Saturday, April 28, 2012

Summer Lovin' Blog Tour: Guest Post with Katherine Grace Bond

I'm excited today to welcome author Katherine Grace Bond to the blog as part of the Summer Lovin' Blog Tour to talk to us about fame and celebrity. Welcome to Supernatural Snark Katherine!


“Celebrity-in-Hiding.” When I first started writing THE SUMMER OF NO REGRETS, I didn’t want to admit how much that idea intrigued me. I’m a lot like my main character, Brigitta—all about finding the meaning of life, not fantasizing over whether the guy next door is a movie star. When I bought a National Enquirer, I explained to the grocery store clerk that it was for research— that I was writing a book (“Yes,” I told her modestly, “I am an author.”) I certainly didn’t normally read that sort of thing. Of course not. Well, okay, maybe the headlines. Occasionally.

But as I read through stacks of People and Star and Us (which is a lot like eating sugar cubes all day long), and more stacks of celebrity biographies, I started to wonder what the deal is about fame. Why does it fascinate us? Why do we love the idea of either being famous or being connected to somebody famous?

I think it’s because we’ve got some interesting ideas about “being known.” If I’m “known,” people know who I am, right? Lots of people. Those people will say I’m talented and beautiful and they’ll treat me with special respect. If I’m known, I get to wear amazing clothes and ride in limousines. People will do what I want just because I’m known. If I only eat the green M&M’s, someone will pick those out of the five-pound bag and put them into a crystal dish for me. If I’m known, I am important—more important than that boss who fired me, or the teacher who gave me a C and said “You ought to be ashamed of yourself,”  or the security guard who threw me out of a mall in Seattle for plugging my cellphone into a floor outlet (true story!)

But is that really what being known is? Getting special treatment and being better than somebody else? Who really knows me when I’m known like that? What I crave, what I really crave, is to have a few people who will look into my eyes and know me—know how I wrinkle my nose when I laugh, and what my favorite show is, and why I’m afraid of guns. It’s what we all want, I think—people who will listen to us when we’re scared, and scream with us on the roller coaster, and trust us with their hurts. We want to know we matter. We want to have a few people we don’t have to hide ourselves from. 

So is Brigitta’s next-door-neighbor a secret superstar? We can talk about that later. I need to go to the grocery store and read some headlines.

Thanks so much for stopping by Katherine! More information on Katherine and her books can be found here:



The day Brigitta accidentally flings herself into the lap of a guy she's never met, her friend Natalie is convinced he's Trent Yves, egotistical heartthrob-in-hiding. When the boy, who calls himself Luke, is nearly eaten by a cougar, Brigitta finds herself saving his life, being swept into his spectacular embrace and wondering if she wants Natalie's fantasy to be true.

As the two spend the summer together raising orphaned cougar cubs, Brigitta still can't be sure of his true identity. But then again, since her grandparents' death, her father's sudden urge to give away all their possessions and become a shaman, and her own awkward transition from girlhood into a young woman, she isn't sure of anything. What is the truth? More importantly, can she accept it?


I've had several contests the past several weeks, and I just wanted to sneak in an announcement regarding the winners really quickly. A huge thank you to everyone who entered, and to HarperTeen, Media Masters Publicity and Harlequin, and Penguin for providing such fantastic books! All winners have been emailed.

DARK DAYS (The Last Echo, Partials and Slide)

Amanda at On a Book Bender



  1. Thank you very much, Jenny!!! :D
    And congrats to the other lucky winners!

  2. Thanks for the invite, Jenny! I absolutely love the name of your blog.


  3. It is amazing how fascinated by fame we are. While it's not just a cultural thing, it also seems to be more prevalent in the US with all our reality "stars" and tabloids. Sounds like a cute story!

  4. M.A.D. - You're welcome:)

    Katherine - Thank you! I'm happy to have you on:)

    Mary - Isn't it? I know I'm guilty of reading those tabloids when I'm standing in line at the checkout counter. I can't not look!

  5. Great post and very timely---tons of celeb watching going on right now. But I think Katherine has it right, we want a few people who truly know us!!!

  6. This is a great post Jenny and Katherine, I agree it's totally hard not to be fascinated with fame, even though I never buy the magazines, I find myself always have a quick peek over someone's shoulder whether it be on the tube or the bus! :( This sounds like a fantastic book, I've added it to my tbr! :)

  7. Lovely post! I actually don't think me and fame would be a good match. I hate being in the spotlight and can't stand the thought of people talking about me or even knowing personal things about me! :D This book sounds interesting though and I cant wait to read it.

  8. Thank you so much for the giveaway, I'm so happy I won! :)
    And a great post, very true!

  9. Sounds like a great read Katherine! And yes, I feel it's not just a "want", it's a need to have those who know us inside and out.

  10. Oh, to have someone pick out all the green M&M's for me...

    But the utter lack of privacy would do me in!

    I crave excellence as an author, and it would be great to have multiple options for paying the bills, but I don't believe I crave fame.

    The cougar element of the story sounds unique!

  11. Oh this sounds like a cute/serious book. Sounds like a great summer book! I like the author's take on celebrity. I don't think I'd want to be famous. Okay, the special treatment would be nice (and meeting all the other famous people/authors) maybe people could just know my name and not my face.


  12. I can't wait to read this book. It sounds very good.

  13. Sounds like a cute book. Not sure if it is for me.

    Congraties to the winners!!

  14. LOL! I am excited to read summer lovin stories!