Friday, September 27, 2013

The Fate of Sugar: or, my attempt to dramatically title a pretty short post.

Hey there cats and kittens!

So you may have noticed that Sugar Sundays have been absent lately.

Well, one of you noticed. One of you noticed and SENT AN EMAIL ASKING ABOUT IT. I died. Because someone actually reads my completely unedited rambly writing and cares enough to notice and ASK. I DIED!

(^^^ In case you ever didn't know how ridiculously authors react to attention.)

So here's what's happening- as we've started to get more notice from readers, we got really excited. Then Sophia Bleu made her big reveal- that she's actually Gennifer Albin, YA author. And Tamara Mataya started to flirt with the idea of self-pubbing her phenomenally hot book The Best Laid Plans, with the support of her (Christian) agency. (She made that decision, btw, add that shit on GR already!)

So as a group, we decided that although myself, Sierra Simone, and obviously Laurelin Paige do love to write the sexies, some of what we are posting borders on erotica, which really doesn't represent NA the way we'd like to as a blog. We also want to be sensitive to what our agented authors present to the world.

 As several of us have blogged about on our personal pages, we want to be at the forefront of promoting NA as a broad category- NOT just a subset of contemporary romance. Although, duh, we loves us some contemp NA romance. We just want to back off of the harder-edge in the blog and use it to promote New Adult in all its amazing, funny, awkward, exciting forms- not just sex.

So long story short, check out Sierra Simone's blog for current Jane Eyre erotic fanfic, and check out mine for the relaunch of Sugar Sundays, starting the 29th. We aren't changing what we write. We're just going to change the channel you view it on.


Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Release Event: Beyond Eighteen by Gretchen de la O

Release Event: Beyond Eighteen by Gretchen de la O, the next installment in the Wilson Mooney series, + a giveaway!

Beyond Eighteen
Max Goldstein has been confronted by death, betrayal, and unwanted expectations. He must work to find the delicate balance of a love that has been tested and a family that has been broken. Returning to the warmth of Wilson’s arms, he finds the only place he can be truly healed. Unfortunately, teetering on the edge of losing everything he’s ever wanted, Max must make decisions that pull at his sense of responsibility and push at his desire to protect the life he’s found with Wilson.
When Wilson Mooney is thrust into adulthood, she never expects her childhood demons to come knocking. Struggling to balance the delicate nature of her relationship with Max and the burning sting of betrayal; Wilson realizes she must dig deep within her soul to find forgiveness. Will she allow circumstances out of her control to shape her future? Or will she find the strength and maturity to go beyond eighteen and have the life she desires with the man she loves?
Will Wilson and Max ever get to have their happily ever after?
RELEASING October 2, 2013
Add it to your TBR on Goodreads

Wilson Mooney Eighteen at Last
Chained by unfortunate timing and restricted by society’s expectations, every choice Wilson and Max make becomes pivotal to their future together.
Eager to take their relationship to the next level, Wilson returns to Aspen with Max to celebrate her eighteenth birthday. When an uncontrollable situation leads to a split-second decision, both will be tested like never before. Butterflies will soar, hearts will clash, and Wilson’s relationship with Max will spin into a silken cocoon with choices that seem too impossible to overcome.
Could it be…uncovering the deep ache that lays dormant in their hearts will become the real threat to their forbidden love? Or will the pressures of keeping their relationship a secret be too much to bear?
Buy Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble
Wilson Mooney Almost Eighteen
Abandoned by her mother at the vulnerable age of eight; only to be shipped off to a boarding school in Northern California by her grandparents, Wilson Mooney, is one girl who knows what it’s like to have to grow up way too fast. Now, a month away from turning eighteen and orphaned by the death of her grandparents; she knows exactly what she wants. All it takes is a spontaneous ski trip with her narcissistic roommate to Colorado to make it a reality. When "he" happens to show up at a party in Aspen, Wilson becomes tangled in the powerful emotions of first love, sexual inexperience, and society’s principles. She lives a whirlwind weekend filled with newly discovered boundaries, calloused aches for a family she never had, and all the pressures of keeping their weekend together a secret.
Buy Links: AmazonBarnes & Noble

About the Author:
By day Gretchen teaches computers, by night she dawns the cloak of motherhood, wifehood, and authorship. She is making her way through self-publishing and is truly learning to let go with every curve and bump in the creative process. She enjoys writing about first loves and first times, in the first person. She is a firm believer that anything is possible if you set your mind to it; and what you expect out of life, always finds a way of showing up.
Gretchen happily lives in Northern California with her amazing husband, their three terrific boys, her talented mother, one goofy black lab, one crazy kitty, and eight happy chickens. Even though it sounds like it, she doesn't live on a farm.

Giveaway: an ecopy set of Wilson Series
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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

The Things College Me Did That I Don't Do Anymore

So, after reading Melanie's awesome post about how real college ≠ college in an NA novel, I started thinking about how differently my own life is now that I've been out of college for a few years...or basically how mid-to-late twenties  college years.  Here is a short list that I've very scientifically compiled while drinking beer on my couch.

Things I did in college that I no longer do:

1. No more mix CDs.  I make playlists on Spotify...who doesn't?  But gone are the days of wanting to give someone fifteen hand-picked songs with a hand-written song listing (along with three wasted hours of my life.)   

2. No more procrastinating!  Well, I procrastinate on things that adults do, like grocery shopping and scrubbing the tub.  But now when I have a writing deadline or a programming deadline at the library, I am on that shit.  Because you know what?  Four years of blearily rubbing my eyes at three in the morning, trying to pull a five-page paper about Faulkner out of my ass, taught me that procrastination isn't worth the pain.

3. Sleeeeeep.  I used to pull all-nighters, mostly-nighters and semi-nighters on a regular basis.  I used to stay up late watching pointless shows on the Food Network and updating my Xanga, hanging out with friends, partying and drinking.  And then I'd pop out of bed at seven to go to class or go to work.  This is the insanity of youth.

4. Actual food.  Sometimes I wince thinking about the things I put into my body when I was nineteen.  Week-old ramen noodles that I tried to make palatable again with some crusty A-1 sauce I found in the fridge; jungle juice made with Kool-aid and mixed in a bucket that had just had the sand rinsed out of it; Taco Bell.  I may not win Ms. Whole Foods 2013, but I'm certainly at least eating things digestible to humans now.

5. Rereading. The wonderful and horrible thing about being a writer is that you want to read everything that you come across and eventually you acquire a to-be-read pile about seven miles high (and a cranky spouse who's tired of moving a miniature library from house to house.)  But when I was in college, I was still a baby writer who had a fairly narrow idea of the books that were out there.  That meant I did a lot of rereading LOTR and Harry Potter and old Christopher Pikes and you know, I'm so sad I don't do that anymore.  There are so many books I've read just in this past year that I wish I could go back and reread because they are so wonderful.

6. Angst.  Okay, I still angst.  But instead of it being about boys and music and friends, it's about deadlines and the cat litter.  (God, adults are boring.)

So there you have it: some things about growing up are boring but ultimately better (goodbye Ramen!)  But college was also one of the most insanely creative times of my life---the time where I spent my hours daydreaming about stories I could write and devouring the same beloved books over and over.  Where I listened to music and imagined movies in my head, where I sought out other writers, where I wrote whatever crazy thing came to mind, because why not?  College was a frenzy of homework and drinking and fun, and even with all its pain and insanity and frittered-away-hours, I wouldn't trade my time there for the world.

Monday, September 23, 2013

NAked with Aurelia B. Rowl

Today, we're getting NAked with Aurelia B. Rowl 

Who are you and what should we know about you in 50 words or less?
I’m an avid reader turned writer, and I write as Aurelia B. Rowl, which is an anagram of my real name. My writing style is very ‘British’ and I still consider myself a novice, and I fit writing around caring for my two young(ish) children and mad mutt.

Which one: chocolate or bacon?
Easy peasy... having been vegetarian for over twenty years, it’s chocolate every time for me.

What is the name of your book and what is it about in 50 words or less?
Popping the Cherry is a Young Adult/New Adult coming of age story told through the eyes of Valentina ‘Lena’ Bell’ as she walks a tight rope between bowing to peer pressure, staying true to her heart, and holding out for the right guy.

Tell us your main character's name and 3 adjectives that describe him/her.
There are several ‘major’ characters in Popping the Cherry, but the three mains are:

Lena, who is: tenacious, strong, and courageous
Gemma, who is: flirtatious, well-intentioned, and attention-seeking and Jake, who is: hard-working, responsible, and irresistible

Who is your current book boyfriend?
If you’d asked me a week ago, it would have been Jake – one hundred per cent – but since then, I have been immersed in book two, so I have a significant soft spot for Zac. I don’t suppose I can have them both?

Aurelia B. Rowl lives on the edge of the Peak District with her very understanding husband, their two fantastic children, and their mad rescue mutt who doesn’t mind being used as a sounding post and source of inspiration. She regularly wows them all with her curious, hastily thrown together meals when she gets too caught up with her latest writing project... or five!... and she has developed the fine art of ignoring the housework.

Aurelia writes Young Adult/New Adult crossover fiction and contemporary romance. She is currently busy writing the standalone companion novels to both Popping the Cherry and Christmas is Cancelled.

To find out more about Aurelia, you can visit her website:

Thursday, September 19, 2013

NAked with Casey Peeler

Today we are NAked with Casey Peeler
Who are you and what should we know about you in 50 words or less?  
My first passion is teaching students with special needs. Over the years, I found my way to relax was in a good book.

I have been an avid reader, blogger (Hardcover Therapy,) and now writer.  No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) is my debut novel and releases September 30th. Finding Charley (Full Circle #2) will release in April 2014 with several other titles in the works.

When I'm not reading or writing, you can find me at a country music concert, spending the day at the lake or pool, being a wife, dance mom, and spending time with friends and family. My perfect day consists of water, sand between my toes, a cold beverage & a great book!
Which one: chocolate or bacon?   
BACON!  Now Chocolate covered bacon could be a whole new story ;)

What is the name of your book and what is it about in 50 words or less? 

No Turning Back (Full Circle #1) Cover Reveal September 5th, 2013 & Release Date September 30th, 2013.

After getting involved with Dylan, the bad boy of the Dixon High Swim team, Charley decides to stay close to home for college. It’s just safer that way. Until she realizes it’s a mistake… just like dating Dylan. She decides to put the past behind her and leave the small hick town of Grassy Pond.There is only one problem; she makes this decision 3 weeks before Fall Semester starts.  

Charley packs up her Honda and heads to Southern College but on the morning she’s about to leave, Cash walks back into her life. He has been her best friend since they were 4 and is the only one that knows the REAL Charley. She leaves her farm in Grassy Pond with all kinds of “what ifs?”  

Charley decides to live her college career to the fullest.  She finds a great group of friends, joins the swim team, and meets a guy named Joe.  He’s got eyes that make ya wanna melt!  

There is only one problem…Charley has been away from home for only 48 hours before she breaks the 2 promises she made to herself.  Will she be able to overcome her past? Find new love? What will happen with Cash now that he is back in her life? Will she find what she is wanting in Jack-a-lope Joe? How will her first semester end?… Joe, Cash, or alone?

Tell us your main character's name and 3 adjectives that describe him/her. (If you have multiple main characters, do this for each). 

Charley- Feisty, sweet, and country chic 
Cash- Hardworking, Country boy, and Trustworthy
Joe- Hot, smooth, and eyes that make ya wanna melt!
Who is your current book boyfriend?   

My permanent book boyfriend is Travis Maddox, but I do <3 Trace Corbin from Girl with Guitar... something about a country boy and country music... stills my heart every time :)


2-$25 Amazon Gift cards, 
3-ecopies of No Turning Back by Casey Peeler & 
3-ecopies of Undescribable by Shantel Tessier  
(Running now until Sept 30th.)
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