Friday, March 22, 2013

Blog Tour: Ten Tiny Breaths by K. A. Tucker + Giveaway



Today, I'd like to welcome Kathleen Tucker, author of Ten Tiny Breaths, to talk about the hot, up-and-coming New Adult genre!


New Adult: What’s all the fuss about?

New Adult is a relatively new term in the publishing world. So new that, up until very recently, publishing houses have not accepted works as “New Adult”, classifying them as either “Young Adult” or “Adult”. But finally people are giving this thing that exists between YA and Adult a closer look. Why do I call it a thing? Well, I’ve heard NA called a genre, a sub-genre, a category. I can’t say exactly what it is.

The NA books hitting today’s shelves (both virtual and physical) take the romance genre and give it new life, or an edge. Up until about a year ago, I didn’t read a lot of contemporary romance. In my head, I pictured one of two things: one—a bored housewife diddling the next door neighbor to satisfy her long-lost urges or two—fifteen-year-olds and a climatic kiss at a school gym dance. Neither appealed to me, especially with all of these amazing paranormal, dystopian, and high fantasy books out there, full of excitement and gripping heart ache; love stories tied to big, disastrous situations. Exciting, right?

Well, then I got schooled. Last summer I read a few fantastic books that could be considered New Adult or Mature YA romance. No vampires, no magic. Just real people dealing with disastrous situations and love. The authors took situations like rape, physical violence, and inappropriate relationships and spun stories that I couldn’t put down. Those books were Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, Slammed by Colleen Hoover, and Easy by Tammara Webber.

NA books have breathed new life into the romance category, creating a need to tell edgy stories about problems that people face in their late teens and twenties, when they are old enough to be out on their own and make decisions but still don’t really know who they are. It’s a time in their lives when they will make mistakes and stupid choices, where angst over love interests still exists, and where partying and sex can steer decisions. To be clear, New Adult isn’t about drugs, alcohol, and sex (not a well-written story anyway). That’s not what I’m saying. But, as is the case for many people during this time in their lives, these elements are a part of what makes life confusing. Sometimes it’s a big part.

That’s my take on why New Adult has taken the industry by storm. :)

Thanks to The Bookish Type for hosting me today! xoxo


Thanks so much to Kathleen for stopping by!



Buy the book

Just breathe, Kacey. Ten tiny breaths. Seize them. Feel them. Love them.

Four years ago Kacey Cleary’s life imploded when her car was hit by a drunk driver, killing her parents, boyfriend and best friend. Still haunted by memories of being trapped inside, holding her boyfriend’s lifeless hand and listening to her mother take her last breath, Kacey wants to leave her past behind. Armed with two bus tickets, twenty year old Kacey and her fifteen year old sister Livie escape Grand Rapids, Michigan to start over in Miami. Struggling to make ends meet, Kacey needs to figure out how to get by. But Kacey’s not worried. She can handle anything—anything but her mysterious neighbor in apartment 1D.

Trent Emerson has smoldering blue eyes, deep dimples, and perfectly skates that irresistible line between nice guy and bad boy. Hardened by her tragic past, Kacey is determined to keep everyone at a distance, but their mutual attraction is undeniable and Trent is determined to find a way into Kacey’s guarded heart—even if it means that an explosive secret could shatter both their worlds.

Born in small-town Ontario, Kathleen published her first book at the age of six with the help of her elementary school librarian and a box of crayons. She is a voracious reader and the farthest thing from a genre-snob, loving everything from High Fantasy to Chick Lit. Kathleen currently resides in a quaint small town outside of Toronto with her husband, two beautiful girls, and an exhausting brood of four-legged creatures.


For more about this author, please visit:



And follow the rest of the tour:

March 18: I Love Lady Porn AND ChickLovesLit
March 19: 3 Chicks & Their Books
March 20: A Book Lovers Review
March 21: FicTalk AND Shh Mom's Reading
March 22: Chapter by Chapter AND The Bookish Type
March 23: Waves of Fiction
March 24: Brittany Blabs Books
March 25: The Book Hookup AND The Bookish Babe
March 26: ReaderGirls AND Books Complete Me
March 27: Anna's Romantic Reads AND BookBite Reviews
March 28: Stuck in Books
March 29: Book Bitches Blog


GIVEAWAY

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Cover Art Revealed: The Hazards of Skinny Dipping by Alyssa Rose Ivy


Today I'm happy to participate in the cover reveal of Alyssa Rose Ivy's New Adult contemporary romance, The Hazards of Skinny Dipping! Hazards sounds like a fun, fresh read -- perfect for the beach, and it's hitting shelves in early summer 2013!

Without further ado...



ABOUT THE HAZARDS OF SKINNY DIPPING:
This isn't a deep book about first loves or self-discovery. If you want a book like that, I'd be happy to recommend one, but I don't have that kind of story to tell. Instead my story is about rash decisions and finding out that your dream guy is bad in bed. It's the story of when I finally went skinny dipping, and how my life was never the same again. Oh, and it's also the story of my freshman year of college and realizing Mr. Right might have been there all along.

ABOUT ALYSSA ROSE IVY:
Alyssa Rose Ivy is a New Adult and Young Adult author who loves to weave stories with romance and a southern setting. Although raised in the New York area, she fell in love with the South after moving to New Orleans for college. After years as a perpetual student, she turned back to her creative side and decided to write. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and two young children, and she can usually be found with a cup of coffee in her hand.

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Thanks so much to Alyssa's publicist, Kelly, for inviting me to be part of this reveal!


Monday, February 11, 2013

The Triple Threat Blog Tour


Win great prizes! Chat live with your favorite authors!

Tomorrow is the last day of the Triple Threat Blog Tour! If you haven't been following along, it's not too late to get in on the action! There are dozens of chances to win books by Myra McEntire, author of the hit Hourglass series, Jennifer Lynn Barnes, author of the bestselling Raised by Wolves series and her new hits Every Other Day and Nobody, and Kate Ellison, debut author of The Butterfly Clues and her new novel Notes from Ghost Town.


You can also be part of the exclusive cover reveal for Infinityglass, the final installment in the gorgeous Hourglass series. Submit your entry HERE to win a 6-book prize pack featuring all 3 authors' books.


Check out the schedule below and get caught up before the LIVE chat with Myra, Kate and Jennifer tomorrow night at 8 pm EST over at Mundie Moms!

Tuesday, January 22nd – Life as a Nobody at Read for Your Future
Wednesday, January 23rd – Letter of Advice from Myra to Emerson at I Am a Reader, Not a Writer
Thursday, January 24th – What is Ghost Town? at Page Turners
Friday, January 25th – The Society of Sensors at Read Breathe Relax
Monday, January 28th – Kaleb's Playlist at Evie Bookish
Tuesday, January 29th – Meet Olivia at Reading Teen
Wednesday, January 30th – Nobodies, Nulls, and Real World Psych at Cari’s Book Blog
Thursday, January 31st – Which Hourglass Character Are You? at YA Books Central
Friday, February 1st – Living with Mental Illness in the Family at Once Upon a Twilight
Monday, February 4th – Meet the Cover Designer of Nobody at Bookhounds
Tuesday, February 5th – Meet the Cover Designer of Hourglass at Luxury Reading
Wednesday, February 6th – Meet the Cover Designer of Ghost Town at Good Choice Reading
Thursday, February 7th – The Musical Inspiration for Nobody at I Read Banned Books
Friday, February 8th – Deleted Scene from Timepiece at All Things Urban Fantasy
Monday, February 11th - Art as a Form of Expression at Supernatural Snark
Tuesday, February 12th – 8-10 pm ET LIVE book chat on Mundie Moms with Myra, Kate and Jennifer 

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