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New Adult Scavenger Hunt

The NEW ADULT SCAVENGER HUNT is over! Thanks to everyone who participated. I'm keeping up the exclusive content from author Emma L. Adams, and my giveaway is still open till 11:59pm April 26! See below for more info.

About the Featured Author

emma_authorEmma L. Adams spent her childhood creating imaginary worlds to compensate for a disappointingly average reality, so it was probably inevitable that she ended up writing speculative fiction. She was born in Birmingham, UK, which she fled at the first opportunity to study English Literature at Lancaster University. In her three years at Lancaster, she hiked up mountains, skydived in Australia, and endured a traumatic episode involving a swarm of bees in the Costa Rican jungle. She also entertained her creative writing group and baffled her tutors by submitting strange fantasy tales featuring dragons and supernatural monsters to workshops. These included her first publication, a rather bleak dystopian piece, and a disturbing story about a homicidal duck (which she hopes will never see the light of day).

Now a reluctant graduate, Emma refuses to settle down and be normal. When not embarking on wild excursions and writing fantasy novels, she edits and proofreads novels for various publishing houses and reads an improbable number of books. Emma is currently working on the Alliance series, a multiple-universe adult fantasy featuring magic, monsters, cool gadgets and sarcasm. Her upper-YA urban fantasy Darkworld series is published by Curiosity Quills Press.


ADAMANT-final-front-cover-prevADAMANT by Emma L. Adams

Ada Fletcher is twenty-one, keeps a collection of knives in her room, and risks her life on a daily basis, helping refugees from a devastating magical war on her homeworld hide on the low-magic Earth. But when she’s taken into custody by the Inter-World Alliance, her unusual magic makes her a prime suspect for a supervisor’s suspicious death.

Kay Walker, grandson of the Alliance’s founder, expects to spend his first week as an Alliance employee chasing monsters out of the dark Passages between worlds, not solving a murder. But when his supervisor dies in suspicious circumstances, he finds himself in charge of questioning a girl he arrested as a suspect. A girl with secrets that threaten to make both of them into the murderer’s next targets.

The last thing Ada wants is to help the infuriating Alliance guard who arrested her, but it soon becomes clear that the Alliance knows too much about Ada’s offworld origins. More, in fact, than she knows herself. Now she has to choose between loyalty to her family, and helping the Alliance save the Earth – and the Multiverse – from a deadly enemy.

Adamant is Book 1 in the Alliance series, set in an alternative 21st-century London in which our world is one of many in the Multiverse.

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Why NA Speculative fiction?

I discovered NA when I was at university. I love YA (and also adult and MG), but I wanted to read about characters my own age, with issues I could relate to as a soon-to-be-graduate with no job and a mounting pile of student debt, facing the prospect of moving back home after three years at university. That said, I’m not the biggest reader of contemporary romance. I’ve really enjoyed many NA books in the genre, but I grew up reading the Harry Potter series, and fantasy and urban fantasy are always my first choices. When I had difficulty finding NA speculative fiction, my first instinct was to start writing it.

Fast-forward two years. I’ve written one series about demons and sorcerers at university, and another set in an alternative modern London in which the Multiverse is only one step away. I think there’s endless scope for exploring NA themes in speculative fiction, beyond college and university – first jobs, independence, moving out of your parents’ home, planning for the future. When I was writing Adamant, it was only natural to pair realism with the more fantastical parts. You’re working a part-time job to keep your family’s business afloat, but can’t help dreaming of running away to an alternative universe where you can zip around on hover boots. You’re starting your first job, get insulted by a snarky centaur, and the boss is brutally murdered on the first day. And then there’s the monsters.

I love NA, and I’m always thrilled when I find something new in the category. Dragon-taming unpaid interns. Undergraduates who escape deadlines in parallel worlds. New adults piloting spaceships. New adult superheroes. As a young adult, you’re dependent on parents or guardians to some degree. As a newly independent adult, you’re alone, and it’s terrifying. Add in magic and darkness on top of struggling to adapt to that odd thing called “adulting” and you have endless potential for conflict!

Thank you!

Awesome!! I love speculative NA and write it as well! It's great to see it getting more popular. And don’t forget to enter the contest for a chance to win a ton of signed books by me, Emma L. Adams, and more!

To enter, you need to know that my lucky book number is 9.

Add up all the favorite numbers of the authors on Team Red, and you’ll have the secret code to enter for the grand prize!

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I'm offering an ebook bundle of NA books (both college and non-college-based!) and a $10 Starbucks Gift Card during the NA Scavenger Hunt! You can earn the most points by commenting below and answering the following question: “Since I'm on Team RED, tell me about any non-college-based NA books you've read or want to read!” Be sure to enter using the Rafflecopter below.

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16 thoughts on “New Adult Scavenger Hunt”

  1. Confused are you on red or blue team top of the page says red. Then in the question you have blie

  2. My most recent one was The Beautiful Ashes by Jeaniene Frost. NA Paranormal involving angels and demons and humans with special gifts because of their ancestry. Not the best summary, but it’s really good! I read another book that I loved that I’d say is riiight on the YA/NA line, The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson. Modern London begins having murders eerily similar to the Jack the Ripper killings. A girl moves to London from Louisiana and enrolls in a school that’s in the Ripper zone. Maybe I feel like it’s NA over YA just because Rory (main character, girl’s name short for Aurora) has to deal with that transition from US to UK schooling, which can’t be that different from HS -> college. And she’s just very determined/dedicated. The school and the people she meets along this book’s plot really develop her into a more independent character. …and if it is just YA, it still rocks and everybody should read it! Just don’t try to check it out from the Seattle Public Library’s digital borrowing. Because it’s totally to my detriment to have others like the books! And people that want the book later than me get put further down the waitlist. But still… MINE!

  3. I’m really excited to read The Return by Jennifer Armentrout. It’s a New Adult paranormal spin-off of her Covenant series, which I thoroughly enjoyed :) Plus, it’s about Seth *swoon*!

  4. My favorite NA series is the Neighbor From Hell series by R.L. Mathewson It is so funny I LOVE the Bradford men.

  5. I’m just discovering new adult books so I’m interested in reading anything! I have a fresh palate. :)

  6. I’ve heard of this new genre, but I didn’t have a chance to read some of it until right now, as I’m reading the Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover and I’m totally love it. I hope to read more books in this genre in the future. :)

  7. Thanks for sharing this, S.J.! I love New Adult! The last few that I’ve read (and loved) that are non-college based are WHERE SEA MEETS SKY by Karina Halle, ONE NIGHT by AJ Pine, and CRUSHED by Lauren Layne.

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  9. There are SO many great NA books out there! Yours, of course, have to top the list. A few other favorites are Girls Love Travis Walker by Anne Pfeffer, Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover and the New World series by Janelle Stalder. I could name MANY more! :-)

    Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction

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