Posts Tagged ‘YA’

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Guest Post: Cindi Madsen on Her Very First OTP

Operation Prom Date Cindi Madsen

In my new release, Operation Prom Date, my heroine Kate is all about fandoms and shipping and OTPs (One True Pairing, if you’re not sure what that is). It’s basically the couple that you read about or watch on TV, and you start yelling at the characters to kiss already. The couple that makes you a little crazy, to the point where if someone disagrees with you or tries to say they should be with someone else, it might get ugly.

Here’s a small excerpt from when they first talk about ships:

“I ship Olicity the hardest.”

“‘Ship’ them?”

“I want them in a relationship. Like I’d put them in a ship together so they’d be forced to see they’re perfect for each other, bribe the writers to get them together, ship them. Partnership, friendship, please-God-put-them-in-a-relationship-already ship them.”


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Guest Post: “Nice Guys Shouldn’t Finish Last” by Amber Mitchell

Garden of Thorns Amber Mitchell

There’s something undeniably steamy about a bad boy in fiction. He’s aloof, always keeps you on your toes, but usually deep down, he’s got a heart of gold. And while I love me some bad boys in books, today I want to talk about another archetype because while the hero in my debut YA fantasy Garden of Thorns is definitely steamy, he is not a bad boy. In fact, he’s actually a good guy and sadly, nice guys usually finish last, even in fiction.

Good guys tend to get pushed to the side in narratives. True, there are plenty of novels with the friends-to-lovers trope but oftentimes, when that mysterious new guy strolls onto the page, the reliable guy friend gets shelved because predictability doesn’t always make for great tension. But I was determined.

When I sat down to create Rayce, I wanted him to be a good guy. While I love the romantic tension of opposites attracting, I wanted him to be undeniably likable and knew he would have to be in order for my heroine, Rose, to give him a chance. Since she had spent so many years as a slave in a burlesque show, under the tyrannical rule of a man, Rayce had to be kind, caring, and unwavering in his belief that he can help the world. What I needed was a healer.

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Q&A: Kendra C. Highley of THE BAD BOY BARGAIN

The Bad Boy Bargain Kendra C. Highley

We high five with the amazing Kendra C. Highley yet again over perfect taste in movies (you could build world peace around Princess Bride if you tried) and talk a little bit about her favorites! Her latest book, The Bad Boy Bargain is out right now!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

The Princess Bride, Pride and Prejudice (A&E version FTW!), Beauty and the Beast,  Four Weddings and a Funeral, and Sense and Sensibility.


Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

Princess Bride: The scene at Miracle Max’s and the whole debate about “true love.”

P&P: The pond scene! The look on Lizzie’s face when Mr. Darcy comes across the grass in a wet shirt? ::fans self::

Beauty and the Beast: When the Beast has to let Belle go…and she comes back.

Four Weddings: When Charles admits—at his wedding to another woman—that’s he’s in love with Carrie, then asks Carrie not to marry him.

Sense and Sensibility: Am I on a Hugh Grant roll here? Yes, and Edward’s scene at the end with Elanor is sweet and lovely, but it’s Alan Rickman’s Colonel Brandon bringing Kate Winslet’s Marianne in out of a rain storm then asking for a job when she’s ill that demonstrated the love he had for her. SWOON! (Plus the happy bride with her dashing husband being watched by the lover who jilted her watching from a distance is a fitting ending).


Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

No, but I made a lot of Princess Bride references in my previous book, Defying Gravity.




If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

Pride and Prejudice—because Jane Austen is AWESOME.

Daughter of Smoke and Bone trilogy (I’m cheating) by Laini Taylor…the writing is so beautiful and the story is great.

The Red Rising Triology (Still cheating) by Pierce Brown. Visceral, violent, but so compelling I have a hard time putting it down.

The Girl of Fire and Thorns trilogy (yep, I’m a cheater) by Rae Carson. The heroine is unique, self-sufficient, and strong, and the love story is outstanding.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy (I know, I know) because…J.R.R Tolkien, elves, Aragon, and a great story. That Arwen/Aragorn love story is one of my favorites.

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Q&A: Brenda Drake of CURSING FATE

Cursing Fate Brenda Drake

It’s nearly Thanksgiving and what are we thankful for over at EA? How amazing the authors who visit us are, of course! Which is why we’re thrilled to share this little visit from Brenda Drake, author of Cursing Fate and The Fated series!

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Love Actually
The Notebook
Roman Holiday
Dirty Dancing
Never Been Kissed

Describe your favorite scene from each one (you can include a Youtube clip if you want as well).

My favorite scene in Love Actually is when Jamie proposes to Aurelia. Oh my gosh, swoon!

For The Notebook my favorite scene is when they get caught in the rain and Noah tells Ally that “it’s not over.”

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Guest Post: “I Always Go Back to Romance” by Shannon Greenland

Shadow of a Girl Shannon Greenland

I was never a reader. In fact, if a teacher told me I had to read, it was almost painful. It wasn’t that I couldn’t read. I just didn’t like it.

Then one day when I was twenty-five years old, a friend of mine brought me a stack of historical romance novels and said, “Here. Read. You’ll like these.”

With a roll of my eyes, I reluctantly picked one up, flipped a few pages, flipped a few more, and before I knew it, I had read my very first novel, and I had enjoyed it! It was Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss.

After that, I was hooked. I read every historical romance my friend had brought me, and then I headed over to the library. At twenty-five, I had my very first library card. And boy did I use it! I made my way through every historical romance I could find, and then moved onto contemporary romance and then landed in romantic suspense. Which is where I fell completely in love. To this day The Troubleshooter series by Suzanne Brockmann is still my favorite.

Six months after that reading binge I picked up a pencil and starting scribbling a novel. It was crap, but I was writing. I was writing! I joined Romance Writers of America, started going to meetings, met tons of other authors, and really began to understand the genre from a writing perspective.

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Guest Post: “Top 5 Forbidden YA Romances” by Melissa Chambers

The Summer Before Forever Melissa Chambers

My name is Melissa, and I’m addicted to YA romance. Make that a forbidden YA romance, and I’ll see you when I’m done reading. So, of course I had to write one.

In my new novel, The Summer Before Forever, Chloe goes to Florida to live with her estranged father who is getting married at the end of the summer. Her heart goes gooey when she sees her future stepbrother who’s hotter than a steering wheel on a hundred degree Florida day. Chloe intrigues Landon in ways he’s never known and seems to know just the right thing to say when he drops his guard and lets her in. But in addition to the fact that they shouldn’t be together because they are getting ready to be family, the two each hold secrets that will change the way the other sees them, and neither one thinks they can handle that.

So in honor of Chloe and Landon, I present you with my top five forbidden YA romances.

1 – Anna and St. Clair in Anna and the French Kiss: Hands down my favorite YA romance. St. Clair may be the best-written YA romance hero ever, and as someone who is 5’10, I adore the fact that he is shorter than Anna! They are forbidden because he has a girlfriend. Why St. Clair, when Anna is wonderful and beautiful and you have chemistry more explosive than a Die Hard movie?

2 – Simon and Blue in Simon Vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda: Oh, how I fell in love with this book and these two heroes. Both boys are closeted, but have found each other. Problem is, neither boy knows who the other one is! Their relationship grows through email (Blue is afraid to give Simon his phone number), and they fall deeply and passionately for each other before they ever even see what the other person looks like. It’s exciting and scary and so freaking sweet. Oh, and if you are going to read this one for the first time, be sure to have a package of Oreos handy. You’ll thank me later.

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Guest Post: “How My HP Ship Fandom Inspired the YA Romances I Write” by Chris Cannon

Blackmail Boyfriend Chris Cannon

Hello, my name is Chris Cannon, and I have a Harry Potter Romance-Fandom confession. I desperately wanted Ginny Weasley and Draco Malfoy to end up together. Yes, I know Harry was the hero, but he could’ve married any number of girls. Draco was the spoiled rich brat who was raised believing his father was brilliant and that Ginny’s father was an eccentric fool. Her family was dirt poor, and it would have been beneath him to even consider dating a Weasley. Think of all the wonderful conflict that would’ve caused.

Ginny could’ve taught Draco that everything he’d been raised to believe was wrong. She could’ve redeemed him. She had six older brothers who hated him and everything his family believed. Six! He would’ve had to fight his way through all six and convince them that he loved their little sister. Draco and Ginny would have been a match made in hell, and it would have been awesome.

I think that’s where my fascination with the normal-girl-dating-the-wealthy-boy and the little-sister-dating-her-brother’s-enemy tropes started, and it’s why I’ve written two romantic comedies featuring these tropes.

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Guest Post: “My Love for YA Romance” by Monica Murphy

Daring The Bad Boy Monica Murphy

The love started when I was a young adult (once upon a time). I’m going to totally age myself with the following: I remember going to the mall and visiting the B. Dalton bookstore (RIP). They had an end cap featuring various young adult romances, including those published by Silhouette. I started in on those books and fell head over heels, eventually devouring a TON of them. They set my young teen heart aflutter.

What’s funny is I read a bunch of them, but could never remember their titles, the authors, etc. Except for one. My absolute favorite book from that line was Love at First Sight by Elaine Harper. Oh, MAN I loved that book. It was so swoony and sweet and full of teen angst and featured the most popular boy in school. I eventually lost my original copy but a couple of years ago I found it on Amazon. I one clicked that sucker (I think I got it for around a dollar) and will cherish it forever. The cover is faded and it’s been abused but it reminds me of the one I owned, so it’s perfect.

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Deal Alert: Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix

It’s super (not-so-secret) mid-week Deal Alert time! Why? Because we love books. Especially when we can afford them. Don’t miss these steals from Megan Bryce, Karen MacInerney, and Claire Delacroix!

To Catch a Spinster by Megan Bryce

Come back to a time when manners are everything and rules are made to never be broken. Come back to a time when men are in charge and women do what they are told…

Yeah, that never happened.

Welcome to Megan Bryce’s Regencyland, where ladies with backbone get what they want. Where a woman can thumb her nose at rules and care little for convention, and yet somehow, unexpectedly and most reluctantly, find love.

Olivia Blakesley, self-proclaimed spinster extraordinaire, is quite happy with her life. She has her studies and her duties, what need does she have of a husband? With five sisters married she knows the reality does not live up to the promise, and does not need to personally experiment with the state to know she would be ill-suited to it. However, she finds herself envious of at least one aspect of marriage. But to experience the physical side of marriage, one doesn’t need a husband, all one needs is the right man…

Nathaniel Jenkins knows his duty. Marry a young girl from a respectable family and father an heir, no matter how cold the endless parade of suitable girls leaves him. But a shocking proposal from a scholarly spinster leaves him wondering if unsuitable is just what he’s looking for. Can he convince his spinster that marriage is the greatest experiment of all?

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Deal Alert: Maureen A. Miller, Angela Quarles, and Susan Ward

We are exactly the kind of people that shop while hungry, so today’s Deal Alert? Chock full of entirely unrelated, but fantastic reads! Don’t miss these steals from Maureen A. Miller, Angela Quarles, and Susan Ward!

Beyond by Maureen A. Miller

It is the day after Aimee Patterson’s high school graduation. College beckons, as does her dream of becoming an engineer. On an early evening walk, her cocker spaniel charges into the woods on the other side of the pond. Aimee trails after him, and in the stillness of that forest the unthinkable happens. She becomes paralyzed and watches in horror as her hands vanish before her eyes.

Waking to the sound of voices, Aimee realizes that she has been kidnapped. Little does she know how far away from home she is, though. In an attempt to flee her captors, she launches from their confines only to freeze at the view outside the window. The sky is black and filled with stars, and in the distance is a familiar blue globe. The planet Earth.

A group of humans forced to flee their planet after an epidemic destroyed their civilization now travel the galaxies in search of an antidote. Retrieving samples of plant life from every solar system, on this occasion Aimee was accidentally seized instead.

Aimee must learn to avoid the advances of an awkward young scientist who seems intent on dissecting her, as her own fascination turns to the exotic young warrior, Zak. Having fallen in love with Zak, she is now torn with the decision to return to Earth or live beyond the stars.

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