Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Giveaway/Guest Post by Nicole Williams

Title: Lost and Found 
Author: Nicole Williams 
Release date: May 7, 2013 
Tour organized by: AToMR Tours
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There’s complicated. And there’s Rowen Sterling.

After numbing pain for the past five years with boys, alcohol, and all-around apathy, she finds herself on a Greyhound bus to nowhere Montana the summer after she graduates high school. Her mom agreed to front the bill to Rowen’s dream art school only if Rowen proves she can work hard and stay out of trouble at Willow Springs Ranch. Cooking breakfast at the crack of dawn for a couple dozen ranch hands and mucking out horse stalls are the last things in the world Rowen wants to spend her summer doing.

Until Jesse Walker saunters into her life wearing a pair of painted-on jeans, a cowboy hat, and a grin that makes something in her chest she’d thought was frozen go boom-boom. Jesse’s like no one else, and certainly nothing like her. He’s the bright and shiny to her dark and jaded.

Rowen knows there’s no happily-ever-after for the golden boy and the rebel girl—happily-right-now is a stretch—so she tries to forget and ignore the boy who makes her feel things she’s not sure she’s ready to feel. But the more she pushes him away, the closer he seems to get. The more she convinces herself she doesn’t care, the harder she falls.

When her dark secrets refuse to stay locked behind the walls she’s kept up for years, Rowen realizes it’s not just everyone else she needs to be honest with. It’s herself.

Writing Contemporary New Adult 

By Nicole Williams 

Love or hate the term, it’s a genre that has filled, in my opinion, a huge gap in the literary world. Back when I was submitting my first novel five years ago to agents, they didn’t want it because no one wanted to publish or read a book about college-aged people. You could write high school (young adult) or adult contemporary, but there was this odd hear-no-speak-no when it came to college-aged characters. I love this age group (obviously since I was writing it years before it became popular and everyone was telling me Don’t do it!). It’s a time when you’re kind of sure of the person you are (mostly), but still trying to figure it out. You’re questioning everything, trying new things, falling in and out of love. It’s a time in life when everything is so vibrant and intense and I love that. When you fall in love, it’s all-consuming. When you fall out of it, it’s just as much so. That’s what makes this age group so much fun to write about for me. I love fast-paced, dramatic, and angsty stories and New Adult gives me the opportunity to create the characters and the story-lines I love.

I’m glad someone finally figured out readers kind of like reading this age group . . .

About the Author: 

I'm a wife, a mom, a writer. I started writing because I loved it and I'm still writing because I love it. I write young adult because I still believe in true love, kindred spirits, and happy endings. Here's to staying young at heart *raises champagne glass* . . . care to join me?

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