Monday, December 21, 2015

Guest Post & Giveaway

Paperback Fountain of Youth

By Jennifer Bryce

For most of us, aging is not something we look forward to after twenty-five. I am one of those people that would like to stop the clock—maybe even turn it back ten years. 

The reason why I like YA so mush is that it enables me to relive the best years of my life vicariously through reading and writing books. It is my paperback Fountain of Youth. My curiosity led me to ask some of my author friends and fans why they love reading YA. Here are their top ten:

1. It’s an escape from reality. (Isn’t that the truth! When you’re elbow deep in dirty dishes and have a screaming kid at your knees, its time to escape.)

2. You’re most likely to get a cleaner story.

3. My body may be nearing 40 but I still feel like I’m 23 in my mind.

4. Plots are just better, faster paced with better characters.

5. The stories often have first romances that remind you of your own first love.

6. YA stories often have a killer combo of magic found in youth thrown into adult situations.

7. I can date a different hunk on any night of the week without the adult sexual content that makes me uncomfortable.

8. We like a good story whether it’s designated YA or not.

9. There are a lot of good YA authors.
10. I like the style/content of YA.

I love this list, like I love YA. The YA genre, in my opinion, is one of the most widely read. We all watched mothers stand in line with their teen daughters wearing Team Edward or Team Jacob shirts. YA merged generations of readers together in epic The most interesting theme that kept recurring in the poll was that even adults didn’t want explicit sexual content found in adult books. I whole-heartily agree. For me, the romance is in the anticipation of the first kiss or the slight brush of a hand found in first loves. Growing up, I read a particular series of romances that were stories written about major events in history. The thing about these books is that I could read them at thirteen or thirty-five and still enjoy the story because they were clean and interesting. I hadn’t discovered paranormal romances yet as it probably wasn’t such a big thing as it is now, but I probably would have surfaced only for food and water if I had. I’m not saying all YA fiction is clean. There have been a few that I had to throw out because of the smut, but your chances are better to find a cleaner. 

Whether you are fourteen or forty, YA has something for you. 

Jennifer has a brain that is never quiet, even in her sleep, so she uses writing as an escape to be and do anything she can imagine. Raised in southern Arizona she was influenced by the Old West, being raised a cop’s daughter, and eating Mexican food. She is a busy mother o three rambunctious boys, married to her amazing cowboy, recently graduated from nursing school, and desperately needs a long vacation. Her biggest fear in life is to be completely mediocre.

Her first book with Vinspire Publishing is Haley’s Song, a clean western romance that reviewers call “a feel good escape”.

Everyone who comments is will be entered into a drawing for five YA books of their choice and a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. 


  1. I so agree with everything you said and I feel like #3 too :) I remember how it was in those days and reading about it just teleports me back. Thank you for the giveaway :) Happy Holidays!

    1. I'm a strong #3 too! Whish I could be 25 forever. Happy Holidays. :)

  2. Replies
    1. We should start a #3 club and make the t-shirt that says, "I'm totally 23" on the front and on the back, "but my body says otherwise". :)

  3. Three and six are it for me. I feel the same wonder when reading YA as I did when I was a teen:)

    1. I think the YA genre is much better now than when I was a teen. It really has taken off!

  4. And the winner is: Laura Thomas


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