As part of the Debs Blog Tour, I'm spotlighting Jennifer Jabaley's LIPSTICK APOLOGY today. Jennifer is a fellow debut 2009 author and her book sounds terrific. Here's a little summary:
Four little words written in lipstick mean Emily must say goodbye to everything she knows. Emily Carson has always been a good girl. So when she throws a party the night her parents leave for vacation, she's sure she'll get busted. What Emily doesn't know is that her parents will never return. That their plane will go down. And the only thing left amidst the wreckage will be a tray table with the words: Emily please forgive me scrawled in lipstick - her mother's last words.
Now it's fall in New York City and Emily's trying to pick up the pieces of her shattered life. Her public tragedy captures the attention of more than just the media - and soon two very different boys at her new school are pursuing her: the cute, popular Owen, and the quirky chemistry partner slash pastry-baker-by-night, Anthony. But even with such delicious distractions, Emily can't let go of her mother's mysterious apology. Does she have the courage to face the truth?
With help of a whole new kind of family - one that includes a make-up artist to the stars, a teen hand model, and a wacky hairdresser - Emily must choose between the boy who makes her forget it all, and the one who encourages her to remember, and ultimately, heal.
A little bit about Jennifer: Jennifer Jabaley was born in New York and raised in Bridgewater, New Jersey. She graduated from James Madison University with a degree in chemistry and received a doctorate from Southern College of Optometry. A part-time optometrist and mother of two, Jennifer began writing her first novel after a phone call from her sister sparked an idea for a story that lingered in her mind and stirred her creative juices. LIPSTICK APOLOGY will be released in August of 2009 by Razorbill. Jen lives in Blue Ridge, Georgia and is currently at work on her second book.
Here are Jennifer's answers to the Thorough Three . . .
NM: What is the age of your protagonist/s?
JJ: Emily is sixteen
NM: What is the single, most important bit of advice you'd give to the You that was the same age as your protagonist/s?
JJ: Don't sweat the small stuff
NM: Complete the following sentences:
Everyone should definitely, for sure _____________.
You should NEVER, EVER ___________. But if you absolutely must, make sure to ____________.
JJ: Everyone should definitely, for sure pursue their passion.
You should NEVER, EVER wait to apologize until you're on your death bed. But if you absolutely must, make sure to not write it in lipstick.
Thanks, Jennifer! For more information about Jennifer and her work, go here. To order a copy of LIPSTICK APOLOGY from Amazon, go here; and from Indiebound, go here.