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I am a writer and artist with the soul of a swing-dancing Pony Express rider. Interests include consumerism, classic films, environmental issues, scent-free living, health, science, writing, and robots. My blog reflects exploration in word and image. I can’t promise how often I will or won't post. 2017 explores identity and boundaries beginning with nature vs. man.

New Adult Fiction: Bridging the Gap Between Young Adult and Adult Fiction

This month you can WIN a paperback or ebook copy of:
Eleven Sundays
NA Alley!

During the Month of August, 2013 enter HERE to WIN a paperback or ebook copy of
my novel Eleven Sundays. 

My main character, Annie, is twenty-five and facing the quarter-life crisis. This sometimes over-achiever transitions from her dedicated office routine. She struggles with unpredictable life obstacles which give her opportunity and permission to change course.

New Adult Fiction is an interesting category of literature, not dictated by genre, but more about the emotion and mind-space as we evolve through the formative adult years. 

NA Alley--
"Protagonists generally fall between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, though exceptions may apply. NA characters are often portrayed experiencing: college, living away from home for the first time, military deployment, apprenticeships, a first steady job, a first serious relationship, etc. 
Other terms for NA include: Upper YA, Crossover Fiction, and Mature YA. "

We all face forks in the road at every age, so anyone experienced with quarter- or mid-life crisis may enjoy my character Annie's transformational journey...
"across San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge away from her big city problems. In fog-capped Drake’s Valley where explorers trekked before her, a mysterious souplady, a green-eyed cat, and three curious boys looking for bones influence her to face up to a changed future."

To purchase: information here.

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  1. Ms. Shaw,

    I stumbled across your book as it was listed on as a contribution to Magical Realism. I had recently read "The Golem and the Jinni" and wanted to embark on finding more that showcase this genre! I am always hopeful to find indie authors, but I think you might be one of the first one's that I have come across! I went to the website linked on this post, but as I am not on Twitter or Facebook, but will be launching a blog overnight, I felt indifferent seeing that there wasn't an option for bloggers to participate! :( Sighs.

    I still look forward to reading your book, but was simply sad to see a blogaway that didn't offer a comment as an entry!?

    1. Thanks, Jorie, for taking the time to check out NA Alley's website. They are hosting the giveaway. It is not my website. I'm glad you left feedback here on my blog so I have the chance to give you more insight about my story.

      Eleven Sundays is a quarter-life crisis story grounded in real life and not a fantasy story such as "The Golem and the Jinni." In my novel magical realism is used sparingly in reference to a supporting character and location dealing more with a heightened sense of awareness and the mystery surrounding that same character. The fantasy genre would not apply to Eleven Sundays.

      I belong to Indie Writers Unite and believe there are many fantasy writers in the group whose stories you may enjoy reading.
      And when you join twitter #indiewritersunite will offer some interesting tweets

      I do hope you give Eleven Sundays a try. Keep in mind the first section of the story is the crisis part and very true to life. I think you'll enjoy the later 2/3rds of the story when her life changes.

      I welcome bloggers here in the comment sections of my blog.


  2. Hi; Eleven Sundays was recommended by a friend and I'm so glad they did. It was a great read and certainly one for 'The Book Club". Spiritual, sad and redemptive, you want to cheer the heroine on for finding and creating her own path to fulfillment and happiness. The first chapters take some time to get into but after that it seemed to draw me in until it had me hooked and then there was no getting away. Thanks so much and I look forward to future works from you. Best regards Suzanne Gardner. (Aspiring writer). Melbourne, Australia

    1. Thanks so much Suzanne! What a beautifully written review. I agree about the first chapters, glad you hung in there. I love the book club mention, seems a good fit.




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