Saturday, July 16, 2011

Four Hundred Days: Guest Post

Taking YA out of Romance; Why It Can't be Done
I'm going to give you some definitions.

1. a novel or other prose narrative depicting heroic or marvelous deeds, pageantry, romantic exploits, etc., usually in a historical or imaginary setting.

2. the colorful world, life, or conditions depicted in such tales.

3. a medieval narrative, originally one in verse and in some Romance dialect, treating of heroic, fantastic, or supernatural events, often in the form of allegory.

Young Adult:
1. a teenager (used especially by publishers and librarians).

2. a person in the early years of adulthood.

So here's the problem. You can't take YA out of Romance, because it was never there. That's why it can't be done. Have you ever read a book that was Romance, but with some plots that were young adult? If you have, you should give me an example. I certianly don't have one, and I wouldn't mind being proven wrong!

But there has been YA books that have had elements of romance all the time, why, love/relationships/unrequited love/other sorts of things that I can't think of off the top of my head are the main bread and butter of YA books.

So what is the YA genre really? In my mind, it means a book that most often depicts a teenager, with angst, and normal problems, and, depending on the other genres that might be mixed in, not-so-normal problems. That's my basic definition of YA.

And I really enjoy YA. It's really good, and since I'm a teen, it's nice to escape into the worlds of people who are my age, and who are doing all these incredible things, and have allowed me to tag along for the ride and just see what happens.

So what's your opinion; is there ever really YA as a mixed in plot or a side plot of romance?

From Goodreads:
When Audril, the heiress to the Lor Mandelan throne, sneaks away to Earth to save one of her dearest friends, she finds that a power hungry tyrant from her own world has begun systematically obliterating towns and cities to get her to turn herself over to him.

On Earth, she meets a wildly eccentric old lady named Teedee Venilworth whose imaginary butler/fiance supposedly holds the key to her success. But how can someone help if he doesn't exist? Could it be that creatures who dwell in shadow are not exclusive to Lor Mandela?
Book number two in the Lor Mandela Series, "Four Hundred Days", is an action-packed whirlwind of intrigue and fantasy. Join the extraordinary characters from the first book, (both the good and the evil), as they traverse the haunted corridors of Alcatraz Penitentiary, travel via portal to an ancient castle on the cliff shores of Ireland, and meet a foreboding race of mystic warriors known as the Solom.

Soar on the back of a large horse-like creature to the Northern High Forests, and discover that on the picturesque world of Lor Mandela, your friends can become foes, your enemies your allies, and just because someone dies, it doesn't always mean that they're dead.

Author: L. Carrol
Series: Lor Mandela #2
Publisher: House on the Horizon Books
Published: July 15th 2011

Barely sane author of the Lor Mandela Series (Book #1 DESTRUCTION FROM TWINS and book #2 FOUR HUNDRED DAYS). Hogwarts is in my backyard, Narnia, in my living room, but my favorite is the portal in my kitchen that takes me to Lor Mandela! Hope you enjoy the journey, too!

Contact and Buy AKA Links:
Lor Mandela

Stops on the Tour:
June 28
Stuck in Books– Drawing/Digital art Creature contest.
Wovenstrands– Drawing/Digital art Character contest.
Characters Well Met – 400 word Flash Fiction Contest.
• Social Network Contest hosted by: Hiba, Megan McDade, Reggie Ridgway, Annie Thompson, E.J. Wesley.
We Fancy Books – Guest Post + Giveaway
New and Good Reading– Author Interview

June 29
In The Name of Books - Book Review
Haley is Soldering Through the Writing World - Author Interview + Giveaway
Book Pics – Guest Post

June 30
Stuck in Books - Guest Post
Reading a Little Bit of Everything – Author Interview

July 1
Stuff Young People Read - Book Review
A Book, A Girl, A Journey - Author Interview

July 2
Ficfac - Guest Post
The Open Vein – Author Interview + Giveaway

July 3
Book Pics - Book Review
For Those About to Read – Author Interview

July 4
Songs and Stories – Guest Post
Characters Well Met – Author Interview

July 5
Adventures in WriterLand – Book Review
Reading Away The Days – Author Interview + Giveaway

July 6
O' About That... - Author Guest Post
Authors Block – Author Interview part 1

July 7: Book Cover Release
Carole Sutton - Author Interview

July 8
Fantasy Book Chick – Author Interview

July 9
Songs and Stories – Book Review
Author William R. Potter's Blog – Author Interview

July 10
Patti Larsen -Guest Post
Adventures in WriterLand – Author Interview

July 11
For Those About to Read – Book Review
Words I Write Crazy – Guest post
Pen To Publish – Author Interview

July 12
O' About That... - Book Review
A Book, A Girl, A Journey - Guest Post
Author Julia Crane – Author Interview

July 13
FicFac - Book Review
Author William R. Potter's Blog – Guest Post
Songs and Stories – Author Interview

July 14
Stuck in Books – Book Review
Lisa Flaus – Author Interview part 2
In The Name of Books – Guest Post

July 15: Four Hundred Days Book Release
Patti Larsen – Author Interview
Wovenstrands - Book Review
Pinnacle Writing - Author Interview

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