The Jaunty Quills are excited to welcome back New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author Sophie Jordan. You may know Sophie from her YA series Firelight or her lush, sweeping historicals. But Sophie Jordan has dipped her toe in yet another subgenre of romance: new adult. She’s here today to chat about her upcoming release, Foreplay, which is on sale November 5th!
Keep reading to find out how to win your copy of Foreplay.
Shana: Welcome back, Sophie! You’ve written historical, paranormal, and YA. Why did you decide to write a New Adult series?
Sophie Jordan: As usual, I read a couple NAs that I really loved and I wanted to write one of my own! That’s how it always starts for me. I read historical romance … then wanted to write it. I read some great YAs … then I wanted to write it. I read some NAs … you get the gist.
Also… to me, NA is simply romance with a heroine and hero who are a little younger than the average heroine/hero in a romance. novel They’re in their early twenties. Given their age, the setting usually on a college campus. On a personal level, that was just an exciting time in my life … full of firsts. It’s where I met and fell in love with my husband.
New Adult features the first real “grown-up” relationship for the heroine/hero. I like to call it the first romantic relationship in their lives that actually “matters”. That said, everything is more intense. And in a romance novel intense = good!
Shana: I was lucky enough to read an advance copy of Foreplay, and I seriously could not put it down. It was fabulous! Readers, Sophie was generous enough to share a trailer of the book. See what you think!
Shana: (fanning self) Sophie, without giving too much away, tell us a bit about Pepper, Reece, and Pepper’s roommates, who feature in the upcoming books, right?
Sophie Jordan: I love that trailer! It really captures the flavor of FOREPLAY!
Pepper is “hung up” on a childhood friend, Hunter … and has been ever since she was a little girl. For her, he’s the key to the future/stability she has always craved. In order to get him to notice her, she decides to get some pointers from sexy bartender, Reece. Of course, Reece is nothing like she expects. Hm. I better stop there and not give away too much. Suffice to say, she gets a thorough education on foreplay, love and how what you think you want isn’t really what you need. It brings to mind that old Garth Brooks song with the lyrics about thanking God for unanswered prayers.
Foreplay is book #1 of this series … to be followed up with Pepper’s roommates’ stories. You meet Emerson and Georgia in Foreplay. The next book is titled TEASE and it’s Emerson’s story, scheduled for release May 27, 2014. Georgia story will come next.
Readers, now it’s your turn. Have you read any New Adult books? What do you think is the appeal of a book set on a college campus? One reader who comments will be randomly chosen to win a copy of Foreplay (U.S. only).