Today is Day 2 of the Indie Reads Appreciation Week and today we have S.L. Baum with us!
S.L. Baum is the author of the young adult paranormal series The Immortal Ones. The first book in the series, A Chance for Charity is currently available for purchase and the second book, My Link in Time is scheduled to release later this month.
Why I chose to Write “Clean” YA Novels.
There has been a bit of discussion lately, about the amount of sex in Young Adult novels. And while I see both sides of the argument, I thought I’d offer my take on why I chose to keep it clean. First off… I don’t necessarily agree with the term clean. Does that mean that other novels are dirty? I don’t think so. I’m going to stick with… appropriate for younger readers.
You see, I’m a mom of young readers. I have two girlies (ages 11 and 13) and a boy (age 8). The oldest girlie loves to read Young Adult Paranormal, and has since she was in fifth grade, when I first started to write A Chance for Charity (The Immortal Ones). She was so excited that I was writing my novel and would read the pages as I finished them. As we went through this process, it became clear that I needed to create something that would appeal to tweens, teens, and adults. Her reading level has always exceeded her age, and she really wanted to read what I was writing… and I didn’t want to rock her young world!
I have nothing against sex scenes. I enjoy reading a sexy romance, but I also enjoy a sweet romance… without so many descriptive words. So I knew that the adult audience would be out there, and they are! I have gotten some great comments in my reviews, through my facebook page, and on twitter… from adults who appreciate and enjoy the innocence of the first novel.
Quotes from 2 different reviews:
“As a mother of tweens and a teacher to teens, I am so happy to find stories that are fun, interesting and still respectable.”
“Don't get me wrong, I love a good sex scene..but this makes me feel like a virgin again awaiting to lose my virginity.”
As a reader, I also think it’s kind of fun to imagine those intimate details by myself, at times. So, while the second novel does progress the relationship of my two main characters, it will still be appropriate for those young readers.
My eldest girlie will start to read some “racier” YA books in the coming years (I’m quite sure), and that will be okay. A good story is just a good story, some are more graphic, and some are less. There is something out there for everyone. I think that’s great!
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A new family has just arrived in the isolated mountain town of Telluride, Colorado. Welcome the Johnstons - Jason (a doctor), Rachel (a designer), and their niece Emily (a current High School Senior).
Emily has lived the life of a quiet loner in the past, trying to go unnoticed. But with Telluride being such a small and welcoming town, she finds a group of friends at school almost immediately. When Emily meets Link (another new transplant in town) her world turns upside down. She doesn't understand why she feels a magnetic pull toward him, or why she unknowingly lets her guard down around him. Link is just as confused by his own need to be with her.
Emily knows she is playing with fire. She should be doing whatever she can to keep herself isolated, to keep Link from getting too close. Danger has a way of finding Emily's family - that is what keeps them on the move. They arrive in a new town every few years - it is safer that way.
Because... Emily isn't really Emily... her real name is Charity - and Charity has an even bigger secret. Charity and her family are not like other people, they have "skills" that mere mortals cannot begin to comprehend.
Before long, Charity is struggling with the reality that her two lives are coming closer to each other with each passing day. Soon Link will find himself wrapped in a supernatural world that he never knew existed - and discover that mortals are not the only beings that walk this earth.
GIVEAWAY - A CHANCE FOR CHARITY
S.L. Baum has been kind enough to provide 9 (yes, 9!) lucky readers with ebook copies of A Chance For Charity. In case you did not know - I kind of LOVE this book (you can read my review here). So, basically, what I am saying to you is enter this giveaway RIGHT NOW.