Historical New Adult: The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

In our efforts to include every possible genre and follower, here is a small featurette on Historical New Adult. As this genre is newly coined I’m sure that we’ve all read informal New Adult novels in the past whether it’s Regency romance or turn of the century novels. After all, women in the past usually skip their YA years as they’re married off by the time they hit puberty and are already ridden with children before they get past 20. 

But there are some previously printed novels that falls loosely under New Adult. Anna Godberson’s Luxe Series is one of those and I’m guessing her other series, Bright Young Things, might also fall under the genre.

Fellow Godbersen fan, Allison Rushby, just launched her 20’s flapper, New Adult series, The Heiresses, last January 7, 2013, as a six-episode series featuring a set of triplets. What’s good about this serial is that you can start with the shorts, get a feel of things to see if you like it before getting the novel itself. On May 7, 2013, the novel will be released by St. Martin’s Press. Here Allison sharing a bit of trivia on the making-of The Heiresses
THE HEIRESSES
Three triplets—sisters estranged since birth—are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone—least of all each other.

The Heiresses 1
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When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London—a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things—by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think.


The Heiresses 2: The Inheritance
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After quickly settling into their aunt’s London townhouse, the girls soon meet their half-brother, Charles, an up-and-coming politician who would like nothing better than to see them disappear and his family name left intact. He refuses to bestow any of their inheritance upon them unless all three leave the city for good. The girls decide to form a united front and fight Charles together. However, when Clio—desperate for money for the ailing mother who adopted her—approaches Charles without telling anyone, she finds out a secret so shocking it could change everything forever. 




The Heiresses 3: Secret Meetings

Relationships are strained as keeping secrets begins to take a toll. With each sister now having something to gain, but even more to lose, they each need the inheritance money more than ever. But when their lies are finally revealed, who will the winner be?



The Heiresses 4: Sisters Divided

Intoxicated by the city, Thalia receives attention for her wild behaviour and society begins to ask questions. In the meantime, the final sister—desperate to impress her crush with her status—approaches Charles for money. But what game will Charles play now that he knows the sisters are all willing to betray one another?





The Heiresses 5: Mistresses and Mayhem

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Disgusted with Charles and his cruel tricks, the girls finally agree to band together in hopes of finding another way to win the fortune from Charles. However, when Thalia runs into trouble at a party and one of her sisters has her sent away, it divides the girls even more fiercely than before. Only a chance encounter which reveals a shocking truth about their mother might be able to bring them together to defeat Charles—once and for all.
The Heiresses 6: A Father’s Sins

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With a wedding on the cards, the future looks bright, despite the sisters now doubting they will ever claim their mother’s fortune from Charles. But when the threesome realize they have overlooked a key person in their quest and a series of terrible events occur, the true owner of the entire fortune is finally revealed and the girls’ destinies are changed forever. 

You can always grab the novel if these will keep you wanting…

Pre-Order The Heiresses

Having failed at becoming a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), Allison Rushby tried writing instead. This is working out a lot better for her as it means she can sit on her backside most of the day and eat a lot more than a ballerina ever could. Plus, she can wear her pyjamas until midday and her book, movie ticket and DVD purchases are tax deductions. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Over the past ten years, she has published five books for young adult readers and five for adult readers in the women’s fiction genre. She is originally from Brisbane, Australia, but spent 2011 and most of 2012 living in Cambridge, UK, where she mainly spent her days whingeing constantly about the weather.

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Historical New Adult: The Heiresses by Allison Rushby

In our efforts to include every possible genre and follower, here is a small featurette on Historical New Adult. As this genre is newly coined I’m sure that we’ve all read informal New Adult novels in the past whether it’s Regency romance or turn of the century novels. After all, women in the past usually skip their YA years as they’re married off by the time they hit puberty and are already ridden with children before they get past 20. 

But there are some previously printed novels that falls loosely under New Adult. Anna Godberson’s Luxe Series is one of those and I’m guessing her other series, Bright Young Things, might also fall under the genre.

Fellow Godbersen fan, Allison Rushby, just launched her 20’s flapper, New Adult series, The Heiresses, last January 7, 2013, as a six-episode series featuring a set of triplets. What’s good about this serial is that you can start with the shorts, get a feel of things to see if you like it before getting the novel itself. On May 7, 2013, the novel will be released by St. Martin’s Press. Here Allison sharing a bit of trivia on the making-of The Heiresses
THE HEIRESSES
Three triplets—sisters estranged since birth—are thrust together in glittering 1926 London to fight for their inheritance, only to learn they can’t trust anyone—least of all each other.

The Heiresses 1
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

When three teenage girls, Thalia, Erato and Clio, are summoned to the excitement of fast-paced London—a frivolous, heady city full of bright young things—by Hestia, an aunt they never knew they had, they are shocked to learn they are triplets and the rightful heiresses to their deceased mother’s fortune. All they need to do is find a way to claim the fortune from their greedy half-brother, Charles. But with the odds stacked against them, coming together as sisters may be harder than they think.


The Heiresses 2: The Inheritance
Amazon | Barnes & Noble

After quickly settling into their aunt’s London townhouse, the girls soon meet their half-brother, Charles, an up-and-coming politician who would like nothing better than to see them disappear and his family name left intact. He refuses to bestow any of their inheritance upon them unless all three leave the city for good. The girls decide to form a united front and fight Charles together. However, when Clio—desperate for money for the ailing mother who adopted her—approaches Charles without telling anyone, she finds out a secret so shocking it could change everything forever. 




The Heiresses 3: Secret Meetings

Relationships are strained as keeping secrets begins to take a toll. With each sister now having something to gain, but even more to lose, they each need the inheritance money more than ever. But when their lies are finally revealed, who will the winner be?



The Heiresses 4: Sisters Divided

Intoxicated by the city, Thalia receives attention for her wild behaviour and society begins to ask questions. In the meantime, the final sister—desperate to impress her crush with her status—approaches Charles for money. But what game will Charles play now that he knows the sisters are all willing to betray one another?





The Heiresses 5: Mistresses and Mayhem

Amazon | Barnes & Noble

Disgusted with Charles and his cruel tricks, the girls finally agree to band together in hopes of finding another way to win the fortune from Charles. However, when Thalia runs into trouble at a party and one of her sisters has her sent away, it divides the girls even more fiercely than before. Only a chance encounter which reveals a shocking truth about their mother might be able to bring them together to defeat Charles—once and for all.
The Heiresses 6: A Father’s Sins

Amazon | Barnes & Noble


With a wedding on the cards, the future looks bright, despite the sisters now doubting they will ever claim their mother’s fortune from Charles. But when the threesome realize they have overlooked a key person in their quest and a series of terrible events occur, the true owner of the entire fortune is finally revealed and the girls’ destinies are changed forever. 

You can always grab the novel if these will keep you wanting…

Pre-Order The Heiresses

Having failed at becoming a ballerina with pierced ears (her childhood dream), Allison Rushby tried writing instead. This is working out a lot better for her as it means she can sit on her backside most of the day and eat a lot more than a ballerina ever could. Plus, she can wear her pyjamas until midday and her book, movie ticket and DVD purchases are tax deductions. It doesn’t get much better than that.

Over the past ten years, she has published five books for young adult readers and five for adult readers in the women’s fiction genre. She is originally from Brisbane, Australia, but spent 2011 and most of 2012 living in Cambridge, UK, where she mainly spent her days whingeing constantly about the weather.

Bright Young Things Welcome

St. Martin’s Press The Founder of New Adult + Giveaway

As I’m not very familiar with the New Adult genre, my research became educational too. I have to say it was easy looking up self-published or Indie New Adult authors because they’ve been very straightforward in using said label in their book descriptions, press release and the like.

I however found roadblocks with the big traditional publishers. It seems they haven’t assimilated this new and popular burgeoning genre. Even some of my contacts were a little clueless about what New Adult is and if they even have books that belong to this genre. 

It was after my short chat with Allison Rushby where she candidly informed me that the phrase was coined by Dan Weiss (the brains behind Sweet Valley High, a series Debbie and I love) who headed St. Martin’s Press New Adult line. 
New Adults. Dan Weiss, publisher-at-large of this new venture at St. Martin’s, explains that New Adult literature will be geared toward “emerging adults who are navigating career, love and family in a 24/7 connected world.”

But what subject matter will the New Adult genre include? Common sense assumes that “new” adults deal with the same issues as all adults, except that they may be dealing with these issues for the first time: first job, first home, first relationship. Therefore, New Adult fiction will most likely focus on young people, college age, late teens to early twenties, transitioning into the modern adult world.  [more here]

To launch this new genre, St. Martin’s Press ran a contest for fiction writers and stories that would fall under the category. Initially people were thinking that New Adult is a spin-off of chick-lit and the genre might have started off like as such with girl power undertones but it quickly evolved into a more powerful and emotionally jarring genre that hooked a lot of readers especially the twenty-something set who love Young Adult.

And to pay homage to the Father of New Adult, here are a couple of titles from St. Martin’s Press.

Beginner’s Luck: A Brooklyn Girls Novel

Brooklyn Girls 1

Gemma Burgess
July 2, 2013
Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable, Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess is the first novel in her brand new series about five twenty-something friends—Pia, Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine—sharing a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and discovering the ups and downs and ins and outs of their “semi-adult” lives. The first story belongs to sophisticated, spoiled, and stylish Pia, who finds herself completely unemployed, unemployable, and broke. So what is a recent grad with an art history degree and an unfortunate history of Facebook topless photos to do? Start a food truck business of course! Pia takes on the surprisingly cutthroat Brooklyn world of hybrid lettuce growers, artisanal yogurt makers and homemade butter producers to startSkinnyWheels—all while dealing with hipster bees, one-night-stands, heartbreak, parental fury, wild parties, revenge, jail, loan sharks, playboys, karaoke, true love, and one adorable pink food truck. And that’s without counting her roommates’ problems, too. Gemma Burgess has captured the confusion, hilarity and excitement of the post-graduate years against a backdrop of the pressures and chaos of New York City life, with heartfelt empathy, fast humor and sharp honesty.

A charming debut series about five twenty-something girls and the humor, heartbreak, and drama that bring them together.
Pre-Order Beginner’s Luck
Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits. She lives in Notting Hill in London, but grew up all over the place – mostly Hong Kong. She loves talking and writing, not necessarily in that order.


She also loves burgers, vodka, white-tipped Marlboro Lights, OK GO, Sixteen Candles, Lucky Jim, anything from Nora Ephron and Jilly Cooper, new wave music and clothes.


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Semi-Charmed Life
Nora Zelevansky
July 3, 2012

In Nora Zelevansky’s hilarious debut, Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose, while ghost writing her blog. Veruca’s glitteringly opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with a promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (for once) and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide who she is—once and for all. With her own magical touch, Zelevansky deftly explores the world of rarified Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale of first love, finding one’s voice and growing up.

Purchase Semi-Charmed Life

Nora Zelevansky was born and bred on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She attended the Calhoun School, studied film and visual art at Scripps College (of the Claremont Colleges) and moved to LA after graduation. Recently, she relocated back to Brooklyn, NYC, where she now lives with her husband, a filmmaker.

When the author is not writing novels, she is a freelance journalist, essayist and features writer for publications including ELLE, SELF, Town & Country, Vanity Fair online, Travel + Leisure, Style.com, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com and many more.

*She loves participating in BOOK CLUBS, so reach out via Twitter or norazelevansky.com if you’re interested in having the author Skype or call in!


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St. Martin’s Press is giving away two print copies of
Semi-Charmed Life (US Only)
Contest Ends March 5

Good luck!

St. Martin’s Press The Founder of New Adult + Giveaway

As I’m not very familiar with the New Adult genre, my research became educational too. I have to say it was easy looking up self-published or Indie New Adult authors because they’ve been very straightforward in using said label in their book descriptions, press release and the like.

I however found roadblocks with the big traditional publishers. It seems they haven’t assimilated this new and popular burgeoning genre. Even some of my contacts were a little clueless about what New Adult is and if they even have books that belong to this genre. 

It was after my short chat with Allison Rushby where she candidly informed me that the phrase was coined by Dan Weiss (the brains behind Sweet Valley High, a series Debbie and I love) who headed St. Martin’s Press New Adult line. 
New Adults. Dan Weiss, publisher-at-large of this new venture at St. Martin’s, explains that New Adult literature will be geared toward “emerging adults who are navigating career, love and family in a 24/7 connected world.”

But what subject matter will the New Adult genre include? Common sense assumes that “new” adults deal with the same issues as all adults, except that they may be dealing with these issues for the first time: first job, first home, first relationship. Therefore, New Adult fiction will most likely focus on young people, college age, late teens to early twenties, transitioning into the modern adult world.  [more here]

To launch this new genre, St. Martin’s Press ran a contest for fiction writers and stories that would fall under the category. Initially people were thinking that New Adult is a spin-off of chick-lit and the genre might have started off like as such with girl power undertones but it quickly evolved into a more powerful and emotionally jarring genre that hooked a lot of readers especially the twenty-something set who love Young Adult.

And to pay homage to the Father of New Adult, here are a couple of titles from St. Martin’s Press.

Beginner’s Luck: A Brooklyn Girls Novel

Brooklyn Girls 1

Gemma Burgess
July 2, 2013
Fantastically funny, fresh and utterly relatable, Brooklyn Girls by Gemma Burgess is the first novel in her brand new series about five twenty-something friends—Pia, Angie, Julia, Coco and Madeleine—sharing a brownstone in hip, downtown Brooklyn, and discovering the ups and downs and ins and outs of their “semi-adult” lives. The first story belongs to sophisticated, spoiled, and stylish Pia, who finds herself completely unemployed, unemployable, and broke. So what is a recent grad with an art history degree and an unfortunate history of Facebook topless photos to do? Start a food truck business of course! Pia takes on the surprisingly cutthroat Brooklyn world of hybrid lettuce growers, artisanal yogurt makers and homemade butter producers to startSkinnyWheels—all while dealing with hipster bees, one-night-stands, heartbreak, parental fury, wild parties, revenge, jail, loan sharks, playboys, karaoke, true love, and one adorable pink food truck. And that’s without counting her roommates’ problems, too. Gemma Burgess has captured the confusion, hilarity and excitement of the post-graduate years against a backdrop of the pressures and chaos of New York City life, with heartfelt empathy, fast humor and sharp honesty.

A charming debut series about five twenty-something girls and the humor, heartbreak, and drama that bring them together.
Pre-Order Beginner’s Luck
Gemma started writing anti-romantic comedies for girls who like chicklit that comforts and charms without the silly fluffy bits. She lives in Notting Hill in London, but grew up all over the place – mostly Hong Kong. She loves talking and writing, not necessarily in that order.


She also loves burgers, vodka, white-tipped Marlboro Lights, OK GO, Sixteen Candles, Lucky Jim, anything from Nora Ephron and Jilly Cooper, new wave music and clothes.


Follow Gemma

Semi-Charmed Life
Nora Zelevansky
July 3, 2012

In Nora Zelevansky’s hilarious debut, Semi-Charmed Life, an Upper West Side naïf, Beatrice Bernstein, gets swept up in the seemingly magical life of socialite Veruca Pfeffernoose, while ghost writing her blog. Veruca’s glitteringly opulent world soon seduces Beatrice away from her own insular, arty family with a promise of fancy parties, travel outside Manhattan (for once) and one desperately cute guy. But when her new glitzy lifestyle starts to take on dark undertones, Beatrice has to decide who she is—once and for all. With her own magical touch, Zelevansky deftly explores the world of rarified Manhattan in this sparkling modern fairy tale of first love, finding one’s voice and growing up.

Purchase Semi-Charmed Life

Nora Zelevansky was born and bred on Manhattan’s Upper West Side. She attended the Calhoun School, studied film and visual art at Scripps College (of the Claremont Colleges) and moved to LA after graduation. Recently, she relocated back to Brooklyn, NYC, where she now lives with her husband, a filmmaker.

When the author is not writing novels, she is a freelance journalist, essayist and features writer for publications including ELLE, SELF, Town & Country, Vanity Fair online, Travel + Leisure, Style.com, The Los Angeles Times, Salon.com and many more.

*She loves participating in BOOK CLUBS, so reach out via Twitter or norazelevansky.com if you’re interested in having the author Skype or call in!


Follow Nora

St. Martin’s Press is giving away two print copies of
Semi-Charmed Life (US Only)
Contest Ends March 5

Good luck!

Writer Wranger + Giveaway: Jamie McGuire



Debbie: Okay. Now that I’ve got my fangirl squeeling out of the way I think I can actually ask you some questions. How have you been doing ever since BEAUTIFUL DISATER pretty much blew up and garnered so much love, attention, book deal, and now movie rights?

Jamie: I am lucky to be a writer in that I can have tons of reader love (Mwah! All of you!) and still stay in my little writing cave and pretend 32,000 people aren’t reading my Facebook posts or that my website didn’t just crash because of 390,000+ simultaneous clicks. I can still walk around and not be recognized, so it’s easy to pretend that everything is still the same. I’m told I’m still a complete dork like always, so I don’t think I’ve changed, either.

Debbie: After inking your deal with Atria did you do or purchase something for yourself as a reward for all your hard work after self-publishing?

Jamie: Yes. I bought an Origami stroller. YouTube it. It’s amazeballs. I also paid off our new home. That was an amazing feeling. I have A LOT to be thankful for.

Debbie: When you wrote BEAUTIFUL DISASTER did you ever imagine it would garner so much love from readers all over the world?

Jamie: I wrote BEAUTIFUL DISASTER for myself and three other people. I never intended to publish it, and when I finally did it was with the intention of tiding Providence fans over until I released book two. I didn’t know it would be a defining moment.

Debbie: What do you think it was about Beautiful Disaster that really captivated readers and made them fall in love with Abby and Travis’ story?

Jamie: BEAUTIFUL DISASTER is very raw. There is no formula to it. I didn’t follow any rules writing it, didn’t have any filters, and quite frankly the book reads a little like a soap opera. I think readers found that oddly refreshing.

Debbie: If you had to describe Travis Maddox in three words what would they be?

Jamie: Tough, lovable, and wounded.

Debbie: How different was it writing in Travis’s point of view compared to Abby’s? Like did you have to ask your husband or male friend’s opinions on what a guy would think or do in certain situations?

Jamie: I asked my husband a few things, but he’s a quiet cowboy, so I took to asking my fellow authors to ask their husbands. Obviously I’m not male, so I needed to know what it felt like when Travis was aroused, or how his hormones would overtake rational thought, how that would play out or even possible. Writing from a female POV you can guess, but writing as Travis, I wanted to be accurate.

Travis was so much fun, though! There is no filter with him. I could take it as far as I wanted. I thought about the crazy things Travis would do or say. His inner monologue had to be much worse. We’re all less polite and cruder in the safety of our thoughts. If I thought while writing, Whoa. I think I’ve gone too far, I knew I was doing it right.

Debbie: So how excited are you about the release of WALKING DISASTER?

Jamie: I am excited as the fans! April 2nd seems so far away!

Debbie: Travis is definitely a flawed character and has his own hang-ups. But even with everything he did wrong or didn’t do in BEAUTIFUL DISASTERI still loved his character. Will there be some things about Travis in WALKING DISASTER that will surprise your readers about him that we might not have caught on to in BEAUTIFUL DISASTER?

Jamie: Absolutely. I deliberated a lot about whether I should use WALKING DISASTER as a chance to defend Travis against some of the more negative things that have been said about him. I think everyone will be surprised.

Debbie: I think at one time I had read you were planning on writing a book or books on one or more of Travis’ brothers. Is that something you’re still interested in pursuing or planning on working on in the future?

Jamie: Yes. I’m writing two books that I’ve put on the back burner to finish the PROVIDENCE series and WALKING DISASTER. My current WIP is titled RED HILL. Then I’ll write APOLONIA. I hope to finish them both in 2013. Once I finish those, I’ll start on Trent’s story, then Thomas’s, and then one of the twins. There may or may not be a book between each of them, though. I have to work on something fresh and completely different once in a while, or it becomes a job. The day I write only for others and never for myself is the day I need to stop.

Debbie: Jamie, we’ve been celebrating new adult this whole week. It’s a new-ish genre that has been getting a lot of love from so many readers lately. Why do you think so many readers out there are attracted to this genre?

Jamie: In that college-ish age range is where we really start finding out who we are, how to love, and what we really stand for. Characters in that age range are old enough to push boundaries I wouldn’t feel comfortable pushing with high school characters, and yet they’re still young enough to make rookie mistakes that are fun to write about.

Debbie: When I think of New Adult fiction I think angsty, dramatic, sexy and even wild and crazy. Was your own New Adult phase similar to what your characters experienced?

Jamie: Yes.

Debbie: Aside from your books, are there any new adult books, series or authors that you would definitely recommend for new adult fans to read?

Jamie: Abbi Glines, Tammara Webber, Tina Reber, Colleen Hoover, Liz Reinhardt, Steph Campbell to name just a few. Jessica Park has a new novel coming out that I am SO excited to read. I’m not sure if she’s released the title, yet, so I won’t name it here, but just the premise blew me away. Watch for that one. Wow.

Debbie: Jamie, thanks so much for taking your time to stop by Talk Supe today. Are you working on anything new at the moment or have any special events your fans should be looking forward to?

Jamie: Walking Disaster’s release is APRIL 2nd! I’ll be attending RT in May, and I’m traveling to London and Paris, attending RomCon and Maryse’s Book Bash in Orlando, FL, all in June. Of course the WALKING DISASTER book tour will be in April. It’s going to be a busy spring/summer, but watch for the official release date of RED HILL! =)



Writer Wrangler + Giveaway: Katie Ashley

Some of you may already know about Katie and her adult contemporary romance series, The Proposition, but did you know she also writes new adult? Yes, Ma’am. She sure does and she’s here to talk about her latest release, Nets and Lies and the upcoming rockstar themed, Music of the Heart. So please give Katie Ashley a very warm welcome to Talk Supe….

Debbie: Hey Katie! Thank you so much for taking your time to stop by our special feature celebrating New Adult fiction. We are so excited to have you on the blog today! 

Katie: Thank you guys so much for having me. I’m very honored. 

Debbie: Before we get started, why don’t you introduce yourself to our audience and tell us a little bit about yourself and maybe share a fact that we might not be able to find on the internet? 

Katie: Hmm, that’s a tough one. I think I put a lot out there on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads about myself—like my obsession with Shakespeare, Scooby-Doo, Golden Girls, Designing Women, and Supernatural, lol. I’m also a huge fan of Veronica Mars and Brit-Coms like The Vicar of Dibley. 

Debbie: So obviously you’re here today to talk about your New Adult books, MUSIC OF THE HEART and NETS AND LIES. Can you give us a brief description of each book? 

Katie: NETS AND LIES is about two very different girls who become embroiled in a rape scandal. Each one is lying for their own reasons and each has to decide what will happen if they actually tell the truth. 

MUSIC OF THE HEART is about when opposites attract and how two very different people can really be soul mates. It’s about taming the bad boy and bringing out the naughty in the good girl. 


  
Debbie: New Adult has really been gaining popularity the last two years or so. It’s definitely a great bridge between young adult and adult fiction. Do you have any thoughts as to why people have been gravitating towards this newish genre? 

Katie: It’s funny because for the last year I was in the YA world as an agented writer seeking publication with New York publishing houses they kept saying New Adult would never happen. That people didn’t want to read that age. I found it hard to believe because back in the day, I always read “up”. Like Sweet Valley High when I was in late elementary school(I was reading VC Andrews and Danielle Steel in MS, lol). Besides reading “up”, I think a lot of adult women enjoying revisiting that age. It’s a time of self-discovery as you’re figuring out who you are, who you want to be, and what you’re going to do with the rest of your life. And while steamy, most of New Adult is really about exploring love and relationships. 

Debbie: New Adult fiction can be described as angsty, dramatic, sexy and even wild and crazy. Was your own New Adult phase similar to what your characters experienced? 

Katie: Um, sadly no, lol. Well, I guess it was angsty and dramatic because I found myself in a lot of situations where I was the “friend”. I was always the good girl that the guy couldn’t imagine corrupting, so it was pretty hard in that respect. 

Debbie: NETS AND LIES covers some really controversial issues, the most obvious one being rape. In Nets and Lies a high school coach is accused of raping one or more students in his basketball team. Being a longtime teacher, did you find it absolutely difficult to write about a subject as sensitive as rape, especially since the assaulter in the story was a teacher? 

Katie: The hardest thing for a teacher is finding out a student, male or female, has been the victim of sexual abuse either at the hand of a peer or an adult. You feel very helpless because you want to be able to protect your students, and there are so many factors outside of the classroom that you can’t control. NETS AND LIES actually came about because of a situation I dealt with as a teacher. While teaching at a MS, I worked closely through coaching basketball cheerleading and working in the afterschool program with a basketball coach. Later after I moved up to the HS, he was accused of sexual misconduct. Like Jordan, the victim had a dubious reputation, so she also claimed another victim. 

At first, I set out to write a book where a coach was vindicated through the situation, but then the story just took on a life of its own. I then wanted to examine the “what if’s” factors of what if one girl was lying but another one was truly a victim. I’ll never forget when Nick Deluca appeared—a character I never intended writing! The best aspects of books happen like that. It’s the main reason why I usually don’t outline books because the best writing for me comes when you deviate off the path. 

Debbie: While NETS AND LIES tackles some very sensitive issues, your other new adult book, MUSIC OF THE HEART, deals a budding romance between a rock star and country singer. What was your inspiration for Music of the Heart? 

Katie: I love rocker books—like Olivia Cunning’s The Sinners and SC Stephens Thoughtless. I knew I wanted to write one, but I also knew that I wanted to be different. I thought of couples like Tim McGraw and Faith Hill who met through music and touring, and I imagined a romance between a novice girl singer and an experienced male rocker who were thrown together by accident. It’s also a story about the love of family and life and death. While I set out to make it different, there were some aspects of the story that just came out of nowhere. 


Debbie: Did you have to do much research about the music business for Music of the heart? 

Katie: Actually, I just kind of went off the portrayal I’d seen in other rocker books. While a lot of the story takes place on the tour bus and on stage, a large part is at Jake’s family farm and at hotels and other “normal” places to write about. 

As for the musical styling, it helped that bands like The Civil Wars, Mumford and Sons, and The Band Perry are hot right now because they’re what I based Abby’s brother’s band, Jacob’s Ladder on. The boys have been a Christian rock group, but as one brother exits and Abby prepares to take their place, the label is restyling them as crossover artists. Their music would be very much like the above mentioned bands. 

Debbie: Some authors have said that they’ve often modeled some of their characters after real life people. Were any of your characters from either book inspired by real life people you know? 

Katie: There’s always a little bit of me in each of my female leads. Usually little traits or attributes from friends or family members make their ways into other characters as well. 

Debbie: Now I know from conversations I’ve had with you on Facebook and the fact that your lead female character and her BFF in The Proposal series are huge New Kids on the Block fans, are there any other bands from the *cough* 80’s and early 90’s that you were as easily obsessed with as NKOTB? 



Katie: lol, I was a huge fan of Debbie Gibson and Tiffany. Loved me some MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice back in the day. Backstreet Boys came out when I was in college, so I was over the boy bands by then. 

Debbie: Ok…so let’s say it’s Friday night and you absolutely cannot go to sleep. What would you most likely be doing to kill your time? 

Katie: Most likely be on Pinterest or Facebook with my iPad, reading, or watching dvds of Golden Girls or Supernatural. 

Debbie: Dean Winchester with Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sofia….sounds like a real fun night! I’m serious. Love those shows.

Debbie: Do you get road rage? What pisses you off the most about other drivers? 

Katie: Yeah, I get pretty irate with people who stay in the left passing lane and drive 10miles under the speed limit and won’t get over. I probably use a few expletives then! LOL 

Debbie: What’s some of the silliest things you heard come out of your former students mouths? 

Katie: OMG, there are too many to list. I taught for 11 ½ years, and I heard some real doozies. Most of the best involved my personal life. Nothing was too sacred for them to ask or want to talk about! 

Debbie: Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or slippers on, or still have on last night’s makeup and when realizing, just said “screw it”? 

Katie: HAHA, I have done that, but I’ve never said screw it. I’ve just been mortified beyond belief. I embarrass very, very easily! LOL 

Debbie: Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you just not see much point in making it up? 

Katie: Um, no. I’ve never been a bed maker by choice. More out of force like if company’s coming over. Especially when I’m writing and am on deadline, lol. 

Debbie: Katie, thanks so much for stopping by our blog today. I’ve had fun asking you these questions. Before you go, could you tell us what you’re currently working on or any projects you have coming out in the near future? 
Katie: Since I’m now a full-time writer, I have lots of projects in the works. I have a New Adult suspense/comedy called, Search Me, that will be debuting in late April. Then I’ll be taking a bit of a break until The Pairing, the companion novel for The Proposition and Proposal, comes out in late June or early July. 


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Nets and Lies
February 2013

Always awkward in her 5’10 frame, Melanie Reeves finds her saving grace through basketball. Not only is she the varsity team captain, she’s the pride of Coach Thompson, who holds the keys to a college scholarship. Melanie has also found ‘courtly’ love with Will, Coach T’s handsome, ball-playing son. When Melanie is on the court, everything is perfect….until she is forced to face an opponent who doesn’t play by the rules.

Jordan Solano’s power lies in her beauty and sex appeal. Never afraid of breaking the rules, she engages in a scandalous flirtation with the school’s married basketball coach. But the flirtation quickly turns into accusation, and Coach T’s job and reputation are placed in jeopardy after Jordan charges him with rape. Jordan’s own reputation has the school administration unwilling to believe her. That is, until she makes a startling claim – she’s not the only victim.

Suddenly, all eyes are on Melanie, and it isn’t for her amazing free-throws. A man’s job, a girl’s reputation, and her boyfriend’s entire world now rest in Melanie’s hands. She has to decide: keep her secrets and protect her future, or put an end to the lies…and lose everything.

*This book is New Adult and contains mature subject matter. TRIGGERS for rape survivors and sexual abuse victims***

Music of the Heart
March 2013
For Abby Renard, the plan was supposed to be simple—join her brothers’ band on the last leg of their summer tour and decide if she’s finally ready for the limelight by becoming its fourth member. Of course, she never imagined stumbling onto the wrong tour bus at Rock Nation would accidentally land her in the bed of Jake Slater, the notorious womanizing lead singer of Runaway Train. When he mistakes her for one of his groupie’s, Abby quickly lets him know she sure as hell isn’t in his bed on purpose.
Jake Slater never imagined the angel who fell into his bed would resist his charms by promptly kneeing him in the balls. Of course, the fact she seems like a prissy choir girl makes her anything but his type. So he is more than surprised when after betting Abby she wouldn’t last a week on their tour bus, she is more than willing to prove him wrong. But as Jake’s personal life begins to implode around him, he finds an unlikely ally in Abby. He’s never met a woman he can talk to, joke with, or most importantly make music with.
As the week starts comes to a close, neither Abby nor Jake is ready to let go. Can a sweetheart Country songstress and a bad boy of Rock N Roll actually have a future together?

Katie Ashley is giving away a Smashwords Coupon for MUSIC OF THE HEART
Open Internationally. Ends March 5th
Good Luck!

Writer Wrangler + Giveaway: Michelle Mankin

Braine: Hi Michelle! Thanks for taking the time to come chat with us about BLACK CAT RECORDS. Can you tell us something about Black Cat Records that we won’t find in the book blurbs?
Michelle Mankin: Black Cat Records is the premier independent record label in the music industry and represents some of the hottest names in the business including Brutal Strength and Chris Alex.
psst the CEO, Mary Timmons, though a militant feminist is secretly a romantic with an affinity for matchmaking…
Braine: Very cool! What can be cooler than owning a record company and working with bands and artists?! What book/s influenced you and your writing the most?
Michelle Mankin: Shakespeare and the theater obviously. I adore his characters and plot twists…thus these first three books with Black Cat and the Shakespeare angle.
Braine: Which line from Black Cat Records is your favorite?
Love EVOLUTION 

Love is a journey not a destination. (Marcus Anthony quoting his father)


Love REVOLUTION

The places that road will take you, the things you’ll experience are worth all the uncertainty. (Avery Jones)
Braine: Perfect song to describe Black Cat Records.
Love EVOLUTION

My life was empty before you came along
You filled my soul with passion helped me sing my song
(from “Love Evolution” music & lyrics by Marcus Anthony and Avery Jones)


Love REVOLUTION

Would I have started down that road?
If I’d known where it would go?
That the road I traveled down
Would lead to leavin’ you.
(from “The Road that leads to leavin’ you” music & lyrics by Chris Alex and Sara Daniels)

Braine: I wish we have a clip of them singing those. Now tell us, was your own New Adult phase similar to that of your characters?
Michelle Mankin: Heck no. I wish. I was married at twenty and putting myself through college.
Love EVOLUTION… features Avery a nineteen year old guitar prodigy
Love REVOLUTION…features Sara a country diva and Sam her twenty one year old sister who is an intern at the label. 
Braine: I still think a lot of readers can relate to that. What is it about Black Cat Records that readers will find compelling?

Michelle Mankin: Love, Rock ‘n Roll, and a Shakespearean twist 
Braine: ROMANTIC! Can you share a little trivia with us regarding the conception of your characters (inspiration, anecdotes, dream cast, etc.)?

Michelle Mankin:MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC is my inspiration and my muse. Goals in both books: show love between the main characters, love of music, and love of Vancouver…my fav city!
Love EVOLUTION: Foo Fighter’s Wasting Light album…watched hours of youtube concert video, documentaries, etc so homage to them is sprinkled throughout the book.
Key song: “I should’ve known”…”He’s a she, Marcus!” Guess which scene was inspired by the Foo’s garage band contest?

Love REVOLUTION: John Mellencamp
Key song: “Into the night”…guess which kiss it inspired?

Braine: What’s are you writing next?
Michelle Mankin: Love RESOLUTION. Rough draft done. 50 chapters and an epilogue. Planning for a late May release. Marcus and Avery on the road with the band. And its a bumpy bumpy ride. 
Braine: What book did you recently purchase?

Michelle Mankin: Binging on Kristen Ashley right now…I blame.. two book bloggers for this. They know who they are! 
Braine: Ha ha! I bet they’re happy to be the source of your new addiction. Aside from your books, what other New Adult novel or series do you recommend?

Michelle Mankin: Beautiful Disaster, Slammed, Flat out Love were my top three faves last year

Braine: Thanks again, Michelle, for stopping by! Read on for the giveaway!

Love Evolution

Black Cat Records 1
Michelle Mankin
May 5, 2012
Createspace
Nineteen year old Avery Jones can play the guitar as well as any guy. Better Even.
Brutal Strength, one of the biggest bands around, needs a new lead guitarist.
Seems like the perfect fit, except for one big problem. Temperamental lead singer Marcus Anthony won’t allow a woman in his band.
Read Love Evolution, a rock ‘n roll adaptation of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night.
Buy Love Evolution

Love Revolution
Black Cat Records 2
Michelle Mankin

Createspace
November 14, 2012
The wheels of love are always turning at Black Cat Records. Things are just starting to settle down there, but two Texas sisters are fixin’ to stir things up again at the Vancouver record label. CEO Mary Timmons sets spirited country superstar, Sara Daniels, on a collision course with cocky rocker, Chris Alex. Meanwhile, Brutal Strength’s suave drummer, JR, has his head turned by pretty young intern, Samantha Daniels. Do all their highways lead to happiness or will the wheels fly off when the sisters’ tragic past comes back to haunt them?
Love Revolution is a rock ‘n roll romance inspired by Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and is the second book in the Black Cat Records Trilogy.
Purchase Love Revolution
Michelle Mankin is a young/new adult romance writer as well as a self proclaimed giant… inside of her own mind!

For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.

Love Evolution and its sequel, Love Revolution, are her first two novels. Both our rock ‘n roll romances. The first is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The second is based on Much Ado About Nothing. They are the first two books in a planned trilogy using the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare combined with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.

When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find her traveling the world with her family, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.


Fan Girls & Boys Welcome


Michelle Mankin is giving away SIGNED paperback copies of Love Evolution and Love Revolution plus some swag!
Swag mobile; evolution/brutal strength band bracelet and a couple of BS tattoo
Contest open for US, Canada, Australia & UK residents.

Good luck!

Cover Reveal: Connected by Kim Karr

Connected
Second chances #1
by Kim Karr
March 22, 2013
What if a ‘Once in a Lifetime’ could happen twice?
Suffering from a past full of tragedy, Dahlia London’s soul has been left completely shattered. Happily ever after is a far cry from reality in her world. But, when she is reconnected with her past, the bonds that form are irrefutable.
When River Wilde, lead singer of The Wilde Ones, comes back into Dahlia’s life, the intensity that fires their relationship combined with underlying feelings that have never died lead her to believe she has met her soulmate.
Struggling with confusion as old connections fade and new ones begin, Dahlia’s grief begins to lift–but guilt remains. River wants to be the one to mend all that is torn within her.
But with a past that is never really gone, can their future survive?

I live in Florida with my husband and four kids. I’ve always had a love for reading books and writing. In college I majored in English and wanted to teach at the college level, but that was not to be. I went on to get my MBA and became a project manager until quitting to raise my family. I currently work part-time with my husband and recently decided to embrace one of my biggest passions – writing.

I wear a lot of hats! Writer, book-lover, wife, soccer mom, taxi driver, and just the all around go-to person of the family. However, I always find time to read. One of my favorite family outing when my kids were little was to take them to the bookstore or the library. Today my oldest child is seventeen and no longer comes with me on these now rare and infrequent outings, but honestly I don’t need to go on them anymore because I have the greatest device ever invented, a kindle.

I believe in soulmates, kindred spirits, and Happily-Ever-Afters. I have many favorite things ranging from books – to movies – to words. I love to drink champagne and listen to music. I hope to always stay young at heart.
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Writer Wrangler + Giveaway: Michelle Mankin


Who doesn’t love or fantasize about rock stars?! Michelle Mankin stops by to talk to us about her rock stars in her hit New Adult series Black Cat Records.
Braine: Hi Michelle! Thanks for taking the time to come chat with us about BLACK CAT RECORDS. Can you tell us something about Black Cat Records that we won’t find in the book blurbs?
Michelle Mankin: Black Cat Records is the premier independent record label in the music industry and represents some of the hottest names in the business including Brutal Strength and Chris Alex.
psst the CEO, Mary Timmons, though a militant feminist is secretly a romantic with an affinity for matchmaking…
Braine: Very cool! What can be cooler than owning a record company and working with bands and artists?! What book/s influenced you and your writing the most?
Michelle Mankin: Shakespeare and the theater obviously. I adore his characters and plot twists…thus these first three books with Black Cat and the Shakespeare angle.
Braine: Which line from Black Cat Records is your favorite?
Love EVOLUTION 

Love is a journey not a destination. (Marcus Anthony quoting his father)


Love REVOLUTION

The places that road will take you, the things you’ll experience are worth all the uncertainty. (Avery Jones)
Braine: Perfect song to describe Black Cat Records.
Love EVOLUTION

My life was empty before you came along
You filled my soul with passion helped me sing my song
(from “Love Evolution” music & lyrics by Marcus Anthony and Avery Jones)


Love REVOLUTION

Would I have started down that road?
If I’d known where it would go?
That the road I traveled down
Would lead to leavin’ you.
(from “The Road that leads to leavin’ you” music & lyrics by Chris Alex and Sara Daniels)

Braine: I wish we have a clip of them singing those. Now tell us, was your own New Adult phase similar to that of your characters?
Michelle Mankin: Heck no. I wish. I was married at twenty and putting myself through college.
Love EVOLUTION… features Avery a nineteen year old guitar prodigy
Love REVOLUTION…features Sara a country diva and Sam her twenty one year old sister who is an intern at the label. 
Braine: I still think a lot of readers can relate to that. What is it about Black Cat Records that readers will find compelling?

Michelle Mankin: Love, Rock ‘n Roll, and a Shakespearean twist 
Braine: ROMANTIC! Can you share a little trivia with us regarding the conception of your characters (inspiration, anecdotes, dream cast, etc.)?

Michelle Mankin:MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC is my inspiration and my muse. Goals in both books: show love between the main characters, love of music, and love of Vancouver…my fav city!
Love EVOLUTION: Foo Fighter’s Wasting Light album…watched hours of youtube concert video, documentaries, etc so homage to them is sprinkled throughout the book.
Key song: “I should’ve known”…”He’s a she, Marcus!” Guess which scene was inspired by the Foo’s garage band contest?

Love REVOLUTION: John Mellencamp
Key song: “Into the night”…guess which kiss it inspired?

Braine: What’s are you writing next?
Michelle Mankin: Love RESOLUTION. Rough draft done. 50 chapters and an epilogue. Planning for a late May release. Marcus and Avery on the road with the band. And its a bumpy bumpy ride. 
Braine: What book did you recently purchase?

Michelle Mankin: Binging on Kristen Ashley right now…I blame.. two book bloggers for this. They know who they are! 
Braine: Ha ha! I bet they’re happy to be the source of your new addiction. Aside from your books, what other New Adult novel or series do you recommend?

Michelle Mankin: Beautiful Disaster, Slammed, Flat out Love were my top three faves last year

Braine: Thanks again, Michelle, for stopping by! Read on for the giveaway!

Michelle Mankin is a young/new adult romance writer as well as a self proclaimed giant… inside of her own mind!

For many years she worked in the insurance industry as an underwriter. Somehow, the boredom didn’t kill her but the hour and hours of looking at facts and figures provided ample time for her mind to wander.

Love Evolution and its sequel, Love Revolution, are her first two novels. Both our rock ‘n roll romances. The first is based on Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. The second is based on Much Ado About Nothing. They are the first two books in a planned trilogy using the plot underpinnings of Shakespeare combined with the drama, excitement, and indisputable sexiness of the rock ‘n roll industry.

When she is not putting her daydreams down on paper, you can find her traveling the world with her family, sometimes for real, and sometimes just for pretend as she takes the children to school and back.
Fan Girls & Boys Welcome

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Purchase Black Cat Records
From Love Resolution
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Reclining against the back of the garden tub with her eyes closed, Avery knew the moment he stepped into the room by the way her body reacted, tingling with an awareness that had always been there between the two of them. Even when she’d been disguised as a guy.

Heat that had nothing to do with the warmth of the bath flooded her veins. She opened her eyes to find him leaning back against the door frame looking at her with a heavy lidded gaze. Steam billowed from the white porcelain mug cupped in his masculine hands. Slowly, the focus of his gaze lifted from where her breasts peeked out above the surface of the bubbles to her face. Looking pointedly at the mug, she arched a brow. “Is that for me?”

“The tea you mean?” Marcus asked suggestively, giving her a sexy half smile.

Avery reached out with a soapy arm to take the mug he offered her. “The tea will do… for now,” she said, playing along. Blowing over the top before taking a sip, she sighed with pleasure at the first taste of the rich exotic brew. Warmth from the tea slid down her throat while the passionate expression on Marcus’ face fueled warmth of a different sort.

Purposefully, she sat up further in the water, feeling the bubbles sliding down to her narrow waist. Eyes darkening to deep sapphire followed their path with focused concentration. She started to bring the tea to her mouth again when he abruptly reached for it and removed it from her hands.

The mug clattered as he set it down on the black granite countertop. He grabbed a thick white bath towel off the warming rack. Wordlessly, he unfolded it and held it outstretched for her to step into. “You are so beautiful,” he said watching her rise from the tub.

He wrapped her flushed body in the soft heated towel and swept her off her feet. Cradled tight to his rock-hard chest, she found herself swiftly carried to the bedroom. Her heart hammered excitedly against her ribs as he laid her out on the king sized bed and began to caress her body. With calloused fingertips he expertly stroked her like an instrument that he had mastered. She’d never had a lover like Marcus. Not that there had been many before him. But she could never have imagined anyone making love to her the way he did. Like it was a physical expression of what he felt inside his soul.

He ran his hands across every inch of her sensitized creamy white skin plucking lightly in certain areas, circling teasingly in others, always seeming to intuitively know where and how to touch in a way that would give her the most pleasure. By the time he covered her body with his own she was trembling and ready and moaned deep in her throat at the exquisite feeling of completion she felt when he finally brought their bodies together.

Over the past week she’d sensed his lovemaking taking on an even higher level of intensity than usual like he was savoring each moment. Now he made love to her so tenderly and so patiently that it took only moments before he’d coaxed from her the ultimate crescendo. And as it always was between them, after she cried out his name, he soon followed, dampening her vocal release with his mouth over hers, like he was drinking in her essence.


Michelle Mankin is giving away SIGNED paperback copies of 
Love Evolution and Love Revolution plus some swag!
Swag mobile; evolution/brutal strength band bracelet and a couple of BS tattoo
Contest open for US, Canada, Australia & UK residents.

Good luck!

Writer Wrangler + Giveaway: Erin Noelle


We are pleased to have new adult author, Erin Noelle, on the blog today to talk about her debut novel, Metamorphosis. Metamorphosis was a highly rated book on Amazon and had a storyline that captured my attention. Erin Noelle was able to pull me in to the story immediately and I found it difficult to put down. It’s just one of those books that I had to finish immediately and had me completely begging for more from the author and characters.
 
 
 
Scarlett MacGregor has lived a very sheltered life courtesy of her over-the-top controlling parents. Having never been to a co-ed party, much less on a date, Scarlett has relied on her books, her music, and living vicariously through her best friend Evie to keep her sanity as she’s patiently awaited her freedom from their rule.

When Scarlett and Evie go away to college, Scarlett quickly meets Ashton, Dylan, and later, Mason, and is thrown into a crash course of like, love, and lust. With Evie’s help, she must figure out the difference in the three and which one she wants before she ends up without any of them.

Metamorphosis is the story of Scarlett’s transformation from a young, naive girl to a strong, mature young woman and her search for self-discovery and true love.

 



Debbie: Hi Erin! Thank you so much for taking your time to stop by our special feature celebrating New Adult Fiction. We are so excited to have you on the blog today! 

Erin: Hi Debbie! Thank you so much for inviting me to do this. 
 
Debbie: I read METAMORPHOSIS and absolutely loved it. Can you tell us the inspiration behind the book? 
 
Erin: I originally wrote the book for the ladies in my online book club. It was just a fun way of paying homage to all of the books and book boyfriends that we loved to chat about. The story just took off once I started writing it. 
 
Debbie: Were any of Scarlett’s experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life? 
 
Erin: No, not at all. I think I had been reading several “virgin meets world” books around that time, so that character personality was prominent in my mind. I tend to get attached to the characters I read about and really try to experience life through their eyes. 
 
Debbie: One of the things I loved about METAMORPHOSIS is the love Scarlett and her best friend, Evie have for reading romance novels. I totally would have clicked with the two girls and be able to talk books with them for hours. I especially loved when they came up with the book boyfriend challenge. If you had to choose, which type of book boyfriend would be your favorite? 

 

Erin: Oh, that’s the question that has no wrong answer! I think my preference changes with whatever book I’m reading that day. Today I’m doing a reread of Effortless, so I’ll go with the hot-as-hell, misunderstood, man-whore-turned-faithful musician. (That describes both Ash and Mason, right? I’m not revealing anything!) 
 
Debbie: Scarlett pretty much hit the hot guy lottery when she goes off to college. Talking about meeting the best of the best type of book boyfriends. She got herself the handsome All-American boy, hot Surfer Dude, and the sexy as hell rock star. I’m having a pretty hard time choosing between hot surfer dude (Ash) and sext rock star (Mason). What is it about Ash and Mason that makes them good partners for Scarlett? 
 
Erin: Ash is Scarlett’s soul mate and when it’s just the two of them together life is perfect. They provide each other a feeling of deep emotional comfort and completeness that they really don’t even understand. But as you know, often in life, that’s just not enough and sometimes the realization and maturity of understanding that comes too late. Mason, despite his bad boy appearance, is just a lover. He wants to love and be loved, but uses his hard exterior as a shield from getting hurt. His and Scarlett’s relationship is fun and physical; he brings out the sassy and sexy sides of her. Mason is enamored with her innocence and naiveté. 
 
Debbie: Okay. So I just have to ask because I was kinda irritated over a certain part of the book. When Scarlett starts college she is sorta desperate to love her V-Card. Of course she doesn’t just jump in the sack with any old Joe but I was really rooting for her to get a little experience. So when she finally does decide to cash in her V-Card the scene just faded to black. I felt so gipped! I mean that scene was really hot and sorry if I sound like a little creeper but I totally wanted to read about her and _____ getting it on. Why hold out on us? 

Erin: I don’t have a good reason except for when I was writing it, it just felt right. I’ve had several complaints about it, and I didn’t mean for it to be frustrating. I wasn’t sure about writing an erotic scene after the two darker emotional scenes that came directly before that moment. I was still hurt and angry. 

Debbie: In the book, Scarlett has an eversion for nicknames. She absolutely hates them. So I loved that Evie, Ash and Mason all had nicknames for her. Do your friends or loved one calls you a nickname and if so, what’s the story behind it? 

Erin: Other than my mom calling me ErryBerry when I was a kid, I don’t have a nickname. I think maybe I’m secretly jealous of people who have nicknames because my name is too short to shorten into something cute… well, I guess it’s not a secret anymore.
 
Debbie: You referenced a few great songs in METAMORPHOSIS and I especially loved the song that Scarlett sang at the end of the book (Apologies by Grace Potter and The Nocturnals). As far as the song choices go for the book, do you choose a particular song to fit a scene or do you hear a song first and then become inspired to writing a scene?
 
Erin: I do both, but I always read and write to music. I love books that have playlists! Sometimes I know the scene I want to write so I purposely search for music to fit it, but most of the time I hear a song and it inspires me. Apologies is definitely my favorite song from Meta; it played a huge role in the ending. A friend had texted me the song to listen to for a different reason, and when I heard it, the proverbial light went off. I listened to that song at least 30 times that day so by the time I sat down to write that night, it was as if Scarlett was singing it to me. 
 
Debbie: Speaking of book references, you mention quite a few books that have garnered a lot of love from readers (i.e. – Beautiful Disaster, Twilight, and even Fifty Shades of Grey). Were any of the books mentioned books you’ve read in the past and liked? 
 
Erin: All of them! My rediscovered love for reading was instigated after constant badgering from friends to read Fifty last May. I read all three in a week and I was instantly obsessed. I couldn’t read fast enough. I found a group of ladies on an online book forum and they just helped in fueling the fire. I’m a book fan girl just like Scarlett and Evie… in a slightly older body. 

Debbie: When I think of New Adult fiction I think angsty, dramatic, sexy and even a little wild and crazy. Was your own new adult phase similar to what your characters experience? 
 
Erin: I never really experienced a lot of those things in my late teens/ early twenties. I stayed at home to attend college instead of going away and having the whole college life expereince. My husband and I met when we were both twenty and have been together for the past thirteen years. Living through the angst and heartache of my friends was enough for me. I may have experienced a bit of that in high school, but at that age the emotional immaturity of everyone makes it a bit different in my opinion. 

Debbie: I noticed that some of the books or songs that Scarlett references too were songs or books released within the last couple of months (like when Scarlett mentions the Taylor Swift singing about ‘I knew you were trouble when you walked in’). How long ago did you write METAMORPHOSIS and how long did it take for you to write? 

 
Erin: I started Meta on October 14, 2012 and it took approximately three months to write. I work full time outside the home and have two small children, so my reading and writing all takes place after about 9:30 or 10:00 at night. I know that many of the references to the music, movies, and books in the book date it, but as I said earlier, I was writing this for friends and didn’t really think about the time stamp I was putting on it. 
 
Debbie: Aside from your books, are there any new adult books or series or authors that you would recommend for new adult fiction fans to read? 
 
Erin: There are too many to name ~ I actually have a running word doc that I keep for when people ask so that I can email it to them. However, I can say that the books you listed earlier that I mention in my book are definitely books that made a big impact on me. And of course anything by Ms. Colleen Hoover ~ she’s butterflying amazing! 

Debbie: So METAMORPHOSIS doesn’t exactly end with everything tied up in a nice little bow. The epilogue definitely eluded that there was more to come from Scarlett, Ash, and Mason. How many more books are you planning after METAMORPHOSIS? 

 
Erin: I am only planning for one more in their story, Ambrosia. I may consider writing a short HEA for whomever is left without the girl, but I’m not sure yet. I have another stand-alone that I’ve been playing with and I’m anxious to explore that idea. 
 
Debbie: One of the many things Scarlett struggles with is her strained relationship with her parents. She really didn’t have any resolution with them towards the end of Metamorphosis. Is that a subject that might be revisited in the future or has Scarlett basically accepted that she and her parents will never be on the same page? 
 
Erin: Her relationship with her parents will definitely be visited again in Ambrosia. I’m not sure that the relationship is repairable, but it’s something that Scarlett still needs to address. 
 
Debbie: Erin, thanks so much again for taking your time to stop by Talk Supe today. Before we let you go did you have any parting words with our readers? 
 
Erin: Thank you, thank you, thank you ~ to the incredibly talented authors that write the books that I love so much, to the thousands upon thousands of readers that enjoy reading as much as I do, to the amazing bloggers that spend their personal time promoting and reviewing our word babies ~ I am having so much fun with all of this and am meeting some of the most remarkable people. I feel so blessed. 

Erin Noelle is a Texas native, where she lives with her husband and two young daughters. While earning her degree in History, she rediscovered her love for reading that was first instilled by her grandmother when she was a young child. A lover of happily-ever-afters, both historical and current, Erin is an avid reader of all romance novels. She has recently self-published her first novel, Metamorphosis, which hit both USA Today and Amazon best-selling lists, and is currently working on the sequel, Ambrosia, to be released later in 2013. Most nights you can find her cuddled up in bed with her husband, her Kindle in hand and a sporting event of some sorts on television.

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Erin Noelle is giving away ONE digital copy of METAMORPHOSIS to one lucky Talk Supe reader. Open Internationally. Ends March 5th.