February 25, 2014

'Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology' Blitz

February 25, 2014

Avon Impulse published an anthology titled Fifty First Times that includes a collective of short stories from J. Lynn (aka Jennifer L. Armentrout), Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, Carrie Ryan, Julie Cross and others. I've been waiting for this anthology for some time namely because I have been looking forward to Ollie and Brit's story from the Wait For You series by J. Lynn, and crossing my fingers for Hunter from Sophie Jordan's Foreplay to find his HEA.

In celebration of the release, I am going to share the first time I posted a book review and the first "adult" book I've read. Also, enter the giveaway below to win cool prizes!

Title: Fifty First Times: A New Adult Anthology
Authors: J. Lynn, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, Carrie Ryan, Julie Cross, Roni Loren, Tracy Wolff, Lauren Layne, Andrew Shaffer, Cole Gibson, Myra McEntire, Mark Perini, Gennifer Albin, Lisa Desrochers, Hannah Moskowitz, Lyla Payne, Alessandra Thomas, Melissa Landers, Melissa West
Publisher: Avon Impulse
Publication Date: February 25, 2014
Genre: New Adult, Contemporary Romance
You always remember your first time...

Whether it's the couple who decides not to go through with it, the two boys who finally aren't ashamed, the newlyweds whose wedding night could very well be their last night together, the deaf pair who have no choice but to take body language to a new level--or, of course, the two young lovers fumbling and laughing, getting everything wrong. These are the memories that will never fade.

Join nineteen fantastic authors as they pull back the curtain and give you a peek inside that one intense moment in their characters' lives when everything changes and nothing will ever be the same again.

Featuring stories from some of the hottest names in New Adult, Young Adult, and Romance including New York Times Bestselling authors J.Lynn/Jennifer Armentrout, Molly McAdams, Sophie Jordan, and Carrie Ryan.

NOTE: These stories are works of fiction. If you want to know about our first times, you'll have to buy us a pet monkey first.

What motivated you to join up with other authors for this project? Do you like collaborating with writing peers? 

“Well, I started this insane projected and was hit over the head with the idea during the Romantic Times convention last year. Luckily, I was in the presence of some amazing authors and able to walk right up and pitch the idea to them. Which is literally what I did, "Fifty First Times, A New Adult Anthology...are you in?" And to my complete surprise, it totally worked. I still can't believe the authors we have onboard. And I can tell you, the stories are just fabulous. I loved every minute of reading them!” – Julie Cross, International Bestselling author of the Tempest Series and creator of Fifty First Times 
“I thought the concept for the general story was so fun, and definitely something I would normally love to write anyway. The fact that it would be with a bunch of other authors sharing their stories as well just made it that much more fun. I do [enjoy collaborating with peers]! It's not something I'd ever done before this, and it was such a fun experience.” –Molly McAdams, New York Times Bestselling author 
“A huge motivation was being a part of an awesome group. Plus I was able to give readers a story with Brit and Ollie.” –J. Lynn, #1 New York Times Bestselling author  
“I saw "Fifty First Times" as a unique opportunity to tell a different type of story than the fiction I'm accustomed to writing. Julie was very encouraging and helped me push the story in some interesting directions I hadn't anticipated.” –Andrew Shaffer, author of Fifty Shames of Earl Grey 
“I love a challenge, and once the story idea came to me, there was no turning back. Writing it was an absolute blast!” –Melissa Landers, author of Alienated 
“Anthologies are just so fun; I love the variation you see in stories all around one theme. It's a great way to highlight the strengths of individual authors. And I love collaborating! I have a co-write book coming out in 2016.” –Hannah Moskowitz, award winning author of Gone, Gone, Gone 

“I was really excited to join this project because I loved the concept from the first moment I heard it. First times. Firsts are so full of intense emotions--angst and joy and fear and excitement--whether it’s someone’s first time ever or the first time with that special person. So I knew it would be a blast to write a story about—in the case of my story, “Two in the Morning"—two guys who have been best friends forever but who may be developing feelings beyond that. As for writing with this group of talented authors, what’s not to love? There are so many fresh perspectives and original concepts in this anthology that I can’t wait to read all of the other stories!” –Roni Loren, bestselling author of the Loving on the Edge series

The First Time I Wrote A Book Review

The first book I reviewed was Frigid by J. Lynn. That was back in July 2013, and at the time I didn't think to keep writing reviews (writing was never my specialty, still isn't), but I just needed an outlet to let all my feels out there. It was before I had discovered the book blogging community, so I was rough and choppy at best for a newbie. But it was fun to pop my book review cherry, and talk about books with other book lovers around the world. Since then, I've been growing and finding my footing in this community, and I'm glad to befriend such great bloggers and authors. 

The First "Adult" Book I Read

New Adult counts, right? I've read more New Adult books than Adult. Let's start with the New Adult first -- Wait For You by J. Lynn.  

The first adult (romance) book I read was Tempting The Best Man by J. Lynn. I'm sensing a pattern here. I blame the Lux series. Ever since I read those bad boys, I was hooked to everything she wrote of all genres. If we're talking about of all genres, then the first adult book I read was a literature (that I'm sure counts as adult) titled Slaughter-house Five by Kurt Vonnegut.

Purchase Fifty First Times

Click the image to enter the giveaway!
 Prizes (US only) - all to 1 winner:
$25 gift card for either Amazon, Apple, or B&N (winners choice)
e-copy of Fifty First Times gifted through Amazon Kindle

*below books will be paperback unless only hard cover is available, also note some books including the featured title are for readers 17-18+

Entire Tempest trilogy by Julie Cross

Letters to Nowhere by Julie Cross

Hourglass by Myra McEntire

Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan

Be with Me by J. Lynn
Gone Gone Gone by Hannah Moskowitz
Stealing Harper by Molly McAdams
Catching Liam by Sophia Bleu/Genn Albin
Need You Tonight by Roni Loren
A Little Too Much by Lisa Desrochers
Foreplay by Sophie Jordan

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