Wednesday, March 20, 2013


Spring Break is here, and that means I am taking a mini-break. I thought it would be fun to take a week to feature some of my favorite authors and readers.

Today I have author Bethany Lopez here at the blog, to talk about her upcoming Contemporary Fairy Tale, Nissa. I will also be giving away some swag at the end of the post.

Genre: Contemporary Fanatsy
Publisher: Bethany Lopez
Publication Date: 4/23/13

At 900 years old, Nissa is finally ready to follow her mother's path and become the best Fairy Godmother she can. She’s not thrilled when her first assignment turns out to be a teenage human girl with self-esteem issues, but she knows she has to start somewhere. Her assignment has dealt with bullies since her freshman year and they haven’t let up. If Nissa can’t help her regain her self-confidence her future is bleak.

To complicate matters Nissa experiences all the signs that she's met the being fated for her. This impossibility distracts her from her purpose. After all, fairies and humans aren't meant for each other. How can her heart believe otherwise? Can Nissa successfully complete her first assignment as a Fairy Godmother? Will the fates allow Nissa and Levi to be together? And even if they do, will Levi believe Nissa once she reveals the truth?

Fun Facts about Nissa: a contemporary fairy tale

The idea for Nissa came to me while I was sitting in the doctors office in Nov 2011

 I started writing it, but since I had written strictly contemporary up until then, I wasn't sure if I could pull off a fantasy. I put it aside and wrote the second and third books in the Stories about Melissa series.

I took the chapters I'd written with me to the Southern California Writers Conference in Feb 2012 and had the first five pages read aloud during a rogue workshop. I was terrified, but the other writers thought I had a good idea.

I wasn't sure what I wanted to name the male love interest, so I held a poll on twitter. I asked if the readers liked Levi, Colin, or Seth. Levi was my favorite, and was theirs as well. I used Colin in Make it Last, but I haven't used Seth yet.

I picked Levi as one of the choices, because I pictured Adam Levine as Nissa's love interest, and it's a play on his name.

 I loved writing Vicky. I think she is funny and spunky and I really hope she gets her HEA!

I signed up for Camp NaNoWriMo in July and wrote the first draft of Nissa that month.

Finnegan became one of my favorite characters. Something about an inatley cocky character makes me happy!

I really fell in love with Pinterest because of Nissa. I loved pinning to her board. The pin for Levi's tattoo is the most pinned photo on all of my boards. You can see it here:

I really love the magical bits in Nissa. I hope it is funny and sweet, as well as magical. I'm really happy with the final product.

Nissa is a YA that falls in between the complete innocence of my Melissa books, and the more mature themes of the Friends & Lovers Trilogy.
**I think Nissa sounds like such a cool story! Be sure to add it to your to-read list. **
About the author
Bethany Lopez was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Michigan and San Antonio, Texas. She went to High School at Dearborn High, in Dearborn, Michigan, which is where she has set her Young Adult novel. She is married and has a blended family with five children. She is currently serving in the United States Air Force as a Recruiter in Los Angeles, California. She has always loved to read and write and has seen her dream realized by independently publishing her contemporary Young Adult series, Stories About Melissa. Ta Ta for Now!, xoxoxo, and Ciao are available now. Bethany is currently working on a Contemporary Fantasy YA and a Contemporary New Adult Trilogy.

I will give one random commenter swag from Bethany Lopez.
Open Intl.


  1. this sounds interesting!!! Thanks for the post and 411!!!

  2. This book sounds so cool and I am a huge fan of the pretty cover. I haven't read anything by Lopez but her books seem to be loved by pretty much everyone on my GR.

  3. This does sound like a really cool story. I love the cover. I think it's so pretty!!

  4. I also think this sounds interesting and I love the cover.

  5. I love the premise for this one. And that Bethany came up with the idea at the doctor's office! Hmm...

    Great interview, Andrea!

  6. Oh, what a cover! This is prettaaa-hh. I have a few contemporary novellas by Bethany, but I have yet to read any of them -.- I love the sound of this one. Thanks so much for sharing, Andrea!

  7. I love the cover and will read anything Bethany writes! This novel is set near where I grew up so I'm especially excited to read this one.:)Thanks for the interview and the giveaway!:)

  8. Thanks for allowing me to take over your blog! I hope you have a great vacation!

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  10. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds amazing!

  11. This one sounds really good! I hadn't heard of it before. I really love the green on the cover too!

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! This book sounds amazing!

  13. gorgeous cover!!
    would love to read this!!! thank you for the giveaway!!

  14. I now believe NaNoWriMo really helps. Not like I didn`t believe, but I thought that maybe it wouldn`t help because you only have a month to write. :)

  15. I'm not really into fantasy, normally, but I really like the idea of this story. And I love Bethany's other books! I will definitely be checking this out. Thanks!

  16. Great interview. This sounds really cute.

  17. I want to win so bad!! I love this author and I want to know more and more and more about her and read as much as she writes.

  18. What a great cover!! I love FT retellings! Thanks for sharing!!

  19. I love the cover and the fact that this is a contemp fairy tale. It sounds amazing!

    Jennifer @ Dream Reads

  20. It looks pretty funny, although I was skeptical at first.

  21. oh i love giveaways for fun books.especially when they're open for international readers :)

  22. This sounds like a good story, and I love the beautiful cover.

  23. The cover is so sorgeous, and sound like a really good story.

    Great interview


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