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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde Blog Tour & Contest

From the moment I heard someone mention the title Jekel Loves Hyde, I was intrigued. I was excited to get my hands on a copy of this book and even more so when I was asked to participate in a blog tour featuring it. I will be posting a review soon, but for now you can visit author Beth Fantaskey's website, read the prologue, and learn more about the novel by keeping up with the blog tour. The schedule is listed below.

    About the book

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules—especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.

Pre-order your copy of Jekel Loves Hyde HERE.

Character Bio - Jason Messerschmidt

High school chemistry teacher Jason Messerschmidt can barely control his students when they aren’t literally monsters. When he becomes mixed up with a formula that creates real fiends, he’s totally in over his head. So what motivates him to keep meddling?

Interview with Beth Fantaskey

In both Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and Jekel Loves Hyde, the love grows between the two protagonists, it’s almost earned. What are your thoughts on love at first sight vs. earned love or a love that grows from friendship?

I like the idea of love that grows. To me, that’s the core element of romance. I think attraction can be immediate – but to genuinely love someone, it seems to me that you have to get to know their good points and their flaws. You have to learn how to take care of each other. I never thought of using the word “earned,” but I guess that’s how I do tend to feel about it. To me, a love that grows can be incredibly romantic.

What was the inspiration for the character names in Jekel Loves Hyde?

“Jill Jekel” just felt like the right name for the character who was forming in my mind, as I started to write the book. I pictured her as a “Jill” from day one. I deliberated much more about Tristen’s name. I couldn’t quite figure out what felt right, so I searched a bunch of databases of male names and their origins, and several noted that “Tristen” means “tumult, chaos.” I loved that name for a guy who enters a very innocent girl’s life and leads her into all sorts of temptation!

Do you outline, or are you a fly by the seat of your pants writer?

I try to outline – and then when I sit down at my computer, I shove aside my notes and completely fly by the seat of my pants. There’s a scene in Jessica’s Guide where a vampire named Dorin secretly passes a note to Jessica at a meeting, and I went to bed after writing that with no idea what the note was going to say. I wasn’t even sure who Dorin was!

Jekel Loves Hyde Playlist

Blog Tour Schedule
Friday- MundieMOMs
Saturday- Page Turners Blog

Thanks to Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for their support and to
Pages Turners Blog for organizing the blog tour.



  1. Great interview. I liked the playlist.
    Thanks for the contest :)

  2. Fun interview! Her comments on growing love & outlining vs. panster make me want to pick up the book even more. : )

  3. Thank you for the interview and contest!^O^

  4. Thanks for the chance to win this one! I'm definitely excited for some chemistry gone awry (or gone the right way) in novel form.

  5. Great info/interview! Thanks for hosting!

    Kate aka YzhaBella's BookShelf

  6. Great interview!

    I can't wait to get my hands on this book as well as Jessica's Guide!

  7. Love the book title. Great interview.
    Sue B

  8. Great giveaway!

    infinitemusic19 at gmail dot com