MJ Putney's Genre Leap
After the success of Twilight lots of authors are branching out into the YA sub-genre. At the risk of chasing the market, some writers may jump on the bandwagon without really understanding the unique expectations of younger readers. Of course, the fact that many older readers also enjoy these stories adds another healthy dollop of requirements for the writer. However, I know a seasoned pro who’s more than up to this challenge–Mary Jo Putney!
Here’s a blurb from her newest: Dark Passage. It’s a mix of magic, mystery, time-travel and history with a YA perspective. I’m hooked!
The Irregulars return home to 1803 England safely, but their worldview has changed. Not only have their heroic efforts at Dunkirk given them pride and confidence, but their dangerous mission has increased their magical powers.
Tory delights in the ever-deepening bond she shares with Allarde, until she discovers how powerfully he is connected to his ancient family estate—the lands he will not inherit unless he denies his magical powers and chooses a non-magical mate. If Tory really loves him, she must walk away—but does she have the strength to leave the love of her life?
Cynthia’s heroic efforts at Dunkirk have won her the respect of the Irregulars, but her sharp tongue keeps everyone at a distance. Isolated and very alone at Lackland Abbey over the Christmas holidays, Cynthia reluctantly agrees to join Jack Rainford and his family for their holiday celebration even though they’re commoners, far below her own noble rank. The warm acceptance of the Rainfords makes her feel happier and more accepted than she has ever felt. But she can’t possibly be falling in love with flirtatious Jack! Can she?
Then the Irregulars are drawn into a dangerous attempt to rescue a vitally important French scientist from Nazi-occupied France. Countless lives are at stake, but when their mission goes awry, will they all survive to return home?
Sounds intriguing for readers of any age! MJ wrote a short story about how Allarde was sent to Lackland Abbey. “Fallen From Grace is available as a free download on the St. Martin’s website or on Amazon. I urge you to pop over to claim yours now.
Question for the day: If you’re an adult reader, what YA book has hooked you recently? If you’re not an adult reader, what are you doing on my website, my dear? I recommend MJ Putney’s for you. ;-)