Welcome back for another Feature Friday at NA Alley!  

First, last week's winner of CM Brown's He Came For Mine is:
Laurie Litwin!  Congrats!  You will be contacted shortly! 

Today we're chatting with Autumn Markus, author of Cocktail and Dreams!


 Jena Baker’s life was a Type-A personality’s dream: job she loved, degree almost finished, great friends… all firmly in her control until one night of insanity when her past collides with her present.

After a New Year’s Eve party in San Francisco, Jena wakes up in a strange hotel room beside her college crush, Nicholas Cooper. Funny thing, but showing her wild side to a man she knows makes the prospect of facing him the next morning infinitely worse, so she slips away before he wakes. Back home in Davis, she decides to let old flames die… but that doesn’t stop dreams of her night with him from coming back to haunt her.

Nicholas wasn’t looking for change, other than a change of scenery. His life was perfectly pleasant, even and rational… until Jagermeister led to a madly out of character night. Now he’s dreaming of an  angel his mind can’t remember but his body won’t let him forget.

When fate throws Jena and Nick back together again, they find their physical attraction is undeniable. But they need to discover if there’s more to them than great sex.

Can a relationship that started somewhere in the middle ever work? Or is it all just Cocktails & Dreams?

Describe your main characters:  
Jena is a good girl—a Type-A personality who likes having everything under control. She’s a graduate student at University of California at Davis, has a job she loves as a physiotherapist, good friends… life is good. Nick is very much the same. He’s back at med school at UC Davis after having taken a couple years’ break to work as an EMT. They knew and liked each other as undergrads, but now they’re thrown into a situation where they’re both uncomfortable: the unknown. Trying to make a relationship work around grad school and med school is hard enough without having started out again together after a one-night stand!

What was your favorite scene in your book? 
There’s a scene where Nick is sitting at the hospital waiting and hoping against hope that Jena will show up—he’s very close to falling apart. I can see every second of that scene in my mind to this day.

What was the hardest part of the book for you to write?  
The jacket blurb! No lie, that was excruciating!

What compelled you to write your book?  
It was a combination of things, kicked off when an old friend mentioned offhandedly that a guy on our college rowing team that every girl there wanted liked me. She thought I knew, but I had no clue!  At the time, I was listening to a lot of Jeff Buckley, and was particularly stuck on his song, “EVERYBODY HERE WANTS YOU”, about a guy seeing a girl in a club and making his case to her. Put that together with my personal past, and my brain started asking the writer’s favorite question: “What if…?”

Now, about you in a few words:  

When she’s not chasing rug monkeys or otherwise running around like a madwoman, Autumn likes to look out at the Rocky Mountains that surround her, and daydream. She wouldn’t live anywhere else (except maybe Tahiti, if half naked serving men are included in the deal. Admit it—you’d trade, too).

Autumn’s always up for a good chat about music, movies, wine, or good books. Or bad books. Or books of any kind (Really. She talks a lot. Almost as much as she reads. Ask her husband).  She sucks down java at a scandalous rate to keep her going by day, but in the dead of night you’ll find her hunched over the computer keyboard, writing frantically while alternating between bouts of snickering madly, sniffling aloud, and despairing over her technodorkiness.

Someday she’ll grow up and put her very grown-up education to use.


But not today.

That pretty much says it all-HAHA! I also review books for the New York Journal of Books and freelance edit for some other writers and blogs.

What’s your favorite New Adult title? 
I really enjoyed Citizen Girl. It’s a few years old, but it paints such a good picture of being young, out of college, and trying to make your way in this world

Why do you write New Adult?  
This one just sort of happened. I actually write many different age groups.

What books is sitting on your TBR pile that you can’t wait to read? 
 Right now, I’m anticipating reading Peaches for Father Francis, by Joanne Harris (author of Chocolat), and Vanity Fare, by Megan Caldwell.

If you could have dinner with any author, dead or alive, who would it be and why? 
Stephen King. No one, and I mean no one does believable characters like he does. I want to pick his brain! I actually saw him in a restaurant years ago, but I didn’t want to disturb his meal (and I’m a chicken). I’ve also had dinner with his assistant (long story), who says he’s a great guy. He’s my author crush!

Your favorite quote from any book. 
Too tough! My current favorite is “The half-life of love is forever.” (This is how you Lose Her-Junot Diaz)

What’s up next?  
Another book! Sand, sea, artists, fortune-tellers… *sigh* Thinking about it makes me happy.

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  1. "What was the hardest part of the book for you to write?
    The jacket blurb! No lie, that was excruciating!"

    LOL - No doubt! It's so hard to squeeze a whole book into a few lines. Esp. knowing that's your one shot to hook the reader. :)

    1. I had no idea! Jacket blurbs, synopsis, and titles--OMG, titles! I hate them! Stories are easy by comparison.

  2. This book sounds awesome! I can't wait to read it.

    1. DEW EET! It's a little bit funny, a little bit sad, stressful as heck at times--a lot like being young :)

  3. I know what you mean about writing the jacket blurb - very tough!

    I enjoyed the interview, and Cocktails and Dreams sounds like a great read. Best of luck with it! :-)

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    1. I have the marketing dept at Omnific to thank. I had no idea what I wanted, but they took the idea and ran with it. They're a great bunch of people!

  5. Your books sounds great!
    Oh, the blurb is always a pain in the --- =P

    1. It was far more difficult than I thought, but so important to get just right. It was a fun book to write, but I overwrote (newbie error)--not so much fun editing nearly half the book away. Still, I had two strong editors, and came out with a much better book than when I first submitted it. :)


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