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    Back Forever

    The sequel to 'Bring Me Back'. eBook and Trade paperback available.

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    Hiding in the Spotlight

    He got the chart topping success. His best friend got it all. eBook out now. Trade paperback coming soon...

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    Bring Me Back

    eBook and Trade paperback available

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    Erotic Romance

    Erotic Romances published by Ellora's Cave

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    Claire’s Diary

    The prequel to 'Bring Me Back'. Download the eBook for free!

Hooray! Claire’s Diary, the novella prequel to Bring Me Back, will be out on September 9th! Even better, the eBook will be a free read through February 16, 2014, when the untitled (I’m working on it!) sequel to Bring Me Back is released. You will be able to download Claire’s Diary directly from my website. I’ve already received several requests for Claire’s Diary to come out in print as well, and I’m working to make that happen this fall.

Claire’s Diary takes place at the height of Claire’s obsession with Banks Forest and Christopher Penman, during her junior year of High School. Her diary entries, like the one at the beginning of Bring Me Back, are interspersed with her sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking account of the random events that led to her having her first boyfriend, Tommy. At the same time, Claire is counting down the days until she and her best friend Jane finally get to see Banks Forest in concert. Finally! She and Christopher Penman, in the same place, breathing the same air! Through it all, you see the depth of her adoration of Christopher and his band, as well as the raw intensity of a teenage girl’s need for love and acceptance.

Where do I begin? How about at the beginning? I’m a writer–seems like a good place. I just finished an interview and reading with North Carolina Public Radio’s “The State of Things”. It was both a blast and a blur–Frank Stasio and the amazing folks at WUNC do an incredible job of making you feel comfortable and welcome. It was mostly the forming coherent thoughts that I had to muddle through. The piece will run Wednesday, June 26. For those of you outside NC, you can listen via live streaming, podcast, or RSS feed by going to “The State of Things” page at wunc.org.

UPDATE: You can listen to my segment HERE.

The appearance on TSOT (I get to call it that now that I’ve been a guest), is in anticipation of my reading/signing/Q&A at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village on Sunday, June 30th at 2PM. I hope to see lots of faces that afternoon, both familiar and new. Please come by. You can get more info about McIntyre’s at mcintyresbooks.com.

For anyone in the Triangle area, you can find Bring Me Back in print at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village, Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, Schoolkids Records in Raleigh, and The Regulator Bookshop in Durham. If you don’t see it, ask for it!

As for utter craziness, that mostly refers to intricacies of managing summer vacation with two kids when you’re trying to write a book. The dogs and cats living together is just because I love a good movie quote, but I can usually only remember that one and, “No more yanky my wanky, the Donger need food.”

Stay cool! xoxo

I spend a lot of time talking about Duran Duran wallpaper. People know this about me. I think it’s largely because when I was plastering my bedroom walls with images of Duran Duran and John Taylor, it didn’t occur to me that millions of girls before me had done it. Equally mind-boggling is that millions of girls after me surely did the same thing with the band or teen idol of their choice. What is it about evolution that drives adolescent females to such extremes of home decor? Nesting instinct? Hormones run amok? The teen idol poster printing industrial complex? Holly Gilliat brings a new one to the blog today–Kiss wallpaper, while joining us to celebrate the release of ‘Til St. Patrick’s Day (it’s awesome–go buy it!). Nesting…home decor…hormones…Gene Simmons. Excellent combo.

Holly Gilliatt

Hazelwood Central High, Florissant, MO, Class of ’90, Currently: Packaging Sales Rep by day; Author—whenever I can be!

Band and/or song that reminds you the most of high school: This is tough to narrow it down! There are so many…of course, hair bands (Bon Jovi, Kiss, Poison, Motley Crue), George Michael, The Bangles, Tone Loc, U2, Richard Marx.

Favorite piece of music memorabilia (poster, t-shirt, etc.) in high school: About midway through junior high, and with no decorating budget in sight, I decided to cover up my ragdoll wallpaper that I’d had since I was four—with posters of Kiss. I mean, every single inch. That lasted until I was about 16 and saved up some money to redecorate!

Band that you hated that everyone else at school seemed to love: This was the tail end of high school for me, and the beginning of boy bands—New Kids on the Block. I just didn’t get the allure, or the music.

Best show or concert you saw in high school: Don’t laugh. Really…don’t. It was probably Richard Marx at the Old Glory Amphitheatre at Six Flags in St. Louis. My friends Sherry, Craig and I even stormed the stage…I suppose hoping to get a chance to snag a lock of his big hair!

Best high school make-out song: Chris Isaac’s “Wicked Game.” Still puts me in the mood.

Holly Gilliatt is the author of ‘Til St. Patrick’s Day, now available from Turquoise Morning Press. You can learn more about Holly at www.hollygilliatt.com or follow her on Twitter @hollygtweet.

Watch the trailer for ’TIL ST. PATRICK’S DAY.