Friday, August 30, 2013

Book Feature: First Kiss

I am thrilled to have back on the blog bestselling author Cindy Hogan. Cindy is the author of thriller series, Watched, as well as her newest serial, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips. I am happy to be apart of Cindy's book blitz and encourage you to read through this fabulous interview. 

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About Cindy Hogan: Cindy M. Hogan graduated with a secondary education teaching degree and enjoys spending time with unpredictable teenagers. More than anything she loves the time she has with her own teenage daughters and wishes she could freeze them at this fun age. If she's not reading or writing, you'll find her snuggled up with the love of her life watching a great movie or planning their next party. She loves to bake, garden and be outdoors doing a myriad of activities.
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The Interview 

Welcome back Cindy! Last time we featured you on my blog we were discussing writing thrillers. Today we’re celebrating your newest releases: First Kiss and Stolen Kiss. How have you liked writing a serial and how's it different from a series? 

Cindy Hogan: It's been harder than I anticipated, but I love a challenge. The best way to get a grasp on serials is to think about a season of your favorite TV series. Each season has 6-11 episodes that make up the season. Each episode stands on its own, but is also connected to the entire season. So, the name of my new series is Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips and the first episode is called First Kiss. The second episode is called Stolen Kiss. The third episode is called Rebound Kiss and will be out in the next week or two.

How long have you been writing books?

Cindy Hogan: I started my first book, Watched, that you can pick up for FREE during this book blitz at your favorite eBook retailer, about six years ago. Once that became a bestseller, I didn't have time to be a great teacher and a great writer, so I quit teaching. Which, was really hard. I loved being a high school teacher, mostly because I got to hang out with awesome teens all day.

What do you love to write about?

Cindy Hogan: Is there anything more fascinating than teenagers? Seriously, the unpredictable nature of teens makes for great stories. I love the idea of putting sixteen to eighteen year olds get into extraordinary circumstances and seeing what they do.

How do you plan out your books?

Cindy Hogan: When I come up with a new story idea, I usually know the beginning and the end—that's it. I don't outline my stories, I just write what comes to me during a short brainstorming session each day.
How do you make your scenes so real?

Cindy Hogan: I always go and visit the places that my books are set. Last year I went to Belgium and took copious notes and a million pictures before writing Created. I also visited Washington, DC, Helena, Montana, and Niceville, Florida before writing Watched and Protected. This year I traveled to New York and France for the two books I'm working on right now. I lived in Roseburg, Oregon where Adrenaline Rush is set and I also lived in Tennessee where Gravediggers is set. We traveled to both places last year to make sure the setting was correct for both books. You may think I love to travel, but really, it's Bill, my husband who has a love affair with travel.

What do you like to read?

Cindy Hogan: I mostly read YA books, but I also love adult mystery and suspense novels.

Do you have children?

Cindy Hogan: I have two teenage girls. They are so fun to be with. They inspire me. My oldest daughter inspired the serial, Confessions of a 16-Year-Old Virgin Lips. My husband also inspires me by coming up with some of the best ideas. The idea for Gravediggers came from him. I'm waiting for my out-of-control dog to inspire me instead of make me crazy.

Thank you so much for sharing this short interview! What can we expect next from you?

Cindy Hogan: I have 2 books coming out in October: Adrenaline Rush and GravediggersAdrenaline Rush is a YA suspense novel with a dash of romance and Gravediggers is a YA mystery novel with a dash of romance. The covers of those two novels will be revealed soon.

About the Book

VL. Virgin Lips. You may not have heard of it, but where I live, it’s a thing with a card, even if it is a figurative card. I was Brooklyn Hill, certified virgin lips, and I planned on clinging to that figurative card with all I had—while dating as many of the hottest guys at school as I could.
Maybe that’s a bit strange. I mean, what teenage girl isn’t interested in kissing? Locking lips definitely interested me, but the drama that came with it didn’t. No kissing, no drama. Simple.
But on my sixteenth birthday, on my first real date even, the drama found me. His name was Luke Graham—cute, funny, and bad news for the whole female race.

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  1. Ohhh yay! I've been wanting to read this book! Thanks Mikey for doing it, and Cindy, thanks for being totally awesome and writing this book!! PS: Great post about your first kiss book too! I'm excited to get my hands on that as well!

  2. Would love to win one of Cindy's books!


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