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Eileen Cook's New Release: REMEMBER

Eileen is thrilled to announce that her book REMEMBER hits shelves February 24, 2015 .

About the Book:

A thrilling tale about what a girl will do to get back a memory she lost…or remove what she wants to forget.

Harper is used to her family being hounded by protestors. Her father runs the company that trademarked the “Memtex” procedure to wipe away sad memories, and plenty of people think it shouldn’t be legal. Then a new demonstrator crosses her path, Neil, who’s as persistent as he is hot. Not that Harper’s noticing, since she already has a boyfriend.

When Harper suffers a loss, she’s shocked her father won’t allow her to get the treatment, so she finds a way to get it without his approval. Soon afterward, she’s plagued with strange symptoms, including hallucinations of a woman who is somehow both a stranger, yet incredibly familiar. Harper begins to wonder if she is delusional, or if these are somehow memories.

Together with Neil, who insists he has his own reasons for needing answers about the real dangers of Memtex, Harper begins her search for the truth. What she finds could uproot all she’s ever believed about her life…

“Compelling combination of twisty mystery and realistic romance." (Cat Patrick, author of FORGOTTEN and JUST LIKE FATE)

Interview with Eileen

Where did the idea for Remember come from? 

I’d read an article about some scientific experiments being done with memory. The scientists were looking for a way to reduce the difficulty war veterans have with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.  It occurred to me if people could get rid of very traumatic memories, there would also be a market for people who wanted to get rid of all sorts of memories.   

I began to wonder what types of things might go wrong once you begin messing around with someone’s memory. It can be relatively easy to confuse what is a real memory from what someone might tell you happened. What if something you were sure was true, suddenly seemed to be uncertain, possibly a lie? 

Once all these questions were swirling around in my head I knew I had a book- all I had to do is write it! 

If the Memtex procedure existed is there any memory you would like to forget?  

I think everyone has some memories they would like to forget, but even the difficult ones have shaped who I am so I’d have to hang on to them. 

Tell us a behind the scenes story about writing the book.

I decided that I wanted the main character to ride horses competitively- a subject I know nothing about. I was lucky enough to have two close friends who grew up riding and were able to share all sorts of details and were willing to read early drafts to make sure I had things correct. Now I know more about saddles than I ever expected. 

What are you working on now?

It’s a thriller that involves Italy, a possible murder and two best friends who may be enemies.  There’s nothing better than writing a book that includes a research trip to Rome, Venice and Tuscany. I ate my weight in pasta, took thousands of pictures and wrote pages and pages of notes.  


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Heartbreak is in the air

Ah, February. Besides being the Heart and Stroke Foundation's key month for awareness, it's also the month of romantic fiction blog tours.

And I'm taking part in two of them.

First, my novel with Bloomsbury Spark, MY SOON-TO-BE SEX LIFE, is on a book blitz through YA Bound. Watch for excerpts from MSTBSL appearing on the wonderful participating blogs and don't forget to enter the $10 Amazon gift card giveaway contest!

Second, get educated on keeping your ticker healthy HERE and then, starting February 9th, prepare to have that baby broken with 14 HEARTBREAKING reads presented by the Heartbreakers Blog Tour. We have one amazing giveaway - a free Kindle and $20 Amazon gift card - so be sure to follow all the stops. For full tour details go HERE.


Racing Hearts: Book One BLOG TOUR

Tour Schedule:

Feb 2: Guest Post: Star Shadow Blog
Feb 3: Guest Post/ Review: Tana Rae Reads 
Feb 3: Guest Post: Reese's Reviews 
Feb 4: Guest Post: Judith Tewes Blog 
Feb 5: Interview/Review: Twinning for Books
Feb 6: Review/ Guest Post: Feed Your Fiction Addiction 
Feb 7: Review: Michelle's Minions
Feb 8: Review: After the Last Page 
Feb 9: Acrostic Poem: Wanderings and Witchery 

Author Bio

Laura Lascarso strives to craft stories that are honest and real with characters who must overcome great odds. Her debut novel Counting Backwards (Atheneum 2012) won the Florida Book Award gold medal for YA literature. RACING HEARTS is Laura’s first e-series with Leap Books. She lives in North Florida with her darling husband, two children and a menagerie of animals.

Watch for Laura’s series with Shine which follows a pair of star-crossed lovers. He wants to honor his father’s legacy; she wants to prove her father wrong in this modern-day Romeo & Juliet set in the world of competitive car racing. (ETA. Fall 2015)

Visit Laura on TwitterFacebook, and her website.

Character Interview! 

This is kinda sorta like the Newlywed Game...if you haven't seen reruns of that old TV gameshow, the idea is that couples are separated and asked questions - and told to answer them as they think their partner would respond...to see how well they really know each other. On with the questions.

Jesse - how well do you know your crush? What would Brooke pick from the following?

1. Chocolate or peanut butter? Chocolate
2. Heels or Mary Janes? Heels. Maybe even red ones…
3. Skydiving or deep-sea diving? Skydiving
4. Running a red light or slamming on the breaks? Running a red light, no question
5. Country music or classic rock? Country
6. Risking it all or playing it safe? Risking it all

Brooke - your turn - how close was Jesse to getting these right?

He was pretty close…
1. Definitely chocolate
2. Neither—flip flops!
3. Wrong. Deep-sea diving.
4. Running a red light, but I’m sure it was only yellow.
5. Country

6. Risking it all!

About the book...

RACING HEARTS (Book One) – Laura Lascarso
SHINE /Leap Books, LLC
eBook Novella

Start your engines…

Eighteen year-old Jesse Copeland learns of a local car race sponsored by his father’s nemesis, Shep Bradley, and the prize money might be enough to keep his family from losing their home – if he can win.

Brooke, Shep’s daughter, is also aiming to compete, with or without her father’s approval. She’ll do whatever it takes to persuade Jesse to make her car race ready. Both are driven, both are risk-takers, and soon it’s more than engines getting fired up. Jesse tells himself their relationship is strictly business, until it isn’t.

Can two star-crossed lovers overcome a family feud as old as Ford vs. Chevy, or will the competition become too explosive for these racing hearts?

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Release Date: Feb 10, 2015

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