For my weekly column Scooped!, I scour the Internet, contact authors and pick my fellow RT editor's brains to make sure no reader question goes unanswered. This week, I track down details about the upcoming Erin McCarthy Fast Track novels, get a reader message to Stephanie Dolgoff and report on what four YA authors are working on! Still have questions? Send them to me here and you may be featured in an upcoming post.
Question: Erin McCarthy's Fast Track series are the best contemporary books ever! Hunky guys that race fast cars, what's not to love? I just read Hot Finish and cannot wait to get my hands on the next book - so when will it be out and is there anything you can tell me about the story? - L.Z.
Morgan: Online I was able to find out that the next in Erin McCarthy's series is called The Chase, and it releases April 2011. But L.Z., I knew that that would not be enough to satisfy you. So I went directly to the author for some insider details:
I'm thrilled you've been enjoying my Fast Track series! Book four, titled The Chase, will be released April 5th, 2011 and will feature Evan Monroe (Elec's brother) and Kendall Holbrook, a female stock car driver. These two had a passionate first love affair ten years earlier and when they meet again in competition on the track, there are some serious hard feelings and sexual tension.
There will be six books total in the series, so look for book five, which will feature the infamous blogger, Tuesday Talladega, late in 2011.
I know that after that teaser I am certainly revved up (pardon the pun) for McCarthy's next, too!
Question: I just found out that Stephanie Dolgoff's book, My Formerly Hot Life, is going to be made into a TV show. I say your interview with the author and thought you could get her a message for me. I think actress Alyssa Milano would be perfect for the show. Can you let the author know? - Stevie
Morgan: Stevie, mission complete! Here is Stephanie's response:
I would be thrilled if someone like Alyssa Milano played the main character in My Formerly Hot Life, the TV show. Thing is, the actress would have to be someone who was unafraid to look believably in her late 30s, early 40s, which means quite possibly a teeny bit worse for the wear, with smile lines and maybe a little frazzled. In Hollywood, that's hard to come by, because so many actresses are under pressure to look a lot younger than they are. I haven't seen Ms. Milano lately, so I can't speak to her as the lead, but whoever gets the role needs to have a sense of humor about herself, getting older and where she is in life. To me, that's the ultimate in hot.
Thanks for the suggestion!
Question: My name is Gigi and I am 14. I love looking at the books on your site. My favorite is when you tell me about books that authors will write in the future. Do you have any of this news to share?
Morgan: Gigi, I'm glad you are enjoying the site. I actually do have some exclusive spoilers about several upcoming books. I was at Books of Wonder in Manhattan on Tuesday evening and got to find out what projects are in the works for YA authors Melissa de la Cruz, Anna Godbersen, Natalie Standiford and Suzanne Weyn. Their answers were short and to the point:
Melissa de la Cruz - "I am working on my first adult paranormal."
Anna Godbersen - "There will be four of these [pointing to her novel, Bright Young Things, which is set in the 1920's.]"
Natalie Standiford - "I have a middle grade novel. It is more like historical fiction for young adults. Set in 1982, an American girl goes to the Soviet Union for her junior year abroad. She falls in love with a Russian boy."
Suzanne Weyn - "I am writing a book about the Salem witch trials."
I certainly can't wait to get my hands on these, especially because they all span different time periods. That diversity is just one of the many reasons that I love YA so much!
Teens and Adults Line Up for Autographs At Books of Wonder in NYC
That's all for this week. Remember, if you have a question about anything that's going on with your favorite authors and books, send me an email at MorgansScoop@gmail.com and I promise to give you the inside scoop on the publishing world!