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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

AS: Bonnie Hearn Hill's Star Crossed Series + Giveaway!!

As you guys have known, I recently read the Star Crossed series by Bonnie Hearn Hill. Right now there are two books that are out for the public; Aries Rising and Taurus Eyes. Gemini Night, the third book in the series will be out in Fall 2010. Bonnie has been so generous, she's going to give one lucky winner a signed copy of each book! (Gemini Night has to wait, of course, until it's published :D)

Here is a chance to win the signed copies of Star Crossed series by Bonnie Hearn Hill! It ends August 31, 2010. US/Canada only. There will be ONE WINNER! Fill out this FORM to enter!

(P.S: Read the interview below to find out the Star Crossed facebook page, and Like the page to be entered to win an iPod Touch when Gemini Night comes out!! :D)

Here are the gorgeous covers:

Read my review of Aries Rising here.
Read my review of Taurus Eyes here.

My interview with Bonnie Hearn Hill:

1. While writing the Star Crossed series, which book made you felt satisfied the most and why?

A: Each book was satisfying in a different way. ARIES RISING was exciting because--well, because it was first--and because I got to experience Logan coming into her own power. TAURUS EYES was deeply personal to me. Although there's a ghost and a lot of conflict, it's really a love story, and it's a story about letting go of what we love. GEMINI NIGHT was challenging because I got to up the stakes and write more of a mystery. In that book, Logan has to figure out the astrology chart of a celebrity who will be attending the launch party of the teen magazine she wants to write for. She doesn't know which celeb it is. She only knows the stars spell disaster. The love story from TAURUS EYES also plays a part in this book.

2. Which character(s) (Or, based on their zodiac, I guess) was the most interesting to write?

A: Well, I'm a Gemini, so it was fun creating Chili, Logan's best friend. My best friend is a Pisces--and an astrologer--so Paige, Logan's other best friend, ended up with many of her traits. I've had many Pisces readers tell me that they relate to Paige because they are also shy and creative. I hope they like how she changes in GEMINI NIGHT. I've never met a Leo I didn't love, so Nathan Sullivan, Logan's first crush, was fun to write. Logan herself is my favorite. She's conflicted about her mom being on the golf tour and her parents' problems. She's not sure about how to use astrology, but she's proactive and refuses to be a victim. She's willing to take risks. Taurus is also one of my favorite signs. I like their solid dependability, their passion, even their stubborn always-right nature. Some of my favorite people, including my husband, are Bulls. The love interest in TAURUS EYES is also a Taurus, and he is still very real to me. I knew Logan would fall for this guy, and so did I.

3. (I already know your story, but...) Where did the inspiration to write Star Crossed series came from?

A: As I mentioned to you, my best friend, Hazel Dixon-Cooper (the Pisces mentioned above) was once my writing student and became the author of the Rotten Day humorous astrology series and the Cosmopolitan Bedside Astrologer column. She is also a member of my private critique group. You can't spend any time with Hazel before you start checking your Rising sign, staying close to home when Mercury is in Retrograde and refusing to date a guy with a Virgo Moon. When I got the idea for the book, I asked her if she would help me get the astrology part right, and she was a tremendous help. If you read these books, and your sign sounds like you, it's because Hazel was a very good teacher.

4. Does the book Fearless Astrology actually exist? Will you be writing one after the series ends???

A: Others have asked me that. I invented Fearless, and as you know, a member of Logan's family is the author of this imaginary book. I have not thought much about actually writing one, but it could be fun.

5. Do you listen to music while writing? Can I get a playlist?

A: If I listened to music, I would not be able to hear my own voice. I sometimes play classical music in the other room with the volume down. Never anything with lyrics. I'm auditory, and much of my writing process is trying to hear the characters and the story.

6. What was the most difficult part of writing the Star Crossed series?

A: Good question, Eliora. Until then, I had written only thrillers and some nonfiction. I guess it was having the faith to try something new. Even though I was a published writer, I had never written young adult, so I had to complete an entire novel and gamble on whether it would sell. That was ARIES RISING, which I sold as FRANKENSTEIN WAS A TAURUS, a title that was ultimately too young for it. Writing the books was the fun part.

7. Did you ever have your own writing camp sessions in high school? Was it with a famous author, too?

A: I wish! I did marry my high school English teacher, however. Henry Jaffa, Logan's mentor, is based on a best-selling novelist I know who is talented, professorish and extremely helpful to young writers. He's the kind of mentor I wish I'd had.

8. What is your favorite series that you absolutely recommend for YA readers to read?

If you are interested in astrology, read Hazel Dixon-Cooper's Rotten Day books. For fiction, I can't tell you because so much of it is really good. Read well and read widely. Some of the best fiction written today is YA.

9. Is there anything else you'd like to say to Star Crossed readers?

A: To those of you who want to write, never give up. To the rest, I'd love to hear from you. You can reach me at Or on my Facebook page.


  1. Great interview! I really need to read this series! And hte covers are gorgeous. Thanks for the giveaway!


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