What new adult romance is to me
New adult romance is a book about people in their late teens/early twenties finding their way. It’s that first step out of home, maybe going to college, maybe having to move back home. That time before the character gets their life together…or at least gets on the path to getting settled.
For each character that will be different. Some will join the military, some will be in the arts, some will be in college, some will work in retail, some will rush into a marriage.
Being independent can be liberating and nerve wracking. Some families will offer support others won’t. Friendships either flounder or strengthen depending on the paths taken.
This creates a different dynamic to a romance where the characters are even only a few years older, where they have a job (they might love it or hate it but that’s part of their story) a house or an apartment. They have a better sense of self.
When I write new adult I want the characters to be working who they are and what they want, at least in the short term. They are struggling with identity as well as day to day life and of course the desire to find a partner.
In the Face the Music series the four band members are trying to get a second album written and recorded, they haven’t made it big, yet. They want to keep trying, but are they all willing to keep going?
Mike is considering dropping out and going back to his electrical trade. Dan is worried that they won’t make it and his father will proved right—he is unemployable and will amount to nothing. The band is Ed’s dream but does he have more than one album in him? And Gemma sees the band as freedom and a way out of home.
Capturing the angst and the worries of these characters was sometimes challenging but always interesting. I loved giving them a HEA.
I hope you’ll follow the band on their way to success!
Out of Time
The fabulous New Adult series from Shona Husk continues: he wants to shut out the world; she wants to invite it in…
Mike Peterson has learned the hard way that the good really do die young. He and his mum only have each other, and now she’s losing her second battle with cancer. He wants to stay with her; she wants him to keep following his dreams. He doesn’t have long to decide and the rest of the band is waiting on him. Whatever choice he makes, he will lose.
Living at home has become impossible for Ava Brand. Her very religious, very traditional grandmother would like to see her married off to a nice Indian boy. But Ava wants to make her own choices. Meeting Mike gives her a chance to rebel.
What starts off as easy rapidly becomes complicated, as their problems expand and emotions bubble to the surface. Neither has time for complicated, as Ava’s family discovers her extra-curricular activities and Mike has to make incredibly hard choices. But love never waits for the perfect time, and Mike and Ava are going to have to decide if they’re playing for fun, or playing for keeps.
About the author:
Shona Husk lives in Western Australia at the edge of the Indian Ocean. Blessed with a lively imagination she spent most of her childhood making up stories. As an adult she discovered romance novels and hasn’t looked back.
With over forty published stories, ranging from sensual to scorching, she writes contemporary, paranormal, fantasy and sci-fi romance.