Monday, October 27, 2008


As you are gearing up for a spooky Halloween, how about checking out a new mysterious YA novel by my fellow GCC author Kelly Para?

In honor of this upcoming holiday, Kelly has graciously accepted my offer to be interviewed on my blog about her new book, INVISIBLE TOUCH. Check out our interview below...

Do you (or did you ever) have a writing group? Who are the first people to read your book once it’s completed?

K: I have a number one critique partner, author Tina Ferraro (How To Hook a Hottie). We were partnered through a critique service years ago when we were both writing suspense and hit it off right away. We email every day and read each other's books chapter by chapter, then the whole draft.

What writers do you consider your “sisters”? Are there any published writers that you hang out or tour with a lot? Call? Email? IM?

K: Again, my writer "sister" would be Tina, as well as author Dianna Love and Anne Frasier. I can really be honest with these talented ladies and I have a load of great author friends I meet up with at conferences when I can.

What writers do you wish would be in your “clique”? (It doesn’t have to be in your genre….doesn’t even have to be living! For example, I’d pick Alice Hoffman, Jodi Picoult, Sarah Dessen, Oscar Wilde, Stephenie Meyer, Meg Cabot, Stephen King and Joan Didion).

K: I'll just name my favorite authors which include my writer sisters hands down, as well as Laurell K. Hamilton, Stephanie Plum, JD Robb, Rachel Caine, and Marjorie M. Liu.

When did you first feel that you’d officially joined the “published writers’ club”?

K: Even after I accepted a contract for my first novel Graffiti Girl, I still felt like a big newbie. Even when I finally got to sign my contract and received my first payment the "published author" feeling didn't set in. I finally felt official when I saw my book at a book store! haha. And now with my second book Invisible Touch on shelves, I still feel "new" to the publishing world and I'm not sure when that feeling will go away.

Finally, what can you tell me about your book? Give me a quick run-down about why I’d want to pick it for my own book club.

K: Invisible Touch is about Kara Martinez, a teenage girl who has a gift--or is it a curse?--of seeing visions and signs on individuals and has to piece the signs together in order to stop an unfortunate fate. She keeps an anonymous blog called Secret Fates to share her feelings about her ability and the mystery she's trying to solve. Soon she sees the dangerous sign of gun and when she meets a boy from the wrong side of town, she's thrust deeper into danger than ever before. Invisible Touch is a story of mystery, romance, and family drama and what I hope is an entertaining read.

Thanks so much for having me on your blog, Megan!

Here's some more info on Kelly Para's thrilling new novel, INVISIBLE TOUCH!

by Kelly Parra
MTV Books | October 14, 2008
ISBN: 1416563377
(For ages 13 and up)

Do you believe in fate?

Kara Martinez has been trying to be "normal" ever since the accident that took her father's life when she was eleven years old. She's buried the caliente side of her Mexican heritage with her father and tried to be the girl her rigid mother wants her to be -- compliant and dressed in pink, and certainly not acting out like her older brother Jason. Not even Danielle, her best friend at Valdez High, has seen the real Kara; only those who read her anonymous blog know the deepest secrets of the Sign Seer.

Because Kara has a gift -- one that often feels like a curse. She sees signs, visions that are clues to a person's fate, if she can put together the pieces of the puzzle in time. So far, she's been able to solve the clues and avert disaster for those she's been warned about -- until she sees the flash of a gun on a fellow classmate, and the stakes are raised higher than ever before. Kara does her best to follow the signs, but it's her heart that wanders into new territory when she falls for a mysterious guy from the wrong side of town, taking her closer to answers she may not be able to handle. Will her forbidden romance help her solve the deadly puzzle before it's too late...or lead her even further into danger?


Invisible Touch Book Trailer:


Barnes & Noble:

Praise for Invisible Touch

"A magical blending of mystery, romance, and deep and dangerous secrets. Kelly Parra’s Invisible Touch is an action-packed coming-of-age novel, sure to keep readers turning pages and begging for a sequel." 
-- Laurie Faria Stolarz, Bestselling author of Blue is for Nightmares and Deadly Little Secret

"Readers are going to delight in this fast-paced, gripping story, and be kept spellbound until its surprising finish." 
 -- Tina Ferraro, author of How To Hook A Hottie

"The Gold Award of Excellence! An amazing, touching novel that deals with big issues in an original context." -- TeensReadToo

"Five out of five gold pens for Invisible Touch."—The Salinas Californian

Secret Fates Extravaganza

Through the month of October, Kelly Parra is hosting a Secret Fates Extravaganza with 26 authors sharing secrets and giveaways on the Secret Fates blog ( It has been a fun-filled month and it’s almost over. The Extravaganza will end October 31st.

About the Author

Kelly Parra is the author of Graffiti Girl, a double RITA nominee and a Latinidad Top Pick, and the contemporary paranormal, Invisible Touch. When not pulling her hair while writing her current novel, she likes to play with her abundance of websites and feed a serious television addiction. For excerpts visit, or follow the Secret Fates blog at

invisible touch ~ out now!
graffiti girl ~ available


Hurray for Kelly and her fantastic new book, Invisible Touch. Kelly's an amazing writer (and critique partner-friend) and I encourage everyone to pick up a copy of her latest page-turner.

Hi Megan, thanks for the interview!!

Thanks for stopping by Tina!