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Friday, July 6, 2012

GCC Presents Jessica Brody and 52 Reasons To Hate My Father

Don't forget about the blog tour and gigantic giveaways for Never Enough. Keep hunting for blogs highlighting Never Enough and mark them down! But for today, we're celebrating the launch of a different book...

Summary from Amazon:
Being America’s favorite heiress is a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it.
Lexington Larrabee has never to work a day in her life. After all, she’s the heiress to the multi-billion-dollar Larrabee Media empire. And heiresses are not supposed to work. But then again, they’re not supposed to crash brand new Mercedes convertibles into convenience stores on Sunset Blvd either.
Which is why, on Lexi’s eighteenth birthday, her ever-absent, tycoon father decides to take a more proactive approach to her wayward life. Every week for the next year, she will have to take on a different low-wage job if she ever wants to receive her beloved trust fund. But if there’s anything worse than working as a maid, a dishwasher, and a fast-food restaurant employee, it’s dealing with Luke, the arrogant, albeit moderately attractive, college intern her father has assigned to keep tabs on her.
In a hilarious “comedy of heiress” about family, forgiveness, good intentions, and best of all, second chances, Lexi learns that love can be unconditional, money can be immaterial, and, regardless of age, everyone needs a little saving. And although she might have 52 reasons to hate her father, she only needs one reason to love him.
 I'm excited to welcome another author from the Girlfriends Cyber Circuit! Jessica Brody's new book, 52 Reasons To Hate My Father, released July 3rd from Farrar Straus Giroux/Macmillan Publishing Group.

Here's what people are saying about 52 Reasons...

“The #1 reason you’ll love this book? Because it’s tons of fun.”
-Bestselling author Meg Cabot
 “Famous and spoiled teenage heiress Lexington Larrabee could give the Kardashians a run for their money in this opulent and fast-paced story…sharp writing and over-the-top scenes will appeal to readers looking for a fun summer read.”
-Publisher’s Weekly
“This unusual riches-to-rags tale is fun and interesting…the mysteries layered throughout, as well as the depth of the main characters, draw you in. Lexi is an obnoxious but lovable character you’ll root for!”
-Romantic Times Book Review (4 Stars!)

Jessica stopped by for a short interview about the book and her writing...

Welcome, Jessica! Can you tell me about your book in seven words or less?
Spoiled heiress works 52 low-wage jobs.

Other than your main character, who's a favorite character of yours in your novel and why?
I know it’s cheesy to say that you’re in love with your own love interest but I really am! Luke is the 20-year-old college intern who Lexi’s father hires to keep tabs on Lexi while she’s completing her 52 jobs. He’s kind of an arrogant jerk at first but he has reason to be. Especially when he’s around Lexi who’s a spoiled brat. I have to say, I kind of fell for him as I was writing the book. And so the best part about filming the book trailer was being able to cast Luke. During the auditions, the actor who I ended up casting walked through the door and I knew immediately that he was Luke. He fit the part SO perfectly! And the fact that there was a shirtless scene in the script didn’t suck either!

What's one piece of writing advice you would give to aspiring authors?
Learn to let go. If you get too attached to a specific scene, storyline, character, etc, it will be far too hard for you to be able to revise your manuscript effectively. Sometimes stories have to change in order to get them to where they need to go. If you hold on too hard to something that’s not working, you’re not helping the story at all. Sometimes you need to let go of what you think you want the book to be and embrace what the book is destined to become.
What did you write when you were a teen? Did you journal? Write poetry? Write overly literary or emotional stories? Or avoid writing altogether?
I wrote a lot of short stories as a teen but I wasn’t as “into” writing at that age as I was when I was much younger. When I was seven I published my first novel (with cardboard, wallpaper and electrical tape). It was called the Puppy and the Kitty and it was about a puppy and a kitty who ran away from home and got the chicken pox. So to me, the moral of that story is crystal clear: “Don’t run away from home, kids. Or you will get the chicken pox!”

What's the last book you read that you really loved?
I really really loved STRUCK by Jennifer Bosworth, which just released in May. It’s about a girl who’s a lightening addict and she’s the key to saving or destroying the world. Jennifer and I are editor sisters (we have the same editor at our publishing house) and we became very good friends because of that. But we had become friends before I had ever read anything she wrote. So when I first got an ARC for STRUCK earlier in the year, I was a little nervous that I wasn’t going to like it and then I was going to have to lie to my new friend! Fortunately I LOVED it so there was no problem.

Jessica Brody is the bestselling author of The Karma Club and My Life Undecided, as well as two books for adults: The Fidelity Files and Love Under Cover. In researching this book, she took on several minimum wage jobs, her favorite of which was working the drive-thru at a fast food restaurant. She splits her time between California and Colorado. Visit her online at:

Also, to celebrate the release this week, Jessica's doing a fun giveaway for an “heiress prize pack.”
You can pick up a copy of 52 Reasons To Hate My Father at one of the following links. Thanks for visiting, Jessica, and congratulations!

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