Guest & Contest: Lori L. Clark

Just What is this New Adult stuff anyway?

I’ve begun to wonder if NA hasn’t taken off in an entirely different direction than it was in the beginning. Not necessarily in a good way, either. Some of the very first NA books I read were Slammed, Beautiful Disaster, Easy, etc. They were beautifully written books, and yes, there was sex, but the books weren’t just filled with sex scenes for the sake of writing a book.

I think initially NA was like YA, only grown up a little bit, and there was more freedom to write about sex. Somewhere along the lines, this got confused to mean that NA HAS TO HAVE sex in order to be labeled NA. Like YA, NA books are books written about age specific heroes and heroines. NA including ages 18-26 (? not entirely sure on the exact age bracket.) About young men and women who are just starting out in college, or post high school life.

As a NA blogger, I’ve started to get a little uncomfortable with some of the cover reveals we’ve been asked to do lately. I also don’t like to post some of the excerpts that contain graphic and/or explicit language. And by graphic/explicit, I’m referring to dropping the “F Bomb” repeatedly, or speaking in slang terms about various parts of the anatomy and the colorful things they want to do, or are doing with said parts.

I’m certainly no prude…but I think NA needs to be clearly defined as a genre (like YA) that is written with age specific characters and not about how many times and ways within 300+ pages the hero and heroine can do the deed.

What do you think?

The Heart Knows What The Heart Wants
Author: Lori L. Clark
Genre: Contemporary / Adult / New Adult Romance
Expected Release: March 6, 2014

Estelle “Star” Falconé, a thirty-year-old tattooed bartender, was once a free-spirited dreamer who dabbled in astrology for fun and secretly dreamed of becoming a rock-star some day.

Twenty-one-year-old Shane Harper was once the star of his high school basketball team. With a full ride scholarship, his dream was to play college basketball and study planetary science. When a tragic car accident permanently sidelines his basketball career, college is out of the question.

Sparks fly when their two worlds collide.

Can a relationship survive between a thirty-year-old starry-eyed woman who’s on the run from an extremely dangerous man, and a twenty-one-year-old science guy who’s hell-bent on protecting her at all cost?

***Caution*** for mature readers. Contains graphic violence including rape. This is a complete, standalone novel.


authorLLC for bioLori L. Clark was born in Iowa, where she spent the first forty-six years of her life. In 2007, she loaded up a moving van and relocated to Missouri, where she currently resides. Lori’s only child is a very spoiled Min Pin named Barkley. When not writing, she reads and runs. She completed her first half marathon at the age of fifty.

In 2009, after participating in NANOWRIMO, she began to take seriously the voices in her head. Two New Adult contemporary romance novels, Different Roads, and I Breathe You, were published in 2013, and showed early success. The Heart Knows What the Heart Wants is set to release in March 2014, and has her venturing into the realms of Romantic Suspense.

Lori is a member of Savvy Authors, the St. Louis Writers Guild, and Romance Writers of America.

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