Welcome to today’s Tour Stop for the New Adult Novel:
GAME. SET. MATCH. by Jennifer Iacopelli which comes out TODAY!!!
and.. I’m having an exciting Guest Post from Jennifer and … there is a Giveaway at the end!!
so for now, please welcome Jennifer Iacopelli who talkes about New Adult, my favorite topic these days!:9
What is New Adult? by Jennifer Iacopelli
What is New Adult? It’s the hottest new thing in the publishing world. The commonly accepted definition of the ‘New Adult’ category seems to be stories that feature characters between the ages of 18 and 25, usually just starting out in life and figuring things out, including, but not limited to their first serious relationship.
The controversy about ‘New Adult’ seems to be whether or not the aging up of the characters is simply an excuse to add graphic sex to the plot. In some cases, that might be true. In others, it most definitely is not. NA is such a new category, I think it’s going to take some time for the category to define itself.
As someone who wrote a ‘New Adult’ book before it had a name or before publishers acknowledged it as an actual category with an audience, I think beyond the age of the characters, ‘New Adult’ can be anything, as long as there’s one underlying thread, the characters trying to carve out a place for themselves in the world, whatever world that may be.
Some of the most popular ‘new adult’ stories are contemporary romances set in college. For many people, those four years are the ones set aside for learning and growing as a person, Deciding who you are and maybe even deciding who you want to be with.
But ‘New Adult’ literature isn’t limited to college campuses or even a contemporary setting
STAR WARS is the ULTIMATE ‘new adult’ story. Luke and Leia are 19 when they join the Rebellion and forge a quest to save their galaxy and consequently, their family.
The hit BBC drama, DOWNTON ABBEY can be considered ‘new adult’ when focusing upon the stories Lord Grantham’s three daughters, all of whom are out of school and taking their place in a changing world.
My novel, GAME. SET. MATCH. focuses on three girls, all 17 or 18 years old, the borderline between YA and NA, but because of their passion for tennis and their pursuit of playing professionally, their lives more closely resemble that of a typical 22 year old, just out of college and forging a path in their chosen profession.
I couldn’t have written this story about fifteen or sixteen year old because there are real-life guidelines and age restrictions built into the professional tennis circuit that would have limited my character’s ability to pursue their dreams and besides that, it’s rare nowadays for such young athletes to compete successfully with older players. My characters HAD to be older, which was unfortunate since the word in publishing was that if you had characters who were 17-19ish, then you should “age them down” to 16, in order for the story to be marketable. So, I can’t tell you how excited I was when ‘New Adult’ started to build up momentum, thanks mostly to reader demand! It’s a new age in publishing. It works from the bottom up, readers at the end of the supply chain, dictating to publishers what they want, when they want it!
I hope you guys enjoy, GAME. SET. MATCH. and while you’re at it, I have a few other ‘New Adult’ recommendations for you!
Broken at Love, by Lyla Payne
Not only is Lyla a good friend of mine, but she writes about tennis players too!
Picture Perfect by Alessandra Thomas
Every woman, of every shape and size, should read this story about loving yourself and finding someone who loves you just the way you are.
Publication May 1st 2013 by Coliloquy, LLC
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Nestled along the coastline of North Carolina, the Outer Banks Tennis Academy is the best elite tennis training facility in the world. Head Coach, Dominic Kingston has assembled some of the finest talent in the sport. From the game’s biggest stars to athletes scraping and clawing to achieve their dreams, OBX is full of ego, drama and romance. Only the strong survive in this pressure cooker of competition, on and off the court.
Penny Harrison, the biggest rising star in tennis, is determined to win the French Open and beat her rival, the world’s number one player, Zina Lutrova. There’s just one problem, the only person who’s ever been able to shake her laser-like focus is her new training partner. Alex Russell, tennis’s resident bad boy, is at OBX recovering from a knee injury suffered after he crashed his motorcycle (with an Aussie supermodel on the back). He’s hoping to regain his former place at the top of men’s tennis and Penny’s heart, while he’s at it.
Tennis is all Jasmine Randazzo has ever known. Her parents have seven Grand Slam championships between them and she’s desperate to live up to their legacy. Her best friend is Teddy Harrison, Penny’s twin brother, and that’s all they’ve ever been, friends. Then one stupid, alcohol-laced kiss makes everything super awkward just as she as she starts prepping for the biggest junior tournament of the year, the Outer Banks Classic.
The Classic is what draws Indiana Gaffney out of the hole she crawled into after her mom’s death. Even though she’s new to OBX, a win at the Classic is definitely possible. She has a big serve and killer forehand, but the rest of her game isn’t quite up to scratch and it doesn’t help that Jasmine Randazzo and her little minions are stuck-up bitches or that Jack Harrison, Penny’s agent and oldest brother, is too hot for words, not to mention way too old for her.
Who will rise? Who will fall?
Told from rotating points of view, GAME. SET. MATCH. is a ‘new adult’ novel about three girls with one goal: to be the best tennis player in the world.
Jennifer Iacopelli was born in New York and has no plans to leave…ever. Growing up, she read everything she could get her hands on, but her favorite authors were Laura Ingalls Wilder, L.M. Montgomery and Frances Hodgson Burnett all of whom wrote about kick-ass girls before it was cool for girls to be kick-ass. She got a Bachelor’s degree in Adolescence Education and English Literature quickly followed up by a Master’s in Library Science, which lets her frolic all day with her books and computers, leaving plenty of time in the evenings to write and yell at the Yankees, Giants and her favorite tennis players through the TV.
……and here are some Team Buttons for you to grab! I can tell, that I am super excited reading this book!!!
Below, there is a Giveaway for you to enter! So don’t miss your chance to win some Goodies!!!
Now, tell me do you love New Adult as much as I do?