8/4/14

The "Vibe" of ASHER'S MARK


I want to take a few moments to tell you a little about ASHER’S MARK. Not necessarily about the storyline or about how swoon-worthy Asher is (and trust me… he IS swoon-worthy), but about the “vibe” I’ve attempted to achieve in the book.

New Adult fiction is all the rage right now, and I’ll admit it… I’m a BIG fan. I think New Adult authors are bridging a gap that had existed within the book industry and meeting the reading desires and needs of those individuals in that “transitional period” between high school and adulthood. Great children’s literature and young adult fiction has always been plentiful, and as an avid reader, middle school teacher, and a parent, I’ve always been grateful for that.

And because I’m a parent and a teacher, I tend to keep in mind the younger portion of my reading audience as I’m writing. As a reader, I enjoy a wide variety of fiction... from dark and gritty to sweet and heart-warming… from sexy and mature to youthful and innocent. But when I write, my voice - and the style that comes most natural to me - veers toward the sweet and youthful. And I’m okay with that. I’ve always wanted my writing to be something my kids can take to school, hold up to their teachers and their friends, and say, “My mom did this!” My oldest son is almost 16. My middle son is starting 6th grade, and my youngest is beginning 3rd grade. That they are proud to say “My Mom’s an author” is one of the greatest things about this journey.

So, even though ASHER’S MARK is a New Adult novel (for the bulk of the book, Grace is 18, and Asher is 20), it doesn’t carry a warning label indicating that readers should be over 17.  Like my Sky Cove stories and Dusk, the content in ASHER’S MARK is appropriate for tweens, teens, and adults of any age. That’s not to say that the characters are always perfect. Of course they’re not! They are flawed, and they make mistakes. They might curse on occasion. They make bad choices from time to time. They hurt one another at times. But you know what? That’s life. And more than anything, I want to write characters that experience all the highs and lows of life, while at the same time acting in ways that allow young readers to take the journey with them.

So… I hope you’ll take a chance on Asher & Grace. I love them so much, and I want the love they have for one another to touch your hearts the way it’s touched mine.

ASHER’S MARK will release on August 25. Until then, you can pre-order at B&N, iTunes, and Kobo for $2.99, which is $1 less than it will be on release day! Click HERE for pre-order links.

Happy reading & writing!

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