April New Release Giveaway Hop – AUDACIOUS AND CAPRICIOUS

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covernew-release-giveaway-hop_april2014_buttonIn case you haven’t heard, I have a new book out this month. CAPRICIOUS is the sequel to the verse novel AUDACIOUS, which came out last year to rave reviews (if I do say so myself!). To celebrate my verse novel duology I’m giving away three copies of CAPRICIOUS and one copy of AUDACIOUS as part of the April New Release Giveaway Hop hosted by Book Nerd.

Audacious is about Ella, a misfit girl who vows to try to fit in, and blows it in a spectacularly teenage way. Publisher’s Weekly called it a “rich, riveting story… with an honest teenage voice”.

In Capricious  Ella does for her heart what she did to her life in the previous book: throws it down and stomps on it. Kirkus called it “sensitive and compelling”.

To enter simply comment below that you follow this blog. Those who follow me on Twitter, tweet or Facebook about the giveaway or add both books to Goodreads will get extra entries. Let me know in your comment what you’ve done.

The lucky winner who enters here will win both books!  You can also enter to win CAPRICIOUS over at my verse novel site VerseNovels.com or at my design site Cover Your Dreams. You can also enter to win Capricious on Goodreads!

Book Birthday!

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Wow, I haven’t been on this blog in a while. I do have a good excuse. I’ve been writing  and editing another book for Orca’s new Limelights series and I’ve been doing a lot of design work. And of course I’ve been eagerly awaiting this week because CAPRICIOUS is released tomorrow! I realize I’m a total tool because I haven’t even done a proper cover reveal here. Well here it is – I love it!

coverEdit: enter the Goodreads Giveaway to win a copy of Capricious !!

My wardrobe is becoming more polka-dotted by the day to match how thrilled I am with Ella’s new look. Reviews so far have been great.  Kirkus called it “Sensitive and compelling”. CM Magazine rated it  4/4 stars and “highly recommended” . School Library Journal says its “candid approach to sex, lies, and friendship should attract a wide audience, especially readers who are drawn to deep and sometimes dark issues”.

Blogger Ashley from On Page 394 called it “one of the BEST Canadian novels I’ve read in a very long time” in her very insightful review which also compares me to William Carlos Williams! So…win!

Orca is giving away two copies of Capricious on Goodreads. That giveaway will go up early this week so keep a lookout for it! I will also be joining some giveway hops over the next month of two so stay tuned for those too.

In the meantime, you can visit my Pinterest page for a few little teasers from CAPRICIOUS.

Verse on.

 

 

Christmas Hate Translated

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bigstock-Bad-Christmas-Girl-Showing-Mid-8068519This time of year you hear and read a lot of anti-Christmas rhetoric. Most years I just ignore it, let it wash over me like so much floating glitter. But this year has been an introspective one for me, so I’ve been thinking about it more. And here’s the thing:

Christmas hate bugs me. It bugs me because it’s become so ubiquitous that people don’t even realize what they are saying. Sometimes I feel like maybe there needs to be a campaign like that R-word campaign or the “That’s So Gay” campaign – a way of educating people about what they are really saying around Christmas time.

Well, you know me. I’ve never one to back down from taking on a campaign, so I thought I would start with a little dictionary, as it were. A translation of some of the most common Christmas-hate phrases.

I’m going to start with one I hear every year, one that is widely accepted and one to me anyway that is the most WTF. It goes something like this:

Me: Thanks for that and Merry Christmas!

Christmas Hater:  I don’t celebrate Christmas.  I’m a _____ (note that I have heard this from various groups including Jews, atheists and Jehovah’s Witnesses as well as from a few undeclared. Never from a Buddhist, or any person of east Asian descent, nor from any Muslims. In fact it’s pretty safe to say I’ve mostly only heard white Westerners say this.)

Me:  *head-desk*

Look, I didn’t ask you to put up a tree, fill your living room with presents, carve a Nativity set out of old growth cedar, worship a naked baby, drink mulled wine to the point of belligerence, watch A Christmas Carol and cry piteously into your eggnog, stagger hungover to Christmas mass, and pass out for so long that the turkey burns. I just said “Merry Christmas”. The correct response is “thank you, and you too.”

The wish of Merry Christmas is simply an expression from an observer that on December 25th, instead of being a self-important party pooper, you consider being merry for change.  Christmas observers try to be merry on that day. We don’t wish misery on those who don’t observe. That would be stupid.

Still not convinced? Let’s switch it up and see how it flies.

Jewish Friend: Thanks for that and Happy Hanukkah!

Me: I don’t celebrate Hanukkah. I’m a lapsed Catholic atheist with a Jewish great-grandmother.

Jewish Friend: *backs slowly away*

Or

Chinese Friend: Thanks and Gung Hai Fat Choy!

Me: WTF? Is that Klingon?

Chinese friend: *punches my ignorant white face*

Listen, I get that this is a false comparison due to Christmas being the majority and non-Christmas being the minority. So in a sense what you might really be saying is this:

I hate Christmas = I hate being a minority where I live.

Well, I get that too, I really do. But it’s still no excuse to be rude. Allow me to demonstrate:

Chinese friend to my sister who lives in China: Thanks and gong xi  acai!

My sister who lives in China: I don’t believe your moronic superstitions about dragons and shit.

Chinese friend: *punches sister in  her smarmy white face*

There’s probably an argument somewhere that Christmas-hate is acceptable hate because the Christmas observers are most often privileged white people. As much as the latter is probably true, to the former I say this: privileged white people are not punching bags. If you want to punch something, go to a martial arts gym.

So, to summarize so far, I promised a translation of Christmas hate speak and here is it is:

I don’t celebrate Christmas = I don’t accept, tolerate or condone your practices because they are inferior to my own elevated and enlightened existence. Nor am I interested in your goodwill, during your “holiday season”, because who needs the goodwill of someone of inferior intellectual and/or spiritual status.

In other words, if I wish someone Merry Christmas and they reply “I don’t celebrate Christmas” I will hit them in the face with a figgy pudding.

Another irritating Christmas hate cliché goes something like this:

I hate Christmas. It’s so commercial. All the mindless shopping etc etc.

This one pops up on Twitter and Facebook with extraordinary reliability every year. The thing is, it often pops up on very feeds of women who also post throughout the year things like:

I must have these shoes *insert link to Louboutin shoes priced at $500*

Look what just arrived! *insert picture of tweep brandishing brand new handbag*

Or

I had a fabulous meal at *insert name-drop of uber expensive and trendy Manhattan bistro*

So, again, a simple translation:

I hate Christmas. It’s so commercial = I hate capitalism, although perhaps I am a hypocrite to say it.

Look, hate on capitalism all you want, lord knows I’m not going to stop you. But while you’re at it, check out of your overpriced apartment, step out of your designer shoes, drop out of your private university or school, and, oh yeah, log out of Twitter and Facebook. And if you happen to be of the true Christian inclination and you object to the commercialization of what should be a spiritual time – kudos to you and I hope to see your Christian self serving good will at the soup kitchen on Christmas morning.

Finally there’s this one:

I hate Christmas. So much pressure to socialize and be happy.

This one is an easy one to translate:

I hate Christmas. So much pressure to socialize and be happy = I hate my family, all my friends and myself. I probably should be medicated for depression but I don’t have health insurance because I spent all my money on my shoes.

I don’t ask that everyone celebrate Christmas. I don’t even ask that those who DO celebrate view the Christmas industrial complex as a good or even an acceptable thing. I only want people to stop and consider the truth underneath what they are really saying to people who DO celebrate this silliest of seasons.

Merry Freakin’ Christmas, haters.

Rant over.

October New Release Giveaway Hop – AUDACIOUS

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I love new releases; and every writer loves their own new release best. So for this October New Release Giveaway Hop I’m giving away a three copies of AUDACIOUS – one here, one at VerseNovels.com and one at Cover Your Dreams.

This is a US/Canada only giveaway for physical books but the good news is that I am giving away eBooks for international entrants, should they be the winners!

Here’s a bit about AUDACIOUS:

Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as “Ella,” she plans fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger sister goes to the Catholic girls’ school and her emotionally fragile mother looks for a job. But Ella might just be a different kind of misfit. She’s drawn to a brooding boy in her art class, Samir, and expresses her confused feelings in an explicit artwork. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the horrendous fallout spreads though Ella’s life like an uncontrollable disease. Ella is expelled from school and faces pornography charges, her mother is hospitalized, her sister fails all her classes, and her distant father finally notices something is wrong.

To enter all you have to do is follow the blog or me on Twitter. Let me know if you have added the book on Goodreads, Tweeted or Facebooked the giveaway and I will give you an extra entry. Good Luck.

Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in the Giveaway Hop (there are a lot of them!). You can find the list here.

AUDACIOUS BOOK BIRTHDAY! GIVEAWAY WINNER!

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AudaciousTechnically my book has been born. I say technically because I’m not sure exactly where it is available yet, but I have heard that readers have been receiving it in the mail. So exciting!

Speaking of exciting I just drew the winner of last weeks Banned Books Week Giveaway and it is MONA G!!!!

Send me your address, MONA and you will have your book delivered to you direct from the publisher. Congrats!

I’m also running a book mark promo this week – if you tweet, Facebook or email me a picture of AUDACIOUS on a bookstore or library shelf I will send you a bookmark. If you include a picture of your receipt I will send you a button too!

So head out on the hunt, peeps. I want to see what my baby looks like in the wild.

Happy Snapping!

Banned Books Week Giveaway Hop – AUDACIOUS

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It’s Banned Books Week again! I LOVE Banned Books Week! it’s better than Halloween!

Banned Books Week is the national book community’s annual celebration of the freedom to read. Hundreds of libraries and bookstores around the country draw attention to the problem of censorship by mounting displays of challenged books and hosting a variety of events. The 2013 celebration of Banned Books Week will be held from September 22-28.  Banned Books Week 2014 will be held September 21-27.

Banned Books Week was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than 11,300 books have been challenged since 1982. For more information on Banned Books Week, click here. According to the American Library Association, there were 464 challenges reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom in 2012, and many more go unreported.

I live in hope that my book AUDACIOUS will one day make the list of most challenged books so in that spirit I’m giving it away!

This is a US/Canada only giveaway for physical books but the good news is that I am giving away an eBook for international entrants!

Here’s a bit about AUDACIOUS:

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Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as “Ella,” she plans fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger sister goes to the Catholic girls’ school and her emotionally fragile mother looks for a job. But Ella might just be a different kind of misfit. She’s drawn to a brooding boy in her art class, Samir, and expresses her confused feelings in an explicit artwork. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the horrendous fallout spreads though Ella’s life like an uncontrollable disease. Ella is expelled from school and faces pornography charges, her mother is hospitalized, her sister fails all her classes, and her distant father finally notices something is wrong.
 

AUDACIOUS is reviewed here.

I think I’ll leave you guessing what about the book gives me hope that it might get challenged. To enter all you have to do is follow the blog and post your guess about why this book might be banned in the comment. Let me know if you have added the book on Goodreads, Tweeted or Facebooked the giveaway and I will give you an extra entry. Good Luck.Don’t forget to visit the rest of the blogs participating in the Giveaway Hop (there are a lot of them!). You can find the list here.

Pre-Order AUDACIOUS and Save 25%

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AUDACIOUS, my new YA novel in verse goes on sale October 1, 2013. As a special treat for readers of this blog, the publisher, Orca is offering a 25% discount on pre-orders. Order before October 1st and the book will be shipped to you on the release day. An added bonus is free shipping!

Lots of people have been telling me how eager they are to read AUDACIOUS and now here’s a chance to save some money too. Just click “add to cart” and you’ll be on your way. I hope you all love AUDACIOUS as much as I do!

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Sixteen year old Raphaelle is that girl who says the wrong thing, who crosses the wrong person, who has the wrong hair, the wrong body, the wrong attitude, the totally wrong clothes. She can’t do anything right, except draw, but she draws the wrong pictures. When her father moves the family to a small prairie city, Raphaelle wants to leave behind the misfit rebel, the outcast, the vengeful trouble-maker she was. Reborn as “Ella,” she plans fit in at her new school, while her perfect younger sister goes to the Catholic girls’ school and her emotionally fragile mother looks for a job. 

Audacious

But Ella might just be a different kind of misfit. She’s drawn to a brooding boy in her art class, Samir, and expresses her confused feelings in an explicit artwork. When a classmate texts a photo of Ella’s art to a younger friend, the horrendous fallout spreads though Ella’s life like an uncontrollable disease. Ella is expelled from school and faces pornography charges, her mother is hospitalized, her sister fails all her classes, and her distant father finally notices something is wrong.Order AUDACIOUS now and save 25%

Cover Reveal: Cyndi Tefft’s Between Series gets a new look

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Author Cyndi Tefft and I bond over many things, not the least of which is men in kilts. So when I heard she was thinking about trying a new look her popular Between series, I jumped at the chance to make her my first trilogy client over at Cover Your Dreams.

We had a blast putting these new covers together and I think they’re fabulous – sexy, moody and dramatic. Here they are – The Between Series:

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From Goodreads:

BETWEEN

It just figures that the love of Lindsey Water’s life isn’t alive at all, but the grim reaper, complete with a dimpled smile and Scottish accent.

After transporting souls to heaven for the last 300 years, Aiden MacRae has all but given up on finding the one whose love will redeem him and allow him entry through the pearly gates.

Torn between her growing attraction to Aiden and heaven’s siren song, Lindsey must learn the hard way whether love really can transcend all boundaries.

HELL TRANSPORTER

Aiden MacRae has been given a new life after being stuck transporting souls to heaven for the last three hundred years. He doesn’t know the culture, the times or the slang, but there is one thing he does know: he didn’t come forward alone.

The master of hell has other plans for the Scottish Highlander and has sent a transporter of his own to get the deed done. Will Lindsey be able to save him or get caught in the crossfire?

EVEN IN DARKNESS

I thought it was over, that all our troubles were behind us.

We had a fairytale castle wedding surrounded by family and friends. Aiden wore a dress kilt, looking so handsome it made my heart squeeze, and I floated on air in a white version of the ball gown he’d cast for me in Versailles. Flower girl, ring bearer, Scottish ceilidh afterward—check, check, and check. It was perfect.

We were supposed to live happily ever after.

But that was before I walked in to find another woman in his bed, a demon with blood red eyes who’d disguised herself as me in order to get what she wanted most: a child from a heaven transporter.

And it was in that moment—watching my entire world crumble to the ground—that I knew.

This was not over. Not by a long shot.

Don’t those sound awesome? Congrats and thanks Cyndi!

ALA Annual in Chicago – some photos

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My sister thought this girl reminded her of Ella in AUDACIOUS in her vintage dress.

My sister thought this girl reminded her of Ella in AUDACIOUS in her vintage dress.

Matthew Quick’s book FORGIVE ME, LEONARD PEACOCK has been on my ArcQuest list for some time. SUCCESS! Here it is with the author and his colleague friend Sara Zarr in the background

 

Here’s Tamera Will Wissinger reading from GONE FISHING

Here’s me drinking with some gorgeous librarians.

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My gorgeous sister with Tamora Pierce

Here's me at my signing. My hair looks like  a wig!

Here’s me at my signing. My hair looks like a wig!

What New Adult Seems to Be and What It Should Be

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It seems like twelve months ago agents and editors were declaring that “New Adult” wasn’t a thing. Now many are clamoring for it. While Young Adult is relatively easy to define, a working definition of New Adult has proven somewhat elusive. Regardless many authors are forging ahead, turning New Adult into a genre/category that is defining itself. Time will tell if this is this a good thing, but in the meantime I’d like to offer my two cents on what New Adult could be, in comparison to what I’ve seen so far.

Sex

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If you consider that both Fifty Shades of Grey and Bared to You qualify as New Adult by most definitions, then on average you could safely say there’s a heck of a lot sex in NA. Many NA advocates insist that NA is not just about sex but I have yet to see evidence of this. ALL the NA I’ve read has not only been high octane romance genre but at least half has featured a plot or important character arc relating somehow to sex. Rape recovery narratives are popular as are virgins or relatively inexperienced girls being repeatedly nailed by wildly experienced and/or slightly kinky boys or men.

New Adult doesn’t need to include sex at all when you think about it. In much the same way that chaste(ish) romance has monopolized the category of YA, spicy romance seems to have monopolized the NA category.  But need it be so? Where are the boy POV NA books? Where is the genre? The sci-fi, the historical, the high fantasy? I’m not adverse to a little hankypanky in my books but give me a plot to hang it on. Years ago I went through a phase of reading Marion Keyes books. If I were her publisher I’d be repackaging these books as NA right now. Writing richly plotted stories about young women just starting out in careers, drinking, smoking and shagging worthless boys, Keyes was NA when YA was still in diapers. But her books had substance.  I need substance

Non-Sex plot points (also known as “The Big Secret”)

The plot of many NA books seems to hinge on some moronic secret that a five year could figure out. It’s kind of like Superman trying to pass as Clark Kent. I mean come on. He’s Superman! Anyone could see that. As far as I’ve seen the “Big Secret” in NA usually  falls into one of two categories:

1.            There is some rift between the heroine and her love interest, often family related. His father killed her parents, he got her father fired, they’re new step siblings who hate each other’s parents and so on. Bonus points if one or both of them doesn’t know that the other is this hated person or from this rival family.

2.            There is some secret in one or both of their pasts that one of them knows and the other one doesn’t. Bonus points for one thinking that the other will reject them forever if they discover this secret. Extra bonus points if this secret is somehow related to sex. Triple points for some kind of poorly portrayed and factually dubious mental illness.

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“Big Secrets” are ghosts in the machine as far as I’m concerned. They are a cheap way to add tension to what is usually already an overwrought plot. It is entirely possible and even desirable to plot an NA novel without “Big Secrets”. I really wish someone would do it. Just as an example I’m thinking of one of my favorite YA novels, BOY TOY by Barry Lyga. The hero of this book, Josh, is 18 years old and in grade twelve. If instead he was 18 years old and a college freshmen (bumping the category up to NA) the plot of the story might remain essentially the same; the general crux being that EVERYONE knows his sordid past (even the reader. It is revealed on page one). There are no secrets necessary. The tension in this fine book is derived from the question of whether Josh will be able to move on with his life.

Even if a secret is necessary there is no need to give it such purple treatment. LIVE THROUGH THIS by Mindi Scott has a secret, a devastating secret that is dealt with brilliantly. PERSONAL EFFECTS by E. M. Kokie also features a big secret that drives the plot without degenerating to cheese.

Romance (also known as insta-love)

Well, insta-love is a problem in YA as well, and it bugs me there too. But in NA insta-love seems to have been taken to new extremes. Usually it’s some variation of heroine having an instant lady-boner for the handsome hero, while  said hero is instantly smitten with the beauty and “innocence” of the heroine. So of course he can’t give her the rogering she so ardently desires because he’s “not good for her” or some other nonsense. Usually this happens within about five minutes of meeting, often before they have been formally introduced.

There are a million different ways for couples to fall in love. Not all of them involve instant hard-ons. At the very least I would love it if NA characters had a bit more personality. More talk about tastes and humor and less about rippling abs and alabaster skin and whatnot. So far the superficiality of NA is a real turn off for me both because it’s obviously a cliché but also because in general I don’t like superficial people. The otherworldly beauty of NA characters makes all these books seem like category romance. Nothing wrong with that but NA can be so much more.

Living arrangements

NA heroines mostly have two different living arrangements.

1.            They live in a dorm. As much as dorm life is a key trope in NA, it bugs me and I’ll tell you why. No one lives in dorms. Yes I know many of you did, but what American writers need to understand is that dorm life, frats and sororities etc are unique to America and as a result start to seem a bit dinky to non-American readers, much the same way that posh/ancient boarding schools (like Hogwarts) are a bit gimmicky.

2.            They live in some fabulously unrealistic and unaffordable apartment with their best girlfriend/gay friend. Or they MOVE into a fabulous apartment owned by the alpha hero.

I have three degrees. I’ve been to four different universities in three countries (the USA, Canada and Australia). In that time I’ve had a total of two friends who lived in dorms. I’ve been in a dorm room once (and no, I didn’t bonk him, though he did take me for a ride on his Harley). I’ve never even seen a frat house. Most of my friends lived at home, or in cheap apartments or shared houses while they were in college. Many continued living in these humble digs long after they graduated. Where are the stories of Mom and Dad’s basement, the large shared houses, the dodgy flats above sketchy grocery stores that rattled every time a streetcar went past? Where are the long nightly bus rides back out to the suburbs, drunk on beer, with your panties on backwards? The mattresses on the floor, the roommate’s dirty dishes, the cat box, the house party stragglers who need to be bounced in the morning? Where’s reality? NA is in danger of becoming “dorm porn” and I for one and not going to sit idly by.

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NA characters are often college students. Sometimes there is not a whole lot more information about them than that. No major, no career plan, mostly they seem to just be going to parties and mooning about boys.

If the NA is focused on the years after graduation there seem to be a limited number of career options available to NA characters.

1.            Something non-specific and vaguely corporate that affords ample opportunities to meet billionaire entrepreneurs

2.            Something vaguely artistic or creative like working in a gallery or in advertising

3.            Shitty job because heroine had to drop out of college to care for sick relative, usually mother or underage siblings due to death of parents. Bonus points if it’s degrading and slightly desperate but somehow sexy – cocktail waitress or nude model for example.

Although in reality college DOES involve a lot of partying and mooning about boys I would estimate that at least 50% of the drama of college life involves trying to keep up with homework and master the material. Most students have a declared major by sophomore year. That major then becomes a big part of their life, their thinking and their plans for the future. Just once I’d like to read an NA about a nursing student, a math whiz or someone in pre-law with a focus on environmental economics. These fields can be woven into plots that are deeper than just “how to bang the beautiful boy”.

As far as after college goes, there are two approaches missing:

1.            The reality of working in Starbucks with your MA in 12th century poetry or Peace and Conflict Studies

2.            A real life honest to goodness first job. Junior accountant, dental hygienist , assistant policy advisor to the Mayoral committee on urban planning, information officer for a drug and alcohol agency. The possibilities are endless.

Finally, so far I haven’t seen and NA that deals with the difficult and often disheartening SEARCH for the first job after college.

Race

File:Inuit snow goggles.jpgWell, there’s not much to say about this. If YA is white then NA is…whatever comes after white. Some colorless color that the human eye can’t even see. NA is so white I need those snow glasses the Inuit used to wear so I won’t go blind from the glare.

My best friend in college was half Sri Lankan. Several of my classmates in my MFA were of Chinese or Vietnamese descent. Many classmates and professors in San Francisco were black or Hispanic. Not only that, but people DO attend and graduate college in other countries. Someone please write about them.

Covers

NA has three main types of covers that I will represent graphically here:

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Covers can be and should be a varied as nature, humanity, the art in galleries and the photographs and images of daily life. As much as I like abs, why not show another part of the body? If the heroine has to be on the cover cannot she be doing something other than gazing wistfully into the middle distance or at her hot alpha hero’s lips? And does everybody have to be so WHITE? (see above)

Tropes

NA is nothing if not reliable with its tropes. I can pretty much set my watch by the possessive stalker trope, the rape rescue trope (often the latter justifies the former) and the clumsy heroine trope. Of course there’s the uber-orgasmic first sex trope (often involving a sexually dominant hero), that’s a given, and usually we get a bit of the fashion porn thrown in there, just for some light relief.

Here’s an idea: be original. Avoid tropes. Or better still, subvert them. Have the heroine take the designer  ball gown back to the store and spend the refund on cheesecake and iTunes. Have the heroine rescue the hero from a predatory skank or a beating by barroom thugs. Have the first sexual encounter be an awkward giggly mess. And let the heroine spend the whole book doing parkour in pajama bottoms and a Green Day t-shirt. Oh, and let HER tie HIM up for a change.

If NA is going to be a thing, and I think it is, then it behooves us to make the category as broad as possible. There was a time when YA was mostly viewed as “issues” books and gossipy series, now it encompasses everything from Steampunk to Cyberpunk to elves and mermaids, drugs, sex, swords, ghosts, bullies, suicide, shifters, spaceships, time travelers, and of course, vampires.

Why can’t NA be as broad as that? Come on NA writers and publishers – it’s time to spread your wings.

Rant over

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