Friday, October 17, 2008


I'm happy to announce we're giving away a copy of Kelly's latest release, Invisible Touch, to one lucky reader. Simply leave a comment (or question for Kelly) in our comments section to be entered. The winner will be chosen after 6 pm PST on Sunday, October 19.

Good luck! And to hold you over until you get your hands on a copy, Kelly and I sat down to chat about it...

Hey, Kelly, please tell us about your latest novel, Invisible Touch, published by MTV/Pocket Books, which released on October 14th, 2008.

Hi Tina, thanks for chatting with me! Invisible Touch is about secrets, signs, and fate and how they effect one girl named Kara Martinez. Kara has a secret, she sees signs,visions, on individual's torsos and must piece the the images together like a puzzle in order to try and stop an unfortunate fate, all the while keeping her ability secret from her family and peers. She creates an anonymous blog called Secret Fates in order to express her secrets freely. Once she meets a mysterious boy, the signs lead her further into danger and she must solve the clues before its too late. It is a story mixed with mystery, romance and family drama.

Wonderful. Tell us, how did the idea for this novel come about?

I love shows about the paranormal, such as Ghost Whisperer, and thought it would be cool to have a girl see visions. Of course, it wouldn't be easy. This kind of gift would often be a curse. Kara and her family are also dealing with the loss of Kara's father, and that connected with me with losing a parent. The themes in this novel combined to make a story I wanted to tell.

What do you hope readers will gain from reading this novel?

I hope they'll be satisfied at the end of the book and feel entertained, and hopefully just "feel". Those are the kinds of books I like to read, ones that leave a positive impression. I try to share stories like that with readers.

You not only strive for that, but you accomplish it (says your proud critique partner). Thanks for sharing. Would you like to close with a novel you highly recommend and why?

I have to recommend Tina's next novel, THE ABC'S OF KISSING BOYS, coming out in January '09. It's a story of friendship and family, and a girl's struggle to keep her life in control while other parts are not so easily tamed. And there's lots of kissing...

A lot, yeah! LOL--good answer!

Bio: KELLY PARRA debuted into young adult fiction with the Latina novel GRAFFITI GIRL, a double RITA finalist and Latinidad top pick in 2007. Her latest novel is the YA contemporary paranormal, INVISIBLE TOUCH.

Kelly currently lives somewhere in between dreamland and her hometown in Central Coast California. When not pulling her hair while writing her current novel, she likes to play with her abundance of websites and feed a serious television addiction. Visit her website, www.Kelly or visit the Secret Fates blog.

33 fresh comments:

Sara said...

This book sounds really great, and I'm so glad that I have a chance to win it!!

I definitely look out for the ABCs of kissing boys too!


Laura said...

Graffiti Girl is really popular in my library - glad to see more from Kelly!

Bunny B said...

I'd love to read this book - sounds fun! :)

bunnybx at gmail . com

beth said...

I agree with Sara--it sounds awesome and I hope I win!

Janie Emaus said...

Hi Kelly & Tina,
This books sounds fascinating. I can't wait to read it.


Crystal Adkins said...

I said it before, I've seen this cover all of the inet! It must be a good read :) I wish her lots of luck and tons of sales :)

yabooknerd said...

you two are so cute.
this book sounds amazing - i can't wait to get my hands on it.

Paradox said...

I want to read this book so badly!!!! I'm obsessed with reading books about teens with paranormal powers.

Lenore said...

I live in dreamland too :)

And I love books with latin themes.

Kelly Parra said...

Sara, thanks so much!
Laura, that is so cool to here, thank you!
Thanks, Bunny b!

Kelly Parra said...

Thanks, Beth!
Hi Janie! Thanks!
Thanks so much, Crystal!
haha! Jennifer, thanks!

Kelly Parra said...

Paradox, awesome, thanks!
Lenore, wonderful!

Liviania said...

INVISIBLE TOUCH looks awesome - I hear nothing but good things about it!

TinaFerraro said...

Hey, thanks everyone for entering...and best of luck to you all!

Meredith said...

This book sounds so good and I cannot wait to read it!


Khyrinthia said...

I can't wait to read this one- and The ABCs of Kissing Boys, of course. I read Graffiti Girl and loved it, so I'm hoping that once I can read Invisible Touch I will love it too.

Anonymous said...

I've wanted to see Ghost Whisperer know I definitely have too. I love paranormal books so i hope i win.

MixedDude said...

Great Interview and Nice plug for Tina's next novel, THE ABC'S OF KISSING BOYS :)

Lauren said...

This book looks so great!

Tasha said...

So absolutely can't wait to read this one!!!

Rebekah E. said...

sounds like an amazing book. I would so love to read it.

Lindsey said...

Thank you for the review - I'd love to read this, it looks great! :-)

ladyufshalott at

Carol said...

I really want to read this book. Please enter me in the contest! :)

Stacy said...

I would love to win the book, just came across you as an author and I am interested in reading both of your books. I would love to win!

Stacy B.

Kelly Parra said...

liviania, Meredith, thank you for entering!

khyrinthia, I hope you'll get a chance to read Touch too!
book~adorer , you should really watch Ghost whisperer, haha! Thanks!
Thanks, Mixeddude! Tina and I always support each other!

Kelly Parra said...

Hi Lauren, Tasha, Rebekah, thanks for entering!
Hi Lindsey and Carol and Stacy!!
You guys are really great, thank you for joining us!

Book Spot said...

I'm going to have to read Tina Ferraro's books and Graffiti Girl--maybe I'll get some money or gift cards for my birthday that will help with that ;) I really did love Invisible Touch, though and hope it does super well both for you and because it will mean lots of people are reading it

Shalonda said...

Yay!!! So glad you guys are having a contest here. I tried to win a copy on the Secret Fates blog, maybe my luck will be better here!

Sarahbear9789 said...

Sounds like an amazing book.

The Book Muncher said...

eek, i really wanna read this book :D

The Not So Closet Geeks said...

this book sounds so good!

TinaFerraro said...

Thanks, everyone, the contest is now closed. Look for the announcement of the winner soon!

Kelly Parra said...

Book Spot, loved your review on TOUCH, thank you!! You'll love Tina's books!
Hi Shalonda, Sarahbear, Book Muncher, and Not so closet geeks!!