Talking about teen sexuality is often viewed as a touchy subject. But authors like YA novelist Sara Farizan aren't afraid to step up to the plate. In Sara's latest novel, Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel, high schooler Leila already feels like an outsider because of her Persian heritage. Yet she fears her life would be even harder if her classmates found out she likes girls. Her growing feelings for the new girl in school help her discover that she may not be so different after all. Today, Sara talks about the importance of writing about teen sexuality and her role as a writer. Take a look:
Tropeoween: Halloween Costumes For Your Favorite Romance Trope - Awkward YA Heroine Who Discovers She's a WitchBY DJ DeSmyter, OCTOBER 08, 2014 | PERMALINK
All week long we’re celebrating Tropeoween here on the RT blog. What is Tropeoween, you ask? Why it’s a celebration of trope-y romance Halloween costumes, of course! Monday we featured a paranormal/urban fantasy heroine, aka, “The Newbie Shapeshifting Wolf Heroine (Who Also Might Be A Paranormal Investigator).” Yesterday contemporary romances are on the hot seat, as we profiled "The Virgin Secretary to the Billionaire CEO (Who is About to Not be a Virgin At All)". Today's costume is perfect for those wanting to be a Young Adult Heroine Who Discovers She's a Witch. After her parents suddenly die under strange (read: paranormal) circumstances, she discovers there's a strong possiblity she's related to either the Charmed Ones or the Sanderson sisters. To top it all off, she's super awkward (she makes Bella look graceful). Live up this classic YA trope with these items:
In Amy Finnegan's Not in the Script, Emma Taylor's life is seemingly composed of camera angles, multiple takes and show ratings. And with such a Hollywood-tastic backdrop, we wanted to know all about Amy's celebrity crushes and what the perfect date with them would be like. Turns out, she actually had a chance to dine with one of her crushes! Read on for all the juicy details!
Forget dream dates, this is a true story. In a very strange twist of fate, I actually went out to dinner with one of my celebrity crushes. It was more like a double date, since I was with my husband and the guy was with his wife, but it did happen.
Back when reality shows were actually somewhat real, my husband and I became addicted to a few shows — one in particular. We watched every episode, sometimes twice, and during one of the seasons I grew quite fond of a contestant. Fond enough that I would make silly comments to my husband like, “The cute one better win. He’s too hot not to win.” So my husband was well aware of my crush, believe me.
Well, the cute guy won.
Young Adult author Zoraida Cordova is making the jump from YA Sci-Fi/Fantasy to New Adult Contemporary with Luck on the Line, the first in her new On the Verge series. This sexy read is coming your way on November 11, and to help celebrate, we have the exclusive cover reveal! (And don't forget to check out the end of the post for an advanced copy giveaway.)
Let's state with seeing what this book is all about!
To turn her life around, she’ll have to stand the heat. To fulfill his dreams, he’ll have to get Lucky.
Despite her name, Lucky Pierce has always felt a little cursed. Refusing to settle for less or settle down, she changes jobs as often as she changes boyfriends. When her celebrity chef mother challenges her to finish something, Lucky agrees to help her launch Boston’s next hot restaurant, The Star. Even if it means working with the infuriating, egotistical and undeniably sexy head chef.
James loves being known as Boston’s hottest bad boy in the kitchen, but if he wants to build a reputation as a serious chef, he has to make this restaurant work and keep his scandalous past out of the headlines. Getting involved with his boss’s spoiled, sharp-tongued daughter is definitely not on the menu.
A little competition never hurt anyone, right? Well, New Adult authors Rhonda Helms and Shannyn Schroeder are going head-to-head for a Swoon-Off between their heroes. Rhonda's Daniel from Scratch will battle it out with Shannyn's Phin from Her Best Shot, the first in her new Hot and Nerdy series. And to top it all off, their publisher, Lyrical Press is giving away a $20 gift card to Lush! First up, we have Phin from Her Best Shot, followed by Daniel from Scratch, so let's get started!
Rhonda Helms and I have challenged each other to a swoon-off, pitting the heroes of our September release New Adult books against each other. There will be three events (Who is sexier?, Who has the best pick up/first conversation with the heroine?, and Who does the best grovel?). We will write about our heroes and post snippets from our books. Then there will be voting!
Who has the best grovel?
The genre-crossing Gena Showalter has teen and adult fans alike clamoring for the final book in her White Rabbit Chronicles, The Queen of Zombie Hearts. The good news is you don't have to wait any longer, as the book hits shelves today. In the meantime, why not take a gander at the book trailer, which we are super excited to exclusively reveal here? (And then don't forget to enter our 10 (ten!) book giveaway below!) The giveaway is open to U.S. and Canadian readers and winners can choose either a print or ebook version of the book.
Last year, Bloomsbury launched a new digital-only imprint, Bloomsbury Spark. With a passion for Young Adult and New Adult stories, Spark has quickly built a list of refreshing stories written by established and up-and-coming authors. As the Digital Editor for Spark, Meredith Rich has helped build the imprint and its authors. Curious about Bloomsbury Spark, its recent deals and the submission process, we asked Meredith our burning questions and she answered! Learn more about the imprint and stay tuned afterwards for a giveaway!
Bloomsbury Spark launched last year. Can you tell us a little bit about the creation of the imprint?
I was brought on to really shape the imprint and it was great because we decided early on we wanted to focus on Young Adult and New Adult, but open to all genres. All of our books so far have had a touch of romance, which is hard to resist, especially for e-books!
One of the great things about Spark is that we want to serve the readership — and e-book readers are fantastic, partially because they know what they like and they’re always on the lookout for the next best thing. We can follow what they want to read as they purchase.
YA favorite Beth Revis has ventured into self-publishing with her next release, The Body Electric, and we've got a limited edition paperback copy to give away! The Body Electric follows a young girl who's able to enter people's dreams and memories, but things go wrong when she discovers someone may have altered her memories. Here's the blurb:
The future world is at peace.
Ella Shepherd has dedicated her life to using her unique gift—the ability to enter people’s dreams and memories using technology developed by her mother—to help others relive their happy memories.
But not all is at it seems.
Ella starts seeing impossible things—images of her dead father, warnings of who she cannot trust. Her government recruits her to spy on a rebel group, using her ability to experience—and influence—the memories of traitors. But the leader of the rebels claims they used to be in love—even though Ella’s never met him before in her life. Which can only mean one thing…
Someone’s altered her memory.
We've been pretty clear about our New Adult obsession, and ogling the hot cover models (as one does) had us noticing something quite peculiar … lots of these titles are black and white, with the occassional colorful font. We couldn't resist showing you — and punning in our blog title — we're only human, after all. But don't tell the beef cake that. To them, we'll always be perfect.
These titles have us feeling a little blue …
These font's aren't the only thing red hot in these books, we're sure we don't have to tell you.
YA author Kendall Kulper has woven an alluring spell with her debut, Salt & Storm, a historical tale about witches, whalers and sacrifice. Kendall's take on witches and magic is not only creative and refreshing, but also incredibly believable and detailed. Today she she's here to talk about the creation of her story's magic. Be sure to check out the bottom of the post for a chance to enter to win a copy of the book!
One of my favorite things to write about in Salt & Storm was the magic of the Roe witches, the family of women who created good luck charms and magic spells for the island’s population and visiting sailors.
Because Salt & Storm is based in a world like our own, I wanted the magic to feel rooted in reality. So even though the magic in Salt & Storm is fiction, almost all of it came out of research I did into ocean magic and sailing superstitions.