New Adult is one of the fastest growing genres in fiction and for good reason. Filled with late teen/early 20s angst and all of the drama that goes into becoming an adult, these books give a gritty inside look at love, loss and moving on. This week we're bringing you five of the hottest New Adult books from Forever Romance. We asked the authors to tell us about their latest title and share which characters and specific scenes are most personal to them. We're continuing the fun with Nyrae Dawn's Façade, the story of a young woman who sets out to right her father's wrongs, only to find comfort in the arms of a misunderstood playboy.
Tell us a little about Façade.
To me, Façade is a story that encompasses many things. It’s about friendship, getting over the past, and love — both falling in love, and learning how to love yourself. It’s also a story about forgiveness. Adrian and the Delaney learn a lot on their path to falling in love with each other and forgiveness and discovering that life is never quite what you expect it to be are the biggest ones. Unexpected obstacles happen and you can’t move forward, until you learn to get past them.
Which scene from the story is closest to your heart?
There are quite a few scenes in Façade that are close to my heart but the scene I’m going to share with you today has always stood out to me. I relate to both Adrian and Delaney in this scene and I think most of us can.
It’s about each of them admitting their dreams to each other — dreams that up until now haven’t come true. They’re sharing with each other the paths they expected their lives to take, that haven’t yet be fulfilled.
Here's an excerpt:
“Why aren’t you in school?” he asks me.
Adrian’s not really one to ask a lot of questions. He doesn’t talk, but he’s trying to talk to me now and I’m not sure exactly what that means. “Money, I guess.” I shrug. “And my mom. Though that’s not really a good excuse. It’s not like she really cares if I’m around anyway.”
The thinker in him comes out. It’s almost a shift when he’s trying to figure out something in his head.
“Do you want to go to school?” is his next question.
I take a bite of my pizza, using it as an excuse for some time. I’d always planned on going away to college. Maddox too. He was going to be a football star one day. We all knew it, but when he and Dad stopped being close, Maddox stopped playing.
I wanted to help people. “Yeah… I want to be a nurse. I’ve always wanted to be one.” The words make the urge come to life inside me again. My dream. Don’t I deserve my dream too? Doesn’t Maddox and Adrian? Why did my father’s action get to take that from all of us?
“You’d be good at that. I can see you sneaking extra lollipops to little kids if they’re good.”
That makes me smile. It sounds like something I would love to do. “That would be very nice of me,” I tease.
“So sweet and innocent.”
“Hey!” I set my plate down and pretend to be annoyed by crossing my arms. “There’s nothing wrong with being nice.” Turning my head, I poke out my bottom lip.
Adrian’s hand cups my chin. In a smooth movement he’s turning my head so I face him again. “I never said there was anything wrong with how you are. And if you stick your lip out again, I’m going to bite it.”
His words are a syringe, injecting a pleasurable heat into my veins. I want his mouth on me again so, so much. “What… what about you?” I ask.
"You can bite me, too, if you want.”
I throw a napkin at him. “You know that’s not what I mean.”
“You know what I want. I write.” He doesn’t make eye contact with me as he grabs my empty plate, tossing both his and mine into the trashcan before coming back to sit on the bed again. Two urges bubble up inside me and I’m not sure which one to go with. I want to ask him more, want to ask him everything so I know every piece of Adrian, but I want to be quiet too. To wait… and listen in the hopes he’ll give those pieces of himself to me without my having to pry.
“When I was younger”—he takes a deep breath—“I wrote all the time. Read and wrote. I thought if I disappeared enough into the words, they would become my life instead of the one I was living.”
Oh God, oh God, oh God. That is a piece of him he never would have given me before. It makes me feel buoyant, invincible, but also like a fraud.
“It doesn’t work that way, though.” There’s seriousness in his voice.
Can you elaborate on how this scene ties into your own past?
My story isn’t nearly as traumatic and serious as Adrian’s and Delaney’s is but at the time, it felt like it. I think that’s one of the staples of youth — to feel like everything that goes wrong is the end of the world when really it’s just part of the journey to get you where you’re supposed to be. I was young, and in “love.” The boy was a good friend of mine and he knew how I felt about him. He never dated much and I never dated much. In my heart I always knew we would end up together. We fit and got along and I felt we were meant to be…and then we weren’t. He met a girl and moved away. I was young, too young to feel like my life shattered the way I did but that’s exactly how I felt. It was in that youthful moment that I realized the vision I had for my life wasn’t a guarantee. Adrian and Delaney already know that in the above scene but they’re still struggling to live with it. Struggling to realize that you have to fight for what you want, not slip it under the rug to just keep on surviving. Surviving isn’t nearly as fun as living.
Do you have a story of young love similar to Nyrae? Let us know in the comments below. And make sure to pick up a copy of Façade, available digitally now and in print September 24. And visit the RT Daily Blog all week for more from Forever's New Adult authors.