Monday, January 25, 2016

Stepping Outside College – Contemporary New Adult

With: Rebecca Yarros

Congratulations to "Mandy", the winner in Rebecca's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

When someone asks me what I write, I tell them, “New Adult Romance.” 

Usually that’s followed with, “oh, like Twilight?” 

I then take a deep breath and try to patiently explain the difference between YA and NA. “Think college-aged.”

But the beautiful thing about New Adult is that it’s not all college-themed. New Adult is all about the time in your life where you spread your wings, pay your own bills, and realize that while freedom and sex are great, well…accountability kind of sucks. That doesn’t always happen while you’re in college. Everyone experiences those moments differently, and just as there are thousands of ways to truly step into adulthood, there are just as many ways to write New Adult. 

In my Flight & Glory series, I’ve played both sides of that coin. Sometimes my characters are in college, or have been kicked out of college, have graduated college, or are in the military. Being the wife of an Army Aviator, I can tell you without a doubt that the military is one heck of a way to step into adulthood, and not just on the part of the service-member. I’ve sent my husband to war four times, and I distinctly remember that first deployment, where at twenty-one years old , I looked down at our five-week-old son and said, “well, it’s just you and me, buddy.” 

Nothing forces you to grow up like war.

In Hallowed Ground, the sequel to Full Measures, Ember has to face her biggest fear, and watch Josh leave for Afghanistan—where her father had been killed in action two years prior. 

As he turned to walk back toward the hangar, everything in me slowed, stilled. My heart stuttered; my breath froze in my lungs.

What if this was it? What if that was our last kiss? Our last I love you’s? What if the next time I held him in my arms, it would be through the cool wood exterior of an unwelcoming box? What if he never came home?

What if this was Dad all over again?

I sucked in air with a desperate gulp, and his name was a cry on my lips. “Josh!”

He turned, his arms already open as I raced into them.

“I love you. I love you so much that it hurts to breathe when you’re not here. I know I’m not supposed to say this. I know I’m supposed to be strong, and unbreakable, but I’m so damn scared.” My voice broke on the last word, tears clogging my throat and my eyes. They started to fall, soaking tiny wet spots into his uniform.

“I know, baby. I know.” His chest shook as he took in a breath.

I pulled back enough to look at his face, gorgeous even in the minimal streetlight. “I don’t care how you come home. I don’t care what parts of you are broken, or bleeding, or... anything, just as long as you come home. As long as your heart is beating, I will want you, do you understand me? I don’t care what happens there as long as you come home. Please? You have to, because I’ve built my world around you, our future, and I don’t know if I could survive losing you, Josh. And I know that’s selfish, and unfair, but I need you!” My voice rose with every word until I could barely make them out.

“Shh,” he whispered before he kissed me. Our mouths met in a final fury of love and fear all mixed with longing and the salt of our tears. “December, I swear—I will come home to you. There’s no force on this earth that could keep me from you.”

In this moment, adulthood grabs ahold of them, the consequences of the life they’ve chosen starkly laid out in front of them. 

And it’s nowhere near a college campus, it’s in the parking lot of an army airfield. 

I love watching the New Adult genre grow, seeing how everyone embraces this distinct moment differently. As for me, my Flight & Glory series may be ending with Hallowed Ground, but I’ll definitely be hanging out around New Adult a little longer!

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There are some debts you can't repay...

Josh Walker is loyal, reckless, and every girl's dream. But he only has eyes for December Howard, the girl he has yearned for since his high school hockey days. Together they have survived grief, the military, distance, and time as they've fought for stolen weekends between his post at Ft. Rucker and her schooling at Vanderbilt. Now that Josh is a medevac pilot and Ember is headed toward graduation, they're moving on—and in—together.

Ember never wanted the Army life, but loving Josh means accepting whatever the army dictates—even when that means saying goodbye as Josh heads to Afghanistan, a country that nearly killed him once before and that took her father. But filling their last days together with love, passion, and plans for their future doesn't temper Ember's fear, and if there's one thing she's learned from her father's death, it's that there are some obstacles even love can't conquer.

Flight school is over.

This is war.
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  1. When I found an ad for an apartment, did the math to see if it was cheaper to rent and buy my own food than it was to pay room and board half an hour away from my job (cost me extra $10/mth but I saved more than that in car repairs), and then moved into said apartment all by myself. I was a big girl then, LOL! (Wish I'd done it sooner!)

    1. Oops! Sorry! Maureen has my email address.

  2. I don't think I had that moment since I've always felt older than my real age.


  3. For me, it was when I was doing things for myself like going to the bank or pumping gas, being responsible for bills...

  4. That's a tough question. It may have been after I graduated from college and had to start interviewing for a real job, but it was probably after I moved out and had to do everything on my own. amyp115 AT yahoo DOT com

    I loved the first two books in this series. I look forward to reading books 3 & 4 as well!

  5. paying bills

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  6. Even though I had been married for five years, I didn't have the big "No, I'm really an adult" realization until we spent an entire weekend playing a video game and eating pizza. I realized that no one was going to come in and tell us to put the controllers down, take a walk outside, and eat our veggies. :-)

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  7. A true moment when I felt like an adult is when I had to start paying my own car insurance at 18.

  8. I think the moment I realized I was an adult was when I had to deal with Health Care bureaucratic issues and I knew for sure my mom couldn't help me out with those issues and I had to figure it out on my own. Thank you so much for your giveaway!! My email is yomiuriortiz (at) gmail (DOT) com


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