Happy Monday and today I have a “New Adult Monday” Special for you!
12 Rounds by Lauren Hammond with a Guest Post from Lauren and a Giveaway!
and now welcome Lauren Hammond :
The”New Adult” Genre by Lauren Hammond
First off, thank so much for having me!
I am super excited to get started on this guest post!
I love the bridge between YA and adult. New Adult. I wouldn’t think of it so much as a need, but more of as I want. I want it, I don’t know about anyone else. I want New Adult because the characters are still in their youth, still learning, but going through different life experiences. I can say this, my mindframe was completely different at 18 than it was when I was 15. My experiences were different. At 28, my experiences are vastly different than they were when I was 18.
To me, the bridge is important because you’re kind of in limbo between the ages of 18-22. You’re trying to discover yourself, who you are, where you want to go in life, what you want to be. I like to read about those things. I like to be able to bring those experiences and discoveries out in my books. Plus, you have more room to push boundaries. NA is not quite YA, but not quite adult because of the mindframe of the characters. But there’s room for darker topics, edgier material. For someone like me who enjoys reading and writing such things this genre is a perfect fit.
The interesting part is, sometimes, through the characters,(and I don’t know if this is just me) but I feel like I can relive that portion of fun my life over again. It’s thrilling in a way. During that portion of your life(for me anyway) I felt the world was both terrifying and exciting. It’s like you’re just getting started on your journey through and you have no idea where the road will lead you. That’s a beautiful thing. At 15 you’re still with your parents, still operating on a school-like schedule. At 18, you’re in college, you’re on your own. You get your first real taste of freedom and independence and that (again to me) is a liberating feeling.
If you guys get a chance, check out 12 Rounds.
I love this post as it exactly mirrors my feelings about New Adult! And pushing the boundaries is exactly why I love New Adult books so much, they have more room for drama and tension than YA!
Sean (Right-Hook) Reilly knows a few things about himself. One, he’s the middle-weight boxing champion of the world with an undefeated record. Two, women find his cocky persona, chiseled biceps, and inked body sexy. Also, the fact that it’s known that he doesn’t do relationships only adds to his sex appeal. And three, he’s Irish, proud of it, and a member of the Braithreachas Don Saol, a branch of the Irish mafia and king pins of the drug cartel taking over the streets of Cleveland.
Connor Doyle(aka Connie) the boss and leader of the Braithreachas Don Saol, has been like a father to Sean, taking him under his wing and teaching him how to survive on the streets after the death of his parents. Sean has never been ungrateful, but has always wanted one thing…
More. More to live for. More to fight for. More to believe in. A chance at a future without drugs or guns. A chance at a future without wondering which day will be his last.
There’s only one problem with that. You live by the braithreachas. You die by the braithreachas. And Sean knows whether Connie considers him to be family or not, the only way he’ll be leaving the braithreachas is in a body bag.
Hadlee Flax has had a year to overcome her issues. After almost being raped and brutalized, she’s putting her best foot forward, seeing a therapist, and has even(with some persuasion from her best friend, Lara) enrolled in self defense classes. And she’s doing well moving on with her life until she meets the dark, and conflicted Irish boxing champion of the world, Sean Reilly.
Hadlee is immediately drawn to the gorgeous, cold, and mysterious man who speaks with a slight Irish brogue. She soon learns that there is much more to him than his darkened gaze, cool demeanor, and body covered in tattoos. He’s not the type of man she thought he was. And Hadlee finds herself doing something she never thought she would do in the last year…
Falling for a guy.
Falling for Sean Reilly. A man who is on the path to becoming a boxing legend.
One thing Hadlee doesn’t know is the other part of Seans’ life. His life of drug running, and killing. Or the fact that when he’s not boxing he’s walking the streets with a gat tucked into the back of his loose jeans, and glancing over his shoulder at every turn.
But it doesn’t take Hadlee long to learn that some attractions and relationships can be fatal.
They just might be worth fighting for.
About Lauren Hammond
Lauren Hammond knew from a young age that she was born to be a writer. After publishing her first novel in 2007, she then went on to write several screenplays and a few award winning poems.She aspires to be a positive role model for young people who have a pencil, a piece of paper, and a dream. Never give up on your dreams, you might wake up one day and regret not pursuing them.She has two more novels in the works, as well as some film projects
Lauren has tons of other great books you clearly should check out!!
I had the pleasure of reading 12 Rounds already and it’s awesome!! It’s dark edgy and dangerous with a lovely and broken girl who finds love in a dangerous fist fighting boy!
Please find her Blog Tour Schedule to find out more about 12 Rounds!
and now, onto the Giveaway!
Thanks to Lauren we give away one paperback copy of 12 Rounds and it’s open International and I throw in a eBook of 12 Rounds!
Just enter the Rafflecopter below!
Have a wonderful Monday!