{AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT} Thanksgiving Author Hop: Katie Cotugno


It’s DAY TWO of our Thanksgiving Author Hop! Each day we are featuring one of our favorite authors and their books so you can get to know them a little bit better. Today is all about Katie Cotugno. If you’ve listened to our podcasts there’s no doubt that you’ve already heard us gush over her books, especially How to Love. Meg puts Sawyer LeGrande on every swoony boy list ever. *swoon* We also LOVE 99 Days and cannot wait to get our hands on Fireworks. In our opinion Katie can do no wrong.

Today she’s sharing one of her Thanksgiving Traditions with you! We are also sharing a little about her and Fireworks at the bottom of the post. Don’t forget to enter our giveaway. A copy of How to Love will definitely be included! Are you ready to get to know her & her book a little better? Let’s get started…


by Katie Cotugno

For the last ten years, my husband and I have spent the weekend before Thanksgiving celebrating the holiday with friends of ours in Boston. What started as a haphazard whim–come over! We’re cooking a turkey and getting drunk!–has turned into one of our very favorite traditions. My friend B makes a buffalo chicken dip I spend the next eleven months dreaming about. My Irish friend A brings the spuds.

Over the years both the company and the venue have changed and changed again, as friends have moved or switched jobs or had babies. One year we were thirty people strong and wound up in a giant food fight. One year nobody wanted to cook so we went out for Italian instead. But we always do something, which has always struck me as the point to begin with–a chance to celebrate with the family we’ve chosen, before returning to the ones from whom we came.


***Meet Katie Cotugno***

Katie CotugnoKatie Cotugno is the New York Times Bestselling author of 99 DAYS and HOW TO LOVE, both available from Balzer + Bray/HarperCollins, as well as FIREWORKS, forthcoming in 2017. She studied Writing, Literature and Publishing at Emerson College and received her MFA in Fiction at Lesley University. Katie is a Pushcart Prize nominee whose work has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, and Argestes, among others. The great loves of her life include child’s pose, her little sister, and mozzarella and honey sandwiches. She lives in Boston with her husband, Tom.

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{AUTHOR SPOTLIGHT} Thanksgiving Author Hop: Katie CotugnoFireworks by Katie Cotugno
Also by this author: How to Love, 99 Days
Published by Balzer & Bray, HarperCollins on April 18th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Contemporary Romance
Pages: 336
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From Katie Cotugno, bestselling author of 99 Days, comes Fireworks—about a girl who is competing with her best friend to become the new pop star of the moment—and all the drama and romance that comes with it—set in Orlando during the late-'90s boy-and-girl-band craze.

It was always meant to be Olivia. She was the talented one, the one who had been training to be a star her whole life. Her best friend, Dana, was the level-headed one, always on the sidelines, cheering her best friend along.

But everything changes when Dana tags along with Olivia to Orlando for the weekend, where superproducer Guy Monroe is holding auditions for a new singing group, and Dana is discovered too. Dana, who’s never sung more than Olivia’s backup. Dana, who wasn’t even looking for fame. Next thing she knows, she and Olivia are training to be pop stars, and Dana is falling for Alex, the earnest, endlessly talented boy who’s destined to be the next big thing.

It should be a dream come true, but as the days of grueling practice and constant competition take their toll, things between Olivia and Dana start to shift . . . and there’s only room at the top for one girl. For Olivia, it’s her chance at her dream. For Dana, it’s a chance to escape a future that seems to be closing in on her. And for these lifelong best friends, it’s the adventure of a lifetime—if they can make it through.

Set in evocative 1990s Orlando, New York Times bestselling author Katie Cotugno’s Fireworks brings to life the complexity of friendship, the excitement of first love, and the feeling of being on the verge of greatness.



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  1. Susan Light says


  2. Kristy Petree says

    She’s a another new (to me) author I haven’t read, but I was just reading some great stuff about “How to Love” yesterday, I think, so I definitely want to check that one out–sometimes I just need a good ugly-cry book. Love that cover for Fireworks! Thanks 🙂

  3. I have or read Cotugno’s other books, so I am looking forward to Fireworks.

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