Blog Tour, Guest Post & Giveaway for UnWritten by Chelsea M. Cameron
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by Chelsea M. Cameron
Blair Walton isn't your average tattooed children's librarian. She's also one half of bestselling romance author, Scarlet Rose. Along with her bff Raine, she spends her nights writing books so steamy, she's afraid they would shock her Southern conservative grandmother to death, if she knew about them. Blair and Raine keep their smut peddling ways a secret from everyone, including family.
On deadline for their latest book and out of ideas, Raine suggests (demands) that Blair find a guy and "do some research." It just so happens that Blair has a guy that's ready and willing. Declan Bennet has all the qualifications: He's British, looks fabulous in a suit and gets bonus points for being a single dad. But what started out as a research project quickly turns into something much more. Someone else is writing this love story and Blair has completely lost control. But will Declan still feel the same way when he finds out the truth about Blair and her secret motives?
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Guest Post by Chelsea Cameron - UNWRITTEN
Is It All About Sex?
It's been said (more than once) that new adult novels are just young adult novels plus sex. Every time I see someone perpetuate this statement, it makes me ragey. It's also been said that sex sells. Sure it does. Why is pornography so popular? Why do magazines with half-naked women on them sell better than ones with women that are fully-clothed?
Sex DOES sell. But sex isn't EVERYTHING.
Just like a relationship can't be based purely on sex, new adult novels are not purely based on sex. Unless, of course, they're erotica. Then it's perfectly fine to have a book that is just based on sex. But many new adult novels are being categorized as "erotica" and they simply aren't. Here's a good barometer for a book: If you took out every erotic scene, would you still have a story? Most romances have sex in them, but aren't ABOUT sex.
I love writing sexy scenes. Love it. It's a chance for me to push myself as a writer and have my characters get to know each other on a new level. But you know what I also love? The interactions after sex. When they're still naked and completely vulnerable. I use those moments as much as I can because they're precious. They're sweet and I absolutely love writing them. For me as a writer, sex is another way to bring my couples closer together, but it's not the only way. They go on dates, go through awkward moments, have struggles and overcome them. Yes, this is fiction, but I want it to feel real. I want my readers to feel like they know these characters. Like they're your friends and neighbors and co-workers and relatives.
I want the love stories to feel real. Or at least real-ish. Yes, that means my characters have sex. But that isn't the ONLY thing they do.
Blair and Declan, from UnWritten, have explosive sexual chemistry from the get go. It was actually a shock to me when I first stated writing the book, because I'd thought maybe I might hold off a bit on the sexy things. But then my characters took my ideas and tossed them out the window. They were going to do what they were going to do and I just had to hold on tight. I've learned that trying to force something on my characters only leads to disaster. But that doesn't mean every couple I write will be the same. To me, they're all people and their relationship journeys are all different.
I don't know what the answer is to the notion that new adult books are just about the sex. I guess I'll just keep writing and hoping for change.
About The Author
Chelsea M. Cameron is a YA/NA New York Times/USA Today Best Selling author from Maine. Lover of things random and ridiculous, Jane Austen/Charlotte and Emily Bronte Fangirl, red velvet cake enthusiast, obsessive tea drinker, vegetarian, former cheerleader and world's worst video gamer. When not writing, she enjoys watching infomercials, singing in the car and tweeting (this one time, she was tweeted by Neil Gaiman). She has a degree in journalism from the University of Maine, Orono that she promptly abandoned to write about the people in her own head. More often than not, these people turn out to be just as weird as she is.
Her New Adult Contemporary Romance titles include My Favorite Mistake, which has been bought by Harlequin along with a sequel, Deeper We Fall and Faster We Burn (April 20, 2013)
Her Young Adult books include Nocturnal, Nightmare and Neither, the first three books in The Noctalis Chronicles. The fourth and final book, Neverend will be out in 2013. Whisper, the first in The Whisper Trilogy is also available, with the second book in the series, Silence and the final book, Listen coming out in 2014.
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