Archive for September, 2008

GCC Presents………… Linda Gerber!!!!

September 24, 2008 • 3 Comments

I’m a bit late doing this, because I’ve just been on vacation (details of which will be saved for a later post!!!). Anyway, I’m really excited to be touring Linda Gerber’s DEATH BY LATTE (cute title!)

Aphra Connolly, who had been living a quiet existence on her father’s secluded island resort, until Seth Mulo turns up and steals her heart… and provides information that leads her to find her mom in Seattle. But the reunion isn’t quite what she expected. Aphra’s mom, Natalie, doesn’t seem happy to see Aphra, and Natalie’s boyfriend, Joe, insists that Aphra go home. Even worse, Seth shows up, only to ask her to return the ring he had given her that summer. At least Natalie’s good-looking neighbor is sympathetic. But when Joe is found dead at a nearby coffee shop, Aphra discovers her whole trip to Seattle has been based on a lie. And now someone just might be trying to kill her. . . .

1. What inspired the plot for your book?

During the course of writing DEATH BY BIKINI, I realized that I really wanted Aphra to go find her mom in DEATH BY LATTE and try to put things right. That her mom happens to be a CIA agent gave me a lot to play with.

2. Why did you decide to write in this genre?

I love reading YA and I love thrillers and romantic suspense. With this series, I get to work with all the elements I love.

3. What is your writing process like?

Write, fret, write, fret, write, fret…
More seriously, what seems to be working for me now is to outline the story I’m working on, usually running it through a template based on Hauge and Vogler’s Hero’s Two Journeys. When I actually get going, the story typically strays quite a bit from the original outline because so much discovery comes from the writing itself, but at least I have a sense of the pacing and plot points I’m working toward.

4. What are you working on now?

I just finished the final edits on the next book in the series, DEATH BY DENIM, which comes out in May, and moved on to CHARLATANS (working title) my upcoming paranormal YA about two sisters who share cryptic premonitions.

5. What do you do when you’re not writing?

Read, hang out with my kids, think about writing…

6. Who do you like to read?

Sarah Dessen and Meg Cabot rank right up there, but I have too many favorites to list!

Praise for DEATH BY LATTE:

“Great characters, plot twists, and non-stop action and excitement.”

YA Books Central

“Full of action, suspense, and mystery, Death by Latte is a thrilling edition to the Death by series!”

The Story Siren

“An entertaining Seattle joy ride that… teens will appreciate.”

Genre-go-Round Reviews

“Death by Latte is a compelling read for those who like mystery, action, and adventure with a little romance and humor thrown in for good measure.”

Purple Pens Reviews

“Enjoyed quite thoroughly!”

Critical Mass

“This exciting installment features non-stop thrills and leaves you guessing right up to the end.”

Presenting Lenore

“High action and suspense.”

Library Thing


Linda recently returned to life in the Midwest after four years in Japan, where she served as the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators. She currently lives and writes in Dublin, OH, blissfully ignoring her husband, four kids, and one very naughty puppy.






Posted by Sara Hantz in Interviews @ 8:16 am

Party….. Party….. Party…..

September 11, 2008 • 9 Comments

We all love a good party…………… and I have news of one that’s going to rock the blogosphere. Next week the fabulous author Linda Gerber (who is also one of the TFCers) is having a launch party for her new book Death By Latte (what a title… cracks me up everytime I see it) and there are 19 YA authors taking part (including me….. like, keep me away) and there are loads of prizes up for grabs every day.

So, make sure you hop over there…. I promise you won’t be disappointed!!!

Well…. what else has been happening in Sara’s world….. hahahahaha it makes me laugh when people talk of themselves in the third person….. anyway, four more sleeps until we go away…. all I want to do is walk, eat, read and NOT TALK (apart from to my partner, if he’s lucky). Working in a motel not only means we’re on call from the time we get up (5.45am until we go to bed 11pm) but we have to be nice to everyone ALL THE TIME. Don’t get me wrong… I don’t want to be mean (my cancerian/eldest child need to be liked won’t allow me to) but some people can be very demanding, and an undisturbed meal/TV show would be most welcome!

On the writing front…… I’m seriously writing up a storm… well in my head I am…. actually I’ve been a bit lazy, though I am working on a couple of proposals… I can’t do anything today because I’ve got to go to the hairdressers shortly and Amanda has recommend I watch a movie called Sixteen Candles to help with my new outline, and lucky for me the DVD hire shop had a copy. And now she’s just emailed me to say that I should be watching Pretty in Pink!!!!

Posted by Sara Hantz in Uncategorized @ 12:26 pm

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Abi Saunders

I’m an author of fiction for young adults, and my latest book WILL THE REAL ABI SAUNDERS PLEASE STAND UP is available print or digital from here. When not writing I’m often to be found walking on the beach, watching TV or chatting with my writing buddies.

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