Please welcome Kelly Oram, author of the BEING JAMIE BAKER series, and her latest exciting book, SERIAL HOTTIE, available in ebook right now for only 99 cents at Amazon and BN!
As part of Kelly's blog tour she's been kind enough to guest post about sibling relationships, and you know how we love those!
One of my favorite aspects of Serial Hottie is the relationship between Ellie and her older sister Angela. Ellie suffers from what I call The Robin Complex—meaning she lives in her sister’s shadow.
Ellie and Angela are a year apart in school, and where Ellie is the hot-tempered tomboy, her sister Angel is the gorgeous, popular, flirt. At first, Ellie doesn’t get along with her sister. She claims it’s because Angela is evil, but eventually she realizes that it’s more a case of her being jealous and even a bit resentful of Angela. Ellie suffers from a deep-rooted insecurity that she didn’t even know she had.
Well, you know how they always say to write what you know? Apparently I do this on a subconscious level.
When I wrote Serial Hottie my older sister Robin was one of the first people I gave it to. After she read it she came back to me with the biggest frown I’ve ever seen. I freaked out, immediately assuming she hated it. With that one frown I convinced myself in less that five seconds that the book sucked and everyone in the world was going to hate it. Only she didn’t hate it. She actually really liked it. The frown was for something else entirely. Something I’d never even thought of.
When she saw me after she read it, the first words out of her mouth were, “I’m Angela!”
“No, you’re not!” I immediately protested. I meant it too.
Then, from the other room my husband, who’d already read the manuscript, yelled, “Oh, yeah. She’s totally Angela!”
For the record, Robin is not Angela. (And I am not Ellie.) However, the relationship between the two of them is pretty spot-on with how my sister and I treated each other growing up. I suffered from The Robin Complex big time. We were best friends as kids, and then we hit puberty and it became uncool to like your family. We steered as clear of each other as we could all the way through college.
It wasn’t until I got married and moved hundreds of miles away from her that we were finally able to start liking each other again. But, better late than never. Robin is now one of my best friends, lives ten minutes away from me, and hangs out with me two to three times a week. We even had the same due date with our last babies! (Well, her last baby. I’ve had another baby since then because I’m crazy.)
Anyway, I think that how my sister and I turned out, and how much I love and appreciate her now, has a lot to do with there being more depth to Angela’s character. I think that’s why the story has a little bit of heart to it. I couldn’t make Angela a true Mean Girl because I wanted Ellie to like her sister. I wanted her to have the kind of relationship I have with my sister because there’s really nothing quite like having your sister be your best friend.
Awesome! We're so glad to hear how close you and your sister are! And thanks for stopping by.
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Ellie’s sweet sixteen is a summer of firsts. First car. First kiss. First boyfriend. First serial-killing stalker?
Hockey-obsessed tomboy Eleanor Westley has never been the object of a guy’s affection before. So when the hottest boy she’s ever seen moves in across the street and starts treating her like she’s the center of his universe, naturally she’s going to be a little skeptical. But everything starts to make sense when girls who look just like Ellie start dying all around the city. Obviously the new guy is the killer, and of course he only likes her because he wants to slice her into tiny pieces. Right?
The more Ellie gets to know Seth the more she’s convinced he’s a psychopathic killer. The problem is he’s the sweetest psychopathic killer she’s ever met. Not to mention he’s brutally hot. No matter how hard she tries, she can’t help but fall for him. Will Ellie find true love, or will her summer of firsts turn out to be a summer of lasts?
About the Author
Kelly Oram wrote her first novel at age fifteen–a fan fiction about her favorite music group, The Backstreet Boys, for which family and friends still tease her. She's obsessed with reading, talks way too much, and loves to eat frosting by the spoonful. She lives outside of Phoenix, Arizona with her husband and four children.
Follow the SERIAL HOTTIE Blog Tour
- July 1st. "Ellie's This Or That" hosted by Blkosiner's Book Blog
- July 2nd. "Author Interview" hosted by Larkin's Book Bloggers
- July 3rd. "Ellie's Top Ten Tips For Stalking Your Hot Neighbor" hosted by Once Upon A Bookcase
- July 4th. "Why it sucks to be born on the 4th of July" & Birthday Giveaway hosted by Katie's Book Blog
- July 5th. "My Top Ten Fictional Boyfriends" hosted by Tales of a Ravenous Reader
- July 6th. "Songs For Ellie: The unofficial Serial Hottie Soundtrack" hosted by Moonlight Book Reviews
- July 7th. "Love Triangles: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly" hosted by Parajunkie
- July 8th. "My favorite YA Heroines" hosted by Planet Print
- July 9th. "The Robin Complex" hosted by Teens Read and Write
- July 10th."Dream Cast" hosted by Burning Impossibly Bright
- July 11th "My Firsts" hosted by Good Choice Reading
- July 12th "V is For Virgin Teaser" and Serial Stalker Contest winners! hosted by kellyoram.com