite shoes?
Abbi: My Sanuk yoga slings
Colleen: Tom’s. It’s all I wear. I have about ten different pairs and I just alternate them. I have a few pairs that I love so much, I wear them for a few months and then buy the same exact pair again.
Jamie: My Ugg slippers
Jen: Color your hair or go natural?
Abbi: Highlight it. My hair is a dirty blonde. I like for it to be lighter.
Colleen: I’m not even sure what color my natural hair is anymore. I’m afraid to stop coloring it long enough to find out.
Jen: What is the perfect temperature?
Abbi: 70 degrees F
Colleen: I like it in the seventies, which it hardly ever is in Texas.
Jamie: 90 F
Jen: What TV family would you want to be a part of?
Abbi: Gilmore Girls.
Colleen: HAHA! Jamie said sisterwives. I love this. Oddly enough, I want to be a Gallagher from Shameless. It’s so totally the opposite ofmy life right now; it might be quite the experience to have Frank as a father.
Jamie: The Browns–Sisterwives
Jen: If you could have dinner with any person living or dead, who would it be?
Abbi: My Aunt Franky. She was a big part of my childhood. She passed away of cancer when I was ten and I still dream about her. She will always be missed.
Colleen: Tiffanie de Bartolo. I have a serious girl crush on her.
Jamie: Stephenie Meyer.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Abbi: I have many more Rosemary Beach books to go. Tripp and Bethy’s story You Were Mine releases Dec 2. Then Mase Colt-Manning’s two books come out in April and June of 2015. Not sure who is after that… we will have to wait and see.
Colleen: I’m working on Confess right now. It’s a novel that revolves around two characters, Owen and Auburn. Owen in as an artist and he and Auburn meet when she shows up to work for him.
Jamie: Happenstance novellas and Apolonia.
Second, you can visit one of these awesome blogs for those who can’t physically be at one of the bus tour stops.
9/2 – Vilma’s Book Blog: Facebook Takeover
9/3 – Romancing the Book: Author Q&A
9/4 – The Scarlet Siren: Author to Author Q&A
9/5 – Smut Book Club: 5 Awkward Questions
9/6 – Aestas Book Blog: Author Spotlight
9/7 – Me, My Shelf & I: The Stop The Presses Swap-A-Roo
9/8 – Rock Stars of Romance: Author Q&A
And last, if you’re one of the lucky folks to live in one of these cities, the tour bus will stopping, be sure to stop by for a fantastic book signing.