Thursday, June 4, 2015

Blog Tour: Guest Post by Delancey Stewart, author of Men & Martinis

I'm thrilled to have Delancey Stewart take over my blog today. Her latest novel sounds fantastic! Take it away, Delancey.

Writing for the NA audience

I’m really excited to talk a little bit about writing for a new adult audience. I’m an ambassador at New Adult Alley (, a site devoted to defining and promoting New Adult literature, so this is a topic that is really close to my heart.

When I first began writing MEN AND MARTINIS, I didn’t really know that it was “new adult.” I knew it was romantic comedy, and women’s fiction. But I was writing about characters that felt real to me, characters who were in the midst of making big choices—real choices—for the first times in their lives. Which, as it turns out, is practically the definition of the category that has become known as New Adult. The fact that the Girlfriends of Gotham were between the ages of 18 and 26 sealed their inclusion in this developing category.

The term was coined in 2009, to describe a category of fiction for readers between young adult and adult. It wasn’t specific to a genre. It wasn’t about romance or erotica, about fantasy or historicals. It was just a way to categorize books written about characters and situations that were not typically YA or adult.

That said, I think NA has been tragically misunderstood since its initial inception, and one mission of the reborn NA Alley is to help put that to rights. Even at a recent panel with other authors, when I said I wrote new adult fiction, the other authors told the audience, “So if you’re looking for the real steamy stuff, head over there.” The Girlfriends of Gotham series isn’t exactly steamy, but it is absolutely new adult. In fact, all the sex is fade to black. And that doesn’t make it any less new adult! But not even authors are always clear on how to define new adult. The key is that it is a category, not a genre.

The characters in the first Girlfriends book, MEN AND MARTINIS, are adorably lost in the passion of being young, single and independent for the first time in the wilds of New York City. They find strength in one another as they navigate the difficulties of real estate, dating, working, and living on their own for the first time.

I will offer this as a last thought, for readers who might have dismissed all new adult fiction because they don’t enjoy erotica:  If you have ever struggled to find your way, felt alone or lost, or been terrified at the concept of making it in a new world, then you will relate to new adult fiction. Pick up a book in this category and give it a try! 

Men and Martinis by Delancey Stewart 

(Girlfriends of Gotham #1) 
Publication date: April 15th 2015
Genres: Comedy, New Adult, Romance


It’s 1998…and New York City just might not be prepared for the Girlfriends of Gotham…
Natalie Pepper knows almost nothing about New York City, except that it’s far, far away from her home in California. When she packs up everything she owns and moves there on a whim, luck is on her side. She stumbles into a promising marketing job in the developing Internet industry and finds herself surrounded by poised and polished men who are nothing like the guys she knew back home.
One man stands out from the rest… CJ: All-American hunk and genuine good guy. But they work together, and giving in to their mutual attraction could put Natalie’s sparkly new world at risk. She resolves to look, but not to touch…if she can ignore the feeling that he’s the guy she’s been looking for her whole life.
Natalie’s new friend Candace Kanie has no such concerns. From the barroom to the boardroom, she’s used to getting exactly what she wants, and her no-crap attitude ensures nothing gets in her way. But when she meets Damon, the notorious playboy at Natalie’s company, she finds that her take-no-prisoners style might not be as effective in the romantic realm.
Frustrated and often irrational, Candace pushes for what she wants until something’s gotta give. And when it does, she realizes that the one thing she might not do better than anyone else is change.
The first book about the loves, lives, and laughter of a group of friends finding their way in the city is a laugh-out-loud romantic comedy full of Men and Martinis!

Delancey Stewart writes contemporary romance.

Stewart has lived on both coasts, in big cities and small towns. She’s been a pharmaceutical rep, a personal trainer and a direct sales representative for a French wine importer. But she has always been a writer first.

A military spouse and the mother of two small boys, her current job titles include pirate captain, monster hunter, Lego assembler and story reader. She tackles all these efforts at her current home outside Washington D.C.