Today, the fairies are very happy to be presenting two authors of two awesome books!
MIRANDA KENNEALLY and ALI NOVAK!!!
About JESSE’S GIRL
Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she'd get to shadow the Jesse Scott, Nashville's teen idol.
But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He's as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he's accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya's lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse's pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya's playing back up to other people's dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart-and go solo?
About THE HEARTBREAKERS
Stella will do anything for her sick sister, Cara—even stand in line for an autographed Heartbreakers CD…for four hours. She’s totally winning best birthday gift this year. At least she met a cute boy with soft brown hair and gorgeous blue eyes while getting her caffeine fix. Too bad she’ll never see him again.
Except, Stella’s life has suddenly turned into a cheesy love song. Because Starbucks Boy is Oliver Perry – lead singer for the Heartbreakers. And even after she calls his music crap, Oliver still gives Stella his phone number. And whispers quotes from her favorite Disney movie in her ear. OMG, what is her life?
But how can Stella even think about being with Oliver – dating and laughing and pulling pranks with the band – when her sister could be dying of cancer?
Backstage Pass Tour With Ali Novak and Miranda Kenneally
There is just something about a musician that is irresistible. The fame, the fans, the talent! So it is no wonder that more and more teen musicians are showing up in Young Adult novels. Two authors with recent music-themed books are Ali Novak and Miranda Kenneally. Today the authors visit Bookaholic Faries to give readers ‘backstage pass’ to get to know their musical heroes. Read on to find out how Oliver, the lead singer of the Heartbreakers from Ali’s book, and Nashville heartthrob Jesse from Miranda’s newest release get ready for a concert.
Ali: My new YA novel The Heartbreakers tells the story of Stella Samuel, an aspiring photographer whose sister Cara has cancer. While on a road trip to get the perfect birthday gift for Cara, Stella meets Oliver Perry, lead singer of the world famous band the Heartbreakers. Even though she isn’t a fan of his music, Stella finds Oliver intriguing; after all, he’s gorgeous, witty, and underneath his too-cool attitude, a huge dork.
Like most musicians, Oliver has a simple pre-show ritual to help him prepare for a concert: he always sets aside a few minutes for private meditation, and then he leads the entire group in a quick prayer. Unlike bandmate Alec Williams, Oliver doesn’t listen to any music to get him pumped up to play—he likes to have a clear head when he steps on stage. And although he doesn’t consider himself a superstitious person, Oliver would never preform without his grandpa’s dog tags, which he never takes off his neck.
Like Oliver, I’m not a superstitious person—I don’t have any writing rituals that I need to do in order to write well, although coffee always helps!
Miranda: My new book Jesse’s Girl is about a girl named Maya who, for her school's career day, gets to spend a day shadowing teen country music superstar Jesse Scott. Before every show, Jesse Scott likes to eat a burger and watch a game on TV. He prefers baseball, but will watch whatever sport is on. His favorite song to play during a concert is "Amazing Grace" set to the tune of the Eagles' "Peaceful Easy Feeling." As an author, I wouldn't say I have any superstitions per se, but when I get writer's block, I go out for Mexican food.
About Ali Novak
Ali Novak writes contemporary young adult romance and is a recent graduate of the University of Madison Wisconsin's creative writing program. She wrote her first full length novel, My Life with the Walter Boys, at the age of fifteen. Since posting the story online, it has received more than 33 million reads and is now published by Sourcebooks Fire. Readers can connect with Ali on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ali.
About Miranda Kenneally
Miranda Kenneally enjoys reading and writing young adult literature, and loves Star Trek, music, sports, Mexican food, Twitter, coffee, and her husband. She is from Tennessee but now lives and works in Washington, D.C. Visit www.mirandakenneally.com and www.dearteenme.com!