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Young Adult Fiction isn’t just for young adults anymore. But to be honest, was it ever? An estimated fifty-five percent of all YA books are sold to readers over the age of eighteen. With the popularity of J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series, Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight series, Cassandra Clare’s The Mortal Instruments series, Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy (to name a few), more and...

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Special Feature On Genre: New Adult If you had to name the hottest genre in fiction today, it would be New Adult. The New Adult genre has burst onto the scene like gangbusters. With such New Adult authors like Jamie McGuire, Tammara Webber, Cora Carmack, J. Lynn, Colleen Hoover, Abbi Glines, and Jessica Sorensen to name just a few, these authors have found great success...

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…and they lived happily ever after. Trite though it may sound, according to Romance Writers of America, a happy ending or “an emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending” is one of only two requirements for a story to be classified under the Romance genre. In order to meet both requirements, the story must also revolve around the romantic relationship between the two main characters. The love...

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A Protestant, two Catholics and a Mormon walk into a bar… Comedy. It’s that elusive and indefinable thing that makes us laugh. We cannot define it, but we know it when we see it (or read it). Senses of humor are as varied as our genetic codes. One man’s outrageously amusing is another’s disgusting tripe, and it takes a talented author indeed to conquer the...

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Divas On Genre: Erotica We’re starting up a new series on the blog all about genres. The series will post every Friday with one of the Divas showcasing a different genre each week. To kick off this new series with a bang (pun intended), today we’re discussing erotica. Merriam-Webster says: Erotica is works of art or literature that deals with sex and is meant to cause...

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No awards for self-published authors… Friday I read an interesting article on Books Blog, a page on the The Guardian website, about the deliberate snubbing of self-published authors by the literary awards community. It seems that in order for self-published authors to receive an award for their work, they must first sign with a “proper publisher” so their book is no longer considered self-published. And yet, many...

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This weekend, Diva Lauren and I had the pleasure of attending the Stamford Author Event—”a gathering of thirty-plus authors and bloggers for an afternoon of books, swag, and the chance to get the latest releases from favorite authors while discovering new voices.” We weren’t sure what to expect, but what we got was a room packed with the friendliest women—and men, too—all excited to talk...

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In the coming months we are going to interview our Divas. With us today is Janine Savage, CEO of Write Divas—whom the Divas lovingly refer to as the HBIC. (We’ll let you figure out that acronym for yourselves.) Janine is an experienced editor and marketer. She has worked with notable bestselling authors such as E. L. James and A. L. Jackson. Before co-founding Write Divas,...

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