I’ve posted the first two chapters of Into Elurien at this link, if anyone’s looking to kick the tires a little before pre-ordering. It’s just a little taste of the style of the story, an introduction to our unlikely heroine, and a bit of a tease of what’s coming in LESS THAN A WEEK.
One thing you might notice about Hazel is that she’s a little older than the usual YA character. That’s because (drumroll)… this isn’t a YA book.
Shocking, I know. 🙂
Into Elurien is in no way related to the Bound trilogy. It’s a stand-alone fantasy romance, and it falls loosely into the New Adult category. So what does that mean? It means that the main character is about college age, not high school. It means I didn’t censor her language (not that I personally think that’s a necessity for YA), and it means there’s a little more heat in this one than in my past books.
Not graphic, porny sex. It’s not remotely erotica. Just saying that before anyone gets either excited or offended. But this is a romance, and it’s not exactly a clean read.
Why would I do that? Because it suited the story. Because it worked for the characters. Because the love story, warts and all, is an important part of her character development. Because this is the book I wanted to write.
Because I’m a fantasy writer, but not solely a YA fantasy writer. Though I’ll be jumping back to that for my next project, it just wasn’t right for Into Elurien. And sometimes I like to explore a little, you know? Stretch myself. Step out of my comfort zone.
That said, this one will definitely appeal to fans of the Bound trilogy. It’s got the amazing characters you guys expect from me, a story full of emotion and humour, romance, friendships, magic, and a lot of surprises. Advance readers are thrilled so far. I think you will be, too.