Sarina Bowen took some time out of her busy schedule to talk about her upcoming novels Pipe Dreams and Stay while also giving us the details on some of her other characters!

If you haven’t checked out Sarina Bowen’s novels yet, you need to get on that right away. If you have, you’ll know that she has the ability to craft unforgettable characters, all while tackling subjects some might shy away from. It’s not very common in the romance genre to come across characters with disabilities or those in the LGBT community. That is, unless you’re reading one of Sarina’s books.

Did we mention, she also writes about hot hockey players, snowboarders, and farmers? Not only do readers fall in love with her characters, but they also enjoy every page of her novels. It’s no wonder her fans are always left wanting more!

To get more information on Sarina’s books, visit her website, Twitter, and Facebook.

Check out our chat with Sarina below:

What is your favorite part of co-writing with Elle Kennedy?

Usually authorship is a lonely business. Bouncing ideas off someone who’s equally invested really makes for a great story. Also? Elle is just a whole lot of fun, and a great friend.

In ‘Us’ there was a bit of foreshadowing when Blake tells Jamie he likes blondes, so their hookup might not have been so random. Were you already planning on giving them their own novel while you were working on ‘Us’?

Blake took us both by surprise when he decided to leap off the page and become our favorite secondary character ever! By the time we wrote “The End” on US we knew they needed a book. But it isn’t something we planned.

Do you and Elle have plans to revisit Jamie and Wes in either a novella or novel?

Never say never! But at the moment our dance card is full with other projects, and we have no immediate plans to write another story for Wesmie.

You’ve been amazing with diversity in your novels, including a character with a disability and several M/M novels. What drives you to include characters that others might shy away from writing?

The goal is to write characters the reader hasn’t met before. When I started writing New Adult in 2014, I felt as though the market was crowded. (As if, right? I had no idea what would follow.) So I was on the hunt for unique voices.

As soon as I started writing Corey’s perspective in The Year We Fell Down, I realized that she literally had a different view of the world. And then I felt like I’d walked through a secret door that no other author had found, because every sentence that came out of her mouth felt fresh on the page. Diversity isn’t a political act for me (although that’s nice) but rather an artistic necessity. If I wrote the same characters all the time I’d bore myself silly.

It’s hard to imagine Lauren softening for anyone, but will we see a change in her in ‘Pipe Dreams’?

Lauren has her reasons! She was a fabulous character to write, and I promise you’ll be pulling for her by the end of chapter one. I also enjoyed writing another goalie in Mike Beacon. The goalie personality is a little wacky, and lots of fun to explore.

There are so many characters left in the True North series that we would love to see find happiness. Do you have plans for more books?

I do! I’m working on Zara’s book right now. She’s another fierce heroine, but some of her need for independence is misplaced. She’ll have to learn to let others shoulder part of her burden in order to find true happiness.

Did you know from the beginning that May was bisexual, or did it just come organically as the True North series progressed and her role in the stories became more prominent?

Can we just pretend that I’m intelligent enough to plot my series in advance like that? I’m not terrific at it, though I’m getting better.

Are there any romance sub-genres that you haven’t written in yet that you’d like to try someday (i.e. paranormal, historical)?

I’m not a huge fan of paranormal, which means I have to try one eventually, right? That’s on my “to do someday” list. I’m afraid to write a historical novel, though, because I’m too much of a nerd to get the research wrong. It would take me eight years to finish the book because I’d have to look up every tiny detail.

Have you read any books lately that have just stuck with you?

I just finished The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty and loved it! Also, Suzanne Brockmann’s upcoming novel Some Kind of Hero is fabulous, and I hope everyone reads it.

Were there any authors that inspired you to become one yourself?

Hmm. I’ve wanted to write novels since third grade. So I suppose we have to blame Beverly Cleary.

What movie are you most excited to see in 2017?

The answer to that question was Hidden Figures, and I just saw it a week ago. It was just as fabulous as I expected it to be!

And since you included a little HP in ‘Keepsake’: If you could choose one spell from Harry Potter that you can use forever, but only that one spell, which would you choose?

Apparition, baby. That would be super useful. :)

Additional reporting by Kristen Kranz

Here are the 2017 Oscars winners and losers

8:25 pm EST, February 26, 2017

The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

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The 2017 Oscars took place Sunday night in Hollywood and found La La Land cleaning up with six wins. Here are the Academy Award winners!

ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel hosted the 2017 Oscars, which took place at the Dolby Theater. The event featured live performances of all five Oscar-nominated songs.

2017 Oscar winners list

Related: We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

Below is a complete list of Oscar winner and losers.

2017 Oscar winner list

Note: The final winner of the night was originally announced to be La La Land, but the announcement was actually an error — Moonlight won Best Picture. Awkward.

Best Picture:
Arrival
Fences
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
Hidden Figures
La La Land

Lion
Manchester By the Sea
Moonlight

Best Actress:
Isabelle Huppert – Elle
Ruth Negga – Loving
Natalie Portman – Jackie
Emma Stone – La La Land
Meryl Streep – Florence Foster Jenkins

Best Actor:
Casey Affleck – Manchester By the Sea
Andrew Garfield – Hacksaw Ridge
Ryan Gosling – La La Land
Viggo Mortensen – Captain Fantastic
Denzel Washington – Fences

Best Director:
Damien Chazelle – La La Land
Mel Gibson – Hacksaw Ridge
Barry Jenkins – Moonlight
Kenneth Lonergan – Manchester By the Sea
Denis Villeneuve – Arrival

Best Adapted Screenplay:
Arrival – Eric Heisserer
Fences – August Wilson
Hidden Figures – Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi
Lion – Luke Davies
Moonlight – Barry Jenkins

Best Original Screenplay:
20th Century Women – Mike Mills
Hell or High Water – Taylor Sheridan
La La Land – Damien Chazelle
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Efthymis Filippou
Manchester By the Sea – Kenneth Lonergan

Best Original Song:
“Audition” – La La Land
“Can’t Stop the Feeling” – Trolls
“City of Stars” – La La Land
“The Empty Chair” – Jim: The James Foley Story
“How Far I’ll Go” – Moana

Best Score:
Jackie
La La Land
Lion
Moonlight
Passengers

Best Cinematography:
Bradford Young – Arrival
Linus Sandgren – La La Land
Grieg Fraser – Lion
James Laxton – Moonlight
Rodrigo Prieto – Silence

Best Live Action Short Film
Timecode
Sing
Silent Nights
Ennemis Interieurs
La Femme et le TGV

Best Documentary, Short Subject:
4.1 Miles
Extremis
Joe’s Violin
Watani: My Homeland
The White Helmets

Best Editing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
Hell or High Water
La La Land
Moonlight

Best Visual Effects:
Deepwater Horizon
Doctor Strange
The Jungle Book
Kubo and the Two Strings
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Best Production Design:
Arrival
Hail, Caesar!
La La Land
Passengers
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Best Animated Feature:
Kubo and the Two Strings
Moana
My Life as a Zucchini
The Red Turtle
Zootopia

Best Animated Short:
Blind Vaysha
Borrowed Time
Pear Cider and Cigarettes
Pearl
Piper

Best Foreign Language Film:
Land of Mine, Denmark
The Salesman, Iran
A Man Called Ove, Sweden
Tanna, Australia
Toni Erdmann, Germany

Best Supporting Actress:
Viola Davis – Fences
Naomie Harris – Moonlight
Nicole Kidman – Lion
Octavia Spencer – Hidden Figures
Michelle Williams – Manchester By the Sea

Best Sound Mixing:
Arrival
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
13 Hours

Best Sound Editing:
Arrival
Deepwater Horizon
Hacksaw Ridge
La La Land
Sully

Best Documentary Feature:
Fire at Sea
I Am Not Your Negro
Life Animated
O.J.: Made in America
13th

Best Costume Design:
Allied
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jackie
La La Land

Best Makeup and Hairstyling
Star Trek Beyond
Suicide Squad
A Man Called Ove

Best Supporting Actor:
Mahershala Ali – Moonlight
Jeff Bridges – Hell or High Water
Lucas Hedges – Manchester by the Sea
Dev Patel – Lion
Michael Shannon – Nocturnal Animals

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

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Lightning McQueen’s biggest enemy is himself in the new Cars 3 trailer.

The second major preview premiered during the Daytona 500 on Sunday afternoon, where voice actor Owen Wilson served as grand marshal.

The new Cars 3 trailer finds Lightning pushing himself to compete with high tech cars that are engineered to win. The character suffers a serious accident during a race and finds himself back at square one, having to work himself back up to what he once was.

While Cars 3’s main setting is unclear, we do see Lightning at least briefly returning to Radiator Springs (Gotta keep Cars Land at Disneyland relevant)!. This appears to be the I-need-to-rediscover-myself-by-remembering-my-origins scene.

Cars 3 looks dramatic, emotional, and possibly targeting kids and adults? We’ll race into theaters for this installment when Pixar’s latest opens this summer.

A synopsis from Pixar reads: “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”

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We asked our parents to describe the 2017 Oscar nominees

It's because we love them that we use them for our amusement.

10:30 am EST, February 26, 2017

When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

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When your friends and family don’t know about the films of the 2017 Oscars, you just have to take advantage of their ignorance and laugh.

The title of a movie (usually) makes obvious sense when you know what that movie is about. But titles can be so vague, and when you have no prior knowledge of the movie, the plot isn’t typically easy to decipher. How fun would it be then, to ask our friends and family to guess the plots of the nominees for the 2017 Oscars?

The task was simple for us. We gave our friends and family a movie title from the 2017 Oscars, and asked them to guess what the movie is about. It’s not, however, such a simple task for them. They weren’t allowed to look it up. No cheating allowed! As you can imagine, we got some interesting responses.

Be sure to check out the ridiculous responses we got for the 2016 Oscars too!

Time to let her rip tater chip.

‘Lion’

Our participants start out on a high note. Well, they at least know who’s in the movie.

‘Arrival’

Success continues with Arrival, as they have the vague idea it’s about space aliens (although it’s possible one of them is confused with Passengers).

‘Fences’

There was a common general premise our friends and family had of Fences.

‘Moonlight’

They did well with Moonlight…until they didn’t.

‘La La Land’

Maybe La La Land will be better! Everyone knows La La Land! Right…?

‘Hacksaw Ridge’

Oh no, we’re starting to lose them!

‘Hidden Figures’

No lie though, I’d watch that.

‘Captain Fantastic’

We’ve officially lost them.

‘Hell or High Water’

Could these plots be any more varied?

‘Nocturnal Animals’

It might have been a good idea for Nocturnal Animals to change its name.

‘Silence’

They’re really losing it now. They’ve had enough!

‘Manchester by the Sea’

Someone needs to turn these ideas into full screenplays, they are gold.

‘The Lobster’

What did they expect people would think when they named it The Lobster?

Thanks to Ariella, Brandi, Donya, Karen, Kendra, Kyle, Matthew, Pamela, Selina, and the friends and family they may or may not have annoyed all week.

Which 2017 Oscars movie do you think has the most misleading title?