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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Blog Tour- Love Lies Beneath by Ellen Hopkins

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Collateral comes a gripping novel about a woman caught in a love affair that could be her salvation...or her undoing.

Tara is gorgeous, affluent, and forty. She lives in an impeccably restored Russian Hill mansion in San Francisco. Once a widow, twice divorced, she’s a woman with a past she prefers keeping to herself.

Enter Cavin Lattimore. He’s handsome, kind, charming, and the surgeon assigned to Tara following a ski accident in Lake Tahoe. In the weeks it takes her to recover, Cavin sweeps her off her feet and their relationship blossoms into something Tara had never imagined possible. But then she begins to notice some strange things: a van parked outside her home at odd times, a break-in, threatening text messages and emails. She also starts to notice cracks in Cavin’s seemingly perfect personality, like the suppressed rage his conniving teenage son brings out in him, and the discovery that Cavin hired a detective to investigate her immediately after they met.

Now on crutches and housebound, Tara finds herself dependent on the new man in her life—perhaps too much so. She’s handling rocky relationships with her sister and best friend, who are envious of her glamour and freedom; her prickly brother-in-law, who is intimidated by her wealth and power; and her estranged mother. However perfect Tara’s life appears, things are beginning to get messy.

Writing in beautiful prose, Ellen Hopkins unveils a new style while evoking her signature poetic form that readers fell in love with in Collateral and Triangles.

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“After eight highly successful young adult novels-in-verse, I decided to explore more mature subject matter and wrote my first two novels for adults utilizing my signature verse-style formatting. I changed directions with my third, Love Lies Beneath, choosing to write in prose to better connect with an older audience, some of whom might be resistant to the fiction/verse merger.

I will continue to write YA, of course. (My twelfth YA novel publishes Fall 2015.) Teen characters are hugely appealing to me.
But some topics I want to write about demand adults as main characters. My first adult novel, Triangles, explores midlife directional changes, and my second, Collateral, follows a Marine couple through four deployments, with the inevitable consequences. Please visit the BOOKS page here to learn more.

Love Lies Beneath is sexy, chilling noir fiction about a woman who has it all—wealth, beauty, possessions; everything, except love, which she finally discovers at forty, after three failed marriages. While everything is perfect at first, things change when the doctor’s teenage son moves in. It’s then the lies begin to appear. But who, in fact, is the liar?

Expect the sequel to Love Lies Beneath in 2016 and more books for mature audiences in the future.”

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and I have a quick interview with Ellen:

1) If you could travel in a Time Machine would you go back to the past or into the future?

I’d go back long enough to tell my parents (both deceased) how much I loved them then and how much I appreciate them now. We think there’s plenty of time to tell people things like that, but we don’t really know how long we’ve got.

2) If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would you choose?

Stephen King, Barack Obama, Johnny Depp, Elizabeth Warren, Ellen DeGeneres. My politics are showing, I guess. But that would be one heck of an evening!

3) Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?

I’m currently writing the sequel to Love Lies Beneath and a YA called Chameleon, about parental alienation. In the future I might move into something a bit more speculative, but who knows? All I know is I’ll be writing until they pry my dead, cold fingers from the keyboard.

4) Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.

In November I’ll be inducted into the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame. I’ll hang on a wall with the best Nevada writers of all time, including Mark Twain!

5) What is your favorite scene in the book? Which scene or characters were the most difficult for you to write and why?

The final scene! I love writing twists. The hardest character to write in Love Lies Beneath was the protagonist, Tara, who’s not exactly likeable. But you do learn to relate to her as the story progresses.

6) What hidden gem do you have in your bookshelves?

A circa 1924 copy of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.

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