Release Day for Tainted, Lynn Rush’s Latest #NewAdult Paranormal Romance Novel!

Lynn Rush has been writing New Adult books since her first book, Wasteland, came out in August of 2011. Awaited, the second book in the Wasteland Trilogy, was released this past May and today the third and final book, Tainted, is out. Since New Adult fiction has been getting so much press lately, I asked if Lynn would be willing to come tell us about what it was like to be an early front-runner of this up and coming genre — and to share more about Tainted. To celebrate her release day, Lynn’s offering a great giveaway: One commenter will get their choice of the following e-books: Wasteland, Awaited, Tainted, Prelude to Darkness, or Violet Midnight. Welcome, Lynn!

Tainted by Lynn Rush

Lynn Rush: Crescent Moon Press’ Flagship New Adult Author

Hi, Jill. Thanks for having me here today. And on my release day even. It’s such an exciting time. Tainted (Wasteland #3) released today. It’s the third book in the Wasteland Trilogy, so it’s bitter sweet. Saying goodbye to the Guardians, Demons, and Angels of Wasteland, yet, I had such a blast.

Wasteland was my very first novel ever printed. Crescent Moon Press took the leap into the up and coming category of New Adult!

We’re hearing tons about it now, especially contemporary NA. Even some bigger publishers are starting to acknowledge this long neglected category. I’m proud to say I was Crescent’s flagship author with the Wasteland Novels.

I often get the question “What is New Adult?” I love how they summed it up in a nice tag line over at NA Alley Blog by stating, “Bridging the gap between Young Adult and Adult fiction.”

That hits the nail on the head right there. Now, there are “parameters” for NA like most other categories. They’re somewhat permeable, though, like the others. Mine for instance. Wasteland’s characters are 400+ years old! How can that be NA?

Well, it rides the edge there a little. My characters all look twenty-something. There are some younger characters as well. But mostly, it’s about the heat. It’s not the sweet YA romance, yet not the steamy-make-me-blush adult romance.

Yet book two, Awaited, the main character is only nineteen. So, age-wise, she meets one of the criteria. But again, the romance is between YA and Adult.

We all know books can cross over to younger and older crowds, that’s the beauty of books. They hit us all differently.

I think New Adult has been a long time coming. Those longing for romance, but not quite so sweet and not so spicy, haven’t had anywhere to go…until now.

I often get asked how I got into New Adult writing. To be honest, it actually found me! When I first started writing, I was always told my characters were too old for YA but too young for adult and that I needed to change them. I stuck to my guns, wrote what I loved and now they’re calling it New Adult.

I’m just so happy New Adult is officially here and taking off.

What are your thoughts on NA? Long time coming and it’s here to stay? Just a fad that’ll pass on? I’d love to hear your thoughts. I’ll be around today to answer any questions, too. Just post them in the comments.

If you leave a comment you’re entered for a choice of one of the following e-books: Wasteland, Awaited, Tainted, Prelude to Darkness, or Violet Midnight. Be sure to leave your email in the post so I can contact you if your name is drawn. Open for entries until Midnight (EST) January 21st, 2013.

Thanks for having me here, Jill.

More About Tainted

Even death can’t stop true love…

After over four hundred years as a Guardian, Durk Langdon rebuked it all. Walked away from everything when his mate, Jessica, was brutally murdered. Yet he has no recollection of anything since that gruesome day.

Nothing alleviates his longing for Jessica or his disdain for the Guardians until a former brother in arms joins him and his cause. Visions of his lost love start appearing in the most unlikely places, until Durk learns she survived.

But when he sets out to find her, demonic obstacles he never could have imagined tear them apart.

If only he had trusted her…

“Tainted delivers a hot tortured hero that will keep you turning pages late into the night…” —Lisa Kessler, author of the award-winning Night Series

For the Tainted Book Trailer by Rachel Firasek, click here.

More About Lynn

Lynn Rush
Lynn Rush

Driven to write, Lynn Rush often sees her characters by closing her eyes watching their story unfold in her mind. Lynn Rush is a pen name that is a combination of two sources – Lynn, the first name of her mother-in-law, who passed away and Rush – since the author is a former inline speed skater and mountain biker. All of Rush’s books are dedicated to Lynn, her namesake, and a portion of the proceeds benefits cancer research and awareness.

Where to buy Tainted and where to find Lynn online:

I know there’s been lots of discussion already, but like Lynn, I’m curious to know everyone’s thoughts. Have you started reading more New Adult books? If so, have you read mostly contemporary NA or are you also reading paranormal NA? Thank you, Lynn, for guest blogging today! Congratulations on your release!

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Jill Archer

Jill Archer is the author of the Noon Onyx series, genre-bending fantasy novels including DARK LIGHT OF DAY, FIERY EDGE OF STEEL, WHITE HEART OF JUSTICE, and POCKET FULL OF TINDER.

23 thoughts on “Release Day for Tainted, Lynn Rush’s Latest #NewAdult Paranormal Romance Novel!

  1. Hi Lynn—Woohoo! Happy Release Day! 😀

    Thanks for coming to guest blog today. A lot’s been said about New Adult already, but if it’s going to keep growing as a genre, I imagine readers, writers, and the media will continue to have lots to say about it. There are lots of definitions being offered (with NA Alley’s “bridging the gap between young adult and adult fiction” being one of the broadest and most inclusive). It sounds like, for you and your publisher, the heat level was the biggest factor in labeling your series NA instead of YA.

    I can understand the desire to alert readers to content they may find objectionable (or desirable :-)). The cover and back cover copy for my first novel, Dark Light of Day, provides little indication that the story contains romantic elements similar to those found in traditional romances. (To be clear, I loved the cover and approved the back cover copy). Honestly, until some readers expressed surprise over the fact that I didn’t “shut the bedroom door” it never occurred to me how important those reader signals can be.

    That said, I don’t think all New Adult books are labeled that way just because there’s sex in them. Do you? I think there’s more to NA than that. As you said, part of it is the character’s age (versus the reader’s). NA characters are typically 18-24 (or look that way ;-)). And part of it (at least for many of the books that are being labeled as New Adult) is the problems the characters face. New Adult characters often face some of the most important and life-defining choices they will ever make (first serious career, mate, deciding where to live, lifestyle choices, defining who they are and what they stand for).

    I’ll check back in later today! Enjoy your release day!

  2. Hi Lynn,

    I too have a novel that centers around college students in their early twenties. I am in the last stages of final polishing before I start to query. I’m convinced that particular age is the time of biggest change in a person’s life and see it as a goldmine for story matter. You mentioned having to “stick to your guns” to keep your characters ages. Was that when finding an agent or when it went to a publisher? Who was the most reluctant?

    Did you work directly with Crescent moon or were you repped? I ask admittedly because I will be hunting for a NA friendly agent shortly 😉

    Congratulations on your success!

    J.M. Bray

    1. HI, JM. Mostly sticking to my guns was during the crit process. Getting told I needed to change to meet industry standards. But I just stuck to my guns, though I took their writing advice in the crits for sure! They helped strengthen my writing skills. I was okay with never getting picked up by a publisher if it meant I had to change. I was repped when I first signed with CMP, but no longer have an agent. 🙂 There are plenty NA friendly agents out there. 🙂 Best wishes

  3. Thanks for having me here today!! I love talking writing, especially New Adult!! 🙂 For me, New Adult is more about the heat rating with the ages of the characters a VERY close second. YA is sweet, Adult is (or can be) VERY hot. I’m right in the middle as NA probably should be, right? Well, there aren’t shoulds. Maybe just suggestions. But really, categories cross lines all the time. I just love to write what I write, so I’ll continue. No matter what. 🙂

    JM: When I first signed with CMP I was represented by an agent. Said agent has left the industry, so I’m on my own now. But, there are many NA friendly agents. I see them posting on Twitter all the time that they are accepting NA submissions. Entangled Publishing is a great publisher to get hooked up with if you have NA. They are progressive in that category as are other publishers as well. It’s really catching on!!!! 🙂

      1. CMP bought six books. Four of those are out (Wasteland, Awaited, Tainted, Violet Midnight) so, I have two more with them. Then I might try a self-pub adventure. You never know. 😉

  4. I’m becoming a HUGE fan of NA, and am so excited to see all the new books that are coming out. I think it has been a long time coming and am excited to see authors, who may have written books that fit this genre, but never had a label to fit them in, now are coming out of the wood work.
    One of my favorite PNR writers Jeaniene Frost is doing just that.
    Thanks for the post and happy release day, your book looks great-love those “hot tortured hero’s” and bad boys! 😉

    1. Hi @silverlight100, glad you enjoyed Lynn’s release day post. I need to read more Jeaniene Frost! Listened to her Halfway to the Grave earlier this year. It was great. Thanks for the visit!

  5. Wow, what an eye-catching covel. Very beautiful!

    Actually, I’ve seen the term NA before, but never knew what it stood for. No, I’ve never read one, but you do have me curious. I’ve been reading more and more YA, so this might work for me.

  6. Hi Lynn, Congrats on the new release. I loved Wasteland and need to catch up on my reading for book #2. I can’t read out of order. It drives me NUTS to do that. :/

    I listened to the audiobook for Easy by Tammara Webber during my work commute. I loved it. I wish Wasteland could be on audio….I know. I’m so demanding.

    1. Hi Brinda, thanks for stopping by and sharing what you’ve read and enjoyed. Audio books can be a fun and easy way to read something (no pun intended! ;-)). For some reason, I tend to do more audio in the summer. Probably bc my library has a great selection of them and I go there more in the summer. Appreciate the visit! Happy over-the-hump day!

    2. Brinda: I’d love for Wasteland to be on audio as well. LOL!! 🙂 I don’t like reading out of order, either. I did that with a series before and was like, “Huh?” Even though it was stand alone from the others, I felt like I was missing out on things. 🙂

    1. Hi bn100, I think it’s great that your reading tastes are diverse. Mine too. But I do think genre categories can still be a good way for some readers to find books similar to ones they’ve read in the past and enjoyed. Thanks for the comment!

  7. Congratulations on yet another release, Lynn. I haven’t heard much about the NA genre specifically, though I just finished a fantasy series (the Seven Realms series) that I now realize lilkely falls into that very genre. I think you did the right thing: write what you love and let the chips fall where they may.

    1. Hi Shamus, I just checked out the Crimson Crown, the last book in the series you mentioned. It looks fantastic, although it sounded more like high fantasy to me. But then again, I think the definition of NA is still a moving target. 😉 Thanks for the visit!

  8. Okay, I’ve picked a winner. bn100, your name was drawn!! Contact me at LynnRush AT lynnrush DOT com with your choice of one of my e-books (Wasteland, Awaited, Tainted, Violet Midnight) Congrats. And thanks for having me here, JILL!!

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