*SQUEEEE* Today on my blog, NYT Bestselling author Cora Carmack talks with me about LOSING IT (which comes out in paperback tomorrow!), self-publishing and the challenges/blessings of different paths to publication for authors, and gets me all squeeeing about FAKING IT (June 4!) and the third, so-far-untitled instalment of the New Adult craze that has sprung out of LOSING IT’s awesomeness!
FAKING IT by Cora Carmack
releases 06/04/2013 from William Morrow Paperbacks
Mackenzie “Max” Miller has a problem. Her parents have arrived in town for a surprise visit, and if they see her dyed hair, tattoos, and piercings, they just might disown her. Even worse, they’re expecting to meet a nice, wholesome boyfriend, not a guy named Mace who has a neck tattoo and plays in a band. All her lies are about to come crashing down around her, but then she meets Cade.
Cade moved to Philadelphia to act and to leave his problems behind in Texas. So far though, he’s kept the problems and had very little opportunity to take the stage. When Max approaches him in a coffee shop with a crazy request to pretend to be her boyfriend, he agrees to play the part. But when Cade plays the role a little too well, they’re forced to keep the ruse going. And the more they fake the relationship, the more real it begins to feel.
I reviewed LOSING IT on here the other day, and Ms. Carmack has even agreed to do an interview here – I’m so squeeecited! And I’m honored to be able to participate in the cover reveal for FAKING IT. Congratulations, Cora Carmack, and I cannot wait to read it!
LOSING IT comes out in paperback on February 26th!
First thing, I gotta say: Paperback Losing It comes out February 26th. SQUEEE! Even better: That’s my son’s birthday, so I have an excuse to buy myself a copy.
Or some other excuse that makes sense. 😉
When I read that HarperCollins signed a self-published author for a three-book deal when an e-book – about a college student named Bliss who seeks the loss of her virginity – went Bestseller, I had to check it out. New Adult is totally my thing these days for reading material – even though I write dark fantasy, the New Adult contemporary characters just really connect, and I love them. I dug into the book right away, expecting a story with multiple conflicts resulting after Bliss tries to lose her virginity on a one-night-stand.
I got SO MUCH MORE than I expected: a multi-faceted story with intricate, relatable characters who show us, explicitly, how frustrating it is to communicate when you’re a New Adult and faced with so many future possibilities and so much of your heart, as well as the hearts of all those you love, riding on each path. The clear theme is combined with a smart writing style and witty remarks that left me LOL-ing in nearly every chapter. “He was flabbergasted. That was the best word. His flabber had been thoroughly gasted…” I was entertained, romanced, and empathetic with every turn of the page.
Laced intricately alongside the Shakespearean play Phaedre, the voice of main character Bliss Edwards is so relatable and so clearly demonstrates how New Adults think and run through possible choices for words and the potential consequences of each. Bliss Edwards embraces each challenge in her life – and the choice to try to lose her virginity, which becomes more complicated and meaningful than even she expected – with grace, self-analysis and a drive to improve at all turns.
“And now suddenly there was this intensity to everything we did and everything we said. Like my life had been italicized,” Bliss says as her romance with her professor, Garrick Taylor, heightens tensions between her and her friend Cade, who shocks her with an expression of feelings that Bliss didn’t realize he had for her. This colorful, accurate depiction of how a New Adult feels when relationships knot up with enhanced feelings, demonstrates the vivid voice of Bliss Edwards consistently throughout the book.
Cora Carmack addresses insecurity, as well. “Suddenly I was uber-conscious of the little pudge that rested just above my jeans.” I’m sure ANY adult – New, Young, or Experienced – can relate to that sentiment.
Losing It is loaded with tension of both the sexual and relationship-dynamic variety and characters that spring right off the page. The humor is there in every single chapter – the relatable kind of humor, where you think, “Oh MAN, I’ve actually done/said/thought that!” Like, when nervous about an encounter gone awry, this absolute gem: “The entire time my mind was like a five-year-old who just drank a bathtub full of energy drinks.”
…. Do you have kids? I do. A five year old, in fact. *shudderfits* If I ever let him get into a bathtub full of energy drinks, I’d probably feel something like Bliss when she says: “I wanted to punch myself in the face until I lost consciousness.”
(Don’t worry, there’s a hefty helping of positivity, too: “Awesome. You are so awesome … Bliss Edwards, you are a freaking catch.” Bliss chants encouragement to herself as she faces situations that are out of her comfort zone.)
Losing It is totally laced with that kind of honest, raw humor – the emotions we feel but can never really say because we’re always trying to look our best and do our best. But the most critical thing I took away from reading Losing It is exactly what I love so much about New Adult fiction. Bliss learns that rather than trying to be the best, being simply her is wonderful, awkwardness and all.
Cuz we all have an awkward side… Bliss rambles about her imaginary cat to escape a conversation about virginity… and I sometimes get stuck really enthusiastically rambling to my husband about how much I absolutely ADORE the X-Files. *HEADDESK* Not a classically attractive topic. But it’s me, so it works for him, and through New Adult fiction we can all learn to embrace our inner awesomeness as unique, even if awkward.
The sequel to Losing It is titled Faking It, and OMG! I get to participate in the cover reveal on Monday morning! *SQUEEE!!!* So be sure to stop by and check it out – it’s going to be SO cool.
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