Interview with Erica O’Rourke, author of Tangled

Today I am ELATED to present a fantastic YA writer (and winner of the Golden Heart—HOLY CROW!): Erica O’Rourke.

In her own words:

I write books about girls who make their own fate and fall for boys they shouldn’t.

I live outside Chicago. I like to travel but I’ll never really leave this city.

I prefer cookies to cake (even cupcakes), television to movies, and autumn to all the other seasons.

I like sushi, naps, coffee, and driving stick shift.

I hate fish, emoticons, bridges, and talking about myself.

Um, I’m kinda jealous of how awesome her little bio is…although, I do take the fish-hate personally (marine biologist in the room, Erica. I hope you only mean you “hate eating fish”, and not “hate the whole animal group”).

Tangled

(Book 2 of the Torn Trilogy)

A month ago, Mo Fitzgerald risked her life to stop an ancient prophecy and avenge her best friend’s murder. Now, she only wants to keep her loved ones safe. But the magic—and the Chicago Mob—have other plans.

Mysterious, green-eyed Luc is back, asking for help—and a second chance. Colin, her strongest protector, is hiding a shocking secret. And inside Constance, the magic is about to go terribly wrong. Tangled in a web of love and betrayal, Mo must choose between the life she’s dreamed of and the one she’s destined for.

1. Mix me a literary cocktail! What elements would you include in your ideal book (i.e. 2 parts fantasy, 1 shot romance, and a twist of mystery!)

2 parts strong heroine, 1 part vivid setting, 1 part surprising plot twist, a shot of angsty, complicated romance, and a generous dash of heat.

2. Oooh, I like that dash of heat. Clever. Now, when you started writing Torn, which came first for you: the characters or the plot? Or neither…?

The first thing I had for Torn was a question: What if Harry Potter had died and Ron Weasley had to defeat Voldemort? What if Buffy died (and stayed dead) and Xander had to defeat all the big bads? What if the Chosen One died, and it fell to the ordinary best friend to save the world? What kind of person would take on that kind of burden? (The original title of the book was Unchosen, by the way.)

Once I’d asked those questions, the characters and plot came to me almost simultaneously – I knew there would have to be something dangerous and compelling and secretive in Mo’s non-magical life, which made the Mob storyline a natural fit, especially in Chicago. I also knew that Mo and Verity’s friendship needed to be the crux of both the plot – Mo’s quest for truth and vengeance – and her emotional arc — handling her grief and redefining herself. Everything else in the story, from her family history to her New York plans to her relationships with Luc and Colin, was grounded in their friendship.

I’ve discovered since then that any book I write starts the same way. A “What if…” followed by a “Who would do that?” In this series, of course, I already had a protagonist, so “What if” shifted to “What next?” It was important to me that Mo’s actions not occur in a vacuum – her actions in Torn have consequences in Tangled, both internally and externally, and that her choices reverberate throughout the series.

3. I like that “What if” idea followed by the “Who”–that’s something I’m definitely filing away for later use. So you used this method to write Torn, and then what? What was your journey to publication like?

I worked on Torn sporadically for a few years, and when I finally got serious about it, good things started happening. Most notably, I was named a finalist in the Romance Writers of America’s Golden Heart contest, which is the big award they give out to unpublished writers. I also went to my local RWA chapter’s conference and pitched the book to my dream agent, who laughed at my Dawson’s Creek jokes, which made her even dreamier, if such a thing were possible.

A month before Nationals, I got a call from a 212 area code and assumed it was a telemarketer. I might have been a little snappish when I answered, in fact. So when the person on the other end of the line said, “I’m an editor with Kensington Publishing and I judged your book in the GH and I loved it and I want to buy it,” I was so stunned that instead of weeping with joy, I gently explained that Kensington didn’t publish YA.

Pro Tip: DO NOT DO THIS.

I am sure she rolled her eyes so hard that she saw the back of her skull, but she very nicely replied that they were launching a YA line, and they wanted Torn to be one of their launch titles.

And then I died. But my RWA training kicked in, because instead of saying yes, I said I was working on securing representation, and I would let her know in a week. Then I died again. And then I emailed my dream agent (from the aforementioned conference) who read the manuscript, talked with me about career planning and future projects and work styles and the like, and then offered representation. Over Fourth of July weekend. Because she is amazing and part-robot and she never rests. (You think I’m joking? I believe you have met my agent, yes?) I would have died a third time, but I was at my mother-in-law’s house, and didn’t want to be a hassle.

After that, things moved quickly – we accepted the offer from Kensington, and Torn won the 2010 Golden Heart for best YA manuscript, and Meg Cabot (who is tall and beautiful and one of the nicest people in the known universe) gave me my award, and I was on a Jumbotron and I did not swear even once, which made my family very happy. TORN came out almost exactly a year after I got the first call from my editor.

It’s absolutely crazy to look back and see how drastically my life has changed in eighteen months. It’s like a fairy godmother came down and said, “You can have all the things you’ve ever wanted, but you’re going to get them at warp speed, so buckle in.” The best possible kind of crazy, though. I am grateful for it every single day.

4. You. Launched. KTeen. YOU LAUNCHED KTEEN. This is amazing. Now, THINK FAST: which one of your characters would you most want to kiss? (I call dibs on Colin. SO SEXY. I’m drooling at the thought of him.)

Oooh. That’s so difficult – do I really have to choose? I know who Mo chooses, of course. But it’s a lot harder for me. It’s probably Luc – he is one of those boys who should have “Not Good For You” tattooed across his forehead, and that’s hard for me to resist. But Colin’s pretty appealing, too. I have a thing for guys who are strong of jaw and dark of backstory. See? Impossible to choose.

5. Hahaha, “Not Good For You” on his forehead. Niiiice. So, what’s a typical writing day for you?

No day is really typical, but most of the time, my alarm goes off at 6:30, and I offer my husband a million dollars to get our three girls up and ready for school. He falls for it almost every time. After everyone leaves, I enjoy the silence of my house and a cup of coffee while I check email and Twitter and a few blogs (mostly craft blogs, as it’s nice to start the day by looking at something pretty) and my Teux Deux list I write until 2, and then make phone calls/return emails/etc. If I’ve made my page count, I get to take a shower. The kids start trickling home by 2:45, and I put on my mom hat – I’m checking homework and driving people around, making dinner and doing household stuff until about 9, when I finally get to visit with my husband. At about 10:30, I head back down to the basement with a cup of tea and a snack, and typically work until 1:30 or 2. Then I read until I fall asleep.

6. Reading until you fall asleep–that’s my own evening routine. But, UH-OH! Pub Brawl!!!!! What weapon are you wielding?

Beer bottle – preferably an Abita Turbodog. Actually…an empty Abita bottle, because there’s no fight worth spilling such a delicious beer.

7. Another clever choice, Erica. Beer bottles will most certainly be in abundance. Now, to wrap up, do you have any final words of advice or inspiration?

Trust yourself to write the story you want, even if it’s scary. That’s usually a sign you’re on the right track

Erica, you are right, right, RIGHT.

Guys, Erica gave me that same advice when I was stuck in the horrible, razor-sharp jaws of Something Strange & Deadly‘s sequel. Erica SINGLE-HANDEDLY pulled me from the razor jaws, patched up my wounds, and pumped my ego back to where it needed to be…and all with that simple bit of advice.

Now, to celebrate the AWESOMENESS that is Erica’s Torn Trilogy, we are giving away 2 books! A copy of Torn and a copy of Tangled!

All you have to do is leave a comment telling us if you prefer cookies or cake. 😉 And maybe list your favorite YA paranormal while you’re at it.

The contest is open internationally, and we’ll announce the winner next week!


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65 Responses to Interview with Erica O’Rourke, author of Tangled

  1. Jenelle R. Feb 2 2012 at 4:09 am #

    Err… cake! I mean sure, its more fattening, but who cares? Its full of sweet yummy cakey goodness! 😀 *stomach grumbles*

    And my favorite paranormal is Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers series. Banshees and reapers. What’s not to love? 😉

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:30 am #

      Ooh, I’ve never heard of that series! I’ll have to add it to my TBR pile. 😀

  2. Corina Feb 2 2012 at 4:21 am #

    CAKE!!! Most certainly cake. But only if there’s icing. And preferably if I’ve made it my self. I do, however, have a soft spot for Subway cookies. I don’t know if they’re the same everywhere, but in Australia they are positively amazing.

    At the moment, my favourite paranormal romance would have to be Maggie Stiefvater’s Shiver and Linger. I haven’t had the chance the read Forever yet, but I’m waiting on a copy. The suspense is killing me!!!! I loved that the copy of Linger that I got was printed entirely in green! All the ink was green. I’ve never been more amazed by anything in my entire life!

    Corina 🙂

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:31 am #

      Isn’t the layout for that series lovely?? Have you seen Maggie’s self-made book trailers? They will make you CRY!!

      And mmm, homemade icing–I’m a buttercream addict, myself.

  3. Julie
    Julie Feb 2 2012 at 6:55 am #

    Great interview! Thanks Erica and Sooz! 🙂 (Sorry, Erica; I know you don’t like emoticons, but I couldn’t resist just one smilie.)

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:32 am #

      All of my emails to Erica are PACKED with emoticons. She’ll survive. 😉 <---haha

  4. Crystal Martinez Feb 2 2012 at 8:25 am #

    Cake is the best!! Let’s see my favorite paranormal YA right now has to be…The Iron Fey series by Julie Kagawa. I just finished the Iron Knight and I was blown away…really loved the whole series. A close second place as of right now is The Hush Hush series by Becca Fitzpatrick. I just finished Silence and I’m dying to read the next book 🙂 Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:33 am #

      Oh, I read the IRON FEY series–so great. I haven’t picked up HUSH HUSH yet, though. I have this fear that no angel book can ever be as good as UNEARTHLY, so why try? 😉 Silly fear, I know.

  5. Erin Bowman
    Erin Bowman Feb 2 2012 at 9:34 am #

    Erica, this interview makes me love you even more. I am a huuuge fan of cookies, autumn, stick shifts, sushi, and coffee. We need to meet up one of these days. (Although I have to disagree with you on emoticons. Without them, how will I possibly express myself online?!? Mere words?) 😉

    Loved the question that sparked the idea for TORN and I absolutely adored your “road to publication” story. Thank you so much for sharing!! (And thank you Sooz, for hosting!)

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:34 am #

      YARGH! Stick shift. I started learning, but…then I stopped. Long story that mostly involves me being a wuss and stalling too many times on steep hills. (Darn Alps!)

  6. Jasmine Stairs Feb 2 2012 at 10:35 am #

    I stared at that question for quite a while before I realized that it wasn’t a two-part question, those were separate queries. MAYBE I SHOULD DRINK SOME COFFEE.

    For question 1: Tarts and/or cupcakes. *is a rebel*

    For question 2: I really love Cassie Clare’s Mortal Instruments series. It’s so FUN.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:35 am #

      1. Ooh, tarts! Niiiiice! You ARE a rebel!! 😀

      2. Have you read CLOCKWORK ANGEL/PRINCE? (I have to say, those covers–swooooon!)

  7. Bri L. Feb 2 2012 at 10:40 am #

    Definitely cookies! Especially double chocolate chip. Or regular chocolate chip. Snickerdoodles…there are too many brilliant kinds. Cake could have been a contender, but the icing usually associated with cake gets in the way of it truly having a chance against cookies.
    Favorite YA paranormal has to be HAUNTING VIOLET by Alyxandra Harvey. It’s a stand alone book about a girl in the Victorian era that helps con people into believing that her mother is a medium, while discovering that she is a real medium herself. Once she discovers her ability, she has to use it to solve a mystery about a girl’s murder. It’s the perfect combination of historical fiction, murder mystery, and paranormal ability.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:36 am #

      Snickerdoodles are definitely my fave!! I made a batch of–get this–48 last week…and ate them ALL. By myself. In 2 days. It was both sick and amazing.

      And WOW, HAUNTING VIOLET sounds amazing–how have I never heard of it? I’m going to look that up stat!!

  8. Brandi Ziegler Feb 2 2012 at 11:52 am #

    Cake for sure! Though I wouldn’t sniff at a cookie. I’m a huge fan, Erica! Thanks for hosting this interview, Susan! 😀

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:37 am #

      You’re so welcome, Brandi!! And hahahahaha–I HOPE you wouldn’t turn down a cookie!! 😀

  9. Erica O'Rourke Feb 2 2012 at 12:07 pm #

    Thanks so much for having me, guys, and for all the lovely comments!

    Sadly, Susan, my dislike of fish is exactly what you suspected. Fish. As a group. All of them. I am absolutely terrified of live fish. TERRIFIED. In my family, we like to say that I have “fissues.” I like them fine on my plate, because it means there is one less fish in the world, and my triumph is that much more complete.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:38 am #

      BAHAHAHAHA. Fissues. I. Love. It. LOVE IT.

      And wow, you are the first person I’ve ever met with such severe fissues. I guess it’s good we became friends AFTER I left marine biology behind.

  10. Jen McAndrews Feb 2 2012 at 12:18 pm #

    Oh, I’m afraid I’m a cookie girl through and through. Either that, or I’m just not a cake chick. But really, what I want to know is, how do you love sushi but hate fish?
    I agree with Jenelle about Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers, you know, if I have to chose something other than TORN.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:39 am #

      She’s scared of fish, but enjoys eating them. MIND-BLOWING, I know. 😉

      And wow, this SOUL SCREAMERS really needs to get on my bookshelf, it seems.

  11. Isabel Feb 2 2012 at 12:30 pm #

    Cake, hands down. Getting two people to agree on one cookie recipe (crunchy? soft? wide? tall?) is nigh on impossible, but cake? That one’s easy. Well, at least I’ve never seen anyone go up in arms over whether a cake ought to be crispy or chewy. Brownies are another matter altogether, though…

    I’m not -entirely- sure if it counts as paranormal romance, but Patricia Briggs’ Mercy Thompson and Alpha and Omega series captured my heart long ago and don’t seem inclined to give it back any time soon. Not that I’m complaining, since she is still publishing more.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:41 am #

      Oooh, you make a very good point, Isabel. There ARE many more points for contention in a cookie decision…

  12. Mrs. S Feb 2 2012 at 12:34 pm #

    Cookies, if they’re my chocolate chip ones, or my mother’s Christmas cookies, or if they’re from Momofuku Milk Bar (blueberries and cream cookies!) Or cake if it’s from scratch and the icing doesn’t lean too heavily toward butter or sugar, but strikes a nice balance in the middle. Otherwise I’ll skip the lot and just have chocolate 🙂

    And–does The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer count for paranormal romance? It’s not my wheelhouse (reading or writing) but man, that book was awesome.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:41 am #

      I’ve never heard of Momofoku Milk Bar–I MUST FIND THIS.

  13. Hannah Feb 2 2012 at 12:40 pm #

    Cake…..no cookies…..no…Cake! I don’t think you can go wrong either way.
    Favourite YA paranormal book? I really like the Wicked Lovely series by Melissa Marr.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:42 am #

      Hahaha–you’re right. You definitely can’t go wrong either way. 😉

  14. Gina Rinelli Feb 2 2012 at 12:45 pm #

    Most definitely cake! And I was going to say Daughter of Smoke and Bone, but then I saw Hannah’s comment and remembered that I’ve loved Wicked Lovely for a long time. Especially the second one, Ink Exchange.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:43 am #

      Ooooh, DAUGHTER OF SMOKE & BONE. I’ve heard wonderful things about it, and I even gave it to my sister for X-mas, yet…I haven’t picked it up myself!!

  15. Kat Zhang
    Kat Zhang Feb 2 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Fantastic interview, Sooz and Erica! That’s quite the publication story 😀 I also loled at the multiple deaths 😉 Will have to go pick up TORN so I can read TANGLED! The idea of the best friend having to pick up her best friend’s old “job” is fascinating.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:43 am #

      It’s so, so, SO clever. For once, the MC isn’t the chosen one…it really is a, “What would Ron have had to do if Harry had died at the start?”

  16. Lori M Lee Feb 2 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Cookies! Especially if they’re filled with chocolate 😀

    Unless it’s ice cream cake. In which case, cake! >_>;;

    Favorite Ya paranormal? HMMM. I don’t know if I can pick one =/

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:44 am #

      Oooooh, ice cream cake! Niiiiiiice!!

  17. Carl Feb 2 2012 at 2:09 pm #

    Cake or cookies, I love sweets. I’ll take whichever one you’re offering. OK probably cookies most often.
    Favorite Ya paranormal still gotta be Harry Potter.
    Thanks for hosting, dying to get my grubby mitts on these books.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:44 am #

      I love sweets too, and I definitely wouldn’t pass up a chance at either cake or cookies…or ice cream or candy or brownies or… 😉

  18. Erica Feb 2 2012 at 2:15 pm #

    I think this question comes down to what KIND of cake or cookies, because that definitely changes things 🙂

    And my favorite paranormal YA… I really love so many YA paranormals, but definitely the super unique ones, like The Survivors by Amanda Havard or Witch Eyes by Scott Tracey are my favorites.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:45 am #

      I’ve heard great things about WITCH EYES, but I haven’ t heard of THE SURVIVORS. I’ll have to look into that one!!

  19. Leigh Bardugo
    Leigh Bardugo Feb 2 2012 at 3:28 pm #

    I absolutely loved this interview. Erica’s journey is amazing and this series just sounds PHENOMENAL. *strong of jaw and dark of back story* Yes please!!

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:46 am #

      I *know*, right? Strong of jaw and dark of back story? Oh, he was just as sexy as he sounds too…

  20. Rika Ashton Feb 2 2012 at 5:37 pm #

    Cake or cookies? Talk about a tough question.

    If I had to choose, I would go with a DQ ice cream blizzard cake, smothered in Oreo cookies. YUM! (It’s the best of both worlds.)

    My current favourite YA paranormal is INVINCIBLE by Sherrilyn Kenyon.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:47 am #

      GASP! A combination of cake AND cookies…AND ice cream! You’re a GENIUS!! Way to thwart the question! 😉

  21. jodimeadows
    jodimeadows Feb 2 2012 at 7:11 pm #

    Fab interview! Thanks for visiting us, Erica!

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:47 am #

      Agreed! Thank you so much, Erica!

  22. Linda C. Feb 2 2012 at 9:49 pm #

    I love cookies, but I have to give this one to cake! As for my favorite paranormal romance, that’s tough, but I’ve loved Annette Curtis-Klause’s Blood and Chocolate since it first came out in the late 90s.

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:47 am #

      Oooh nice throw back to a classic! Bonus points to you!! 😀

  23. Katelyn Larson Feb 2 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    Cookies, most definitely. I like cake, but more for the frosting than the cake itself. But nothing can beat a warm, chewy cookie fresh from the oven

    • Sooz Feb 5 2012 at 6:48 am #

      Agreed. Warm, chewy cookie is DIVINE.

  24. Hayley G Feb 3 2012 at 12:25 am #

    Definitely cake- I love icing! My favourite Paranormal YA is the Firelight series by Sophie Jordan! Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  25. Janet Feb 3 2012 at 10:48 am #

    Cookies for sure! And I have to admit that I haven’t read much paranormal before; I tend to stick to high fantasy and scifi, but I would like to try out some new and interesting paranormal novels.

  26. Sarah S Feb 3 2012 at 11:35 am #

    Thanks for the interview! The question that sparked TORN is so interesting — I’d love to see how your characters handled the situation.

    Also, another cookies vote from me!

  27. Christina Kit. Feb 3 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Definitely cake! It’s easier to combine with ice-cream. Plus I can’t make cookies for my life – they end up welded to the cookie tin.

    Other than Torn, I LOVE Twilight:)

    ccfioriole at gmail dot com

  28. kristina shields Feb 3 2012 at 3:24 pm #

    definitely love me some cake! yum! I love the Vampire Academy series by Richelle Mead.

  29. Zara Alexis Feb 4 2012 at 11:48 am #

    You’re asking my sweet tooth to make a very difficult decision. There’s white chocolate macadamia nut cookies and shortcake cookies up against strawberry cheesecake and vanilla cupcakes frosted with french vanilla icing. It’s not a fair question! LOL…Okay, my tooth is swaying me a tiny bit more towards cake. It probably has to do with birthday memories, too. Plus, I bake killer cupcakes.

    As for my paranormal YA of choice: Divergent by Veronica Roth.

    Thanks,
    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

  30. Colin Smith Feb 4 2012 at 12:24 pm #

    Cookie or cake? A tough call, especially if they’re both chocolate. I think cake might just win out over cookie, though. And I’m still looking for my favorite paranormal. Maybe it’ll be TORN… 🙂

  31. ephrielle Feb 4 2012 at 2:26 pm #

    Cookies!! What is not to love? Small, portable and such variety. And Shadowcry is my favorite YA Paranormal right now. Can’t wait for the sequel.

  32. Adriana Marachlian Feb 4 2012 at 2:50 pm #

    CAKE 😀 All the way, any time.

    Erika, this was so absolutely inspiring, it almost makes me want to go write RIGHT NOW (except I won’t, because I have to study. But maybe after that!) I loved TORN and cannot wait for TANGLED and Luc <3 I love Luc.

    Favorite YA Paranormal? Eeeeh, I don't know D: oh oh! No, nevermind, I DO know: The Gemma Doyle Trilogy :DD

  33. Pavan H Feb 4 2012 at 5:05 pm #

    COOKIES!!!!!! always cookies 😉 and my favourite Ya paranormal is Soul Screamers by Rachel Vincent!! Torn was EPIC!!! can’t wait for Tangled!!!! And I am a Colin girl for sure but Luc always has that special place in my heart!

  34. savanna Feb 4 2012 at 6:17 pm #

    Cookies! My favorite paranormal YA is Morganville Vampires by Rachel Caine.

  35. Atheena Anthony Feb 4 2012 at 11:59 pm #

    Cakes of course! I love them more than cookies:)) I hard some bad experiences with cookies:)))
    favorite would definitely be Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers!!!:> I love it! I LOVE TOD:) ihihihihi!!

  36. Chen Chang Feb 5 2012 at 1:08 am #

    Cake! You can eat cookies all the time, but cake should be for special occasions! My favorite YA paranormal? That’s hard! It’s between VAMPIRE ACADEMY and THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS!

  37. Tristan Bruce Feb 5 2012 at 1:08 pm #

    Hey Erica, great interview, I also love my guys strong of jaw and dark of backstory. I’ve never been able to word it that accurately though Lol. Definitely cake, red velvet, my Gawd that stuff is good. Though if they made red velvet cookies I wouldn’t be able to choose. Favorite paranormal, that’s a hard one , I’d have to say Rachel Vincent’s Soul Screamers or Falling Under by Gwen Hayes. I love the idea of the “unchosen” getting to save the day, behind every hero is the side kick, they don’t get enough credit . Thanks for the giveaway =D

  38. Megan Feb 5 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    Cookies! Chocolate chip cookies that are still warm, so your hands get bits of chocolate smeared on them.

    Her writing approach sounds very intriguing. But how can you love sushi and hate fish…

  39. Tiffany M. Feb 7 2012 at 1:08 am #

    I am a cake girl all the way. Cookies aren’t nearly as fun!! My favorite YA Paranormal would have to be The Great and Terrible Beauty Trilogy and it’s tied up with Vampire Academy series… There are soo many more that get honorable mentions and close calls!!

  40. Maghon Thomas Feb 7 2012 at 12:33 pm #

    hmmm, I am kinda neither & both. hahaha like that made sense… I am not really a sweets eater ( I HATE chocolate, and no I am not the devil’s spawn) but I do happen to LOVE funfetti cake, and snickerdoodle &/or white chocolate macadamia nut cookies… with that, I am a fantasy (or urban fantasy) YA fanatic… I love when there are lots of supernatural aspects and crazy stuff going on, with out so much pining over the hot teenager (who is sometimes worth the pining lol) 😉 good luck everyone!

  41. Mary @Sweeping Me Feb 8 2012 at 9:27 am #

    I would have to say cookies. My favorite YA paranormal would have to be Shiver at this point. I have read a few but not many. I am just getting into them. Thanks for the chance!

    Mary

  42. Maaria Lohiya Feb 8 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    CAKE!!!
    Cookies are good too, but only with a glass of milk, whereas I can’t resist cake. My canteen in school does some AMAZING cakes with like as much custard as you want for ridiculously cheap and as a result I swear I’m putting on weight. Not good, but meh. It’s worth it. XD

    I am loving Cassandra Clare’ s Infernal Devices series! Not so keen on her Mortal Instruments. More Will and Jem then Jace. XD
    Probably one of my other favourites is Sarah Anderson’s ‘Hunting Lila’ which is really quite amazing. Also Joss Stirlings books are easy going but pretty damn good.

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