Thursday, May 23, 2013

NA Rundown & Giveaway

Hello my lovely readers,

Things are about to get really exciting on this blog! Lots of news and giveaways coming your way.

And today we're going to talk a little bit about New Adult. Most people outside of the writing world have no clue what I'm talking about when I tell them The Apollo Academy is a new adult science fiction novel. They're like huh? What's that mean?

A quick review of New Adult(NA):

  • NA characters are usually between 18-25 years old. (though there are exceptions) But it's basically the transition time from teenager into adult.
  • These characters are experiencing life on their own for the first time. Moving out/Going to College/First serious relationships/Loss of innocence/Discovery of sexuality/Drug Abuse/First job/etc.
  • Some of you are probably wondering why is this such a big thing right now? Aren't there books that already fit this description? The answer to that is YES! New Adult has been around for a while, hidden either as a Young Adult novel or an Adult fiction novel.  In fact a lot of YA novels I love, I would actually now consider NA. It's only emerging as its own category now because readers are finally shouting out that they want to read more in this age range.
  • When people ask: Why are there no parents in YA? I think a lot of times that's because the author wanted to be able to put their characters in what we would now call NA scenarios. Having to make big decisions without a parent figure, etc.
  • As with any category, there are genres within New Adult. The most popular NA novels right now are contemporary, but that will quickly change as we see Fantasy/SciFi/Horror/etc. emerge. (Speaking of fabulous NA Scifi, add The Apollo Academy to your GoodReads shelf. Comes out 8.6.13) <---Sorry, couldn't help myself.
So now that we know a little more about NA, let's have an NA giveaway! YAY!

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  1. I know there are still a lot of skeptics but I think New Adult is such an important category. I know when I was in college I ended up reading YA, not only because I was writing it by that point, but also because "adult" fiction just didn't interest me. There weren't MCs who looked like me on the shelves. It's so nice to have a home for those readers now. Great post, Kim!

  2. Thanks for this amazing giveaway! I've heard wonderful things about the NA books featured in your giveaway, especially Ten Tiny Breaths by K.A. Tucker! Would love to read it! :)

    Wishing you all the best on your release! <3

    Tess xx

    tess_halim (at) hotmail (dot) com

    1. Thank you, Tess. And trust me when I say Ten Tiny Breaths will take YOUR breath away. A definite must read!

  3. The winner has been contacted!