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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Guest Post with Beth Fantaskey, Author of Jekel Loves Hyde


Reading level:
Young Adult
288 pages
Harcourt Children's Books; 1 edition (May 3, 2010)

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be key to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his
life. As things heat up in the lab though, Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

I'd like to welcome Beth Fantaskey, author of the popular novel (and one of my favorite books) Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. Her latest book, Jekel Loves Hyde recently released this month.

Beth graciously cooked up this insightful and entertaining guest post for us today, and I want to thank her for taking the time to stop by.

*Be sure to check back tomorrow for your chance to win a signed copy of Jekel Loves Hyde too!

Whenever I see my mother-in-law, she gives me a stack of her old Woman’s World magazines, because she knows they’re my secret addiction. I love clipping out the recipes (which I never really make), reading the “mini mystery,” and most of all, taking the weekly “personality quiz.”

Every week, there’s a question like, “What does your favorite candy say about you?”

And if you pick, say, M&Ms, it supposedly means you’re serious and career-driven. But if you pick sour gummies, it means you’re humorous and lack ambition.

(I made those results up – although they did once use candy preference to predict personality.)

Anyway, the funny thing is, in all my years of taking those quizzes, I have never fit neatly into one category. Somehow, I always end up learning something along the lines of, “I am a serious, funny, career-oriented slacker” – who probably eats too much candy.

It’s like, at age 44, I still can’t quite figure out who I am – even when the sour gummies I do love are trying hard to tell me.

That quest to figure out who, exactly, we are is at the heart of my new book, Jekel Loves Hyde. Jill Jekel has always seen herself as an incredibly shy, powerless girl who tries desperately to be “good,” even when fate treats her so horribly that she rages inside. And Tristen Hyde fears that he might harbor an actual monster, deep down in his soul.

Over the course of the story, Jill and Tristen try to figure out what their “true” natures are. Are they “good” people? “Bad” people? Maybe “good” people who secretly long to be “bad?” (Or vice versa?)

Given what I’ve told you about my own ambiguities, I’m sure I’m not spoiling anything by noting that Jill and Tristen don’t necessarily get the concrete answers they expect.

It’s a dark story – darker than the inside of an M&M – but with a sweet romance, too. I guess my own dualities can’t help making their way onto the pages.

Regardless, whether you’re drawn more to intensity or tenderness, I hope you like it!

Check out Beth Fantaskey's Official Website & Blog.

Want more? Check out the interview Beth did with me regarding Jessica & Lucius from Jessica's Guide!

Purchase Jekel Loves Hyde at Amazon.com.

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Jenn (Books At Midnight) said...

Great guest post! Haha, if only my beloved Jolly Ranchers could tell me my purpose in life...

Morgan said...

Wonderful guest post. I feel the same way about those magazine quizes, I'm always on the borderline. I'm really looking forward to reading Jekel Loves Hyde-I absolutely love the cover!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Great post. I'm with her on the "not quite knowing who she is despite the gummies trying to tell her" :)

jewelknits said...

Came over from Book Blogs to leave some well-deserved comment love. This is a great, entertaining guest post - the kind that really makes the reader want to know more about the book. :)

Emma said...

Very cute guest post! Great job.

Andrea said...

I can relate to this so much--I am a bit addicted to sour gummies, and don't even get me started on my duality. Jekyll and Hyde is one of the most fascinating stories ever to be written. It's a great inspiration or reference for any book. Way to go, Beth!

Jennie Smith said...

Love the post! Great job!!

Happy reading!