Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Interview & Giveaway: Perfect Couple by Jennifer Echols



Series: Superlatives #2
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: January 13th 2015
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Perfect Couple is #2 in the Superlatives series about seniors at a Florida high school who are selected for their class's superlative categories in the yearbook, and how the labels change the way they view themselves and alter the course of their lives.
Can your heart be put to a popular vote?

As yearbook photographer, Harper is responsible for capturing those candid moments that make high school memorable. But her own life is anything but picture perfect. Her parents' bitter divorce has left her wondering what a loving relationship would look like. And ever since the senior class voted her and star quarterback Brody the “Perfect Couple That Never Was,” her friends have been on her case to ask Brody out.

Brody doesn’t lack in female admirers, but Harper can't see herself with him. He seems confused about why they were matched together, too. They’re total opposites—the last people in the world who would ever be compatible, let alone the “perfect couple.” Yet ever since the class paired the two of them, they've found themselves drawn together--first by curiosity, then by an undeniable bond.

The trouble is, though they're very attracted to each other and both of them admit this, they have a hard time getting along or even communicating clearly. If they’re the perfect couple, this shouldn’t be so difficult! Soon it becomes clear their class was wrong, and they throw in the towel. But after they walk away, both of them feel so changed from making the effort that they can’t forget each other. What if that means this match made in hell is the perfect couple after all?


 Interview

1. Describe Perfect Couple in 5 words or less.

You’re not what I thought.

2. Brody's thoughts when he found out that he was matched with Harper.

“What?” Also, “Score.”

3. Which came first the plot or the characters?

Actually, I thought of the idea of the Superlatives series first. When I was a senior in high school, our class voted on “who’s who” titles like Most Academic and Most Talented. I looked around at other titles like this online and chose three that I thought would make great teen romances: Biggest Flirts, Perfect Couple That Never Was (shortened to Perfect Couple in the title), and Most Likely to Succeed. For PERFECT COUPLE, next I needed to figure out why two people who were obviously so perfect for each other had never even considered dating. So the characters came next, and the plot after that.

4. What was the last book you read and loved?

I work as a copyeditor for Harlequin Books. I’m not allowed to talk about my work so I can’t name titles, but so many of those romances are really wonderful, and I’m proud to have contributed a little.

5. If you could be anywhere right now, where would you be and why?

I would be in Hawaii, where I eloped. I love the warm temperatures in the South where I live, and I am a beach girl at heart. Hawaii serves up the best of all this. The airport does not have walls. Our hotel lobby did not have walls. That is the best indicator I know that your climate is perfect: your buildings do not have walls. I will make it back someday!

Book 1                                                                                                           Book 3  
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Jennifer Echols was born in Atlanta and grew up in a small town on a beautiful lake in Alabama—a setting that has inspired many of her books. She has written nine romantic novels for young adults, including the comedy MAJOR CRUSH, which won the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the drama GOING TOO FAR, which was a finalist in the RITA, the National Readers’ Choice Award, and the Book Buyer’s Best, and was nominated by the American Library Association as a Best Book for Young Adults. Simon & Schuster will debut her adult romance novels in 2013, with many more teen novels scheduled for the next few years. She lives in Birmingham with her husband and her son.
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